The featured album this week is the brand new release from Fontanelle.
Portland’s FONTANELLE formed in 1998 by guitarist Rex Ritter and keyboardist Andy Brown, after the dissolution of their previous band Jessamine. After the gap of nearly 10 years since their last release, FONTANELLE return with a brand new album entitled Vitamin F which will be released on Southern Lord in the UK on 5th November.
For this brand new recording, FONTANELLE has been trying to transport themselves back in time to 1973 into Patrick Gleeson’s Different Fur Trading Company Studio. Through the studio expertise of Randall Dunn (sunn 0))), Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room), it sounds like they made it!
Rex Ritter’s tour of duty with sunn 0))) during FONTANELLE’s hiatus seems to have irreparably changed his DNA, as well as the entire band’s. Adding an amazing array of horn players, many of whom were heard on the most recent sunn 0))) LP Monoliths & Dimensions, FONTANELLE have fortified their jazz vocabulary and have conjured a burly fusion approach that has been dubbed “White Magus” – a sound sure to appeal to fans of Miles Davis (circa 1969-74), Tortoise and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
On Vitamin F – the full FONTANELLE lineup including Rex Ritter, Andy Brown, Mat Morgan, Borg Norm, Brian Foote and Paul Dickow – guest contributions from Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin), Steve Moore (Earth, sunn 0))), Hans Teuber, Eric Walton (Skerik), Jef Brown (Jackie-O MF) and Dave Carter add to the mix of influences culminating in this forty-three minute adventure. The fluidity of these enhanced and intricate arrangements as created by this dynamic force of musicians sounds absolutely effortless. Vitamin F is a masterpiece of fuzzed out funk, and a tour de force in improvisation.
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||Night of the Thumpasaurus People
||AdagIo Ma Non Troppo
||Let My Children Hear Music
||The Chicago Project
||We Want Miles
A big focus this time around on the excellent Leeds/Scarborough band “The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ” read all about them here – also a track from the excellent new album on ECM by Tim Berne.
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||On the go
||The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ
||Marty Erlich’s Rites Quartet
||You Can’t Beat The Slanted Cards
||Frog Leg Logic
||The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ
||You’ll Never Know
||Robert Glasper Experiment
||Consequence of Jealousy
||The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ
||All Will Be Lost
To listen to the show click on this link – the playlist is all classic Blue Note material – predominantly from the 1960s
||The Thing To Do
||One Step Beyond
|Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
||It’s Only A Paper Moon
||The Complete Blue Note recordings of Art Blakey’s 1960 Jazz Messengers
|Horace Silver Quintet
||Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet
||Somethings Happening To Me
||Like Someone In Love
||I’m All For You
On this show
- Paul Chambers – Just for Love – Whims of Chambers (1956) Mr PCs debut as a leader with a great band including JohnColtrane on tenor, trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Philly Joe Jones
- Eyvind Kang – Forest Sama’i – The Narrow Garden (2012) A sneak preview of Eyvind’s newest album which is released early next year. A fascinating mixture of jazz, world and classical music.
- Stanley Turrentine – Meat Wave – Easy Walker (1969) A small-group soul-jazz session from Stanley Turrentine, backed by a rhythm section of pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Mickey Roker, and bassist Bob Cranshaw.
- Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr – Fade A Little – Upgraded in Gothenberg (2009) the new two new wunderkind brothers of German jazz in fine fettle on this ACT release. The line-up is Julian Wasserfuhr – trumpet, Roman Wasserfuhr – piano, Lars Danielsson – bass, cello and Anders Kjellberg – drums
- Eric Dolphy – It’s Magic – Far Cry (1960) – Dolphy in transition between his Parkeresque early career and the later and freer side of this work. Booker Little and Jaki Byard add great value to the session.
- Enrico Pieranunzi with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron – Nefertiti – The Chant of Time (1997) The italian piano master in fine company.
- Tina Brooks – Up Tights Creek – True Blue (1960)Brooks is teamed with the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (on one of his earliest sessions), pianistDuke Jordan, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor for a set dominated by Brooks’ originals.
- Sam Rivers – Detour Ahead – A New Conception (1966) the name of the album refers to Rivers’ ingenious interpretations of standards. The band includes pianist Hal Galper, bassist Herbert Lewis, and drummer Steve Ellington.
- Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr – Twinkle Eyes – Gravity (2011) from their latest album this time with Wolfgang Haffner on the drums.
- Enrico Rava – Amnesia – Tribe (2011) arguably this latest album is one of his strongest – in the band are Enrico Rava: trumpet; Gianluca Petrella: trombone; Giovanni Guidi: piano; Gabriele Evangelista: double bass; Fabrizio Sferra: drums and Giacomo Ancillotto: guitar.
- Enrico Pieranunzi – It Speaks For Itself – Night Gone By(2003) – with Marc Johnson again but this time with the late great Paul Motian on the drums.
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On this show….
- Skalpel – Break In (Backini Remix) – 1958 Breaks
- Nils Petter Molvaer – Sleep With Echoes – Baboon Moon
- Stian Westerhus – Empty Hands Mirrored Softly – Pitch Black Star Spangled
- Charlie Parker – Loverman – The Complete Verve Master Takes
- Fabiano Orchestra – West Indian Meditation – Butterfly Island
- Mathias Eick – Biemann – Skala
- Sonny Stitt – Confirmation – Stitt Plays Bird
- Stanley Turrentine – The Hustler – Hustlin’
- Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Funk Underneath – Kirk’s Work
- Nils Petter Molvaer – Prince of Calm – Baboon Moon
- Van Morrison – Bright Side of the Road – Into the Music
- Richie Barron – No Trouble Tonight – Rather Have The Green Than The Blues
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Ladies and the blues feature in the most part on this show…….
- Stanley Turrentine – Blue Riff – Blue Hour : The Complete Sessions – a 1960 Blue Note date which was re-released in 2000 with outtakes and extra material.
- Emily Saunders – Ginga Carioca – Cotton Skills – by way of an introduction to a singer who plays Matt and Phred’s jazz club in Mancunia on September 2nd. An assured debut with some quite magical singing and re-interpretation of the work of Hermeto Pascoal.
- Dr. Tequila & The Mission “D” Mob – Dream World – Dr Tequila – another great track from Sacramento’s purveyor of fine music – here delivering a scorching blues soaked guitar special.
- Nancy Wilson – I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco – Welcome to My Love – the great Oliver Nelson conducted and arranged this great 1967 album from Nancy. Excuse my geographical faux pas on the show where I say SF is up the coast from Sacramento – it is of course across to the coast and down a bit.
- Dr. John and the Lower 911 — What’s Wit Dat – Tribal – Mack brought back his “Night Tripper” persona in 2006 and delivered a great album in the spirit of his earlier work from the ’70s. There is something rather magical about this great album with RnB running through it like a stick of rock.
- Emily Saunders – Xibaba – Cotton Skies – Emily’s take on Latino rhythms is nothing short of excellent on this great interpretation of an Airto Moreira classic.
- Eric Dolphy – Miss Ann – Far Cry – A December 1960 Prestige date finds Dolphy playing with the legacy of Charlie Parker but the album also contains the initial performance of Dolphy’s future jazz classic “Miss Ann”.
- Sarah Vaughan – Embraceable You – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown – a 1954 classic album with two of the giants of jazz. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Stuart McCallam – Fokey Dokey – Distilled – another tune from the new album due out on October 3rd on the Naim lable.
- Billie Holiday – Comes Love – Body and Soul – a swinging session from 1957 with Barney Kessel on guitar, and Ben Webster on tenor.
- Ella Fitzgerald – Rock It For Me -That Old Black Magic – Ella is often pigeonholed by commentators within the narrow confines of pop music and jazz vocals when she was a queen of song at a time when blues, jazz, and R&B all merged together into one rather lovely whole.
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