World of Jazz – 25th August 2011

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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World of Jazz – 11th August 2011

A mixture of old and newer material on this one:

  • Blue Mitchell – Samba De Stacy – Down With It – from 1965  with a quintet that features a young Chick Corea on piano, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Al Foster, Mitchell creates a laid-back atmosphere typified by the bossa nova sounds of “Samba De Stacy”.
  • Chris Cundy & Dominic Lash – Ginko’s Corner – Two Plump Sisters – I saw Chris playing in St Annes Church as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival and was very impressed with his playing – so I contacted him and he sent me some tracks. Thanks Chris!
  • Art Blakey – Soul Finger – Soul Finger – released on Limelight in 1965 marks Lee Morgan’s and Freddie Hubbard’s final studio appearances as members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Morgan had been an on-again-off-again member since the 1950s, but his tenure with Blakey through the early 1960s remained fairly constant. The set also includes a young John Hicks on piano, bassist Victor Sproles, and veteran saxophonist Lucky Thompson.
  • Stuart McCallam – Inflight – Distilled – from the new album as featured on last weeks show.
  • Sam Jones – Some Kinda Mean – The Soul Society – Bassist Sam Jones’ debut as a leader resulted in one of his finest recordings and features cornetist Nat Adderley, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath on tenor, baritonist Charles Davis, and pianist Bobby Timmons.
  • Gannets – Walking the Gannet – featuring Chris Cundy again with Alex Ward, Fyfe Dangerfield, Dominic Lash,   and Steve Noble – from an album which will be released some time next year.
  • Horace Parlan – Rastus – Speakin’ My Piece – one of the first albums where Parlan was able to shine with his  own subtle playing working well  with an excellent  backing band of Stanley Turrentine,  bassist George Tucker, drummer Al Harewood
  • Rise – Dusk on the Sudan – Messages – Rise is a twenty-something beat technician / crate-digger / musician from Manchester. Currently recording for the Futuristica Music label, Rise has worked with and produced for artists such as Deborah Jordan, Replife, Jazz Chronicles, Low Budget Soul, Beit Nun, Truth and Spinnerty to name but a few. Under aliases such as Meccca:83 and REdefinition, he continues to explore new genres and spaces: expanding the ever growing list of pseudonyms that make up the Solar Sound System. 2011 sees the release of the debut Rise album “Messages” on Futuristica Music which is a deep, spiritual jazz record with splashes of hip hop and heavily influenced by Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Madlib, Strata East and Black Jazz. For lovers of the Jazzman label, Nostalgia 77, Cinematic Orchestra and JDilla!
  • Peter Evans Quintet – Ghost – Ghosts – Evans’ latest release on his own More is More imprint is made unique by  the lap-top live processing of Sam Pluta. At times, this Evans quintet operates as a classic jazz group , with Pluta’s laptop vying on equal terms with the acoustic instrumentation, but at others the core jazz quartet are in part manipulated  through Pluta’s laptop to create an entirely unique listening experience.
  • Peter Evans Quintet – Chorales – Ghost
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World of Jazz – 4th August 2011

This show looks at the work of Stuart McCallam – Manchester guitarist and member of the Cinematic Orchestra – and touches on the vibraphone in jazz, and the great drummer Art Taylor :

  • Donald Byrd – When Your Love Has Gone – Off to the Races :   Donald Byrd – one of the finest hard bop trumpeters of the post-Clifford Brown era – recorded prolifically as both a leader and sideman from the mid-’50s into the mid-’60s, mostly for the Blue Note lable, where he established himself  as a solid stylist with a clean tone, and a good melodic ear. This 1958 album proved to be one of his best sessions and with a brilliant supporting band of  — Jackie McLean (alto sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Pepper Adams(baritone sax), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor (drums) — Byrd turns in one of his strongest recordings of the era.
  • Stuart McCallam – Lament for Levenshulme – Distilled : Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum is best known for his work with Cinematic Orchestra. The distinctive, ethereal and atmospheric sound of his guitar has been at the heart of their sound since 2004, including on the albums ‘Ma Fleur’ and ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ and the award winning soundtrack ‘The Crimson Wing’. His own music influenced by jazz and DJ Culture is a distillation of many influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. McCallum who admits to influences from Wes Montgomery to Bjork, Flying Lotus to Bon Iver and James Blake to Bill Frisell, as well as modern art, eschews over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures in favour of a rich mix of electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing. Distilled, McCallum’s brilliant third album, and first for new label Naim, is a culmination of the music he has written over the last few year and the idea of ‘distillation’ is right at the heart of how the record was written. McCallum ‘sampled’ the best bits of his compositions, using them as the basis for further writing, before again sampling the results, and so on, until arriving at the perfectly distilled version of what he wanted to say. The result is a sublime slice of ambient-jazz-electonica with beautiful melodies and gorgeous soundscapes. But it isn’t just the process, McCallum’s own music is ‘distilled’: simple, memorable and melodic, minimalist and repetitive like modern dance music. His music owes as much to dance music as it does jazz. McCallum’s music thrives in the spaces between genres and on Distilled the improvisation is part of the compositional process. But it’s his use of technology that helps give the music its unique sound, be it looped instruments, samples, or his ethereal guitar McCallum utilises technology to create unique soundscapes, that are in equal part performance, composition and improvisation. It will be released on October 3rd.
  • Cinematic Orchestra – As the stars fall – Ma Fleur : led by composer/programmer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Swinscoe, this band merges modern urban dance, with jazz and cinematic music with great effect -this, the first album to feature Stuart McCallam, comprises a series of moody, evocative pieces.
  • Cal Tjader – Hip Vibrations – Hip Vibrations :  Cal Tjader recorded frequently for Verve during the 1960s, and this is one of his more unusual sessions. Instead of fronting his regular Latin group he plays arrangements by Benny Golson or Bobby Bryant, accompanied a band that includes Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm, J.J. Johnson, Jerome Richardson, Mel Lewis, with either Ron Carter or Richard Davis on bass, and three different pianists: Herbie Hancock, Patti Bown, or John Bunch.
  • Bobby Hutcherson – Maiden Voyage -Happenings : Bobby Hutcherson’s first quartet album features the vibraphonist’s soloing abilities, matching him  with pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Joe Chambers, and bassist Bob Cranshaw. An interesting reading of Hancock’s tune is the centre-piece to a fine album.
  • Art Taylor – Cookoo and Fungi – AT’s Delight : Although Taylor was one of the busiest modern second-generation jazz drummers, working in the studio with Coleman Hawkins, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane and many others, he only released five albums under his own name, of which this was the third. Conga player Carlos “Patato” Valdes joins Taylor and pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers on three cuts including this calypso.  The horn men  are Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax and Dave Burns on trumpet.
  • Stuart McCallam – Distilled – Distilled : the album features McCallum on guitars and sampler alongside bassists Ira Coleman and Robin Mullarkey, harpist Rachel Gladwin (best known in the jazz world for her work with Matthew Halsall), drummer Dave Walsh, legendary Manchester based percussionist Chris Manis and Iain Dixon on woodwinds.
  • The Cinematic Orchestra – Transformation – Les Ailes Pourpres : from the songtrack to a Disney film about Flamingoes.
  • John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio – Soft Lights and Sweet Music : For his second album, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) joined forces with his Prestige labelmate Red Garland (piano)  supported by a rhythm section of Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums) with this exquisite version of an Irving Berlin classic.
  • Dexter Gordon – Shiny Stockings – Gettin’ Around : Dexter spent the  mid-’60s period living in Europe coming back to the U.S. for the occasional recording session. His teaming with Bobby Hutcherson on this session was interesting in that at that time  the vibraphonist was already marking his territory as a maverick and challenging improviser – so how would this sit with Gordon’s traditional approach? Fear not –  the two principals prove compatible- they have a shared vision on what to deliver. Add the brilliant Barry Harris to this mix, plus Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins and you have a bit of a classic.
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