World of Jazz Radio Show – 26th April 2012

On this weeks show, which you can listen to via this link:


1 Jackie McLean Flickers Jackie McLean & Co
2 Lou Blackburn New Frontier The Complete Imperial Sessions
3 Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans Waltz for Debby Know What I Mean?
4 Jack Wilson A Time For Love Easterly Winds
5 Tribe Denekas Chant Rebirth
6 Bill Evans Woody’n You On Green Dolphin Street
7 Baby Face Willette High ‘n’ Low Face to Face
8 Ray Draper Quintet House of Davis Tuba Sounds
9 The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble Palace of the Tiger Women TKDA vs Kava Kon Remixes
10 John Zorn’s Naked City The Sicilian Clan Naked City


Music Diary #12 : 12th January 2012 – World of Jazz

Once again the floodgates opened today with a pile (digitally speaking) of new things coming via the ethernet……

  • Excellent new track from Ding of AAAK which will be on their new album which will released in March/April. There is a new EP coming first though which will be available at their gig supporting Section 25 at Gullivers on 28th January.
  • A new artist called Heidi Little from New York who writes good songs  but has a mildly annoying voice.
  • A very odd chap called Khalil Rivers (the self styled Prince of Luv) who sounds a bit like Barry White mixed in with something Gil Scott Heron might have cooked up after a particularly long session on Joseph Holts Bitter – most captivating!
  • A handful of new singles from Johnny Wore Black, Awolnation, Band of Skulls, and Young Guns – of the four the Band of Skulls has the most merit – the rest are a bit formulaic.
  • Hellbound Rebels sent me a track called “Vulture” which is nice and loud….they are from Warrington and St Helens…sort of Seattle grunge meets Midlands Metal….lot of good metal leaning bands around at the moment which implies another new wave of British Heavy Metal…..
  • Couple of tracks from local collective Womb – needs to be listened to carefully a couple of times I think as there is a lot going on….

If that were not enough to contend there is also the World of Jazz show at 11pm tonight.

This is the first opportunity I have had to play a tribute track for Sam Rivers who sadly passed away at the end of last year. He was a great innovator and leader and never quite for the attention he deserved. The rest of the show is a sort of random dip in the collection with no particular theme or intent.

Listen here and so the playlist is:

1 Sam Rivers Fuschia Swing Song Fuschia Swing Song
2 Miles Davis Spanish Key Bitches Brew Live
3 Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble Mists of Krakatoa Live – I Forsee the dark ahead if I stay
4 Richie Barron and the Mob Giving It Up Live in Eureka California
5 Charlie Parker Billies Bounce Complete Savoy and Dial Sessions
6 Joe Henderson Black Narcissus Power to the People
7 Duke Pearson After The Rain Sweet Honey Bee
8 David Murray I Thought About You (For Tom) Antiquated Love
9 Chico Freeman Crossing the Sudan Destiny’s Dance
10 Roots Night Train Stablemates

World of Jazz – 9th June 2011

On this show more from that excellent new album from Tim Berne, Jim Black and Nels Cline – “The Veil” – together with associated music from the three band members, and other more ambient jazz music and a little side step to the wonderfully eclectic world of Dengue Fever.

  • Berne, Black and Cline – The Veil – The Veil – details here
  • Drew Gress – It was after the range that the angel came – Spin and Drift – details here
  • Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Orchestra – The Palace of the Tiger Women (Kave Kon Remix) – website
  • Dengue Fever – Monsoon of Perfume – Venus on Earth – website
  • Nels Cline – McNeil Island/Pumpkin – New Monastery – website
  • Jim Black’s Alasnoaxis – Ant Work Song – Splay – website
  • The Impossible Gentlemen – Wallenda’s Last Stand – The Impossible Gentlemen – website
  • Miles Davis – When I Fall In Love – Steamin’ – website
  • Bugge Wesseltoft – Heim – Moving – MySpace

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World of Jazz – June 2nd 2011

A relaxed and ambient feel to the show tonight with a mix of new and relatively new jazz from across the board……..

  1. Sidsel Endresen – Angel – Undertow
  2. Nels Cline, Tim Berne, Jim Black – Tiny Moments Part 2 -The Veil
  3. The Impossible Gentlemen – Sure Would Baby – The Impossible Gentlemen
  4. Nils Petter Molvaer – Platonic Years – Khmer
  5. Lars Danielsson – Shimmering – Libera Me
  6. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – Les Etoiles Mutantes – From the Stairwell
  7. Yusef Lateef – Juba Juba – The Blue Yusef Lateef
  8. Bobby Hutcherson – Juba Dance – Components
  9. Oliver Lake Steel Quartet – Stolen Moments – Dat Love

It’s the (New and Older) Leather Thing #2

A quick canter through some of the new and not so new  albums, ep’s and singles – that have been piling up for weeks – some of these will get aired on the radio show in the near future….or have been already.

Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds – Philosophy and Underwear (2006-Album) : been after this one for a while – as anticipated, wonderfully sleazy and quite barking mad in places. More Cramps and Gun Club than Bad Seeds. Enjoyable listen and I guess more than a little tongue in cheek. He has just finished a european tour and there is a very limited vinyl live album available called “Tahitian Holiday”.

The Cassettes – I’ve Been Gone Far Too Long (2011-EP) : A band that has escaped my attention so far – they describe themselves as Mystic Country/Steampunk. Not sure how accurate that is – this is a mix of down and dirty Americana dust-bowl blues, and more anglophile folky meanderings. The most impressive track is the sleazy “Far Too Long” – the other three tracks are bit too hokey for my taste buds, and I found my attention wandering – Bill Frisell does this sort of stuff so much better.

Wet Hair – Radiant Lines/Decay (2011- 7″) : Incredibly lo-fi Seeds derived garage rock with heavily reverbed vocals in a VU style. It would be probably be good if it was not mastered so quietly. The drums are distant and the lead organ sound dominates too much. The closing section of the A side sort of meanders off in  Can like way at the end. Promising, but at the end of the day almost impossible to listen to because of the lousy production values. Moon Duo without the cohones just about sums it up.

Hiss Golden Messenger – From Country Hai East Cotton (2009-Album) : someone else said they were a heady brew of fusion of folk, dub, jazz, blues, and rock – I got bored after a while.

The Green Pajamas – If You Knew What I Dreamed (2006 – Album) : charming pop-rock in a (north) west coast stylee – all very pleasant but it’s not going to change the world. Good playing and singing throughout. Another band that have been around for a while but just haven’t got on my radar. If I had the time I would give this more attention- but unfortunately I don’t.

The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – From the Stairwell (2011 – Album) Magnificent blend of blues, jazz, soul, dub, ambient and trip-hop. Atmospheric, cinematic, immense and aurally extremely stimulating. This collective aim to make soundtrack type music and boy do they deliver. Highly recommended!

Sage – Across Tundras – (2011 – Album) – An immense slab of loud and intense music. The opener “In the name of the River Grand” is breathtaking – the rest of the album is full of  haunting doom tinged Americana, glimpses  of traditional country blues, and very  heavy layers of psychedelia. For a trio they make a hell of a noise. Very highly recommended.

World of Jazz – Trumpets Part 2 – 24th March 2011

Another look at Trumpet Players in the jazz world with a focus on three of the greats – Chet, Miles and Don

  1. Chet Baker – Solar – Chet Baker In New York – from September 1958 and the first of four albums Chet recorded for Riverside. The backing band is amazing – Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers(bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums), the latter two of which were in Miles Davis’s band at the time and this makes the reading of Miles “Solar” all the more interesting.
  2. Miles Davis – Riot – No Blues – The second great Miles Davis Quintet only recorded new material during 1965-68 but  live performances they still played some of the   older standards Miles was famed for. Not many of the live sessions by the Quintet made it onto record but this   CD features the group in late 1967 playing older  songs  in addition to the newer material like “Masquelero” and “Riot.”
  3. Don Cherry – Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro/Terry’s Tune – Organic Music Society – Don ventures into “World Music” in this 1972 recordings with a variety of different musicians and the use of non-western instrumentation and avant jazz stylings is refreshingly different.
  4. Chet Baker – Pent Up House – In Milan – A year after the New York date above Chet was in Milan with a band of Italian musicians who coped exceptionally well with the feel of West Coast cool jazz – this is an exceptional album demonstrating Chet at his best, and with some great musicians backing him – viz Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Serri (bass), Gene Victory (drums) Glauco Masetti (alto sax) and Gianno Basso (tenor sax)
  5. Miles Davis – I thought about you – In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk Complete – This short-lived version of the Miles Davis quintet featured Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, and Hank Mobley.  The unique thing about this group was its how it filled the massive void left by the  departure of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, with Miles taking a more vital role in directing the musicians.
  6. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – All is One – From The Stairwall – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (TKDE) formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies. Jason Köhnen and Gideon Kiers, both graduates of the Utrecht School of Arts, combined their audio and visual skills to reinterpret classic movies by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) and F. Langs (Metropolis). In 2004 UK trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Swiss cellist Nina Hitz joined TKDE to record the self-titled debut album which was released on Planet Mu Records in May 2006. The ensuing tour saw Eelco Bosman and Paris based vocalist Charlotte Cegarra join, forming the Ensemble into a sextet.  London based violinist Sadie Anderson joined in 2008 to supply the group with extra power on stage. The Netherlands has been TKDE’s homebase since 2007, while members have moved closer to each other to make composing and producing easier. This is their latest album.
  7. Don Cherry – Dios & Diablo – Live at Cafe Montmatre –  In 1966 and at the beginning of a short-lived Blue Note recording contract, Cherry brought back to together his multi-national ensemble for a tour resulting in this Copenhagen concert, recorded live at the famed Jazzhaus Montmartre. The group is  Leandro “Gato Barbieri on tenor saxophone, Karl Berger on vibraphone, Aldo Romano on drums, and Danish bassist Bo Stief . The band runs through a series of medleys and themes called “Cocktail pieces”.
  8. Chet Baker – All Blues – The Last Great Concert – Despite his drug problems and chaotic life, Chet remained an excellent trumpeter to the end of his career. This concert, performed two weeks before the mysterious fall to his death out of an Amsterdam hotel window , is a great synopsis of his career.  An interesting rhythmic take on Miles classic “All Blues”.
  9. Miles Davis – Frelon Brun – The Complete In A Silent Way – Of all the studio recordings completed by Miles Davis with his various bands, the  In a Silent Way Sessions in 1968 and 1969 are important in the history of jazz. They signified the completion of his transformation from acoustic to electric sound, and  marked the conclusion of the life span of the “second” quintet of Davis, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter that had begun on Filles de Kilimanjaro. The addition of Chick Corea as a second keyboard player and the replacement of Ron Carter with Dave Holland changed the sound of the band as heard through the material used to finish Filles de Kilimanjaro in “Mademoiselle Maby” and “Frelon Brun”.

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