World of Jazz – 5th April 2012

A slightly up tempo and funky edition of the show, with slow bits in between  – listen here :

1 Kojato and the Afro Latin Cougaritas Oudo Makasan All About Jazz
2 Enrico Pieranunzi Every Smile of Yours Permutation
3 Kenny Dorham Sunrise in Mexico Whistle Stop
4 John Surman Carnival John Surman
5 Kahil El Zabar Miles Mode Africa N’Da Blues
6 David S. Ware Weave Parts 1 and 2 Threads
7 Weather Report Cucumber Slumber Mysterious Traveller
8 Sun Ra Arkestra Where Pathways Meet Lanquidity
9 Dave Douglas and Keystone Dog Star Moonshine
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Music Diary #19 – 19th January 2012 & World of Jazz

A new AAAK EP on its way to us shortly – love the moody cover of Paul and Ding and looking forward to hearing the Violent Snog mix of I assume “Sweet Sweet Kiss” – difficult to see as the reflected flash is in the way…..

Those merry funsters Well Wisher  have a new EP out on 25th January 2012 called “Summer Gangs”  – you can stream it on Bandcamp at this moment in time. As usually their breathtaking post-hardcore slacker indie punky pop is a refreshing antidote to the tired playlists wombled out by the so-called “taste-makers” out there. Highly recommended.

Pleased to see 50FOOTWAVE have released a new EP which is called “With Love From The Men’s Room” and it’s free from here – as usual K Hersh is on fine form and it is to be hoped they can make it over to the UK for some gigs in the near future.

Mr MJ Leigh has made four more Kill Pretty tracks available for download  here – suffice to to say they are all rather marvellous…..really looking forward to next weeks gig at the Kings Arms. The lyrics on some of these are NSFW.

And so to this weeks World of Jazz at the hail stones thunder down outside the Half Edge Recording Studios……..

I felt in a fusion-y sort of mood this week so I opted for some Weather Report  to kick of the show. Featuring a track from the eponymous album which saw the last time Pastorius, Erskine, and Thomas Jr would play together as a rhythm section – some would argue they rather lost the plot after this album – not sure I agree there are some highlights in the later work.  I’ve recently been introduced to the work of Dag Arnesen and I was drawn to the album featured on this show through the presence of Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. Beautiful melodies and great playing.

Always pleased to feature the great James Spaulding on the show and the bluesy cut played on this show demonstrates his ability to adapt. Australian Mike Nock has been around for a while and he always delivers great albums – never gets the attention he deserves I reckon. Marcus Millers re-invention of Miles Davis’s first Warners album “Tutu” is interesting – whilst it’s appreciate he contributed considerably to the original one wonders why he felt it necessary to put together this mammoth slab of work around it. I’m sort of conflicted on the need for it but it’s always good to hear George Duke’s wonderful “Backyard Ritual” and Christian Scott does well fitting into MDD’s shoes.

Sonny Criss working with Horace Tapscott has to be a bonus and the nonet cut from the “Sonny’s Dream” album is rather groovy. Following that with some Stan Getz from an album produced in collaboration with (Big A&M)* Herb Alpert towards the end of the great mans career. Concluding with some ECM ambience from Don Cherry and friends, a great ballad from Dexter Gordon and a mood piece from Manchester based jazzer Matthew Halsall.

(* Gratuitous Fall Fan Reference c.f.  CnC-S Mithering from Grotesque After the Gramme)

Enjoy here.…..

1 Weather Report Volcano for Hire Weather Report
2 Dag Arnesen Astrid Mi Astrid Norwegian Songs 3
3 James Spaulding Gerkin for Perkins Blues Nexus
4 Mike Nock Symbiosis Almanac
5 Marcus Miller Backyard Ritual Tutu Live
6 Sonny Criss The Golden Pearl Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
7 Stan Getz Amorous Cat Apasionado
8 Don Cherry, Lennart Aberg, Bobo Stenson Prayer Dona Nostra
9 Dexter Gordon I guess I’ll hang my tears out to dry Ballads
10 Matthew Halsall The Journey Home On the go

World of Jazz Radio Show – 15th September 2011

A mixed bag of older stuff this week…..i’ll be prowling the record emporia of Mancunia tomorrow so maybe some new things next week…

  • Phil Ranelin – Sounds from the Village – Vibes from the Tribe (1976) : was one of the Detroit jazz scene’s unsung heroes, releasing several excellent, politicized albums that blended post-Coltrane avant-garde jazz, post-Bitches Brew psychedelia, hard bop, funk, and African rhythms. In 1971, trombonist Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison started a band,  recording company, and magazine, and called them the Tribe.   Vibes From the Tribe was the last of eight records issued by Tribe/Time Is Now Productions. The  CD release of the album is the first of the label’s recordings to be issued in full, with added bonus tracks.  John McEntire of the band Tortoise has restored the master tapes, and added some touches to the unreleased material which give the music a contemporary feel.
  • Paul Chambers – Dear Old Stockholm – Bass on Top (1957) – the great bassist from the first Miles Davis Quintet features here one of his seven albums as a leader -it is a set of straight-ahead, mainstream jazz  with a quartet made up of Chambers,  guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Hank Jones, and drummer Art Taylor.
  • Ramon Morris – Wijinia – Sweet Sister Funk (2004) – this lone Morris Groove Merchant date remains one of the most impressive fusion records of its time. Morris soulful tenor saxophone fits well in jazz-funk  and the album  achieves a near-perfect balance between the mainstream and the experimental leaning. The band includes trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and percussionist Tony Waters. It is a real pity that Morris never again recorded as a leader as this album promised so much more.
  • Weather Report – A Remark You Made – 8:30 (1979) – This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter are the phenomenal  bassist Jaco Pastorius, and drummer Peter Erskine. Shorter shines through on this excellent melodic track.
  • Yusef Lateef – The Plum Blossom – Eastern Sounds (1961) – one of the last recordings made by the band that Lateef shared with pianist Barry Harris after the band moved to New York from Detroit. Lateef  had long been interested in Eastern music, and  this Moodsville session contains his explorations of Eastern mode and interval, as well as tonal and polytonal improvisation.
  • Al Haig Trio – Autumn in New York – Esoteric (1954) – One of three albums that pianist Al Haig made in 1954 before leaving the scene  for the next 20 years, this long out-of-print recording was reissued on CD by the Spanish Fresh Sound label. The bop pioneer is heard with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Lee Abrams.
  • Milt Jackson – Spanish Fly – In A New Setting (1964) –  one of his best as a leader. With young pianist McCoy Tyner and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Jackson delivers a great session,
  • Benny Golson – Venetian Breeze – The Modern Touch (1958) – Golson’s second album as a leader   is a solid hard bop date featuring the tenorman in a quintet with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach.
  • Kenny Gill – Virgo/Libra – What Was, What Is, What Will Be (1971) – a great solo piece demonstrating the freer side of Gill’s work.
  • Charlie Rouse – Pretty Strange – Takin’ Care of Business – Rouse’s debut as a leader  The distinctive tenor saxophonist, who had just started a decade-long stint as a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet, teams up with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Earl May, and drummer Art Taylor.
To listen to the show click on the link below…….