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Cory Henry

Cory Henry is an American pianist, organist, singer and songwriter who was a former member of the popular band Snarky Puppy. He released his album First Steps in 2014 when it reached number 5 on the Billboard charts. His second album, a 2016 live recording, The Revival, charted in the Top Gospel Albums and Top Jazz Albums, where it peaked at number five and number two respectively. In 2018, Cory released "Art of Love", his first album with his band the Funk Apostles. Click here for a video of Cory and the Funk Apostles performing their version of the Bee Gees' Staying Alive.

 

 

The Big Blind

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has announced that he will be bringing his new radio-style drama project to the UK in 2020. The Big Blind is a live words Kurt Elling The Big Blindand music show that tells the story of a young jazz singer in 1950’s Chicago who “faces the ultimate test”. The show debuted on Broadway this year and has an all star cast of musicians including Kurt himself, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clarke Peters and our own Ian Shaw, along with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Guy Barker.

Kurt says that the show was inspired by the story of comedian Joe E. Lewis, played by Frank Sinatra in the movie The Joker is Wild. The Oscar-winning song "All The Way" is a standard in that show.

The show is directed by Terry Kinney (actor, director, and founding member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and features new, original compositions by Elling and Galdston as well as lyric adaptations of songs by Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Sammy Cahn, Joe Zawinul, Jimmy Van Heusen, Joe Jackson, and Jaco Pastorius. Kurt says it’s a “rollercoaster of a tale”.

It will be one-off UK performance at London’s Southbank Centre on January 31st next year.

Click here for tickets and details. Brief introductory video. For an interview with Kurt about the show - click here.

 

 

Jacob Collier - Through The Rectangular Window

Jacob Collier Blue Peter Remix

In September, multi-instrumentalist and singer Jacob Collier helped to launch the brand new, Ed Sheeran-designed, Blue Peter music badge, with an appearance on a special BBC Music Day episode of the world’s longest running children’s TV show. 

The award-winning musician, a protégé of Quincy Jones, has collaborated in the past with the likes of Chris Martin, Herbie Hancock, Hans Zimmer and Pharrel Williams. He remixed the show’s theme tune before performing live in the studio. Collier’s remix, which incorporates the voices of Blue Peter viewers, will replace the show’s regular opening credits and he performed a solo, one-man-band version of his song It Don’t Matter, which features on Volume Two of his new, four-volume album project ‘Djesse’.

Click here (and then the i> symbol in the left hand corner of the main picture) to play the brief remix which is in Jacob's familiar style. Click here for a video of Jacob performing Fascinating Rhythm earlier this year in Los Angeles. There is a rather long introduction including thanks to Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones who were in the audience, but you can skip this if you forward to 6.50 mins in the video.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Steve Rubie

 

Steve Rubie

 

Steve Rubie, the owner of the famous 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musicians' Company. Steve, who also plays flute and sax and leads the band Samara took over running the club in 1976 when it was at 606 King's Road, Chelsea, and moved it to its present location in Lots Road where it presents jazz seven days a week.

The Jazz Lifetime Achievement Silver Medal, awarded annually to a distinguished jazz musician, has previously been awarded to Sir John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracy CBE, Chris Barber, Tony Coe, Acker Bilk MBE, and Norma Winstone MBE .... (click here for a full list of past winners).

Click here for details of the Worshipful Company of Musicians which has its roots back in the Middle Ages.

Click here for the Tea Break we spent with Steve and where you can read more about his story and music.

 

 

 

 

 

Video Juke Box

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Buddys Habits video

 

Here is a foot-tapping video from 1995 of the French band Certain L'aiment Chaud (Some Like It Hot) playing Buddy's Habits. A Paris-based all-female group specializing in the sounds of early jazz, they play the jazz from the twenties including the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Clarence Williams. The band was formed in 1985 by Kiki Desplat (cornet) and their members are Sylvette Claudet (clarinet), Agnes Loustau (piano), Nathalie Renault (banjo) and Claude Jeantet (sousaphone). The band won le Prix Sidney Bechet de l'Académie du Jazz in 1992. Joined by Paul Strandberg, now Kiki's husband, they play Arnett Nelson and Charlie Straight's Buddy's Habit(s) with a nice solo from Kiki.

 

 

 

Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes DVD

 

The DVD of this documentary about Blue Note Records was released in September. 'The present provides a point of departure from which the film recovers the past. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of groundbreaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire to record an All-Stars album. These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. Rare archival interviews and conversations with Blue Note musicians provide an intimate look into the creation and philosophy behind some of the most seminal tracks in jazz history.' There are other extracts / trailers available on YouTube, this one is a little longer.

 

 

Chet Baker Love Vibrations

 

This video of Chet Baker from 1976 sees him in Rome in the company of flutist Jacques Pelzer, Amedeo Tommasi, Giovanni Tommaso and Bruno Biriaco playing Horace Silver's Love Vibrations. As the JazzOnTheTube site says: 'After a very rough period (1967-73) in which it looked as if Chet Baker was finished in music, the trumpeter made an unlikely but very successful comeback. While his personal life would always be messy, Baker did some of his finest trumpet playing during his final dozen years.' The video proves the point.

 

 

 

 

Fabled For Richer For Poorer

 

 

For Richer, For Poorer is of a tune by Sam Rapley from Fabled's debut album, Short Stories. The band - Sam Rapley (saxophone); Alex Munk (guitar); Matt Robinson (piano); Conor Chaplin (double bass) and Will Glaser (drums) - is on tour in November and December in Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and Sheffield (click here for dates).

 

 

 

 

Chris Barber Sweet Georgia Brown video

 

 

As Chris Barber goes into retirement it seems only right to include a video here. This one of Sweet Georgia Brown is a little unusual. Recorded in the Netherlands in 1997 it is a feature for Chris. The rest of the band are: John Crocker (clarinet); Pat Halcox (trumpet, vocals); Vic Pitt (upright bass); Paul Sealey (guitar, banjo); John Slaughter (guitar); Alan 'Stickey' Wickett (drums) and Ian Wheeler (clarinet, saxophone, harmonica).

 

 

 

 

 

Gorodi Braysher Straight Life

 

 

The Miguel Gorodi / Sam Braysher Quartet plays Art Pepper's Straight Life, based as Sam Braysher points out, based on the chord sequence of the old standard After You've Gone. Miguel Gorodi (trumpet); Sam Braysher (alto saxophone); Calum Gourlay (bass); David Ingamells (drums).

 

 

Click here to visit the Video Juke Box choices from the past six months.

 

 

 

 

Name The Tune

(Click on the picture for the answer)

 

Name the tune

Click here for our Name The Tune page

 

 

Hitsville - The Soul of Motown

 

Hitsville

 

The story of Motown Records is told in a new big screen documentary - ‘Hitsville’. The premier took place in Detroit during September. Detroit is, of course, the city where the world famous soul music label originated 60 years ago, and although the label moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970’s, this documentary focuses on the early days.

The film includes rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with musicians, fans and stars including the label’s co-founder Berry Gordy, the great Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and The Supremes. The film has worldwide general release on 4th October.

The city of Detroit also hosted a whole weekend of celebrations honouring Berry Gordy and Motown records in September, with a concert featuring live performances from Ne-Yo, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson and members of the Four Tops.

Click here for the movie trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Quiz

Given The Choice...

This month we challenge you with fifteen jazz-related questions where we give you a choice from three possible answers. How many can you choose correctly?

 

Louis and Armstrong and his adopted son

 

 

For example: What was the first name of Louis Armstrong’s adopted son?

Was it: Honore, Clarence or Sterling?

Click here for the Jazz Quiz.

 

 

 

 

John Coltrane - Lost and Found

Lost: She was the inspiration for the tune Cousin Mary on John Coltrane's Giant Steps album and now his cousin Mary Alexander has Cousin Marypassed through the Departure Lounge at the end of August. She was 92. 'Following the deaths of their parents and husbands, Bettie and her sister Alice moved their family to Philadelphia and resided in the East Poplar community until moving to the house on 33rd Street in Strawberry Mansion that John purchased after returning from the Army. The house served as the family home for John, “Cousin Mary” as she is known in the jazz world, and their mothers ...'. Mary spent much of her life preserving John's legacy and ethos.

.....'The John W. Coltrane Cultural Society was born in 1984 and incorporated in 1985. The group was headquartered at the Coltrane House where Mary and her husband resided. Its mission was to counteract negative constraints facing inner-city youth through presentations of the positive cultural forces embodied in jazz and other cultural programs; preserve jazz as an American music tradition by making the contributions of African American jazz artists more visible and accessible; and preserve the genius and legacy of John W. Coltrane by establishing the John W. Coltrane Cultural Center'.

Click here for more about Mary Alexander. Click here to listen to John Coltrane and Cousin Mary.

 

 

Found: Blue World, an album of newly-discovered tracks by John Coltrane was released in September on the Impulse! label. John Coltrane Blue World 'In 1994, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled "Le chat dans le sac" ("The Cat in the Bag"). Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to the film. In June of that year, Coltrane's 'Classic Quartet' entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals.’

In Rolling Stone magazine it is told how actress Barbara Ulrich, who played the female lead in the movie, had a relationship with director, Gilles Groulx. They discovered a mutual love of jazz. Gilles knew bassist Jimmy Garrison who passed on to Coltrane a request from Gilles to use his music in the film. “Gilles had a list of the music he wanted and later he told me when he gave the list to Coltrane, Coltrane said, ‘Okay, I can do this — I can’t do that, it’s not mine. OK I get it, I know what you want.’ Then they just started jamming and recorded for several hours. Then Rudy gave Gilles the tape and that was it. When he got back he was absolutely ecstatic. He knew exactly where he was going to use the music in the film.” The whole film is available on YouTube, but click here for an extract.

‘For many years, viewers of the film who recognised the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard.’

Click here for details of the album. Click here for a video for the release.

 

 

 

 

Poetry and Jazz

Jazz Remembered

Chauncey Morehouse

 

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Chauncey Morehouse

 

Drummer Chauncey Morehouse was born in New York in 1902 and grew up in Pennsylvania. He started playing drums, piano and banjo early, leading a group called the Versatile Five at High School. He played and toured with Paul Specht’s orchestra from 1922-24, including a smaller group from the orchestra, The Georgians.

Click here to listen to Chauncey Morehouse playing Land Of Cotton Blues with The Georgians in 1923. It is said that this is 'the first recorded wire brush drum solo.'

Between 1924 and 1929 he was with the bands of Jean Goldkette, Adrian Rollini and Don Voorhees, but he also recorded with Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, The Dorsey Brothers and Joe Venuti.

Click here for Chauncey playing on Jazz Me Blues with Bix and his Gang.

From 1929 Chauncey mainly played as a studio musician in radio and television in and around New York City.

In 1938 with Stan King he put together a percussion set that was tuned chromatically and developed this into a set of drums called the N'Goma drums, made by the Leedy Drum company. The company endorsed Morehouse during his career.

Click here for a video of Chauncey playing the drum set in 1938 from the show Saturday Night Swing Club, Paul Douglas introduces Chauncey who plays Koo-Lai-Ay with the Leith Stevens Orchestra and then participates in a "jam session" of the tune The Dipsey Doodlewhich also includes Bobby Hackett and his band with Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell and George Brunies. 'Chauncey Morehouse was not just a drummer but a true percussionist of the old school who could also play melodic instruments such as vibraphone and, like here, a set of tuned "N'Goma" drums'.

Chauncey worked in studios into the 1970s and then retired from studio work and began playing jazz again, mostly at festivals. He played at Carnegie Hall for the Tribute to Bix concert for the Newport Jazz Festival and at one of the early Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festivals in Davenport, Iowa.

Click here for a video of Chauncey in the 1970s playing Davenport Blues with cornettist Richard Sudhalter.

 

Chauncey Morehouse cartoon

 

When the drummer used all the gadgets!

 

'yestercenturypop.com' carries an interesting playlist and background to the work of Chauncey Morehouse - click here to listen to their selection of his work. In talking about drum kits of the 1920s they say: '.... I’m starting with Chauncey Morehouse. He’s the most familiar to me, and probably to even occasional early jazz listeners. Anyone who has taken a Jazz 101 course has heard Morehouse’s cymbal backbeat on Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Trumbauer’s seminal “Singin’ the Blues.” His collaborations with “Bix” and “Tram” in the Jean Goldkette orchestra and on numerous studio dates with the famous duo make him one of the most frequently encountered drummers of the twenties. It’s a little trickier to hear his drums but feeling them is no problem, for example on Morehouse’s own composition “Three Blind Mice” with a Trumbauer-led group.....

 

Click here to listen to Three Blind Mice.

Chauncey Morehouse died in 1980 in Medford, New Jersey at the age of 78.

 

Chauncey Morehouse

 

 

 

 

Back to School – Re-visioning Jazz Education

 

HarmonyThere is an interesting discussion on YouTube between Monika Herzig, Vic Hobson, David Wright and Ken McCarthy of Jazz On The Tube.

The inspiration for the conversation was Vic Hobson’s point that Louis Armstrong’s art was built on top of his experience as a street corner vocal quartet singer (as documented in his book Creating the Jazz Solo). It seems that many early jazz musicians shared Armstrong’s experience: Jerry Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, Earl “Fatha” Hines and Sidney Bechet were apparently all members of “barbershop” groups in their youth. It has even been said that Buddy Bolden got his harmonic ideas from singing groups. The discussion considers how we might apply this insight to contemporary music and jazz education.

Click here for the video - it lasts for just over an hour.

 

 

 

 

Utah Tea Pot

Tea Break

 

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Luca Manning

 

 

Luca Manning

 

 

Luca Manning is a jazz vocalist and songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland. He turned to jazz music almost by accident after spending his childhood singing rock music and found that the more he immersed himself in the music, the more he fell in love with it. He says that originally there was never a decision that he would become a singer, but that people kept encouraging him ‘and it just happened’.

Now based in London, Luca has just completed his second year on the Jazz degree course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has already played major London venues such as Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s Club; he leads his own ensembles and features as a guest with renowned singers such as Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw. He became a member of the London Vocal Project in 2018 and in the same year, became a chairholder with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. As part of an arrangement with NYJO, Luca also in 2018, went over to San Francisco to spend a week studying at the Brubeck Institute.

Luca is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly rooted in jazz tradition. He has played various festivals around the U.K opening for the likes of Georgie Fame and Becca Stevens and is involved in a number of projects both as a bandleader and sideman.

Click here for a video of Luca with Irini Arabatzi, the guitar of Seth Tackaberry and a few outtakes on Avishai Cohen's It's Been So Long.

Luca won the rising star award at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards and is now anticipating the release of his first album, When The Sun Comes Out, which features Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie and special guest saxophonist, Laura Macdonald. Luca has said: “I wanted this first album to be a reflection of who I currently am - in the truest sense. We recorded it live at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland building in my home city, Glasgow. I chose to go for the more raw, live sound rather than a studio sound as it was really important to me that we capture a ‘moment’ with each take. Therefore, don’t be alarmed when you hear the odd creak of the piano stool or the passing of a car outside - it’s all in the moment!”. When The Sun Comes Out is released on 17th October.

When The Sun Comes Out is an album that will undoubtably appeal to a wide audience. It opens gently with Luca's own composition, Our Journey, but for me it is the second track, If I Knew Then, that swings open the door to some outstanding numbers that follow. At this point the symbiosis between singer and pianist becomes clear and guest Laura Macdonald's alto sax dances in too for a toe-tapping party. Betty Carter's ballad Who What Where When is a lightly sensitive rendering followed by Mean To Me, that tune I first heard way back when Noah was putting animals on the ark and they do justice to it here. Harold Arlen's When The Sun Comes Out, the title track, is a blues ballad; Luca's voice holds and bends the notes with feeling and Fergus McCreadie shows, as he did with Mean To Me, that he too can match style changes.

Click here for a brief taste of Luca singing When The Sun Comes Out

Luca introduces the words for Stones Of Brodegar (the Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle in Orkney, Scotland), but this track belongs to Fergus McCreadie's improvisation, impressive throughout this album. The American songwriter Gabriel Kahane's tender, challenging, Where Are The Arms (that armed your love) is followed by Luca's Rise, an amazing track where Laura Macdonald's saxophone sounds like a second voice and Fergus blazes a piano solo. I'd have liked to hear Laura on more tracks but I guess you can only get so much into an album. On Joni Mitchell's Two Grey Rooms you can hear Joni in the way Luca approaches the song, and it will be hard for you not to be moved by the closing track, Loch Lomond, where Luca sets the tone for a piano solo that at one point made me tingle the first time I heard it. Luca's voice is clear and expressive and if you wanted an album that showcases how a vocalist can absorb different tyles - folk, swing, ballad, blues - into his voice, this is one. He deserves the attention he is receiving.

Luca has now been nominated in the 'Jazz Newcomer Of The Year' category in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

 

Luca called by for a tea break.

 

Hi Luca, good to see you. Tea? Coffee?

Great to be here, I love what you've done with the place! Coffee please!

I rescued the old rocking chair from a skip - I don't think you are anywhere near ready for 'old rocking chair' yet though. Milk and sugar?

Just milk - maybe a sugar if I'm feeling cheeky. 

 

So – you won the ‘Rising Star’ category at last year’s Scottish Jazz Awards and now you’ve been nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’! How does that feel?

 

Luca Manning Risisng Star award

 

 

Winning the Rising Star award at last year's Scottish Jazz Awards was incredible - it felt really humbling to be recognised by the Scottish Jazz scene. It's a scene that I'm so proud of and although I'm no longer living in Scotland I do my best to keep in contact with everyone and I think the awards are a testament to just how many great jazz musicians we have in Scotland.  Being nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award was a HUGE suprise. I'm hugely grateful to be nominated alongside two amazing young artists : Xhosa Cole and Fergus McCreadie in the Jazz Newcomer category. I'm also so happy to see Brian Kellock, Nikki Iles, Pete Churchill and the fabulous London Vocal Project all up for awards too! I can't wait to attend the ceremony and take my mum along to help me drink all the free prosecco! 

I think you'll have to share the prosecco with others - there could be trouble if you and your mum drink it all! I suppose in a way you are a 'newcomer' to many people. I’ve certainly been more aware of you over the past year. I don’t think it has been due to a formal ‘publicity  machine’ though, I think people have been picking up on your voice. Have you been aware of more publicity?

 

 

I do all of my publicity, social media and management myself so I haven't really been conscious of pushing it anymore than I usually do. I think it has happened quite naturally. I'm still a student so balancing being in college every day and trying to promote your career outside at the same time can be a bit of a struggle at times. I have been aware of my name cropping up a bit more, but I think this is maybe due to just being out there and meeting more people. I'm quite a pro-active person, I like to make things happen. I've been really lucky that some more advanced musicians and singers on the scene have been very generous and had me sit in at their gigs and introduced me to various people which always helps. 

 

There is some real talent at Guildhall. I really like the video you did with The Delgates - Guildhall and Academy students - Love's In Need Of Love Today (click here) .

 

Anita Manning

 

 

I always get the impression that the third year at college is a key one for making contacts for when you have graduated. I think you will certainly be 'known' by then. Speaking of becoming 'known', I don’t think people generally realise that you are the grandson of a ‘personality’– the TV antiques expert Anita Manning. Is she always so enthusiastic and cheerful?

I am indeed, and unbelievably, she is! My gran is a very hardworking and energetic woman - she's very inspiring! I complain about getting in late from gigs or having to travel long distances for things, but she does far more of that than me and she does it all with a smile on her face. We talk a lot about performing and I think it's great that we have that in common. 

Have you picked up any tips from her? Do you know your Bauhaus from your Art Deco?

I can't say I have. I did used to work in her auction house on Saturdays - it was far more stressful than being a musician though ... I definitely broke a few vases in my time... !

 

Anita Manning

 

 

 

 

 

Your debut album ‘When The Sun Comes Out’ is released this month. What a great title! Are you pleased with the album? How did you approach deciding what songs include?

 

Luca Manning When The Sun Comes Out

 

 

Yes I'm so excited - the album will be released on October 17th 2019. Thanks! I am really pleased with the album. I did have doubts about various things and still have anxieties about how it is going to be received but I often just need to remind myself that I am really proud of the music we have made on this album, and I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to help me make it! (Fergus, Laura, Gus Stirratt - Sound Engineer, Sara Colman - Assistant Producer, Delilah Niel - Photography and Videography).

Some songs I knew I wanted to record straight away - such as the title track, When The Sun Comes Out, and Fergus' Stones Of Brodgar. Others came to me relatively close to the actual recording day like Betty Carter's Who What Why Where When and even the album closer Loch Lomond which we actually never planned to do - it just happened on the day! All the songs spoke to me and expressed an emotion that I wanted to convey in the album - that's why I chose them. 

 

 

 

Click here for details of the album and a taste of the first track, Our Journey.

 

Of course your pal Fergus McCreadie plays piano on the album and Laura Macdonald guests on alto sax, but if you could ask two past jazz musicians to guest on your next recording, who would you invite?

Oh that's very difficult! I'd ask vocalist, Mark Murphy if he would duet with me as I think he would be loads of fun to sing with! And then maybe someone completely different, like Kenny Wheeler, as I adore his sound and improvising ... or maybe playing duo with Bill Evans ... this is really hard!

 

Interesting choices - What would you ask them during your tea breaks?

I'd ask Mark Murphy so many questions ... too many to list ... I'm not sure Kenny was much of a talker so maybe I'd have to hang with Bill Evans ... maybe we wouldn't talk ... we'd just play!?

 

Tunny Tea Cake

 

I’m forgetting my manners. There are some biscuits in the tin - Hob Nob, Bourbon, Garibaldi – or I remember drummer Alyn Cosker telling me a deep fried Tunnocks teacake is big in Scotland ......?

Hahahaha - I have to confess I've never actually tried one, sounds delicious though! I'll take a Hob Nob though - love 'em!

 

 

Deep Fried Tunnocks Tea Cake

 

 

 

 

You are London based now, but you seem to be going back to Scotland for gigs quite regularly. The scene in Scotland has been thriving in recent years – you have talked about the club that Cheryl Chadha opened at Duke’s Bar that became really well attended – Jazz clubs are not always well supported by young people, what do you think it was that got so many young people to go along? 

Yeah, I think although I'm in London now, it has always been important to me to remain in touch with the Scottish scene because I love it so much. Duke's was a special place - I have so many fond memories of playing there and it's where lots of us started out - myself along with drummer Tom Potter and saxophonist Matt Carmichael. I'm not sure what it was that made it so well supported ... I think having a jazz course at the RCS in Glasgow means that the scene has a younger crowd who are playing the music. So as a young person, it's cool to see other young people playing music that you can get into, and a lot of the younger bands are making music that appeals to younger crowds that infuses jazz with other musical styles - Corto.alto, AKU, DJ Rebecca Vasmant etc. 

 

 

Blue Arrow Jazz Club

 

 

Of course, Cheryl went on to open the Blue Arrow Jazz Club and that has become a focus for jazz in Glasgow. I’ve not been there but it looks like a very relaxed, intimate venue?

Yes. The Blue Arrow is actually under new management now, but it is still going strong and its a club that many London bands travel up to play as part of their tour. It is a lovely intimate venue - a real 'jazz club' vibe - great cocktails too! I would love it if they got a real piano, that would really make it I think!

 

Blue Arrow Jazz Club, Glasgow

 

 

 

 

Who else have you been hearing recently that we should listen out for?

Matt Carmichael is a saxophonist who writes beautiful music and has a band full of amazing players - Fergus McCreadie, Ali Watson and Tom Potter - the way they play together is incredible. They are playing Ronnie's soon I think!

Click here for a video of Matt Carmichael's Quartet playing Safari.

Other names to look out for - Corto.alto, who I have already mentioned; listen to Smith and Safir's new album; Treeclimbers and Emilia Martensson's new record!

 

 

You’ve got a load of gigs coming up in October – is there one you are particularly looking forward to?

Yes, October seems really busy! It is too hard to pick one - but a few highlights are playing with Fergus and Laura in Edinburgh on the 19th October as part of a big Scottish Jazz Weekend and also supporting Folk singer/songwriter Finn Anderson on the 20th October in London at the Lexington. Two very different gigs - only a day apart!

 

 

Threebop

 

Which other bands are you working with at the moment.

Threebop are returning to London for a gig at The Pheasantry on 8th October which I am really excited about. This band is like a little family and as Rosie is living in New York at the moment we don't always have the luxury of playing together so when she is back the gig's always feel like a little reunion!

 

Threebop (Ella Hohnen-Ford, Rosina Bullen and Luca Manning)

 

 

 

 

 

Your album launch is on 18th November at The Pheasantry in Chelsea. I hope that goes well. 

Yes, can't wait! So thrilled to be part of this year's London Jazz Festival and I know it's going to be a special one! 

 

And then in December we shall find out about the Parliamentary Jazz Awards! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Can you manage another biscuit?

Always!

 

Tell you what. I'll put the kettle on again and get the biscuits out while you and Alan Benzie play I Should Care (click here).

 

Luca Manning

Click here for Luca's website, gigs and contact details

 

 

 

Utah Tea Pot

 

 

 


Directory of Alternative Musical Definitions

 

Perpetuum Mobile

People who don't turn their phones off during a gig.

 

Mobile phone in concert

Click on the picture

 

Click here for more Alternative Definitions.

 

 

 

Poetry and Jazz

Carsten Dahl Paints Music

by Howard Lawes

 

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Carsten Dahl Painting Music

 

Carsten Dahl's latest band is a piano trio with Nils Bo Davidsen on bass and Stefan Pasborg on drums but the album title, Painting Music, is a clue to what is a multi-artistic project that includes not just music but art and poetry as well.  The album cover has original artwork by Dahl, a semi-abstract picture of a violinist that almost shimmers as if music is emanating from it while inside, another Dahl picture is titled Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard Walks in the Winter Forest. There is also a photograph of Dahl, apparently having just emerged from his studio with paint covered fingers and a Dahl poem.

Remarkably, Carsten Dahl has featured on more than 150 albums and yet despite considerable popularity in his native Denmark, and having been awarded the Danish Music Award Jazz Prize on at least two occasions, he has had less success in the U.K. and elsewhere. 

Dahl began his musical career as a drummer and was taught by Ed Thigpen, but then transferred to piano going on to play with Thigpen on the album Elements Of Swing, released in 2002, with Joe Lovano on saxophone and Jesper Bodilsen on bass.

Click here for a video of Carsten playing Chelsea Bridge with Ed Thigpen, Joe Lovano and Jesper Bodilsen

 

It is not clear whether the title of Dahl's Painting Music album refers to music inspired by art or music which is good to listen to while painting.  Perhaps the most famous music inspired by art is Pictures At An Exhibition by Mussorgsky, dedicated to the artist Viktor Hartmann, but there are many others such as Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean dedicated to Vincent van Gogh.

 

Broadway Boogie Woogie

 

There are fewer examples of jazz music inspired by art but one of note is the album Colour Beginnings by saxophonist Tim Whitehead, inspired by the artist JMW Turner. The impact of specifically jazz music on art includes examples such as Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian and Jazz by Henri Matisse. 

 

 

Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian

 

Henri Matisse Jazz

 

 

 

Jazz by Henri Matisse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artist Jackson Pollock was a huge jazz fan and certainly listened to jazz while painting, suggesting that his art was significantly influenced by the music he heard and in fact Ornette Coleman featured a Jackson Pollock artwork on the album cover of his 1961 release Free Jazz.

 

The album cover is of course another form of art presenting music and some record companies such as Blue Note where graphic designer Reid Miles took a great deal of care over the packaging of their albums.  Album covers such as those for Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus by Neil Fujita seem to have a touch of Kandinsky about them. 

The Painting Music album has ten tracks, two are composed by Dahl, Davidsen and Pasborg; one is a Danish folk song while the remaining tracks are new arrangements of standards such as All The Things You Are by Jerome Kern, Solar by Miles Davis and Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma.  Several of the tunes feature colours, the folk song which can be translated as I Went Out On A Summer’s Day tells of golden skies; Autumn Leaves surely conjures up a feast of colours while other tunes such as Harold Arlen's Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Miles Davis's Blue In Green have obvious colour references. 

Click here for a live performance by Carsten Dahl and Trinity with Autumn Leaves and Be My Love.

The phenomenon of synesthesia (where two or more senses are excited simultaneously) is well known and as Carsten Dahl says "In this recording it felt like we were all painting on the same canvas, merging our perceptions into a single spirit".  Jazz music, and especially live improvised music is ephemeral and while music can be recorded, there is a quality that is lost when converted into digital technology. Painted art is permanent and remains exactly as the artist intended. Perhaps musicians can think in colour and at least within their own minds create an artwork that will last a lifetime.

Click here for a live performance video of Miles Davis' Blue In Green.

Carsten Dahl is a formidable musician who certainly deserves to be listened to. As well as working with jazz ensembles, Dahl plays solo piano and quoting from his website "... for his two solo albums, Dahl took inspiration from both classical pianist Glenn Gould and jazz pianists like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor and Bud Powell; cultivating improvisation in extreme situations". Painting Music is in a similar mould, the new arrangements of jazz standards depart considerably from the originals and the listener will make of them what they will but perhaps the music will conjure a work of art in their mind or, like Gina Southgate, the artist who paints jazz, they might just get it down on canvas.

Click here for details of the album Painting Music with samples of Sailing With No Wind and Autumn Leaves.

 

Carsten Dahl

 

 

 

On A Night Like This, The Story Is Told ....

Plus Ça Change

'There was another incident, which occurred during the rehearsal of one of the big cigarette programs - a program which is on the air to this day, with exactly the same formula as at that time, some eighteen or nineteen years ago.

One of the arrangements called for a sixteen-bar ad lib clarinet solo. When we got to it I went into a cautious, radiolized kind of improvisation - almost straight melody, except for a little twist here and there to give the illusion of jazz phrasing.

Suddenly we were interrupted by that same Voice of God roaring from the control booth. (It's remarkable, by the way, how similar people's voices can sound when they are distorted by these loudspeakers.)

Artie Shaw

 

"What's the idea?"

"What idea?" the conductor asked, after stopping the orchestra.

"How many men are playing in that spot?"

"Just solo clarinet and rhythm section - five men altogether. Just for that sixteen-bar spot," said the conductor.

Silence. Conference in the control room. Then - "No good," the loudspeaker rasped. "The sponsor's paying for thirty-five men, and thirty-five men are what he wants to hear."

"But you can't play ensemble all the time," said the bewildered conductor.

 

"The sponsor doesn't care about that - he's paying for a full orchestra and he doesn't want to hear five men. Fill it in."

"But -" and the conductor subsided.

By the time we went on air that night, it had been "filled in" and this time the whole orchestra was playing ensemble throughout. I assume the sponsor was happy.

As a result of this sort of thing, the musicians working in radio those days were some of the most cynical people I have ever know anywhere. Most of them - as indeed they had to be to get into this kind of work to begin with - fine musicians. Among them were .....Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Manny Klein ..... the pick of the jazz musicians in the country ......'

From The Trouble With Cinderella by Artie Shaw (1952)

 

Artie was allowed to solo on clarinet in this video of Concerto For Clarinet
taken from the 1940 movie Second Chorus with Nick Fatool on drums - click here

 

Artie Shaw

 

 

 

 

Poetry and Jazz

Jazz Voices

Iain Mackenzie

 

Iain Mackenzie

Photograph courtesy of Brian O'Connor, Images of Jazz.

 

Iain Mackenzie is currently the principal male vocalist for the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, and resident singer with the London Dance Orchestra at The Ritz in London's Piccadilly.

Iain grew up in North London. In an interview with UK Music Reviews he was asked about his love of Sinatra's work. He says: "....To be honest, the very first album which I owned wasn’t by Sinatra it was actually an Elvis (Presley) album. Mainly because I had actually got into all of the Elvis movies on Saturday mornings at the local cinema. Because I had bought myself an album I decided to look through my mum and dad's record collection and I found three Sinatra albums; Come Dance With Me, Ring-A-Ding-Ding and (Frank) Sinatra/(Count) Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. I just put them on and I was just gobsmacked straightaway with how powerful the sound of the big band was and how cool Sinatra sounded. I was totally awestruck .....".

Iain describes himself as 'a jazz singer who has fallen into performing live on the stage'. He started as a chorister in Durham Cathedral when he was a lad and then decided that he wanted music to be his career. He went to the Leeds College Of Music and studied Jazz Piano for three years and then decided that 'there were much better piano players out there and that perhaps I could earn some money as a singer'. So he chose to go to the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama in London as a singer on their Jazz Masters course.

He now works widely as both a lead and session vocalist, recording for TV and film, and performing with world-renowned ensembles, including both the BBC and RTE Big Band and Concert Orchestras. He has performed with artists as varied as Sandie Shaw, Joss Stone, Mica Paris, Sophie Ellis Bextor, James Tormé and Imelda May. Iain released his first album Twice On Sunday on Jazzizit Records in 2007 and released his first complete 'lounge' album, Blow Your Horn on ChinChin records in May 2015. Other albums include him singing with the Callum Au Big Band on the album Something's Coming (2013) and A Swinging Songbook with Geoff Gascoyne (2016).

September saw him guesting with the excellent London City Big Band at their monthly gig at the Spice Of Life in London's Soho. There are some vocalists who stand in front of a big band and sing while the band plays behind them - but it is always impressive, as on this occasion, when an experienced, talented vocalist like Iain Mackenzie sings, responds and interacts with the band, becoming part of the whole.

There are a number of examples of Iain's singing on YouTube but the one I have chosen is this video of him singing Too Close For Comfort from a gig at The Hideaway in 2013 with Rob Barron (piano); Alex Garnett (sax); Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Steve Rushton (drums) - click here.

 

Iain Mackenzie Too Close For Comfort

 

Click here for Iain's website. Click here for our Jazz Voices page.

 

 

Teignmouth Jazz Festival - 18th to 20th October

This year the Teignmouth Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with a tribute to women and rising young musicians.

The seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon welcomes musicians and music enthusiasts from far and near at the thirtieth Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival this October. They are hoping that moving the Festival forward from November to the weekend of 18th - 20th October should mean that the longer, and hopefully, warmer days will give fans the chance to enjoy music on the streets and seafront for the first time, as well sampling some of the record 39  indoor gigs on five different stages in the town centre, including the opening ceremony at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival posterRiviera Cinema which will be staging award winning composer and pianist, Laura Rossi’s multi media ‘Carpe Vitam’ celebrating the voice of women in the century of having the vote.

Festival Chair Ian Roberts says ‘There are two major themes to this year’s festival.  We have an emphasis on women performers with bands that have female members or leads.  And we are celebrating the new wave of superb young performers who are making waves in the current revival of both jazz and blues, especially in cities such as London and Bristol.  And this year we are working even more closely with the Pavilions, Teignmouth, who will be running the box office for us with an exciting package of options including Strollers and discount bundles on single gig tickets’. 

Taking part this year is a list of top jazz musicians including: pianist Andrea Vicari’s international band Ex Tempore featuring the acclaimed trumpeter Yazz Ahmed; Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis and Polish singer Sylwia Bialas with their IQ Band;  award -winning singer songwriter Sara Colman; Kate Westbrook’s Granite and Bristol-based We are Leif; Elftet and the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group with their big line ups and many original compositions bring new life and energy to modern jazz. Classic jazz is present as it was thirty years ago with the phenomenal Dime Notes heading Saturday night with a virtuoso performance of music from the earliest days of jazz.  John Shillito and the Riviera Ramblers perform as they did at the very first festival.  The South West Big Band brings back the ever popular swing sounds of the 40s and 50s. Lots of local musicians are also taking part.

Teign Jazz and Blues, a charity, with a remit to promote music and educate, is dedicated to making the Festival accessible both to committed fans and new ones. There will be free music in the streets and a fringe over weekend. Tickets and more information are available online. Click here for their website and more information.

 

 

 

Lens America

Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra

 

Fresh Cut Orchestra

 

Clara Pereira from JazzTrail in New York took this picture of Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra at Dizzy's Club in New York City in September.

A Festival of New Trumpet Music 2019 took place in New York from September 3 to 12, featuring rich performances at several venues across the city, including Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Standard, The Stone at the New School, The Jazz Gallery, and Threes Brewing. Now in its 17th edition, this multi-genre event directed by the acclaimed trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas since 2003, has been not only honouring recognized pioneers and influential teachers with their Award of Recognition but also supporting talented voices through annual commissioned works.

Filipe Freitas from JazzTrail says: 'Josh Lawrence, (is) an excellent soloist/composer and this year's recipient of the Roy Campbell Jr. Commissioning Program. He was in command of the Fresh Cut Orchestra, here rearranged for the occasion, in celebration of the trumpets of Philadelphia. The orchestra’s core members - Brian Marsella on piano, Jason Fraticelli on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums, and Arturo Stable on percussion - were impeccable on the first tune, “Proclaim Liberty”, which enraptured everyone in the room with the softness of its melody and a neat groove in five. Individual statements came from John Swana, a former trumpeter turned EWI player, who offered creative ideas in the form of a fluid stream of notes, and Lawrence, whose thoughtful, confident phrases slowly built to a climax. The following piece, “Meet Me At The Clothespin” featured a luxurious three-horn frontline with the addition of guest trumpeters Leon Jordan Jr. and Duane Eubanks. Both these musicians struck with fierce attacks and wide-ranging bop-inflections, in opposition to the bandleader, who chose to slow things down and let it breathe with his habitual melody-inspired class. Marsella’s effective comping was noteworthy, and, by the end, it felt great seeing Marshall trading fours with his colleagues.....'

Click here for Filipe Freitas' full review of the gig and for other pictures by Clara.

Click here for Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra playing Time For Coffee in 2016.

 

Fresh Cut Orchestra

 

 

 

 

Barford Stoneman inspired by ...
The trumpet styles of Lee Morgan,
Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd

Tuesday October 29th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RW

Barford Stoneman

 

The Barford Stoneman Quintet came together through the youth jazz scene in London in 2016 to play music from The Blue Note Years and features:Joel Barford (drums); Noah Stoneman (organ); Alexandra  Ridout (trumpet); Harry Greene (tenor saxophone) and Miles Mindlin (guitar).  

These three brilliant trumpet players: Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, all of whom came to prominence as members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, went on to create their own styles with a long list of memorable Blue Note recordings. The meteoric career of Lee Morgan, sadly cut short by a tragic shooting accident, reached a unique “zenith” with his chart topping crossover hit “Sidewinder”. The distinctive and influential tone of Freddie Hubbard led to him embracing tonal and atonal music, partnering saxophone innovators John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy. Donald Byrd was one of the few, who, whilst retaining all his jazz sensitivities, readily embraced fusion, funk and soul and became a major influence on the evolving style of a then, very young, Herbie Hancock.

 

Click here for details. Click here for a video.

 

 

Two Ears Three Eyes

As usual, photographer Brian O'Connor took his camera to gigs during August. Here is one of Norwegianbassist Audu Ramo who was playing with the Oddgeir Berg Trio at the Watermill Jazz Club, Betchworth Park Golf Club, Dorking, Surrey on Tuesday 3rd September.

Click here for a video of Audon playing solo bass on Jimi Hendrix's tune Manic Depression.

 

Audun Ramo

Audu Ramo

 

Picture © Brian O'Connor, Images Of Jazz. Brian O'Connor's hard back book, packed with hundreds of photographs is now available. It can be obtained from Brian at: Brian O’Connor, 48 Sarel Way, Horley, Surrey RH6 8EW. Tel: 01293 774171. Email: info@imagesofjazz.com. The book is priced at £25 plus £4.95 post and packing (UK).

 

 

 

Forum

 

Cooks Ferry Inn

Ian Woodward adds to our page about Cooks Ferry Inn (click here):

In September 1964, I was in digs in Lower Edmonton, where another student was also staying. We used to walk to Cooks Ferry Inn down Montagu Road, along the North Circular (Angel Road), across the River Lea and left, down the slope to the entrance. I don’t think we ever went to the pub itself but went quite a lot of times to the club. My “Jazz Room” card, which is different from the one shown by Alan Davis (click here), is “No.76” and says “Modern Jazz Club”. Though I was quite into modern jazz at that time, I don’t think I ever saw a modern jazz performer or jazz group there. My “Blueopera Club” card (“blueopera” was one word on the card) is “No. 3765”, has no reference to Cooks Ferry Inn at all and is dated 2 November 1964. I no longer have my pocket diary for 1964 but believe I saw Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson No.2 there in late-1964.  My 1965 pocket diary shows Champion Jack Dupree there on 29 March, Zoot Money on 24 May and John Lee Hooker on 30 May.  I have no recall of seeing the first two there and I think it more likely that I saw Hooker there in late-1964 but I could be wrong.

I also saw Buddy Guy at Cooks Ferry Inn. That was not on a Monday but on a Thursday - 4 March 1965 to be precise. I recall him wearing a shiny suit and looking very sleek. He played blistering guitar, employing some tricks later used by Hendrix – playing behind his back and so on.  My memory may be at fault here but I think he used The Soul Agents as his backing band. If so, this is probably the occasion when Rod Stewart stood behind my mate and me, supping a pint and waiting to sing a few numbers during Buddy Guy’s break. He (Rod Stewart, that is) was dressed in his ‘mod’ finery. My mate, like me, was in student garb – jeans and jacket. The Animals played Cooks Ferry Inn on 10 May 1965 and, as someone noted earlier, the place was absolutely jam-packed, so much so that, again as I recall, they were brought in through the windows behind the stage to avoid having to struggle through the crowd.  On 9 May, the night before, I’d seen Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall, his second last-ever acoustic show. The audiences were very different.

Anne referred to Alan Price being in The Animals at Cooks Ferry Inn but I think he left them the week before. I seem to recall someone saying this but, to be honest, it was difficult to see the band clearly through the gaps between the heads of the crowd. It sure sounded like Eric Burdon singing, though. My memory is more of a blues-based set more than their ‘pop’ hits. Incidentally, Alan Price can be seen with Dylan in the Don't Look Back documentary and refers, I think, to leaving The Animals.

A few days before, on Friday 7 May 1965, I had seen saxophonist Dick Morrissey in a hotel bar in Richmond Upon Thames and, on the Saturday night, pianist Roy Budd at the Bull’s Head in Barnes, where I also went on the Sunday for a lunchtime jazz session which was headed by Duncan Lamont, a Scottish saxophonist. Five gigs in four days, ranging from West London to North London, book-ending a concert Central London.  Oh how I wish I had the same level of energy these days.

 

 

Le Jazz Hot

Mike Whitaker asks: 'I've been approached by a friend who's been seeking - for years - a copy of a BBC 2 TV programme called Le Jazz Hot. It was broadcast on 9th January 1987. It's on the BBC's Genome website but it's not one of those shows they've indicated as being available to watch now. I know that jazz lovers do copy and keep these things and some are prepared to copy again and pass on. I wonder if any of your subscribers are among that number?'

Please contact us if anyone can help.

 

 

 

Jazz In RedbournRedbourn Jazz Band


Dan Lucken writes about the Redbourn Jazzmen in Hertfordshire: 'Sixty years ago, most towns in Hertfordshire had their weekly jazz club, but as times and tastes in music moved on, most, along with the jazzers and jivers that visited them, have disappeared. But look around, there are, still in Herts, a few jazz clubs where you may go, listen to live jazz, maybe risk a JIVE! Even on a wet Wednesday afternoon. A group of friends are recreating the Jazz Club atmosphere of the 1950s/60s, holding live trad jazz sessions every Wednesday afternoon at the Holly Bush pub, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7DU. These sessions are hosted by the Redbourn Jazzband. Formed in 2001 by a group of seniors to meet weekly in retirement and play, live, the music they enjoy. First class musicians, years of experience, some have played alongside 'Jazz Legends' of the past era.'

Click here for details.

 

 

 

 

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Departure Lounge

 

Information has arrived about the following musicians or people connected to jazz who have passed through the 'Departure Lounge' since our last update. Click on their names to read their obituaries where we have them.

When this page first started, links to newspaper obituaries were free. Then increasingly advertisements were added and now many newspapers ask for a subscription to read a full obituary. This means that some links to names that we included in the early days might no longer work. Where possible now, we might link to a Wikipedia page which is still free of charge.

 

Harold Mabern

 

Harold Mabern - American jazz pianist and composer described in The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as "one of the great post-bop pianists". Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he played piano from his teens and was largely self-taught. He went to New York City in 1959 and played with Cannonball Adderley, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd, Roy Haynes, Miles Davis, J J Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Milt Jackson and many others. His last album, The Iron Man: Live At Smoke was released in 2018. Click here for a video of Harold Mabern playing a tribute to John Coltrane with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), John Webber (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

 

 

 

 

Clora Bryant

 

 

 

Clora Bryant - American jazz trumpeter born in Texas. 'When her brother Fred joined the military, he left his trumpet, which she learned how to play. In high school she played trumpet in the marching band ... she heard bebop for the first time on Central Avenue ... became a member of the Sweethearts of Rhythm, a female jazz band, and dropped out of school. Dizzy Gillespie became her mentor and provided her with work.' She went on to play with the black female jazz band the Queens of Swing as a drummer, played trumpet with Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday, and played with Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Charlie Parker and others. Click here to listen to Clora with Sweet Georgia Brown from her album Gal With A Horn.

 

 

 

 

Not all jazz musicians who pass through the Departure Lounge are reported in the national press, so if you know of anyone's passing that we should mention, please contact us with a few words about them, or a local obituary if one is available.

 

 

 

 


Some Recent Releases

 

UK

Luca Manning - When The Sun Comes Out

BATL Quartet - BATL Quartet LIVE

Down For The Count - Swing That Music

Fat-Suit - Waifs And Strays

John Pearce - Just Friends

Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft - O'Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane

 

America

John Coltrane - Blue World

Enrico Rava / Joe Lovano - Roma

Lynne Arriale Trio - Give Us These Days

Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai - Playing The Room

Avery Sharpe - 400 : An African American Portrait

 

Europe and Elsewhere

Aki Rissanen - Art In Motion

Pago Libre - Cinémagique 2.0

Carsten Dahl Trinity - Painting Music

Kjetil Mulelid Trio - What You Thought Was Home

 

Re-Releases

Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery

Jack Teagarden - This Is Teagarden + Chicago And All That Jazz!

Erroll Garner - Erroll Garner In Paris + 5 Bonus Tracks

 

 

 

 

Luca Manning - When The Sun Comes Out
(Self Release) - Released: 17th October 2019

Luca Manning (vocals); Fergus McCreadie (piano); Laura Macdonald - (alto saxophone - special guest on tracks 2 & 8)

Luca Manning When The Sun Comes Out

 

 

'When The Sun Comes Out is the much anticipated debut album from Luca Manning. It is a duo record with hugely talented Scottish pianist/composer, Fergus McCreadie. The album also features celebrated alto saxophonist, Laura Macdonald as a special guest. In his own words: “I wanted this first album to be a reflection of who I currently am - in the truest sense. We recorded it live at the NYOS building in my home city, Glasgow. I chose to go for the more raw, live sound rather than a studio sound as it was really important to me that we capture a ‘moment’ with each take. Therefore, don’t be alarmed when you hear the odd creak of the piano stool or the passing of a car outside - it’s all in the moment!”.' (album notes).

Details and Sample : Video Taster : Luca Manning's Tea Break on Sandy Brown Jazz :

 

 

 

 

 

 

BATL Quartet - BATL Quartet LIVE
(Self Released ) - Released: 2019

Brandon Allen (saxophone); Tim Lapthorne (piano); Arnie Somogyi (bass); Lloyd Haines (drums).

BATL Quartet Live

 

'Brandon Allen and Tim Lapthorn have been performing together for over 16 years. The saxophonist and pianist have played in various quartet formations at Ronnie Scott's for over 10 years. The new quartet features brand new material written by the two players, channeling their respective influences. Both players are known for their passionate and exciting style of playing. They share a chemistry and intuition that pushes the music to places unknown, every night a new destination reached. There is also a great sense of melody and swing present in the music too. The Quartet is completed by the experienced Arnie Somogyi on bass and the fresh talent of Lloyd Haines on drums. The repetoire is composed by the saxophonist and pianist. The compositional framework is relatively simple, allowing for spontaneous extemporisation on the theme and harmony, creating an exciting hot bed for improvisation. The music is loosely influenced by Stan Getz and some of his later collaborations, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea, The John Coltrane Quartet, swing, bebop, hard bop, brazilian music and classical and contemporary music. The group recently recorded a live album at Pizza Express on March 4th, 2019: BATL Quartet LIVE. So far, the band has performed at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, The 100 club, Con Cellar Bar and Kansas Smittys. In 2020 the group will be touring throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.The quartet collectively have performed with Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Henderson, Ron Carter, Chris Potter, Bobby Wellins, Bruce Barth, Stefano Di Battista, Hailey Tuck, Antonio Forcione, Omar, Eric Clapton and Paloma Faith.' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Introductory Video :

 

 

 

 

Down For The Count - Swing That Music
(Down For The Count Records) - Released: October 25th 2019

Mike Paul-Smith (piano and bandleader); Charlie Pyne (bass); Sam Ainslie (guitar); James Smith (drums); Max Fagandini (trumpet, trombone); Simon Joyner (trumpet); Katie Edwards (alto saxophone); Alex Western-King (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Jamie Hane (tenor and baritone saxophones); Katie Birtill, Hannah Castleman, Max Fagandini, Callum Gillies (vocals).

Down For The Count Swing That Music

 

 

'Down For The Count are an 11-piece mini big band who re-create classic tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller. But this is no mere nostalgia trip - Down For The Count perform each song in their own unmistakeable style, breathing new life into the best vintage music. The band is led by pianist and arranger Mike Paul-Smith, who orchestrates most of the band's songs. The musicians in the band are aged between 25 and 32 years old and many of them trained at top UK conservatories and universities. The band's top class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistable humour and joie de vivre, never fails to deliver a show that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting more.' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Video of the title song Swing That Music : Band Showreel Video : Website with Gig Dates :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat-Suit - Waifs And Strays
(Equinox Records) - Released: 4th October 2019

Various personnel

Fat Suit Waifs and Strays

 

'Fat-Suit take influence from the sounds of the Brownswood recordings, the UK underground jazz scene, and the broad soundscapes of Scottish folk. Within the award winning collective are multi-disciplined musicians of jazz, folk, rock, and electronic worlds. They take the stage as an 8-piece on a late club slot, 14 in a concert hall or theatre, to 30 strong in the studio. ‘Waifs & Strays’ is the band’s 4th album and follow-up to 2017’s Scottish Jazz Album of the Year  ‘Atlas’. Recorded and filmed live in Drygate Brewery in Glasgow over 4 days, the album features the huge ensemble’s signature blend of modern jazz, folk, electronica, rock/pop and everything in between. They invite a number of special guests to join including Johnny Woodham (Tom Misch, Alfa Mist, Rex Orange County), Davie Dunsmuir (Billy Cobham) and Corrina Hewat (Karine Polwart, Lau). The record is the band’s most ambitious and expansive to date, as their usual line-up of horns, fiddles, guitars, keyboards, drums and percussion is augmented by a 10-piece string section, extra brass and guest soloists. The sheer power of the band is felt on tracks such as Keo, while the relentless energy of Brum Doing a Wheelie showcases their fun side. They open up to their softer influences on the folk-infused Countryside Quiet, and tread new ground entirely with the spacey and meditative Lunar Milk.' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Video of Caretaker played live : October-December Tour Dates : Fat Suit website :

 

 

 

 

 

John Pearce - Just Friends
(John Pearce Music) - Released: 18th September 2019

John Pearce (violin); David Newton (piano); Will Harris (double bass); Ian Matthews (drums)

John Pearce Just Friends

 

 

'I started playing at the age of 7, was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music to study with Gyorgy Pauk and went on to study extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Bela Katona. In more recent years I have focused on playing jazz and have found greater inspiration from horn players like Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker and Wynton Marsalis. Just Friends is a quartet album of standards with some of my long term collaborators, the award-winning David Newton (piano), Will Harris (bass) and Ian Matthews (drums, known to rock fans for his work with Kasabian).' (John Pearce) . 'The set – and the album – was an unapologetic and skilful celebration of pure jazziness that could have come from any time in the last 50 years. It was a perfect showcase for John’s talents and reflected the passions that brought him to embrace jazz alongside his classical career as well as giving his many loyal fans their reward for so patiently waiting. Needless to say it all went down a storm with the room and I would doubt John had to carry many copies of the CD home after the gig.' (Tony Benjamin from the album launch gig).

Details and Samples : Album Taster : Tony Benjamin Full Review :

 

 

 

 

 

Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft - O'Higgins & Luft Play Monk And Trane
(Ubuntu Music) - Released: 11th October, 2019

Dave O'Higgins (saxophone); Rob Luft (guitar); Scott Flanigan (organ); Rod Young (drums)

O'Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane

 

'Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of two powerhouses on the international jazz scene: saxophonist veteran Dave O'Higgins and young guitar wiz Rob Luft for an album release featuring the compositions of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. Dave O'Higgins is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and latterly recording engineer and producer. He has been a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with 20 albums as leader under his belt. Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK's most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times "to achieve great things in the future", Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. It all started when Rob got in touch with Dave to make up a quartet. The interaction, shared sensibilities and deeply held mutual respect made this collaboration an instant success. Dave has always loved the Prestige era of Coltrane recordings, both as leader and sideman. Rob has a penchant for calling Monk tunes and played with a group having no piano. The result is pure, unadulterated swing. O'Higgins explains, "Rob called me for some 'blowing' gigs last year. It wasn't difficult to find a common repertoire, and a predilection for Monk and Trane tunes was apparent. We had such fun that I suggested trying to get a short tour together and a recording and before we knew it there were 40 dates in the book and a new CD planned with Ubuntu."The music we've chosen to play focuses on lesser known Monk compositions and some of the songs Coltrane chose to record in the late 50s, more than the usual few Monk tunes and modal Coltrane so often heard", O'Higgins continues. "The choice of Scott Flanigan on organ changes our course from the obvious sonority associated with either musician. We have reinterpreted the material in a way that is both contemporary and, in the tradition, drawing from a wide range of influences but also with deep respect for the authors. American drummer Rod Youngs completes the quartet.' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Introductory Video : Video of Like Sonny :

 

 

 

America

We are indebted to Filipe Freitas for details of many American and some other releases. Filipe and photographer Clara Pereira (see the 'Lens America' article in What's New) run JazzTrail in New York City. They feature album and concert coverage, press releases and press kits, album covers and biographies. They are valued contacts for Sandy Brown Jazz in the United States. You can read more about Filipe and Clara in their 'Tea Break' item with us if you click here.

 

 

John Coltrane - Blue World
(Impulse! Records) - Released: 27th September 2019

John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums)

John Coltrane Blue World

 

 

'In 1994, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled"Le chat dans le sac" ("The Cat in the Bag"). Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to the film. In June of that year, Coltrane's 'Classic Quartet' enetered Rudy Van Gelder's studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognised the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of "Blue World", we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time'. (album notes). '....In the liner notes for Blue World, renowned jazz scholar Ashley Kahn traces how Coltrane’s music ended up in the film, via an interview with actress Barbara Ulrich, who played the female lead in the film (also named Barbara), and had a relationship with the filmmaker. “I met Gilles when I did the screen test for Le chat and it turned out we were both jazz fans,” she tells Khan. “When we moved in together, it turned out we had many of the same albums — jazz was holiness to Gilles and he had every Coltrane album that ever came out. Coltrane to him was an absolute master.” ..... (Rolling Stone).

Details and Samples : More Information from Rolling Stone : Video :

 

 

 

 

Enrico Rava / Joe Lovano - Roma
(ECM Records) - Released: 6th September 2019

Enrico Rava (trumpet); Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone, tarogato); Giovanni Guidi (piano); Dezron Douglas (double bass); Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Roma

'Recorded live at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica last November, this album documents the meeting of the doyen of Italian jazz, Enrico Rava (who recently celebrated his 80th birthday), with Joe Lovano, masterful US tenorist of Sicilian heritage. Rava and Lovano front a spirited quintet that includes lyrical pianist Giovanni Guidi, dynamic drummer Gerald Cleaver and rising star bassist Dezron Douglas (who makes his ECM debut here). Well-loved tunes by the two bandleaders form the core of the programme, including Enrico's intricate "Interiors" and "Secrets" and Joe's vigorous Texas blues "Forth Worth", which recalls the energies of Ornette and Dewey Redman. The programme concludes with an extended and powerful medley that roams across the history of modern jazz as it gathers together Lovano's "Drum Song", John Coltrane's "Spiritual" and the standard tune "Over The Rainbow".' (album notes). 'Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava and American saxophonist Joe Lovano, two formidable improvisatory forces and master impressionists, have been determinant in the evolution of jazz as a style. However, their connection with the German-based record label ECM occurred in different time periods. Whereas the trumpeter made his debut in 1975 with the masterpiece The Pilgrim and the Stars, the saxophonist only recently brought his ample musical charms to the cited imprint with the co-led project Trio Tapestry. They now record together for the first time, forming an implacable bond and co-leading a corkscrewing Italian-American quintet whose remaining members belong to a younger generation and come from distinct backgrounds - Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi has been Rava’s faithful collaborator for many years, bringing his modern creative style to the table; American bassist Dezron Douglas has demonstrated a voracious appetite for hybrid styles where he typically bridges the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul; and the well-versed Brooklyn-based drummer Gerald Cleaver is frequently spotted in avant-jazz settings...... Rava and Lovano not only vouch for thrills that give you a good shake, but also search for spirituality with pathos and fervor.' (JazzTrail).

 

Details and Samples : Full JazzTrail Review : Video live from Padova Jazz Festival : Interview with Rava and Lovano (starts in Italian introduction and then in English) :

 

 

 

 

Lynne Arriale Trio - Give Us These Days
(Challenge Records) - Released: 15th June 2018

Lynne Arriale (piano); Jasper Somsen (double bass); Jasper Van Hulten (drums) guest: Kate McGarry (vocals on Take It With Me)

Lynne Arriale Trio Give Us These Days'Whether as a soloist or leader of ensembles Lynne Arriale's artistry and influence are profound, have elevated her stature as composer, arranger and performer to a renown shared by few other jazz musicians. On 'Give Us These Days', her fellow bandmates are both from the Netherlands: double bassist and co-producer, Jasper Somsen and drummer Jasper van Hulten. Group interaction as practiced by this trio is a fine blend of virtuoso playing, individual assertiveness, selflessness, cooperation and a shared commitment to fashion an ensemble sound greater than the sum of its parts. "Give Us These Days" is ambitious in its conception and its unbridled sense of wonder. Evolved from the creative genius that foretold her reputation as an extraordinary piano poet and composer, the six original tunes and three arrangements on this CD chart a new course for the trio. It leads, ever so gently, to the chambers of the heart, there to reflect upon the precious and ephemeral nature of existence. What emerges is the theme of this record, brilliantly illuminated by the title track: Given the unpredictability and impermanence of life, savour each moment. Arriale's playing on these pieces is powerful; informed by rigorous classical training, prodigious technique, and seemingly boundless creativity. There is more; a quiet morality nurtured by her unflagging devotion to this music, unfettered by ego, and lifted by a palpable sense of spiritual equanimity. The last word in this remarkable musical discourse is given over to Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits' "Take It With Me", a delicate and winsome farewell lovingly sung by vocalist Kate McGarry. The masterful duet by Kate and Lynne perfectly conveys the song's message of humility and gratitude; a most fitting end to this memorable production, and to life itself.' (album notes). 'When it comes to the art of the trio, pianist Lynne Arriale is always in her element. Over the past quarter century she's released two riveting handfuls of dates exploring this configuration, only rarely moving afield as on her plainly-titled previous release—Solo (Motema, 2012). Each one of those trio outings stands as its own distinctive work of art, unique in design and expression, yet all bear the hallmarks of a singular artistry, showcasing adept fingers and tremendous heart. This one is no different ....... As with every move in her celebrated career, Lynne Arriale remains both readily identifiable in her different pursuits and impossible to pin down in specific character. Whether given to introspection or taken by extroversion, she remains a force of nature.' (Dan Bilawsky in allaboutjazz ****).

Details and Samples : Dan Bilawsky Review : Video introduction : Video of Give Us These Days played live with Darek Oleszkiewicz, bass; Lewis Nash, Drums : Playing at Pizza Express on October 14-15 2019.

 

 

 

 

Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai - Playing The Room
(ECM Records) - Released: 6th September 2019

Avishai Cohen (trumpet); Yonathan Avishai (piano).

Avishai Cohen Yonathan Avishai Playing The Room

 

'Playing The Room bears testimony to the long musical friendship of Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai. They began to explore jazz as teenagers in Tel Aviv, and have continued to play together over many years, with Yonathan making important contributions to Avishai's group albums Into The Silence and Cross My Palm With Silver on ECM. Their first duo album begins with music composed by the trumpeter and by the pianist and concludes with a touching interpretation of Israeli composer Alexander Argov's cradle song "Shir Eres". Along the way, Avishai and Yonathan improvise – freely, playfully, soulfully – on themes from jazz tradition. And, as the album titles implies, they also invite the recording space, the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in Lugano, to be part of the sound, making full use of its resonant acoustic properties in a performance with the intimacy and focus of chamber music. Recorded in September 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher, Playing The Room is available as both audiophile vinyl album and compact disc.' (album notes). 'Trumpeter Avishai Cohen and pianist Yonathan Avishai, two kindred spirits prone to appealing nuanced interaction, celebrate their old friendship and fruitful musical partnership (started at a young age when they were still living in Tel Aviv) on Playing The Room, their debut duo recording. The album includes two originals, one from each musician, and many nods to prominent artists in a variety of styles ...... If, at this point, you still doubt about the versatility of this expressive duo, then listen to the album’s two last pieces. They are “Sir Duke”, Stevie Wonder’s funk/R&B tribute to Duke Ellington, which in this piano-driven rendition gains a slight Afro pulse while keeping the original melody distinguishable; and “Shir Eres”, a lullaby by Israeli composer Sasha Argov, whose classical intonation recalls Erik Satie in the mood. Boundless in the elements from which they draw inspiration, Cohen and Yonathan prove to have a solid rapport and cook up an accessible offering stuffed with adventurous moments.' (JazzTrail).

Details and Samples : Full JazzTrail Review : Video Introduction : Listen to Shir Eres :

 

 

 

 

Avery Sharpe - 400 : An African American Musical Portrait
(JKNM Records) - Released: 1st May 2019

Don Braden (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute); Duane Eubanks (trumpet); Kevin Eubanks (electric and acoustic guitars); Zaccai Curtis ( piano); Avery Sharpe (bass); Ronnie Burrage (drums, percussion); Tendai Muparutsa (djembe); Kevin Zhou (violin); Sophia Jeongyoon Han (violin) + guest Davis Whitfield (piano) + The Extended Family Choir.

Avery Sharpe 400

'65-year-old bassist/composer Avery Sharpe is best known for his two-decade association with pianist McCoy Tyner and some fine recordings with saxophonist Yusef Lateef. However, he makes a bold personal statement with his new project, 400: An African American Musical Portrait, whose original compositions envision to chronicle the pain, hope, and triumph of the African American people. Filled with time-tested jazz moods and styles, the album is divided into four centuries, each of which containing groups of two or three tunes, in a total of 10 descriptive tracks that represent the African-American history - from the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to North America in 1619 to Obama's presidency and beyond. For this project, Sharpe gathered several forward thinkers on the scene, cases of guitarist Kevin Eubanks and his younger brother, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Zaccai Curtis, saxophonist Don Braden, and his longtime collaborator, drummer Ronnie Burrage. The black power manifested on “Arrival” is incredibly stimulating. The spiritual and the epic converge to form a trancing crossing between Billy Harper and Kamasi Washington’s musical universes. The propulsive djembe rhythms from Zimbabwean percussionist Tendai Muparutsa together with Kevin Eubanks' quirky acoustic guitar lines make it special. Moreover, the mighty presence of The Extended Family Choir foments the contagious power ...... On the typically swinging 12-bar blues “Blues and the World War II”, Kevin Eubanks switches to electric guitar and embraces earthy blues riffs with a touch of his own, while the young guest Davis Whitfield fills the piano chair with emphatic results. Here, we detect Braden quoting parts of “Fascinating Rhythm” and Sharpe suggesting “I Feel Pretty” on their respective improvisations. The saxophonist excels particularly on “Harlem and the War to End All Wars”, a catchy tune that is never swamped in overornamentation. Sharpe possesses the knowledge to make us enjoy the pleasures of jazz in its many forms and expressions. This is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover tradition.' (JazzTrail).

Details and Samples : Full JazzTrail Review : Listen to Is There A Way Home : Listen to Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around :

 

 

 

Europe and Elsewhere

 

Aki Rissanen - Art In Motion
(Edition Records) - Released: 13th September 2019

Aki Rissanen (piano); Antti Lötjönen (bass); Teppo Mäkynen (drums)

Aki Rissanen Art In Motion

 

'Art In Motion is the third album from Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen and his long-standing trio with bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Teppo Mäkynen. And it's sublime! An album that binds European Classical influences with an electronic dance music aesthetic framing it with a distinctive approach to Nordic Jazz. Warm, uplifting and infectious, Art In Motion will rocket Aki Rissanen's profile to even greater heights..... An album that binds European Classical Music influence with an Electronic Dance music aesthetic, framed by their own approach to Noridc Jazz. The trio is the complete package! The music is whole, fully formed and diverse in its makeup yet focussed and to the point. They know what sound they want to create and wow do they pull it off! The trio’s collective sound grows stronger with each album; the repetitive, hypnotic hooks, the fusion of influences is unmistakable and undeniably ‘their’ sound, a sound they have cultivated and developed over the years of playing together. As Aki Explains: “Definitely the trio has been growing together during the last years. We have been touring actively and that really has helped us to communicate on a profound level and find our own voice as a trio, album after album.” Art In Motion, is a word play around the initials of Aki Rissanen Trio – A.R.T as well as the influence of art music from the repertoire of the European classical music (there is a composition by Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo and one by contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara), whilst Aki’s compositions refer to Satie, Pergolesi, Bach, Ligeti and Stravinsky, to name a few. And the motion?  “We are a rhythmically intense band focusing on our interplay, continuing the Nordic tradition as we see it. We, as jazz musicians, are in constant motion because our form of art doesn’t ever stand still.”(album notes).

Details and Samples : Video of Aeropeans : Video of Love Song :

 

 

 

 

Pago Libre - Cinémagique 2.0
(Leo Records) - Released: August.2019

Arkady Shilkloper(Russian horn, alphorn); Tscho Theissing (violin); Daniele Patumi (bass); John Wolf Brennan (piano)

Pago Libre Cinemagique 2

 

 

'A very special 30 year anniversary edition subtitled "sixteen soundtracks for an imaginary cinema". A classic album of the drumless pan-European quartet re-released, remastered and enhanced with three new LIVE tracks from Feldkirch Festival, Austria. Featuring Russian horn and alphorn virtuoso Arkady Shilkloper, Viennese violinist Tscho Theissing, Italian bassist Daniele Patumi and Irish-Swiss piano wizard John Wolf Brennan: a thrilling journey through an imaginative cinematic world. Hailed "Weather Report of the 21st century", the release is accompanied by a 12-page booklet full of information on Pago Libre and the music.' (album notes).

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Carsten Dahl Trinity - Painting Music
(ACT) - Released: 27th September 2019

Carsten Dahl (piano); Nils Bo Davidsen (bass); Stefan Pasborg (drums)

Carsten Dahl Painting Music

 

'The tunes are instantly recognizable: well-known standards such as "All The Things You Are", "Over The Rainbow" or "Autumn Leaves". And yet the listener always has the impression of hearing something completely new. On "Painting Music", Danish pianist Carsten Dahl gives his own take on some of the great classics of the jazz repertoire in a way that is highly personal, resolutely individual and completely revelatory. Born in 1967, Dahl has been one of the outstanding jazz pianists in Europe for many years. He came to instrument very late, however. He started on the drums as a nine-year-old, by the age of 12 he was already well advanced towards becoming a professional, and at 18 was admitted to Copenhagen’s renowned Rhythmic Music Conservatory, where his teachers included one of the greats, US drummer Ed Thigpen. And it was only during his time at RMC that he switched to piano – an instrument on which he had never had a single lesson before that time. So Dahl started his studies all over again, first with Jǿrgen Nielsen, then with his mentor Butch Lacy, whom Dahl still considers to have been his most important influence..... The eight covers on the album range from a Danish folk song to Miles Davis' "Solar", plus two original compositions written collectively by the band. The trio welcomes the listener into a magical realm. There are always strong melodies here, ushered in gently, which Dahl then takes over with his inexhaustible ingenuity, and the Trinity Trio transforms through joint improvisation into something inherently original. This is a musical painting which will never fail to fascinate and to captivate.' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Carsten Dahl Paints Music article by Howard Lawes : Further Details :


 

 

 

 

Kjetil Mulelid Trio - What You Thought Was Home
(Rune Grammofon) - Released: 30th August 2019

Kjetil Mulelid (piano); Bjørn Marius Hegge (double bass); Andreas Skår Winther (drums)

Kjetil Mulelid Trio What You Thought Was Home

 

'Still only 28 years old, Kjetil Mulelid comes across as an exceptionally mature pianist and composer. His trio´s debut from 2017 received wide international acclaim, with writers most typically mentioning Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. All About Jazz noted their conversational style and sometime gospel feel, Textura made a point out of their melodic sense and folk-like character while The Wire noted the grooves, rich harmonies and lyrical melodies and concluded about "just how magical this album is". "What You Thought Was Home" continues in this tradition, with eight new beguiling Mulelid compositions expertly balancing energetic, often rhytmically complex and harmonically rich music with beautiful and evocative melodies. It´s not all about Mulelid though, bassist Hegge (31) and drummer Winther (28) effortlessly conjure additional layers, tones and textures, incorporating a sense of calm; an unhurried yet constantly unfolding sound world which can be said to be distinctively Scandinavian, most typically heard in Hegge´s sole composition "Bruremarsj (Wedding March)". Kjetil André Mulelid grew up in the small village of Hurdal, and started playing the piano when he was nine, after hearing Chopin on the stereo. In highschool he had the good fortune of studying with some inspiring piano teachers. Later he did a bachelor degree in jazz performance at NTNU in Trondheim, again being blessed with top teachers, such as Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas and Espen Berg. He is also a member of jazz quartet Wako. Bjørn Marius Hegge has been making waves on the Norwegian jazz scene lately, with his quintet´s debut album "Hegge" winning a Norwegian Grammy. He also has his own trio with pianist Oscar Grönberg and young drummer ace Hans Hulbækmo. Earlier this year he released a new album ("Ideas") with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Håvard Wiik and Hans Hulbækmo. Andreas Skår Winther is, like the other two, a "product" of the fertile milieu of the jazz department at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. His discography includes "Left Exit, Mr. K" with Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (Clean Feed) and Megalodon Collective (Gigafon).' (album notes).

Details and Samples : Listen to the Title Track : Video : Listen to A Cautionary Tale Against a Repetitive Life :

 

 

 

Re-Releases

 

Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery
(Jazz Images) - Released: 27th May 2019

Wes Montgomery (guitar); Joe Gordon (trumpet); Harol Land (tenor sax); Melvin Rhyne (organ); Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris (piano); Buddy Montgomery (piano, vibes); Percy Heath, Sam Jones, Monk Montgomery (bass); Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Paul Parker, Lawrence Marable, Louis Hayes (drums).

Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar

 

 

' ..... to all intents and purposes, this was the record that alerted the wider world to the wonders of Wes. Originally issued on the Riverside label, The Incredible Jazz Guitar ... is one of the defining albums of the era, taped at the very beginning of the 1960s, the decade which was to see Montgomery rise to the top of the jazz tree before adapting his signature style to the burgeoning fashion of jazz/pop crossover .... there are several bonus tracks added, which appear to have been pulled with no real programmatic logic from other Wes sets. Lovely as they are, the original Jazz Guitar ... set is the one that grabs you. Indispensible 'classic' jazz.' (Simon Spillett in Jazzwise ****)

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Jack Teagarden - This Is Teagarden + Chicago And All That Jazz!
(Essential Jazz Classics) - Released: 1st February 2019

Jack Teagarden (trombone) with various personnel. Includes comprehensive booklet with up-to-date liner notes.

This Is Teagarden

 

'This release presents two complete long unavailable albums by the extraordinary trombonist and vocalist Jack Teagarden: This Is Teagarden! (Capitol T721), which finds him playing and singing standards backed by a large orchestra, and Chicago and All That Jazz (Verve V6-8441), which reunited Teagarden with a myriad of swing stars.' (album notes). 'Trombonist Jack Teagarden revisits a dozen songs he had recorded previously for this Capitol LP. His trombone solos and vocals are consistently excellent although the arrangements for the larger groups by Van Alexander do not leave any room for the interplay found in New Orleans and Chicago jazz. Teagarden is virtually the whole show but fortunately he is in fine form.' (Scott Yanow in allmusic.com). '....Had it just been the Capitols, this disc would have run away with all the stars available, but the added Verve album (2) is slightly flawed. Presumably the idea was to revive the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans – a noble aim. But McPartland was never an inspiring player, and the ensembles are the worse for him – a Kaminsky, Davison or Hackett would have lifted things......It’s an excellent CD, despite my moaning.' (Steve Voce in Jazz Journal).

Details : Jazz Journal Review :

 

 

 

 

 

Erroll Garner - Erroll Garner In Paris + 5 Bonus Tracks
(Essential Jazz Classics) - Released: 1st March 2019

Erroll Garner (piano); Eddie Calhoun (bass); Kelly Martin (drums)

Erroll Garner In Paris

 

 

'Inspired by a trip to Paris in late 1957, Erroll Garner entered the studio in the spring of 1958 to create his own impressions of the city, which were presented on the LP Erroll Garner in Paris (Philips B 07375 L). Garner is showcased here leading his trio, which featured bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin. The material consists of familiar French favorites such as Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose,” Paris-related songs such as Jerome Kern’s “The Last Time I Saw Paris” and Cole Porter’s “I Love Paris,” plus several original compositions. Five tunes from the session, that weren’t present on the original LP, have been added as a bonus.' (album notes). '......This release is limited to 500 copies, and the booklet contains the original liner notes, written by Garner’s manager and producer Martha Glaser. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album, with Garner’s unmistakable playing always drawing your attention.' (Elliot Marlow-Stevens in Jazz Journal)  

Details : Jazz Journal Review :

 

 

 

 

 

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