World of Jazz 282

  • Tony Koch and the AltNews Band – Uber Chill – Uber Chill
  • Marc Copland – Softly As In Morning Sunrise – Softly
  • Bill Dixon – Thoughts – Thoughts
  • Hamiet Bluiett – EBU – Bearer of The Holy Flame
  • Ornette Coleman – The Blessing – Something Else
  • Tony Koch and the AltNews Band – Down By The Bay – Uber Chill
  • Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You – I Put A Spell On You
  • Andrew Hill – Symmetry – Andrew
  • Andrew Hill – Calliope – Pax
  • Andrew Hill – Remnants – Blue Black
  • Andrew Hill – Hope – Change
  • Andrew Hill – Mother Mercy – Lift Every Voice
  • Marilyn Crispell & Gerry Hemingway – Rotations – Duo
  • Elephant9 – Walk The Nile – Walk The Nile
  • Emmet Cohen featuring Ron Carter & Evan Sherman – Any Old Time – Masters Legacy Series Volume 2
  • Tony Koch and the AltNews Band – Autumn Tango – Uber Chill

Uber Chill

Tony Koch – Canadian guitarist 2017 release is this weeks featured album. The AltNews Band brings together elements of neo bop, nu jazz, chill and Latin music with unexpected instrumental solos, richly layered synth sounds, hip rhythms and bluesy, funky guitar hooks. Started by guitarist, composer and jazz visionary Tony Koch (Kosh, rhymes with “posh”), the quintet is filled out by producer, engineer and bass player Miles Hill, drummer Bobby Ruggiero, saxophonist Campbell Ryga and renowned Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Miles Black

Softly As In Morning Sunrise

1998 release on Savoy Jazz, Copland’s excellent trio (with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Bill Stewart) is joined by the  two superstar saxophonists, Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, as well as then up-and-coming trumpeter Tim Hagans. With a faster than usual take on Oscar Hammerstein’s tune which has become a jazz classic.


A 1985 Soul Note release with unique trumpeter Bill Dixon who often emphasizes silence over sound and feelings over phrases and has always had a strong liking for lower-toned instruments. On this album Dixon, doubling on piano, is joined by altoist Marco Eneidi, John Buckingham on tuba, drummer Lawrence Cook and three bassists – Peter Kowald, William Parker and Mario Pavone.


Bearer of the Holy Flame is  1983 album on the Black Fire Label. A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album’s a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett’s studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – with a group that features John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Marvin Smitty Smith on drums, and Chief Bey playing some extra African percussion. Bluiett’s tone is wonderful – deep and round, but also raspy, almost in the manner of Pharoah Sanders – and the group plays an incredible version of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints”, the featured tracks is a Bluiett composition.

The Blessing

From  the 1958 debut album by Ornette Coleman – Something Else!!.  An album which turned the jazz world on its head, revitalizing the union of blues and jazz and restoring “blues to their ‘classic’ beginnings in African music”. It is unusual in Coleman’s work in that it features a conventional bebop quintet instrumentation (saxophone, cornet, piano, bass and drums); after this album, Coleman would rarely use the piano, creating a starker and more fluid sound. A Contemporary records release with Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone ; Don Cherry – cornet ; Walter Norris – piano; Don Payne – double bass
and Billy Higgins – drums.

Down By The Bay

From the featured album

I Put A Spell On You

From a studio album by Nina Simone. Recorded in 1964 and 1965 in New York City, it was released by Philips Records in 1965. Jalacy Hawkins tune gets a great reading from Nina on an album which was described as one of her most pop-oriented releases.


Jazz critic John Fordham described Hill as a “uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator” although “his status remained largely inside knowledge in the jazz world for most of his career.” His best known work was recorded for Blue Note Records, spanning nearly a decade and a dozen albums that featured his cerebral interpretation of post-bop, often described as avant-garde but uniquely Hill’s own style that shared little in common with free jazz of the 1960s.

Symmetry – Andrew!!! – 1964

with – John Gilmore – tenor saxophone, Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone, Richard Davis – double-bass, Joe Chambers – drums

Calliope – Pax – 1965

Recorded in 1965 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1975 as part of a compilation album One for One.

with – Freddie Hubbard – cornet , Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone, Richard Davis – bass
Joe Chambers – drums

Remnants – Blue Black -1975

Released on the Japanese East Wind label.

with Jimmy Vass –  alto saxophone , Chris White – bass, Leroy Williams – drums

Hope – Change – 1966

The album was originally scheduled for issue in 1967 but was held back from release until 1975, when the tracks appeared under Sam Rivers’ name, as part of the double LP set Involution, which combined them with tracks recorded under Rivers’ leadership which would eventually see release as Dimensions & Extensions. The first release under Hill’s name occurred in 1995 as part of the Mosaic box set The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66).

with Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, Walter Booker – bass, J. C. Moses – drums

Mother Mercy – Lift Every Voice -1969

The original album features Hill with a choir performing five new compositions. The 2001 CD reissue added six additional tracks recorded in 1970.

with Woody Shaw – trumpet, Carlos Garnett – tenor saxophone, Richard Davis – bass
Freddie Waits – drums,  and Joan Johnson, LaReine LaMar, Gail Nelson, Antenett Goodman Ray – vocals with Lawrence Marshall – vocals, conductor.


From a 1992 release on the Knitting Factory label. Marilyn Crispell – piano
Gerry Hemingway – drums. Crispell taking the bones of the Cecil Taylor method and taking it somewhere new.  Hemingway is the perfect partner on a remarkable album.

Walk The Nile

From Elephant9’s second album on Rune Grammafon released in 2010.  Ståle Storløkken – keyboard, Nikolai Eilertsen – bass, and Torstein Lofthus – drums.

Any Old Time

A Cellar Live release Masters Legacy Series Vol 2 with Emmet Cohen – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Evan Sherman – drums. Released November, 2017. Recorded at Live @ Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 29th, 2017

Autumn Tango

From the featured album


Aural Delights 285

  • Øre – This Island Earth – This Island Earth
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows – Bunched Up Bradley – Single
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – The Long Train of Misery – Hashish and Liquor
  • The Apartments – Black Ribbons – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal (Australian Release)
  • East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Essendon 1986 – Teddywaddy
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – There He Goes With His Eye Out – Hashish and Liquor
  • The Apartments – Twenty One – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal (Australian Release)
  • Beached – The Secrets Out – Footprints In Time
  • Carousel Clouds – Invisible Lines – Tales of Coincidence
  • Shriekback – Shovelheads – Why Anything? Why This?
  • Nosebleed – Pyscho – Scratching Circles On The Dancefloor
  • The Fall – Wings – Palace of Swords Reversed
  • Stonedeaf – Spitshine – Royal Burnout
  • Autumn – Chandelier – Chandelier
  • Tonota 80 – She Let Go – Single
  • Fister – I Am Kuru – No Spirit Within
  • Searmanas – Undo – Searmanas
  • Green Desert Water – Open Your Wings – Solar Plexus
  • FACS – Just A Mirror – Negative Houses
  • Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes – I Got Myself A Beautiful Nightmare – I Was The Hunter & I Was The Prey
  • Wye Oak – It Was Not Natural – The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
  • Autumn – The Maiden’s Child – Chandelier
  • Odina – I’m Not Asking – Single
  • Power Trip – Divine Apprehension – Opening Fire: 2008-2014
  • Fister – Frozen Scythe – No Spirit Within
  • Searmanas – Phonetics – Searmanas
  • Øre – Walk With Me – This Island Earth
  • Carousel Clouds – The Torment – Tales of Coincidence


World of Jazz 281

  1. John Zorn – Pulsations – Insurrection
  2. Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ståle Liavik Solberg – In Flight – His Flights At Ten
  3. John Coltrane – The Inch Worm – Coltrane
  4. Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Bowie – Spirit Moves
  5. Jeff Williams – Purple, Blue and Red – Another Time
  6. Olie Brice Quartet – Red Honey Yellow Honey – Day After Day
  7. Dave Ballou – Line – Amongst Ourselves
  8. Jeff Williams – New and Old – Outlier
  9. Olie Brice Quintet – Snake Path – Immune To Clockwork
  10. Barre Phillips – Mountainscapes VIII – Mountainscapes
  11. Qouan – Moon Cage – Fine Dining
  12. Dave Valentin – Land Of The Third Eye – Land Of The Third Eye
  13. Miles Davis – Oleo – Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall- The Complete Concert
  14. John Zorn – The Journal Of Albion Moonlight – Insurrection

John Zorn 


Insurrection is an intense new instrumental project featuring guitar wizards Julian Lage and Matt Hollenberg with the incredible rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Grohowski. Inspired by some of the greatest experimental novels of the 20th century the music is incredibly varied, combining rock, funk, blues, jazz, classical and more—often in the same song! Gnarly atonal melodies, bizarre harmonies, astonishing guitar fireworks and telepathic group interaction make this one of Zorn’s most scintillating and adventurous new projects.  As always Zorn pulls the very best out of the musicians and they play some of the most outrageous solos you have ever heard. (Tzadik 2018)

Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ståle Liavik Solberg

In Flight

Iluso Records presents His Flight’s At Ten, a stunning live concert recording by free music luminaries Lotte Anker (saxophones), Pat Thomas (piano), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums and percussion). His Flight’s At Ten comprises three long-form pieces of spontaneously improvised music by this quartet of acclaimed improvisers in an encapsulating concert performance at the 2016 Blow Out! Festival in Oslo. All the energy and nuance of this captivating convert are captured in this stunning live recording. Both exhilarating and hypnotic, the album is a cutting edge release traversing the worlds of contemporary classical music and avant-garde jazz by a group of improvisers at the forefront of the creative music world.


Copenhagen-based Lotte Anker is a saxophone player and composer of unsurpassed reputation in the creative music world. She works in the field between experimental jazz/improvisation and contemporary music and leads acclaimed trios with Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver and Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori. Anker has performed with Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid, Sten Sandell, Andrew Cyrille, Phil Minton and many others.

Electronic experimenter and piano player Pat Thomas is a unique voice in the UK/European creative music scene. Embracing improvisation, jazz and new music, his significant contribution has included performances and recordings with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra, Lol Coxhill, Steve Noble and Alex Ward.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is an internationally sought after double and electric bassist in the jazz, free jazz, and improvised music worlds. He is most known through his work in the hard-hitting bands The Thing, Atomic and Scorch Trio. Flaten has worked with Joe McPhee, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Neneh Cherry, Thurston Moore, and Ken Vandermark.

Drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg is a central part of Oslo’s thriving improvised music scene. Working with ensembles VCDC, Will it float? (with John Russell, Steve Beresford & John Edwards), Silva-Rasmussen-Solberg trio and in duos with Fred Lonberg-Holm and John Russell. His endlessly creative drumming is renowned in the world of free jazz/creative music.

John Coltrane

The Inch Worm

From Coltrane a 1962 album on Impulse recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey that year. Frank Loesser’s song is transformed to a modal three quarter time vehicle for Trane’s soprano explorations. The classic quartet of Coltrane, Tyner, Garrison and Jones.

Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy 


The 29th album by trumpeter Dave Douglas – Spirit Moves. It was released on the Greenleaf Music label in 2009 and features Douglas band Brass Ecstasy. Dave Douglas: trumpet, Vincent Chancey: French horn, Luis Bonilla: trombone, Marcus Rojas: tuba and
Nasheet Waits: drums with a fitting tribute to the late Lester Bowie

Jeff Williams (Featured Artist)

Five tracks featuring the American Drummer.  Across a career spanning four decades, it would seem easiest to consider the musicians with whom Jeff Williams hasn’t worked. A respected stalwart of the international jazz circuit, he has notably rubbed shoulders with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano. Williams has graced innumerable New York and London stages over the years, making frequent Atlantic crossings between the two cities.

Jeff Williams – Purple, Blue and Red – Another Time (2011, Whirlwind Recordings)

Recorded September 12, 2010 at Trout Studio, Brooklyn NY. Jeff Williams drums, Duane Eubanks trumpet, John O’Gallagher alto sax, and John Hébert bass
Olie Brice Quartet – Red Honey Yellow Honey – Day After Day (2017, Babel Label)

Olie Brice double bass, Alex Bonney cornet, Mike Fletcher alto saxophone, George Crowley tenor saxophone, Jeff Williams drums.
Dave Ballou – Line – Amongst Ourselves (1998, Steeplechase)

Trumpeter/composer Dave Ballou makes his debut as a leader with a fine quartet comprised of tenorist Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek, and  Jeff Williams.  While the album showcases Ballou’s trumpet playing very effectively, none of the music would be what it is without the far-reaching input of all the group’s members. There’s often a blurring of the traditional boundary between soloist and rhythm section, clearing the way for improvised passages that seem to unite the players in a single consciousness.

Jeff Williams – New and Old – Outlier (2016, Whirlwind Recordings)

Recorded April 13-14, 2015 at Fish Factory Studio, London. Jeff Williams drums, percussion, rhodes, Josh Arcoleo tenor saxophone, Phil Robson guitar, Kit Downes piano, rhodes, Sam Lasserson acoustic, electric bass. The third recording with this label.

Olie Brice Quintet – Snake Path – Immune To Clockwork (2014, Multi Kulti)

Recorded at the Fishmarket Studios, on June 4, 2013. Olie Brice double bass, Mark Hanslip tenor saxophone, Waclaw Zimpel alto clarinet, Alex Bonney trumpet, Jeff Williams drums

Barre Phillips

Mountainscapes VIII

Recorded at Studio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany in March 1976 and released on ECMBarre Phillips — bass, John Surman — soprano saxophone. baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, synthesizer, Dieter Feichtner — synthesizer, Stu Martin — drums, synthesizer, John Abercrombie — guitar


Moon Cage

A new release on Orenda Records Recorded October 19, 2017 at 64 Sound, Highland Park, Calfornia.  Two prominent Los Angeles’s wind/brass improvisers join forces with a formidable New York rhythm section on the album Fine Dining under the band name Quoan. Though clarinetist Brian Walsh and trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom have collaborated in numerous bands and projects for more than a decade, this is their first co-led ensemble, and the results are  excellent Bassist Sam Minaie and drummer Mark Ferber   drive the group with a remarkably nimble approach as the   group navigates the timbral landscapes of a modern chord-less quartet.   Classic avant-garde jazz  with grace, creativity, and a  sense of humour that is somewhat infectious.

 Dave Valentin 

Land of The Third Eye

1980 album on GRP in full on disco mode. Dave Grusin produces. Unmistakeably Marcus Miller on bass.

Miles Davis


A live album subtitled The Legendary Performances of May 19, 1961, it was released by Columbia Records. The album This live performance features Davis with his regular quintet and also accompanied by Gil Evans and his 21-piece orchestra. The orchestra is heard on several selections drawn from Miles Ahead as well as a complete reading of the adagio movement from Concierto de Aranjuez as recorded on Sketches of Spain. That was just the quintet performing Sonny Rollins Oleo. Miles Davis – Trumpet, Hank Mobley – Tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly – Piano, Paul Chambers – Bass, Jimmy Cobb – Drums

John Zorn

The Journal Of Albion Moonlight

Aural Delights 284

  • Keltrix – Long Long Way (Acoustic) – Long Long Way
  • Scream – Take It From The Top – NMC17 (No More Censorship)
  • Peel – Wet Work – Never Not Dead
  • Mythic Sunship – Tectonic Breach – Upheaval
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Alphonsus Will Get You – Hashish and Liquor
  • Shifting Sands – We Trace Hearts – Beach Coma
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – The Town Bike Song – Hashish and Liquor
  • Shifting Sands – Airway – Beach Coma
  • Soft Science – Sooner – Sooner/Paris
  • Beached – Mummy’s Boy – Footprints In Time
  • Affinity – Coconut Groove – Affinity
  • Mankes – Black Water – Zelhem
  • Vieon – Fly By Light (Mark Corrin’s Flight Simulator Remix) – Lost Worlds
  • Augie March – Fake Jive – Bootikins
  • Soft Science – Paris – Sooner/Paris
  • Carla Bozulich – Sha Sha – Quieter
  • Mankes – Chant – Zelhem
  • Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang – The Whispering Forest – Dream Logic
  • Abramis Brama – Lopeld – Tusen År
  • Sofia Hardig – Illuminate – Single
  • Linda Vogel – Isis Osiris – Single
  • AVEC – Love – Heaven/Hell
  • Vieon – Transmission (Dirty Mice Remix) – Lost Worlds
  • Rory Gallagher – Used To Be – BBC Sessions
  • Carla Bozulich – Stained In Grace – Quieter
  • Beached – Wherever The Bus Tales Me – Footprints In Time

World of Jazz 280

  1. Bill King Quintet – Eyes of Morning – The Night Passage Years 1984-86
  2. Sun Ra – Journey Through The Outer Darkness – Black Myth
  3. Chick Corea, Steve Kujula – Star Island – Voyage
  4. Kenny Wheeler – W.W. – Double, Double You
  5. Gene Jackson – I Love You – Power of Love
  6. John Surman – Brewsters Rooster –  Brewsters Rooster
  7. John Surman – Summer Song – Invisible Threads
  8. John Surman – Edges of Illusion – Upon Reflection
  9. Paal Nilssen Love – House – Townorchestrahouse
  10. Ronnie Cuber – St. Thomas – Ronnie’s Trio
  11. Roscoe Mitchell, The Montreal Toronto Art Orchestra – Ride The Wind – Ride The Wind
  12. Yuko Fujiyama – Woven Colours – Night Wave
  13. Benoit Delbecq 4 – Spots on Stripes – Spots on Stripes
  14. Angelika Niescier, Christopher Tordini, Tyshawn Sorey – Kundry – The Berlin Concert
  15. Sun Ra – Walkin’ On The Moon – Out In Space
  16. Bill King Quintet – Four/Festival of Life – The Night Passage Years 1984-86

Aural Delights 283

  1. Toska Wilde featuring Brucie Bitch – T Gurl -Single
  2. Inferior Complex – Science – Single
  3. The Junta vs. Loop-aznavour – Welcome To My Village – Single
  4. Dave Graney – Son of Maggie Mae – Heroic Blues
  5. Shifting Sands – Didn’t I? – Beach Coma
  6. Dave Graney – I don’t know anything – Heroic Blues
  7. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Out of Where? – Hashish and Liquor
  8. The Apartments – You Wanna Cry Stop (I’m the Staying Kind) – Drift
  9. Beached – No Answer – Footprints In Time
  10. Black Salvation – Floating Torpid – Uncertainty Is Bliss
  11. Claudio Conti – Blazing Lair – Garnet Dusk
  12. Gwenno – Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow – Le Kov
  13. Heads – At The Coast – Collider
  14. Mankes – An Apple Bright – Zelhem
  15. Rat Scabies – Chew On You – P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)
  16. Beached – Time Slip – Footprints In Time
  17. Wolvhammer – Eternal Rotting Misery – The Monuments Of Ash & Bone
  18. Umbrella Assassins – Jekyll & Hyde/Black Morning – Single
  19. Sunflowers – Signal Hill – Castle Spell
  20. Simply Saucer – Dance The Mutation – Cyborgs Revisited
  21. Dylan Carlson – When the Horses Were Shorn of The – Conquistador
  22. Mankes – The Angry Men – Zelhem
  23. Heads – Wolves At The Door – Collider
  24. Beached – Embracing The Space You Left Behind – Footprints In Time
  25. Black Salvation – A Direction Is Futile – Uncertainty Is Bliss

World of Jazz 279

  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Dream State – Scandal
  • Mal Waldron & Jackie McLean – Left Alone – Left Alone ’86
  • Dan Phillips Trio – Divergent Flow – Divergent Flow
  • Bob Brookmeyer – Farewell,New York – Electricity
  • Andre Ceccarelli Trio – Sophisticated Lady – Avenue Des Diables Blues
  • Peter Kuhn Trio – ChaWang – Intention
  • Enrico Pieranumzi – Ravel’s Walk – Current Conditions
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Libra – Scandal
  • Charlie Haden & Quartet West – Blue In Green – In Angel City
  • Adam Marcowicz Trio – The Song Is You – The Music Of Jerome Kern
  • Nine Simone – You Can Have Him – Nina Simone At Town Hall
  • Billie Holiday – What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Billie Holiday
  • Tomasz Stanko – The Lark In The Dark – From The Green Hill
  • Tom Guarna – The Wishing Stones – The Wishing Stones
  • Rabih Abou Khalil – Nocturne Au Villaret – The Sultan Picnic
  • Music Revelation Ensemble – Blues for David – Music Revelation Ensemble
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Juju – Scandal