Band On The Wall Playlist – June 2017

Due to other commitments this will be the last monthly preview of forthcoming jazz gigs at Manchester’s Band On The Wall. World of Jazz will continue as the key podcast for new jazz releases and classics from the archives.

June  includes two exciting shows:

Described by Jazz Times as ‘one of the next big deals on jazz piano’, Alexi Tuomarila is one of the finest pianists on the European Jazz scene. Known predominantly for his work with Polish ECM trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, Tuomarila has quietly grown into a force to be reckoned with.

A sculptor of sound, Tuomarila has a raw ability to mould and shape awe-inspiring melodic lines with a precision and rhythmic finesse underpinned by a vibrant sense of imagination and Finnish melancholy.

Summer 2017 sees the release of his new trio album Kingdom on Edition Records, with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori. With music written by all three members, the Alexi Tuomarila Trio is staking its claim as one of the finest on the exciting contemporary European scene. They play on Sunday 18th June. Link

Miles Mosley is an upright bassist, vocalist, producer, composer and arranger.

As a teen he was selected to play bass for the 1996 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band & Choir, and was acclaimed as a “technical virtuoso” by Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Don Heckman. He received his classical training at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, had numerous years of study with jazz bass legends John Clayton, Ray Brown, and Al McKibbon, and received his undergraduate degree in music at UCLA. Since then Mosley has greatly expanded his repertoire, mastering the bass and a vast array of instruments, deftly blending Jazz with Rock, Pop, Funk, and R&B. Mosley has successfully combined bow work, effects, and ‘in-your-face’ dexterity to give his instrument his own signature sound.

He has been featured in Bass Player Magazine (US, Brazil and Japan), Bass Gear Magazine, and Player Magazine, Japan and has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including A n d r a D a y, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def and Avenged Sevenfold. He co-produced, composed, arranged and performed on actor Terrence Howard’s debut CD ‘Shine through It’. He appeared on the Grammy Awards telecast with the Gnarls Barkley Orchestra, at the Greek Theater with Jeff Beck, at the Staples Center with Rihanna, and headlined at The Alex Theatre with the Glendale Pops Orchestra. He accompanied singer Jonathan Davis of rock group Korn through North America and Europe, where he pulled double duty as the opening performer and as Davis’ solo band bassist. He opened for NAS at Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 Launch party. He recorded three tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’; and is the upright bass player on Kamasi Washington’s ‘The Epic’. Mosley’s single “Abraham” was named one of NPR’s ‘favourite songs of 2016 so far’, and he was featured as one of Vanity Fair’s Rising Stars.

To celebrate the release of his new LP, ‘UPRISING’,  Mosley and his full band The West Coast Get Down play Band on the Wall on June 30th. LINK

Alongside tracks from both of these artists you will find a selection of recent jazz releases.

PLAYLIST

  1. Miles Mosley – Abraham – Abraham
  2. Alex Tuomarila Trio – Jay – Seven Hills
  3. Cuong Vu 4tet – Ballet – Ballet, The Music of Michael Gibbs
  4. Avishai Cohen – Theme for Jimmy Greene – Cross My Palm with Silver
  5. Matthew Shipp – Intro Z – Invisible Touch at Taktlos Zurich
  6. Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier – Le Sei De La Situation – Escape Lane
  7. John Yao Quintet – Presence – Presence
  8. Jan Nijdam Kwartet – Spago Legato – Bij De Dieren Thuis
  9. Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory – All This I Do For Glory
  10. Luke Selllick – The Alchemist – Alchemist
  11. Alex Tuomarila Trio – Bruin Bay – Kingdom
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Band On The Wall Playlist – May 2017

Just the one keynote jazz gig at the Band on the Wall for May 2017 featuring local artist Matthew Halsall.

Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of the rising stars of European Jazz. His eastern-influenced sound draws on the modal jazz of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane alongside contemporary dance music and his uniquely life-affirming music has been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge. His latest project finds him working with legendary LA vocalist Dwight Trible whose deeply soulful voice has seen him compared to the likes of Leon Thomas and Andy Bey and who brings a vibrant energy to everything he sings. Expect deep spiritual jazz, funky soul-jazz classics and beautiful ballads from John Coltrane and Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway and beyond as heard on their forthcoming Gondwana Records release, ‘Inspiration’.

The gig is on May 4th – more details at The Band on The Wall website

I’ve featured tracks from the recent Halsall release “Into Forever” and in between recent jazz releases.

PLAYLIST

  1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Longhsan Temple – Into Forever
  2. Julia Hülsmann Trio – From Afar – Sooner and Later
  3. Jeff Platz – Seer & Seen – Neu Cabal
  4. The Microscopic Septet – Dark Blue – Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues
  5. Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream – The Dreamer Is the Dream
  6. Achim Kaufmann & Olie Brice – To Heap – Of Tides
  7. Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day – We All Ate What We Wanted to Eat, Parts 2,5 – On Parade In Parede
  8. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Daan Park – Into Forever
  9. Roscoe Mitchell with Yuganaut – Son Warship – Four Ways

Band On The Wall Playlist – April 2017

Here is my monthly look at what is coming up at Manchester’s finest jazz venue The Band on the Wall.  April kicks off with another visit from jazz royalty as the Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by Marshall Allen, arrive from Saturn for another visit on Sunday 2nd.

Chris Potter is a world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader,  Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.”  Dave Liebman called him simply “one of the best musicians around,”  and Down Beat in voted him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll. A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums.  He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others. As part of the Jazz Directors Series, Potter is performing on 13th April with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians.

The following night sees a performance from Stuff,  a Belgium-based five-piece who masterfully cross the border between broken hip-hop, future electronics and jazz-influenced funk. A renowned live act, Stuff were the first European band to be invited to perform a Boiler Room session. Their eponymous debut album has received fantastic praise, leading Belgian music magazine HUMO said “best record of the year”. Phill Tagart from BBC 1 played numerous tracks in his show stating “this is what I imagine Flying Lotus’ band to be like”. Gilles Peterson upon first listen, fell in love with the band and said “it’s a really exciting time for music, with groups coming through like Stuff.” Comparable acts include Weather Report, Shobaleader One, The Comet is Coming, Binkbeats, and The Physics House Band

18th April features Myele Manzanza.  The son of a Congolese master percussionist, New Zealand-born Myele Manzanza first gained international attention as one third of NZ soul act, Electric Wire Hustle. After six years of performing, recording and touring with the band that he formed, he left in 2013 in order to release his solo debut, ‘One’. By this time Myele had become an in-demand musician, culminating in 2014 when he joined dance music pioneer Theo Parrish as the drummer of his live outfit The Unit. As a drummer and a sideman he continues to tour internationally and collaborate with a broad range of artists including Mark de Clive-Lowe, First Word label-mate Ross McHenry, Sorceress, Amp Fiddler, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Marcus Strickland, Recloose, Jordan Rakei and most recently joining Australian contemporary dance company, KAGE, in their forthcoming dance and drum based performance Out Of Earshot. His roots in jazz and African rhythm, (as well as his childhood love of hip hop and dance music) bring a uniquely diverse take to his music.

In between music from the above there are a range of brand new jazz releases…..

PLAYLIST

  1. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Lament – Imaginary Cities
  2. Aki Takase and David Murray – A Very Long Letter – Cherry Sakura
  3. Cameron Graves – Satania Our Solar System – Planetary Prince
  4. Aki Rissanen, Robin Verheyen, Markku Ounaskari – Riverly  Reflections (On Scriabin Prelude Op. 13 No. 1) – Songs for Solstice
  5. John Abercrombie Quartet – Tears – Up and Coming
  6. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Firefly – Imaginary Cities
  7. Justin Walter – Following – Unseen Forces
  8. Noah Preminger – The 99 Percent – Meditations on Freedom
  9. Myele Manzanza – Freedom of Movement – Freedom of Movement
  10. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Shadow Self – Imaginary Cities
  11. Stuff – Ahfreaq – Stuff
  12. Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels and Demons at Play – Live at the Band on the Wall

 

 

 

Band On The Wall Playlist – February 2017

My monthly look at what’s coming up at the Band on the Wall, Manchester’s premiere music venue includes Nat Birchall, Bill Laurence and Jo Harman. In between there is a variety of recently released jazz.

Award-winning Soul and Blues singer-songwriter Jo Harman returns to Band on the Wall on the 23rd to celebrate the worldwide release of her new LP, ‘People We Become’, the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut ‘Dirt On My Tongue’. Recorded in Nashville, at Sound Emporium and other noted studios with producer Fred Mollin (Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis and many more) the album features Michael McDonald on the first single ‘When We Were Young’ which I got a preview copy of several weeks back.

Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer. A world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist. He begins a UK tour in February in association with the BOTW.

Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall’s music dares to inhabit the same sacred spaces as the giants of yesteryear. Most of these colossi are long gone, only warriors such as Pharoah Sanders and Billy Harper remain, spreading the divine flame throughout the earth that they still inhabit. But the temples are still here if we choose to enter and search for the truth. Nat belongs to a small group of like-minded musicians who seek to approach the heights of ecstatic music in the same selfless fashion and with the same devotion as the masters did back in the day. Yet this is music very much in the “now”, because the music demands that only this moment is of value, here and right now. Uplifting music that transports the mind and cleanses the soul. Nat plays the BOTW on March 2nd.

PLAYLIST

  1. Bill Laurence – Aftersun – Aftersun
  2. Camilla George – Mami Wata Returns/Usuro – Isang
  3. Ellery Eskelin, Christian Weber, Michael Griener – Cornelia Street – Sensations of Tone
  4. Jukko Perka Avara – He Left The Road – Invisible Man
  5. Ben Van Gelder – Pause – Among Vertical
  6. Naked Wolf – Wugiwoo – Ahum
  7. Rich Perry – Detour Ahead – Mood
  8. Ronny Graupe – Kappler Drehe – The White Belt
  9. Nat Birchall – Love In The Cosmos – Creation
  10. Lena Circus, Itaru Oki – Love for Sale – Zanshin
  11. Jeff Platz – Duration – Low Light Filter
  12. Morten Schantz – Escape Velocity – Godspeed
  13. Jo Harman – When We Were Young -Single

Band On The Wall Playlist – January 2017

My monthly look into what is coming for jazz lovers at Manchester’s prestigious Band On The Wall Venue. For January 2017 I am highlighting two gigs. In between new and recent releases from across the world of jazz.

Playlist

  1. Dinosaur – Robin – Together, As One
  2. Ivo Perelman, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver – Harsh Moon – Breaking Point
  3. Will Goble – Another Man Done Gone – Consider The Blues
  4. Daniel Rorke, Aksel Jensen, Ole Mofjell – Milk Boy – The Dark
  5. John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp – Cluster I – Tangle
  6. Illogical Harmonies – Part II – Volume
  7. Mike Melito – If I Would Ever Leave You – New York Connections
  8. Jerome Sabbagh, Simon Jermyn, Allison Miller – Lean – Lean
  9. Organik Vibe Trio – Ecaroh – Things We Did Last Summer
  10. Magnus Öström – Parachute – Parachute
  11. Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry – Bedouin Woman – Proximity

Thursday 19th January : Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur

Dinosaur is one of the most vital and creative new ensembles in the UK today, led by trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd and featuring keyboardist Elliot Galvin and the young rhythm section of Conor Chaplin & Corrie Dick. They have performed throughout the UK and Europe including dates at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse, 12 Points in Dublin and Jazzahead in Bremen.

In early 2016, Jurd signed an exclusive album deal with the hugely influential Edition Records for the release of Dinosaur’s debut album ‘Together, As One’, released in September 2016. Blending elements of folk, jazz and rock, their sound is formidable and compelling.

Sunday 29th January : Magnus Öström

A member of seminal contemporary jazz outfit Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.), drummer Magnus Öström returns to Band on the Wall to perform work from his new LP ‘Parachute’. Since the tragic demise of e.s.t, Öström’s solo career has been a fruitful one with two solo albums released in Europe and Japan. His debut solo LP, ‘Thread Of Life’ was nominated for a Swedish Grammis and earned him an Echo Jazz Award in Germany.

The new album features the same band members as the two previous albums: Andreas Hourdakis, guitars; Thobias Gabrielson, bass & keys; Daniel Karlsson, piano & keys, and sees Öström return to the Diesel Music label where his career got started with e.s.t 20 years ago.

Although Magnus’s solo career has been successful, the loss of Esbjörn Svensson in 2008 has been devastating and it is music that has helped him overcome some very dark times.

With e.s.t, Öström helped redefine the classic piano trio format, introducing a modern aesthetic with electronic textures and rhythms taken from dance music. Their sound has gone on to inspire countless contemporary jazz groups including the likes of Gogo Penguin and Phronesis.