World of Jazz 307

  1. Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00
  2. Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – What’s New (Spice of Life) 05:22
  3. Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations (Edition) 12:53
  4. Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 19:37
  5. Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors (Criss Cross Jazz) 27:39
  6. Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 36:39
  7. Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time (Spice of Life) 41:06
  8. Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations (Edition) 48:16
  9. Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 55:40
  10. Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners (Riverside) 1:02:56
  11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi (Jagjaguwar) 1:10:53
  12. Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 1:19:16
  13. Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations (Edition) 1:26:03
  14. Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 1:32:42
  15. Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This (Storyville) 1:34:52
  16. Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records) 1:41:57
  17. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) 1:47:42

Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments

Ark Ovrutski bass
Myron Walden saxophone
Benito Gonzalez piano
McClenty Hunter bass

2018 Ark Ovrutski

Bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski’s fourth release – a collection of five originals and four  covers  ….Walden channeling Eddie Harris….
Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – Whats New

Recorded April and June 2010 at Nilento Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk double bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2010 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0013

What’s New is the first (mostly) standards album by Jansson, who has so far been focused on playing his own music. And what a beautiful album it turned out to be! His beautiful touch, imagination, sophisticated sense of harmony and ability swing hard when necessary, all combine to make a very satisfying program of (mostly) standards.
Playing with him are younger bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek who has played with guitarist Ulf Wakenius and talented drummer Paul Svanberg who happens to be Jansson’s son.   One of the best piano trio releases of 2010! Very highly recommended!
Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations

Pablo Held piano
Robert Landfermann double bass
Jonas Burgwinkel drums
2018 Edition Records

Pablo Held’s releases his landmark 10th album ‘Investigations’ on his new home and international label Edition Records, marking the progression of a new, global trajectory for this supremely talented musician.

The beautiful music of the Pablo Held Trio is to me an important example of the evolution of the piano trio in jazz. They embody the poetry and depth of this tradition, while extending the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the tradition. The music of this trio brings me joy knowing that this great art form continues to grow and flourish.” Ralph Towner

released April 13, 2018

Recorded at Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne by Christian Heck from August 30th till September 2nd 2017
Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel

Recorded on February 5th, 2017 at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY

Perry Smith guitar
Jon Irabagon saxophone
Glenn Zaleski piano
Matt Aronoff bass
Allan Mednard drums

2018 Smith Tone Records

At the core of everything that guitarist/composer Perry Smith does is the desire to create personal and musical connections with the artistic community. That’s true of the community he’s built around his inclusive weekly series in Brooklyn, “The Nest Session;” it’s behind his decision to use social media as a means of reaching out, not cutting off. And it lies at the very heart of his third album as a leader, New Angel — both in the close relationships he shares with his bandmates and in his desire to make the sometimes heady concepts of modern jazz something accessible and deeply personal.

New Angel marks the debut of the gifted guitarist’s stellar new quintet, which features saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Allan Mednard. While they’ve all played together in a variety of contexts, Smith’s decision to bring together this particular group stems directly from their shared experiences at Nest Sessions jams, which he and Aronoff have co-led for more than three years.

The band’s thrilling chemistry is vividly apparent from the opening moments of “Rise and Fall,” whose title makes the tune’s shifting moods and tempos sound deceptively simple. The gentle, memorable melody is prime evidence of Smith’s gift for crafting compositions that embrace the listener while providing plenty of spark for improvisation.

Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors

Recorded June 2, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman

Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
Seamus Blake tenor saxophone
Adam Rogers guitar
David Kikoski piano
Boris Kozlov bass
Jonathan Blake drums
Donny McCaslin tenor, soprano saxophone
Josh Roseman trombone

2003 Criss Cross Jazz 1236 CD

Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments

welcome to the world of an oscar pettiford-ism melody, played with a lot of humor and wit. note the jokes exchanged between MW and AO…musical humor at its best. a thoroughly enjoyable joy ride..
Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time

Lars Jansson piano
Christian Spering bass
Anders Kjellberg drums

2009 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0011

Pianist Lars Janssoncleared out the music room of his home in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, and in the process, found some old songs he’d written but forgotten. Inspired by Marcel Proust’s epic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu, he put them together with some new ones to create an album that sheds new and often surprising light on the familiar territory of piano jazz.

Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations
Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel

The spikiness of “Monk’s World” immediately evokes the keen-edged genius and eyebrow-arched joy of the great Thelonious Monk. Smith wrote the piece on the chord changes of Monk’s classic “Epistrophy” as a way of paying homage to the legendary pianist’s outsized influence. “In my experience on the jazz scene in New York,” Smith says, “musicians are always more excited about playing Monk’s tunes than anybody else’s — more than even Coltrane or Wayne Shorter or Herbie. I think it has to do with the playful nature of his songs and the cool, creative melodies that he wrote, which open a lot of freedom in the landscape.”

Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners

It was his third album for Riverside Records,[ and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions.

Thelonious Monk – piano and celeste on “Pannonica”
Ernie Henry – alto saxophone
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Oscar Pettiford – double bass
Max Roach – drums

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi

IC-01 Hanoi is the fifth studio album by Portland Oregon based  New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on 26 October 2018 through Jagjaguwar. It is the group’s second album of 2018 after Sex & Food, released in April, and their first instrumental album.[ The album was recorded entirely in the city of Hanoi and originated from sessions for Sex & Food, with frontman Ruban Nielson’s father Chris Nielson also contributing instrumentation to the record.

Ruban Nielson – Guitar
Kody Nielson –
Jacob Portrait – Bass
Minh Nguyen – sáo trúc
Chris Nielson – flugelhorn, keyboards, saxophone

Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments

complexity of this arrangement…6/8 to 4/4 and a variety of
shifting rhythms in between…a real picture of a/this group playing

Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations
Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel
Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2018 Storyville 1014320

Just This, the latest album from Lars Jansson Trio  out October 19th, is an album of immense talent and musical excess from three of Scandinavia’s most renowned jazz musicians.
Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest

This Bill Evans trio session was recorded on June 20, 1968, nearly 10 years after the legendary Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis, and five days after the famous live performance at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was released on Verve and won a Grammy. This is the only studio album recorded of this trio and features Evans in trio, duo and solo configurations with jazz greats bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

The album album was recorded by the renowned MPS Records producer and label owner, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, at his studio in Villingen, Germany (aka “the Black Forest”). Originally produced by HGBS. It’s only the second official Bill Evans release with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette.
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away

“As a result we have a dazzling testament to the interaction between two genius musicians: piano and bass, their brilliance resounding through the hallowed space of an art nouveau cathedral, recorded on November 5, 2007. (…) Charlie is gone now, and this recording was made “long ago and far away”, yet the music remains immediate. The music is now.” – Ruth Cameron Haden, July 2018. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.

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World of Jazz 306

  1. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 00:00
  2. Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 06:59
  3. Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR Records) 10:38
  4. Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox (Driff Records) 21:28
  5. Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain (Palmetto) 27:04
  6. Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records) 29:52
  7. Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity (Criss Cross Jazz) 38:45
  8. Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox (Driff Records) 45:56
  9. Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet (FMR Records) 52:52
  10. Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:02:14
  11. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:07:14
  12. Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs (Clean Feed) 1:15:30
  13. Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad (Pan Y Rosas Discos) 1:21:57
  14. Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri (ECM) 1:30:06
  15. Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion (Clean Feed) 1:36:26
  16. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:49:35
  17. Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:56:24

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands

Russ Johnson trumpet
Rob Clearfield keyboards
Matt Ulery bass
Jon Deitemyer drums

2018 Woolgathering Records

Trumpeter and Composer Russ Johnson was commissioned to premiere a new band and set of compositions for the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago: the result is “Headlands,” a 12 movement Suite he composed for a collection of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Matt Uleryon bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
Headlands is a through composed work that is intended to be listened to in its entirety. The Suite consists of six compositions connected by solo improvised passages by each member of the ensemble. A short theme serves as bookends to the proceedings. The music is designed to be structurally open/elastic to allow for (maximum) flexibility in live performance while still maintaining a strict overall from to give the work coherence. The Headlands Suite is music that traverses the areas between modern jazz and the avant-garde. The music covers a wide range of compositional and improvisational styles.

Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing

If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. On the band’s eponymous debut, these four stellar musicians ably walk the razor’s edge between thrilling virtuosity and gut-punch instinctiveness. The release   available on October 26 via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.

Marcus Strickland: saxophone; Josh Evans: trumpet; Christian McBride: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band

Recorded June 25, 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ

Bob Gluck piano, electronics
Billy Hart drums
Eddie Henderson trumpet
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2016 FMR Records FMRCD398-0915

Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox

Recorded on July 19, 2014 at Wellspring Sound Studio, Acton, Massachusetts

Jorrit Dijkstra alto saxophone, lyricon, analog synth
Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Nate McBride bass
Curt Newton drums

2015 Driff Records 1501

Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain

Noah Preminger saxophone
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hébert bass
Matt Wilson drums

2011 Palmetto 2145

For his Palmetto debut and his second CD as a leader, 24-year-old tenor saxophonist Preminger has defied expectations by releasing an album of mostly ballads—giving himself and collaborators Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert and Matt Wilson the opportunity to delve into highly nuanced solo and ensemble playing. Before The Rain is marked by the same sense of adventure and exploration as Preminger’s 2008 debut CD Dry Bridge Road, but with more compositional depth and group interplay. The tempos never rise above medium, but the creativity and passion remain extremely high.

Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road

Recorded August 1-2, 2007 at Park West Studios in New York.

Noah Preminger saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Ben Monder guitar
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hebert bass
Ted Poor drums

2008 Noah Preminger / Nowt Records 002

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger’s debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: “More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust… unusually graceful… [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each.” Noah’s playing and his group’s concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger’s uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: “He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice.” – Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity

Recorded September 15, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Noah Preminger tenor saxophone
Jason Palmer trumpet
Kim Cass bass
Dan Weiss drums

2018 Criss Cross Jazz 1397 CD

Thirty-year-old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s debut on Criss Cross in a pianoless context with trumpeter Jason Palmer and bassist Kim Cass, who record here with the brilliant drummer Dan Weiss for the first time on this occasion.
The hour-long program consists of nine Preminger originals. Each evokes a different mood and ambiance with strong melodies and percolating grooves that provoke unfailingly cohesive, thematic improvisations by Preminger and Palmer.
Genuinity is consistently compelling, and repays repeated hearings.

Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox

Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet

Bob Gluck piano
Joe Giardullo soprano saxophone
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2011 FMR Records FMR 294-0810

Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands

Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs

Recorded March 23, 2018 at BAS, Bandhagen Sweden

Left channel:
Fredrik Nordström tenor, baritone saxophone
Mats Äleklint trombone
Filip Augustson double bass
Christopher Cantillo drums

Right channel:
Fredrik Ljungkvist clarinet, tenor saxophone
Niklas Barnö trumpet
Torbjörn Zetterberg double bass
Fredrik Rundqvist drums

2018 Clean Feed CF496CD

In his new album, saxophonist and composer Fredrik Nordström deals with a format that reminds of a double quartet of the same type as Ornette Coleman recorded in the early 1960’s. For someone always interested in exploring different possibilities of group interaction, the decision isn’t really a surprise in itself: what surprises us are the results. Instead of acting as a double quartet, Nordström and his fellow Swedish musicians sometimes acts as an octet or as a trio, a quintet, or, you name it! The (double) rhythm section shows off some groovy and hard swinging parts as one unit, but the freedom to contribute individually in this collective of great improvisers is fundamental.

Nordström’s writing and conduction of the improvisational developments are, as always, subtle and meticulous, like hidden geometrical forms in an (apparently) abstract canvas. And if the double quartet matrix is generally connoted with the free jazz subgenre, in “Needs” something else is in equation, coming from the bop and hard bop traditions (Nordström’s tenor style owes something to Dexter Gordon) adding adventurous compositions with dazzling improvisations and giving expression to what the leader of this one day session calls «progressive jazz with unquestionable influence of contemporary classical and rock music». A must. —CF

Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad

Recorded July 02, 2011

Ada Rave soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Wenchi Lazo guitars
Martín de Lassaletta double bass, keyboards [6]
Martín López Grande drums

2012 Pan Y Rosas Discos pyr042

Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri

Bass – Arild Andersen
Drums, Percussion – Pål Thowsen
Piano – Lars Jansson
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Flutes], Percussion – Juhani Aaltonen

Recorded October 1976 at Talent Studios, Oslo

ECM 1977

Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion

Recorded on December 22nd, 2017 at The House Of The Lord

Chris Pitsiokos alto saxophone
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Torbjorn Zetterberg double bass

2018 Clean Feed CF498CD

“When the music we call jazz continues to reveal a number of new values with the surprising qualities of Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva and Torbjorn Zetterberg, you have the final confirmation: this musical genre is in very good health these present days. And when musicians like the ones reunited in Child of Illusion distinguish themselves on the scene, you can only hope to find them in the same band.

Here it is, for our common pleasure entirely. Pitsiokos, a New Yorker who is filling a new page of the book telling the history of the alto saxophone in jazz, justifies his fame as a super skilled player who is expanding the technical and lexical possibilities of his instrument, either with his own projects or in association with the greatest, from Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Evans to Lydia Lunch and Otomo Yoshihide.

Silva, a Portuguese now living in Stockholm, has a warm and acid trumpet sound which quickly positioned her in the Olympus of this music, in the company of mavericks of older generations like Fred Frith, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre and Mat Maneri.

Zetterberg, one of the top double bassists in Sweden, turned to be an international reference, due to his work as the leader of Hot Five or in the company of like-minded musicians who are making a difference, from Jonas Kullhamar and Alberto Pinton to Mats Aleklint and Jon Falt. If you don’t know them yet, this is a magnificent opportunity for an update.”-Clean Feed

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands

Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn

World of Jazz 305

  1. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Thank you Mr. Monk – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 00:00
  2. Orrin Evans – The Scythe – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 05:49
  3. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – Down 8 Up 5 – Time Like This (Intakt) 16:06
  4. Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner – Faroe – Faroe (Sunnyside Records) 25:38
  5. Friends & Neighbours – Kubrick’s Rude – What’s Next (Clean Feed) 31:39
  6. Orrin Evans – Flip The Script – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 39:56
  7. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Dow Jones – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 49:58
  8. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – This May Get  Ugly – Time Like This (Intakt) 54:21
  9. Farmers By Nature – For Fred Anderson – Out Of This World’s Distortions (Aum Fidelity) 1:06:38
  10. Fred Anderson Quartet – Like Sonny – Birdhouse (Okka Disc) 1:15:33
  11. Sonny Stitt – Four – Just Friends (Live At Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, 1981) (Universe) 1:31:51
  12. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Outlaw – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 1:41:23
  13. Orrin Evans – Presence – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 1:46:24
  14. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – The New Normal – Time Like This (Intakt) 1:55:33

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Thank you Mr. Monk – NPU – No Prohibition Unit

From Verona, Italy. A trip through the jazz of the Roaring Twenties. An album to pay homage to the big heroes who led music to such a great innovation in spite of all of the social and political problems of the Prohibition Era.

  • Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Piano
  • Valerio Poantrndolfo – Tenor Sax
  • Luca Pisani – Double Bass
  • Massimo Chiarella – Drums

CAT Sound records (2016)

Orrin Evans – The Scythe – Presence

Now in the Bad Plus of course here is Orrin Evans with a much larger ensemble The Captain Black Big Band

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Todd Bashore  alto sax ; John Raymond,Bryan Davis, and Josh Lawrence   trumpets. David Gibson, Brent White, and Stafford Hunter e trombones. Hard honking, streetwise Troy Roberts   tenor sax.  Rhythm section bassist Madison Rastand the double drumming attack of Anwar Marshall and Jason Brown. Orrin on Piano

Recorded   live at Philly’s South Jazz Kitchen and Chris’ Jazz Cafe,

Smoke Sessions Records 2018

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – Down 8 Up 5 – Time Like This

Recorded February 14th, 2018, at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York

Michael Formanek double bass
Tony Malaby tenor, soprano saxophone
Kris Davis piano
Ches Smith drums, vibraphone, haitian tanbou

All music by Michael Formanek

2018 Intakt CD 313

In putting together the Elusion Quartet, interpreting his music with these specific musicians, Michael Formanek says he sought “a more direct connection to emotions: mine, theirs and the listener’s.” Hank Shteamer writes in the liner notes: “As one zeroes in on the details of Time Like This, it’s clear that this sort of emotional immediacy permeates the album.

Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner – Faroe – Faroe

While tenor saxophone heavy Mark Turner has toured with guitarist Mikkel Ploug’s quartet for approximately a decade, the unique musical alliance developed between this pair has never before received such a high degree of attention. With Faroe, Ploug presents thirteen original compositions written or rearranged specifically to telescope their bond(s), explore the very essence of the melodic-harmonic communion, and artfully merge the precomposed and the improvised.

Sunnyside Recordss 2018
Friends & Neighbours – Kubrick’s Rude – What’s Next

A great example of the Norwegian creative jazz scene, the quintet of Andree Roligheten on sax & clarinet, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums take their name from an Ornette Coleman LP, as they show us ‘What’s Next’ by blending lyrical and free approaches with unexpected twists and turns.

Recorded February 8-9, 2018 at Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway

2018 Clean Feed CF499CD

A recreation of the free jazz spirit of the Sixties and Seventies, going from Ornette Coleman to John Carter, through Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders, but with a perspective very much of the present times (at the end of the second decade of the 21st century is obvious we love melodies, and that’s what you have here: melodic free jazz) and a playing style with all the characteristics of Norwegian jazz.

Orrin Evans – Flip The Script – Presence

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Dow Jones – NPU – No Prohibition Unit

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – This May Get  Ugly – Time Like This

Farmers By Nature – For Fred Anderson – Out Of This World’s Distortions

Recorded on June 24, 2010 at Scrootabe Labs, Brooklyn NY

Gerald Cleaver drums
William Parker bass
Craig Taborn piano

2011 AUM Fidelity AUM067

This album was recorded almost exactly 2 years to the date of their highly acclaimed debut (AUM053) from which they take their group name. The pieces proceed & flow exactly as they were performed in the studio that day (manifest on album!), opening with an exquisite elegy to the late great saxophonist Fred Anderson (who passed the evening before)

Fred Anderson Quartet – Like Sonny – Birdhouse

released in 1996 on Okka Disk.

The title refers to Anderson’s Chicago club that closed in 1978. Three pieces are played by a quartet with pianist Jim Baker and long-time collaborators bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake, while the remaining “Waiting for M.C.” is a duo Anderson-Drake performed while the tapes were rolling as they awaited pianist Marilyn Crispell for the studio rehearsal the day before the live recording Destiny. “Like Sonny” is dedicated to saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

Sonny Stitt – Four – Just Friends (Live At Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, 1981)

Bass – Donn Mast
Drums – Duffy Jackson
Piano – Eddie Higgins
Tenor Saxophone – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt
Trumpet – Harry “Sweets” Edison*
Notes
Live at Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, Nov 11, 1981.

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Outlaw – NPU – No Prohibition Unit
Orrin Evans – Presence – Presence
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – The New Normal – Time Like This

World of Jazz 303

  1. Stefon Harris & Blackout – Dat Dere – Sonic Creed (Motéma Music) 00:00
  2. Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Place – Linger (Driff Records) 06:40
  3. CLT Trio – Sky so Pink – Every Second Is A Blues (CLT Records) 13:02
  4. Hamiet Bluiett – Gumbo (Vegetarian Style) – Bearer of The Holy Flame (Black Flame) 17:12
  5. World Saxophone Quartet Featuring Jack Dejohnette – The Road To Nefertiti / Nefertiti – Selim Sivad – A Tribute To Miles Davis (Justin Time) 24:26
  6. Music Revelation Ensemble – The Dawn – In The Name Of (DIW) 35:42
  7. World Saxophone Quartet – Paper Works – Live at Brooklyn Academy Of Music (Black Saint) 43:40
  8. Hamiet Bluiett Sextet – Baried Treasure – Young Warrior, Old Warrior (Mapleshade Records) 52:36
  9. CLT Trio – Indigo Fall On The Sea – Every Second Is A Blues (CLT Records) 59:13
  10. Stefon Harris & Blackout – The Cape Verdean Blues – Sonic Creed (Motéma Music) 01:05:20
  11. Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Stalk – Linger (Driff Records) 1:11:21
  12. Markus Stockhausen; Simon Stockhausen; Jo Thönes – Carnaval – Aparis (ECM) 1:17:21
  13. Aparis – Fire – Despite The Fire-Fighters’ Efforts… (ECM) 1:22:52
  14. Gerard Lebik, Piotr Damasiewicz, Gabriel Ferrandini – Part IV – veNN Circles (Bocian Records) 1:29:14
  15. Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Part 5 Brasilia – Lyric Suite For Sextet (ECM) 1:35:29
  16. Dave Sewelson – Calm Pose – Music for a Free World (FMR Records) 1:47:22
  17.  CLT Trio – Yellow Panic On The Train – Every Second Is A Blues (CLT Records) 1:52:38
  18. Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Dwell – Linger (Driff Records) 1:56:11
  19. Stefon Harris & Blackout – Now – Sonic Creed (Motéma Music) 2:00:28

This week…. music from

Stefon Harris, CLT Trio, Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra and John Hollenbeck

A Tribute to Hamiet Blueitt who sadly passed away on October 4th at the age of 78

Some ECM from the archives and much more

Stefon Harris & Blackout – Dat Dere – Sonic Creed

almost a decade after this band last showing—Urbanus (Concord, 2009), this one is on Motema Music

Bobby Timmons jazz classic “Date Dere”

Stefon Harris: vibraphone & marimba, James Francies: piano   & keyboards  ; Joshua Crumbly: bass  ; Terreon Gully: drums ; Casey Benjamin: alto saxophone   soprano saxophone , vocoder  ; Mike Moreno: guitar ; Pedrito Martinez: percussion ; Felix Peikli: clarinet, bass clarinet

Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Place – Linger

Recorded on January 24, 2016 at Wellspring Studio, Acton MA

Benoît Delbecq prepared piano, bass synth
Jorrit Dijkstra alto saxophone, lyricon, analog electronics
John Hollenbeck drums, percussion

2018 Driff Records 1801

Dijkstra and Hollenbeck have been collaborating as a duo since the mid-nineties. Recorded as a follow-up on their well-received album Sequence (Trytone Records, 2005), Linger adds French prepared piano master Benoît Delbecq to the mix. Dijkstra and Delbecq met at the Banff Jazz Workshop in 1990 and have collaborated occasionally over the years. As on Sequence, the same process of instant composition was used in the studio: to establish some textures and atmospheres first, then record a few takes per texture, and choose the best takes afterwards without further editing. The titles of the ten tracks all reflect movement of some sort, represented by the multi-layered rhythms, the dense microtonal textures, and the lyrical, lingering melodic interactions of Dijkstra and Delbecq. Delbecq’s mumbling bass synth lines, Dijkstra’s analog synth and processed saxophone sounds, and Hollenbeck’s hard-hitting grooves and almost electronic-sounding percussions give the album a unique sound that defies categories.
CLT Trio – Sky so Pink – Every Second Is A Blues

Casper Nyvang Rask double bass
Lars Fiil piano
Terkel Nørgaard drums

2018 CLT Records

CLT consists of three notable musicians who has made a significant mark on the Danish and international jazz scene – both through acclaimed releases as leaders and as solid sidemen. Now they have joined forces in this new trio that combines an energetic and intense expression with a subtle responsiveness to the finer nuances.

The debut album Every Second Is a Blues consists of seven spontaneous improvisations recorded during a single day in the studio in the spring of 2017. Without any prior planning CLT creates a musical universe where there is room for both raw bursts of energy and thoughtful explorations. A common goal for the members of the trio is to let their personal expressions merge so that every track appears as a unified entity. With this in mind they change between abstract soundscapes, romantic tableaus and subtle grooves, all the time using as a point of departure the intense energy that occurs when musicians comes together and develops and explores the music in the moment.

Hamiet Bluiett – Gumbo (Vegetarian Style) – Bearer of The Holy Flame

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Hamiet Bluiett
Bass – Fred Hopkins
Drums – Marvin “Smitty” Smith
Percussion – Chief Bey
Piano – John Hicks

Black Flame 1994

World Saxophone Quartet Featuring Jack Dejohnette – The Road To Nefertiti / Nefertiti – Selim Sivad – A Tribute To Miles Davis

Alto Saxophone, Flute – Oliver Lake
Baritone Saxophone, Contra-Alto Clarinet,  – Hamiet Bluiett
Drums [African] – Chief Bey
Drums [African], Percussion, Kalimba – Okyerema Asante
Drums [African], Percussion, Kalimba, Voice – Titos Sompa
Drums, Piano – Jack DeJohnette
Saxello, Alto Flute – John Purcell
Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Producer – David Murray

Recorded March 2nd and 3rd, 1998 at Sound On Sound Studios, New York.
Justin Time 1998

Music Revelation Ensemble – The Dawn – In The Name Of

Baritone Saxophone – Hamiet Bluiett
Drums – Cornell W. Rochester
Electric Bass – Amin Ali
Guitar – James Blood Ulmer

Recorded at Eastside Sound, NYC on December 6 & 7, 1993

DIW 1994

World Saxophone Quartet – Paper Works – Live at Brooklyn Academy Of Music

Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Julius Hemphill*, Oliver Lake
Baritone Saxophone, Alto Clarinet – Hamiet Bluiett
Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – David Murray

Recorded Live December 6 & 7, 1985 at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York.

Black Saint 1986

Hamiet Bluiett Sextet – Ba-ried Treasure – Young Warrior, Old Warrior

Baritone Saxophone  – Hamiet Bluiett
Bass – Keter Betts
Drums – Jimmy Cobb
Piano – Larry Willis
Tenor Saxophone – Mark Shim
Trumpet – Jack Walrath

Mapleshade Records 1995

Recorded at Mapleshade Studio on March 1-3, 1995

CLT Trio – Indigo Fall On The Sea – Every Second Is A Blues

Stefon Harris & Blackout – The Cape Verdean Blues – Sonic Creed

Horace Silvers Cape Verdean Blues

also Elena Pinderhughes: flute

Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Stalk – Linger

Markus Stockhausen; Simon Stockhausen; Jo Thönes – Carnaval – Aparis

Drums [Acoustic, Electronic] – Jo Thönes
Synthesizer, Saxophone – Simon Stockhausen
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Markus Stockhausen

Digital recording, August 1989, Rainbow Studio, Oslo.

ECM 1990

Aparis – Fire – Despite The Fire-Fighters’ Efforts…

ECM 1993

Gerard Lebik, Piotr Damasiewicz, Gabriel Ferrandini – Part IV – veNN Circles

Gerard Lebik electronics
Piotr Damasiewicz trumpet
Gabriel Ferrandini drums

1. part I 12:17
2. part II 12:28
3. part III 9:54
4. part IV 6:26

2014 Bocian Records bc-dfl

Polish Jazz – available on Bandcamp – pretty extreme

Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Part 5 Brasilia – Lyric Suite For Sextet

Cello – Fred Sherry
Piano – Chick Corea
Vibraphone [Vibraharp] – Gary Burton
Viola – Karen Dreyfus
Violin  – Ikwhan Bae, Carol Shive
Corea andBurton with a string quartet
Recorded September 1982 at Mad Hatter studios, Los Angeles.

ECM 1983

Dave Sewelson – Calm Pose – Music for a Free World

Recorded September 5 at Park West Studios in Brooklyn NY

Dave Sewelson baritone, sopranino saxophone
Steve Swell trombone
William Parker bass
Marvin Bugalu Smith drums

2018 FMR Records FMRCD490-0618

CLT Trio – Yellow Panic On The Train – Every Second Is A Blues

Benoît Delbecq, Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck – Dwell – Linger
Stefon Harris & Blackout – Now – Sonic Creed

also with Regina Carter: violin  ; Daniel Frankhuizen: cello;   Felix Peikli: clarinet, bass clarinet  ; Elena Pinderhughes: flute

World of Jazz 302

  1. Itamar Borochov – Blue Nights – Blue Nights (Laborie) 00:00
  2. Doug Webb – Ah Leu Cha – Fast Friends (Posi-tone) 06:39
  3. Get The Blessing – If It Can It Will – Bristopia (Kartel) 13:38
  4. Thelonious Monk – Bye Ya – Mønk (Gearbox) 17:49
  5. François Couturier – A Celui Qui A Vu L’ange – Tarkosky Quartet (ECM) 28:06
  6. Elliot Galvin & Mark Sanders – Cirrocumulus – Weather (Babel Label) 37:22
  7. Trio HLK – Smalls – Standard Time (Ubuntu Music) 43:58
  8. Itamar Borochov – Daasa! – Blue Nights (Laborie) 55:00
  9. Doug Webb – Carter’s Blues – Fast Friends (Posi-tone) 1:00:13
  10. Get The Blessing – Bristopia – Bristopia (Kartel) 1:09:55
  11. Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Gate Left Open – Both Will Escape (Family Vineyard) 1:13:00
  12. Charles Mingus – Memories of You – Mingus Plays Piano (Impulse!) 1:22:00
  13. Joni Mitchell – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines – Shadows and Light (Asylum) 1:27:00
  14. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream – Mønk (Gearbox) 1:32:00
  15. Itamar Borochov – Broken Vessels – Blue Nights (Laborie) 1:41:00
  16. Doug Webb – Soul Eyes – Fast Friends (Posi-tone) 1:46:00
  17. Get The Blessing – Tuathal – Bristopia (Kartel) 1:53:00
  18. Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Leave No Trace (Excerpt) – Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis (Family Vineyard) 1:58:00

PROGRAMME NOTES

Itamar Borochov – Blue Nights – Blue Nights (Laborie)

After the excellent “Boomerang” album released in 2016, critically acclaimed in France and around the world, Itamar Borochov once more exhibits what he can do best: putting forward his talents as an experienced melodist and a musician inhabited by a dominant spirit.

Though his hardbop past may come out at times in the structure of his compositions, this new journey proposed by Itamar Borochov (trumpet), his brother Avri (contrabass), Rob Clearfield (piano) and Jay Sawyer (drums) transports us into a space so deep and so dense that we find ourselves sucked up by all these calls from the tradition and this so modern music.

As a deep believer, Borochov also throws his authenticity into his search for “the Divine” even in the music he offers. He catches glimpses of it in various settings, both sacred and profane.
Doug Webb – Ah Leu Cha – Fast Friends (Posi-tone)

Doug Webb saxophone
Michael Dease trombone
Mitchel Forman piano
Chris Colangelo bass
Roy McCurdy drums

2018 Posi-Tone Records
His eighth release for Posi-Tone. This hard hitting session features the inspired virtuosity of Michael Dease on trombone, the cool comping of Mitchel Forman on piano, the steady underpinning of Chris Colangelo on bass, and the bombastic metrics of Roy McCurdy on drums. Not one to be outdone, Webb continues to scintillate and astonish with his effortless mastery of the idiom and technical prowess on his instrument. With an amazing combination of talent, brilliant performances, and an exciting program of music, including several amazing new original compositions, Doug Webb’s latest record “Fast Friends“ is sure to bring bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.
Get The Blessing – If It Can It Will – Bristopia (Kartel)

Get The Blessing set the pace for the current UK Jazz revival, demonstrating that the early pioneers of the scene still have something important to say. Formed back in 1999 by bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer (rhythm section of seminal act Portishead) alongside Jake McMurchie (on sax and electronics) and Pete Judge (trumpet and electronics) the Bristol-based four-piece boast a truly international fan-base, having forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity. After eighteen years, their ability to produce such creative and intelligent music – balanced with wit and passion – is testament to the free spirit that they embody.

released September 21, 2018 – Bandcamp
Thelonious Monk – Bye Ya – Mønk (Gearbox)

1963 recording from Copenhagen

Found in a skip

Monk on piano, alongside Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Orr on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums.
François Couturier – A Celui Qui A Vu L’ange – Tarkosky Quartet (ECM)

The unique band founded by François Couturier continues to draw inspiration from the films of Andrey Tarkovsky as its frame of reference expands. Allusions to Pergolesi, Bach and Shostakovich are to be found in the compositions here, as are compelling group improvisations.

Recorded December 2009

François Couturier piano
Anja Lechner violoncello
Jean Louis Matinier accordion
Jean Marc Larché soprano saxophone

2011 ECM 2159

Elliot Galvin & Mark Sanders – Cirrocumulus – Weather (Babel Label)

Elliot Galvin piano
Mark Sanders drums, percussion

2018 Babel Label BDV 15139

Dynamic, sudden and contrasting stylistic and mood changes

Various elements of different avant-garde jazz styles are connected together  with  a strong relation with bebop, post bop and other modern jazz styles.

Trio HLK – Smalls – Standard Time (Ubuntu Music)

Steve Lehman alto saxophone
Evelyn Glennie vibraphone, marimba
Rich Harrold piano
Ant Law 8-string guitar, effects
Richard Kass drums, percussion

2018 Ubuntu Music UBU0006

Trio HLK is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities.
A belief in the high art of improvisation and intrigue with the infinite art and science of rhythm is what brings H, L and K together. Together they address ambitious improvisational frameworks which often resemble contemporary classical music more than jazz
Itamar Borochov – Daasa! – Blue Nights (Laborie)
Doug Webb – Carter’s Blues – Fast Friends (Posi-tone)
Get The Blessing – Bristopia – Bristopia (Kartel)
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Gate Left Open – Both Will Escape (Family Vineyard)

Tashi Dorji electric guitar
Tyler Damon drums, percussion

2016 Family Vineyard FV97 LP

Following  “Live at The Spot +1” cassette release on the Astral Spirits label, Both Will Escape both refines and expands on the duo’s promise and power.

 Charles Mingus – Memories of You – Mingus Plays Piano (Impulse!)

1963 solo recording

Joni Mitchell – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines – Shadows and Light (Asylum)

1980 live double album  recorded at the Santa Barbara Bowl in September 1979 on Mitchell’s Mingus tour.

Joni Mitchell – electric guitar, vocals
Pat Metheny – lead guitar
Jaco Pastorius – fretless bass (Fender Jazz)
Don Alias – drums, percussion
Lyle Mays – electric piano (Rhodes), synthesizer (Oberheim FVS-1)
Michael Brecker – saxophones

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream – Mønk (Gearbox)
Itamar Borochov – Broken Vessels – Blue Nights (Laborie)
Doug Webb – Soul Eyes – Fast Friends (Posi-tone)
Get The Blessing – Tuathal – Bristopia (Kartel)

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Leave No Trace (Excerpt) – Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis (Family Vineyard)

Recorded live on November 2, 2016 at Gaslight in St. Louis, Missouri

Tashi Dorji electric guitar
Tyler Damon drums, percussion

2018 Family Vineyard FV103

Dorji and Damon’s third duo album, following a Live At The Spot + 1 and Both Will Escape.

 

World of Jazz 301

  1. Phronesis – One For Us – We Are All (Edition Records) 00:00
  2. Art Hirahara – Ruse for Blues Shoes – Sunward Bound (Posi-tone Records) 09:35
  3. Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 1 – End to End (ECM) 14:06
  4. Marcus Klossek Electric Trio – Two Way Mirror – Taken From The Skies (Unit Records) 17:31
  5. Trygve Seim – Sol’s Song – Helsinki Songs (ECM) 21:11
  6. Theo Hill – Interstellar Adventures – Interstellar Adventures  (Posi-tone Records) 28:16
  7. Farnell Newton – Transcendentals – Back to Earth (Posi-tone Records) 33:46
  8. Lauren Sevian – Triple Water – Bliss (Posi-tone Records) 41:35
  9. Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 2 – End to End (ECM) 48:26
  10. Art Hirahara – Points of View – Sunward Bound  (Posi-tone Records) 51:22
  11. Phronesis – The Edge – We Are All (Edition Records) 57:43
  12. Gary Peacock Trio – Noh Blues – Now This (ECM) 1:03:49
  13. Miles Davis – No Blues – Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall- The Complete Concert (Columbia Legacy) 1:09:41
  14. Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 3 – End to End (ECM) 1:20:56
  15. Tom Talitsch – Wheelhouse – Wheelhouse  (Posi-tone Records) 1:23:22
  16. Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson – Temporary Kings – Temporary Kings (ECM) 1:30:05
  17. Marcus Klossek Electric Trio – The Accomplice – Taken From The Skies (Unit Records) 1:36:19
  18. Ornette Coleman – Angel Voice – Something Else!!!! (Contemporary) 1:40:58
  19. Art Hirahara – Inverted Fountain – Sunward Bound  (Posi-tone Records) 1:45:51
  20. Phronesis – The Tree Did Not Die/Breathless – We Are All (Edition Records) 1:48:32

 

Phronesis – One For Us – We Are All

JASPER HØIBY double bass
IVO NEAME piano
ANTON EGER drums

Formats:
– Limited Edition LP with Yellow Vinyl and double sided cover.
– Two Collector Edition CDs with different covers.
– Download & Streaming Album with three single releases all with different covers.

We Are All, the band’s eighth and newest studio album, offers plenty of emotional range and musical richness for committed Phronesis fans and new listeners alike. But in its title and scope, it also seeks to focus attention on an important message of togetherness and balance beyond the one the trio demonstrate on the bandstand.
released September 14, 2018

Recorded on 4th & 5th April 2018 by August Wanngren at The Village Recording Studios, Copenhagen.

Art Hirahara – Ruse for Blues Shoes – Sunward Bound

Art Hirahara piano
Linda May Han Oh bass
Rudy Royston drums
Donny McCaslin saxophone

2018 Posi-Tone Records

his fourth leader album for Posi-Tone Sunward Bound displays a clear sense of creative continuity that can be traced back on his previous albums .The program of original compositions are lyrical and clearly suggestive of a modern jazz sensibility, but the focus of the music always remains straight forward with some hard swinging highlights.
Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 1 – End to End

End to End is a solo bass album by one of the great pioneers of the idiom.
Over the last fifty years Barre Phillips, California-born but long a resident of France, has periodically issued solo recordings, considering them the musical equivalent of diary entries (the first one, in 1968, was called Journal violone), updates on his ever-evolving relationship to his chosen instrument.
This one, he says, will be the last of his albums in this format, so it is of special interest to those who have followed the story so far and, indeed, to anyone wishing to hear a masterful improviser at work,
refocussing lessons learned in the course of a long, creative life.
“It’s the end of a cycle,” says Barre, now 83, of the present recording. “Not a summing up, but the last pages of a journal that began fifty years ago.”
Marcus Klossek Electric Trio – Two Way Mirror – Taken From The Skies 

Marcus Klossek -git, comp
/ Carsten Hein-bass & Derek Scherzer -drums + special guest: Finn Wiesner-saxophone

A Fender Telecaster, bass and drums;
That’s all it takes to make the brand new songs of Marcus Klossek sound great!

Thanks to the multilayered original compositions of the bandleader and the virtuosity of the 3 musicians, a completely varied music emerges, which nevertheless is deeply rooted in the tradition of jazz.

Trygve Seim – Sol’s Song – Helsinki Songs

With its overt lyricism, strong themes and a sense of perpetual melodic invention, Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim’s new album quickly identifies itself as a classic-in-the-making. Themes of dedication run through Seim’s Helsinki Songs album, a set of tunes composed – for the most part – in the Finnish capital, and radiating tributes in many directions. Here are songs referencing Igor Stravinsky and Jimmy Webb, pieces dedicated to each of Seim’s gifted bandmates, and tunes that tip the hat, obliquely, to Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans. The quartet plays superbly throughout, with outstanding solos from leader Seim and pianist Kristjan Randalu. Helsinki Songs was recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in January 2018 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Trygve Seim Tenor and Soprano Saxophone

Kristjan Randalu Piano
Mats Eilertsen Double Bass
Markku Ounaskari Drums

Theo Hill – Interstellar Adventures – Interstellar Adventures

Theo Hill acoustic piano
Rashaan Carter   bass
Rudy Royston drums, percussion

2018 Posi-Tone Records PR-8183

Hot on the heels of his heralded 2017 effort Promethean, the five covers and five originals on his latest Interstellar Adventures   Theo Hill continues his steady, determined ascent into the contemporary ranks of vital and inspired jazz pianists.

Farnell Newton – Transcendentals – Back to Earth

Farnell Newton trumpet
Kyle Molitor trombone
Greg Goebel piano
Dylan Sundstrom bass
Christopher Brown drums

2017 Posi-Tone Records PR8169

Lauren Sevian – Triple Water – Bliss

Lauren Sevian baritone saxophone
Robert Rodriguez piano
Christian McBride bass
E.J. Strickland drums
2018 Posi-Tone Records

Her first release for Posi-Tone. Assembled to provide support on the date is the wondrously solid rhythm section of virtuoso pianist Robert Rodriguez, superstar bassist Christian McBride, and powerhouse drummer E.J. Strickland. Special guest alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino provides some additional highlights to the mix on a few tracks but not this one.

Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 2 – End to End

Art Hirahara – Points of View – Sunward Bound

Phronesis – The Edge – We Are All

Gary Peacock Trio – Noh Blues – Now This

ECM 2015

Marc Copland composition

Gary Peacock — bass
Marc Copland — piano
Joey Baron — drums

Miles Davis – No Blues – Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall- The Complete Concert

Miles Davis – Trumpet
Hank Mobley – Tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums

The Legendary Performances of May 19, 1961,

Barre Phillips – Inner Door Part 3 – End to End

Tom Talitsch – Wheelhouse – Wheelhouse (Posi-tone)

Tom Tallitsch tenor saxophone
Josh Lawrence trumpet
Jon Davis piano
Peter Brendler bass
Vinnie Sperrazza drums

2018 Posi-Tone Records

Wheelhouse is Tom Tallitsch’s fifth outing for Posi-Tone Records (eight overall) from one of the most consistently solid performers in that label’s stable of quality jazz performers. Though this 2018 release again sees the tenor sax master heading up a roster who have led their own notable dates for the label, but this one pairs Tallitsch with a trumpeter for the first time on a Tallitsch record

Combine the proven quintet format with Tallitsch’s penchant for penning memorable post-bop and hard bop tunes in the classic style, and Wheelhouse is akin to Blue Note pulling out a vintage mid-sixties session from the vault performed by label heroes Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and the like. Even the spotless, analog-warm production by Marc Free evokes Rudy Van Gelder.

Tom Tallitsch’s Wheelhouse is all in a day’s work for this underappreciated tenor saxman, who once again demonstrates the continued vitality of the hard bop form. If that kind of jazz is in your wheelhouse, then this album is sure to be as well.

Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson – Temporary Kings – Temporary Kings

Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson, piano

2018 ECM 2583

With Temporary Kings two of the most distinct voices on today’s jazz scene present their debut on record as a duo: Engaging in inspired dialogue Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson here explore aesthetic common ground in the atmosphere of a modernist chamber music-like setting at the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano. The saxophonist and the pianist had begun their association in the Billy Hart Quartet, where the two players featured sympathetically on two ECM albums by that band. The new duo album now contains six originals by Iverson (among them the nostalgic solo tune “Yesterday’s Bouquet”) and two by Turner (including “Myron’s World,” which has acquired near-classic status among contemporary jazz players). There’s an off-kilter blues (“Unclaimed Freight”) and a strikingly melodic, almost Ravelian opening track dedicated to the town where the album was recorded under ideal sonic conditions (“Lugano”), plus an interpretation of Warne Marsh’s playfully serpentine “Dixie’s Dilemma.”

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio – The Accomplice – Taken From The Skies

Ornette Coleman – Angel Voice – Something Else!!!!

Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone
Don Cherry – cornet
Walter Norris – piano
Don Payne – double bass
Billy Higgins – drums

the 1958 debut album by jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. According to AllMusic, the album “shook up the jazz world”, revitalizing the union of blues and jazz and restoring “blues to their ‘classic’ beginnings in African music”.[2] It is unusual in Coleman’s output 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.

Art Hirahara – Inverted Fountain – Sunward Bound

Phronesis – The Tree Did Not Die/Breathless – We Are All

World of Jazz 300

  1. Tom Barford – Bloomer – Bloomer (Edition Records) 00:00
  2. Hugh Masakela – A Felicidade – ’66 – ’76 (Wrasse Records) 07:44
  3. Bobo Stenson Trio – Three Shades Of A House – Contra La Indecisión (ECM) 18:45
  4. Claus Højensgård, Emanuele Maniscalco, Nelide Bandello – Purple Magic – høbama (Gotta Let It Out) 26:18
  5. Cave – San Yago – Allways (Drag City) 34:06
  6. Dan Phillips, Hamid Drake – Imminent Recline – Trail of Inevitability (Lizard Breath) 42:16
  7. Gong – Expresso – Gazeuse! (Virgin) 49:12
  8. HHY and the Macumbas – Wilderness of Glass – Beheaded Totem (House of Mythology) 56:45
  9. Hugh Masakela – Gold – ’66 – ’76 (Wrasse Records) 1:06:47
  10. Tom Barford – F Step – Bloomer  (Edition Records) 1:11:44
  11. Count Basie – One O’Clock Jump – Essential Masters of Jazz (Proper Records) 1:22:15
  12. Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside – The Best of Early Basie (GRP) 1:25:14
  13. Count Basie – House Rent Boogie – The Indispensable Count Basie (RCA) 1:28:27
  14. Nick Finzer – Pyramid – No Arrival (Posi-tone) 1:31:47
  15. Nicolas Masson Quartet – Fuchsia – Travelers (ECM) 1:37:44
  16. New Thing Unit – II – For Cecil Taylor (Creative Sources) 1:45:17
  17. Hugh Masakela – Night In Tunisia – ’66 – ’76 (Wrasse Records) 1:52:28
  18. Tom Barford – Ideology – Bloomer  (Edition Records) 2:01:32

NOTES

Tom Barford – Bloomer – Bloomer

The debut album from British saxophonist, composer and 2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Tom Barford.

“We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the Jazz firmament.” EVAN PARKER
credits
released August 31, 2018

Tom Barford Saxophone | Rupert Cox Piano | Billy Marrows Guitar | Dave Storey Drums | Flo Moore Bass
All music written by Tom Barford / Produced by Iain Ballamy| Edition Records
Hugh Masakela – A Felicidade – ’66 – ’76

30th March 2018 – 3 xCD set on Wrasse

originally from  the 1966 album “The Emancipation of Hugh Masakela

Congas – Big Black
Double Bass [Bass] – John Cartwright
Drums – Chuck Carter
Piano – Charlie Small
Trumpet  – Hugh Masekela
Bobo Stenson Trio – Three Shades Of A House – Contra La Indecisión

Released in January 2018 on ECM

Double Bass – Anders Jormin
Drums – Jon Fält
Piano – Bobo Stenson

Producer [Produced By] – Manfred Eicher
Recorded May 2017 – Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano
Claus Højensgård, Emanuele Maniscalco, Nelide Bandello – Purple Magic – høbama

Recorded at Alpha Dept. Recording Studio, Bologna on April 11, 2017

Claus Højensgård trumpet, flugelhorn
Emanuele Maniscalco piano
Nelide Bandello drums

2018 Gotta Let It Out GLIO22LP

Cave – San Yago – Allways

During the making of the last album, Threace, CAVE was in the process of becoming a quintet. They toured the world afterwards, playing on four continents and eighteen countries – as close to everywhere as they could get. Then they took a minute. They recorded it over time, in Chile and then Chicago. You can hear all of this, the energy of liveness, the reps, and consolidating expanded possibilities within their new alignment, the time away, the distance, and the freshness of returning to recorded sounds, everywhere on Allways.

In the past, much has been made of CAVE’s use of particular compelling tropes, but their inspiration comes from everywhere – Miles, psych, beats, exotica, library music, rock, punk, the Germans, the New York guys too, minimalists, the Dead, music from India, everywhere!

Release date: Friday, October 19th 2018 – Drag City
Dan Phillips, Hamid Drake – Imminent Recline – Trail of Inevitability

Dan Phillips guitar
Hamid Drake drums, percussion

2018 Lizard Breath Records

Although this is the first release for this unique duo, Dan and Hamid have performed together in Hamid’s Solstice Quartet and “Chicago Edge Ensemble” which released it’s first recording ”Decaying Orbit” in 2017 and its second release “Insidious Anthem” will be forthcoming on Trost records September 2018.

“Imminent Recline” features a minimalist guitar loop that Dan and Hamid deconstruct rhythmically and melodically.

Gong – Expresso – Gazeuse!

Virgin 1976

Gazeuse! (French for ‘Sparkling!’, ‘Fizzy!’ or ‘Effervescent!’) is the second album by Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, released in late 1976. The title was changed to Expresso for the U.S. release.

The album features an all-instrumental jazz-driven sound, notable for the prominent use of mallet percussion, which has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen’s Gong, even though the two bands share a common history. Although the album was issued by Virgin Records under the “Gong” name for contractual reasons, and the name “Pierre Moerlen’s Gong” would not be adopted for a couple of years, the lineup involved and the nature of the music are that of the Moerlen-led band.

Bass, Piano, Gong – Francis Moze
Congas, Percussion – Mino Cinelu
Drums, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel – Pierre Moerlen
Guitar – Allan Holdsworth
Saxophone, Flute – Didier Malherbe
Vibraphone – Benoit Moerlen
Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel – Mireille Bauer

HHY and the Macumbas – Wilderness of Glass – Beheaded Totem

Hailing from Porto, Portugal The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha (HHY) to perform his space-age voodoo-dub constructions, combining a feverish barrage of bone-percussion, sub-bass pressure, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo. Influenced by electricity, Ballard, Sherwood, Burroughs and Carpenter, using Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum and the rhythms from the mental jungle.

Beheaded Totem, the second album by the enigmatic Portuguese ensemble HHY & The Macumbas, leads us straight into the damp caves of our minds. Their 2014 debut Throat Permission Cut was described as “a massive synapses bombardment in a short circuit between Glenn Branca and Adrian Sherwood,” and yes: HHY & The Macumbas have continued their march into the undiscover’d countries of psychoacoustics. Febrile, haunting and at times overwhelming, Beheaded Totem is nothing short of a dream for the necro-tourist. Cerebral and alluring. Toxic. Welcome to the four-dimensional meltdown.

“Beheaded Totem continues a long investigation into percussion, circular rhythms, dub strategies, and horns coming from the alcohol-fuelled Portuguese marching bands,” says constructor and conductor in the world of HHY & The Macumbas, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha. For those not familiar with the Macumbas, they are a shifting musical entity. Built amid smoke and fiery red lights, the performers on Beheaded Totem are: João Pais, Filipe Silva, Frankão and Brendan Hemsworth on percussion, and Álvaro Almeida, André Rochaand Rui Fernandeson horns. An Arkestra reaching not for the stars but the boiling core under our feet.

This music stems from a deep connection with the streets of Porto and its undertones, nights and drags,” Saldanha says. Emerging from SOOPA, an art and music production unit based in the old harbour city, he has been a leading force in the Portuguese experimental music scene since the early 2000s, through which he coined a signature “skull-cave echo.”

Hugh Masakela – Gold – ’66 – ’76

originally from the 1969 album Masakela

Masekela is the eleventh studio album  released via Uni Records label The album was recorded in Los Angeles, possibly in September 12–30, 1968.

The personnel probably included:

Hugh Masekela – trumpet, vocals
Wayne Henderson – trombone
Al Abreu – saxophone
Wilton Felder – saxophone
Bill Henderson – piano
Arthur Adams – guitar
Henry Franklin – bass
Chuck Carter – drums
Tom Barford – F Step – Bloomer

Count Basie – One O’Clock Jump – Essential Masters of Jazz (Proper Records

Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside – The Best of Early Basie (GRP)

This CD contains roughly one-third of the output of the Basie orchestra during the formative three-year period — 1936 – 39 — in which they recorded for the Decca label.

Count Basie – House Rent Boogie – The Indispensable Count Basie

CA Jazz Tribune label, PM 43688, vinyl released in 1982, CD released 2011.  Originally recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago between 1947 and 1957.

Nick Finzer – Pyramid – No Arrival

Nick Finzer trombone
Lucas Pino tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Victor Gould piano
Alex Wintz guitar
Dave Baron bass
Jimmy Macbride drums

018 Posi-Tone Records

Trombonist Nick Finzer reaches for the beauty of new vistas and explores the mysteries of unexpected destinations with his new album No Arrival. Finzer’s sound is solid and extraordinarily wellcentered, his articulation sharp, and his command of the idiom is complete. The depth of his artistry is considerable, and while the music is definitely straight forward and rooted in the tradition with some hard swinging highlights, the session is also elegantly lyrical and evocative of a more modern jazz sensibility. Listeners will enjoy the wide emotional range of Finzer’s brilliant original compositions and arrangements as they are presented with the able and captivating assistance of a solid group of musicians, including reedman extraordinaire Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Dave Baron and drummer Jimmy Macbride. With an amazing combination of talents, some stunning performances, and an engaging program of musical selections, Finzer firmly establishes himself as a brilliant new star on the horizon. His latest record, No Arrival, is an endlessly entertaining experience that will certainly bring serendipitous bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.

Nicolas Masson Quartet – Fuchsia – Travelers

Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano in April 2017

Nicolas Masson tenor, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Colin Vallon piano
Patrice Moret double bass
Lionel Friedli drums

2018 ECM Records ECM 2578

After two ECM albums with the cooperative trio Third Reel, Swiss reedman Nicolas Masson presents a quartet on ‘Travelers’ for which he is the sole composer.
The group has existed for a decade with unchanged personnel, touring as Nicolas Masson’s Parallels, and the leader’s writing for it always encourages creative responses from the players. Amid the changing musical landscapes in which these travellers move, you will encounter some of Colin Vallon’s prettiest ballad playing, richly melodic bass from Patrice Moret, and subtle drum commentary from Lionel Friedli. Plus, of course, plenty of Masson’s pure-toned saxophone and elegant clarinet.

New Thing Unit – II – For Cecil Taylor

Recorded on March 17, 2018 at Namouche Studio, Lisbon, Portugal

Paulo Alexandre Jorge tenor saxophone
Ernesto Rodrigues viola
Eduardo Chagas trombone
Manuel Guimaraes piano
Miguel Mira cello
Pedro Santo drums

2018 Creative Sources cs527

Dedicated to the late free jazz legend Cecil Taylor, this Lisbon sextet of Paulo Alexandre Jorge on tenor saxophone, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Eduardo Chagas on trombone, Manuel Guimaraes on piano, Miguel Mira on cello, and Pedro Santo on drums performs four energetic and well-balanced collective improvisations, respecting and evoking the incredible legacy Taylor left behind.
Hugh Masakela – Night In Tunisia – ’66 – ’76

Originally from the  album I Am Not Afraid Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, Calif. March 1974 and released on Blue Thumb records that year –  a remarkable version of  Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli’s jazz classic , includes musicians from afro jazz fusion maestros  Hedzoleh Soundz

Cabasa [Calabash], Bells, Bass Drum – Acheampong Welbeck
Congas – James Kwaku Morton
Congas, Flute  – Nat “Leepuma” Hammond
Drums [Talking Drums], Percussion, Vocals – Isaac Asante
Electric Bass  – Stanley Kwesi Todd
Guitar – Richard Neesai “Jagger” Botchway
Drums  – Stix Hooper
Electric Piano   – Joe Sample
Shekere  Samuel Nortey
Trumpet  , Flugelhorn    – Hugh Masekela
Tom Barford – Ideology – Bloomer