World of Jazz 277

Sons of Kemet – My queen is Angela Davis – Your queen is a reptlle
Kris Davis, Craig Taborn – Love in Outer Space – Octopus
Sun Ra – Sleeping Beauty – Sleeping Beauty
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt Part 1 – Dirt… And More Dirt
Tim Berne, Mat Mitchell – Starfish Blues – Angel Dusk
Jimmy Lyons, Andrew Cyrille -Take the “A” Train – Something In Return
Cecil Taylor; Ramsey Ameen; Raphe Malik – 3 Phasis #1 – 3 Phasis
Cecil Taylor – Bemsha Swing – Jazz Advance
Cecil Taylor – Conquistador – Conquistador
Oliver Lake Trio – Clicker – Zaki
Ivo Neame – Moksha Music – Moksha
Richard Beirach – Nardis – Eon
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – And More Dirt Part 1 – Dirt… And More Dirt


World of Jazz 249


  1. The NJE – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) – Afloat
  2. Andrew Cyrille Quintet – Mr P.C. – Ode To The Living Tree
  3. Art Ensemble of Chicago – Impressions – Dreaming of the Masters Suite
  4. Anthony Davis – Beyond Reason – Lady of the Mirrors
  5. Dadala – Disbelief – The Executive Suite
  6. Omri Ziegele Where’s Africa – Make Me Mad – Going South
  7. Rob Brown, Daniel Levin, Jacek Mazurkiewicz – Day In The Life Of A City – Day In The Life Of A City
  8. Roy Burrows Sextet – Old Compton Street – Live at the Dreher
  9. Dennis Gonzalez – A Matter of Blood – A Matter of Blood
  10. Gregg Bendian – Countermeasures – Interzone
  11. Henrik Walsdorff, Adam Pultz Melbye. Kasper Tom – Ende – Grøn
  12. John Carter – Seasons – Fields
  13. Julian Arguelles – Hocus Pocus – Tetra
  14. Frank Lowe – Broadway Rhumba – Exotic Heartbreak
  15. The NJE – St Leonards Suite/Songo/We Three Kings – Afloat

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.


  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.