World of Jazz 241


  1. Chris Potter – Heart In Hand – The Dreamer Is The Dream
  2. Dayna Stephens – Emilie – Gratitude
  3. Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano – Equinox – Compassion : The Music of John Coltrane
  4. Gary Burton – Norwegian Wood – The Time Machine
  5. John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler – Sirens Song  – Azimuth
  6. Olivier Py Birds of Paradise – Bazooka Beatnik Part 1 – Black Fables
  7. Dennis Gonzalez Ataraxia – Ukusa – Ts’iibil Chaaltun
  8. Kokotob – Waldboden – Flying Heart
  9. Szilárd Mezei, Jon Hemmersam – The River – Floating Orange
  10. Chico Freeman – The Search – The Outside Within
  11. Miles Davis & Marcus Miller – Conchita – Music From Siesta
  12. Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet – Walking The Dogma – Not Only In That Golden Tree
  13. Roots Magic – Bermuda Blues (Quasi Dub) – Last Kind Words
  14. Charles Lloyd New Quartet – Tagore on the Delta – Passin’ Thru
  15. Will Wedmedyk – Awakening – Awakening
  16. Sun Ra Quartet – The Horo – New Steps (Featuring John Gilmore)
  17. Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin – Chicago Eddie – Tokyo No 9

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.


  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

World of Jazz 227 – A tribute to Allan Holdsworth

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth recently passed. His impact on jazz, rock and fusion is immeasurable and he was admired by many and influenced a huge number of guitarists. He was once described as the “John Coltrane of the guitar”. In this podcast a selection of his music is presented alongside recent jazz releases.


  1. Allan Holdsworth – Inner Urge – None Too Soon
  2. Brom – Stone – Lump Sugar
  3. Chris Potter – Heart In Hand – The Dreamer Is the Dream
  4. Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day – We All Ate What We Wanted to Eat, Part 3, She Made Old Bones – On Parade in Parede
  5. Anders & Jens Johansson, Allan Holdsworth – On The Frozen Lake – Heavy Machinery
  6. Achim Kaufmann & Olie Brice – Moss Grew In The Cracks – Of Tides
  7. Gary Burton – Dreams So Real – Dreams So Real: Music of Carla Bley
  8. Allan Holdsworth – Letters of Marque – iou
  9. Bruford – Beelzebub – Feels Good To Me
  10. Chris Potter – Sonic Anomaly – The Dreamer Is the Dream
  11. Brom – Swamp – Lump Sugar
  12. Allan Holdsworth – Tokyo Dream – Road Games

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…..


  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