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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World of Jazz 230

PLAYLIST

  1. John Coltrane – Africa – Africa Brass
  2. Matthew Shipp – Light Beam – Invisible Touch at Taklos Zurich
  3. John Yao Quintet – Tight Rope – Presence
  4. Cuong Vu 4tet – Feelings and Things – Ballet, The Music of Michael Gibbs
  5. Colin Stetson – Between Water and Wind – All This I Do For Glory
  6. Avishai Cohen – Shoot Me In The Leg – Cross My Palm With Silver
  7. John Coltrane – Chasin’ The Trane – Live at the Village Vanguard

Ballet : The Music of Michael Gibbs

On the heels of his acclaimed 2016 recording, Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch Records), and his 2014 collaboration with electro-acoustic pianist-composer and Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington Richard Karpen on their Ellington-Strayhorn tribute That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (RareNoiseRecords), trumpeter-composer Cuong Vu joins forces with guest guitarist Bill Frisell on Ballet, a tribute to renowned composer-arranger Michael Gibbs.

With regular Vu 4Tet bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor, the four exchange ideas in the moment in a collective fashion on the expansive opening track, “Ballet,” which gradually morphs into a kind of quirky, dissonant blues waltz featuring brilliant solos from Vu and Frisell. The ethereal ballad “Feelings and Things” showcases Frisell’s more sensitive and spacious side while Vu turns in a remarkably lyrical solo here. “Blue Comedy,” a tune recorded by the Gary Burton Quartet (with Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses) on 1968’s In Concert, kicks off with a drum salvo from Poor before Frisell and Vu join together on some tight unisons through the intricate head. As the piece progresses, it picks up a kind of shuffle-swing momentum which Frisell solos over with his signature fractured phrasing and surprising detours. Vu and Poor engage in some spirited exchanges near the end of this jaunty number. The most dramatic piece on the album, “And on the Third Day,” which originally appeared on Gibbs’ 1970 self-titled debut album, evolves gradually from a peaceful opening drone to a turbulent crescendo featuring powerful. soaring solos from both Vu and Frisell, the latter power chording with impunity and kicking on his fuzz box and backwards pedal for maximum effect.

Featured on World of Jazz 230 and Band on the Wall Playlist June 2017