World of Jazz 254

PLAYLIST

  1. Leo Richardson Quartet – Blues for Joe – The Chase
  2. Matt Mitchell – Plate Shapes – A Pouting Grimace
  3. New York Standards Quartet – Soul Eyes – Sleight of Hand
  4. Danny Grisett – Woody’n You – Remembrance
  5. Triosk – Visions IV – The Headlight Serenade
  6. Gordon Grdina Trio – Barrel Fire – Barrel Fire
  7. Gordon Grdina – Limbo – No Difference
  8. Gordon Grdina – Distant – Think Like The Waves
  9. Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings – Silence of Paintings – The Breathing of Statues
  10. Adam Rudolphs Moving Pictures – Glare of the Tiger – Glare of the Tiger
  11. Luke Sellick – Q Tippin’ – Alchemist
  12. Adam Rudolphs Moving Pictures – Twilight Lake – Dream Garden
  13. Cortex – Waltz – Avant-Garde Party Music
  14. Barry Altschul 3Dom Factor – Annettes Tale of Miracles – Tales of the Unforseen
  15. Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles – Slank – Elements
  16. Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core – A Sorceror’s Fate – Wild Red Yellow
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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

World of Jazz 229

PLAYLIST

  1. Charlie Rouse – November Afternoon – Soul Mates
  2. Luke Sellick – Q Tippin – Alchemist
  3. Jan Nijdam Kwartet – Whimsical Elf – Bij De Dieren Thuis
  4. Fela Kuti – Coffin For The Head of State – Coffin For The Head of State
  5. Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier – Lane Open – Escape Lane
  6. Marion Brown – Body and Soul – Back To Paris
  7. Evan Parker, John Edwards, Steve Noble – Track One (Podcast Edit) – PEN

Alchemist

A 9-song exposition featuring some of the most prominent instrumentalists of New York’s next generation. It is an auspicious artistic statement combining themes relating to faith, upbringing, mentorship and an ongoing quest for knowledge, from the distant past to the present day.

Prelude and Hymn are reflective meditations on Sellick’s Christian faith, which was instilled in him during his Canadian upbringing. This upbringing is celebrated in the playful but relaxed Brothers (of which Sellick is the eldest of three), Dog Days, a tune that embodies the pace of that hottest time of year, and the R&B-tinged feel-good anthem, Home.

Q-Tippin, dedicated to drummer Quincy Davis, is an uptempo swing tune that features the unmistakable tone of another of Sellick’s mentors, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. This dedication acts as a metaphorical bridge between adolescence and the quest for knowledge that brought Sellick to his current community, Harlem, NYC; to which he pays swinging tribute here with Uptown!.

The timelessness of these themes is tied together by two compositions dedicated to ancient wisdom, the mysterious waltz Abacus and post-modern epic The Alchemist. Sellick likens the jazz composer to the medieval alchemist, who reworks common material to produce gold, something greater than the sum of its parts. Just as the alchemist concerns himself with immortality, so the artist aims to capture the eternal, and to create a work that becomes greater than the artist himself.