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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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

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.

Playlist

  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.