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NEW RELEASES

Cyrille Aimée Let’s Get Lost Mack Avenue

Magnus Bakken Quartet featuring George Garzone Cycles AMP Music & Records

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Michel Benita & Ethics River Silver ECM

Matthew Bourne moogmemory Leaf

Kenny Burrell The Road To Love HighNote

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Avishai Cohen Into the Silence ECM

Stanley Cowell Reminiscent plus A Xmas Suite SteepleChase

Delta Saxophone Quartet With Gwilym Simcock Crimson! Basho Records

Fire! She Sleeps, She Sleeps Rune Grammofon

Clare Fischer Out of the Blue Clavo

The Steve Fishwick / Osian Roberts/Frank Basile Sextet In The Empire State Hard Bop Records

Bill Frisell When You Wish Upon a Star Okeh/Sony

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad What Was Said ECM

David Haney Stix and Stones Slam

Mike Hobart Quintet Evidential Anotherworldmusic

Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music Of The Mwandishi Band FMR

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Jazz at the Movies Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Downhome Records

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Naked Truth Avian Thug RareNoise

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Hildegunn Øiseth Time is Coming Losen Records

Marcus Printup Young Bloods SteepleChase

Matt Ridley 4tet Mettã Whirlwind Recordings

Rusconi + Fred Frith Live In Europe Qilin

Ian Shaw The Theory of Joy Jazz Village

Ches Smith The Bell ECM

Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol.2 GroundUP Music

Snowpoet Snowpoet Two Rivers

Sopko/Laswell/Pridgen Sopko/Laswell/Pridgen self-released

Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+ Evolution Concord

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Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia The Last Fandango Temple Music

Erik Truffaz Quartet Doni Doni Parlophone

Mike Westbrook & Company The Uncommon Orchestra A Bigger Show Live ASCD

Frank Woeste Pocket Rhapsody ACT

SHORT CUTS// NEW RELEASES

John Alcorn/Warren Vaché Flying Without Wings Loach Engineering Inc.

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Robert Landfermann Night Will Fall Pirouet

Dave McDonnell Group The Time Inside a Year Delmark

Roberto Ottaviano Astrolabio Dodicilune

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Noah Preminger Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar self-released

Charles Rumback In the New Year Ears & Eyes

Julian Shore Which Way Now? Tone Rogue

Shri Just a Vibration DTBA

Norbert Stein Pata Messengers Pata Music

Olivia Trummer Classical to Jazz One Neuklang

REISSUES

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African Headcharge My Life In A Hole In The Ground/Drastic Season/ Environmental Studies/ Off The Beaten Track On-U Sound

David Amram Classic American Film Scores 1956-2016 Moochin’ About

Tony Bennett The Complete 19581961 Ralph Burns Sessions American Jazz Classics

Tony Bennett The Complete Frank DeVol Sessions American Jazz Classics

Paul Bley Trio Blood Fontana

Dollar Brand Plays Sphere Jazz Phono

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey First Duo Concert

Dave Brubeck Trio featuring Cal Tjader Complete Recordings American Jazz Classics

Joe Castro Lush Life: A Musical Journey Sunnyside

Al Cohn/Dexter Gordon True Blue/Silver Blue Xanadu

Dolo Coker California Hard Xanadu

John Coltrane Quartet Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert Solar

Miles Davis The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years Warner Bros

Digby Fairweather & Stan Barker The Definitive Duets Vol. 1 Rose Cottage

Stan Getz & Chet Baker Quartet Live At The Haig 1953 Fresh Sounds

Alphonso Johnson Moonshadows/ Yesterday’s Dreams/ Spellbound BGO

Wes Montgomery One Night In Indy Resonance

Morrissey Mullen Life On The Wire/ Morrissey-Mullen Vocalion

Sonny Rollins At Music Inn DreamCovers

Lonnie Liston Smith Reflections On A Golden Dream

Leon Thomas Full Circle BGP

Various Artists The Complete BeeHive Sessions Mosaic

Various Artists Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Volume 2 Planet Arts

Various Artists Georgie Fame Heard Them Here First Ace

Various Artists Jazz – 10 Classic Albums Sony

David S. Ware Apogee/Birth Of A Being AUM Fidelity

SHORT CUTS// REISSUES

Count Basie Live in Paris 19571962 Fremeaux

Sallie Blair Sexy, Intimate and Swinging Fresh Sound

Wild Bill Davison The Jazz Giants Sackville

Harry Sweets Edison Patented By Edison/Sweetenings Phoenix

Al Escobar and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra Escobar’s Rhythmagic Blue Moon

Paul Gonsalves/Clark Terry Quintet Complete Recordings Phono

Benny Goodman The Complete Benny In Brussels Solar

Lenny Hambro Quintet Complete Sessions 1953-1957 Fresh Sound

Slide Hampton Octet Complete Studio Recordings Phono

JATP Live at Carnegie Hall – September 17, 1955

J.J. Johnson Mack The Knife/Trombone and Voices Phoenix

Alan Lee An Australian Jazz Anthology Jazzman

Gil Mellé The Blue Note Years 1952-56 Fresh Sound

Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta/El Molesto Malanya

Edith Piaf 100 Anniversaire Warner/ Parlophone

Jerome Richardson Complete 1958-62 Recordings Fresh Sound

The Sackville All Stars Saturday Night Function

Carol Sloane Out of the Blue/Live at 30th Street Fresh Sound

Jim Timmens Porgy and Bess/Showboat/Gilbert and Sullivan/Hallelujah Spirituals Fresh Sound

Bill Watrous Coronary Trombossa! Progressive 

Jazzwise February 2016 Issue Albums Reviewed List

All these albums are reviewed in the February 2016 issue of Jazzwise which is out now – to read them all click here to subscribe and get a FANTASTIC FREE CD

NEW RELEASES

Aarhus Jazz Orchestra Lars Møller’s Rewrite of Spring DaCapo

Eivind Aarset I.E. Jazzland Recordings

Art ‘Turk’ Burton and Congo Square Spirits featuring Ari Brown Then and Now

Joey DeFrancesco Trip Mode High Note

Corrie Dick Impossible Things Chaos Collective

Echoes Of Swing Dancing ACT

GoGo Penguin Man Made Object Blue Note

Danny Grissett The In-Between Criss Cross

Scott Hamilton Live in Barcelona Blau

Scott Hamilton & Jeff Hamilton Trio Live in Bern Capri

Mette Henriette ECM

Stix Hooper Live in LA/We Went West/A Jazz Moment In Time Stix Hooper Enterprises

Tore Johansen Earth Stills Inner Ear

Peter Jones Utopia Howlin’ Werewolf Records

Stacey Kent Tenderly OKeh Records

Håkon Kornstad Tenor Battle Jazzland

Krokofant Krokofant II Rune Grammofon

Bill Laurance Aftersun Ground Up

Dominic Lash/Alex Ward Appliance Vector Sounds

Medbøe/Eriksen/Halle The Space Between Losen

Alex Merritt Quartet Anatta F-IRE

Livio Minafra – Louis Moholo-Moholo Born Free Incipit

Matt Mitchell Vista Accumulation PI Recordings

Ben Monder Amorphae ECM

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet You’ve Got to Dig it to Dig It, You Dig? Jazzizit

Nordic Circles Winter Rainbow AMP Music & Records

Luca Nostra Quintet Are You OK? Via Veneto Jazz

NYSQ POWER of 10 Whirlwind Recordings

Opus Five Tickle Criss Cross Jazz

Evan Parker’s Sant’Anna Arresi Quintet Filu ’e Ferru Associazione Culturale Punta Giara

William Parker/Raining On The Moon Great Spirit AUM Fidelity

Houston Person Something Personal HighNote

Plaistow Titan DYFL

Gerard Presencer and the DR Big Band Groove Travels Edition

Tom Rainey Trio Hotel Grief Intakt

Marc Ribot The Young Philadelphians: Live In Tokyo Yellowbird

Splashgirl Hibernation Hubro

Bill Stewart Space Squid Pirouet

Cleveland Watkiss Song Diasporas Right Now

John Zorn Cerberus – The Book Of Angels Volume 26: Spike Orchestra Plays Masada Book 2 Tzadik

 

SHORT CUTS// NEW RELEASES

Teemu Åkerblom Quartet Jazzaggression

Karrin Allyson Many a New Day Motéma

Josh Berman Trio A Dance and a Hop Delmark

Andrea Brachfeld Lotus Blossom Jazzheads

Rosanna Brandi One Day Squeaky Monkey

Sarah Buechi Shadow Garden Intakt

Frank Carlberg Word Circus Red Piano Records

Das Kapital Kind of Red Label Bleu

Anthony De Mare Liaison: Re-imaging Sondheim from the Piano ECM New Series

Georgie Fame and the Last Blue Flames Swan Songs Three Line Whip

Ulrich Gumpert Quartett A New One Intakt

The Gurdjieff Ensemble Komitas ECM

Mark Hauser Quartet It’s all About the Journey Better Found

Kirk Knuffke Little Cross Steeplechase

Robert Landfermann Night Will Fall Pirouet

Thomas Maintz/Aaron Parks Duets in June Beach Farm

Maciek Pysz A Journey Dot Time Records

Luca Sisera’s Roofer Prospect Leo

Viktor Toth Arura Trio Szemed Kincse/ The Present BMC

Oded Tzur Like a Great River Enja Yellowbird

 

REISSUES

John Abercrombie The First Quartet ECM

Kenny Barron At The Piano Xanadu Master Edition

Art Blakey The Complete Columbia And RCA Albums Collection Columbia/RCA/Legacy Graham Bond Live At The BBC And Other Stories Repertoire

Clifford Brown/Max Roach All Stars Best Coast Jazz Fresh Sounds

Jack Bruce & The HR Big Band More Jack Than Blues MIG Music

Larry Coryell Aurora Coryellis Purple Pyramid

Duke Ellington Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1959-1961 Columbia/Legacy

William Embling and Anthony Barnett The Lion in The Grove AB Fable

Trilok Gurtu Crazy Saints – Live MIG

Andrew Hill The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note Cam

Steve Lacy Quintet Last Tour Emanem

George Lewis The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record Delmark

Mike Mainieri Journey Thru An Electric Tube Solid State

Mingus Dynasty/ Big Band Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note Soul Note

Roscoe Mitchell The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note Cam

Thelonious Monk Complete 1947-56 Trios Essential Jazz Classics

Howard Riley Trio Discussions DuskFire

Max Roach The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note Black Saint/Soul Note

Heinz Sauer & Jasper Van’t Hof Hamburg Episode – Live at Fabrik MIG

Archie Shepp The Complete ReMastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note Cam

UMO Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brecker Live in Helsinki 1995 Random Act Records

Various Artists Jazz from America on Disques Vogue Sony Legacy

Narada Michael Walden Garden Of Love Light/I Cry, I Smile/Awakening BGO Records

Kenny Wheeler The Complete Black Saint & Soul Note Recordings Soul Note

The Larry Young Trio Testifying/Young Blues/Forrest Fire/Groove Street Fresh Sounds

 

SHORT CUTS// REISSUES

Ernestine Anderson Four Classic Albums Avid

Rod McKuen In The Beginning El

Louis Armstrong Live in Paris, 24 April 1962 Fremeaux

Ran Blake Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note Black Saint/Soul Note

Bob Brookmeyer Blues Hot and Cold Phoenix

Ray Conniff The Ray Conniff Hi-Fi Companion El

Teddy Edwards Feelin’s Elemental

Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown/Liberian Suite/ Masterpieces By Ellington Essential Jazz Classics

Urbie Green Big Band Complete 1956-59 Recordings Phono

Lurlean Hunter Four Classic Albums Avid

Jan Lundgren A Retrospective Fresh Sound

Hal McKusick Three Classic Albums Avid

Hal McKusick Three Classic Albums (Second Set) Avid

Lou Mecca/Bill De Arango/ Chuck Wayne 3 Swinging Guitar Sessions Fresh Sound

Marty Paich Four Classic Albums Avid

Marty Paich Four Classic Albums (Second Set) Avid

Charlie Parker Intégrale Vol. 10 Fremeaux

Bobby Scott/Larry Elgart Joyful Noises/The City El

Joe Williams That Kind of Woman/Sentimental And Melancholy Poll Winners

Joe Williams/Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison Complete Small Groups Sessions American Jazz Classics

Australian Jazz Round Up February 2016

This month, three great albums, three different styles, but sadly all come with a sense of loss. Julien Wilson (pictured above) and Andrea Keller albums both feature the recently departed Allan Browne, one of Australia’s jazz legends, whilst Davis Ades died only weeks after this recording was completed. It was particularly tough on Wilson, as it was his decision to release two of these discs on his lionshare label.

– Michael Prescott, Jazz Presenter 5MBS, Australia

 

julian-WilsonJulien Wilson

This Narrow Isthmus
lionshare ★★★★

Julien Wilson (ts), Barney McAll (p), Jonathan Zwartz (b), Allan Browne (d). Rec. 13 July 2014

Although recorded in 2014, it was only after Browne’s death that Wilson revisited the tapes and decided that this album should be released. Good decision! Recorded live in Sydney on a promotional tour for his Bell Award winning CD “This Is Always” with the same personnel, the group performed a completely new set of eight Wilson originals. Simply put, this was a fine quartet, bristling with class all the way with Wilson’s gorgeous fluid tenor; McAll’s luscious playing, supported by a dream rhythm section. All of which would add up to nothing if the compositions were not up to it. No problem here, Wilson is a gifted composer with melodic flair and he is able to compose in almost any style, the slow paced opener “Rainman” is followed by the up-tempo “McGod” and so on. He closes the album with the appropriately titled “Farewell” on clarinet and in doing so raises the question as to why doesn’t he play it more often. This CD is a welcome follow-up to the quartet’s award winning predecessor and establishes Wilson as one of, if not the, leading tenor saxophonist in the country. In combination with McAll and the late Browne, the outcome is simply marvellous!

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david-adesDavis Ades

A Life In The Day                             

loinshare Records   ★★★★

David Ades (as), Tony Malaby (ss, ts), Mark Helias (b) Gerald Clever (d) Rec. 18 September 2013.

It is a testament to Ades determination that this album was recorded at all, that it is as good as it is merely confirms that not even severe adversity could stop the creative process. The plain fact is that Ades was in the last stages of cancer induced illness, but that did not arrest his need to get this album in the can. Such is his playing the illness is totally absent from these recordings. Instead, we have about 60 minutes of sublime improvisation from a great quartet, recorded in just five hours. Most of the tunes were composed by Ades in the days before the session and are loose, giving plenty of space for both Ades and Malaby to weave intricate lines over a very free rhythm section. The spell is broken by three trios, Clever being the man left out and Helias providing a floating bass, sometimes using his bow to great effect. The ease that these musicians have with each other reflects a deep understanding of each other’s playing; they recorded Ades’s “A Glorious Uncertainty” in 2011. In the accompanying liner notes Helias waxes lyrical about Ades and the special bond between these friends and musicians is what makes this disc so special.

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kellersKeller / Murphy / Browne

Travellers             

Jazzhead ★★★★

Andrea Keller (p), Tamara Murphy (b) Allan Browne (d) Rec 9, 10 February 2015

This is the second album this month to feature the recently departed drummer, Allan Browne and it may have been his last session. Recorded live at Bennett’s Lane (rumours of the club’s demise are exaggerated!) just a few months before Browne’s death, this CD captures Keller and co in fine form. She has recorded with trio before, 2006’s “Carried By The Sun” and in the meantime she has released albums in numerous configurations, for example, 2012’s “Wave Rider”, reviewed in these pages, being a classic example. This album marks a big step forward from the aforementioned trio album, Keller plays with superb touch, economy and, most importantly, obvious emotion. This being a trio, Keller shares the writing duties composing three, Murphy (two) and Browne (one): plus some non originals, including Monk’s “Hackensack”. Strangely, Browne’s “Cyclosporin” is a vehicle for bassist Murphy to show off her considerable skills. As one expected from one of Australia’s most respected drummers, Browne knew how to play just right all the time and that’s a skill few percussionists possess. Keller should be appreciated by a wider audience than she is. Over several albums she has proven to be a consummate composer, arranger and performer, that is, the complete package.

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John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters ★★★★

John Coltrane Love SupremeImpulse Records

John Coltrane (ts), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d), plus Archie Shepp (ts) and Art Davis (b). Rec. 9 and 10 December 1964 and 26 July 1965

On 9 December 1964, Coltrane and his ‘Classic Quartet’ recorded A Love Supreme, which was certified Gold in 2001 for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Far less known is that Coltrane, his classic quartet (with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones) and two additional musicians, tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis, returned to the studio the next day to cut the opening part of the suite again. Although we got an impression of what went on during that second day with the release of two takes numbered 1 and 2 of ‘Acknowledgement’ on 2002’s A Love Supreme DeLuxe Edition, the complete picture of what happened – in other words all takes, overdubs and studio chatter – now become available on A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters, released to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the recording session and the 60th anniversary of the Verve label, with myriad back catalogue releases, digital exclusives and box sets promised through to the end of 2016.

Ashley Khan, who wrote the liner notes of the DeLuxe Edition, once again writes some fine liner notes for The Complete Masters and there is a personal introduction to ‘A Love Supreme’ by Carlos Santana (for whom Khan recently ghosted his autobiography). There is additional information about the live set in Antibes but especially interesting is the iconography that has been unearthed especially for this release.

The question of what music has and hasn’t been released before gets a bit complicated, so bear with me. First, let’s make clear these comments apply to the 3CD set, since there is also an ‘economy’ 2CD set being released simultaneously just to muddy the waters. So, on the 3CD set, Disc 1 gives us the original stereo album as released on vinyl as Impulse! AS-77, which previously appeared on the DeLuxe Edition, plus two previously unreleased mono tracks: Part III ‘Pursuance’ and Part IV ‘Psalm’. These are from Coltrane’s own Mono Reference masters intended for his home consumption. Since they are the stereo tracks collapsed into mono they do not add to our knowledge of this piece. Disc 2 comprises eleven tracks in all, of which four tracks previously appeared on the DeLuxe Edition. These 11 tracks together account for all the surviving tracks from the two days Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme – the quartet on day one and the sextet on day two. From day one, the quartet session, the two alternative takes of ‘Resolution’ (take 4 alternate, the only other complete version other than the one that was released, and take 6 breakdown) previously appeared on the DeLuxe Edition and from this same quartet session we now have a further two vocal overdubs on ‘Acknowledgement’ (overdub 2 and overdub 3) and an undubbed version of ‘Psalm’ on The Complete Masters. The ‘Acknowledgement’ overdubs suggest Coltrane was experimenting with a thicker voice texture at the end; he finally decided to go with the first vocal overdub on the released track. The undubbed version of ‘Psalm’ has Coltrane playing one saxophone and missing the resolution (the released version contains a second horn – alto saxophone – and of course the all important resolution).

From the sextet session the following day, in other words, the ‘Classic Quartet’ plus Shepp and Davis, we previously had takes 1 and 2 of ‘Acknowledgement’ on the DeLuxe Edition, to which we now have take 3 (breakdown with studio chatter), take 4 (further alternate), take 5 (false start) and take 6 (further alternate) of the same piece – i.e. ‘Acknowledgement’ by the sextet. The whole of Disc 3, Coltrane’s only known live performance of ‘A Love Supreme’ performed at the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes on 26 July 1965, previously appeared on the DeLuxe Edition in 2002. Insofar as the ‘sextet’ session is concerned, The Complete Masters is the first time we have all six takes of ‘Acknowledgement,’ the opening section of the suite, in their entirety by the expanded group. It provides a window into how Coltrane allowed music to develop in the studio. Quite where he was heading with this particular piece we’ll never know, because the definitive version of ‘A Love Supreme’ is of course the ‘quartet’ version recorded the day before. But what we do get is a glimpse of his thinking using two saxophones that would ultimately be consolidated by the addition of Pharoah Sanders. In the first half of 1965, we see Coltrane’s playing become increasingly more outward bound (certainly the influence of Albert Ayler played at least a part in this) and after recording Ascension on 28 June 1965 with both Shepp and Sanders in the line-up (and, significantly Art Davis), Sanders joined Coltrane’s ensemble permanently in September 1965. Coltrane’s thinking about the inclusion of Art Davis in the ‘sextet’ recordings is less clear; certainly the expression of time becomes a little more ambiguous with two basses and possibly he was thinking ahead to a more abstract approach to time that was fulfilled when Rashied Ali replaced Elvin Jones and Alice Coltrane replaced McCoy Tyner, but that, as they say, is a whole other can of worms.

– Stuart Nicholson

Australian Jazz Album Round-up December 2015

A real contrast in musical styles is evident here, from the sax trio of Origami and its stories of Australia, to the adventurous leaning of Alister Spence, who continues to impress and finally the old master, Mike Nock teams up with the younger Laurence Pike, for some wonderful duo improvisations.

– Michael Prescott, Jazz Presenter 5MBS, Australia

OrigamiOrigami

Billy Tea To Burgers                          

Self Release ★★★

Adam Simmons (as, b cl), Howard Cairns (b, concertina), Hugh Harvey (d). Rec 20 December 2014

A sax led trio can be a daunting experience, a double CD even more so. However in this instance, Origami, led by altoist Adam Simmons has presented an extraordinary range of material over the 2 discs that comprise this set. Make no mistake; however, this album is Australian to its core. This stems from two tracks on the first disc, “Lunch At Niagara” and “Greggie”. In the first of these tracks, Simmons talks about a road trip from Melbourne to Gundagai over a persistent bass line from Cairns. It is engaging and strangely, bears repeated listening. The same can be said for the tale in “Greggie”, although here the only accompaniment to Simmons spoken word tale is the wonderful drumming from Harvey. You’d be hard pressed to find tales more Australian than these and they’re simply great!

In complete contrast two tracks feature an altogether different instrumentation and feel. With Howard Cairns on Concertina and Simmons on bass clarinet, “Mirage” and “Adios Alistair” create intense, almost sinister music. The remaining tracks feature strong melodic themes and superb, but very distinctive, alto from Simmons. Whilst disc one contains nine tracks, the second disc is comprised of a single 58 minute track, “Here And There”. Within this track the group cover an enormous range of styles and in all available configurations. In some ways it is reminiscent of The Necks, without the repetition. It does, however, ebb and flow constantly thus not only holding one’s attention over the course of the track, but more, it becomes thoroughly compelling. This is one fine album, one that has been on “repeat” for a while now. ‘Nuff said.

Info & samples: https://fatrain.bandcamp.com/album/billy-tea-to-burgers-2  

SpenceAlister Spence Trio

Live                                                              

Self Release through Rufus Records ★★★

Alister Spence (p, samples, music box), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Toby Hall (d, glockenspiel) Rec. 20 March 2015.

Following on from his duo album with Myra Melford “Everything Here Is Possible”, Spence continues apace with his exploration of the modern jazz form. Although a live album, comprising mostly of tracks featured on 2012’s “Far Flung”, (even the cover art harks back to that album) it is in reality a further step in this engrossing search. With the same musicians and instrumentation as the aforesaid album, this recording finds the trio in stunning form. Spence has said that he has been looking for a live performance worthy of release and in this gig, recorded at the Sydney jazz co-operative, SIMA, he has found a gem. The opening track “Radium”, from 2009’s “Fit” sets the pace with a different take on the studio version, oddly, if anything, more restrained, with greater emphasis on the jarring rhythm. From there the trio take lengthy excursions into Spence’s oeuvre, with “Felt” being a highlight with its somewhat modern opening and almost mainstream second half. The only new original, “Not Everything But Enough - Opening“ is centred around Hall’s glockenspiel and Spence’s liberal use of samples.  Throughout Swanton, of The Necks, anchors the music with consummate skill whilst Hall never seems to run out of differing percussive colours. The glockenspiel is very effectively utilised to provide both rhythmic and tonal contrast.

Info & samples: http://www.alisterspence.com/discography_zoom.php?id=13

NockMike Nock & Laurence Pike

Beginning And End Of Knowing                    

FWM Records ★★★

Mike Nock (p), Laurence Pike (perc) Rec 4, 5 March 2015

Nock, 75, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians for several decades, teams up with percussionist Pike, 36, for a series of spontaneous improvisations in a follow up to their first collaboration, 2012’s “Kindred”. On this occasion a government grant to Pike meant the pair could travel to Oslo and record at Jan Erik Kongshaug's Rainbow Studios, where Nock recorded for ECM many years ago. The trip was at Pike’s request as he has long harboured a love of the studio and the ECM sound. Once in the studio the pair recorded hours of improvised music and the resulting CD is a distillation of their efforts. Whilst there have been duo recording with this instrumentation in the past, it’s not often that have they reached the heights of this recording. Nock’s sometimes simple but beautiful flourishes are complimented by Pike’s ability to utilise every possibility from his drum kit. None of the twelve tracks are long, just one is in excess of five minutes and this seems to concentrate the inventiveness and makes each track a cohesive whole. Nock and Pike appear to have an almost intuitive understanding of each other’s playing and together they have created a very fine album and one that bears repeated listening.

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