HerlinMack Avenue

Herlin Riley (d, v), Bruce Harris (t), Goodwin Louis (as, ss), Emmett Cohen (p), Mark Whitfield (g), Russell Hall (b) and Pedrito Martinez (congas). Rec. date not stated

New Orleanian Riley is one of today’s premier jazz drummers. Aside from observing him at work over the years with Wynton Marsalis, it’s been a joy to see him fronting his hard-swinging quartets either in New Orleans or at Ascona with the late Tim Green or Victor Goines playing saxophone. So a new album under his name is to be welcomed, surely? Not so this time, for this is Riley looking for a softer landing, all 10 compositions written by him, slight affairs, their character and interest strictly limited for this listener, at least. The players are all young bar Harris, with veteran Whitfield confined to a single track. Admittedly Harris has fiery chops and he and the Haitian Louis do get to flourish on Riley’s ‘Connection to Congo Square’ complete with fade and Cohen can certainly play. Otherwise this album might best be filed under ’jazz-lite’. Much is made in the notes of Riley’s ‘new direction’ and he does feature himself rather more than was customary with Marsalis with mallet and snare excursions, yet manages to eschew swing, only ‘Harlem Shuffle’ giving a glimpse of real jazz quality. Look elsewhere for Riley at his best. Peter Vacher


PressureEast Green Records

Sam Eastmond (t), Ben Greenslade-Stanton (tb, ky, g, perc), Jon Gillies (ts), Matt Mcnaughton (bs), Tom Williams (g), Holley Gray (b), Dave Longman (d), Mark Claydon (perc), Sven Benton (org) Shawn Lee (g, melodica) and Jettricks, (ky, perc, b, g). Rec. 2016

Mix musicians and long-time collaborators Sam Eastmond and Ben Greenslade-Stanton with stellar musicians from The Mighty Mocambos, Spike Orchestra, The Snitch, The Get Up and you’re guaranteed something magical. This debut proves that from the off, beginning with the mesmeric, funky ‘The Slam Down’, a bevvy of brass over an underpinning baritone pattern boasting a horn solo introducing a secondary theme which drives the tune to soaring heights. Meanwhile, the title-track muscles its way through in orchestral style until a heavy riff breaks the spell, allowing sax and bass to develop a swinging theme, interrupted by an exorbitant trumpet solo.

Gray's deep-end propels throughout buoying a distinct latin feel. ‘Red Sea’ is gorgeous – a bewitching rhythmic exploration using horns, drums and some great sax and guitar work. ‘Kurzzig’ sets a crazy rhythm against the punctuated horn harmonies crashed by a soaring trumpet interlude. The rest of the album follows suit with swinging, grinding horn sections, through contrapuntal rhythm changes and intricate, devilish structural shifts to the web of variation which is ‘Ajebutter’. This is an absorbing album. Looking forward to the next one. Sammy Stein


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


Cyrille Aimée Let’s Get Lost Mack Avenue

Magnus Bakken Quartet featuring George Garzone Cycles AMP Music & Records

Barnes/O’Higgins & The Sax Section Oh Gee! Woodville

Michel Benita & Ethics River Silver ECM

Matthew Bourne moogmemory Leaf

Kenny Burrell The Road To Love HighNote

Chris Byars Two Fives SteepleChase

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

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic V Lost Hero – Tears for Esbjörn

Jazz at the Movies Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Downhome Records

Barb Jungr Shelter From The Storm Linn

Kalle Kalima High Noon ACT

Paul Kimber & Phil Merriman Duos, Duets and Duels Jazz Records

George King & Carl Raven Scenes from a Life Odradek Records

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels I Long to See You Blue Note

Ed Motta Perpetual Gateways MustHaveJazz

Naked Truth Avian Thug RareNoise

Ferit Odman Dameronia With Strings Equinox

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

Henri Texier Sky Dancers Label Bleu

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


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

Carlberg/Morris/Niggenkemper/ Gray Cosmopolitan Greetings Red Piano Records

Ken Fowser Standing Tall Positone

Grencsó Open Collective Derenges/Dawn Slam

Paul Hemmings The Blues and the Abstract Uke Leading Tone Records

Guus Janssen Meeting Points Bimhuis

Scott Jeppesen Wonders Creative Bottle Music

Lorenz Kellhuber & Standard Experience The Brooklyn Session Blackbird

Robert Landfermann Night Will Fall Pirouet

Dave McDonnell Group The Time Inside a Year Delmark

Roberto Ottaviano Astrolabio Dodicilune

Mikkel Nordsø Band Diving in Space for 3 Decades Stunt

Clemens Christian Pötzsch People and Places

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


Cannonball Adderley Quintet Complete Recordings Phoenix Records

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


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


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



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



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



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


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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