Kenny Garrett – Pushing the World Away ★★★★

Mack Avenue MAC1078 Kenny Garrett (as, ss, chant, p), Benito Gonzalez (p), Corcoran Holt (b), Marcus Baylor (d), Rudy Bird (perc), Ravi Best (t), Vernell Brown (p, chant), McClenty Hunter (d, v), Mark Whitfield Jr (d), Jean Baylor (v), Carolin Pook (vln), Brian Sanders (clo), Jen Herman (vla). Rec. date not stated

Last year’s Seeds from the Underground CD was a Grammy magnet, collecting two nominations – for ‘solo’ and ‘best instrumental album’ – as well as winning a prestigious German equivalent, aka an ECHO Jazz award. Garrett’s very unlikely to top that with Pushing the World Away, even though this exhilarating new recording – his third for the Michigan-based Mack Avenue label – feels like a real step up. With a rotating line-up mixing youth and experience, the band have a ‘live’ dynamic that’s obviously benefitted from the extensive on-the-road workouts promoting the previous CD.

Unlike Seeds... though, this is not a ‘tribute’ album as such. But Garrett never stops remembering the legacy of his elders and mentors, and a homage to a close confidant and collaborator Mulgrew Miller who sadly passed away earlier this year is an explosive opener, featuring the effusive young McCoy Tyner-ish Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez, the star on his previous CD. Garrett plays to the strengths of the personnel, with pianist Vernell Brown and the fiery drummer McClenty Hunter especially cooking up a storm. A couple of dedications might state the obvious – a Moorish-tinged ‘Hey Chick’ takes a bow to his Five Peace Band supergroup bandmate and the Guadeloupian ‘L’Ouvert’ is a love letter to Sonny Rollins – but the spirit and sheer enthusiasm of the recording is never compromised. And Garrett’s only non-original, a coolly odd-metered version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ feels surprisingly fresh. Garrett has hit another high in his recording career. This month’s dates in London at Ronnie Scott’s suddenly look all the more mouth watering.

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Tommaso Starace – Simply Marvellous! ★★★

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Tommaso Starace (as, ss), Fabrizio Bosso (t, flhn), Roger Beaujolais (vib), Michele Di Toro (p), Attilio Zanchi (b) and Tommy Bradascio (d). Rec. 4-5 August 2012

It might seem a bit perverse for a saxophonist to celebrate a force of nature pianist like the late Michel Petrucciani, who’s best remembered for his rollicking technique and open-hearted and generous musical spirit. But the pianist was also a prolific composer and it is Petrucciani’s compositional canon that saxophonist Starace celebrates here with his regular quartet, and guest trumpet and vibes.

Petrucciani certainly wrote good tunes. And like all gifted composers, his strong melodies, catchy lines and harmonic structures were all of a piece. Starace’s selection takes in the jolly and the austere – ‘Little Peace in C for You’ and ‘Even Mice Can Dance’ – as well as latin and township soul. And ‘My Bebop Tune’ is taken in unison at a fair old lick. If nothing else, this CD should make people more aware of the range of Petrucciani’s songwriting talent and look to his songbook for source material.

The execution, though, is a bit too straightforward to get at the Petrucciani essence. Starace is a solid alto saxophonist with some nice lines, and delivers the themes accurately and with feeling. Trumpet and vibes add variety and pianist Michele Di Toro gets in some neat two-handed stuff. But the CD needs more fire and flamboyance to truly celebrate the Petrucciani canon.

Mike Hobart

Jazzwise September 2013 Issue Album Reviews List

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New Releases

Pepper Adams Joy Road: Complete Works of Pepper Adams Motéma

Antonio Adolfo Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures) AAM

Carol Saboya Belezas: Music of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento AAM

ARC Archipelago Gateway Music

Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village

Barbacana Barbacana Babel

David Binney Lifted Land Criss Cross Criss

Terence Blanchard Magnetic Blue Note

Geri Allen Grand River Crossings Motéma

Ralph Alessi Baida ECM

Jim Blomfield Trio Wave Forms and Sea Changes Pig Records

Brainkiller Colourless Green Superheroes RareNoise Records

Uri Caine Ensemble George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue Winter & Winter

Francesco Cataldo Spaces Alfa Music AFM

The Buck Clayton Legacy Band Claytonia

Harry Connick Jr Every Man Should Know Sony Music

Geoff Eales, Ben Waghorn, Ashley John Long Free Flow 33 Xtreme

The Dowland Project/ John Potter Night Sessions ECM

Esa Helasvuo Stella Nova TUM TUM

The Impossible Gentlemen Internationally Recognised Aliens Basho Records

Bob James and David Sanborn Quartette Humaine Okeh

Peter Jones One Way Ticket To Palookaville Howlin’ Werewolf

Edgar Knecht Dance on Deep Waters Ozella

Dave Liebman/Michael Stephens Lineage Whaling City Sound

The Dave Liebman Trio Lieb Plays the Beatles Daybreak

Bobby McFerrrin Spirit You All Sony Masterworks

Mostly Other People Do the Killing Red Hot Hot Cup

Moz Trio Sparkling Water, Please Oh Yeah Records

Mark Murphy A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn Gearbox

David Newton/Colin Oxley/Andrew Cleyndert Out Of This World Trio

John O’Gallagher The Anton Webern Project Whirlwind Recordings

Magnus Öström Searching for Jupiter ACT

OWL Trio Owl Trio Losen Records

Nicholas Payton #BAM: Live at Bohemian Caverns BMF

Luis Perdomo Links Criss Cross Jazz

Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit Blue Note

Maciek Pysz Trio Insight 33Jazz

Ravi Shankar The Living Room Sessions Part 2 East Meets West Music

Asaf Sirkis Trio Shepherd’s Stories

Wadada Leo Smith Occupy The World TUM

Sons Of Kemet Burn Naim

Ted & Gladys The Rhythm of Life Jazzizit Records

Three Fall Realise! ACT

Will Vinson Live at Smalls SmallsLive

Jack Walrath To Hellas and Back Steeplechase

Short Cuts New Releases

The Avengers On A Mission Gudari Records

Leo Blanco Pianoforte www.leoblanco.com

Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Duo Live at Theatre Vidy-Lausanne Intakt

Jon Davis Trio Beauty and the Blues Venus Records

Harold Danko Quintet Oatts & Perry III Steeplechase

Kat Edmonson Way Down Low OKeh

Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood Resonant Music

Girls in Airports Kaikoura Gateway Music

Dick Hyman Trio You’re My Everything Venus

Yoron Israel Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder Ronja Music

Charlie Jones Love Form Stranger Records

John Martino’s Romantic Jazz Trio The Michael in Jazz /The Beatles in Jazz 2 Venus

Ron McClure Ready or Not Steeplechase

Patty Peterson The Very Thought of You Celebration

Andrew Rathbun Shadow Forms II Steeplechase

Sam Reed meets Roberto Magris Ready for Reed JMood

Reissues

Nat Adderley Quintet Workin’ Timeless Jazz Legacy

Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand African Songbird Matsuli Music

The Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz Impressions of the USA Phoenix Recordings

The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live at Juan-Les-Pins Domino Records

Miles Davis Quintet Amsterdam Concert In Crowd

Miles Davis Quintet & Sextet Essential Jazz Classics EJC

Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach Money Jungle Poll Winners

Bill Evans Trio with Chuck Israels and Paul Motian Complete Recordings Essential Jazz Classics

Louis Hayes and Company The Super Quartet Timeless Jazz Legacy

Allan Holdsworth Flat Tire: Music For A Non-existent Movie MoonJune Records

Keith Jarrett Mysteries/Shades BGO

The Jazz Messengers The Complete Jazz Messengers At The Café Bohemia Phoenix

Wynton Kelly Trio Complete Vee Jay Studio Recordings Phoenix

Roland Kirk/Roy Haynes Domino/Out Of The Afternoon American Jazz Classics

Henry Lowther Band Child Song Esoteric

Melodic Art-Tet Melodic Art-Tet NoBusiness

Les McCann Les McCann Sings/ Pretty Lady Fresh Sound Records

The Gospel Truth/Soul Hits/McCanna BGO Records

Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane Complete Live At The Five Spot Phoenix

Sonny Rollins & Co Complete 1962 Sessions Fresh Sound

Woody Shaw The Complete Muse Sessions Mosaic

Sonny Stitt Rearin’ Back American Jazz Classics

Short Cuts Reissues

Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters 4CD Deluxe Collection Mercury

Count Basie On My Way and Shoutin’ Again / Not Now, I’ll Tell You When American Jazz Classics

Count Basie The Count Basie Orchestra Play Neal Hefti Fresh Sound

Billy Bean/Hal Gaylor/Walter Norris The Trio Fresh Sound

Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet Fresh Sound

Milt Buckner Please Mr Organ Player / Send Me Softly Solar

Nat King Cole Canta en Espagnol Jackpot

Chris Connor Four Classic Albums Plus Avid

Barbara Dane Living With The Blues / On My Way Fresh Sound

Tal Farlow Three Classic Albums plus Avid

Frances Faye Frenzy / Swinging All The Way Fresh Sound

Thad Jones …And the Danish Radio Big Band / Eclipse Jazz Dynamics

Paul Kuhn Swing 85 – Limited Edition Birthday Box In and Out

George Lewis Jazz at the Ohio Union Upbeat

Junior Mance Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Carmen McRae Something Wonderful Fresh Sound

Tito Puente El Rey Bravo / Tamba Malanga Music

Chuck Sagle and Neal Hefti Orchestras Splendor in the Brass / Jazz Pops Fresh Sound

Bud Shank Four Classic Albums Avid

What’s New in Vinyl

The New Gary Burton Quartet New Ground

The Christian McBride Big Band The Good Feeling

Stanley Jordan Friends

The Ronnie Scott Quintet featuring Alan Skidmore

Duke Ellington’s Spacemen The Cosmic Scene

The Gerry Mulligan Sextet at Stuttgart’s Liederhalle in November 1977

Lost in the Vaults

The Phill Musra Group Creator Spaces Intex 1974

Books & DVDs

Outside In Scott Shachter Star Beat Press

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron Paul Combs University of Michigan Press

 

Geri Allen – Grand River Crossings ★★★★

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Geri Allen (p), Marcus Belgrave (t) and David McMurray (sax). Rec. date not stated

If Flying Toward The Sound (2010) paid homage to Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, and A Child Is Born (2011) honoured the influence of family and spirituality, this beautiful final chapter in Geri Allen’s trilogy of solo piano recordings for Motéma – subtitled Motown and Motor City Inspirations – sees her celebrate her home town of Detroit and its iconic label. With a track list that includes beautifully detailed reworkings of ‘Stoned Love’ and ‘Inner City Blues’, what’s fascinating about the album as a whole is how the settings range from the almost reverential to the almost abstract. With Allen’s varicoloured pianism vibrating between the familiar and the unfamiliar in a really exciting way, at times you really have to do close listening to hear the original. ‘Wanna Be Startin Somethin’ provides the dazzling opener, a joyous dance of interweaving lines, and there are equally memorable arrangements of ‘Tears of a Clown’ and a heartbreaking ‘Save the Children’. Fellow Detroit musicians Marcus Belgrave (trumpet), Allen’s mentor at the Jazz Development Workshop who recorded with the pianist on her 2002 album The Detroit Experiment, and David McMurray (sax) guest on four of the album’s 15 tracks.

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Jazzwise August 2013 Issue Album Reviews List

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New Releases

ACV Busk Babel

Ralph Alessi and Fred Hersch Only Many Cam Jazz

JD Allen Grace Savant

Lucian Ban/ Mat Maneri Transylvanian Concert ECM

Han Bennink/ Jaak Sooäär Beach Party Barefoot

George Benson Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole Concord

Jim Black/AlasNoAxis Antiheroes Winter & Winter

Will Calhoun Life in this World Motéma

Christian McBride Trio Out Here Mack Avenue

Michel Camilo What’s Up OKeh/Sony

Peter Canter Quartet Lightflight Ladybird Jazz

Corey Christiansen Lone Prairie Origin Records

Larry Coryell The Lift Wide Hive Records

Benoît Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio Fun House Songlines

Eldar Djangirov Trio Breakthrough Motéma

Empirical Tabular Rasa Naim

Orrin Evans It Was Beauty Criss Cross Criss

Digby Fairweather & Friends To Frederick with Affection Rose Cottage

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense Moment & The Message Pi Recordings

Amy Gamlen Group Direction Paris Jazz Underground

Chris Garrick and John Etheridge WTWSFS Flying Blue Whale Records

Gabriel Garrick Septet Song for My Father Jovis

Torsten Goods Love Comes to Town ACT

Matthew Herbert The End of Silence Accidental

Roger Kellaway/ Eddie Daniels Duke at the Roundhouse – Live in Santa Fé IPO

Nigel Kennedy Recital Sony Classical

Joe Locke Lay Down My Heart – Blues & Ballads Vol 1 Motéma Music

Lage Lund Foolhardy Criss Cross Jazz

Musson/Noble/Sanders Tatterdemalion Babel

Dan Nicholls Ruins LOOP

Gary Peacock/Marilyn Crispell Azure ECM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band That’s It Legacy

Wallace Roney Understanding HighNote

Frank Rosaly Cicada Music Delmark

Ntjam Rosie At the Back of Beyond Gentle Daze

Terje Rypdal Melodic Warrior ECM

Nitin Sawhney OneZero Cherry Red

Edward Simon Trio Live in New York at Jazz Standard Sunnyside

Jim Snidero Stream of Consciousness Savant

Dayna Stephens The Nepenthetic Place Sunnyside

Steve Swallow Quintet Into the Woodwork Xtra Watt

Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti Rakshasa Slap the Moon

Steve Tyrell It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn Concord

Wheelhouse Boss of the Plains Aerophonic

WorldService Project Fire in a Pet Shop Megasound


Short Cuts – New Releases

Big Blue Strange Wonder Cam Jazz

Oscar Brown Jr and Maggie Brown We’re Live ESP-Disk

Arrigo Cappalletti Quintet Hot Music Leo

Mattia Cigalini Beyond Cam Jazz

Jussi Frederiksson Tidewaters Frederiksson Music

Satoko Fujii Spring Storm Delmark Libra

Morten Haxholm Quartet Equilibrium Storyville

Rakka Soutu Lumpeela Julkaisut

Steven Lugerner For We Have Heard Primary

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble The Space Between Delmark

Mikrokolektyw Absent Minded Delmark

Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead One Foot in the Groove Pelican

Mike Pride Drummer’s Corpse/Birthing Days AUM Fidelity

Bastian Stein Diegesis Pirouet

Swedish Mobilia / Luca Aquino Did You Hear Something? Leo

Marlene Ver Planck Ballads… Mostly Audiophile

Ben Wendel/Dan Tepfer Small Constructions Sunnyside

Frank Weiss Magic 101 IPO Recordings

Scott Willcox Big Band Go For It! Marquetry Records

 

Reissues/Archive

The Byron Allen Trio The Byron Allen Trio ESP

Chet Baker Chet Sings! Chant du Monde

Donald Byrd Byrd with Strings/ Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill Phoenix

Donald Byrd and Kenny Burrell All Night Long & All Day Long/ Two Guitars

Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce The Complete Jazz Lab Sessions Jazz Dynamics

Stanley Clarke The Complete Epic Albums Collection Sony

Miles Davis In Person at the Blackhawk, San Francisco Essential Jazz Classics

Major Surgery The First Cut Next

Paul Desmond The Complete RCA Albums Collection Sony/Columbia Legacy

Joe Farrell Joe Farrell Quartet Hux

Stan Getz Complete Columbia Albums Collection Sony

Jutta Hip Lost Tapes The German Recordings 1952-1955 Jazzhaus

Billie Holliday Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holliday on Columbia 1933-1944 Sony/Legacy

Irakere featuring Chucho Valdés Live at Ronnis Scott’s, Birmingham: The 1995 BBC Recording First Hand Records

Steve Kuhn The Vanguard Date Sunnyside

The Original Mahavishnu Orchestra The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Sony/Legacy

Wynton Marsalis Swingin’ into the 21st Century Sony/Legacy

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath Procession Live at Toulouse Ogun

Paul Motian Conception Vessel/Tribute/Dance/Le Voyage/Psalm/It Should’ve Happened A Long Time Ago ECM

Sonny Rollins Our Man in Jazz Essential Jazz Classics

Sonny Stitt Quartets Rearin’ Back /Tribute to Ellington Fresh Sounds

Leon Thomas Spirits Known and Unknown, BGP Records

Various Artists Liberation Music BGP Records

Various Artists London Is The Place For Me 5 and 6: Afro-Cubism, Calypso, High Life, Mento, Jazz Honest Jons

Sarah Vaughan The Complete 1947-1950 Le Chant du Monde

Sarah Vaughan You’re Mine You/The Explosive Side of Sarah Vaughan Essential Jazz Classics

Sarah Vaughan Sarah + 2/After Hours Essential Jazz Classics


Short Cuts/Reissues

Curtis Amy/Paul Bryant Meetin’ Here Fresh Sound

Louis Armstrong Musical Autobiography Vol 1 & 2 Avid

Chet Baker Chet is Back Essential Jazz Classics

Dave Brubeck Live in Europe Phoenix

Cesar Cesar 830 BGP

Don Friedman A Day in the City/Circle Waltz

Ron Jefferson/Tricky Lofton Love Lifted Me/Brass Bag Fresh Sound

Volker Kriegel With a Little Help from my Friends MIG

Herbie Mann Complete Brazilian Sessions Fresh Sound

Warne Marsh/Kenny Drew In Copenhagen Storyville

Les McCann Ltd Plays the Shampoo/In New York Fresh Sound

Carmen McRae The Complete 1946-55 Chant du Monde

Modern Jazz Quartet Plays for Lovers Jackpot

Dudley Moore From Beyond the Fringe El/Cherry Red

Dave Pell Four Classic Albums Avid

Billie Poole Sermonette/Confessin’ the Blues Fresh Sound

Betty Roché The Complete 1941-1961 Chant du Monde

Charlie Shavers/Maxine Sullivan Four Classic Albums Plus Avid

Zoot Sims Compatibility Delmark

Billy Strayhorn/Johnny Hodges Juice A-Plenty Fresh Sound

Ben Webster /Harry Edison Complete Quintet Studio Sessions Essential Jazz Classics

Vinyl Reviews

David Murray Octet, Ming, Black Saint

Enrico Pieranunzi, Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, Deep Down Soul Note

Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden & Ed Blackwell, Old and New Dreams Black Saint

Oliver Lake, Ntu: The Point from which Freedom Begins Soul Jazz

Steve Lacy and Joe McPhee The Rest Roaratorio

Lost in the Vaults

Okay Temiz Trio Turkish Folk Jazz Sonet 1975

Books & DVDs Jazz – New York in the Roaring Twenties Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jurgen Schaal Taschen £34.99

Larry Carlton and Robben Ford Unplugged New Morning: The Paris Concert 335 Records

Toot Thielemans Live at Le Chapiteau Challenge Jazz

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