Jazzwise July 2013 Issue CD Reviews List

All these albums are reviewed in the JULY 2013 issue of Jazzwise – to read them all click here to subscribe here and get a FREE CD.

New Releases

Susanne Abbuehl The Gift ECM

Basquiat Strings Part Two F-IRE

Ketil Bjørnstad La Notte ECM

Donald Brown Born to Be Blue Space Time Records

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence Motéma

Marc Cary For the Love of Abbey Motéma

The Two Minds Big Band Dave O’Higgins and Peter Wraight JVG Productions

George Colligan The Facts SteepleChase

George Duke DreamWeaver Heads Up

Eliane Elias I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker Concord Records

Tommy Emmanuel/ Martin Taylor The Colonel & The Governor Mesa/Bluemoon Records

Eyes of a Blue Dog Rise Babel

Reuben Fowler Between Shadows Edition

Gabriel Garrick Quintet Sunlight Jovis

The Gascoyne / O’Higgins Quartet Got The Real Note Jazzizit

Scott Hamilton Swedish Ballads… & More Stunt

Robert Hurst Bob: A Palindrome Bebob Records

Arne Jansen The Sleep of Reason – Ode to Goya ACT

Human Being Human Babel

Lacuna Talk on the Step Babel

Nils Landgren Funk Unit Teamwork ACT Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet In a World of Mallets Basin Street Records

Nilson Matta’s Black Orpheus Motéma

John Medeski A Different Time OKeh

Melt Yourself Down Melt Yourself Down The Leaf Label

Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal Aqua Blue Delmark

David Murray Infinity Quartet Be My Monster Love Motéma

Caecilie Norby Silent Ways ACT

Jiannis Pavlidis/ George Kontrafouris / Adam Nussbaum Migration

Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio/Whit Dickey The Edge Leo

Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio/ William Parker/ Gerald Cleaver Serendipity Leo

Enrico Pieranunzi with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian Live at the Village Vanguard Cam Jazz

The Sue Richardson Quartet plays Chet Baker Too Cool SplashPoint Records

Ray Russell Now More Than Ever Abstract Logix

Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band 4 Hlidar SJS Music

Jamil Sheriff Big Band Ichthyology GLP

Slobber Pup Black Aces Rare Noise

Martin Speake Always a First Time Pumpkin Records

Gregory Tardy Standards & More SteepleChase

Thought-Fox My Guess Diatribe

Tingvall Trio In Concert Skip Records

Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers Border-Free Jazz Village

Vole The Hillside Mechanisms Babel

Jeff Williams The Listener Whirlwind Records

Yellowjackets Rise In The Road Mack Avenue

 

Short Cuts New Releases

Martin Archer Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites Discus

Tony Barnard’s International Jazz Collective The Australian Suite Bondi Shed

Poogie Bel

l Band Suga Top Moosicus

Philip Catherine Côté Jardin Challenge

Michael Dease Coming Home Clef Records

The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet What it Is! Delmark

Matt Kane Trio Suit Up! Bounce-Step Records

Brian Kellock/Cathrine Legardh Love Still Wears a Smile Storyville

Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope Mirage Blueland

Memnon Sound Portraits of Ibsen Characters Ozella

Barbara Morrison A Sunday Kind of Love Savant

Veronica Mortensen Catching Waves Stunt

Noordpool Orchestra Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony Challenge

Kermit Ruffins We Partyin’ Traditional Style Basin Street

Sex Mob Plays Fellini (The Music of Nino Rota) The Royal Potato Family

Jim Snidero Stream of Consciousness Savant

Karin Krog and Morten Gunnar Larsen In a Rag Bag Meantime

Tetragonz Tetragonz Stunt

 

Reissues

Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck The White House Sessions, Live 1962 Sony

Don Cherry Mu / Orient Charly

John Coltrane The Complete Mainstream 1958 Sessions Phoenix

Kenny Dorham Four Classic Albums: This Is The Moment/Quiet Kenny/Inta Somethin’/ Matador Avid

Grant Green First Recordings Phoenix

Tubby Hayes The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59 Acrobat

The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead

Charles Lloyd Quartets ECM

Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis Four Classic Albums: Plus,Count Basie Presents/Very Saxy/ Goodies From Eddie Davis/Callin’ The Blues/Modern Jazz Expressions Avid

Thelonious Monk Trio & Quartet Unissued Live at Newport 1958-59 In Crowd Records

Wes Montgomery The Montgomeryland Sessions Phoenix Record

Milton Nascimento Original Album Series Warner Music

George Shearing George Shearing at Home Jazzknight Records

Archie Shepp and The Full Moon Ensemble Live In Antibes Charly

Archie Shepp and Bill Dixon Quartet In Crowd

Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan Swiss Radio Days Jazz Live Trio Concert Series TCB

McCoy Tyner Trio Bon Voyage Timeless

Various Artists// The Radio Luxembourg Sessions, The 208 Rhythm Club Vol.3 Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band / Micky Ashman & His Ragtime Jazz Band Vocalion

The 208 Rhythm Club Vol.4 Alex Welsh & His Band / Mick Mulligan & His Band Vocalion

The 208 Rhythm Club Vol.5 Terry Lightfoot & His New Orleans Jazzmen / Ken Sims & His Vintage Jazz Band Vocalion

The 208 Rhythm Club Vol 6 Monty Sunshine’s Jazz Band / Ken Sims & His Vintage Jazz Band Vocalion

 

Short Cuts: Reissues

Cannonball Adderley The Quintessence 1955-1960 Fremeaux

Louis Armstrong New Orleans 1946-47 Fremeaux

Tony Bennett Cloud 7 / The Beat of My Heart Jackpot

Bing Crosby Bing In Dixieland Bing Crosby Enterprises / Universal

Art Farmer / Benny Golson Jazztet Here and Now / Another Git Together / … and John Lewis Fresh Sound

Stan Getz At Nalen with Bengt Hallberg Riverside (Sweden)

Bill Hardman Saying Something Fresh Sound

Barry Harris Newer Than New / Listen To Barry Harris Fresh Sound

Jazz Crusaders Freedom Sound / Lookin’ Ahead Fresh Sound

Carmell Jones The Remarkable / Business Meeting Fresh Sound

Etta Jones So Warm / From The Heart Fresh Sound

Sam Jones Soul Society / The Chant / Down Home Fresh Sound

Jimmy Lytell 1926-28 Jazz Oracle

Herbie Mann Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues / Right Now Fresh Sound

Oliver Nelson Meet… / Main Stem Fresh Sound

Sal Nistico Heavyweights / Comin’ On Up / It’s Time We Met Fresh Sound

Oscar Peterson Soft Sands Phoenix

Sammy Price Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Joanie Sommers Positively The Most / The Voice of the 60s / For Those Who Think Young Fresh Sound

Alex Welsh It’s Right Here For You / Echoes of Chicago Vocalion

 

Books and DVDs

Walk Tall: The Music And Life Of Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley Cary Ginell Hal Leonard

Gregg Akkerman The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story Scarecrow Press

Sammy Rimington: A Life in Pictures Sammy and Louis Rimington Falt/Blood and Tears Productions

Bill Frisell The Disfarmer Project A Film By Guillaume Dero Wienerworld

Marc Cary – For the Love of Abbey ★★★★

Motéma | Marc Cary (p). Rec. March 2012

The soulful pianist Marc Cary is a long time New York resident who has worked with everyone from high-level American mainstream post-boppers such as Stefon Harris and Roy Hargrove (who featured on some of Cary’s own recordings in the mid-1990s) through to the hip hop legend Q-Tip and neo-soul diva Erykah Badu. But right up there with the career highlights so far are his alliances with jazz vocalists, and not just any jazz vocalists: Cary spent a few years in the 1980s and 90s on tour with Betty Carter before starting a 12-year stint with Abbey Lincoln that lasted until 2006. That’s where this recording comes in; it’s a solo piano set dedicated to Lincoln – the singer and her songs – who passed away in 2010.

Released on the Harlem-based Motéma label, Cary’s playing is packed with drama: orchestral-like ripples and flourishes, richly sustained chords, tremolos and pedal points, but the pianist is also grounded in the earthy rhythms and incantatory folk-melody of the African-American tradition, with McCoy Tyner an important influence on his playing. Yet at the same time he is able to capture the essence of Lincoln’s 13 songs here, and their piercing melancholy (Duke Ellington’s ‘Melancholia’ previously released by Cary, is the odd exception but he says Lincoln loved to hear him play it), much of it drawn from her post-1990s recordings for Verve. The most well known among them are the wonderful, and much loved, ‘Music is the Magic’ and ‘Throw it Away’. The best advice would be to get to know something of Lincoln’s back catalogue first for a more thorough understanding of where Cary’s passionate love letter to the lady is coming from.

– Selwyn Harris

Sam Crowe Group – Towards the Centre of Everything ★★★★

Whirlwind Recordings WR4632
Sam Crowe (p, Fender Rhodes, kys), Will Vinson (as), Adam Waldmann (ss), Will Davies (g), Alan Hampton (b, el b), Mark Guiliana (d) and Emilia Mårtensson (v). Rec. February 2012

With his remarkably assured debut Synaesthesia in 2011, the Londonbased pianist Sam Crowe looked like a young man with a big future as a bandleader. As with his sax sideman Adam Waldmann, he is an openminded contemporary musician but with a love of soulful, song-like melody. An ex-Trinity student, Crowe kicks on with an even more impressive effort that has a real drive and free-flow energy about it. That’s got something to do with the turnaround in personnel. Joining up are a few young New York heavyweights, primarily the rhythm section of Gretchen Parlato sideman Alan Hampton on bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. Waldmann sounds excellent on soprano and shares horn duties with the more rhythmically intense, bop-orientated British New Yorker Will Vinson on alto.

The John Taylor-influenced pianist’s background on the Bristol scene comes a little to the foreground on the updated acoustic drum ’n’ bass-ish ‘The Global Brain’ and there are nods to Radiohead via Brad Mehldau on ‘Back Into the Earth’ that also features Emilia Mårtensson’s wordless vocal as well as an excellent contribution from the Pat Metheny-esque guitarist Will Davies. Crowe’s themes are deceptively simple, built on briefly outlined vamps and melodies, but perfectly set up a fluidity in group interplay for the improvisational passages. Thoroughly recommended.

– Selwyn Harris

Jazzwise June 2013 Issue CD Reviews List

All these albums are reviewed in the JUNE 2013 issue of Jazzwise – to read them all click here to subscribe here and get a FREE CD. 

New Releases

Eric Alexander Touching Highnote

Monty Alexander Uplift2 Jazz Productions

Barry Altschul The 3dom Factor TUM TUM

Darcy Jones Argue's Secret Society Brooklyn Babylon

The Callum Au Big Band (May holdover) Something's Coming

Roger Beaujolais Mind The Gap Stay Tuned

Mario Biondi Sun Sony

Samuel Blaser Quartet As The Sea Hatology

Alex Cline For People In Sorrow Cryogrampohone

Neil Cowley Trio Live at Montreux 2012 Eagle Rock

Mats Eilertsen Trio Sails Set Hubro

Fofoulah Bene Bop EP Loop Records

Wycliffe Gordon Dreams of New Orleans Chesky

Drew Gress The Sky Inside Pirouet

Giovanni Guidi Trio (May holdover) City of Broken Dreams ECM

Mary Halvorson / Stephan Crump Super Eight Intakt

Bruno Heinen Sextet Tierkreis Babel

Julia Hulsmann In Full View ECM

Kari Ikonen Trio Bright Ozella Music

Jaga Jazzist / Britten Sinfonia Live with Britten Sinfonia Ninja Tune

Johannesson, Schultz and Berglund featuring Jacob Karlzon (May holdover) Cause and Effect Prophone PCD

Kairos 4tet Everything We Hold Naim Edge

Peter King/Alan Skidmore Forever Elvin Miles Music MMCD

Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Emanuele Maniscalco Third Reel ECM

Christian McBride and Inside Straight People Music Mack Avenue

Cecile McLorin Salvant WomanChild Mack Avenue

Metamorphic Coalescence F-re Presents

Pat Metheny John Zorn's Tap: The Book Of Angels Vol. 20 Nonesuch/Tzadik

Roscoe Mitchel Duets With Tyshawn Sorey And Special Guest Hugh Ragin Wide Hive

China Moses & Raphael Lemonnier Crazy Blues Decca

Moss Project What Do You See What You Close Your Eyes? Babel

Vincent Peirani Thrill Box ACT

Enrico Pieranunzi with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian Live at the Village Vanguard Cam Jazz

Jeremy Pelt Water and Earth High Note

Liro Rantala, Leszek Mozdzer, Michael Wollny Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic I ACT

Joshua Redman Walking Shadows Elektra PRO

Michael Rodriguez Reverence Criss Cross Jazz

Matthias Schriefl Six, Alps & Jazz ACT

Jaleel Shaw The Soundtrack of Things to Come Changu Records

Alex Sipiagin Overlooking Moments Criss Cross Jazz

Soft Machine Legacy Burden Of Proof Esotetic Antenna EANTCD

Martin Speaker (May holdover) Always a First Time Pumpin Records

Craig Taborn Chants ECM

Chuco Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers Border-Free Jazz Village

Various (May holdover) Just Not Cricket! Ni Vu Ni Connu

Tim Warfield (May holdover) Eye of the Beholder Criss Cross Criss

 

Short Cuts New

Perluigi Balducci Blue from Heaven Doicilune

Bluey Leap of Faith Dome

Gail Brand / Morgan Guberman Dig a Ditch and Get in Regardless

Sarah Gillespie Glory Days Pastiche

Harvie S Witchcraft Savant

Joyce Moreno Tudo Far Out

J's Bee Isotope Far Out

Dave King I've Been Ringing You Sunnyside

Ivan Lins/SWR Big Band Cornucopia Moosicus

Marbin Last Chapter of Dreaming Moonjune

Bill McHenry La Peur Du Vide Sunnyside

Maurizio Minandi The Cook the Clown the Monk and the Accordionist Belagor

Mo' Blow Gimmie the Boots ACT

Next Collective Coverart Concord

New York Voices Live Palmetto

Aruan Ortiz & the Camerata Urbana Ensemble Santiarican Blues Suite Sunnyside

Ron Oswanski December's Moon

Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet Pao Records

Thought-Fox My Guess Diatribe

Phil Woods Right To Swing Jazzed Media

 

Reissues Album Reviews

Louis Armstrong The OKeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings

Art Ensemble Of Chicago A Jackson In Your/A Message To Our Folks/Reese And The Smooth Ones Charly

Miles Davis Four Classic Albums Avid

Tommy Flanagan/Jaki Byard The Magic of 2: Live At Keystone Korner

Gilberto Gil Original Album Series Warner International

Dexter Gordon (May holdover) The Complete Columbia Albums Columbia

Tony Kinsey The Tony Kinsey Collection Acrobat

Milton Nascimento Original Album Series Warner Music

William Russo/Kenny Baker (May Holdover) Russo In London Kenny Baker-Blowing Up A storm Vocalion

Bessie Smith the Complete Columbia Recordings Sony Music

Leon Thomas (May Holdover) The Creator 1969-73 The Best Of The Flyiong Dutchman Masters

McCoy Tyner (April hold over) Inception + Reaching Fourth American Jazz Classics

Various Jazzactuel Charly

Various Artists Jazz from London 1957 Acrobat Music

 

Short Cuts - Reissues June 2013

Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Hoodoo

Arnett Cobb Party Time / Moore Party Tim / Movin' Right Alone

Nat King Cole and Quincy Jones Live in Zurich 1960

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Ballads for Lovers Midnight

Urbie Green Five Classic Albums Avid

Coleman Hawkins The Hawk Swings Fresh Sound

Illnois Jacquet Swing's The Thing Essential Jazz Classics

Ramsey Lewis Trio Perform a Tribute to Clifford Brown Solar

Thelonius Monk Two Hours with Thelonius Fresh Sound

Elis Regina Original Album Series Warner

George Shearing The George Shearing Collection Acrobat

Zoot Sims New Beat Boss Nova 1 and 2 American Jazz Classics

Cal Tjader Live at Club Macumba, S.F., 1956 Acrobat

Ben Webster Live in Vienna 1972 Domino

Jazzwise May 2013 Issue CD Reviews List

All these albums are reviewed in the May 2013 issue of Jazzwise – to read them all click here to subscribe here and get a FREE CD.

New Releases

‘Killer’ Ray Appleton Naptown Legacy Hollistic Music Works HMW

Jacob Anderskov with Agnostic Revelations Granular Alchemy ILK ILK

Dominic Alldis Trio A Childhood Suite CANZONA

The New Gary Burton Quartet Guided Tour Mack Avenue

Berserk Berserk! RareNoise Records

Lionel Beuvens Trinite Igloo

Patricia Barber Smash Decca

Stefano Battaglia Trio Songways ECM

The Creole Choir of Cuba Santiman Real World Records

Dave Douglas Quintet Time Travel Greenleaf

The Paul Dunlea Group bi-polAR Spin Cycle

Kit Downes Light From Old Stars Basho

Splashgirl Field Day Rituals Hubro

Kevin Harris Project Museum Vol. 1 Kevinharrisproject.com

Maya Homburger/Barry Guy Tales of Enchantment Intakt

Nigel Hitchcock Smoothitch Smoothitch

Florence Joelle Stealing Flowers Ace Records

Joe Lovano Us Five Cross Culture Blue Note

Christian Muthspiel Seaven Teares (A Tribute to John Dowland) ACT ACT

Corey Mwamba / Dave Kane / Joshua Blackmore Don’t Overthink It Rice RICE

Youn Sun Nah Lento ACT

Marius Neset Birds Edition

Portico Quartet Live/Remix Real World

Quercus Quercus ECM

radio.string.quartet.vienna Posting Joe: Celebrating Weather Report - Live ACT

Antonio Sanchez New Life CamJazz CAMJ

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra In The Spirit of the Duke Spartacus ST

Anthony Strong Stepping Out Naive NJ

Splashgirl Field Day Rituals Hubro

Alexi Tuomarila Trio Seven Hills Edition

David Weiss & Point Of Departure Venture Inward Posi-Tone


Short Cuts// New Releases

Tobias Becker Big Band Life Stream Neu Klang

Noah Preminger Haymaker Palmetto

Iva Bittová Iva Bittová ECM

Joe Clark Big Band Lush Jazzed Media

Stanley Cowell It’s Time Steeplechase

Gabriela Friedli Trio Started Intakt

Wycliffe Gordon The Intimate Ellington Criss Cross

Stephane Huchard Panamerican Jazz Village

Jang Jing and Christy Doran No. 9 Leo

The Kandinsky Effect Synesthesia Cuneiform

Alexey Krugov Russian Folksongs in the Key of Jazz Leo

Myriad 3 Tell Alma

Reijseger Fraanje Sylla Down Deep Winter & Winter

The Ben Riley Quartet Grown Folks Music Sunnyside

The Sidewinders A Little Busy Igloo

Sonar A Flaw of Nature Ronin Rhythm Records

Luciana Souza The Book of Chet Sunnyside

Branco Stoysin Alone Sun Recordings

Usonic Diversion Groove4dayzrecords

Anna Webber Percussive Mechanics Pirouet

Sarah Jane Weston Hey Love www.sarahjaneweston.com

Mark Wingfield/Rene Von Grunig Cinema Obscura Dark Energy

Reissues/Archive // A-Z

Azymuth Light As A Feather: Remixed & Remastered Far Out Records Faro

Peter Brotzmann Trio For Adolphe Sax Atavistic UMS

Instant Composers Pool Complete Boxed Catalogue Buzz

Miles Davis Quiet Nights + Sketches Of Spain Essential Jazz Classics EJC

Duke Ellington/ John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Essential Jazz Classics

Bill Evans Empathy + Pikes Peak Essential Jazz Classic EJC

Gil Evans Four Classic Albums Avid AMSC

Victor Feldman Swinging on a Star Candid Collectors Series

Stan Getz Quartet At Birdland 1961 Fresh Sounds

Benny Golson Quartets Free + Turning Point Poll Winners

Coleman Hawkins Desafinado/Bluesy Burrell MJR

Tubby Hayes Little Giant Steps Properbox

Instant Composers Pool Complete Boxed Catalogue Buzz

Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Presenting/Live At the Village Vanguard/Big Band Sound

Shelly Manne 2-3-4 Poll Winners

Wes Montgomery Full House – The Complete Session Essential Jazz Classics

Charlie Parker The Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts Jazz Dynamics

Art Pepper Smack Up Essential Jazz Classics

Oscar Peterson Night Train Poll Winners

Wayne Shorter The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Columbia/Legacy

Lem Winchester New Faces At Newport/A Tribute To Clifford Brown Fresh Sounds

Winchester Special/ Another Opus Fresh Sounds

With Feeling/Oliver Nelson-Nocturn/Etta Jones-Something Now Fresh Sounds

Short Cuts // Reissues

Cannonball Adderley Cannonball's Bossa Nova Essential Jazz Classics

Count Basie Basie Plays Hefti Phoenix

Sidney Bechet / Mezz Mezzrow The King Jazz Records Story Storyville

Benny Bailey / Phil Woods Big Brass / Rights of Swing Fresh Sound

Dizzy Gillepsie On the French Riviera / New Wave Essential Jazz Classics

Inez Jones Have you met...Fresh Sound

Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Presenting/Live At the Village Vanguard/Big Band sound BGO

Julie London Sings Latin in a Satin Mood Harkit

Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Fresh Sound

Shelly Manne 2-3-4 Poll Winners

Wes Montgomery Full House - The Complete Session Essential Jazz Classics

Anita O'day And The Three Sounds / Time for 2 Essential Jazz Classics

Charlie Parker Bird and Diz Essential Classics

Charlie Parker Complete Bird at the Bandbox RLR

Dave Pell Four Classic Albums Avid

Johnny Pisano / Billy Bean Makin' It/Take Your Pick Fresh Sound

JFK Quartet New Jazz Frontiers from Washington / Young Ideas Fresh Sounds

Django Reinhardt The Last Studio Sessions Essential Jazz Classics

Bud Shank Four Classic Albums Avid

Bud Shank and Clare Fischer Bossa Nova Jazz Samba / Brasamba! Solar

John Young Trios Fresh Sound

West Hill Blast Quartet Blast No 1 Foolproof Projects

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