Long regarded as among the most notable and, in recent decades, most collectable albums in British jazz history, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet EMI/Columbia recordings are to be reissued on vinyl for the first time since they were released in the 1960s. Produced by Denis Preston at the famous Lansdowne Studios in London’s Holland Park, crucible of many landmark UK jazz albums as well as recordings by a broad arc of names from Shirley Bassey and Acker Bilk to John Lennon, Queen and the Sex Pistols, The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 is released as a five LP box set on 16 November by Jazzman Records and includes Shades Of Blue (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase 111 (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969).

This acclaimed post-hard bop quintet featured Don Rendell on tenor and soprano sax and flute; Ian Carr, trumpet and flugelhorn; Colin Purbrook replaced by Michael Garrick, piano; Dave Green, bass, and Trevor Tomkins, drums, and were active during a period of substantial musical and cultural change in the UK where musicians were concentrating solely on their own compositions while absorbing an esoteric range of influences rather than relying on standards and mainstream repertoire. Carr and Garrick in particular were pushing forward and by the quintet’s final two albums were already signposting the next stage of their careers, which would take them in even more progressive directions.

All of these Rendell/Carr titles were reissued on CD by the BGO label between 2004-2010, but it’s taken Jazzman’s Gerald Short 20 years of research and negotiation to license and reissue these albums on vinyl, thwarted along the way by missing original documentation and Universal’s takeover of EMI. All albums have been remastered from the original analogue tapes at Abbey Road studios, are pressed on high quality vinyl and presented in exact replicas of the original album sleeves. The box set also includes a booklet containing liner notes by BBC Radio 3 presenter and Jazzwise writer, Alyn Shipton, who penned the sleeve notes for the BGO reissue CDs, along with previously unseen photos and interviews with Dave Green and Trevor Tomkins.

Hopefully, with the release of this important box set, the way will be cleared for other sought-after titles from EMI/Columbia’s 1960s Lansdowne Series jazz albums to be reissued on vinyl, including vital titles by Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Mike Taylor Trio, and Amancio D’Silva, among others.

Jon Newey

For more info visit www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk

It's been something of an annus mirabilis for the vocalist, lyricist and producer Georgia Mancio. Marking her eighteenth anniversary as a professional musician, 2018 has seen her nominated for Best Vocalist in both the Parliamentary and British Jazz Awards, play her first US dates with her esteemed songwriting partner Alan Broadbent, record a new album with pianist and composer Kate Williams (Finding Home, due for release in 2019), as well as present the second edition of her mini festival, Hang.

Presented in one of London's most intimate venues, this opening night of Hang #2 featured a mouth-watering triple bill of duets: a celebration of female writers with pianist and composer Nikki Iles, a homage to vocalist and songwriter Abbey Lincoln with harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, plus a welcome reunion with pianist and songwriter Tom Cawley, revisiting songs from their 2014 ReVoice! collaboration.

The evening found Mancio at the height of her appreciable powers, with tempos perfectly chosen, phrasing that served to heighten the song's narrative, and an ever deepening expressive range. There was a palpable sense, too, of a genuine musical conversation unfolding and the joy of discovering new interpretative approaches.

The opening set highlighted both the plaintive beauty and communicative power of Iles' pianism. It included a UK premiere from the duo, a captivating new song, 'From Me To You', penned by Mancio and her aforementioned Songbook partner, Broadbent, as a touching tribute to Mancio's late father-in-law, Peter Vaughan. Co-written by Iles and the great Norma Winstone, and recorded by them on The Printmakers' fine 2015 album Westerley, the arresting opening of 'Tideway' possessed the ethereal weightlessness of a Debussy prelude, with Mancio imitating the soughing of the wind over Iles' gently rippling backdrop.

The Mancio/Bzhezhinska set included a terrific reading of Lincoln's best loved standard, 'Throw It Away', with Mancio deftly employing a tube of peppercorns as a subtle percussive backdrop, as well as affecting takes on 'Bird Alone' and 'Caged Bird', with Bzhezhinska's sparkling glissandos, trills and tremolos adding immeasurably to the timbral palette.

In the third and final set featuring Tom Cawley, it was a real pleasure to hear the pair's gorgeous waltz, 'Bendita', again – a song of rare eloquence and one of the highlights of Mancio's 2015 release Live at Revoice! With Cawley's wide-ranging stylistic palette referencing everything from Randy Newman to Robert Glasper, the pair also premiered 'Mary', a striking portrait of Mancio's maternal grandmother whose Aryan looks and perfect German enabled her to smuggle messages for the Italian partisans in World War II, at the tender age of 19. With all four musicians taking the stage, and Cawley dusting down his melodica chops, Sheila Jordan's 'The Crossing' provided the apposite encore.

Hang concludes this evening at Pizza Express Jazz Club.

– Peter Quinn

– Photo by Tim Dickeson

The second edition of the Mondriaan Jazz Festival takes place this weekend on Saturday 13 October, and features stellar line-up of cutting edge jazz from artists from the UK, US and Europe. Programmed by The Good Music company's Mike Bindraban and Henk Koolen, the packed programme runs across four stages as well as foyer and lounge spaces at the Paard van Troje music venue in The Hague, Holland.

The line-up boasts a strong contingent from Chicago's resurgent jazz scene with a super-group led by hotly-tipped drummer Makaya McCraven who headlines the main stage with his Universal Beings band, which features violinist (and Thundercat collaborator) Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, harpist Brandee Younger, influential guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), MOBO award winning UK saxophonist Soweto Kinch, bassist Junius Paul and cornetist Ben Lamar Gay.

Further headliners include Indo-jazz drummer Sameer Gupta's mesmerising large ensemble, Brooklyn Raga Massive; while in-demand drummer Marcus Gilmore leads his electronica-inspired Silhouwav band, with a guest appearance be fiery saxophonist Casey Benjamin alongside acclaimed keyboadist David Virells and Japanese classical/electronics prodigy BigYuki. Other names on the bill to look out for include fast emerging UK singer Yazmin Lacey; Vulfpeck funk-fusion guitarist Cory Wong; Blue Note-signed trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire; LA-based virtuoso fusion band Spirit Fingers; leading Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen's strings-led group Time Is A Blind Guide plus a closing set from revered Australian improve trio, The Necks.

The line-up also includes DJ sets taking place in the venue foyer, with additional discussions with Jeff Parker and Makaya McCraven on the Chicago scene plus an interview with acclaimed jazz writer Ashley Kahn.

– Mike Flynn

For full programme details and tickets visit www.mondriaanjazz.nl

This exciting initiative taken by London-based vocalist Filomena Campus is the best possible advert for cross-cultural exchange at a time of internal strife in Europe. Billed as 'Alghero incontra Londra' the meeting of musicians from the enchantingly beautiful Sardinian city of Alghero and the dizzying metropolis that is London produces a pleasing contrast of styles as well as proof of the value of spontaneous collaboration. Staged at Poco Loco, a well-appointed restaurant with a spacious stage and good acoustics the double bill presents local players, bassist Salvatore Maltana and guitarist Marcello Peghin as well as British visitors, Black Top, aka pianist Pat Thomas and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson. The two duos are ably representative of their respective heartlands. Each has its own take on a wide range of traditions.

IMG 0055-2

Maltana and Peghin (above) are players upholding a long lineage of European musicians who embrace improvisation while referencing a folk heritage that is rich to say the least. Having said that both the jazz and western pop culture of these musicians is anything but superficial and Peghin's affinity to the work of Wayne Shorter and Neil Young makes him an artist with a substantial stylistic well from which to draw. His touch is assured and his alternation of bulbous, resonant chords, enhanced by a broad necked 10-string guitar, and fleet, serpentine single note lines brings a fair amount of detail to the table. Maltana's upright bass is perhaps a touch underpowered at first but soon settles info fruitful dialogue with Peghin in which melodies are clearly articulated and solos bring out the woody timbres of the two acoustic instruments.

Much anticipation greets Black Top primarily because it is a largely unknown quantity in Sardinia, and Thomas and Robinson's setup – synthesizers and iPads as well as piano and vibraphone make it clear that the musicians will be delving into electronics and quotidian sound as well as lending themselves to on-the-spot creativity. There are a few stares of bemusement at the first part of the performance as Robinson triggers myriad spoken word samples and effects and the music takes shape slowly from a series of atmospheric soundscapes that snap and crackle away, conjuring up the sense of a radio show in which voices spark into life at unpredictable junctures. Organically, arrangements dip and swerve but when Robinson takes a ferocious fizzing vibes solo there is a release of tension from the audience as it finally recognizes something that might be called jazz, or the virtuosity synonymous with it.

IMG 0110-2

As abstract as the music is a great amount of groove drops in and out of earshot, pushing the music into the African-Caribbean rhythmic waters beholden to the identity of the group, and making it clear that the avant-garde with which Thomas and Robinson are largely associated has always engaged with populism since the days of Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk's sprightly forays into calypso. The audience warms further to the theme but there are still a few raised eyebrows over the fact that Black Top pumps up the volume in a way that may be alien to most patrons in a seated venue. It's a fascinating spectacle to see some heads, acclimatising to the extra decibels, starting to nod as the raucous riffing of which both the players are more than capable, takes a hold. If there were any resistance to some of the harder edges of Black Top's sound then, as Campus (above with Robinson) herself stated, that was no bad thing, given that challenging as well as engaging audiences is an essential part of her remit. When all four musicians come together to play a short set at the end of the evening there is also a degree of wrestling with ideas as they search for common ground, with the digital beats eliciting a tougher modal attack from Maltana and strident rhythm work from Peghin. The novel quartet finds a vamp and then twists it into more staggered time before dissolving into a shower of haunting sounds. The encounter is a bracing one, and the presence of several local musicians and dignitaries such as mayor Mario Bruno reflects the importance of the project.

Luckily for British audiences the circle will be complete when the Sardinians come to London in November for two nights at Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club where they will be joined by Black Top and several other notable guests such as Cleveland Watkiss, Rod Youngs, Steve Lodder and Marta Capponi.

– Kevin Le Gendre

– Photos by Carl Hyde

Filomena Campus' Theatralia Jazz Festival takes place on 13-14 November at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean street, Soho, London, W1D 3RW - for more info visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com

JeanToussaint LWorms 3

Jazz In The Round promoters Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson must have scoured the South in their search for suitably-shaped venues to accommodate their expanding vision; St Mary's In The Rock, a semi-circular Regency church hollowed out of the Hastings cliffs, fits the bill perfectly as a setting for this festival celebrating emerging UK jazz. There's a respectful and attentive crowd of native Hastings bohos and down-from-London types, a live artist capturing the event in acrylic and canvas, and the customary earnestly pedagogical introduction from Phillips and Nelson, as the Arthur O'Hara Trio kick off proceedings. Their stripped-back sound is energetic and angular, but with a firm grip on melody – edging close to post-rock thanks to O'Hara's retro sounding Precision bass, forceful melodic riffing, and an overall sense of what one might call exultant melancholy common to the genre. Chelsea Carmichael's tenor sax is full-voiced and accurate, and her control of dynamics sets the pace. The tunes are spacious and deceptively simple, but the bare bones reveal a carefully assembled framework on which the trio hang compositions that are ambitious in emotional scope. 'Oasis' lets drummer Ed Harley demonstrate his chops, and builds up a real head of steam.

Tim Doyle, aka Chiminyo, follows with a solo performance combining junglist drumming with triggered electronics to create a one-man rave. His ingeniously programmed, dub-step flavoured compositions also show off his more-than-decent skills as a drummer and draw warm applause and even spontaneous outbreaks of dancing.

Elder statesman Jean Toussaint is here with a band of young proteges, recounting his own experience as a tyro of Art Blakey – "We learned by doing – if you make a mistake, make it loud, and you won't do it again!" he recalls. The acoustic of the room magnifies his already enormous sound, now burnished into a deep, glorious purr, as Daniel Casimir on bass and Ben Brown on drums set up a pulsing ostinato that shifts gear into a magisterial modal workout. Mark Kavuma (pictured above, with Toussaint) on trumpet looks impossibly, cartoonishly hip in his stylish threads, his tone brassy and declamatory enough to match the leader's own. 'Vera Cruz', by Milton Nascimento via Wayne Shorter, features a smouldering solo by Kavuma – if Toussaint's playing contains elements of Shorter's, there are surely echoes of early 1970s Miles in the way Kavuma spits out shreds of sound and long, slashing notes that cut into the silence as Brown brings the drums to a polyrhythmic simmer. Toussaint takes the band up to the mountaintop and gently back down again.

There are features for pianist Albert Palau, with a fast-paced seven-count rendition of 'Beatrice' demonstrating his seamless incorporation of language from the contemporary classical repertoire and awesome lightness of touch, and Casimir has a wonderfully creative solo on ''Round Midnight', before Toussaint leads the band into a joyous closing vamp that causes further outbreaks of dancing. Jazz In The Round are leading the charge of new British jazz; tonight's wonderfully eclectic, uniformly excellent bill outlines their vision; this festival is richly deserving of everyone's support and should surely return next year.

Eddie Myer
– Photo by Lisa Wormsley 

Page 4 of 252

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

If you do not change browser settings, you consent to continue. Learn more

I understand

Breaking News

Ben LaMar Gay Breaks Back Of Chicagoan Post-Jazz With Melancholic OTO Matinee

Ben LaMar Gay Breaks Back Of Chicagoan P…

A wet afternoon in the 'Big Smoke' is brightened by...

Read More.....
Shepp Sharp, Fiery and Free at Enjoy Fest

Shepp Sharp, Fiery and Free at Enjoy Fes…

The Enjoy Jazz festival is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary...

Read More.....
Baker On A Roll As Her Eden Project Pays Tribute To Ed Blackwell At Brunswick

Baker On A Roll As Her Eden Project Pays…

  Lorraine Baker recorded one of the season's freshest sounding releases...

Read More.....
Freestage Stars Ready To Fire Up EFG London Jazz Festival

Freestage Stars Ready To Fire Up EFG Lon…

With the full programme confirmed for this year's EFG London...

Read More.....
Sons of Kemet: Kinetic and Chaotic at Komedia

Sons of Kemet: Kinetic and Chaotic at Ko…

There is already a sense of excitement in the air...

Read More.....
Henri Texier, Denys Baptiste, Ghost Note and AEC heat up 37th Tampere Jazz Happening

Henri Texier, Denys Baptiste, Ghost Note…

The 37th edition of what is a key date on...

Read More.....
Dave Holland's Aziza Up The Ante At Ronnie's

Dave Holland's Aziza Up The Ante At Ronn…

The old joke that the audience will have a chance...

Read More.....
Art Ensemble and Mary Halvorson among the hair-raising turns at Berlin Fest humdinger

Art Ensemble and Mary Halvorson among th…

The English music critic Richard Williams finished his three-year stint...

Read More.....
A Melting Pot Of Sounds – Pelin Opcin talks about the EFG London Jazz Festival

A Melting Pot Of Sounds – Pelin Opcin ta…

Alyn Shipton spoke to Pelin Opcin, the EFG London Jazz...

Read More.....
Roy Hargrove – 16/10/69 – 2/11/18

Roy Hargrove – 16/10/69 – 2/11/18

Although several of his legendary predecessors met their maker while...

Read More.....
Victor Wooten puts the bass on top at Ronnie Scott’s

Victor Wooten puts the bass on top at Ro…

No one really noticed the quiet, contemplative figure who was...

Read More.....
Love Supreme Jazz Festival launches new monthly music series

Love Supreme Jazz Festival launches new …

With the first names still be announced for the 2019...

Read More.....
Alexander Hawkins heads up Emulsion Fest Part VII

Alexander Hawkins heads up Emulsion Fest…

The seventh installment of the genre-busting Emulsion Festival is set...

Read More.....
Shirley Tetteh, Denys Baptiste and Ian Shaw among Parliamentary Jazz Award winners

Shirley Tetteh, Denys Baptiste and Ian S…

The winners of the 14th annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards took...

Read More.....
Omar Puente and Steam Down Collective for Albany

Omar Puente and Steam Down Collective fo…

South London's longstanding music and arts venue, The Albany, has...

Read More.....
Up From The Vaults: Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet Albums Back on Vinyl

Up From The Vaults: Don Rendell/Ian Carr…

Long regarded as among the most notable and, in recent...

Read More.....
Georgia Mancio's triumphant triple bill at second Pizza Hang

Georgia Mancio's triumphant triple bill …

It's been something of an annus mirabilis for the vocalist...

Read More.....
Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, The Necks and Ambrose Akinmusire make moves at Mondriaan Jazz Fest

Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, The …

The second edition of the Mondriaan Jazz Festival takes place...

Read More.....
Black Top boogie on down for Sardinian Extravaganza

Black Top boogie on down for Sardinian E…

This exciting initiative taken by London-based vocalist Filomena Campus is...

Read More.....
UK Seers Foresee Future Homegrown Visions At Jazz In The Round's Emergence Fest

UK Seers Foresee Future Homegrown Vision…

Jazz In The Round promoters Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson...

Read More.....
Julian Siegel and Renegade Brass light up Limerick Jazz Festival

Julian Siegel and Renegade Brass light u…

This year's festival was perhaps short on surprises, compared to...

Read More.....
Dayes Of Future Past As Yussef Dazzles At Brighton's Haunt

Dayes Of Future Past As Yussef Dazzles A…

The bouncer outside is busy checking ID and handing out...

Read More.....
Gobbling Gourmet On Finnish Baltic Sea Jazz Cruise

Gobbling Gourmet On Finnish Baltic Sea J…

Most jazz cruises skim through moist Caribbean parts, proffering smooth...

Read More.....
New York group SUM premiere ‘Sinking Sand’ video

New York group SUM premiere ‘Sinking San…

Fast emerging New York group SUM bring together jazz, soul...

Read More.....
Claire Martin and Liane Carroll top JBGB autumn jazz line-up

Claire Martin and Liane Carroll top JBGB…

There's a busy jazz line-up at the Other Palace, PizzaExpress...

Read More.....
Guadeloupean Drummer Dolmen Goes For Gwoka At French Institute

Guadeloupean Drummer Dolmen Goes For Gwo…

The World Is Moving is an apt title for this...

Read More.....
Riot Jazz Brass Band for ISM Trust's The Empowered Musician Conference

Riot Jazz Brass Band for ISM Trust's The…

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) Trust are holding a...

Read More.....
Bishop Bones Up In Glasgow

Bishop Bones Up In Glasgow

Chicagoan trombonist Jeb Bishop (Vandermark 5/Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet/Globe Unity...

Read More.....
Szun Waves share new video for ‘Moon Runes’

Szun Waves share new video for ‘Moon Run…

Jazztronica trio Szun Waves have just released the video for...

Read More.....
Flying Machines Video Exclusive – ‘New Life’

Flying Machines Video Exclusive – ‘New L…

Guitarist Alex Munk returns in emphatic style with his hard-driving...

Read More.....
Elliot Galvin, Cherise Adams-Burnett and Fini Bearman for Elgar Room jazz fest nights

Elliot Galvin, Cherise Adams-Burnett and…

The Royal Albert Hall's venue-within-a-venue, The Elgar Room, has a...

Read More.....
EFG renews title sponsorship, Jazz Voice stars, Rymden and Jamie Baum for EFG London Jazz Fest

EFG renews title sponsorship, Jazz Voice…

The full programme for this year's EFG London Jazz Festival...

Read More.....
Tim Berne/Matt Mitchell Duo and Sheila Maurice-Grey vibe up The Vortex

Tim Berne/Matt Mitchell Duo and Sheila M…

There's a plethora of essential jazz nights lined up at...

Read More.....
Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 Nominees Announced

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 Nominees …

The nominations have been announced for this year's Parliamentary Jazz...

Read More.....
Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet Video Premiere and Jazz Cafe Debut

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet Video Premiere…

Polish bassist Wojtek Mazolewski brings his acclaimed Quintet to the...

Read More.....
Nils Petter Molvaer lights up Ystad Festival with magical dawn chorus

Nils Petter Molvaer lights up Ystad Fest…

For this year's Ystad jazz festival the spotlight was on...

Read More.....


Subcribe To Jazzwise

Advertisement

Call 0800 137201 to subscribe or click here to email the subscriptions team

Get in touch

Jazzwise Magazine,
St. Judes Church,
Dulwich Road, 
Herne Hill,
London, SE24 0PD.

0208 677 0012

Latest Tweets

Ben LaMar Gay Breaks Back Of Chicagoan Post-Jazz With Melancholic OTO Matinee https://t.co/fA7tFkKrPh @Cafeoto… https://t.co/1jdRD6efnu
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
Shepp Sharp, Fiery and Free at Enjoy Fest https://t.co/HJ53ZayzCb @impulselabel @_enjoyjazz @dense_pr @thrilljockey https://t.co/e31nTYW2tF
Follow Us - @Jazzwise

Newsletter

© 2016 MA Business & Leisure Ltd registered in England and Wales number 02923699 Registered office: Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5HN . Designed By SE24 MEDIA