Jazzwise July 2015 Issue Albums Reviewed List

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New Releases

JD Allen Graffiti Savant

Atomic Lucidity Jazzland

Babelfish Chasing Rainbows Moletone Records

The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman The Bad Plus Joshua Redman Nonesuch

Jerry Bergonzi Rigmaroll Savant

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil You’ve been Watching Me ECM

Ron Carter/WDR Big Band My Personal Songbook In + Out

The Chicago Reed Quartet Western Automatic Aerophonic

Hayden Chisholm Breve Pirouet Records

Romain Collin Press Enter ACT

Stanley Cowell Juneteenth Vision Fugitive

Renato D’Aiello Satori, The Angel 33 JAZZ 251

Al Di Meola Elysium Inakustic

Kit Downes Tricko Coup Perdu

Kurt Elling Passion World Concord Jazz

Emanative The Light Years Of The Darkness Brownswood/The Steve Reid Foundation

Entropi New Era F-IRE Presents

Sean Foran Frame of Reference Jazzhead

Robert Glasper Trio Covered Blue Note

Milford Graves and Bill Laswell Space/Time – Redemption

Joe Locke Love is a Pendulum Motéma Music

Alexander Hawkins Trio Alexander Hawkins Trio Alexander Hawkins Music

Mark Hellas Open Loose The Signal Maker Intakt

Mikko Innanen/William Parker/Andrew Cyrille Song For A New Decade TUM

Billy Jenkins Death, Ritual and Resonation VOTP

Juliet Kelly Spellbound Stories Purple Stiletto Records

David Lyttle Faces Lyte Records

Merzbow/Mats Gustafsson/Balázs Pándi/Thurston Moore Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper RareNoise

Wolfgang Muthspiel Vienna, World Material Records

Ivo Neame Strata Whirlwind

Liam Noble A Room Somewhere Basho

Oz Noy Asian Twistz Abstract Logix

Gerardo Núñez/ Ulf Wakenius Jazzpaña Live ACT

Gary Peacock Trio Now This ECM

Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes At The Watermill Woodville

The Printmakers Westerly Basho Records

Paul Riley Quintet Into View Jellymould

Indra Rios-Moore Heartland Impulse!

Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio Symbiosis Dogwithabone Music

Ntjam Rosie The One Gentle Daze

The Spanish Donkey Raoul RareNoise

Omar Sosa Quarteto Afro Cubano Ilé Ota

Anthony Strong On A Clear Day Naïve

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band Strut Strut

David Torn Only Sky ECM

Various 3 Nights At Cafe Oto Matchless

Tim Warfield Spherical – Dedicated to Thelonious Sphere Monk Criss Cross Jazz

Kenny Werner The Melody Pirouet

Ben Williams Coming Of Age Concord

Wolf & Clark Expedition 2 Random Records

Zeitgeist Zeitgeist Zeitgeist UK

Shortcuts- New Releases

Luca Aquino OverDoors Tuk Music                      

Uli Beckerhoff Heroes Dot Time Records

John Butcher Nigemizu Uchimizu

Anat Cohen Luminosa Anzic Records

Crump/Halvorson Secret Keeper Emerge Intakt

Aaron Diehl Space Time Continuum Mack Avenue

Lorenzo Feliciati Koi Rare Noise Records

Andy Galore Out & About Motéma

Theo Jackson Shoeless and the Girl Dot Time Records

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic IV Accordion Night ACT

Nicole Johänntgen Moncaup Household Ink

Olga Konkova The Goldilocks Zone Losen

Lage Lund Idlewild Criss Cross

John Raymond Foreign Territory Fresh Sound New Talent

Jon Regen Stop Time Motéma

Andreas Schaerer Perpetual Delirium BMC

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion I’ll Be Yours Tonight Live 33 Records

Karl Seglem & Christoph Stiefel Waves Challenge

Jason Seizer Cinema Paradiso Pirouet

Jeremy Siskind Housewarming BJU Records

Various Magic Moments 7 Sounds of Surprise ACT


Count Basie Sinatra-Basie/Kansas City 7/Atomic Basie/ Basie Plays Hefti Avid Jazz

Sidney Bechet In Switzerland United Music Foundation

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers At The Free Trade Hall 1961 Solar

Terri Lyne Carrington The ACT Years ACT

Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4 Columbia/Legacy

Miles Davis Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition Columbia/Legacy

Miles Davis Complete Blue Note 1952-54 Studio Sessions Essential Jazz Classics

Don Ellis How Time Passes/ New Ideas/Jazz Jamboree ’62 Fresh Sound

Bill Evans Köln Concert 1976 Domino

Dizzy Gillespie Live At Ronnie Scott’s Vol.1,2,3 and 4 Artists Productions CA

Yusef Lateef Four Classic Albums Plus: Jazz Moods/The Music Of Yusef Lateef/ The Dreamer/Cry Tender Avid

Humphrey Lyttelton In Canada Sackville

Keith Jarrett Original Album Series Warner/Rhino

Buddy Rich Birdland Lobitos Creek Ranch

Gil Scott-Heron Small Talk At 125th And Lenox Flying Dutchman/BGP

Compay Segundo Original Album Series Warner Music

Frank Sinatra Complete studio recordings with Tommy Dorsey One Records

Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gómez Collectors Premium Jazz: Music for Flute & Double-Bass/ Rain Forest Art of Groove MIG

Stan Tracey with Mike Osborne Alone & Together Cadillac

Various Artists Introducing M-Base Winter & Winter

Various Artists CTI Records: The Cool Revolution CTI

Various Artists Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions Mosaic

Randy Weston Four Classic Albums Vol.1 & Vol.2 Avid

Beats & Pieces Big Band – All In ★★★★

Ben Cottrell (comp, arr, s) with big band featuring Finlay Panter (d), Nick Walters (t), Sam Healey (s), Graham South (flgh) and others. Rec. Jan 2014

Since their highly acclaimed 2011 debut Big Ideas, Ben Cottrell’s Mancunian big band, Beats & Pieces, have been breaking down barriers between jazz musicians and audiences both in the UK and internationally with their exuberantly direct approach to live performance. Theirs is a sign of a return, if not to the big band’s original role to make people get up and dance, then to the idea that contemporary jazz for big band can still generate the kind of direct impact more associated with rock and pop music, but without undermining its essential craft and sophistication.

On their second album All In Cottrell has as successfully as it’s possible recaptured the collective high spirits and infectious energy of the band live in the studio. At the core is a driving rock band set-up of guitar, keys and rhythm section. There are shades of Colin Towns and Gil Evans’ 1970s’ work in the grungy lower brass riffs and screeching noir-jazz horns with solos that have an instinctive edgeof-the-seat feel about them from a line-up that’s been practically unchanged for the best part of a decade. All tracks are Cottrell’s originals aside from a wonderfully crafted, atmospheric arrangement of David Bowie’s 1980’s hit ‘Let’s Dance’ that never tries to sound clever but succeeds nonetheless. Highly recommended.

– Selwyn Harris

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Jazzwise May 2015 Issue Albums Reviewed List

All these albums are reviewed in the May 2015 issue of Jazzwise which is out now – to read them all click here to subscribe and get a FANTASTIC FREE CD

New Releases

Martin Archer and Engine Room Favourites Bad Tidings from Slackwater Drag Discus

Julian Argüelles Let It Be Told Basho

Burak Bedikyan Leap of Faith Steeplechase/Look Out

Julia Biel Love Letters and Other Missiles Rokit Records

Adam Birnbaum, Doug Weiss, Al Foster Three of a Mind Daedalus Records

Black Flower Abyssinia Afterlife Zephyrus

Dee Dee Bridgewater Dee Dee’s Feathers OKeh Records

Filomena Campus and Giorgio Serci Scaramouche Incipit Records

The Ben Cox Band This Waiting Game Absolute

Carsten Dahl Bach Goldberg Variations Tiger

Elina Duni Quartet Dallëndyshe ECM

Kyle Eastwood Timepieces Jazz Village

Duane Eubanks Quintet Things of That Particular Nature Sunnyside

Kevin Eubanks Stanley Jordan Duets Mack Avenue

Digby Fairweather The Best of Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen Rose Cottage

Paolo Fresu & Daniele di Bonaventura In Maggiore ECM

Ray Gelato And The Giants Original Flavours Double Scoop

David Gibson Boom! Posi-Tone

Aaron Goldberg The Now Sunnyside

Benny Greb Moving Parts Herzog

Gunnar Halle Istanbul Sky Ozella

Gavin Harrison Cheating The Polygraph Kscope

Huntsville Pond Hubro

José James Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday Blue Note

Seckou Keita 22 Strings ARC Music

Alexey Kruglov/Jaak Sooäär Quartet The Mighty Five Art Beat Records

James Brandon Lewis Divine Travels OKeh

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Blue Note

Russell Malone Love Looks Good On You HighNote

Marcus Miller Afrodeezia
 Blue Note

Van Morrison Duets RCA Records

The Eddie Myer 5tet Why Worry? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Charles Lloyd Wild Man Dance Blue Note

Roberto Ottaviano Forgotten Matches: The Worlds Of Steve Lacy Dodiclune

Partikel String Theory Whirlwind Recordings

Freddie Redd Music For You Steeplechase

Phil Robson Trio The Cut Off Point Whirlwind

Russell, Beresford, Edwards and Liavik SolbergWill It Float? Va Fongool

Jim Snidero Main Street Savant

Bjørn Solli Aglow: The Lyngør Project Volume 1 Lyngør Records

Jacky Terrasson
 Take This 

Julie Tippetts and Martin Archer Vestigium Discus

Jack Walrath Unsafe at Any Speed SteepleChase

Kamasi Washington The Epic Brainfeeder

Zu Cortar Todo Ipecac


New Releases Short Cuts

Harry Allen Jan Lundgren Quartet Quietly There Stunt

Inclusion Principle Third Opening Discus

Andy Brown Soloist Delmark

Dewa Budjana Hasta Karma MoonJune Records

Melanie De Biasio No Deal Remixed Play It Again Sam

Tam De Villiers 4tet Panacea Whirlwind Recordings

Lara Downes A Billie Holiday Songbook Steinway & Sons

Jens Fossum Bass Detector Ozella Music

Charlie Hart’s Equators Masansani Club Deep River

The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra Pinnacle Hot Shoe Records

Inclusion Principle Third Opening Discus

Jonathan Kreisberg Wave Upon Wave New For Now

Malene Mortensen Can’t Help It Stunt

Michael O’Neill & Kenny Washington New Beginnings Jazzmo

Sean Noonan & Malcolm Mooney Pavees Dance: There’s Always The Night Noonans Music

Mikkel Ploug Trio At Black Tornado Whirlwind Recordings

Aki Rissanen/Jussi Lehtonen Quartet …With Dave Liebman Ozella

Jormin/ Willemark/Nakagawa Trees of Light ECM

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Songs From Thessaloniki ECM


Reissues and Archive Cuts

Cannonball Adderley Sextet Complete Live In Tokyo 1963 Solar

Teresa Brewer The Songs Of Bessie Smith/It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing Ace Records

John Carter & Bobby Bradford Self Determination Music BGP

Clarke-Boland Big Band Handle With Care Atlantic

Ornette Coleman Quartet Live In Paris 1971 Domino

John Coltrane Quartet The 1962 Graz Concert (Complete Edition) In Crowd

The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra Duet For 16 Vocalion

Miles Davis Live in Berlin 1969 Domino Records

Bill Evans Peace Pieces DreamCovers

Carlos Garnett The New Love/Cosmos Nucleus/Let This Melody Ring On Soul Brother

Jimmy Giuffre/ Jim Hall Trio Complete Studio Recordings Phono

Al Jarreau We Got By Reprise/Warner

Glow Reprise/Warner

Look To The Rainbow Reprise/Warner

Mandrill Composite Truth/Just Outside Of Town Soul Brother

Alphonse Mouzon In Search Of A Dream MPS

Idris Muhammad Turn This Mutha Out Soul Brother

Mark Murphy Shadows TCB

Jaco Pastorius Big Band Twins II Warner Bros

Sun Ra And Intergalactic Research Arkestra It’s After The End Of The World MPS

Joe McPhee & John Snyder To Be Continued Kye

Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio Essential Jazz Classics

Plays Duke Ellington/The Unique Thelonious Monk Essential Jazz Classics

Monk’s Dream Masterworks

Complete 1966 Geneva Concert Solar

Sonny Rollins Rollins Plays For Bird Essential Jazz Classics

The Bridge Essential Jazz Classics


Reissues Short Cuts

Dave Bailey The Complete 1 & 2 Feet In The Gutter Sessions Phoenix

Count Basie Basic Basie MPS

George Benson The Ultimate Collection Rhino

Dee Dee Bridgewater Just Family Elektra

Miles Davis The Quintessence Fremeaux

Deodato Love Island Warner Jazz

Kenny Drew I Love Jerome Kern / Jazz Impressions of Pal Joey Phono

Stéphane Grappelli Violinspiration MPS

Dizzy Gillespie A Musical Safari Solar

Jim Hall It’s Nice To Be With You MPS

Earl Hines Four Classic Albums Plus Avid

Harry James Four Classic Albums Plus Avid

Hank Jones Have You Met This Jones? MPS

Machito Kenya / With Flute to Boot Malanga

Cecil Payne Four Classic Albums Avid

Lalo Schifrin Bossa Nova and Latin Sessions Malanga

Ernie Watts Chariots of Fire Qwest

Phil Woods Four Classic Albums Avid

Jazzwise April 2015 Issue Albums Reviewed List

All these albums are reviewed in the April 2015 issue of Jazzwise which is out now – to read them all click here to subscribe and get a FANTASTIC FREE CD

New Releases

Anouar Brahem Souvenance ECM

Jakob Bro Gefion ECM

The Darius Brubeck Quartet Cathy’s Summer Gathering Forces GFM

Marc Cary Rhodes Ahead Vol.2 Motéma/Membran

Avishai Cohen Trio From Darkness Razdaz

Stanley Cowell Are You Real? Steeplechase

George Crowley Can of Worms Whirlwind

Phil Donkin The Gate Whirlwind Recordings

Mathias Eick Midwest ECM

Fred Frith & Barry Guy Backscatter Bright Blue Intakt

Fred Frith & Lotte Anker Edge Of The Light Intakt

Tom Green Septet Skyline Spark

Wolfgang Haffner Kind of Cool ACT

Julia Hülsmann Quartet with Theo Bleckmann A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America ECM

King Crimson Live At The Orpheum DGM

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth Epicenter Clean Feed

Ma Live www.ma-music.com

Tina May My Kinda Love Hep Jazz

New Vocabulary New Vocabulary System Dialling Records

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier Chasing Tales MGP Records

Noemi Nuti Nice to Meet You Ubuntu

Polar Bear Same As You The Leaf Label

Marcus Printup Quintet Lost SteepleChase

Jeremy Pelt Tales, Musings and other Reveries HighNote

Omara Portuondo Magic Negra World Village

David Sanborn Time And The River OKeh

Andy Sheppard Surrounded by Sea ECM

Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest Sylva Impulse!

Tyshawn Sorey Alloy Pi

Martin Speake with Oren Marshall and Mark Sanders The Quiet Mind Pumpkin Records

Steve Turre Spiritman Smoke Sessions

Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent Nice to Meet You Ao Vivo Sony Music

VEIN featuring Dave Liebman Jazz Talks UTR

Joanna Wallfisch The Origin of Adjustable Things Sunnyside Records

Eberhard Weber Encore ECM

Sarah Weller Band Stormy Daisy Dog Productions

Wild Flower Sextet Wild Flower Jellymould

Cassandra Wilson Coming Forth by Day Columbia Legacy


New Releases Short Cuts

Mohamed Abozekry Ring Road Jazz Village

Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms From the Region Delmark

Sophie Bancroft with Louis Durra Songs Lisaleo Records

Dave Bass NYC Sessions Whaling City Sound

Adam Birnbaum Three of a Mind Daedalus

The Button Band The Button Band FMR

Free Nelson Mandoom Jazz Awakening of a Capital RareNoise

Gov’t Mule / John Scofield Sco Mule Provogue

Ibrahim Electric Rumours from Outer Space ILK

-Isq Too Cheesepeas Records

Sinikka Langeland The Half-Finished Heaven ECM

O’Gallagher/Lasserson/Williams Valence Willful Music

Stefan Pasborg Carsten Dahl Live at SMK ILK

Tammy Payne Viva Outsider Ninety and Nine Records

Paolo Porta Trio Beginner’s State of Mind Slam

Jason Roebke Octet High Red Center Delmark

Cymin Samawatie & Cyminology Phoenix ECM

Marc Schmolling Ticho Unit Records

Enzo Zirilli Radio Londra Trio Records


Reissues and Archive Reviews

Mose Allison Complete Prestige Recordings 1957-1959 Fresh Sound Records

Clifford Brown & Sonny Rollins Plus Four + At Basin Street Masterworks

Buena Vista Social Club Lost and Found World Circuit

The John Coltrane Quintet featuring Eric Dolphy So Many Things: The European Tour 1961 Acrobat

Hank Crawford True Blue Atlantic

Amancio D’Silva Konkan Dance Vocalion

Stan Getz Quartet Live In Europe 1972 Salvo

Tubby Hayes Big Band Rumpus – Live In North Finchley, London 1969 Savage Solweig

Rahsaan Roland Kirk Other Folks’ Music Atlantic

Steve Lacy Four Morning Joy Paris Live Hatology

Jimmy Lyons Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note Black Saint and Soul Note

Wes Montgomery In The Beginning Resonance

Bud Powell Live At The Blue Note Café, Paris 1961 ESP-Disk

George Russell Sextet/Septet Complete 1960-1962 Decca & Riverside Album Collection Fresh Sound

Henri Texier Quartet La Compañera Label Bleu

Henri Texier Quartet Invite/Invites Joe Lovano Paris-Batignolles Label Bleu

Lennie Tristano The New Tristano Warner/Atlantic

Various Artists Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical And Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1957-82 Soul Jazz Records

Various Artists Highlife on the Move Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66 Soundway Records



Reissues Short Cuts

Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis Somethin’ Else Masterworks

Ernestine Anderson Swings the Penthouse High Note

Louis Armstrong A Rare Batch of Satch Pollwinners

Chet Baker The Legendary 1956 Session Poll Winners

Art Blakey Moanin’ Masterworks

Dave Brubeck Dave Digs Disney Poll Winners

John Coltrane Golden Disk Essential Jazz Classics

John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago Masterworks

Chris Connor Free Spirits Atlantic

Chris Connor Misty Atlantic

Freddie Hubbard Ride Like the Wind Elektra Musician

Blue Mitchell Blue Mitchell Boplicity

Wes Montgomery The Incredible Guitar of Masterworks

James Moody Cookin’ the Blues / Another Bag Fresh Sound

Claus Ogerman/Michael Brecker Cityscape Warner Bros.

Nino Rota Fellini, Visconti: Decadence and Dreams Cherry Red

George Van Eps Once In A While Delmark

Various Artists West Side Story – Jazz Impressions Cherry Red

Dinah Washington For Those In Love American Jazz Classics

Phil Woods Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up May 2015

The year moves rapidly forward and the rate of new releases accelerates to a gallop. The standard remains high, as is evident in the following reviews. Also this month, we look at the amazing Joseph Tawadros in concert.

alister-spenceAlister Spence, Joe Williamson, Christopher Cantillo

Begin                           Self Release                ★★★

Alister Spence (piano, prepared piano, percussion) Joe Williamson (double bass) Christopher Cantillo (drums, percussion)


Isotropes                      Self Release                ★★★★


Alister Spence (Fender Rhodes, pedals), Raymond McDonald (s & t sax), Shoeb Ahmad (boss sp-202, sp-303 pedals). Rec 20-22 September 2014

semsaroundAlister Spence returns fresh from the success of last year’s duo album with Myra Melford, Everything Here Is Possible (reviewed in these pages), with not one but two releases: Firstly in a trio with Canadian bassist Joe Williamson and Swiss drummer Christopher Cantillo, and secondly as a member of Sensaround. While both albums fall into the category of free jazz they are two very different beasts.Sensaround’s Isotropes is the more adventurous release, featuring Spence on Fender Rhodes, (although you’d be hard pressed to recognise the instrument) and pedals. Over a sound-bed of constantly changing noises that almost gurgle in and out, Raymond McDonald plays fairly conventional sax, in that it is not quite atonal. The listener is drawn to the effects, coming mainly from Shoeb Ahmad with obvious assistance from Spence. The overall effect is almost sombre but also serene. On the other hand, while Begin features the usual instrumentation for a piano trio, it certainly does not sound like one. The tracks fall into two categories: Those that utilise the instruments in an almost conventional manner, and those in which the trio members eschew the instruments’ inherent sound for prepared piano, percussive effects and other seemingly random noises. Just like Isotropes, a definite mood comes out of these sonic sculptures, which more than justifies Spence’s approach. Indeed, it is a very satisfying album. Cantillo manages to extract a panorama of noises and effects from his kit, such that at times it appears as if the leader is being led by his percussionist. There is much diversity in these two albums, confirming that Spence is a musician of great vision. For more info go to www.alisterspence.com


james-mullerJames Muller

Neurotica                                 Self Release                ★★★

James Muller (g), Sean Wayland (k), Desmond White (b), Alex Boneham (b), Ben Vanderwal (d). Rec. October 2103, November 2014

James Muller is a fine guitarist who seems to have slid under the radar in recent years. This is unfortunate as he has a distinctive tone and a capacity for some quirky compositions. After a lengthy gap since his last platter, Muller returns with a fine new album entitled Neurotica, which features more strange rhythms (which must have been difficult to play) and great playing from all concerned. While Muller is a thoroughly modern guitarist, his edgy but strangely laid back tunes take what could have been just another guitar album to a different place. The album kicks off with ‘K. L. M.’, a trio track with a strong melodic tune played over a shifting rhythmic base, sets the tone for the remainder of the album. For two tracks, ‘Trane Plus Molly Equals Countdown’ (a clear reference to the eccentric host of the iconic but long gone pop show, ‘Countdown’) and ‘Dogs in Calcutta’, the keyboards of Sean Wayland add welcome colour and depth to the music. The overall impression is of accomplished musicians recording in a very relaxed mode while successfully taking on some challenging compositions. Of particular note is drummer Ben Vanderwal whose great percussive skills are evident throughout. There is no doubt that Muller is a guitarist who should be far better known than he is. Hopefully the exposure from this album will rectify this and we will not have to wait years before his next venture into the recording studio.
For more info go to


jamesmustafaJames Mustafa

The Last Sanctuary                 Jazzhead                     ★★★★

James Mustafa (tb, compositions, bandleader), Stephen Blyth (ts), Adrian Sherriff (bt), Lachlan Davidson (as), Tim Wilson (as), Gian Slater (v). Rec 27 January 2014

Rarely does a musician appear from nowhere with a clear, fully formed musical vision, and even more rarely do they possess the ability to give effect to that vision. James Mustafa is one of those rare musicians. The trumpeter, trombonist, composer and bandleader has produced a splendid debut with The Last Sanctuary. The maturity of his compositions and arrangement belie his youth and the scope of his work is simply inspiring. That said, his influences are evident, most notably Maria Schneider and in his liner notes, Paul Grabowskyrefers to the great composer. As such it is not a big band that has been forged from an Ellington or Basie mould; rather it is contemporary in outlook and that is no bad thing. The album comprises six Mustafa originals, all of which are of note, but the centrepiece is undoubtedly the title track. Over the course of its 18 minutes, Mustafa manages to take a basic theme and then proceed to bend and shape it into numerous musical concepts, most notably when he adds Gian Slater’s atmospheric vocals over the top of the band. Just about a modern masterpiece. This album has already received much attention and this has heightened since Mustafa’s Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year gong at the recent Bell awards. Make no mistake; this is a fine album, which augurs well for the young composer.
For more info go to www.jamesmustafajazzorchestra.com


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Joseph Tawadros Quartet

Lion Theatre, Adelaide: Joseph Tawadros (oud), Matt McMahon (p), Karl Dunnicliff (b), James Tawadros (Egyptian perc.)

Joseph Tawadros chose to bring his quartet to Adelaide to perform before an enthusiastic audience on the day of release of his new album, the remarkable Truth Seekers, Lovers And Warriors. His music is a melding of middle-eastern forms with other genres including jazz, and this made for compelling listening in this intimate space. To say the least, Tawadros is an extraordinary musician whose skill and dexterity with the oud is something to behold and on this night he was in great form. The group covered compositions from across his catalogue, most notably last year’s brilliant ‘Permission To Evaporate’, (reviewed on these pages early last year) and the title suite from the new disc. While the focus was on Tawadros, he was supported by a trio of musicians who laid the perfect base for his flights of improvisation. Long time cohort Matt McMahon, who appears on ‘Permission To Evaporate’, was intuitive while Joseph’s brother James Tawadros extracted an extraordinary range of rhythms from his tambourine-like instrument and gave the audience a mesmerising solo while appearing completely stone faced. However, Joseph was the star of the show; his amazing skill and melodic sense was fully on display and held the audience spellbound. Probably not surprising from a musician who can attract the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Christian McBride and John Abercrombie, among others, to appear on his various recordings, but wonderful nonetheless.
For more info go to www.josephtawadros.com

Michael Prescott,Jazz Presenter 5MBS, Australia


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