Joe Harriott Quintet - Free Form

Gott CD063 *****
Harriott (as), Shake Keane (t, fl), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b) and Phil Seamen (d). Rec. 1960

September 2007 CD Reviews - Jazz And Beyond

The UK's most definitive review section of jazz and beyond - below is a complete list of all the albums reviewed in the September 2007 Jazzwise Magazine (Issue No. 112) - to read  them all subscribe here and receive a free  CD. 


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Alan Barnes/Harry Allen – Barnestorming (Woodville), Dave Barry - Precious Time
(Trio),  Count Basie Orchestra - Basie is Back (Concord), Raoul Bjorkenheim - The Sky is Ruby  (TUM), Terence Blanchard - A Take of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (Blue Note), Paul Bley - Solo In Mondsee  (ECM) Till Bronner - Oceaner (Verve),  Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band - You Can’t Do That (Boisdale), The George Burt/Raymond MacDonald Quartet - One Bloke  (Textile), Taylor Ho Bynum - The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12 Records), Liane Carroll - Slow Down (Splash Point Records), Avishai Cohen - As Is… Live at the Blue Note (Raz Daz/Half Note), Marc Copland - Some Love Songs (Pirouet), Sylvie Courvoisier – Lonelyville (Intakt), Coxhill, Edwards & Noble - The Early Years (Ping Pong), Steve Davis Quartet With Larry Willis - Alone Together (Mapleshade), Death Qunt  - Now 69/Shit In Your Bed (Big Filthy Records), Phil DeGreg Trio - Down The Middle  (Prevenient), DSQ (Dave Stapleton Quintet) - The House Always Wins (Redeye Music), Eldar - Re-imagination  (Sony BMG),

Ornette Coleman Quintet - Complete Live At The Hillcrest Club

Gambit Records 69272        ***
Don Cherry (t), Ornette Coleman (as), Paul Bley (p), Charlie Haden (b) and Billy Higgins (d). Rec. 1958

This originally appeared on vinyl in the early 1970s under Paul Bley’s name. I could be wrong but I think he had the tapes and might have got the gig too, although it would seem that the band was leaderless as announced. From that point of view, re-titling it as a Coleman album is probably as accurate as any other nomination.

Liane Carroll - Slow Down

Splash Point Records SPR004CD    ****
Liane Carroll (v, p, Wurlitzer) and Ian Shaw (p). Rec. 23 April 2007

There can’t be many more pleasurable ways of spending an hour than in the company of Slow Down, Liane Carroll’s latest collection of 14 hand-picked ballads. Including material recalled from her childhood and teenage years, the singer’s most personal recording to date features one spine-tingling song after another.

Terence Blanchard - A Take Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)

Blue Note 91532    ***
Blanchard (t), Brice Winston (ts, ss), Aaron Parks (p), Derrick Hodge (b, el b), Kendrick Scott (d, perc), Zack Harmin (tables) and Northwest Sinfonia (strings). Rec. 2006


The soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary When The Levees Broke is, as one would imagine, an intensely moving affair. Blanchard, a native New Orleansian, must have been affected by the devastation of the iconic city with as much intensity as anybody and turns in one of his best performances on record to date. His playing is wounded, anguished, gracious and sublime, his tone finely wrought and clearly enunciated, pushing at emotional peaks with compelling conviction.

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