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New Releases

Tony Allen Film of Life Jazz Village

Lotte Anker What River is This ILK 226CD

AR Quartet AR Quartet Fredriksson Music 009

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble The Whistle Blower Fanfare

Stefano Bollani Sheik Yer Zappa Decca GRCD 4459

Euan Burton Too Much Love Whirlwind Recordings WR4662

Nels Cline & Julian Lage Room Mack Avenue MACK 1091

Duduvudu The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana Edgetone EDT4144

Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus Bonita Rune Grammofon RCD 2164

Orrin Evans Liberation Blues Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1409

Garzone/Bergonzi/Winther/Aman/Mogensen Quintonic Stunt STUCD 14072

Jimmy Greene Beautiful Life Mack Avenue MAC 1093

Louis Hayes Return of the Jazz Communicators Smoke Sessions SSR 1406

Pablo Held The Trio Meets John Schofield Pirouet PIT 3078

Hijaz Nahadin Zephyrus. Zep019

Wayne Horvitz & The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble At the Reception Songlines SGL 1609-2

Abdullah Ibrahim The Song Is My Story Intuition INT 3442 2 (CD + DVD)

JÜ and Kjetil Møster JÜ Meets Møster RareNoise RNR047

Laurie Jacobs Quartet Midnight Voyage Soultrane Jazz

Laura Jurd Human Spirit Chaos Collective CC004

Wayne Krantz Good Piranha Bad Piranha Abstract Logix ABL047

Josh Kyle/Sam Keevers Songs of Friends Own Label JK001

Large Unit Erta Ale PNL PNL025CD

Steve Lodder …Tied Up With Strings Sospiro Noir SOSHC100214

Harold Mabern Right On Time Smoke Sessions SSR-1402

The Markov Chain The Markov Chain Bruce’s Fingers BF 12

Delfeayo Marsalis The Last Southern Gentlemen Troubadour 081814

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet The 21st Century Trad Band Basin Street BSR 0304-2

Ron Miles Circuit Rider Enja Yellow Bird YEB-7745-2

Hafez Modirzadeh In Convergence Liberation Pi Pi55

Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet 4 Blokes Ogun OGCD043

Mole RGB RareNoise RNR046

Marius Neset Quintet Pinball ACT 9032-2

Jef Neve One Universal 00602547036681

Jim Rattigan/Thomas Gould/Liam Noble Triplicity Pavillon 003

Annie Ross To Lady With Love Red Anchor CAP 1047

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet Come to Me SBPQ 004

Spunk Adventura Botanica Rune Grammofon RCD2163

Irène Schweizer and Jürg Wickihalder Spring Intakt CD 234/2014

Troyka Ornithophobia NAIM Jazz NaimCD210

Tigran Mockroot Nonesuch Records

Kenny Wheeler Songs For Quintet ECM 2388 CD 470 4653

Manuel Valera And New Cuban Express In Motions Criss Cross Jazz 1372

Werner/Loueke/Zenón/Koppel/Nemeth Coalition Half Note Records 4558

The Whammies Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3 Live Driff CD1401

Rodney Whitaker When We Find Ourselves Alone Mack Avenue MAC 1088

Kate Willaims Atlas & Vulcana Kate Williams Jazz kwjazz740

Short Cuts – New Releases

Greg Abate Quartet Motif Whaling City Sound

Ballister Worse for the Wear Aerophonic

Espen Berg Acres of Blue Atterklang

Blicher Hemmer Gadd Blicher Hammer Gadd C-nut

Till Brönner The Movie Album Verve/Universal

Paolo Conte Snob Universal

Gill Cook Morning with You Mainstem

Clare Fischer Big Band Pacific Jazz Clavo Records

Gong I See You Madfish

David Hazeltine For All We Know Smoke Sessions

Vincent Herring The Uptown Shuffle Smoke Sessions

The Hot Sardines The Hot Sardines Decca

Gary Husband Dirty and Beautiful Volume 1 (Remix and Remastered Edition) AbstractLogix

Darrell Katz And the JCA Orchestra Why do you Ride? Leo

Lukas Ligeti/Thollem McDonas Duo Leo

Puul Puul Optical Substance

Edward Ricart Quartet Chamaeleon

Ben Sidran Blue Camus Bonsai

Reissues Archive

Brand X Nuclear Burn Universal

Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House January 1975 The Livelove Series Volume 1 441202

Bill Evans New Conversations Warner 8122-79576-1

The Chico Hamilton Quintet Gongs East! Warner Bros Jazz

Tubby Hayes Without A Song Rare Live Recordings 1954-73 Acrobat Actrcd 9042

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motion Hamburg ’72 ECM 470 4256

Jaga Jazzist ’94-’14 Ninja Tune ZEN217X vinyl box set

Jan Johansson/Rune Gustafsson When the Sun Comes Out Él Cherry Red Records ACME0281CD

Barney Kessel Kessel/Jazz: Contemporary Latin Rhythms Warner Bros Jazz

King Crimson Starless DGM 40th Anniversary

Steve Lacy School Days Improvisations And Compositions By Thelonious Monk Emanem 5016

Steve Lacy Cycles, Hedges, Sands, Shots Emanem 5205

Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef’s Detroit Latitude 42 30-Longitude 83

Joni Mitchell Love Has Many Faces Rhino 8122795785

Thelonious Monk ‘Round Midnight: Complete Blue Note Singles (1947-1952) Blue Note B0021693-02 (2 CDs)

The New Jazz Orchestra Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe Dusk Fire CD 110

Jaco Pastorious Anthology – The Warner Bros Years Atlantic Warner 2CD set

Jaco Pastorious The Birthday Concert Atlantic Warner

Red Garland Trio Swingin’ On The Korner Elemental 5990426 (2 CDs)

Sun Ra Reflections in Blue/Hours After/Mayan Temples/A Tribute To Stuff Smith Black Saint/Soul Note 4CD set

George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle BGP CDBPG 284

Various Artists Jazz In Polish Cinema: Out of the Underground 1958-1967 Jazz On Film Records

Various Artists Jazz On Film…Crime Jazz! Moochin’ About moochin07

Robert Wyatt Different Every Time Domino WIGCD 347

Short cuts Reissues


Mose Allison Wild Man on the Loose Atlantic

Gene Ammons All Stars Complete Recordings with Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams and Art Taylor Fresh Sound

Louis Armstrong, Blanche Calloway, Clarence Williams 1928-1938 Unissued on 78s Retrieval

Ray Barretto Can You Feel It Atlantic

Duke Ellington Highlights of the Geat 1940-1942 Band Avid

Duke Ellington The Complete Newport 1958 Performances American Jazz Classics

Joe Farrell Night Dancing Warner Jazz

Volker Kriegel House-boat MPS

Mike Mainieri Wanderlust Warner Jazz

Henry Mancini Playboy Themes EI

Charlie Parker Integrale Vol 1: Laura

Quantum Jump Quantum Jump Esoteric

Lee Ritenour First Course BGO

Buddy Tate Texas Tenor Sackville

Joe Turner Two Classic Albums Plus Avid

Various Artists Walking To New Orleans Proper

Dinah Washington In the Land of Hi-fi/Unforgettable

Phil Woods Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Laura Jurd – Human Spirit ★★★★

Chaos Collective CC004
Laura Jurd (t), Chris Batchelor (t), Colm O’Hara (tb), Mick Foster (bs), Alex Roth (g), Corrie Dick (d), Conor Chaplin (b) and Lauren Kinsella (v). Rec. 9-11 June 2014

This follow-up to Laura Jurd’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut Landing Ground explores an entirely different sound-world. The all-instrumental debut brought together Jurd’s own jazz quartet with the Ligeti String Quartet in music of crisply articulated, Stravinskian counterpoint and free jazz interludes. While the songbased Human Spirit shares some of the same driving ostinatos, there’s a much edgier, rockier feel to the music-making, thanks to the hard-hitting electric guitar work of Alex Roth on tracks such as ‘She Knew Him’ and the potent bass sax work of Mick Foster.

From the hymnic ‘Brighter Days’ and monumental ‘More Than Just A Fairytale’ to the modal inflections of ‘Blinded’, vocalist Lauren Kinsella’s delivery is starkly beautiful, with each song’s expressive arc working its way under your skin. Trombonist Colm O’Hara and trumpeter add extra heft Chris Batchelor and gravitas to the front line, while Jurd regular, drummer Corrie Dick, marshals the tricky metric shifts faultlessly.

‘Pirates’ features an all-hands-on-deck unison chorus outro straight out of the Loose Tubes songbook, while the title track starts out as a sorrowing brass chorale before a block-like cut to a grungy sounding chorus riff which sees Roth channelling his best Nirvana manner. And it’s Roth who has the final word, his looping, minimalist guitar riff bringing this compelling collection to a pleasingly cyclical close.

– Peter Quinn

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All these albums are reviewed in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Jazzwise which is out now – to read them all click here to subscribe and get a FANTASTIC FREE CD

New Releases

ARQ (Alison Rayner Quintet) August Blow the Fuse Records

Kenny Barron/Dave Holland The Art of Conversation Impulse!

Andy Bey Pages From An Imaginary Life High Note

Ketil Bjørnstad
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Cyrus Chestnut Midnight Melodies Smoke

The Cookers Time and Time Again Motéma Music

Chris Dundas Oslo Odyssey BLM Records

Samuel Eagles Quartet Next Beginning F-IRE

Geoff Eales Invocation Nimbus

European Jazz Sextet Live at the International Jazzfest in Viersen Konnex

Luc Ex Assemblée Red Note

Bill Frisell Guitar In The Space Age Okeh

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio We’re Back Whaling City Sound

Bebel Gilberto Tudo Portrait/Sony Masterworks

 An Improvised Escape
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Conrad Herwig The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson Featuring Joe Lovano Half Note Records

Lisa Hilton 
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Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice Susanna Sonata

Jason Jackson Inspiration Jack & Hill

Paul Jackson Trio Groove Or Die Whirlwind

James Farm
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Eric Johnson & Mike Stern Eclectic Heads Up

Russ Johnson Still Out To Lunch Enja/Yellow Bird

Jøkleba Outland ECM

Karen Lane Organ Project Two Steps from the Blues www.cdbaby.com/cd/karenlane

Nguyên Lê with Michael Gibbs and NDR Bigband Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon ACT

Lumen Drones Lumen Drones ECM

Magma Riah Sahiltaahk

Branford Marsalis In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral OKeh

Michael Mantler The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update ECM

Medeski, Scofield, Martin, Wood Juice OKeh/Sony Masterworks

Møster! Inner Earth Hubro

Gregory Porter Issues Of Life – Features & Remixes Motéma

Tineke Postma/ Greg Osby
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 Challenge Records

Simon Purcell Red Circle Whirlwind Recordings

Roller Trio 
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Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion Exposed
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Kavita Shah Visions Naïve

Tierney Sutton Paris Sessions

Fred Thomas/Zac Gvirtzman Living Standards F-IRE

Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer Wiring Intakt

Olivia Trummer Fly Now
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David Virelles Mboko ECM

Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum Beholden Shell-Like

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder Spark of Life ECM

Ernie Watts A Simple Truth Flying Dolphin Records

Robin Williamson Trusting In The Rising Light ECM

Michael Wollny Trio Weltentraum Live — Philharmonie Berlin ACT

Short Cuts// New Releases

Brooklyn Jazz Underground 7X7 BJU Records

Freddy Cole Singing the Blues Highnote

Johannes Enders Mellowtonin Enja

Paul Edis Mr Hipster Vignette

Sammy Figueroa & Glaucia Nasser Talisman Savant

Garzone/Bergonzi/Winther/ Aman/Mogensen Quintonic Stunt

Erik Honoré Heliographs Hubro

Phil Haynes No Fast Food CornerStoreJazz

Ideal Bread Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy Cuneiform

Intransit Barlovento That Hat Records

Christoph Irniger Pilgrim Italian Circus Story Intakt

Darius Jones The Oversoul Manual AUM Fidelity

Lifestories Lifestories Reverb

Sylvain Rifflet/Jon Irabagon Perpetual Motion Jazz Village

Jerome Sabbagh The Turn Bee Jazz

Skelton Skinner Allstars Septet Play Ellington & Basie Diving Duck

Michael Schiefel Platypus Trio BMC

Various Artists Magic Moments 7 Sounds of Surprise ACT


Louis Armstrong and his All Stars Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings Mosaic

Don Cherry Modern Art: Stockholm 1977 Mellotronen

Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61 Mosaic
John Coltrane and Friends Sideman: Trane’s Blue Note Sessions Blue Note

Ry Cooder Soundtracks Warner Bros

The Miles Davis Quintet Featuring John Coltrane All of You: The Last Tour 1960 Trapeze

Miles Davis Round About Midnight DreamCovers

Miles Davis + 19 Miles Ahead DreamCovers

Grant Green Nigeria Essential Jazz Classics EJC

Tubby Hayes Tubby The Tenor/Tubby’s Back In Town/Boston ’64 Fresh Sounds

Roy Haynes Hip Ensemble Boplicity

The Jazz Crusaders Complete Live At The Lighthouse ’62 American Jazz Classics

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine Remembrance MPS

Pete Magadini Bones Blues Sackville

Mahavishnu Orchestra Between Nothing & Eternity/Visions Of The Emerald Beyond

Junior Mance Trio Junior’s Blues/Happy Time/Big Chief! American Jazz Classics

Charles Mingus Mingus Moods Proper

Thelonious Monk Jackie-ing Nederlands Jazz Archief

Gerry Mulligan Jeru/What Is There To Say? Essential Jazz Classic EJC

Gerry Mulligan Quartet The Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Spring Is Sprung Essential Jazz Classic

Nucleus with Leon Thomas Live 1970 Gearbox

Weather Report Forecast Tomorrow Columbia Legacy

Short Cuts// Reissues


Manny Albam / Ernie Wilkins Drum Suite Fresh Sound

Louis Armstrong Young Satchmo Upbeat

Chet Baker Sextet and Quartet Dream Covers

Booker Ervin The Book Cooks Verse

Art Farmer Listen to Art Farmer /Brass Shout Pollwinners

King Fleming The King Fleming Trio Fresh Sound

Coleman Hawkins The Hawk Swings Boplicity

Shirley Horn At The Gaslight Square 1961 Solar

Jonah Jones The Unsinkable Jonah Jones Blue Moon

Lee Konitz / Bill Evans You and Lee / Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre American Jazz Classics

Julie London Your Number Please/ …at Home Fine and Mellow

Jacques Loussier Play Bach Vol. 1, 2 and 3 American Jazz Classics

Brew Moore Svinget ’14: Brew Moore in Europe Fresh Sound

Don Randi Feelin’ Like Blues / Where do we go from Here? Fresh Sound

Sue Raney Complete Capitol Years 1956-1960 Fresh Sound

Paul Smith Trio and Quartet Fresh Sound |

Buddy Tate Swingville Sessions Fresh Sound

Various Artists Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression Blue Note

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up December 2014

We kicked off the year with Julian Wilson’s wonderful “Swailing”, featuring the guitar of Stephen Magnusson. Last month he was part of Enrico Rava’s band. We finish off the year with two more albums featuring his unique guitar, both well worth the purchase price. But first, a very promising new talent, Matthew Sheens.

Finally, five of the best for 2014.

– Michael Prescott, Jazz Presenter 5MBS, Australia


matthew sheens untranslatable ipMatthew Sheens


Self Release (via ABC Jazz)     ★★★★


Matthew Sheens (p), Sara Serpa (voc), Michael Mayo (voc), Mike Moreno (g), Linda Oh (b), Kenneth Salters (d), Rogerio Boccato (perc), Yanni Burton String Quartet. Rec 2014


In jazz there are performers who compose by providing vague sketches and themes for their band to add their own persona. On the other hand there are those who are complete composers, creating complex works and arranging them for specific musicians and groupings. These musicians have a focus on creating sound structures to fulfil their singular approach. There is no doubt the Sheens falls into the latter class and on display here is his clear vision for each composition. Evidence for this comes firstly from the shifting personnel and instrumentation and secondly the music itself, fully formed and structured but with space for improvisation. He has carefully selected the musicians and has employed a wide range of sonic shapes, from the Yanni String Quartet, to Sara Serpa great vocals, held together by Linda Oh’s wonderful bass, not to mention Moreno’s fluid guitar. It is apparent that Sheens has a particular interest in percussion and how it interacts with his music. To achieve his vision Salters utilises a wide range of styles, at times providing hints of modern street beats. This is a very eclectic but extremely satisfying album and is a logical step forward from his debut, “Every Eight Seconds” A young man whose potential is huge.

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On This Day

Jazzhead  ★★★★

Jordon Murray (trom), Stephen Magnusson (g), Mark Shepherd (b), Ronny Ferella (d). Rec. 19 December 2013

This album is one seriously tasty morsel! The group sound, loose and free, is dominated by the fabulous trombone of Murray, who introduces a great sense of fun and entertainment to his playing. Supporting him is the ever present Magnusson, who seems to be everywhere in Australian jazz these days. All the tracks are group compositions and performed with gusto and intent. Jordon delivers an extraordinary range of sounds from his instrument and this is what makes the album work so well. What could have been hampered by lack of variety is instead a sheer joy. Magnusson has a unique approach to the guitar and in addition to his lead provides the perfect sound bed for Murray’s excursions, whist complementing the shifting rhythms. The impression gained from listening to this album is that the band had a ball during recording and this enthusiasm simply leaps out of the speakers. The concept of a trombone led album may be daunting, but that is certainly not the case here, Murray’s trombone has a rich sound enhanced by obvious technical skill, but more importantly, imagination. This album was recorded over a year ago and represents their debut. I can only hope that their sophomore release in already in the can.

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Paper-TigerStephen Magnusson, Jamie Oehlers, Ben Vanderwal

Paper Tiger  

Self Release  ★★★

Featuring; Stephen Magnusson (g), Jamie Oehlers (ts, ss), Ben Vanderwal (d). Rec 5, 6 February 2013

One of the country’s leading saxophonists joins up with guitarist Magnusson and drummer Vanderwal for this leaderless trio outing, sans bass, over 15 mostly shortish tracks. From the opening track, Keith Jarrett’s “Back Hand”, to the rather surprising duo of final the track, (Magnusson and Oehlers), Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come No More”, the trio cover a wide variety of styles. The lack of bass presents no obstacle with Magnusson’s versatile guitar expertly covering much of that role. Aside from a fairly even spread of originals, the covers offer insights into the wide musical panorama exhibited here. In addition to the above, they also see to Frank Loesser’s “Slow Boat To China” and Ornette Coleman’s “Word From Bird”. There are some great originals, notably from Ben Vanderwal with the deliciously titled “A Song To Parallel Park To” (with Oehlers doubling on tenor and soprano) and “A Rocking Horse...”, being standouts. There is an obvious empathy between all three musicians with Magnusson and Vanderwal providing a firm base for Oehlers to take off with the aid of his fertile imagination. Vanderwal, in particular, is exemplary throughout. There can be no greater compliment to the success of an album than the listener returning again and again to hear these musicians in full flight, as this reviewer has done over the last several weeks.

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Australian Albums of the Year (in no particular order!)


1          Tilman Robinson “Network Of Lines”          (listen here collective)

2          Joseph Tawadros “Permission To Evaporate”       (ABC Jazz)

3          Luke Howard Trio “A Dove, A Loin, A Coast, A Pirate”   (Which Way Music)

4          Alistair Spence & Myra Melford “Everything Here Is Possible”    (self release)

5          Dog “Dog”      (Rattle Jazz)

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit – Erta Ale ★★★★


PNL Records PNL025
Paal Nilssen-Love (d, perc), Thomas Johansson (c, flhn), Mats Äleklint (tb), Kasper Værnes (ss, as), Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (as, bs), Børre Mølstad (tba), Ketil Gutvik (g), Lasse Marhaug (turntable, electronics), Jon Rune Strøm (b, el b), Christian Meaas Svendsen (b, el b) and Andreas Wildhagen (d, perc). Rec. 30 January-4 February and 7 June 2014
Sluice your magma chambers – because Paal Nilssen-Love’s 11-piece band hasn’t just named their formidable box set after an eternally-active Ethiopian volcano, they’ve harnessed the lava bombs and sent them vaulting over the ozone. The drummer’s formative experiences with Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet and Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra undeniably impact on the full-blast ratio; mobocracies of molten chaos blossom into welters of hellish cat-calls as jive rifts sling salvos of supremely low-slung swing.

Ataxias of semi-composed sax scramble are jettisoned by Lasse Marhaug’s coruscating coordinates, the electronics saboteur dishing clean slates, allowing the collective to devolve into constituent parts, a chain of improvisatory workshops preventing Erta Ale from becoming just another extended white knuckle ride. On the title-track the group broker a suite of diverging tectonics in the aisles of a pachinko parlour before detonating another plum in the guise of a wheezy carp. Nilssen-Love says this is just the beginning. Expect more thunder, more pyros and bucketfuls of BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Spencer Grady

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