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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

Liane Carroll - Ballads ★★★★ Recommended

Liane Carroll (v, p), plus various personnel including James McMillan (t, vib), Mark Edwards (p), Mark Jaimes (g), Roger Carey (el b), Mark Fletcher (d) and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Rec. date not stated

While you’re grateful for one, possibly two, heart-stopping moments on your average CD, with a Liane Carroll album you soon lose count. Teaming up again with producer and trumpet player James McMillan and featuring settings that range from the starkly beautiful (‘The Two Lonely People’) to the über deluxe (‘You’ve Changed’, arranged by Chris Walden), Ballads sees Liane nail 11 terrific songs in magisterial fashion.

In addition to much loved classics such as Noël Coward’s ‘Mad About The Boy’ and the Goffin/King evergreen ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, there are a couple of genuine surprises: Sophie Bancroft’s exquisite ‘Calgary Bay’ and Todd Rundgren’s ‘Pretending To Care’, the latter featuring the wonderfully burnished tones of Julian Siegel’s bass clarinet. Heard back to back, they form an indescribably moving centrepiece. Widely recorded by instrumentalists (Cannonball Adderley, McCoy Tyner) and vocalists (Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra) alike, ‘Goodbye’ has always been an exceptional song, but in Liane’s hands it charts untold depths of emotion. This is one of the few indispensable vocal jazz albums of recent years.


– Peter Quinn

Jazzwise April 2013 Issue CD Reviews List

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

New Releases

Mishka Adams
 Stranger On The Shore
 Candid

John Benitez Purpose Seed

Brigitte Beraha and John Turville
 Red Skies

Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet Live at Campus West Trio

Liane Carroll
 Ballads
 Quiet Money Recordings

Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio San Sebastian In & Out

Carsten Dahl Solo Piano Storyville

Aquarium 
 Places
 Jellymould

Boyd Lee Dunlop The Lake Reflections Mr. B Sharp

Farmers Market Slav to the Rhythm Division Records

Fire! Orchestra Exit! Rune Grammofon

Trilok Gurtu 
 Spellbound
 Moosicus Records

Alexander Hawkins and Louis Moholo-Moholo Keep Your Heart Straight Ogun

HBC HBC Music Theories Recordings MTR

In the Country Sunset, Sunrise ACT

Eleni Karaindrou Concert in Athens ECM

Salif Keita Talé Universal/Proper

Lake-Weber-Ulrich featuring Nils Wogram All Decks Intakt

Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House Strong Place Intakt Records

Louis Lester Band Dancing on the Edge Decca

Joe Locke Quartet with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Wish upon a Star Motéma

Lage Lund Four Live at Smalls Smalls

Merzbow/ Pandi Gustafsson Cuts Rare Noise

Møster! Edvard Lygre Møster HUBRO

Orchestre National de Jazz Piazzolla! Jazz Village

Klaus Paier and Asja Valcic Silk Road ACT

Oli Rockberger
 Old Habits
 Oli Road Records

Ilia Skibinsky The Passage Mythology

Omar Sosa Eggun: The Afri-Lectric Experience Ota

James Taylor Quartet Closer To The Moon Real Self Records

Gary Willis/Albert Bover/ Gergo Borlai Retro Abstract Logix

Bob Wolfman Transition BMI

Jason Yarde/Oli Hayhurst/Eddie Prévost Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists – Volume 3 Matchless

Short Cuts// New Releases

Peter Borthwick This Moment PB Music

Bora Çeliker Borabook Equinox Music

Tom Dempsey/ Tim Ferguson Quartet Beautiful Friendship Planet Arts

Helena Jesele Sweet Sticky Fix World6

Sal La Rocca It Could be the End Sowarex

Frankie Lewis The Jazz Cookbook Fireball Records

Aaron Diehl The Bespoke Man’s Narrative Mack Avenue

Doubt Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love Moonjune

El Nino Machuca Searching Your Youth Ozella Music

Globestars See the World Dragon

Grand General Grand General Rune Grammofon

Jana Herzen Passion of a Lonely Heart Motéma

Kai Hoffman Do it While You Can Broad Reach Records

Heather Masse and Dick Hyman Lock My Heart Red House

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra Have you Heard MYJO

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band Tusk NCM East

Ana Moura Desfado Decca

The Nate Najar Trio Blues for Night People Candid

Martin Sanders Jazz in The City MSLP

Emy Tseng Sonho Mei Music

The Weave The Weave Rufusalbino Records

REISSUES/ARCHIVE //A-Z

Neil Ardley A Symphony Of Amaranths Dusk Fire

The Dave Brubeck Quartet The Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1955 – 1966 Columbia/Legacy

Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 Columbia/Legacy

Lou Donaldson/ Grant Green Cool Blues Groove Hug

Bob Downes Mixed Bag Open Music Openian BDOM

Michael Franks
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Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins Quintet With Horace Silver /Complete Birdland Broadcasts Solid Jazz Recordings

The Graham Bond Organisation Wade In The Water Repertoire REP 5250

Jimi Hendrix People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy

Hugh Lawson/ Richard Wyands Jazzcraft Studio Recordings 1977-78 Storyville

Return To Forever The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Columbia Legacy

Zoot Sims Zoot Sims Quartet In Paris Poll Winners

The Keith Tippett Group You Are Here… I Am There Esoteric

Short Cuts// Reissues

Chet Baker In Paris Complete Original Recordings Master Jazz Recordings

Count Basie Plays the Music of Benny Carter Fresh Sound

Harry Carney Rock Me Gently Dutton Vocalion

Oliver Nelson / Lem Winchester Takin’ Care of Business

Oscar Peterson On The Town Essential Jazz Classics

Django Reinhardt The Complete Trios Essential Jazz Classics

Red Garland Bright and Breezy The Nearness of You Essential Jazz Classics

João Gilberto The Legend El

Johnny Griffin Big Soul Band White Gardenia Fresh Sound

Willis Jackson One-Day Session Fresh Sound

Barbara Lea A Woman In Love / Barbara Lea / Lea in Love Fresh Sound

Archie Semple Night People / Easy Living Vocalion

Jack Teagarden Chicago and All That Jazz The Dixie Sound of… Phoenix

Various Artists The Hits of João Gilberto El

Frank Wess and Thad Jones Opus De Blues Fresh Sound

Cootie Williams Cootie / Un Concert à Minuit Masterjazz

Jazzwise March 2013 Issue CD Reviews List


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


New Releases


Rez Abbasi Trio – Continuous Beat  – Enja

Afro Horn   – MX  – AACE12-0001

Gregg August  – Four By Six  – Iacuessa

John Beasley, Darryl Jones, Ndugu Chancler  – 3 Brave Souls  – Challenge Records

Stéphane Belmondo  – The Same As It Never Was Before  – Verve

Han Bennink Trio  – Bennink # Co  – Ilk

Céline Bonacina Trio  – Open Heart  – ACT

Carsten Daerr  – Wide Angle  – Traumton

Claudio Filippini Trio  – Facing North  – Camjazz

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba  – Jama Ko  – Out Here Records

Stéphane Galland  – Lobi  – Out Note Records

Eddie Gomez  – Per Sempre  – Challenge

Frank Gratkowski Quartet  – Le Vent et La Gorge Leo
Gratkowski / Brown / Winant + Gerhard E. Winkler Vermilion Traces /  – Donaueschingen

Fo[u]r Alto  – 4 Compositions By Frank Gratkowski  – Leo

Dave Hamblett  – Light at Night  – Whirlwind Recordings

Ken Hatfield  – For Langston  – ACM
 

William Hooker  – Channels of Consciousness  – NoBusiness

Mette Juul  – Moon On My Shoulder  – Calibrated Music

Stéphane Kerecki Trio  – Sound Architects  – Out Note Records

Soweto Kinch  – The Legend Of Mike Smith  – Soweto Kinch Recordings

Frederik Köster Quartett  – Momentaufnahme  – Traumton Records

Ant Law  – Entanglement  – 33Jazz

Eric Legnini and the Afro Jazz Beat  – Sing Twice! – Discograph

Charles Lloyd  – Hagar’s Song  – ECM

Mark Lockheart  – Ellington In Anticipation  – Subtone Records

Andrew McCormack Trio  – Live in London  – Edition

Scott McLemore  – Remote Location  – Sunny Sky

Chris McNulty  – The Song That Sings You Here  – Challenge

Nicolas Meier  – From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile  – MGP Records

Mulgrew Miller and Klüver’s Big Band  – Grew’s Tune  – Stunt Records

Trichotomy  – Fact Finding Mission  – Naim Jazz

Robert Mitchell  – The Glimpse  – Whirlwind

Sam Newsome  – The Art Of The Soprano Vol.1  – SamNewsome

Opus 5  – Pentasonic  – Criss Cross Jazz

Oregon  – Family Tree  – Cam Jazz

Madeleine Peyroux  – The Blue Room  – Decca

Alexander von Schlippenbach  – Schlippenbach Plays Monk  – Intakt

Shatner’s Bassoon  – Aquatic Ape Privilege  – Wasp Millionaire

Sommer / Yannatou / Floridis / Voulgaris / Kastanis  – Songs for Kommeno  – Inakt

Erik Truffaz Quartet  – El Tiempo de la Revolución  – Blue Note

Tessa Souter  – Beyond The Blue  – Motema

Alister Spence Trio  – Far Flung  – Rufus

Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet  – Wisława  – ECM

Eberhard Weber  – Résumé  – ECM

Kenny Wheeler  – Mirrors  – Edition

Pharez Whitted  – For the People  – Origin



Short Cuts// New Releases

Accidental Tourists  – The L.A. Sessions  – Challenge Records

Acuña / Hoff / Mathisen  – Barxeta  – Losen

John Hollenbeck  – Songs I like a Lot  – Sunnyside

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra  – Schweben  – Maya Recordings

Ran Blake / Sara Serpa  – Aurora  – Cleanfeed

Ich Bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson  – Va  – Fongool

Bly de blyant  – ABC  – Hubro

Dean Brown  – Unfinished Business  – Moosicus Records

Jesse Davis Quintet  – Live at Smalls  – Smalls Live

Mark de Clive-Lowe/The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra  – Take the Space Trane –  Tru Thoughts

Joan Diaz  – We Sing Wayne Shorter  – Discmedi

Pete Escovedo – Live from Stern Grove Festival  – Concord Picante

Robben Ford  – Bringing it Back Home  – Mascot

Ben Goldberg  – Unfold Ordinary Mind  – BAG Production

Pablo Held Trio  – Live  – Pirouet

Ulli Jünemann Quartet  – Boo Hoo  – Nabel

Lisbeth Quartett Constant  – Travellers  – Traumton Records

Mostly Other People Do The Killing  – Slippery Rock  – Hot Cup

Akiko Pavolka  – Mahoroba  – Fresh Sound New Talent

Tobias Preisig  – In Transit  – Traumton

Alice Russell  – To Dust  – Tru Thoughts

Fjoralba Turku  – Serene  – Traumton

Calvin Weston  – Of Alien Feelings  – Imaginary Chicago

Nils Wogram Septet  – Complete Soul  – No label given


Reissues

Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan  – The Complete Recordings 1952-1957  – Jazz Dynamics

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band / Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen / Mike Cotton Jazzmen –  The Radio Luxembourg Sessions The 208 Rhythm Club – Vol 1  – Vocalion

Don Byas Quartet  – The Complete 1946-1954 Paris Recordings  – Solid Jazz Recordings

King Curtis  – Trouble In Mind + It’s Party Time  – Hoo Doo

Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet  – The Complete Sessions  – Jazz Dynamics

Miles Davis  – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud  – Phoenix

Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane  – Live In Zurich –  ‘In’ Crowd

Jack DeJohnette  – Special Edition  – ECM

Gil Evans Orchestra  – Plays The Music of Jimi Hendrix – FiveFour

Eric Gale  – Part Of You / Touch Of Silk  – BGO

Michael Garrick Trio with Don Weller  – You’ve Changed  – Hep

The Group  – Live  – NoBusiness

Julius Hemphill  – The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note

Keith Jarrett  – Hymns/Spheres  – ECM

Volker Kriegel & Friends  – Jazzfest Berlin ’81 – Art of Groove

Fela Kuti  – The Best of the Black President 2  – Knitting Factory Records

The Ramsey Lewis Trio  – In Chicago + Stretching Out  – Phoenix Records

Osibisa  – Heads / Happy Children  – Repertoire

Gil Scott-Heron  – The Revolution Begins  – BGP

James Spaulding  – Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington  – Storyville

Sonny Stitt  – Only The Blues  – Essential Jazz Classics

Trio Con Tromba  – Trio Con Tromba  – Vax Records

Weather Report  – The Columbia Albums 1976-1982  – Columbia/Legacy


Short Cuts// Reissues

Joe Alexander  – Blue Jubilee  – Fresh Sound

Ray Barretto  – Barretto  Para Bailar  – Malanga Music

Teddy Edwards  – Love Moods / Good Gravy  – Fresh Sound

Duke Ellington  – Jazz Party El  – Five Four

João Gilberto  – The Complete 1958-61 Recordings  – Malanga Music

Hampton Hawes  – For Real! – Essential Jazz Classics

Beverly Kenney  – Complete Royal Roost Recordings  – Fresh Sound

Dick Morgan  – At The Showboat / See What I Mean? / Settlin’ In  – Fresh Sound

Charlie Parker  – Charlie Parker with Strings  – Essential Jazz Classics

Buddy Rich  – … And His Buddies  – Fresh Sound

George Shearing  – On the Sunny Side of the Strip / On Stage! – Master Jazz Records

Toots Thielemans  – Bluesette –  Solar
 

Muddy Waters  – You Shook Me – The Chess Masters Vol 3 1958-1963  – Chess/Universal

 




Tessa Souter – Beyond The Blue ★★★★

Tessa Souter (v), Joel Frahm (saxes), Steve Kuhn (p), David Finck (b), Joe Locke (vib) and Gary Versace (acc). Rec. 27-28 March 2011

On her fourth CD, Beyond the Blue, her second for New York-based Motéma Music, vocalist Tessa Souter dips into the classical repertoire with 12 exquisite arrangements of music by Chopin, Brahms, Schubert and more. While three of the songs are well-known standards – ‘The Lamp is Low’ (Ravel), ‘My Reverie’ (Debussy), ‘Baubles, Bangles and Beads’ (Borodin), Souter pens wonderful new lyrics for the remaining nine songs and the results are unquestionably fine. Souter’s lustrous timbre works its magic from the scene-setting opener ‘Prelude to the Sun’, based on the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. Other stellar treats include ‘Dance With Me’ (from Borodin’s ‘Polovtsian Dances’), a remarkable take on Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’ (‘Chiaroscuro’), plus a beautiful reimagining of Rodrigo’s ‘En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor’, which every Miles fan knows well. Best of all is ‘The Darkness Of Your Eyes’ (based on Fauré’s ‘Pavane’), topped off by an outstanding solo from Joel Frahm on soprano. The rest of the supporting cast includes the Steve Kuhn trio and vibist Joe Locke, whose fluid soloing and deft textural touches add immeasurably to the album’s understated lyrical power.

– Peter Quinn

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