There's so much good jazz being recorded around the world....a lot of it on small labels....and yet it rarely gets airplay. JAZZ it's own small way....tries to put that right!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Jazz Today - Sunday 25th February at 3pm GMT on Cambridge 105 Radio

.....featuring Scandinavian jazz from Eyolf Dale, Ole Marius Sandberg and Fredrik Lundin, German jazz courtesy of Paul Peuker and the quartet Mifras and US jazz from David Murray and Quin Kirchner. Plus music and chat with keyboard player Elliot Galvin. Listen HERE at 3pm GMT.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Jazz Today Online - Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 podcast can be heard by clicking on the widget in the left hand column, or on mixcloud HERE.

MOPO: Ruusu from Mopocalypse (We Jazz): Linda Fredriksson, saxophone; Otto Eskelinen, keyboards; Eero Tikkanen, bass; Eeti Nieminen, drums.

Henri Texier: Hungry Man from Sand Woman (LabelBleu): Manu Codjia, guitar; Sebastien Texier and Vincent Le Quang, reeds; Henri Texier, bass; Gautier Garrigue, drums.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Yellow House from Paint (Hot Cup): Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliot, bass; Kevin Shea, drums.

Allison Philips Trio: Triad Tune from Allison Philips Trio (Flea Boy): Allison Philips, trumpet; Alessandro Fongaro, bass; Robin van Rhijn, drums.

Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste: Ostinato (Prelude) from Reverso – Suite Ravel (self-released): Ryan Keberle, trombone; Frank Woeste, piano; Vincent Courtois, cello; Jeff Ballard, drums.

Leila Martial: Smile from Baabel (Laborie Jazz). Leila Martial, vocals and keyboards; Pierre Tereygeol, guitar; Emile Parisien, saxophone; Eric Perez, drums.

Christof Thewes Quartet: Abba Dabba from SurReal Book A (Gligg): Christof Thewes, trombone; Hartmut Osswald, saxophone; Ben Lehman, bass; Martial Frenzel, drums.

Marc Sarrazy & Laurent Rochelle: Paysage Avant Pendaison from Chansons Pour L’Oreille Gauche (Linoleum): Marc Sarrazy, piano; Laurent Rochelle, reeds.

Masters of Turbosilence: Lamento aus Eschwege from Winterreise (Fish Music): Ekkehard Jost, saxophone; Reiner Winterschladen, trumpet; Detlef Landeck, trombone; Kubi Kubach, bass; Zam Johnson, drums.

Anton Hunter: Peaceful Assembly from Article XI (efpi): Cath Roberts, Sam Andreae, Simon Prince and Mette Rasmussen, reeds; Graham South and Nick Walters trumpets, Seth Bennett and Richard Foote, trombones; Anton Hunter, guitar; Eero Tikkanen, bass; Johnny Hunter, drums.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Playlist - February 11th 2018

CVDG Project: Baby from Paradise (Trouble in theEast)
Henri Texier: Hungry Man from Sand Woman (LabelBleu)
Wadada Leo Smith: Crepuscule with Nellie from Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM)
Paul van Kemenade: Bramen Plukken from Master of Lyric (Kemo)
Kadawa: Stairs Downhill from Kadawa (self-released)
Christof Thewes Quartet: Abba Dabba from SurReal Book A (Gligg)
Sophie Alour: I Loves You Porgy from Time For Love (Music From Source)
Sophie Alour: Left Alone from Time For Love (Music FromSource)
Nut Club: Reza (unreleased)
Paul van Kemenade: Strings for Linx from Master of Lyric (Kemo)
Michal Bak Quartetto: Ursa Minor from Michal Bak Quartetto (Alpaka)
Kjetil Jerve, Tim Thornton & Anders Thoren: Red Eye from Circumstances (AMP Music and Records)
Better Than TV: Norway from Song from No Man’s Land (self-released)
Christof Thewes Quartet: Alles-Nix from SurReal Book A (Gligg)
Will Butterworth Quartet: The Nightingale from The Nightingale and The Rose (Jellymould Jazz)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Playlist - January 28th 2018

Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste: Ostinato (Prelude) from Reverso – Suite Ravel (self-released)
Allison Philips Trio: Triad Tune from Allison Philips Trio (Flea Boy)
Rudy Smith Quartet: One for Bent from Glass World (Stunt)
Diab Quintet: Oeil de Lynx from Seagull Tango (Home)
NSI Quartet: Rybobon from The Look of Cobra (AudioCave)
Leila Martial: Smile from Baabel (Laborie Jazz)
Elliot Galvin: Red and Yellow from The Influencing Machine (Edition)
Andrea Keller Quartet: Under the Birch Tree from Greatest Hits (self-released)
Andre Canniere: Sunflower (for Emilie) from The Darkening Blue (Whirlwind)
Marc Sarrazy & Laurent Rochelle: Paysage Avant Pendaison from Chansons Pour L’Oreille Gauche (Linoleum)
Flat Earth Society: Ahmad & Juan from Terms of Embarassment (Igloo)
Too Noisy Fish: Slow B from Fight Eat Sleep (Rare and Treacherous)
Nick Fraser: Skeleton from Is Life Long? (CleanFeed)
Frode Kjekstad: Invitation from A Piece of the Apple (Losen)
20th Century Dog: Vibrant from Bone (Earshift Music)

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Playlist - January 14th 2018

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Yellow House from Paint (Hot Cup)
Mopo: Ruusu from Mopocalypse (We Jazz)
Mopo: Mustafa from Mopocalypse (We Jazz)
Gabor Gado & Laurent Blondiau: Kenpo from Veil and Quintessence (BMC)
Aki Rissanen: Blind Desert from Another North (Edition)
Thomas Champagne Random House: Waiting from Sweet Day (Challenge / Igloo)
The Mulligan-Baker Project: Freeway from Mixing Memory and Desire (WLJWC)
Charlie Hunter: (Looks Like) Someone Got Ahead of Schedule on their Medication from Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (Ground Up)
Andre Canniere: Lament from The Darkening Blue (Whirlwind)
Pigfoot: Basin Street Blues from 21st Century Acid Trad (Village Life)
Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors: The Meeting from The Meeting (Inarhyme)
Andrea Keller: Listen from Still Night: Music in Poetry (Jazzhead)
Andrea Keller: Where My Books Go from Still Night: Music in Poetry (Jazzhead)
Andrea Keller Quartet: Soup Tin Baby from Greatest Hits (self-released)
Elodie Pasquier: The Little Ducks of the Night from Mona (Laborie Jazz)
Huw Warren: EE from Nocturnes and Visions (self-released)
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition: Rasikapriya from Agrima (self-released)
Arne Huber Quartet: Im Echten Leben from Im Echten Leben (Meta)

(Intro / Outro – Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoosticks (Blue Note Fr))

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2017 El Intruso International Critics Poll

As always, it was an honour to be asked to contribute to the El Intruso International Critics Poll. Full results to be found HERE.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Pete's Pick of 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time to say thanks to those musicians who have stirred my head, heart and feet over the past 12 months. As always, I’ve only heard a fraction of the new releases and I’m sure there’s plenty more good stuff out there that I’ve missed. no particular order.....

Team Hegdal – Vol 4 (Particular Recordings)

A band that fall into the category ‘deserving wider recognition’. Team Hegdal Vol 3 was one of my Picks of 2015. And I make no apology for adding Vol 4 to my list for 2017.
There’s something about the way a number of Scandinavian jazz musicians have integrated past and present. This isn’t your fragile Nordic ambience. If anything these are sounds closer to Chicago. This is thorny free-bop.
Eirik Hegdal and Andre Roligheten, reeds, Oscar Gronberg, piano, Ole Morten Vagen, bass and Gard Nilssen, drums; four Norwegians and one Swede, interpreting 13 compositions from Eirik Hegdal, a musician best known for directing the prestigious Trondheim Jazz Orchestra from 2002 to 2016. The reedsmen split their time between a range of clarinets and saxophones to add variety to the group sound. And Eirik assures me that the cover image is not a self portrait. Although he did paint it. Roll on Vol 5.

Tamara Mozes – Moozing (Yolk)

I’m no great lover of vocal jazz, mainly because it often veers to middle of the road and loses that edge that I find so important. However the music of vocalist Tamara Mozes caught my ear.  Tamara hails from Hungary where she was classically trained at the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest. She followed up with studies in improvisation in France and Belgium.
On this, her 3rd album, she integrates voice and piano in a creative way utilising both lyrics and scat. Her playing harbours a great deal of joy and her compositions take inspiration from popular song, folk music and French chanson. Someone to keep tabs on methinks.

CVDG Project – Paradise (Trouble in the East)

Six Berlin-based musicians all versed in the art of free improv, taking a backwards glance at the heyday of jazz. There’s no parody here though, just good foot-tapping music, with references to Monk, Ellington and Basie. Nine originals interspersed with five short free-form ‘miniatures’.
Leader of the project is pianist Christian von der Goltz, a musician I’ve not encountered before. He’s pulled together a classy line-up, comprising Henrik Walsdorff, alto saxophone, Rudi Mahall, bass clarinet, Martin Klingeberg, trumpet, Jan Roder, bass and Kay Luebke, drums.
And although the music may allude to the 1950’s, the solos retain a current day sensibility. And every time I hear the reeds of Rudi Mahall, it reinforces my view that he has one of the most characteristic sounds in today’s jazz, regardless of setting.

The album issued by a small independent label run by musicians Gerhard Gschlossl, Alberto Cavenati and Sunk Poschl. The label’s name alludes to a composition by Ornette Coleman and the musicians’ East German heritage. Check out their other releases. All are worth a listen.

Eric Revis – Sing Me Some Cry (CleanFeed)

As with so many of today’s jazz musicians, bass player Eric Revis can deliver the goods regardless of whether the music falls right or left of centre.  Here the music tends to left field, but never loses sight of the history.
On this, his 5th outing on the adventurous Clean Feed Label, he brings along the earthy reeds of Ken Vandermark, the angular piano of Kris Davis and the propulsive drums of Chad Taylor. All four contribute compositions and at times, such as Eric’s composition PT 44, the performances can get incandescent. And Drunkards Lullaby is anything but. In all cases, its music that rewards repeat listening.
A quartet that demonstrates how far the sax, piano, bass and drum configuration has progressed over the past couple of decades.

Kati Briens Dream Band – Happy Music (self produced)

The great thing about online sites such as Bandcamp is that they give musicians the opportunity to release their music to a wider audience.  This can be a two-edged sword in the sense that the quality can sometimes be suspect. However there are occasions, as with this band, that a gem appears.

Kati Briens Dream Band have been together for 7 years, although I believe this is their debut on record. They have the interesting instrumental line-up of two alto saxophone (Kati Brien and Bastian Duncker), bass clarinet (Viktor Wolf), trombone (Andrej Ugoljew), bass (Simon Quinn) and drums (Tilo Weber). Key to their success are Kati’s compositions and arrangements. Her compositions are often melodic, sometimes quirky. And the sextet creates some wonderful harmonies.
There are a number of exciting young bands emanating from Berlin at present. Kati is in her late 20’s, has been a member of the German Jazz Orchestra and has studied with the likes of Greg Cohen and Kurt Rosenwinkel.  She’s definitely a musician to keep an eye on.

Anton Hunter – Article XI (efpi)

And it’s not only Germany that is producing new talent. There appears to be a number of forward-looking musicians linking Manchester and London, musicians that feature in bands such as Sloth Racket, Favourite Animals and the Beats and Pieces Big Band.

One of the prime movers is guitarist Anton Hunter, who has recently issued the debut album of his eleven-piece ensemble Article XI. The band was commissioned for the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival, and a couple of the tracks come from that performance. The remainder were recorded at The Vortex in London a few days later.

The band harbours the reeds of Simon Prince, Cath Roberts, Mette Rasmussen and Sam Andreae, the brass of Graham South, Nick Walters, Seth Bennett and Richard Foote, plus the rhythm section of Anton Hunter, Eero Tikkanen and Johnny Hunter. And the adventurous writing is credited to ‘Anton and all the band’. If you like cutting edge jazz, then this album is well worth investigating.

Himpel Eskildsen Duo – 3rd Room (Jazzhausmusik)

Music that seems to probe dark corners, before letting in the light. It’s my first encounter with both musicians. Benjamin Himpel hails from Stuttgart and splits his time between tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet. Simon Eskildsen is from Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. He’s also a graphic artist of some pedigree and has designed the intriguing CD cover.
All bar one of the thirteen compositions have been penned by the duo, often romantic and with classical overtones. It’s a engaging and mature debut.


Noah Preminger – Meditations on Freedom (self-released)

Noah Preminger is a saxophonist growing in stature with each recording. This is his 6th outing, the third with his quartet, namely trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman. It mixes originals with standards from Bruce Hornsby, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Sam Cooke. And everything is riddled with the blues. Meditations on Freedom was released in the USA on January 20th, Inauguration Day. And the political comment carries across to the originals, with titles such as Women’s March, Mother Earth and Broken Treaties. A saxophonist who plays with confidence and authority. A musician who has something to say. And an excellent quartet to boot.

Dylan Jack Quartet – Diagrams (Creative Nation Music)

Another debut of note. And an album that insinuated itself into my psyche over time.
It’s my first encounter with Dylan Jack. He hails from Boston, Massachusetts and has written about and teaches drumming in the local area. He also composed all five of the angular compositions herein, often with unusual meters. His band comprises Todd Brunel on reeds, Eric Hofbauer, guitar and Anthony Leva, bass.

Dylan comes across very much as a team player, allowing plenty of space for his bandmates to have their say. And I’ve long been a fan of guitarist Eric Hofbauer, who sticks to the amplified acoustic instrument throughout. Todd Brunel is a musician who splits his time between classical and jazz work, and is also a member of Eric’s Quintet. Here he sticks primarily to the clarinet (Bb and bass). And I have not heard the bass of Anthony Leva before, but he contributes equally to the success of this band. I look forward to their future output.

Roligheten – Homegrown (Clean Feed)

Another example of the burgeoning Scandinavian scene. And a second mention for reedsman Andre Roligheten, a musician who has appeared on Jazz Today numerous times, most notably with the duo Albatrosh, the quintet Friends and Neighbours and the aforementioned Team Hegdal.
Completing his eponymous quartet are Adrian Loseth Waade on violin, Jon Rune Strom on bass and Erik Nylander on drums. And the presence of a string instrument in the front line adds a different dimension to this release. The band are capable of swinging (with the wonderfully titled Telemark Tango), introspection (Syvsover) and freedom (Nidkjaer).

The album cover shows an elderly man wearing headphones and wielding a mattock in the middle of a pasture. Looks like a thankless task. Unlike the effort it would take to track down this album.


Other 2017 releases I wouldn’t be without:

Olie Brice Quintet – Day After Day (Babel); Misha Mullov-Abbado – Cross Platform Interchange (Edition); Masters of Turbosilence – WinterReise (Fish Music); Slowfox – Gentle Giants (Traumton); Immigration Booth – Hinterm Spiegel (Float Music); Vincent Courtois, Daniel Erdmann & Robin Finker – Bandes Originales (Label La Buissone) ; David Arthur Skinner – Skinner Plays Skinner (Losen); Operasjon Hegge – Midt Pa Natta (Particular); OK:KO – Land E (AMP); Jason Stein Quartet – Lucille (Delmark); Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri (Eclipse Music); David Chevallier Trio – Second Life (Cristal); Mike Reed – Flesh & Bone (482 Music); Mikko Innanen 10+ (We Jazz); Joy Ellis – Life on Land (F-IRE); Sophia Domancich – Alice’s Evidence (Marge); Phil Schurger – Echoes of the Ancestors (Ears & Eyes); Hans Ludemann’s Rooms – Blaue Kreise (BMC); Red Planet & Bill Carrothers (Shifting Paradigm); Michel Portal – Eternal Stories (Erato); Lisa Stick Septett - Tyst (Jazzlab); The Gareth Lockrane Big Band - Fistfight at the Barndance (Whirlwind)