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!

JAZZ TODAY is a fortnightly radio show on Cambridge105. It is broadcast live in Cambridge UK on 105FM and online at Cambridge105.FM.

JAZZ TODAY ONLINE is a quarterly cloudcast of some of the best tracks to appear on JAZZ TODAY.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Jazz Today - Sunday 27th August at 3pm BST on Cambridge 105

...featuring drummer Mike Reed, pianists Laszlo Gardony and Fred Hersch, bassist Max Johnson and reedsman Michel Portal. We’ll also be hearing from the Nypan quartet and Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentos. Plus plenty more, including our run thru the jazz gigs coming up in Cambridge. Listen HERE at 3pm BST.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Playlist - Aug 13th 2017

The Nordanians: Choro Cubano from Dr Mysore (Zennez)
Bela Szaksi Lakatos, Christophe Monniot, Jozsef Barcza Horvath & Elemer Balazs: Summertime from Density of Standards (Budapest Music Center)
Marco Colonna: To Pee Wee and Tony from Ondas de Trigu (self-released)
Gunter Baby Sommer: No Parietto from Le Piccole Cose (Intuition)
Brian Landrus Orchestra: Jeru Concerto (Interlude & Mvt.2) from Generations (BlueLand)
Rob Luft: Riser from Riser (Edition)
Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri: Ljubliana from I (Eclipse Music)
Three Step Manoeuvre: Grant Party from Three Step Strut (self-released)
Torstein Ekspress: Towel Call from Reiseliv (Just Forthe Records)
En En En: G39 from Gronn & Gul (ParticularRecordings)
LPT3: De Charybde en Scylla from Vents Divers (Yolk)
Olie Brice Quintet: Red Honey Yellow Honey from Day After Day (Babel)
Blue Lines Sextet: Silence from Live at the Bimhuis (Casco)
expEAR & Drew Gress: Blue to Pink from Vesper (Kopasetic)
The Nordanians: Sufi from Dr Mysore (Zennez)

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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Playlist - July 23rd 2017

Tamara Mozes: Ping Pong from Moozing (Yolk)
Jan Harbeck’s Live Jive Jungle: Sidewalkin’ from Elevate (Stunt)
Michel Portal, Richard Hery, Xavier Tribolet & Quatuor Ebene: City Birds from Eternal Stories (Erato)
Henri Texier: Don’t Buy Ivory Anymore from 30 Ans Concert Anniversaire (Label Bleu)
Joonas Leppanen: Homecoming from Alder Ego (AMP Music& Records)
Hear in Now: Cicle from Not Living in Fear (International Anthem)
Eric Revis: Good Company from Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed)
Tamara Mozes: In the Salotto from Moozing (Yolk)
Sam Watts: In Dreams from Mime Music (Spark)
Yves Rousseau / Christophe Marguet 5tet: Fragrance from Spirit Dance (Cristal)
Gato Libre: Yuzu from Neko (Libra)
NSI Quartet feat. Dominik Wania: Tvoor from The Look of Cobra (Audio Cave)
Aerophone: Doloroso from Atrabile (Bruit Chic)
Carlos Bica & Azul: Patchwork from More Than This (Clean Feed)
Henri Texier: Barth’s Groove from 30 Ans Concert Anniversaire (Label Bleu)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Playlist - July 9th 2017

Dada Bolum: The Breaker from Pre Sentiment (self-released)
New Simplicity Trio: Riccardo’s Room from Common Spaces (Babel)
Team Hegdal: Among These Trees from Vol 4 (Particular Recordings)
Arkady Shilkloper & Vadim Neselovskyi: Get Up and Go from Lustrum (Neuklang)
Nicole Johanntgen: They Missed Love from Henry (self-released)
Hermine Deurloo: Samba de um Breque from Living Here (Zennez)
Hermine Deurloo: A Long Story Short from Living Here (Zennez)
Cuong Vu 4-tet: Blue Comedy from Ballet (Rare Noise)
Vadim Neselovskyi Trio: San Felio from Get Up and Go (Jazz Family / Neuklang)
Misha Mullov-Abbado: Gromit’s Grand Outing from Cross Platform Interchange (Edition)
Aerophone: Moustal from Atrabile (Bruit Chic)
Team Hegdal: Brubakken from Vol 4 (ParticularRecordings)
Hear in Now: Cantiere Orlando from Not Living in Fear (International Anthem)
Tom Syson: Bamberg from Green (self-released)
Josephine Davies: The Tempest Prognosticator from Satori (Whirlwind)
The Jazz Passengers: Trouble from Still Life with Trouble (Enja Yellowbird)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Playlist - June 25th 2017

Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet: Messenger from Desire (Challenge)
Jean-Paul Estievenart: Blade Runner from Behind the Darkness (Igloo)
Pulcinella: She Liked Summer from ¾ D’Once (BudapestMusic Center)
Riverside: View from a Bird from The New National Anthem (Greenleaf Music)
Kati Briens Dream Band: Durios from Happy Music (self-released)
Dino Massa Quartet: Suite No 1 from Suite Pour le Piano (Losen)
Sloth Racket: Edges from Shapeshifters (Luminous)
Greening from Ear to Ear: Hazara from Tam O’Shanter Tales (self-released)
Manfred Becker Ensemble: Afro Kurzel from Klangraume (O-Tone Music)
Jean-Paul Estievenart: Behind the Darkness from Behind the Darkness (Igloo)
Jonas Hemmersbach Group: Strange Days’ Blues from Gegenkonzept (Jazzhausmusik)
Kasper Tom, Alexander von Schlippenbach &Rudi Mahall: Beyoglu Blues from Abstract Window (WhyPlayJazz)
Anne Mette Iversen Quartet + 1: Segue from Round Trip (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Kati Briens Dream Band: Darko from Happy Music (self-released)
Double Decker Quartet: Blues for PC from Check Your Soul (Improvvisatore Involontario)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Playlist - June 11th 2017

Magnus Bakken Quartet feat. George Garzone: Opposing Forces from Cycles (AMP Music)
Lois Le Van: Redwood Meadow from So Much More (Hevhetia)
Greening from Ear to Ear: Lumpy from Tam O’Shanter Tales (self-released)
Sebastian Gramss’ Slowfox: Who Were from Gentle Giants (Traumton)
ZAPP4: Where Did You Sleep Last Night from In Bloom – The Music of Nirvana (Zennez)
Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio: Imagination Reconstruction from Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio (Whirlwind)
Aki Takase & David Murray: Nobuno from Cherry Sakura (Intakt)
Pitch Plot 4: Invitation to Walk from Big Eyebrow (Zennez)
Pitch Plot 4: A Poet’s Path from Big Eyebrow (Zennez)
Maria Portugal, Paul Van Kemenade & Jasper Van ‘T Hof: Dry Four from Daytime Sketches (KEMO)
Alex Bonney Quartet: Imaginary National Anthem from Halda Ema (Loop Collective)
Lois Le Van: False Cocoon from So Much More (Hevhetia)
Alexi Toumarila: Shadows from Kingdom (Edition)
Maria Portugal, Paul Van Kemenade & Jasper Van ‘T Hof:  Count Us In from Daytime Sketches (KEMO)
Brian Molley Quartet: The Pushkar Push from Colour and Movement (BGMM)
Sebastian Gramss’ Slowfox: Seen Dancing from Gentle Giants (Traumton)

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Playlist - May 28th 2017

Carlos Bica & Azul: Whale Rider from More Than This (Clean Feed)
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet: Sad Song from Desire (Challenge)
Misha Mullov-Abbado: Shanti Bell from Cross-Platform Interchange (Edition)
Misha Mullov-Abbado: No Strictly Dancing from Cross-Platform Interchange (Edition)
Bart Maris & Peter Vandenberghe: Iseo from Getting Lost in Tiny Spaces (El Negocito)
Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble: Blues Lee from Ted the Bellhop (WhyPlayJazz)
Matt Dibble & Fabio Zambelli: Folk from Songs and Soundscapes (33Xtreme)
Þorgrímur Jonsson Quintet: Rotation from Constant Movement (Sunny/Sky)
Mosaic: Cryptogram from Subterranea (Edition)
Snorre Kirk: Port Lights from Drummer & Composer (Stunt)
Snorre Kirk: The Main Drag from Drummer & Composer (Stunt)
Andras Des Trio: Holding Your Hand, 150 Seconds Before Midnight from The Worst Singer in the World (BMC)
Paul Deitrich Quintet: The Quick Turn from Focus (Ears & Eyes)
Bart Maris & Peter Vandenberghe: El Solitario from Getting Lost in Tiny Spaces (El Negocito)
Blue Lines Sextet: Chop from Live at the Bimhuis (Casco)
Matt Dibble & Fabio Zambelli: Monkified from Songs and Soundscapes (33Xtreme)
Anne Mette Iversen: Solus from Ternion Quartet (BrooklynJazz Underground)
Anne Mette Iversen: Trio One from Ternion Quartet (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)

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

Friday, 19 May 2017

Jazz Today Online - Spring 2017

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Operasjon Hegge: Bosse & Dorris from Midt Pa Natta (Particular Recordings). Martin Myhre Olsen, and Petter Kraft, saxophones; Torstein Lavik Larsen, trumpet; Bjorn Marius Hegge, bass; Simon Olderskog Albertsen, drums.

David Arthur Skinner: David’s Blues from Skinner Plays Skinner (Losen). David Arthur Skinner, piano.

Tony Cattano: Erva Mate from Naca (Aut). Tony Cattano, trombone; Emanuele Parrini, violin; Matteo Anelli, bass; Andrea Melani, drums.

Himpel Eskildsen Duo: Yesterday’s Blues from 3rd Room (Jazzhausmusik). Benjamin Himpel, saxophone; Simon Eskildsen, piano.

Vein: Boarding the Beat from The Chamber Music Effect (Unit). Michael Arbenz, piano; Thomas Lahns, bass; Florian Arbenz, drums.

Noah Preminger: A Change is Gonna Come from Meditations on Freedom (self-released). Noah Preminger, saxophone; Jason Palmer, trumpet; Kin Cass, bass, Ian Froman, drums.

Hans Ludemann’s Rooms: Dark Lights / Blaue Kreise from Blaue Kreise (BMC). Hans Ludemann, piano; Sebastien Boisseau, bass; Dejan Terzic, drums.

Fredrik Ljungkvist & Mattias Hjorth: Borje from Past in Present (Kopasetic). Fredrik Ljungkvist, clarinet; Mattias Hjorth, bass.

OK:KO: Kesaranta from Land E. (AMP Music& Records). Jamo Tikka, saxophone; Toomas Keski-Santti, piano; Mikael Saastamoinen, bass; Okko Sastamoinen, drums.

Red Planet with Bill Carrothers: Ann R Chi Suite from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers (Shifting Paradigm). Bill Carrothers, piano; Dean Magraw, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; Jay Epstein, drums.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Playlist - May 14th 2017

Þorgrímur Jonsson Quintet: Humble from Constant Movement (Sunny/Sky)
Han Bennink Trio: Adelante 2 from Adelante (ICP)
Han Bennink Trio: De Sprong O Romantiek Der Hazen from Adelante (ICP)
Daniel Levine, Marc Hannaford & Devin Gray: Snow from Knuckleball (Gold Bolus)
Stephan Oliva, Susanne Abbuehl & Oyvind Hegg-Lunde: The Listening from Princess (Vision Fugitive)
Jaimie Branch: Theme 002 from Fly or Die (International Anthem)
Mark Lewandowski: Ain’t Misbehavin’ from Waller (Whirlwind)
Stephan Oliva, Susanne Abbuehl & Oyvind Hegg-Lunde: Desireless / Mopti from Princess (Vision Fugitive)
Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Rest Easy from Then and Now (Trio)
Celine Bonacina Crystal Quartet: Crossing Flow from Crystal Rain (Cristal)
Andreas Schaerer, Luciano Biondini, Kalle Kalima & Lucas Niggli: Rezuesler from A Novel of Anomaly (unreleased)
Claasue 4: Unveranert (unreleased)
Eva Klesse Quartett: Eulogie from Obenland (Enja)
Elliot Galvin Trio: Hurdy Gurdy from Punch (Edition)
Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal & Nasheet Waits: Disappearance from Abu Sadiya (Accords Croises)
Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal & Nasheet Waits: Dar Shems from Abu Sadiya (Accords Croises)
Celine Bonacina Crystal Quartet: Vantan from Crystal Rain (Cristal)
Joao Barradas: Ignorance from Directions (InnerCircle Music)
Stu Hunter: Land of Gypsies from The Migration (Habitat Productions)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Playlist - April 23rd 2017

Joe Fiedler: Go Get It from Like, Strange (Multiphonics Music)
Himpel Eskildsen Duo: Yesterday’s Blues from 3rd Room (Jazzhausmusik)
Jovan Pavlovic Trio feat. MiNensemble: Refleks from Refleks (Ora Fonogram)
Norris Trio: Tiempo Abolida from Tonadoda (Enonane)
Lucia Cadotsch: Don’t Explain from Speak Low (EnjaYellowbird)
Lucia Cadotsch: Don’t Explain (Julian Sartorius Edit) from Speak Low Renditions (Enja Yellowbird)
OK:KO: Song of Bulls from Land E (AMP Music)
Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough: Endless Waiting from Feather (Ears & Eyes)
Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Then and Now from Then and Now (Trio)
Alex Hutton Trio: The Barons from The Magna Carta Suite (F-IRE Presents)
Synesthetic Octet: Regungslos from Rastlos (Jazzwerkstatt)
Shahin Novrasli: Emanation from Emanation (JazzVillage)
Shahin Novrasli: Jungle from Emanation (Jazz Village)
Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro: Flamenco from Rosa Dos Ventos (Anzic)
Miles Okazaki: The West from Trickster (Pi Recordings)
Himpel Eskildsen Duo: Green Eggs from 3rd Room (Jazzhausmusik)
Paolo Sorge: Slonimsky’s Domino from Triplain (Improvvisatore Involontario)
Jeff Kimmel Quartet: Charm Offensive from Charm Offensive (Ormolu Music)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Playlist - April 9th 2017

Paolo Benedettini, Bruno Montrone, Adam Pache & Joe Magnarelli: Mag Pie from Near and How (AMP Music)
Red Planet with Bill Carrothers: Ann R Chi Suite from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers (Shifting Paradigm)
Rich Halley & Carson Halley: The Stroll from The Wild (Pine Eagle)
David Arthur Skinner: David’s Blues from Skinner Plays Skinner (Losen)
Chicago Edge Ensemble: from Decaying Orbit (self-released)
LAB Trio: Elevator from Nature City (Out Note)
LAB Trio: Variation 15 from Nature City (OutNote)
Michael Attias Quartet: Dark Net from Nerve Dance (Clean Feed)
Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard: Frizz from The Strut (Whirlwind Records)
Stefan Aeby Trio: Iuk from To The Light (Intakt)
Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves: Coisa No. 6 from Outra Coisa (Anzic)
The Microscopic Septet: Dark Blue from Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me (Cuneiform)
Vanbinsbergen Playstation: Night Sky from Tales Without Words (Buzz)
Txema Riera: Little Feet Green from Terror (Underpool)
Big 4 + 1: Pretty Much Henry from 7 Years (Neuklang)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Playlist - March 26th 2017

Vein: Boarding the Beat from The Chamber Music Effect (Unit)
Tony Cattano: Il Salto del Pachiderma from Naca (Aut)
Dani Perez Trio: Folk Song from Resumen (Underpool)
Dejan Terzic’s Axiom: Anagramma from Prometheus (CAM Jazz)
Anders Thoren Quartet: Freedom of Heart from Sources of Inspiration (AMP Music & Records)
Phronesis with Julian Arguelles and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Zeiding from The Behemoth (Edition)
Aki Takase & David Murray: Let’s Cool One from Cherry Sakura (Intakt)
Flying Machines: First Breath from Flying Machines (Pictor)
Fini Bearman: I Know I Alone from Burn the Boat (Two Rivers)
Shake Stew: Can’t Reach from The Golden Fang (Traumton)
Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: Turbulent Plover from United (Inner Circle Music)
Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: Stillness from United (Inner Circle Music)
Colin Steele Quintet: Looking for Nessie from Even in the Darkest Places (Gadgemo)
Max Zentawer Trio: OSC in 3 from Reduced to the Max (Neuklang)
Jeremy Udden & Nicolas Moreaux: Belleville from Belleville Project (Sunnyside)
Aaron Parks, Thomas Fonnesboek & Karsten Bagge: A Rabbit’s Tale from Groovements (Stunt)
Vein: Sheherazade from The Chamber Music Effect (Unit)

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Playlist - March 12th 2017

Zeno De Rossi: Marionette from Zenophilia (Auand / El Gallo Rojo)
Miles Okazaki: Mischief from Trickster (PiRecordings)
OK:KO: Kesaranta from Land E. (AMP Music& Records)
Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Sphere from Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares (Red Piano)
Fredrik Ljungkvist & Mattias Hjorth: Borje from Past in Present (Kopasetic)
Fredrik Ljungkvist & Mattias Hjorth: Tulik from Past in Present (Kopasetic)
Trio Grande: Si C’est Pas from Trois Mousquetaires (De WERF)
Yago Vasquez, Scott Lee & Jeff Hirschfield: Basses Loaded from Second Stream (Fresh Sound New Talent)
Flying Machines: As Long As It Lasts from Flying Machines (Pictor)
Aki Takase & Rudi Mahall: Mood Indigo from Evergreen (Intakt)
Daniel Herskedal: There Are Three Things You Cannot Hide, Love, Smoke and a Man Riding on a Camel from The Roc (Edition)
Miguel Zenon: Academia from Tipico (Miel Music)
Zeno De Rossi: Henry Zeno from Zenophilia (Auand / El Gallo Rojo)
Trio Grande: Yalkna (Valse Mobile) from Trois Mousquetaires (De WERF)
Linda May Han Oh: Deepsea Dancers from Walk Against Wind (Biophilia)
Estafest!: Ornette’s Clockwork from Bayachrimae (BMC)

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

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Playlist - Feb 26th 2017

Operasjon Hegge: Bosse & Dorris from Midt Pa Natta (Particular Recordings)
Estafest: Cookies from Bayachrimae (BMC)
Nick Finzer: Single Petal of a Rose from Hear & Now (Outside In Music)
Ben Lee Quintet: Scratching the Itch from In The Tree (StoneyLane)
Ross Hammond & Vinny Golia: Aslaning from Ross Hammond & Vinny Golia (Prescott)
Gianluigi Trovesi & Umberto Petrin: Summer Evening from Twelve Colours and Synesthetic Cells (Dodicilune)
Operasjon Hegge: Min Forste Mars from Midt Pa Natta (Particular Recordings)
Wako & Oslo Strings: King of Kings from Modes for All Eternity (AMP Music)
Emanuele Parrini: Blues P #3 from The Blessed Prince (Long Song)
Ben Lee Quintet: Beginning of The End from In The Tree (Stoney Lane)
Daniel Herskedal: The Roc from The Roc (Edition)
Bridges with Seamus Blake: Song for Karla from Bridges with Seamus Blake (AMP Music)
Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra: The Lauer Faceplant: Based on a True Story from Telepathy & Bop (self-released)
David James’s GPS: Wag the Puppy from Billionaire Blues (self released)
David James’s GPS: Billionaire Blues from Billionaire Blues (self released)
Sebastien Amman: On A Move from Color Wheel (Skirl)
Anders Lonne Gronseth: Caput Mortuum from Mini Macro Ensemble Vol2 (Pling Music)
Knut Riisnaes Quartet: Petite Prix from 2nd Thoughts (Losen)

Intro - Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoosticks (Blue Note Fr)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Jazz Today Online - Winter 2017

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Franck Tortiller & Francois Corneloup: Walking Fellows from Singing Fellows (MCO). Franck Tortiller, vibraphone; Francois Corneloup, baritone saxophone.

Mihaly Dresch Quartet with Chris Potter: Togo from Zea (Budapest Music Centre). Mihaly Dresch & Chris Potter, reeds; Miklos Lukacs, cimbalom; Erno Hock bass; Istvan Balo, drums.

Marc Boutillot Quartet: Etrange Procession from Lumiere sur la Nuit (Classiquez). Marc Boutillot, clarinet; Leonida Fava, guitar; Philippe Monge, bass; Julien Augier, drums.

Lubos Soukup & Points Septet: Rhythm from Lubos Soukup & Points Septet (Animal Music). Lubos Soukup, Marcel Barta and Petr Kalfus, reeds; Oskar Torok, trumpet; Jan Jirucha, trombone; Jaromir Honzak, bass; Tomas Hobzek, drums.

Lubos Soukup & Points Septet: Leto 1985 from Lubos Soukup & Points Septet (Animal Music). As above.

Gold Age: Peach Orchard from Gold Age (Singlespeed Music). Aram Shelton, reeds; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Safa Shokrai, bass; Britt Ciampa, drums.

Scrapbook: Triads from Scrapbook (Spark). Alaric Taylor, trumpet; Kieran McLeod, trombone; Angus Bayley, piano; Nick Sigsworth, violin; Daisy Watkins, viola; Paul Trippett, bass; Dave Hamblett, drums.

Vanbinsbergen Playstation: Goofy from Live (Buzz). Mete Erker and  Miguel Boelens, reeds; Morris Kliphuis, French horn; Joost Buis, trombone; Corrie van Binsbergen, guitar; Albert van Veenendaal, piano; Dion Nijland, bass; Yonga Sun, drums.

Franck Tortiller & Francois Corneloup: La Lecon des Jours from Singing Fellows (MCO). Franck Tortiller, marimba; Francois Corneloup, baritone saxophone.

BassDrumBone: Cherry Pickin from The Long Road (Auricle). Ray Anderson, trombone; Joe Lovano, saxophone; Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemmingway, drums.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Playlist - February 12th 2017

Eric Seva: Monsieur Toulouse from Nomade Sonore (Gaya)
Jacob Anderskov: Alpha from Resonance (Stunt)
Noah Preminger: A Change is Gonna Come from Meditations on Freedom (self-released)
Mathias Heise Quadrillion: Sudden Ascent from Sudden Ascent (Giant Sheep Music)
Leszek Kulakowski Ensemble: Regi from Looking Ahead (ForTune)
Ross Hammond: Blues for Rusty Moses from Follow Your Heart (Prescott)
Scrapbook: Henno from Scrapbook (Spark)
Filip Augustson: Ogat from Minsta Gemensamma Namnaren (Found You Recordings)
Tim Garland: The Eternal Greeting from One (Edition)
Ross Hammond: I Ain’t Scared of Your Jail from Follow Your Heart (Prescott)
Twelves: Long Time Traveller from Strange Folk (Babel)
Hans Ludemann’s Rooms: Dark Lights from Blaue Kreise (BMC)
Hans Ludemann’s Rooms: Blaue Kreise from Blaue Kreise (BMC)
Eric Seva: Rue aux Fromages from Nomade Sonore (Gaya)
Jachna / Tarwid / Karch: One for Hedgehog from Sundial II (Hevhetia)
Adam Pieronczyk: Departure from Monte Alban (self-released)
Noah Preminger: Just the Way It Is from Meditations on Freedom (self-released)
Roberto Gatto Quartet: Sixth Sense from Sixth Sense (Parco Della Musica)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Playlist - Jan 22nd 2017

Tre: Milbe from Edle Einfalt (DoubleMoon)
M.E.A.N.: Weiter Weg from Clara Park (Jazzhausmusik)
Daniel Schlappi & Marc Copland: Rainy Night House from More Essentials (Catwalk)
Lubos Soukup & Points Septet: Rhythm from Lubos Soukup & Points Septet (Animal Music)
Lubos Soukup & Points Septet: Leto 1985 from Lubos Soukup & Points Septet (Animal Music)
Hearts & Minds: Irresolute from Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits)
Arne Jansen Trio: Here We Go from Nine Firmaments (Traumton)
Daniel Schlappi & Marc Copland: Song for My Father from More Essentials (Catwalk)
Trish Clowes: Be a Glow Worm from My Iris (Basho)
I Giganti della Montagna: Il Gigante Addormentato from Io Sono Tre (Improvvisatore Involontario)
Motif: The Guns of Amarone, Episodes 1 & 2 from My Head is Listening (Clean Feed)
Ola Kvernberg & The Trondheim Soloists: Mechanical Fair from The Mechanical Fair (Jazzland)
Adam Schneit Band: Light Shines In from Light Shines In (self-released)
Tre: Dente Caduto from Edle Einfalt (DoubleMoon)
Los Cronopios: Distante Espejo from Relatos Breves (Underpool)
The Freexielanders: Sabor de Habanera from Looking Back, Playing Forward (Rudi)
The Freexielanders: St James Infirmary / Gotta Get to St Joe from Looking Back, Playing Forward (Rudi)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016 El Intruso International Critics Poll

It was an honour to be asked again to contribute to the El Intruso International Critics Poll.  Full results HERE.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Playlist - Jan 8th 2017

Pablo Diaz Quinteto: Serpiente de Fuego from Destemporizador (Nendo Dango)
Amendola vs Blades: Lima Bean from Greatest Hits (Pledgemusic)
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken: Six Gnossiennes No 3 from Satie (Steeplechase)
Melanoia & Quatuor IXI: Oliam from Red (BMC)
Jacob Christoffersen Trio: We Want You from We Want You (Stunt)
Trio Trara: Bec Hora from Film Still (Jazzwerkstatt)
Hearts & Minds: Streaming from Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits)
Marc Boutillot Quartet: Etrange Procession from Lumiere sur la Nuit (Classiquez!)
Trish Clowes: Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) from My Iris (Basho)
Cortex: Fall from Live in New York (Clean Feed)
Enrique Norris & Paula Shocron: El Grillo Cosmico from Sono-Psico-Cosmica (Nendo Dango)
Jakub Dybzynski Equilateral Trio: Allured from Intuitive Inversions (Hevhetia)
Scrapbook: Triads from Scrapbook (Spark)
Trio Trara: DJ from Film Still (Jazzwerkstatt)
Pino Minafra: Maccaroni from Minafric (Sud Music)

Monday, 2 January 2017

Pete's Pick of 2016

All of the albums below have featured in my quarterly online podcasts which can be located HERE. I have included some that were released in 2015, but did not end up with me until 2016. So....with the caveat that I have heard only a fraction of the new releases available, here are my picks of 2016.

Pino Minafra – Minafric (Sud Music)

I’ve enjoyed the music of Pino Minafra for decades, ever since his early recordings for the Splasc(H) label. His fourteen-piece Minafric Orchestra features top names from the Italian scene, such as Roberto Ottaviano, Carlo Actis Dato and Beppe Caruso. The addition of the vocal quartet Faraualla adds a striking dimension to the music (and, if you see them live, a visual treat!). Flavours from North Africa and Latin America abound, particularly in the numbers from Pino’s son, pianist Livio Minafra.
On stage the energy and fun of the orchestra almost detract from their skill and musicianship. I defy you to listen to this music without posterior gyration. An hour of joy.

Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet (DaMaNa) – Cornua Copiae (Clean Feed)

Many record labels are catching up with the astonishing jazz coming out of Scandinavia. Edition Records, for example, have recordings from the likes of Eyolf Dale, Daniel Herskedal and  Per Oddvar Johannsen. The Lisbon-based Clean Feed label are also ‘in on the act’ with recent releases from the trio Momentum, the quartet Cortex, the quintet Friends and Neighbours and the sextet Motif. All of which deserve your attention. The album that most caught my ear however was the debut of the Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet (aka DaMaNa).
It’s an album I’ve been anticipating for some time, ever since i saw the band’s online videos a couple of years ago. And I’m not disappointed. The leader’s compositions allow the band the space to generate plenty of energy, but keep a sense of form, albeit loose at times. They shift from tradition to free, velvet to sandpaper, yet still retain coherence.

The octet comprises reedsmen Kristoffer Alberts , Jørgen Mathisen  and André Roligheten  trumpeter Hayden Powell  trombonist Kristoffer Kompen  pianist Øyvind Dale  bassist Adrian Myhr and the man himself, Dag Magnus Narvesen,  at the drums. Almost a who’s who of the current Norwegian scene. They must be great to see live.

Laurent Rochelle’s Okidoki Quartet – Si Tu Regardes (Linoleum)

I’m a sucker for the bass clarinet. Its ability to create an almost human cry makes it a most emotive instrument. On this album it’s handled by a master, Laurent Rochelle.
It’s good to have Laurent back on my radar. I’ve enjoyed his playing ever since his work with the Lilliput Orchestra a decade or so ago. He studied under French reedsman Thierry Maucci, and has worked in many areas, including theatre, dance, cinema, even puppetry!

This foursome (with Laurent on reeds, Frederic Schadoroff piano, Olivier Brousse bass and Eric Boccalini drums) falls squarely in the jazz tradition, albeit with occasional nods to Laurent’s interest in minimalist music. There is a bluesy feel throughout (exemplified by Laurent’s solo on Okidoki Blues). All ten compositions are by the leader, three with the added text and vocals of Anja Kowalski. One is even named after one of my favourite places, the Cevennes.
It’s the second release from this line-up. I must get hold of the first.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)

A sextet combining some of the finest musician from the Bay Area and New York; Ben Goldberg, clarinet, Kirk Knuffke, cornet, Jenny Scheinman, violin, Myra Melford piano, Todd Sickafoose bass and Allison Miller, drums. It’s the fourth recording for Boom Tic Boom, a band that appears to be growing in personnel with every outing. This is the first album to include Ben and Kirk  
It’s dedicated to Allison’s newly-born daughter and all the compositions were written by the leader with the musicians in mind. They get funky at times and occasionally move into realm of free jazz. Yet all are imbued with a sense of fun.

And Otis? Well Otis is Allison’s dog. And surprisingly, not a particularly large one considering his apparent heritage.
S’il te Plait Madame – The King and the Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance (Petit)

An album that wins the award for ‘album title of the year’, and possibly ‘band name of the year’ as well. It was actually released in 2015, but did not reach my CD player until earlier this year. It was worth the wait. It’s released on the Petit imprint, an independent label based in Caen, associated with the Collectif Jazz Basse-Normandie and documenting the local scene.
The only member of the quartet I have encountered before is trumpeter Pierre Millet, a mainstay of another outfit with albums on Petit Records, Renza Bo. And there are similarities in their music; they both play an intriguing and spiky brand of post-bop.

As well as playing trumpet, Pierre also wields cornet and bugle, as well as sampling some vinyl. Completing the excellent quartet are saxophonist Fabrice Theuillon, bassist Mathieu Millet and drummer Emmanuel Penfeunteun.

Franck Tortiller & Francois Corneloup – Singing Fellows (MCO)

Another album with a sense of joy (...and we could do with some joy after the past year) featuring two French veterans; Franck Tortiller, vibraphone and marimba and Francois Corneloup on baritone saxophone.
Franck is a musician equally happy in a classical environment as he is with jazz. He spent many years with the Vienna Art Orchestra and was leader of the prestigious Orchestra National de Jazz from 2005 to 2008. Francois Corneloup is probably best known for wielding the heavy metal in Henri Texier’s bands, most recently with the superb Hope Quartet.

They share composing duties on eleven short-ish numbers, with Franck’s use of marimba adding an African vibe to some of them. A duo I can see being snapped up by one of the more prominent labels. Until then, you can find the pair on Franck’s own MCO imprint.

I Am Three - Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Leo)

The three are Silke Eberhard, alto saxophone, Nikolaus Neuser, trumpet and Christian Marian drums. They interpret a dozen compositions by Charles Mingus. In fact the band’s name itself alludes to a quote from Charles’ autobiography.
And whereas there are numerous tribute albums that give pedestrian renditions of Mingus’s music, this one captures his energy perfectly. A fiery trio that I’m sure the great man himself would have enjoyed listening to.

Mihaly Dresch Quartet with Chris Potter – Zea (BMC)

There appears to be a thriving jazz scene in Eastern Europe which is being documented by labels such as Hevhetia, ForTune and Budapest Music Center (BMC) Records. And the emotive nature of the regional musics lend themselves to jazz interpretation.
Mihaly Dresch is one of the premier saxophonists on the Hungarian scene with over 20 albums to his name. His long-standing quartet incorporate Hungarian folk music into their sound, made even more apparent by the use of the cimbalom (an instrument I cannot hear without thinking of Cold War spy films).

Guesting on this live date (recorded in Budapest in the spring of 2012) is US reedsman Chris Potter who utilises tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. The leader plays saxophone and fuhun, an instrument he designed himself.....a cross between a saxophone and a recorder.
Completing the band are Miklos Lukacs on cimbalom, Erno Hock on bass and Istvan Balo on drums. A band I would relish seeing live.

BassDrumBone – The Long Road (Auricle)

A two CD set from the trio BassDrumBone to celebrate the bands 40th Anniversary this year. Bass equals Mark Helias. Drum equals Gerry Hemingway. Bone equals trombone... equals Ray Anderson.
The trio started life in 1977 and, despite each member subsequently becoming a successful bandleader in his own right, the trio have stayed together and now have ten albums to their name.
This excellent tenth outing harbours eleven numbers recorded in a Brooklyn studio plus two recorded live in Lausanne, Switzerland (the country where Gerry Hemingway now resides). Three of the studio tracks add the piano of Jason Moran. A different three add the tenor saxophone of Joe Lovano.  A band that shows no signs of running out of steam.

Ronnings Jazzmaskin - Jazzmaskin! (Losen)

Yet more good stuff from Norway, recorded near Trondheim in December 2014. Ronnings Jazzmaskin are a young quartet led by drummer Truls Ronning . They have been in existence for five years and were initially inspired by the music of Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine. They operate in a similar fashion, with a touch of Ornette, and a more contemporary feel.  Completing the tight quartet are Martin Myhre Olsen and Petter Kraft on saxophones and Egil Kalman on bass.
And Is it something they put in the water in Scandinavia ....spawning an endless supply of quality jazz musicians?  Who knows. What I do know is that I’ll be keeping tabs on Ronnings Jazzmaskin and following their progress with great interest.


As always, some other 2016 releases I would hate to be without:
3/4 Peace – Rainy Days on the Common Land (El Negocito); Mosaic – Subterranea (Edition); Vanbinsbergen Playstation  - Live (Buzz); Bojan Z & Nils Wogram – Housewarming (NWOG); Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family – Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto); Eyolf Dale – Wolf Valley (Edition); Henri Texier – Dakota Mab (Intuition); Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Ernst Glerum & Paul van Kemenade – Checking Out (KEMO); Achille Succi, Francesco Saiu & Giacomo Papetti - Three Branches (El Gallo Rojo); Duo Van Otterloo Van Veenendaal – No Trace (Brokken); Gold Age – Gold Age (Singlespeed Music); Miklos Lukacs, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland – Cimbalom Unlimited (BMC); Harris Eisenstadt – Old Growth Forest (Clean Feed); Johnny Hunter Quartet – While We Still Can (Efpi); Piero Bittolo Bon’s Bread & Fox – Big Hell on Air (Auand / El Gallo Rojo); MAdHAs – MadHAs (Gateway); Adriano Clemente & Akashmani Ensemble - The Mingus Suite (Dodicilune)