World of Jazz 415


  1. Jesse Ryan “Big Ole’ Shoes (Featuring Mt. Cullane Tambrin Band)” from Bridges (Fwé Culture) 00:00
  2. Junk Magic “Compass Confusion / Little Love Gods” from Compass Confusion (Pyroclastic) 07:58
  3. Daniel Carter, Stephen Gauci “#4” from Daniel Carter/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets (gaucimusic) 17:25
  4. Noah Haidu “Midnight Silence” from Doctone (Sunnyside Records) 23:08
  5. Dave Young Quartet “Dolphin Dance” from Ides of March (Modica Music) 32:12
  6. Gerald Cleaver, Stephen Gauci “#2” from Gerald Cleaver/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets (gaucimusic) 39:26
  7. James Brandon Lewis Quartet “A Lotus Speaks” from Molecular (Intakt) 44:02
  8. Ryan McCaffrey “Rush” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released) 49:23
  9. Jesse Ryan “Bridges” from Bridges (Fwé Culture) 53:27
  10. Noah Haidu “The Tonality of Atonement” from Doctone (Sunnyside Records) 1:00:42
  11. Matthew Shipp, Stephen Gauci “#7” from Matthew Shipp/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets (gaucimusic) 1:09:02
  12. Ryan McCaffrey “Last Minute Decision” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released) 1:14:50
  13. Dave Young Quartet “Ides of March” from Ides of March (Modica Music) 1:18:35
  14. James Brandon Lewis Quartet “Neosho” from Molecular (Intakt) 1:25:29
  15. Ryan McCaffrey “The Plan” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released) 1:32:24
  16. Michael Bisio, Stephen Gauci “#5” from Michael Bisio/Stephen Gauci (gaucimusic) 1:37:41
  17. Junk Magic “The Science of Why Devils Smell Like Sulfur” from Compass Confusion (Pyroclastic) 1:44:07
  18. Jesse Ryan “The Way (Featuring Joanna Majoko)” from Bridges (Fwé Culture) 1:54:54

  • This week lots of new music from Jesse Ryan, Junk Magic, Noah Haidu, Dave Young, and James Brandon Lewis, a focus on Cambridge UK musician Ryan McCaffrey and more great improvisation from Stephen Gauci with his pandemic duets.
  • Jesse Ryan “Big Ole’ Shoes (Featuring Mt. Cullane Tambrin Band)” from Bridges
  • Bridges, the long anticipated debut recording from saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan, is an eclectic and honest offering that straddles both jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions: a true celebration of the cultural, rhythmic and expressive connections between North America and the islands of the Caribbean.
  • Fwe Culture label
  • Jesse Ryan – Saxophones
  • Andrew Marzotto – Guitar (1, 9)
  • Ewen Farncombe – Piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Marc Rogers – Bass
  • David Richards – Drums
  • Mt. Cullane Tambrin Band (1, 5, 9, 10)
  • Junk Magic “Compass Confusion / Little Love Gods” from Compass Confusion
  • Released October 30th on Pyroclastic
  • Craig Taborn – piano, keyboard
  • Chris Speed – tenor sax, clarinet
  • Mat Maneri – viola
  • Erik Fratzke – bass
  • David King – acoustic and electronic drums
  • Daniel Carter, Stephen Gauci “#4” from Daniel Carter/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets (gaucimusic)
  • In March 2020 New York City shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All music venues were closed, and performances cancelled. In addition to lives lost, and the emotional turmoil entailed; lost jobs, political violence, environmental devastation. Historically, in times like these musicians and artists have always stepped up, expressed what needs to be expressed, said what needs to be SAID. Yet, during one of the most significant, and consequential periods in modern times, musicians are being sidelined and forced to remain silent.
  • “The artist’s job is not to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence”- Woody Allen (from “Midnight In Paris”).
  • To find a way; I resolved to safely record a series of duet recordings in order to fully express musically, the intense emotions we are all feeling during this challenging period. What was originally meant to be a string of five duet recordings, eventually turned into a series of nineteen recordings over the course of summer 2020.
  • Noah Haidu “Midnight Silence” from Doctone
  • On his new Sunnyside release Doctone, Haidu reaches a new level of self-expression while exploring the work of one of his major influences, the late Kenny Kirkland. As Noah writes in the liner notes: “Doctone is the first recording dedicated entirely to Kirkland’s original music. I view Kenny as the most unique composer and pianist of his generation. Because he died young and avoided the spotlight, his brilliant compositions have been overlooked for too long.
  • Noah Haidu – piano & keyboards
  • Billy Hart – drums
  • Todd Coolman – bass
  • Also on the album – Steve Wilson , Gary Thomas , Jon Irabagon and Dan Sadownick
  • Dave Young Quartet “Dolphin Dance” from Ides of March
  • Ides of March, his brilliant new quartet album, is the follow up to his 2019 disc Trouble in Mind, a trio outing nominated for a 2020 Juno Award. Recorded in early 2020 and named after a composition of Young’s, the choice of title turned out to be prophetic in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted the whole world. Regarding the session, Young states that “listening to this music now renews my faith in jazz improvisation and certainly highlights the wonderful talents of Reg, Kevin and Terry. We hope we will come back one day soon and can perform this music “live” for a jazz audience!” Ides of March released worldwide on Friday, November 20th on Modica Music.
  • Kevin Turcotte – trumpet
  • Reg Schwager – Guitar
  • Dave Young – Bass
  • Terry Clarke – Drums
  • Gerald Cleaver, Stephen Gauci “#2” from Gerald Cleaver/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Dues (gaucimusic)
  • James Brandon Lewis Quartet “A Lotus Speaks” from Molecular
  • Inspired by molecular biology James Brandon develops a special system for a surprising and beautiful music with his Quartet with drummer Chad Taylor, pianist Aruán Ortiz, and bassist Brad Jones. He has taken the idea of a “Molecular Systematic Music” to heart in the formulation of the compositions featured on the stunning debut album by this quartet.
  • James Brandon Lewis says: “I wrote out everything, but the reason I feel like the music is still free is because the lines dictate the harmonic information. With this band the music is going to lift off the page.”
  • Ryan McCaffrey “Rush” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released)
  • Cambridge based musician I first came across whilst working with Dave Hammond etc
  • Jesse Ryan “Bridges” from Bridges
  • Jesse Ryan – Saxophones, Percussion (2)
  • Sean Clarey – Guitar (2, 3)
  • Ewen Farncombe – Piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Marc Rogers – Bass
  • David Richards – Drums
  • HOUR TWO
  • Noah Haidu “The Tonality of Atonement” from Doctone
  • Matthew Shipp, Stephen Gauci “#7” from Matthew Shipp/Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets (gaucimusic)
  • Ryan McCaffrey “Last Minute Decision” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released)
  • Dave Young Quartet “Ides of March” from Ides of March
  • James Brandon Lewis Quartet “Neosho” from Molecular
  • Ryan McCaffrey “The Plan” from Ryan McCaffrey (Self Released)
  • Michael Bisio, Stephen Gauci “#5” from Michael Bisio/Stephen Gauci (gaucimusic)
  • Junk Magic “The Science of Why Devils Smell Like Sulfur” from Compass Confusion
  • Jesse Ryan “The Way (Featuring Joanna Majoko)” from Bridges
  • Jesse Ryan – Saxophones
  • Lucian Gray – Guitar (6, 7)
  • Ewen Farncombe – Piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Marc Rogers – Bass
  • David Richards – Drums

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