World of Jazz 451

  1. Ben Wilcock “Sol Draconi Septum” from The River Tethys (Thick Records) 00:00
  2. Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith “Sanctuary” from Sanctuary (Paintbox Records) 09:02
  3. William Parker “A Curley Russell” from Painters Winter (Aum Fidelity) 28:31
  4. Zing! “Improvisation One” from High Mayhemic (ears&eyes) 44:22
  5. Caroline Davis Quartet “Lincoln Land” from Doors: Chicago Storylines (Caroline Davis Music) 52:19
  6. Pedway “Delicate Equipoise” from Passion Ball (ears&eyes) 1:00:00
  7. Curt Sydnor “Prelude” from Materials and their Destiny (ears&eyes) 1:07:22
  8. Ben Wilcock “The Butterfly” from The River Tethys (Thick Records) 1:14:35
  9. Whirlpool “Deciduous” from Dancing on the Inside (ears&eyes) 1:19:01
  10. Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith “Leaves of Grass II : A Chant of Pains and Joys” from Sanctuary (Paintbox Records) 1:26:30
  11. William Parker “Painters Winter” from Painters Winter (Aum Fidelity) 1:37:23
  12. Zing! “Improvisation Four” from High Mayhemic (ears&eyes) 1:45:37
  13. Francisco Mela feat. Matthew Shipp and William Parker “Dark Light” from Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 (577 Records) 1:52:19
  14. Ben Wilcock “Star Eyes” from The River Tethys (Thick Records) 1:56:42

NOTES

  • There are new releases from Ben Wilcock, Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith, William Parker and Francisco Mela featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker. There’s also a deep dive into Chicago Jazz in 2015 with a focus on alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and various bands she was involved with.
  • HOUR ONE
  • Ben Wilcock “Sol Draconi Septum” from The River Tethys (Thick Records)
  • Jazz and Sci-Fi – New Zealand pianist-composer Ben Wilcock releases
    • sci-fi inspired jazz album, The River Tethys on August 13 on Thick Records (NZ), catalogue number: TH 011 … The Hyperion Cantos series of science fiction novels by American author Dan Simmons is the inspiration for the bold, stylistically varied new album by New Zealand-born pianist Ben Wilcock.
    • The album features Wilcock with his partner in Thick Records, Wellington-based Scottish drummer John Rae, bassist Dan Yeabsley and violinist Tristan Carter.
  • Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith “Sanctuary” from Sanctuary (Paintbox Records)
    • Personnel: Jasmine Lovell-Smith (soprano saxophone/compositions), Rachelle Eastwood (flute), Ben Hunt (trumpet), Jake Baxendale (alto saxophone and bass clarinet/compositions), Louisa Williamson (tenor saxophone), Kaito Walley (trombone), Blair Latham (baritone sax and bass clarinet), Aleister James Campbell (guitar), Anita Schwabe (piano), Chris Beernink (bass) and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums)
    • Sanctuary is a collaborative album featuring works by New Zealand jazz composers Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith for eleven-piece ensemble, to be released on Lovell-Smith’s label Paintbox Records (#003). The material on the album was developed as part of a live performance residency named the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra at now-defunct Wellington venue the Tuatara Third Eye.
  • William Parker “A Curley Russell” from Painters Winter (Aum Fidelity)
    • Painters Winter features the reconvened trio communion of Daniel Carter, William Parker , and Hamid Drake. Carter & Parker have been perpetual space-ways traveling companions since first meeting & immediately beginning to channel music together in early 1970s NYC.
  • Zing! “Improvisation One” from High Mayhemic (ears&eyes)
    • Recorded live at High Mayhem Studios in Santa Fe, NM, this special release includes an almost entirely freely improvised set of music with loads of sonic goodies including cell-phone-loop-calling-effecting-sampling, audience participation, likable noise, and guest artists Milton Villarrubia III (drums) and Johan Andersson (tenor sax) on the final tracks.
    • Zing! is/was: James Davis – trumpet/effects, Caroline Davis – alto sax/effects, Dave Miller – guitar/effects, Matthew Golombisky – bass/likable noise, Quin Kirchner – drums/percussion/tapes (though not on this release)
  • Caroline Davis Quartet “Lincoln Land” from Doors: Chicago Storylines (Caroline Davis Music)
    • released November 6, 2015
    • Caroline Davis Quartet is: Caroline Davis – alto saxophone/voice/compositions, Mike Allemana – guitar, Matt Ferguson – acoustic bass, Jeremy Cunningham – drums – Featured Guest: Russ Johnson – trumpet
    • On Doors, she pairs samples of musicians telling their favourite stories with her original compositions, some inspired by themes, others by spoken phrases.
  • HOUR TWO
  • Pedway “Delicate Equipoise” from Passion Ball (ears&eyes)
    • a musical collaboration with its roots in Chicago; Quin Kirchner (drums), Matthew Golombisky (bass), and Caroline Davis (alto saxophone). Steeped in the traditions of jazz, rock, and whatever else has entered their consciousness, this group explores unchartered territory each time they perform. Their improvisations are inspired by many local Chicago groups and act as a bridge connecting a range of musical styles.
  • Curt Sydnor “Prelude” from Materials and their Destiny (ears&eyes)
    • Materials and their Destiny is a different kind of jazz album— less something you would find at the touring band’s merch table; more what the intrepid archaeologist might find buried under a library in Venice.
    • Inspired by an overlooked work of American architectural philosophy, Sydnor’s compositions merge Late Romantic harmonies with the synth-laden production approach of 70s prog rock.
    • released September 4, 2015
    • Curt Sydnor – keys, synth & compositions, Caroline Davis – alto saxophone, Aaron Dugan – guitar, Jordan Perlson – drums
  • Ben Wilcock “The Butterfly” from The River Tethys (Thick Records)
  • Whirlpool “Deciduous” from Dancing on the Inside (ears&eyes)
    • Whirlpool: Chicago and New York-based trio, featuring alto saxophone, guitar, and drums, that combines forces with the celebrated Denver-based cornetist Ron Miles on their second release with ears&eyes Records. It features 8 tracks with compositions by all three members of the band.
    • Caroline Davis – alto saxophone, voice, Jeff Swanson – guitar, Charles Rumback – drums
    • released June 30, 2015
  • Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith “Leaves of Grass II : A Chant of Pains and Joys” from Sanctuary (Paintbox Records)
  • William Parker “Painters Winter” from Painters Winter (Aum Fidelity)
  • Zing! “Improvisation Four” from High Mayhemic (ears&eyes)
  • Francisco Mela feat. Matthew Shipp and William Parker “Dark Light” from Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 (577 Records)
    • In Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 1, Mela, Shipp and Parker compose an album that is equally innovative and welcoming, offering the best of experimental jazz and paying homage to McCoy Tyner’s indelible creative influence. This is the first chapter of Francisco Mela’s Music Frees Our Souls trilogy dedicated to McCoy, always featuring William Parker on bass but with different piano players on each volume. The album, Francisco Mela’s second from 577 Records following MPT Trio (2021), will be available on limited edition blue vinyl (100 copies), black vinyl, CD, digital. Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2 & 3 are already recorded and will be released in the near future. The album is released on September 17th
  • Ben Wilcock “Star Eyes” from The River Tethys (Thick Records)

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