World of Jazz 497

World of Jazz goes twice weekly with this show. With to the amazing amount of great new music coming in there simply was not enough time in the two hours I had available to fit it all in. So I have now have four hours to play with, with both a Thursday and Sunday show. Many thanks to Bob Rogers at taintradio for making the changes in the schedule to allow this to happen. Not wishing to be too prescriptive i’m hoping that the Thursday show will gravitate over time to free/improvised music and the Sunday show will stay more or less the way it was. The Sunday show will be the one that gets sent to All About Jazz for their weekly feature. The Thursday show will be available, like the other, from Podbean for listening as and when.

So, on this weeks show, i’m catching up on the huge amount of new music that has been sent my way and closing with a classic.

  1. Show Intro 00:00
  2. Felippe Sallas “My Love Is Deep Inside” from Tiyo’s Songs Of Life (Tapestry Records) 00:49
  3. Jason Palmer “Kalispel Bay” from Live from Summit Rock in Seneca Village (Giant Step Arts) 07:35
  4. Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton “Seneca Blues” from The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village (Giant Step Arts) 21:29
  5. Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All-Star Octet “Bossa for PK” from Overtones (Dmac Music) 30:47
  6. Shabaka “Call It A European Paradox” from African Culture (Impulse!) 37:48
  7. The Margaret Slovak Trio “Again” from Ballad For Brad (Slovak Music) 41:58
  8. Massimo Magee “Toneflower (Part I) from Toneflower (577 Records) 47:22
  9. Trio Xolo “Texcoco” from In Flower, In Song (577 Records) 1:00:15
  10. Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton “Dance Little Mandisa” from The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village (Giant Step Arts) 1:05:39
  11. Felippe Sallas “Blues for Pablo, Blues for Professor Zinn” from Tiyo’s Songs of Life (Tapestry Records) 1:12:37
  12. Shabaka “Explore Inner Space” from African Culture (Impulse!) 1:18:10
  13. The Margaret Slovak Trio “Ballad for Brad” from Ballad For Brad (Slovak Music) 1:24:21
  14. Trio Xolo “Obsidian Eucalyptus” from In Flower, In Song (577 Records) 1:29:55
  15. Massimo Magee “Toneflower (Part IV) (excerpt) from Toneflower (577) Records) 1:36:46
  16. Miles Davis “Maiysha” from Get Up With It (Columbia) 1:45:14


Felipe Sallas

On Tiyo’s Songs of Life, saxophonist Felipe Salles presents the first-ever recordings of works by the late saxophonist/composer/prison activist Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, who became a prolific composer, author, and activist while serving a life sentence. The album, out June 17, 2022 via Tapestry Records, features pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Jonathan Barber. The album came about after prison abolitionist Lois Ahrens, who championed Salah-El’s work for nearly two decades, reached out to Salles about recording Tiyo’s music. The album collects pieces that Salah-El composed while incarcerated, vividly capturing a spirit unfettered by a lifetime behind bars. Ahrens, founder of the Real Cost of Prisons Project, had sent fifty blank sheets of music paper to Salah-El in 2005, which the saxophonist filled with music within a few months. Ahrens strove for 17 years to find performers who could do justice to this prolific imagination, finally connecting with Salles.

Tiyo with sax in high school

Live from Summit Rock, Seneca Village

Giant Step Arts, helmed by photographer/engineer Jimmy Katz, released two new live albums captured at the historic Seneca Village site in Central Park on June 19, 2022.

Throughout the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021, Katz invited some of New York City’s finest and most acclaimed jazz musicians to perform safe outdoor performances in Central Park. The “Walk With the Wind” concert series, founded in honour of the late congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, took place on a site significant for its role in African- American history. In addition to providing a lifeline for audiences clamouring for live music, Giant Step did the same for artists, providing them much-needed economic and musical opportunities during an unprecedented time.

Seneca Village was founded in 1825 along what is now the park’s perimeter from West 82nd to West 89th Street. It was a community primarily comprised of free African-American property owners along with Irish and German immigrants, all living apart from the racism and xenophobia they faced elsewhere in the city. The community thrived until the mid-1850s, when the land was seized by eminent domain for the creation of Central Park.

On that site is located Summit Rock, the highest natural point in the park. Katz decided to host his 30-concert “Walk With the Wind” series there beginning in September 2020.

The first Jason Palmer – Live from Summit Rock in Seneca Village featuring trumpeter Palmer with saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Edward Perez, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Palmer leads his third recording for Giant Step helming a fantastic quartet. The album features the stellar band stretching out on tunes culled from the trumpeter’s prior pair of releases along with a blistering new composition. Within seconds of Palmer’s solo intro a plane can be heard roaring by, one of many pulse-quickening reminders (sirens, car horns, birdsong) of the environment in which this incredible music was captured.

Jason Palmer – photo by Jimmy Katz

The second Burton/McPherson Trio – The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village featuring saxophonist Abraham Burton and drummer Eric McPherson along with bassist Dezron Douglas. A highlight of the seven-tune set is Burton’s “Seneca Blues,” a new piece immortalizing the site. The set also includes a powerhouse rendition of the René McLean composition “Dance Little Mandisa.”

Eric McPherson and Abraham Burton – photo by Jimmy Katz

Doug McDonald

One of Los Angeles’ busiest jazz guitarists, Doug MacDonald is featured with his all-star octet on new album Overtones.

To say that Doug MacDonald has been busy is always an understatement. Just in recent times he has released such albums as Toluca Lake Jazz, Live In Hawaii, Serenade To Highland Park, and now Overtones. The versatile guitarist, who is also a very skilled arranger-composer, shows on these four releases (not to mention at least 18 earlier ones) that he sounds quite comfortable in a wide variety of settings performing his brand of creative straight ahead jazz.

Overtones is a special release for it finds MacDonald leading an all-star band full of some of the top players based in the Los Angeles area. All are veterans with endless résumés including altoist Kim Richmond, tenor-saxophonist Rickey Woodard, trombonist Ira Nepus, pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Roy McCurdy, and the relative newcomer (but quite experienced) trumpeter Aaron Janik. Each of the musicians is greatly in-demand but happy to perform the inventive compositions and arrangements of Doug MacDonald

Overtones is comprised of seven MacDonald originals plus the standard “Lover Man.”

Doug MacDonald, who was raised in Philadelphia, gained extensive experience as a guitarist during periods in Hawaii and Las Vegas before making Southern California his home. Since then he has worked with such notables as Buddy Rich, Ray Charles, Bill Holman, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Jack Sheldon and many others, but has made his biggest impact as a leader.

Whether leading trios, quartets, his earlier 13-piece ensemble The Jazz Coalition, or all-star combos such as the one on Overtones, Doug MacDonald can be relied upon to create memorable music that is infectious, joyful, and swinging.

Shabaka

Acclaimed saxophonist, philosopher, bandleader, and musician Shabaka Hutchings, now professionally known as Shabaka across all solo musical efforts, with his first major label solo body of work, Afrikan Culture (impulse!), which was released on May 20th.   Entirely written by Shabaka the eight-track digital only EP showcases him on various wind instruments and focuses on the aural meditative space.  

The Margaret Slovak Trio

Jazz guitarist Margaret Slovak’s comeback album “Ballad For Brad” after overcoming major physical problems caused by a car accident is a quietly inventive trio set filled with original heartfelt compositions and subtle creativity.

Joined by bassist Harvie S and drummer Michael Sarin, Margaret Slovak displays a personal style on both nylon string and electric guitars, performing ten of her colourful originals.

Massimo Magee

As an artist and a thinker, Massimo Magee has been consistently drawn towards patterns: traditions, lines of influence, schools, and the unexpected intersections of each. This album, Toneflower, presents a solo program, meditating on many of those concepts. As an entirely improvised set of pieces, it is also inspired by Anthony Braxton’s solo alto tradition and the larger solo saxophone canon. Similarly, it draws from Magee’s prior percussive experimentations with Tim Green and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s use of contact microphones. In Magee’s words, it offers rich parallels with many other saxophone schools, “the ceaseless streams of broken air column wizardry of Evan Parker, the angular atonalism of Tim Berne, the earnest beauty of a Pharoah Sanders melody, the breakneck urgency of Kaoru Abe, the sinuous and unpredictable ebullient elegance of Eric Dolphy, the eerie whistling of Tamio Shiraishi, the satisfyingly round-toned repetition of Steve Lacy, the heavy low-end honking of John Coltrane in a certain mood. The listener might even hear a dash of the motivic minimalism of Terry Riley.”

Throughout the album’s 5 tracks, Magee pays close attention to the siloed divisions of each school, as part of a larger interrogation of a music industry that privileges singular musicians, cultivating musical traditions and loyal fanbases. Following diverse and distinct musical lineages, Magee curates an informed, thoughtful constellation of influences and traditions, captured through his particular lens of reinvention. Massimo Magee is an established part of the 577 Records catalog; this release joins Cyclone Trio’s The Clear Revolution (2021), his project with Tony Irving, Vitriol and the Third Oraculum (2020), and his collaboration with one of his teachers, Eddie Prévost, Easter Monday Music (2022). This project, Toneflower, will be available in LP, CD, and Digital formats in August 2022.

Photo credit: MiHee Kim Magee

Trio Xolo

In Flower, In Song is the debut album from Trio Xolo, an improvising group composed of Mexican-American bassist Zachary Swanson, Baltimore-based saxophonist Derrick Michaels, and Lithuanian percussionist Dalius Naujo. With a telepathic ear toward musical interplay, Trio Xolo performs free-flowing stream of consciousness improvisations. The result is true, in the moment composition. The trio moves together dynamically as their voices simultaneously overlap and converge into one. In Flower, In Song was recorded live in one room and unveils a warm, organic sound: Swanson’s distinctive use of gut strings produce a dark, woody tone, Michaels draws robust color from a vintage saxophone, and Naujo expresses a nuanced control of energy and dynamics. Through explorations of melody, atmosphere, and texture, they can either embrace or dispel the traditional hierarchy of the trio format. At its core, Trio Xolo creates music that seeks to capture the essence of the moment through deep listening.

Miles Davis

Get Up with It is a compilation album released by Columbia Records on November 22, 1974. It compiled music Davis had recorded in sessions between 1970 and 1974, including those for the studio albums Jack Johnson (1971) and On the Corner (1972). This particular track was recorded at Columbia Studio E, New York City October 7, 1974 and featured:

Miles Davis — electric trumpet with wah-wah, organ
Sonny Fortune — flute
Pete Cosey — electric guitar
Reggie Lucas — electric guitar
Dominique Gaumont — electric guitar
Michael Henderson — bass guitar
Al Foster — drums
James Mtume — percussion

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