World of Jazz 513

Another dip in the Jazz Archive for a selection of tracks plus the fascinating new album from Chris Alford and William Thompson.

  • Show Intro 0:00
  • Elvin Jones “Agenda” from Poly-Currents (Blue Note) 0:38
  • Joe McPhee, Reto Weber “Glasses” from Glasses (Hat Hut) 15:08
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Texture Study #2” from Overtone Undertow (Ramble Records) 34:12
  • Michel Portal “Any Way” from Any Way (Label Bleu) 42:13
  • Sun Ra “Outer Spaceways Incorporated” from Pictures Of Infinity (Black Lion) 52:29
  • Bright Moments “Return of the Lost Tribe” from Return of the Lost Tribe (Delmark) 1:00:00
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Integer of Fundamental” from Overtone Undertow (Ramble Records) 1:10:05
  • Joe Harriott “April In Paris” from The Joe Harriott Story (Proper Box) 1:14:38
  • John Surman, Jack DeJohnette “Part I – Nestor’s Saga (The Tale Of The Ancient)” from The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon (ECM) 1:18:03
  • Jean Francois Jenny Clark “Ozone” from Unison (CMP Records) 1:29:21
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Sympathetic String Sets” from Overtone Undertow (Ramble Records) 1:37:52
  • Miles Davis “Turnaroundphrase” from Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy) 1:49:03

  • Elvin Jones “Agenda” from Poly-Currents (Blue Note) – Recorded September 26, 1969 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Poly-Currents features drummer Elvin Jones leading a sextet full of notables, who include the underrated tenor great George Coleman; Joe Farrell on tenor, flute, and English horn; baritonist Pepper Adams; bassist Wilbur Little, and Candido on congas. Advanced modal hard bop with all of the musicians playing in top form.
  • Joe McPhee, Reto Weber “Glasses” from Glasses (Hat Hut) – Recorded Live October 13, 1977, Café Calvado, Tavannes, Switzerland
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Texture Study #2” from Overtone Undertow (Ramble Records)- second album in this collaborative endeavour and represents a deeper study into their duo music featuring the acoustic resonator guitar and upright acoustic piano. This record again features Thompson’s invented piano augmentation device the “Infastain Piano”. This acoustic modification device mounts on the piano’s soundboard and has the potential to create infinite sustain that then can also be manipulated digitally. Part of the challenge and intrigue of this project was how piano and guitar navigate improvised harmonic worlds together. Of additional note, is what happened to Alford’s personal language on the acoustic guitar when creating with Thompson’s Infastain Piano and its new and curious vocabulary.
  • Michel Portal “Any Way” from Any Way (Label Bleu) 1983 release with Marc Ducret, Francois Moutin, Trilok Gurtu and Andy Emler
  • Sun Ra “Outer Spaceways Incorporated” from Pictures Of Infinity (Black Lion) This collection of recordings, drawn from several sources, are somewhat stylistically unified. The personnel, arrangements, audio quality, and research indicate these recordings were made at concert locations in and around New York, ca. 1966. They might have originated from a series of college tours Sun Ra undertook with the Arkestra in upstate New York, while the band was living and largely working in New York City.
  • Bright Moments “Return of the Lost Tribe” from Return of the Lost Tribe (Delmark) – The former Art Ensemble stalwart Jarman (alto sax, flute, ) and the incendiary tenor saxophonist McIntyre team up to form a most powerful and prolific front line as you’ll ever hear in creative music. Adegoke Steve Colson’s rarely recorded piano, the always joyous Malachi Favors on bass, and Kahil El’Zabar’s African informed percussion wizardry provide the ideal backdrop for the countless “bright moments” heard on this CD.
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Integer of Fundamental” from Overtone Undertow
  • Joe Harriott “April In Paris” from The Joe Harriott Story (Proper Box) An exceptional 4-disc box set of music from the alto saxophonist, is both a reflection of this belated recognition and, hopefully, another step towards increasing his reputation as a master musician.
  • John Surman, Jack DeJohnette “Part I – Nestor’s Saga (The Tale Of The Ancient)” from The Amazing Advenutures of Simon Simon (ECM) Recorded January 1981 at Talent Studio, Oslo. Although having first played together some thirteen years previously, this documents the first time the pair had worked as a duo. Multi-tracked compositions utilising synths as well as horns, but also for some exhilarating dialogues with either saxophone or bass clarinet and DeJohnette as the added bonus.
  • Jean Francois Jenny Clark “Ozone” from Unison (CMP Records) Recorded October 1987 at Studio Zerkall, Germany. J.F. JENNY CLARK double bass, JOACHIM KÜHN piano, CHRISTOF LAUER saxophone, WALTER QUINTUS digital electronics
  • Chris Alford and William Thompson “Sypathetic String Sets” from Overtone Undertow
  • Miles Davis “Turnaroundphrase” from Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy) – Recorded November 1, 1973 at the Newport Jazz Festival in Europe, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany – Miles Davis – electric trumpet with wah-wah, organ, Dave Liebman – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, Pete Cosey – electric guitar, percussion, Reggie Lucas – electric guitar, Michael Henderson – electric bass, Al Foster – drums, James Mtume Foreman – percussion

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