World of Jazz 555

A mix of old and new with recent releases from Wolfert Brederode and Benjamin Lackner plus a dip in the jazz archive for music from McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Wynton Kelly, Joe Harriott, Miles Davis, Billy Bang, John Taylor, Webster Young, Michael Gibbs, Tim Berne and Sonny Rollins.

Wolfert Brederode, Matangi Quartet, Joost Lijbaart – Ruins I – Ruins and Remains : For his fourth ECM release as a leader, following the acclaimed quartet albums Currents and Post-Scriptum as well as the trio record Black Ice, Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode introduces a very different, and very special, project. Ruins and Remains is a suite for piano, string quartet and percussion. Originally composed by Brederode in response to a commission for music to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the piece was premiered in November 2018. In the interim, however, it has come to embody meanings broader and more personal.

Benjamin Lackner, Mathias Eick, Jérôme Regard, Manu Katché – Where Do We Go From Here – Last Decade : Benjamin Lackner’s label debut for ECM is a concentrated investigation into patient quartet interplay, as the pianist leads an exceptional cast of instrumentalists with a keen sense of restraint. There’s a striking lyrical quality to Benjamin’s compositions, opening up many possibilities for his colleagues – trumpeter Mathis Eick, drummer Manu Katché and Jérôme Regard on bass – to inject the music with their own character. Subtle grooves and flowing solos emerge between the four of them.

McCoy Tyner – Passion Dance – The Real McCoy : His seventh album and the first released on the Blue Note label. It was recorded on April 21, 1967 following Tyner’s departure from the John Coltrane Quartet and features performances by Tyner with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Elvin Jones.

John Scofield – Slinky – Past Present : Recorded in March and released in September of 2015. Scofield is joined by saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart. This album reunited Scofield with Lovano and Stewart, who had been members of his quartet on the albums Meant to Be (1991) and What We Do (1993).

Wolfert Brederode, Matangi Quartet, Joost Lijbaart – Ruins II – Ruins and Remains

Benjamin Lackner, Mathias Eick, Jérôme Regard, Manu Katché – Circular Confidence – Last Decade

Wynton Kelly – Whisper Not – Piano : Released by Riverside in 1958. Kelly recorded the album with Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.

Joe Harriott – Out Of Nowhere – The Joe Harriott Story : Jamaican jazz musician and composer, whose principal instrument was the alto saxophone. Initially a bebopper, he became a pioneer of free-form jazz. Born in Kingston, Harriott moved to the United Kingdom as a working musician in 1951 and lived in the country for the rest of his life. He was part of a wave of Caribbean jazz musicians who arrived in Britain during the 1950s, including Dizzy Reece, Harold McNair, Harry Beckett and Wilton Gaynair.

The Miles Davis Quintet – Footprints – Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 : Featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. This particular line-up became known as “The Miles Davis Lost Quintet” as it did not record in the studio in this configuration. The CDs contain recordings of two concerts in France and one in Sweden and the DVD has an additional concert recorded in Germany.

Wolfert Brederode, Matangi Quartet, Joost Lijbaart – Ruins III – Ruins and Remains

Billy Bang – The New Seers – The Fire From Within : 1984 recording released the following year on Soul Note featuring – Bass – William Parker, Drums, Cowbell – John Betsch, Guitar – Oscar Sandees, Marimba – Thurman Barker, Trumpet – Ahmed Abdullah, Violin – Billy Bang

John Taylor, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron – The Bowl Song – Rosslyn : 2003 release on ECM

Webster Young – Moanin’ Low – For Lady : Webster Young pays tribute to Billie Holiday on this, his only studio date as a leader, the set is equally a tribute to Young’s musical role model, Miles Davis – released in 1957

Michael Gibbs – Lost In Space – Nonsequence : 2001 release on Provocateur – Big Band recordings February and May 2001 at the NDR Studios in Hamburg and May 2001 at Edison Recording in New York

Wolfert Brederode, Matangi Quartet, Joost Lijbaart – Ruins IV – Ruins and Remains

Benjamin Lackner, Mathias Eick, Jérôme Regard, Manu Katché – Camino Cielo – Last Decade

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – The Amazing Mr. 7 – The Fantastic Mrs.10 : 2020 recording with Tim Berne: Alto Saxophone, Marc Ducret: Guitars, Matt Mitchell: Piano, Tack Piano, Modular Synths, Oscar Noriega: Bass Clarinet, BB Clarinet, Ches Smith: Drums, Vibes, Glockenspiel, Haitian Tanbou

Sonny Rollins – In The Chapel In The Moonlight – & The Contemporary All Stars : 1958 album recorded for the Contemporary label, featuring performances by Rollins with Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne with Victor Feldman added on one track. It was the last studio record Rollins made in the 1950s. Following the recording of “Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders”, Rollins toured Europe in the spring of 1959, then took a hiatus from recording and performing in public that ended in
1962 with his LP The Bridge

Sonny Rollins – Namely You – Newk’s Time :  his third album for Blue Note Records, recorded in 1957 and released in 1959. The title of the album is a reference to Rollins’ nickname “Newk”, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Don Newcombe, a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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