This Blindfold Test is taken from 2017-2018 new releases, except for tracks 1 and 10. Only Tracks 1 and 10 are not from the past two years.
Tracks 3 through 7 are samples of the current London jazz scene. In addition, the saxophonist on Track 8 is a leader in the current London jazz scene (although the leader on Track 8 is from Chicago).
Sun Ra—“That’s How I Feel,” from Lanquidity, (1978, Philly Jazz)
Composed and Arranged by Sun Ra.
John Gilmore—Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Allen—Alto Saxophone, Oboe, Flute
James Jacson—Bassoon, Oboe, Flute
Elo Omoe—Bass Clarinet, Flute
Danny Thompson—Baritone Saxophone, Flute
Julian Pressley—Baritone Saxophone
Disco Kid (Slo Johnson)—Guitar
Artaukatune (Stanley Morgan)—Congas, Tympani
J.D. Allen—“Stranger in Paradise”, from Love Stone (2018, Savant)
Composed by Robert Wright and George Forrest.
J.D. Allen---Tenor Saxophone
Maisha—“Kaa”, from There Is a Place (2018, Brownswood Recordings)
Produced by Jake Long
Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Amane Suganami—Piano, Organ
Maria Zofia Osuchowska—Harp
Madi Aafke Luimstra—Viola
Here is a photo of Nubya Garcia. She is a tenor saxophonist on Tracks 3, 4 and 5.
Ezra Collective—“Juan Pablo”, from Juan Pablo the Philosopher, (2017, Enter the Jungle Records)
Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone (guest artist)
James Mollison—Tenor Saxophone
Theon Cross—Tuba (guest artist)
Joe Armon-Jones—Piano, Keyboards
Here is a photo of Ezra Collective;
Here is an article on Ezra Collective:
Nubya Garcia—“Red Sun”, from Nubya’s 5ive, (2017, Jazz Re:freshed)
Composed by Nubya Garcia.
Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone
Another photo of Nubya Garcia:
Binker and Moses—“The Departure”, from Journey to the Mountain of Forever, (2017, Gearbox Records)
Composed by Binker Golding and Moses Boyd.
Binker Golding—Tenor Saxophone
Here is a photo of Binker and Moses.
Moses Boyd is the drummer on Tracks 5 and 6 of this Blindfold Test.
Yazz Ahmed—“Jamil Jamal”, from La Saboteuse (2017, Naim Records)
Composed by Yazz Ahmed.
Shabaka Hutchings—Bass Clarinet
Here is a photo of Yazz Ahmed:
Here is an article about Yazz Ahmed, in which she states that Kenny Wheeler is her favorite trumpet player. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/27/women-are-more-interested-in-collaborating-than-showing-off-jazz-trumpeter-yazz-ahmed
Makaya McCraven—“Prosperity’s Fear”, from Universal Beings (2018, International Anthem Recording Company)
This track was recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, on September 2, 2017
Shabaka Hutchings—Tenor Saxophone
Junius Paul—Bass, Percussion
Here is a photo of Shabaka Hutchings, who plays tenor saxophone on Track 8 and bass clarinet on Track 7.
Here is a photo of Makaya McCraven.
Kamasi Washington—“Ooh Child”, from Heaven and Earth (2018, Young Turks). This track is from Disc 3 of this album, titled The Choice.
Composed by Stan Vincent.
Kamasi Washington—Tenor Saxophone
Brandon Coleman—Keyboards, Organ
Ronald Bruner, Jr.—Drums
Frank Zappa—“Shortly: Suite Exists of Holiday in Berlin Full Blown,” from Road Tapes, Venue #1 (2012, Vaulternative Records)
Recorded at Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 25, 1968.
Composed by Frank Zappa.
Ian Underwood—Keyboards, Woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—Baritone sax, Tambourine
Jimmy Carl Black—Drums
Art Tripp III—Drums, Percussion
This composition later appeared in a significantly different version on Zappa’s album Burnt Weeny Sandwich, which was released on February 9, 1970.
That is interesting to me because before the group performs this song on Road Tapes, Venue #1, on August 25, 1968, Frank Zappa says:
“We’re going to play for you a piece of music that will be on an album in November, called ‘No Commercial Potential.’ The name of this piece of music is ‘Shortly’, a little suite for electric combo, in several movements. You may count the movements if you wish. Do not clap between movements.”
In fact, no album was released three months later, in November, 1968. Zappa never released an album titled “No Commercial Potential.” When this song was released in February, 1970, over a year after the date that Zappa said it would be released, it was not titled “Shortly” any more. It was titled “Holiday in Berlin Full Blown.”