Jump to content

king ubu

  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Donations

    0.00 USD 

Posts posted by king ubu

  1. Another vote for Yaya3, MoodSwing and Wish. I like the recording on "Spirit of the Moment" very much too.

    I'm a little less enthusiasti about Elastic - it's all done very tasteful but all in all, the CD seems to be a little too leightweight.

    I have not heard Passage, but it's predecessor, Beyond, is another nice one, though it only grabbed me after several listens.

    Wish and Moodswing might be his best albums to date.


  2. Not too many, as I'm not too old... I'm into jazz since I'm 13 or 14, which means some ten or eleven years only.

    Kenny Burrell/Ray Brown/Bobby Hutcherson/Mickey Roker/Hank Jones

    Max Roach (twice, with the Beijing trio; with Abdullah Ibrahim)

    Abdullah Ibrahim (solo, trio and with Roach)

    Brad Mehldau (solo & trio)

    Kenny Barron/Mulgrew Miller

    Benny Green/Eric Reid

    Johnny Griffin/Martial Solal/NHOP

    Dewey Redman (with John Betsch & Rita Marcotulli)

    Tomasz Stanko (with the "Soul of Things" band)

    Italian Instabile Orchestra

    Vienna Art Orchestra

    Ahmad Jamal (trio with Idris Muhammad and guest George Coleman)


    Lee Konitz (with Steve Swallow and Paul Motian)

    Joe Lovano

    Paul Motian (with Chris Potter)

    Steve Swallow (with Chris Potter & Adam Nussbaum)

    Bobby Previte (with Marty Ehrlich & Steve Swallow)

    Benny Bailey

    Marc Copland/John Abercrombie

    John Abercrombie/Mark Feldman/Marc Johnson/Joey Baron

    Charles Lloyd (with Abercrombie, Johnson, Hart)

    Bobo Stenson (with Jormin & Hart)

    Shirley Horn

    Annette Peacock

    Jacky Terrasson (with Leon Parker)

    Dave Douglas (with Chris Speed, Jamie Saft, Craig Taborn)


    not too impressive, I know :(


  3. We sure will all get the scheduled Chambers Select :)

    He was one of the very best, in my opinion. The Kelly/Chambers/Cobb unit was great. But let's not forget the Garland/Chambers/Philly Joe and Garland/Chambers/Taylor rhythm sections.

    Each time I decide to hear some early Coltrane (like say Traneing In or Soultrane or Settin' the Pace) these guys amaze me, and Chambers certainly delivers quite a lot of highlights on these albums.

    How good are the Wynton Kelly Trio Verve albums? I only have the one that was reissued in the VEE series?


  4. What's coming up?

    Rabih Abou-Khalil recorded what he/we already consider as his best album to date: he went into the studio for 10 days and recorded his current group (RAK oud, compositions, Gabriele Mirabassi cl, Luciano Biondini accordion, Michel Godard tuba, Jarrod Cagwin drums and new member vocalist Gavino Murgia from Sardinia).

    After a 20 day concert tour the group was so at ease with the new material that they all contributed on a level rarely achieved interpreting Rabih's complex compositions.

    Bassist/composer Renaud Garcia-Fons is working on his next recording which will give a strong nod to flamenco music. The core unit is a trio of Renaud on bass, Antonio"Kiko" Ruiz flamenco guitar, Josè "El Negrito" Trasante drums, with guests on several tracks. We will release this production as a 2-CD set, the complimentary CD 2 will feature new compositions for solo bass.

    Cecil Taylor has written a 60 minute composition for the Italian Instabile Orchestra and himself which was so far performed twice, at the Ruvo Di Puglia festival in Italy and at the Banlieue Festival in Paris (Le Monde dedicated nearly a full page to the concert's glowing review).We recorded the breathtaking performance in Ruvo, it will be a classic of Cecil Taylor's music for sure.

    Long time associate Bennie Wallace did a most beautiful album in trio, with Kenny Barron on piano and Eddie Gomez on bass. An audiophile recording produced by famed Joe Harley.

    Now this is good news! The Wallace sounds nice, and the Taylor/Instabile one sounds at least exciting!

    Copied it out of the latest Enja newsletter.


  5. Not to hijack the thread but I also saw a JRVG of Griffin's The Congregation FOR $20!! How is the session and the sound of the JRVG? I'm thinkin' of pulling the trigger for this.

    Thanks guys!!

    I think it's a killer session. I found the Conn LP a couple of years ago. It's only 30 minutes, but I think the CD has an additional track (alternate take?). I hardly get beyond the first track without having heard that one at least two or three times. If you dig Clark and the usual (not dismissing anything) BN sound ot that time, you'll like it.

    Nice cover, too, by the way!


  6. What I like a lot about the Quartet West albums is that they give us a chance to hear the great Larance Marable!

    Otherwise, I like Haden a lot, and I, too, prefer his Ornette/-eish stuff, the duos (particularly "As long as there is music") and the Liberation Music Orchestra over the Quartet West.

    And his Montréal Tapes are an incredible run! Nice the one with Henderson/Foster will finally come!


  7. John: thanks, didn't know about that one. Will keep my eyes open!

    Anyone interested in this music: there's a wonderful disc by Jimmy Gourley & Barney Wilen, "Double Action", recorded in 87, wich Dominique Lemerle on bass and Philippe Combelle (related to Alix C.??) on drums. It was releases in 1999 on a label called Elabeth.

    Highlights include a great version of Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye" (this starts the record), "Embraceable You" and "Body & Soul" - very very nice to hear Barney Wilen do such tunes!

    Indeed, as Lon said someplace else on this board, we can't have enough Wilen!


  8. In the reissues forum we recently discussed Sacha Distel's "Jazz guitarist" (Jazz in Paris hors série 01):

    (see thread here)


    This is a very nice package. It includes two early live tracks by the Hubert Fol-Sacha Distel group, also including René Urtreger, then several very good tracks by the Sacha Distel-Bobby Jaspar group (again it's Urtreger on piano). The Jaspar tracks include a very fine, deeply felt version of "Everything Happens To Me" - one of Bobby Jaspars best recordings, I think.

    Then you get two albums, a nice one from the fifties with a small group arranged by Billy Byers, and one from '68 with arrangements by the suave, sophisticated Slide Hampton - very much of sixties vintage but it includes some very fine playing by Distel.

    What strikes me most, is Distel's clear, singing sound on the guitar. Then the manner in which he constructs his perfectly logical solos.

    Another, even better (imo) record by Distel, with John Lewis as co-leader, was reissued on Koch:


    This one features Barney Wilen and the rhythm sections of Percy Heath/Connie Kay and Pierre Michelot/Kenny Clarke respectively. Wilen turns in some astonishing solos on "Dear Old Stockholm" and "Bags Groove", while Distel is very good, too. And it seems I can't get enough John Lewis recently.

    Anyone who's interested in Distel should also consider Bobby Jaspar "& His Modern Jazz" which has a nice piano-less quartet date featuring Distel, and "Modern Jazz Au Club St. Germain" (Jazz in Paris) which features Distel and again René Urtreger.


  9. This came out last year on German label enja. Recorded in April 2002, it's a large-scale work featuring some extremely fine playing and good writing.

    Personnel includes Bobby Previte, Pheroan Aklaff and Michael Sarin on drums, Mark Helias and Mark Dresser on bass, Wayne Horvitz on piano, Eddie Allen and James Zollar on trumpet, John Clark on french horn, Ray Anderson and Clark Gayton on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba, Mark Feldman on violin, Erik Friedlander on cello and many more.

    I gave it a spin yesterday, for the very first time, and I have to spread word about this!

    The following comes from the enja records website (http://www.enjarecords.com/Cat-frame2.htm

    Now Ehrlich comes up with his "opus magnum", "The Long View", that features him and his music along with his finest colleagues in various ensemble sizes including duet, quartet, septet and a 14-piece "big band." The complete work was composed for a collaboration with the painter Oliver Jackson and also works in interaction with his paintings in exhibition. An inspiration to Ehrlich's music for decades, Oliver Jackson's visual art has also been featured on earlier CD cover sleeves. Commissioned by the Harvard University Art Museum, Ehrlich conceived "The Long View" utilizing a saxophone sextet, a brass quintet, a string ensemble and varied small groups. "I began working backwards and forwards in composing the musical images, much as I had observed Oliver paint," says Ehrlich. "The Long View" proves to be a marvellous musical manifesto - giving the artistic essence of Ehrlich's three decades of musical adventure and a creative balance of the New York Downtown musicians' community. A stroke of luck and genius.

    I don't know if this has been released in the US, however it's well worth looking for!


  10. How about a Quebec Select? This could include all his albums that were not in either of the earlier Mosaics. I only have the old CD version of Blue & Sentimental and the Conns of It Might As Well Be Spring and Soul Samba. Love all this stuff! What else was there? And are there more tracks where Ike guests other than the one on Grant Green's Born to be Blue and Sonny Clark's Leapin' and Lopin'?


  11. The Turrentine session with Parlan, not included in the Parlan Mosaic; is it the one issued on the Turrentine Mosaic?

    If so, it is very good; and helped to make up my mind to eventually buy the Parlan Mosaic.

    It's called "Comin' Your Way" and it's the first session on the Turrentine Mosaic (which I don't have yet).

    "Just in Time" and the alt. of "Fine Lil Lass" were not on the LP (maybe on the late eighties CD if there was one?). "Thomasville" is, in my opinion, the session-highlight.


  12. I don't care about light or heavy whatever these clichés are. Lots of west coast jazz might not even be identified as such (think of Mingus, Dexter, to name just two). And I sure love the Shank Mosaic very much! That quartet with Williamson/Prell/Flores was very tight.

    What's that Ted Gioia story? Don't know anything!


  13. A great set, yes! I was quite positively surprised, bought it without having heard any of the albums.

    Love the two trio sets with Tucker/Harewood - they've got a very nice touch of their own.

    Then the two albums with the Turrentines are great, too. Only it's a pity that the third one released under Stan Turrentine's name somewhen in the eighties if I'm right is not included. I have that one on LP and it's a pretty fine date as well.

    Oh, and speak about Booker E., and Grant Green, and Johnny Coles :wub:


  14. Anyone has heard this one?

    I gave it a spin yesterday and it's one very fine record!

    Recorded live (on July 7, 1973) at Montreux Jazz Festival, the band (and mostly so Bartz himself) is clearly inspired. Hubert Eaves is on acoustic and electric piano, Stafford James on bass and electric bass, and 17-year-old Howard King is on drums.

    They easily and without creating any harsh changes of mood switch between hard driving jazz, funk and free playing. The record was made after vocalist/pianist Andy Bey had left the band (and was replaced by Eaves), which is why Bartz himself does some singing/reciting. But don't shy away because of this! The playing is just too good to mind those few vocal passages.

    The sound and the music is very much of seventies vintage, but it keeps up extremely well. Some politics, some Trane hommage, some "Bitches Brew"-reminiscences, and a very strong homage to the great great Langston Hughes (hence the title and title-track of the album).

    The music was performed as sort of a suite, the short ad-text on the Fantasy-site speaks of "an uninterrupted nearly 80-minute set", though the last track (Peace and Love) seems to be an encore and there's a clearly audible fade before it.

    Due to playing time of CDs, one track (Sifa Zote - featuring a stunning alto solo) is said to be "slightly edited". I have no idea, how much they had to cut out, but as the CD is more than 78 minutes, and they're talking of "nearly 80", it cannot be that much.

    However good that band is, the greatest feature of this CDs is Bartz himself, turning in some clearly inspired solos (as on "Sifa Zote" or "Jujuman"), showing his own personal voice.


  • Create New...