fent99 Posted August 2, 2014 Report Share Posted August 2, 2014 (edited) Firstly can I say thanks to all for your interest and for the opportunity to send out some choices and getting a bit of a reaction to some things I've been listening to. My choices weren't meant to be too tricky but not too obvious either it is really just a wee snapsot of my listening. 1. Bobby Previte - 23. The Passage of the Divine Bird from "The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro" BBC Recording http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3/pip/u77pn/ http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7072 Its actually a recording I made from the radio and I've never bought the album on Tzadik. I recorded this either to my cd recorder or to a minidisc when it was first broadcast and its something I've returned to again and again. I love the instrumentation with harps and bells and the enigmatic nature of the compositions maybe a bit like Miro's paintings which I also love. I recorded it mainly because I'd seen Previte on a fondly remembered trip to NYC playing drums with beaters while keyboards and trombone cooked up a storm. The whole set is great and made a bit more digestable by a lovely female voice introducing each piece. 2. Don Friedman - Circle Waltz from "Circle Waltz" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_Waltz Superlative piano trio from someone I know very little of beyond this album so maybe someone can direct me to more. If I was more knowledgable I'd say its influenced by Bill Evans but they are contemporaries and share a label. With Chuck Israels on bass that connection is all the more explicit. Pete LaRoca always adds a little something too. 3. Enrico Pieranunzi/Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins - For Turiya from "First Song" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Song This could be seen as a bit of a tribute to Haden who passed in the last few weeks. I nearly picked the version from his duet album where he plays with the composer, Alice Coltrane. I've been a wee bit obsessed with Alice over the last year her albums with John, the impulse stuff then some of the meditational albums. There's a great Piano Jazz broadcast where she plays some beautiful piano and I thought I'd love to hear her tunes played by a more overtly jazz band. Of course I found I had a tune already and here it is. Pieranunzi I've seen in concert a couple of times all off the back of this album which I bought because of Haden who picks notes and plays superbly on this. 4. Raymond MacDonald/Marilyn Crispell - Longing from "Parallel Moments" http://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/parallel-moments Saw this pairing duet in the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh at the beginning of the year (amongst other combinations) and though I'd never heard him before found out he is on the teaching staff at Edinburgh University. This is on the Babel Label and though it's not all as beautiful or elegaic as this its a really strong duet record 5. Laura Jurd - Landing Ground from "Landing Ground" http://www.laurajurd.com/ So much of my music comes gifted or recommended by friends (a lot from organissimo!) and this came via a friend in London over a few glasses of red on a visit last November. I like the copelandesque theme and the strings to offset the solos. Maybe its not jazz but I like it... She's young and from this outing has a huge amount of ambition. 6. Wolfgang Muthspiel - Mehldau from "Live at the Vortex 2003" http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3/pip/v8iv5/ Another BBC Jazz on 3 recording so maybe slightly unfair for the guessing. The gig was one I was at. Really happy memories of the old Vortex in Stoke Newington, where I used to live in North London. Great guitar and the highlight was watching Brian Blade on drums really shining as with skittering chattering patterns keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. Really joyous stuff, with that sunny disposition Metheny often produces. For someone who likes minor keys and darker stuff this really cheers me up. Muthspiel has some really good albums out there the most recent on ECM and is really worth looking out for. 7. Arthur Blythe - Light Blue from "Light Blue" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Blue:_Arthur_Blythe_Plays_Thelonious_Monk I said in the comments that I'd overdosed on Monk probably as a result of getting the big Riverside box, but he's one of the cornerstones of my listening with recent reawakening courtesy of the solo sides in the Vogue box and the reissue of Straight No Chaser with so much more music than before. But this of course made me think again. Quickly identified and since my jazz buying has been (mainly) in the CD era I've let Blythe pass my by. My loss. I've a friend who has been talking about these albums for years but he has no turntable any more and I've yet to venture into his loft to "borrow" them. Blythe is great here and put paid to my (mis)understanding that Lennox Avenue Breakdown was the only Columbia album worth listening to... Oh and the tuba is always a treat! Edited August 2, 2014 by fent99 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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