Do you ever hear a tune on the radio and stay listening intently until it finishes to make sure you get the title? It happen to me recently with the BBC Radio 3 programme Jazz Record Requests. The track in question was Amsterdam After Dark by George Coleman which comes complete with a lovely piano intro and later embellishment from Hilton Ruiz and perfect tenor playing from George himself. He played with Miles Davis but was not free enough for the group’s drummer Tony Williams and had to leave. Miles incidentally, defends him in his autobiography for the quality of his playing.
I am slowly getting accustomed to and beginning to enjoy Be Good by Gregory Porter and it was good to hear that a listener felt the same way. Otherwise, it was a chance to go back to some old CJ favourites e.g. Andrew Hill featuring the aforementioned Tony Williams on drums and to play some uptempo music. CJ lately has perhaps been a little sombre, introspective and serious. It was time to party.
- Roy Hargrove’s Crisol – O My Seh Ya
- George Coleman – Amsterdam After Dark
- Andrew Hill – Refuge
- Kenny Dorham – Afrodisia
- Gregory Porter – On My Way To Harlem
- Cannonball Adderley – Obeah
- Claudia & Brazil Octopus – Gosto De Ser Como Su
- Tenorio Jr – Consolacao
- Bossa 3 – Nao Me Diga Adeus
- Sleepwalker – Resurrection
- Soil & ‘Pimp’ Sessions – Avalanche