If you have followed any part of Cosmic Jazz over recent months you will know that the Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist is a great favourite of mine. It was timely, therefore, to receive his new album Reflecting Time from www.stevesjazzsounds.co.uk . This was recorded in Copenhagen after a tour of Sweden with US musicians Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) who have all played with some of the greatest names in jazz. The tunes on the album are inspired by some other jazz musicians e.g. Mulgrew Miller, Stanley Turrentine (who Fredrik really admires) and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. There is also a version of Duke Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood. As the title suggests, the album is reflective, less full-on than some of his other albums but difinitely recommended. I shall play more.
I saw Phronesis recently at the Corn Hall in Diss, a small market town in South Norfolk. To my surprise, especially as I know the town, there was a good crowd, much larger than I expected and definitely appreciative of the music. They played tunes from their latest CD Life To Everything and I played two tunes from it on this show. These two tunes illustrate how Phronesis can play contemporary, tough, loud, urban jazz while at the same time managing to be subtle and controlled. One complaint; £15 for a CD bought at a live event is a bit steep.
I kept in touch with Brazil via the Otis Trio, returned to the wonderful Patrice Rushen, N’Dambi and the album Freedom Jazz France and could not avoid playing something else from the Black Jazz Label.
- Fredrik Kronkvist with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson – Meltdown Blues from Reflecting Time
- Fredrik Kronkvist with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson – Embraced from Reflecting Time
- Phronesis – Urban Control from Life To Everything
- Phronesis – Song For Lost Nomads from Life To Everything
- V.S. Quartet – A Pou Zot from Freedom Jazz France
- Otis Trio – DNN from Club 74
- Gene Russell – Black Orchid from Gilles Peterson’s Black Jazz Radio
- Azar Lawrence – Novo Ono from BGP Presents Jazz Funk
- Patrice Rushen – Jubilation from Prelude
- N’Dambi – Call Me from Tunin’ In and Consignin’