Click the MixCloud tab on this site to get another chance to hear more music from 2014 that we have enjoyed. This includes re-releases as well as new tunes.
On the re-release front, Frank Foster’s The Loud Minority from BGP Records is a ‘must-have’ and at mid-price is a bargain. The Spiritual Jazz series continued to unveil surprises and delights and any track with the title Destroy the Nihilistic Picnic deserves investigation. You’ll not be disappointed.
The trumpeter Takuya Kuroda from Japan will be a new name to many, but Carmen Lundy will not to regular Cosmic Jazz followers. Meanwhile, George Garzone is a hard-blowing sax player from New York and saxophonist Mark Turner, with Avishai Cohen and Mark Gilmore in his adventurous quartet, provides another example of serious, ECM-released music. This album featured on many a ‘best of…’ list from 2014 – and deservedly so. Check it out.
From the UK – although with a serious nod to Brazil – came Da Lata, whom I enjoyed live at The Flipside Festival in Suffolk. Make a note for your diaries – there will be another Flipside over the first weekend of October 2015 at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
Also from the UK and produced in Scotland through RN Records was Circus FM from an EP released at the end of 2014. The tune I played It’s All Good is a catchy, up-tempo number with clear, swinging, enticing vocals from Flora Munro, who gigs regularly across Scotland.
- Frank Foster – The Loud Minority from The Loud Minority
- George Garzone – Restless from Quintonic
- Carmen Lundy – Life is a Song from Soul to Soul
- Takuya Kuroda – Everybody Loves the Sunshine from Rising Sun
- The London Experimental Jazz Quartet – Destroy the Nihilistic Picnic from Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
- Circus FM – Its All Good from Circus FM CD/EP
- Da Lata – Deixa from Fabiola
- Mark Turner Quartet – Brothers Sisters from Lathe of Heaven
Video this week features Mark Turner in conversation about his Lathe of Heaven ECM release: