Playlist – 15 April 2015: Neil’s Back!

Neil returned this week with a selection of music that was, as always, eclectic and exciting. The show began with two new releases – the first from drummer Antonio Sanchez’s percussion soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Birdman and the second from the acclaimed 2014 release by Alice Coltrane’s nephew Flying Lotus which features Herbie Hancock on keyboards. We continued with a pair of complementary releases which link two American artists – Flying Lotus You're DeadWarn Defever from the band His Name is Alive and Eliot Bergman from the band Nomo, both of whom tend to overlap on each other’s releases. Both tracks are on the outer edges of jazz, but Clark Terry is very much at its heart. The late trumpeter and flugelhorn player who died in February this year at the age of 94, was here heard on an African-influenced piece appropriately called Swahili from 1955. With a recording career in jazz of almost 70 years, Terry appeared on over 900 recordings. Both Miles Davis and Quincy Jones acknowledged steve turreTerry’s influence on their early careers and he later became involved in introducing thousands of young people to jazz through his own music camps. Trombonist Steve Turre was heard with CJ favourite Kenny Garrett on alto sax in the title cut from his excellent release Rainbow People and this was followed by the lead track from guitarist Pat Metheny’s 2014 album Kin.

The next artist came to my attention as the saxophonist on Santana’s album Caravanserai where he can be heard on the atmospheric opening track Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation and the closing Every Step of the Way. Here we caught him with a new re-release on the Boplicity label which showcases the powerful playing from his first self-titled album released in 1971.

corea trilogyWe ended the show this week with two great releases – the first from piano legend Chick Corea playing here with his trio and the second from Belgian vocalist Melanie Biasio whose closely miked vocals create a stunning audio recording – a recommended release.

  1. Antonio Sanchez – Internal War from Birdman OST
  2. Flying Lotus – Tesla from You’re Dead
  3. His Name is Alive – Capricorn Moon from Sweet Earth Flower
  4. Nomo – All the Stars from Ghost Rock
  5. Clark TerrySwahili from Jazz Meets Africa
  6. Steve Turre – Rainbow People from Rainbow People
  7. Pat Metheny – On Day One from Kin
  8. Hadley Caliman – Blues for L.L. from Hadley Caliman
  9. Chick Corea Trio – Recorda Me from Trilogy
  10. Melanie de Biasio – Sweet Darling Pain from No Deal

Video this week comes from Melanie de Biasio and another track from her extraordinary 2013 album No Deal.

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