This week’s CJ features jazz old and new together with music from New Zealand, France and Brazil. To listen again, just click that left hand tab. The dramatic opening from Santana’s most openly jazz-influenced album Caravanserai started the show before we dipped into two tracks with the same bass riff – the first from Nat and Cannonball Adderley and the second from soul singer Donny Hathaway. The latter came from Hathaway’s epic live album – a real treasure of a record. There’s almost no video footage of Hathaway’s magnetic live performances but here he is with a fragment of The Ghetto. The quality is dire but to hear more of either his live performances at The Bitter End club in Manhattan or at the Troubadour in Hollywood look out for These Songs for You, Live! – a compilation of both performances together with Valdez in the Country from Hathaway’s appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1973. Fender Rhodes magic throughout. Both these opening tracks present a deep jazz groove – but then, so did most of the tracks on this week’s show.
Hammond hero Dr Lonnie Smith has a new (and well reviewed) album out on Blue Note – and so we celebrated this with Mama Wailer, the title track from his 1971 CTI/Kudu album before diving into a bonafide Blue Note classic from one of my favourite alto players, Jackie McLean. On the Nile comes from one of those sometimes overlooked Blue Note releases from the mid 1960s – Jacknife. This Charles Tolliver composition is a modal gem, featuring a young Jack deJohnette on drums. We cut into this track with something new from Auckland’s finest band, Fat Freddy’s Drop. It’s not jazz as we know it, of course, but there’s no doubting the levels of musicianship in this excellent new release.
Back to Africa and Egypt with another jazz classic from (appropriately) Pharoah Sanders – an edited version of the 16 minute Upper Egypt Lower Egypt from Sander’s Tauhid album before diving into the opening cut from GoGo Penguin’s Blue Note debut. The buzz about this band is global and we’ve been playing their contemporary take on the jazz piano trio since they began. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out this live version of the track we featured, All Res. Next up were two great vocalists – the yacht rock elegance of Ned Doheny in an acoustic demo version of his jazz club classic Get It Up For Love and then Gretchen Parlato live in New York with her beautiful twist on Simply Red’s Holding Back the Years. Amazingly, Doheny’s demo is delightfully fully formed. You can find this track on the Numero label’s excellent Separate Oceans compilation of Doheny tracks. One of the pleasure’s of Parlato’s recording is the always imaginative drumming of American Mark Guiliana, one of the most in-demand drummers of the moment: he’s worked with Brad Mehldau, Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin and – of course, David Bowie. Another cover version came next – the Philippe Saisse Trio’s take on Steely Dan’s Do It Again. Saisse can always elevate his cocktail piano style into something rather more interesting: here he is doing the same kind of thing with Earth Wind and Fire’s September. We ended this week’s session with more latin-inflected jazz: the first from Tania Maria‘s Come With Me album from 1982 and the last a British remix of Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca that appears on one of the Verve labels’s remix projects – sometimes patchy but always interesting. For more of the same, try this updating of Billie Holiday’s Speak Low.
- Santana – Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation from Caravanserai
- Nat Adderley Quintet – Make Your Own Temple from Soul of the Bible
- Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) from Live
- Lonnie Smith – Mama Wailer from Mama Wailer
- Jackie McLean – On the Nile from Jacknife
- Fat Freddy’s Drop – Wheels from Bays
- Pharoah Sanders – Upper Egypt Lower Egypt from Tauhid
- GoGo Penguin – Al Res from Man Made Object
- Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love (demo) from Separate Oceans
- Gretchen Parlato – Holding Back the Years from Live in NYC
- Philippe Saisse Trio – Do It Again from The Body and Soul Sessions
- Tania Maria – Sementes, Graines and Seeds from Come With Me
- Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca (Funky Lowlives Mix) from Verve Remixed 2
Neil is listening to:
- Ryo Kawasaki – Hawaiian Caravan
- Cannonball Adderley Quintet – The Black Messiah
- Sheila Simmenes – Daughters of Jah
- Tony Allen – Kindness
- Emanative – Lonely Table 006