Week ending 09 November 2019: great sax players and more

This week’s show is available on Mixcloud but not in the usual place. A technical problem means that instead you’ll find it on the IO Radio Mixcloud stream. Just scroll down to the day it was recorded – 06/11/2019 – and click the tab.

The show begins with our Blue Note celebration of the week – this time from one of our very favourite tenor saxophonists, the magnificent Joe Henderson. The album Our Thing dates from 1963 and we played the title track. As the Reid Miles designed cover indicates, the band include Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, Eddie Khan on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums. Add in Alfred Lion on production, Rudy Van Gelder on recording duties at his famed Englewood Cliffs studio and a great Francis Wolff photo on the cover and you have all the ingredients for an epic Blue Note record. Label aficionados should note that the first ever UK pop up Blue Note store has opened in London’s Coal Drops Yard – celebrating the jazz resurgence and timed to coincide with the EFG London Jazz Festival. The full programme is as excellent and innovative as usual – and those wishing to get a flavour of Joe Henderson’s music could check out the UK’s Denys Baptiste as he celebrates the tenor saxophonist on 23 November at the 606 Club in the capital.

Last week there was a tune from the new Binker Golding album Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible FeathersIt is an album we admire, so two further tunes appeared this week will help you judge for yourself. Exquisite She-Green is, if you have seen some of Goldings work with Moses Boyd, a remarkably restrained and calm piece. Fluorescent Black is, however, more up-tempo. The double bass of Daniel Casimir comes through impressively and Binker Golding provides a strong lead on tenor.

Also on the Binker Golding album playing piano is Joe Armon-Jones, another seemingly ever-present on the burgeoning jazz scene coming out of London. His second album has been released entitled Turn To Clear View, his playing and the musical styles are very different here. From the Golding acoustic piano to electric, from pure jazz to a fusion of genres. Interesting, challenging and at times uncomfortable music for today.

Fat-Suit from Scotland cross musical genres too with a wide variety of instruments and musicians. The tune The Crane and the Crow opens by demonstrating some of their rock influences. If that’s not your thing, however, stay with it because there follows some lovely, sensitive trumpet playing. The album Waifs and Strays was recorded live in Drygate Brewery Glasgow over four days and the expansive ambition of the project comes across in each tune.

Emil Miszk & the Sonic Syndicate from Poland have featured regularly on the show over the last month or two with tunes from their album Don’t Hesitate.  This is another ambitious project. The tune Heart of Darkness – as the whole album –  is full of experimental, haunting sounds. It is music that is unpredictable and makes clever use of electronics, a sonic syndicate as their title suggests – thoroughly contemporary. If you like this music go to Steve’s Jazz Sounds where you can buy this, more Polish music and much else besides.

Coming in at the end of this week’s show is UK trumpeter Laura Jurd with a radical new album that’s miles away from what she has delivered previously.  Jumping In may not even be jazz – it comes across as closer to something that American composer Aaron Copland might have created.

  1. Joe Henderson – Our Thing from Our Thing
  2. Binker Golding – Exquisite She-Green from Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers
  3. Binker Golding – Fluorescent Black from Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers
  4. Joe Armon-Jones – Gnawa Sweet from Turn to Clear View
  5. Fat-Suit – The Crane & The Cow from Waifs and Strays
  6. Emil Miszk & the Sonic Syndicate – Heart of Darkness from Don’t Hesitate
  7. Laura Jurd – Jumping In from Stepping Back, Jumping In

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