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Complete list of CDs reviewed in JJ May 2013 (see below for excerpts):
Adderley, Julian "Cannonball": The Quintessence (Frémeaux & Associés FA 291)
Au, Callum/Big Band: Something's Coming (Callum Au CABBCD001)
Baker, Chet/Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (Jazz Dynamics 002)
Bromberg, Brian: Compared To That (Artistry ART7028)
Bromberg, Brian: In The Spirit Of Jobim (Artistry ART7021)
Bromberg, Brian: Bromerg Plays Hendrix (Artistry ART7030)
Brown, Les: Sentimental Journey (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY903)
Carter, Ron/Golden Striker Trio: San Sebastian (In + Out IOR 77103-9)
Dean, Roger: Multi-piano 1978-2012 (Tall Poppies TP225)
DeJohnette, Jack: Special Edition (ECM 372 1965)
Díaz, Joan: We Sing Wayne Shorter (Discmedi Blau 4933-02)
Downes, Kit: Light From Old Stars    (Basho SRCD 42-2)
Eilertsen, Mats: Sails Set (Hubro 2524)
Evans, Gil: Four Classic Albums (Avid AMSC 1077)
Farmers Market: Slav To The Rhythm (Division 019)
Fat Babies: Chicago Hot (Delmark DE253)
Feldman, Victor: Swinging On A Star (Candid CCS 79107)
Free Dot: Just Flux! (SLAMCD 543)
Gale, Eric: Part Of You/Touch Of Silk (BGOCD1075)
Garrick, Michael/Don Weller: You've Changed (Hep 2011)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Schweben - Ay, But Can Ye? (Maya 1201)
Golson, Benny: Free + Turning Point (Poll Winners 27310)
Gomez, Eddie: Per Sempre (Challenge CR73344)
Herman, Woody: One-Two-Three-Four Jump (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY894)
Hitchcock, Nigel: Smoothitch (Eight Inch Clock, nigelhitchcock.com)
Hopkins, Chris/Bernd Lhotzky: Partners In Crime (Echoes Of Swing 4510)
Humair, Daniel: Sweet & Sour (Laborie LJ19)
Ilg, Dieter: Parsifal (ACT 9544-2)
James, Harry/And His Music Makers: Flash Harry Broadcasts 1942-46 (Hep 94)
Jones, Carmell: The Remarkable/Business Meetin’ (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 758)
Kriegel, Volker: Jazzfest Berlin 81 (MIG80187)
Lou, Kendra: To The End Of The World (Discovery CALI1111)
Machacek, Alex: FAT ((Abstract Logix ABLX 036)
Manne, Shelly: 2-3-4 + My Fair Lady (Poll Winners 27309)
Mazurek, Rob/Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations (Delmark DE 2018)
McCallum, Stuart: Distilled Live (Naim Jazz 185)
McNulty, Chris: The Song That Sings You Here (Challenge CR73341)
McPherson, Charles: Live At The Cellar (Cellar Live CL000726)
Metheny, Pat: The Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch 531821-2)
Micus, Stephan: Panagia (ECM 371 6395)
Mingus, Charles: The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Mosaic MD7-253)
Moreaux, Nicolas: Fall Somewhere (Fresh Sound FSNT 417)
Moskus: Salesykkel (Hubro 2518)
Møster: Edvard Lygre Møster (Hubro 2527)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing:  Slippery Rock (Hot Cup 123)
Neset, Marius: Birds (Edition 1040)
New York Voices: Live With The WDR Big Band Cologne (Palmetto PM 2160)¬
Parker, Charlie/Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (Essential Jazz Classics 55566)
Pelzer, Jacques: Never Let Me Go (Igloo 084)
Penn, Clarence: Dali In Cobble Hill (Criss Cross 1350)
Peoria Jazzband Of Sweden: Tell Me Your Dreams (Imogena 174)
Peterson, Oscar: Night Train (Poll Winners 27308)
Peyroux, Madeleine: The Blue Room (Decca 8877571)
Riel, Alex: Full House: Live At Jazzhus Montmartre (Storyville 1014276)
Ryan, Jackie: Listen Here (Open Art 07442)
Sauer, Heinz/Michael Wollny: Don’t Explain (ACT 9549)
Schaefer, Eric: Who Is Afraid Of Richard W.? (ACT 9543)
Schwarz, Zoe: Slow Burn (33 Jazz 229)
Sims, Zoot: In Paris (Poll Winners 27306)
Souter, Tessa: Beyond The Blue (Motéma MTM 87)
Spillett, Simon: Square One (Gearbox vinyl 1512/CD 1512)
Thomas, Leon    : The Creator 1969-1973 – The Best Of The Flying Dutchman Masters (Flying Dutchman 257)
Tippett, Keith: You Are Here…I Am There (Esoteric 2366)
Tippett, Keith: “Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening” (Esoteric 2367)
Truffaz, Erik: El Tiempo De La Revolucion (Blue Note 5099997903925)
Tyner, McCoy: Inception + Reaching Fourth (American Jazz Classics 99062)
Veronneau: Jazz Samba Project (VMU 1201)
Wheeler, Kenny: Mirrors (Gearbox 1513, vinyl)

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Excerpts from the 68 CDs reviewed in this issue:

BRIGITTE BERAHA AND JOHN TURVILLE: RED SKIES (E17 JAZZ 001)

John Turville's status as one my current must-hear performers is underlined with the release of this lovely album of standards. Bobby Wellins tops and tails the album with a controlled but sumptuous performance. The purr of his tenor is positively Getzian and it's just another element to enjoy in an album that oozes charm, sophistication and understatement. (John Adcock) ****

BRIAN BROMBERG: COMPARED TO THAT (Artistry ART7028)
Compared To That is a stunner: apart from the sheer, pulsing blues power, precision playing and kicking arrangements, the leader plays almost all the apparent guitar lines on the bass. The sessions combine unpretentious eclecticism and accomplished musicianship. It's ironic in an era that makes a fetish of boundary-breaking that these two qualities should come together in spades in a man from the oft-derided commercial studio world. (Mark Gilbert) ****

JOAN DÍAZ: WE SING WAYNE SHORTER (Discmedi Blau 4933-02)

This is an outstanding set from an internationally barely known Catalan outfit. The concept – adding words to Shorter's ineffable 1960s-1980s compositions (plus one Díaz original) – is delivered with a flair that matches that of Mark Murphy's treatment of Beauty And The Beast on his 1985 Muse album of the same name. (Mark Gilbert) *****
 
MATS EILERTSEN TRIO: SAILS SET (Hubro 2524)
The blurring and relaxation of traditional boundaries between soloist and rhythm section is a defining feature of contemporary jazz. Words including "democratic", "egalitarian" and even "synergetic" are probably all too familiar to readers when describing this form of improvisation, but let it be noted that not all groups nail the art quite so intuitively as Eilertsen's. I rarely award five stars, but Sails Set is so intelligently crafted and beautifully distilled that it is nigh on perfect. (Fred Grand) *****

MICHAEL GARRICK/DON WELLER: YOU'VE CHANGED (Hep CD 2011)
The magnificent Don Weller spreads his piquant sauce across this session, delivering a relentless outpouring of pure musical cheek and fiendish wit. Garrick is best remembered as a composer, teacher and leader of larger combos. This is the first time I've heard him in an informal blowing session and it's a wonderful revelation. Recorded 35 years ago, a long time in jazz, this inspired get-together still has the stuff to cheer and arouse. (Anthony Troon) *****

NIGEL HITCHCOCK: SMOOTHITCH (Eight Inch Clock, nigelhitchcock.com)
There's an anodyne blandness on occasions here that wouldn't be out of place in the supermarket (or these days, heaven forfend, the high-street bank).That said, Hitchcock is a road-tested jazz player and the pedigree is clear in the edgier moments in this nominally smooth-jazz set. Musicians will be impressed by the technique, not only from Hitchcock's keening Sanborn-style alto but also in the scything, bluesy solos of guitarist Firth, the rock solid grooves of the Cottles and Dagley and the tight arrangements. Not a quaver is wasted. (Mark Gilbert) ****

DANIEL HUMAIR: SWEET & SOUR (Laborie LJ 19)
A terrific "up-and-at-it" record from the Swiss drummer (and painter) who has never been known to do things in half measures. Sweet & Sour is a magical documentation of the current creativity and enlivening maturity of European jazz – a maturity for which Humair (b.1938) can take considerable credit. Don't miss these four MFs playing tunes. (Michael Tucker) ****

STUART MCCALLUM: DISTILLED LIVE (Naim Jazz 185)
Recorded during a 2011/12 European tour, this is a fine, at times inspiring blend of the ambient and the improvised, sampled sound and real-time textures, the folk-like, the rock-touched and the jazz-driven. Drums, percussion and harp, string section and double-bass drift in and out of dream-like focus as McCallum shapes his digitally enhanced, diversely chiming stream-of-consciousness modes and meditations. Fans of the two Johns – Coltrane and Martyn – should find much to enjoy here. (Michael Tucker) ****

CHRIS MCNULTY: THE SONG THAT SINGS YOU HERE (Challenge CR 73341)
Australian-born McNulty has a wide range and sings with strength and great clarity. Although her approach is strong and upfront she is a lyrical stylist and she integrates well into the band to make this a seamless performance with the voice working as one of the instruments. The whole disc is full of good jazz and plenty of highlights and is unconditionally recommended. (Derek Ansell) *****

CHARLES MINGUS: THE JAZZ WORKSHOP CONCERTS 1964-65 (Mosaic MD7-253)
A highly covetable release, which, as expected from Mosaic, is handsomely presented in an LP-sized box, with extensive and erudite notes by Mingus-biographer Brian Priestley. Almost two hours of this music has never been issued in any format, and several tracks have not previously been issued on CD. (Barry Witherden) *****

MØSTER: EDVARD LYGRE MØSTER (Hubro 2527)
Shades of Miles and Weather Report circa 1970 and the worst of early British jazz-rock dominate. The whole thing is drenched in reverb but it doesn't disguise the poverty of content and technique. I realise Møster and other lo-fi retro jazz-rock bands may in large part be purveying attitude, metaphor and lifestyle but check the musical content (it doesn't take long). (Mark Gilbert) **

PEORIA JAZZBAND OF SWEDEN: TELL ME YOUR DREAMS (Imogena IGCD 174)
This CD was a delight from start to finish. The repertoire encompasses a wide range and the band adapts itself to the tunes and selects an arrangement that suits each one. What impresses me most is the competent ensemble work and the solo ability of the front-liners. Those that enjoy classic and traditional jazz will enjoy this CD and I strongly recommend it. (George Hulme) *****

MADELEINE PEYROUX: THE BLUE ROOM (Decca 8877571)
Madeleine Peyroux's fragile, Billie Holiday styled voice has brought her considerable commercial success. The allegedly "temperamental" American has always mined a narrow mood range, from the pleasantly melancholic to the downright suicidal. But in this latest release she really gives the Dignitas treatment to a programme loosely based on the Ray Charles classic Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. (Garry Booth) ***

ALEX RIEL SPECIAL QUARTET: FULL HOUSE - LIVE AT JAZZHUS MONTMARTRE (Storyville 1014276)
I first visited Jazzhus Montmartre in 1972, to see Jackie McLean. I came away knocked out by the drummer. Alex Riel is in the front rank of jazz percussionists, a man who rivals atomic clocks with the accuracy of his time and a vastly underrated stylist whose career embraces everything from swing and bop to avant-garde. Alex Riel is the real deal, and perhaps the best real-time drummer still around. (Brian Morton) ****

SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET: SQUARE ONE (Gearbox 1512 - vinyl or CD)
This session represents a slight change of pace for Simon with a good selection of medium-tempo music and only one real tear up, Porter's Still Of The Night. This music is timeless in the right hands and there are four sets of the right hands at work here. Five stars plus for the music but if you feel like deducting a star for the sound generally, please feel free. (Derek Ansell) *****

KEITH TIPPETT GROUP: DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT YOU WEREN'T LISTENING (Esoteric ECLEC 2367)
This Esoteric reissue has the edge on previous efforts because the remastering has resulted in sharper, more focused sound. The moments in time it embodies are transcended by the feeling of timeless, vibrant music-making. Don't think twice about putting your hand in your pocket, for it's "modern" British jazz of an order that seems to have all but disappeared. (Nic Jones) *****



 


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