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Complete list of CDs reviewed in JJ June 2013 (see below for excerpts):
Adderley, Cannonball: Cannonball's Bossa Nova (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55581)
Amy, Curtis: Groovin' Blue/Way Down/Tippin' On Through (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 768)
Amy, Curtis/Paul Bryant: Meetin' Here (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 767)
Aquarium: Places (Jellymould JM-JJ010)
Babs, Alice/Nisse Linds: Hot Trio (Vax 1003)
Bailey, Benny & Phil Woods: "Big Brass"& "Rights Of Swing" (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 746)
Bates, Michael/Samuel Blaser: One From None (Fresh Sound FSNT 414)
Brown, Ted / Kirk Knuffke: Pound Cake (SteepleChase SCCD 31749)
Bostic, Earl: Flamingo (Retrospective RTR 4211)
Coltrane, John Quartet: Ballads (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55585)
Cowell, Stanley: It's Time (SteepleChase SCCD 31740)
Davis, Eddie Lockjaw: Four Classic Albums Plus (Avid Jazz AMSC 1079)
Dorham, Kenny: Four Classic Albums (Avid Jazz AMSC 1080)
Eastwood, Kyle: The View From Here (SPPF SP 9570020)
Ellington, Duke/John Coltrane: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55579)
Ellis, Don: Essence (Fresh Sound FSR 1662)
Evans, Bill: Empathy + Pike's Peak (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55565)
Evans, Bill/Jim Hall: Undercurrent (Poll Winners PWR 27307)
Getz, Stan: Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd + Big Band Bossa Nova (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55582)
Getz, Stan Quartet: At Birdland 1961 (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 741)
Gibbs, Terry/The Exciting Big Band: Live At The Summit In Hollywood Complete Recordings (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 742)
Gil, Gilberto: Original Album Series (Warner 8254646 522217 5CD)
Goodman, Benny: AFRS Broadcasts Volume 14 (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY895)
Gordon, Dexter: Satin Doll (SteepleChase SCCD 36038)
Green, Urbie: Five Classic Albums (Avid AMSC 1075)
Guidi, Giovanni: City Of Broken Dreams (ECM 370 6656)
Hamblett, Dave: Light At Night (Whirlwind WR4631)
Harris, Barry: Newer Than New/Listen To Barry Harris … Solo Piano (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 773)
Hawkins, Coleman: Complete 1962 Studio Recordings (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 763)
Hawkins, Coleman: The Hawk Swings (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 743)
In The Country: Sunset Sunrise (ACT 9548-2)
Jones, Etta: So Warm/From The Heart (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 761)
Jones, Quincy: Big Band Bossa Nova + The Quintessence (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55583)
Jordan, Clifford: Spellbound/Starting Time/Bearcat (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 769)
Karaindrou, Eleni: Concert In Athens (ECM New Series 371 3657)
Katz, Fred: And His Music (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 744)
Kenton, Stan: Two Shades Of Autumn (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY896)
LaVerne, Andy: Three's Not A Crowd (SteepleChase SCCD 31751)
Lloyd, Charles / Jason Moran: Hagar's Song (ECM 372 4550)
Locke, Joe: Wish Upon A Star (Motéma 233678)
Lovano, Joe/Us Five: Cross Culture (Blue Note 509996 36761 2 3)
Masse, Heather And Dick Hyman: Lock My Heart (Red House RHR CD 258)
Mercer, Johnny: Music Shop III (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY900)
Mercer, Johnny: Music Shop IV (Sounds Of Yester Year DSOY906)
Monk, Thelonious: The European Concerts (Fresh Sound FSR–CD 745)
Nah, Youn Sun: Lento (ACT 9030-2)
Nascimento, Milton: Original Album Series (Warner 82564651938 5CD)
Nistico, Sal: Heavyweights & Comin' On Up/It's Time We Met (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 766)
Pell, Dave: Four Classic Albums (Avid AMSC 1076)
Pell, Dave: Jazz Goes Dancing (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 739)
Regina, Elis: Original Album Series (Warner 8256 4653294 5CD)
Richardson, Sue: Too Cool (Splash Point SPRO16)
Selwyn, Esmond: Renegade (SLAMCD 291)
Sims, Zoot: New Beat Bossa Nova Vol. 1 + Vol.2 (American Jazz Classics A99063)
Spence, Alister: Far Flung (Rufus RF105)
Strayhorn, Billy/Johnny Hodges: Juice A-Plenty (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 762)
Strong, Anthony: Stepping Out (Naïve NJ622871)
Third Reel: Third Reel (ECM 372 8269)
Trichotomy: Fact Finding Mission (naimcd186)
Tomasso, Enrico: Al Dente (Woodville WVCD139)
Various: Rare And Hot Black Band Recordings 1923-1930 (Frog DGF 79)
Vidal, Lluis: Viatge A L'Interior Amb Espelma (Fresh Sound FSNT 400)
Wilcox, Scott/Big Band: Go For It! (Marquetry MR937)
Winter, Paul: Count Me In 1962 & 1963 (Living Music lmu-44)
Wobble, Jah & Bill Sharpe: Kingdom Of Fitzrovia (Storyville 1014279)
Woods, Phil/DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Right To Swing (Jazzed Media JM1061)

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Excerpts from the 67 CDs reviewed in this issue:


BENNY BAILEY & PHIL WOODS: BIG BRASS/RIGHTS OF SWING (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 746)
Rights Of Swing is one the most interesting items Woods's enormous and still growing discography and combining it with Bailey’s complementary session produces a truly delectable package. (Graham Colombé) *****

TED BROWN/KIRK KNUFFKE: POUND CAKE (Steeplechase SCCD 31749)
They say that jazz is a young person's game but try telling that to tenor man Ted Brown, just 84 years young. A veteran of the Lennie Tristano school of jazz, he learned early on about the importance of improvised lines (as opposed to boring written ones) in jazz and the trick has not deserted him to this day. (Derek Ansell) *****

JOHN COLTRANE: BALLADS (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55585)
The most amazing aspect of this 1962 album to which this collection adds was its lack of rehearsal. The players quickly scanned their music-store sheets and got down to it. Greatness often consists in the slightest but telling variation on what is already there. (Nigel Jarrett) *****

KYLE EASTWOOD: THE VIEW FROM HERE (SPPF Jazz Village SP 9570020)
Having a famous father confers certain advantages, along with a potentially crippling burden of expectation. Instead of trying twice as hard to prove his worth, Kyle Eastwood has unassumingly gone about the business of honing his skills and winning an audience . . . Not only an affable release with obvious cross-over potential, The View From Here confirms Eastwood's steady artistic growth and I'm sure that it will more than make Clint's day. (Fred Grand) ***

DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE: DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55579)
On paper the pairing looks a mis- match, but the ever adaptable Duke with Coltrane doing much ballading in this period (eg, the album Ballads and his apt accompaniment to singer Johnny Hartman), it turned out to be an inspired merging of talents. With the leaders’ rhythm sections alternating and co-opting in the shape of Bell and Jones on In A Sentimental Mood, the date stands as a real team effort. (Mark Gardner) *****

DON ELLIS: ESSENCE (Fresh Sound FSR 1662)
One of the most striking pieces here, the in-part through-composed and aptly titled Slow Space, might be seen to anticipate aspects of some of the early piano recordings at ECM . . . Another excellent reissue from Fresh Sound, which comes with a new brief note by producer Jordi Pujol as well as the original informative sleeve-note from the leader himself. (Michael Tucker) *****

GILBERTO GIL: ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES (Warner 8254646 522217 5CD)
The loose movement known as MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) effectively began with Elis Regina's version of Arrastão, but Gil was one of its great stars and despite the brief and highly influential secession of tropicália, it continued to be the most thoughtful and creative coalition in Brazilian music, blending jazz and pop with more nativist styles like samba and afoxé, along with the culture-bridging influence of bossa nova. It's highly sophisticated music . . . Gil's vocals are rhythmically supple and subtle, with every line given its own metrical value. He's a fantastically underrated singer outside Brazil and the Warner compilation is a perfect introduction. (Brian Morton) ****

BARRY HARRIS: NEWER THAN NEW & LISTEN TO BARRY HARRIS (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 773)
Both sessions reveal that Barry Harris was at the top of his game in the early 1960s, establishing an unfailingly inspirational flow which has rarely let him down during the intervening decades. A must for admirers of this highly principled and ever adventurous pianist. (Mark Gardner) *****

CHARLES LLOYD/JASON MORAN: HAGAR’S SONG (ECM 372 4550)
Moran is the ideal pianist for Lloyd in a duo context, as he utilises the full range of what a piano can do in order to maintain an interesting accompaniment during the course of this long and intense recording. He runs the gamut of piano playing from block chording and hints of stride to pop-style crotchet chords and walking bass on Mood Indigo, through to occasional Debussy-like impressionistic episodes, and even prepared piano. The quality of interaction between Moran and Lloyd is largely responsible for the effectiveness of this album. (Dave Jones) ****

SUE RICHARDSON: TOO COOL (Splash Point SPRO 16)
The rating here is for a record which manages to combine the best of the old, classic style of jazz with some fresh arrangements and a contemporary sound which is refreshingly warm and lyrical. Sue Richardson's concert show celebrating the music of Chet Baker (minus her narration) translates well to disc. (Derek Ansell) *****

ALISTER SPENCE: FAR FLUNG (Rufus RF105)
Spence's expansive, thoughtful trio music is closer in spirit to The Necks (Swanton is a member of that long-standing group) than to E.S.T., but it's the Paul Bley Trio of the Kent Carter/Barry Altschul period that comes most obviously to mind here. Two discs of deceptively unemphatic improvisation . . . a terrific record. (Brian Morton) ****

ANTHONY STRONG: STEPPING OUT (Naïve NJ622871)
Inevitable comparisons will be made between Strong and Jamie Cullum. Strong makes a reasonable fist of Too
Darn Hot
and My Foolish Heart but manages to destroy Weill's My Ship, eliminating the subtle nuances of a beautiful melody. The familiar tunes are balanced out by originals, none of which are particularly memorable but not necessarily total throwaways. A debut that might suggest there is something more interesting to come. (Peter Gamble) ***

ENRICO TOMASSO: AL DENTE (Woodville WVCD139)
This is, surprisingly, his debut album under his own name . . . His tone is full and warm, and his well-crafted phrasing purposeful but relaxed, delivering fluent melodic invention with almost nonchalant ease. Hints of Hackett, Berigan, Eldridge, Clark Terry and others are absorbed into his own broad-ranging style. A first-class rhythm section swings colourfully and cohesively throughout. All in all, an outstanding debut album in classic middle-of-the-road style from one of the most popular and talented trumpet players in British jazz. (Hugh Rainey) ****

SCOTT WILLCOX BIG BAND: GO FOR IT! (Marquetry MR937)
An arranger who thinks contrapuntally is always going to get the most out of a modern 16-piece band. The arrangements are often testing and there are moments when things slacken. But on the whole everyone is enjoined to contribute significantly to a project that appreciates input as much as it delights in output, and not just by the featured soloists. All compositions by Willcox except for one by Russ Courtenay and one by Gary Willcox. (Nigel Jarrett) ****

JAH WOBBLE & BILL SHARPE: KINGDOM OF FITZROVIA (Storyville 101 4279)
If you're familiar with Wobble from his long career as a bassist and composer, then expect to hear him sounding more like his work with Invaders Of The Heart than his earlier post-punk days with P.I.L. Similarly in some respects, if you know the Bill Sharpe of Shakatak days, then that's not really what’s on offer here. On this album, he occupies Hancockesque territory on electric pianos and retro synthesisers . . . there’s lots to enjoy here, including the fine recording, mixing and mastering by Jonas Persson. (Dave Jones) ****

 


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