Country singer Nathan Carter appeared on the second night of Shoreline and came on stage after the rain.
Carter, from Liverpool who lives in Enniskillen, and who is the biggest star in Irish country music and has been for quite a few years, wrote a song about Enniskillen called ‘Island Town’ and it was fitting that he was here on the island itself on a big stage in front of several hundred people inside the castle grounds, a place itself mentioned, in the song lyrics:
“The lights of the castle walls/they flicker across the water/and it seems to me/they have a life of their own.”
Carter, top, photo: marlbank, singing ‘Island Town’ a ballad to add to the town’s own tower of song: the latest since the lively ‘Fare Thee Well Enniskillen’ was famously rendered by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Stephen Graham
Produced by Walter Smith III Harish Raghavan makes his debut as a leader — a quintet affair the bassist-composer joined by vibist Joel Ross, drummer Kweku Sumbry, pianist Micah Thomas, and altoist Immanuel Wilkins. The recording is titled Calls for Action and is to be issued by Whirlwind this autumn.
Via Pyroclastic Records Superbigmouth involves the collective might of two bands Bigmouth and Superette [geddit?] combining as one to play new original music by Chris Lightcap.
Musicians are: Craig Taborn on organ, piano, Wurlitzer; Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone; Chris Cheek also on tenor; Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring on guitar; leader-composer Chris Lightcap on bass guitar; with Gerald Cleaver and Dan Rieser on drums.
For the best of Lightcap in recent years, one example springs to mind so think back to Plymouth released in 2014 and on which Wisława, December Avenue Stańko legend Cleaver also contributed. Look for Superbigmouth in October.
The relevant date for the Patricia Barber Soho Pizza Dean Street jazz club debut is 19 November falling during the EFG London Jazz Festival. Joining the singer pianist in her trio are Patrick Mulcahy on bass and Nate Friedman on drums. Tickets.
Friday 13 September will be the release date of the upcoming live album Reflections, Transformations, Improvisations by flautist bandleader Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirror Ensemble. Tracks are: La Chevelure, De Soir, Little Shepherd, Claire de Lune, X-Boite a Jou Jou, Eventail, Syrinx, si doucement perdue, and Il Pleut. The ensemble made up of a dozen players spanning the classical and jazz disciplines was put together last year to mark the centenary of the death of Debussy for a series of gigs and spawned this recording made into their debut album.
Have a listen to the deeply soulful brutally honest ‘Simple Man’ a cover of a number by Pops Staples & the Staples Singers. Close your eyes you may also want to go to dig out your old Bill Withers records suitably inspired, believe me.
The latest promo made publicly available on YouTube by the issuing label is drawn from the upcoming Robert Randolph and the Family Band album, Brighter Days which is to be released on 23 August.
I enjoyed ‘Have Mercy’ put out in May which remains a bit of a must and the more engrossing of the two tracks, a heartfelt take refuge message song because it is gospel after all shaped by a laidback groove to die for. Sacred steel specialist Randolph and his band worked with producer Dave Cobb on Brighter Days. The Family Band features Robert’s cousins bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph along with his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph. Both tracks are utterly convincing even beyond the gospel genre (maybe within, people have their own notions so it is hard to gauge reaction there) and for sure appeal to jazz fans if I am at all typical.
From Here & Now released by Los Angeles label Ghost Note Records. David Binney is known as an avant saxophonist and composer and has a sizable international jazz club-attending following. Catch up for instance by hearing his enjoyable guest spot on Joe Locke Subtle Disguise track ‘Red Cloud’ last year where he got the energy level right up. His vocals side is lesser known but is only a small part of the complete picture because he chooses on the album to multi-track electronics, burning sax, synths, vocals, bass, guitar, and he has a number of guests as part of the sound who include man of the moment drummer Louis Cole on one track, Jacob Richards on two, Pedja Milutinovic on a couple and bassists Logan Kane and Pera Krstajic also on a couple each. The album, which has a roving post-jazzrocktronica gleam to it early listens digging deep suggest, was recorded in the States both on the east and west coasts and in the Balkans: over in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
At the Proms this summer look out for the Jules Buckley curated and conducted Nina Simone-themed “Mississippi Goddam: A Homage To Nina Simone” featuring soul singers the multiple Grammy nominated Ledisi and Rolling Stones backing singer Lisa Fischer. Buckley, a Proms regular, conducts the Metropole Orkest from the Netherlands. The Albert Hall concert is on Wednesday 21 August and will be shown on BBC Four TV on Friday 30 August and aired on Radio 2 at a date to be decided. More details.
Hard boppers and Blue Note heads rejoicedat the prospect of the Dizzy Reece Routes In Jazz tribute tour this year. Byron Wallen, Ralph Moore, Willie Jones III, Dezron Douglas and bandleader Trevor Watkis (above) combined to pay sincere homage to the great trumpeter whose style and taste endures down the generations. The English dates of the tour did well. Sadly Tony Hall who produced the classic Blues in Trinity — recorded in a London studio and not Paris as reckoned for years following on from its 1959 initial release — passed away recently. However, the Reece legend grows bigger by day and the tour moves this autumn to New York where Dizzy Reece lives, with an October date scheduled for Dizzy’s, as in Diz — nestled within Jazz at Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle. Tickets.
1 Jack DeJohnette A thrill to hear the great Chicagoan, always. Out of the AACM and ex-Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, standards, avant garde, rocking the room – he can do it all.
In recent years for example there has been loads going on. Sound Travels for instance was released, one of DeJohnette’s most formidable albums in years, a Robert Sadin-produced affair with the band’s size swelling and contracting to suit Jack’s arrangements. ‘Dirty Ground’ with a vocal from Bruce Hornsby was the most accessible, with a “New Orleans-meets-The Band" vibe, and a great down home shuffle from Jack who co-wrote the song with the man DeJohnette in the notes refers to as ‘The Bruce’. Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries addded great soprano sax on the song, and the George Benson and Franco-inspired guitarist Lionel Loueke showed his range with some funky licks on a tune the lyric of which points to the need in New Orleans or anywhere for that matter not to give up or for that matter give in. There was even a lovely spot from Bobby McFerrin on ‘Oneness’ written for Gateway, a band DeJohnette actually reconvened for a one-off gig in his home town of Chicago.
Sound Travels was only one part of what DeJohnette has been involved with over this decade and ECM slipped out a beautiful four-CD box set Special Edition, which collected the output of DeJohnette’s band of the same name between 1979 and 1984 spread over four albums Special Edition, Tin Can Alley, Inflation Blues, and Album Album.
Fine, nuanced, spirited, free form and original in terms of writing and performance, you’ll hear highlights in this set that include David Murray brilliantly wild and fresh on the two albums he’s featured on, and Chico Freeman’s characterful bluesiness on such marvellously raucous numbers as ‘I Know’ on Tin Can Alley where the music opens up and ‘out’ becomes ‘in’.
2 Roy Haynes Last of the bebop greats.
3 Terri Lyne Carrington Composition and a sense of song are crucial in the TLC artistic profile as is huge technical skill as a drummer.
4 Jimmy Cobb On Kind of Blue. Just three very significant century, life, changing words.
5 Jeff 'Tain' Watts With Branford Marsalis he was in one of the best acoustic quartets since the 1960s. Wish he was still there with Steep. The chieftain, nonetheless, still.
6 Eric Harland An Elvin Jones for our times.
7 Nasheet Waits Son of Freddie: powers the Bandwagon.
8 Jon Christensen Belonging Band poet of the kit.
9 Billy Cobham Hugely influential jazz-rock monster, Massive Attack owe him a big debt. And we all owe BC for mucho jazz life AD and for gifting the world Red Baron among other classics.
10 Brian Blade Wayne Shorter drummer par excellence.
11 Andrew Cyrille Free jazz icon and hero.
12 Tyshawn Sorey Hugely influential on the US avant garde scene as a conceptualist and thinker who packs a visceral punch.
13 Tony Allen Afrobeat innovations feed directly into jazz. His recent Blakey album was excellent.
14 Herlin Riley Wynton's best ever drummer.
15 Marcus Gilmore Superb in the Vijay Iyer trio. Very open style.
16 Vinnie Colaiuta A revelation in recent years with Herbie Hancock, feverish and compulsive. Inspires cult-like devotion from other drummers and understandably so.
17 Dennis Chambers Monstrous with John McLaughlin back in the day.
18 Cindy Blackman Santana Check out her Muse albums. Code Red etc, and work with Lenny Kravitz as well as currently with husband Carlos Santana.
19 Kendrick Scott On the classic Flow with Terence Blanchard. A modest master at work whose own albums are fine, sometimes mellow, sometimes a riot of rhythm.
20Chris ('Daddy') Dave Most significant drummer to emerge since Jeff Tain Watts. He has created his own sound forged from the pulse of hip hop and spliced it with bebop and neosoul.