Roma cover

Enrico Rava turned 80 back in the summer. Roma was recorded at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome last November. Lovano this year in his own projects has been touring with Trio Tapestry his avant band that he spearheads with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi as fellow countercultural ambassadors. Together on Roma Enrico and Joe create a melancholic, philosophical sound: the Italian trumpet master adventurous and brave his beautiful tone whether on trumpet or flugel undiminished in no significant way by the ravages of living. An interior vision throughout the joy of the album is contained especially on the medley beginning with ‘Drum Song’ a piece by Lovano that seques into ‘Spiritual’ by  John Coltrane and then the Harold Arlen standard ‘Over The Rainbow’. In this symphony of soaring spirits every element of this excellent live album is present. The fire inside burns and creates, the circle of life expressed and distilled to its very core. 

Out now 

 

Falling a month before the anniversary is marked of the release 60 years ago of Time Out, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out by Stephen A. Crist arrives as the first of two new Brubeck themed books. 

To be issued in the Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz series the Crist book is described by its publisher as “the first full-length study of Time Out, providing an insider’s look at Brubeck's life and work”. The author is a professor of music history at Atlanta’s Emory University and who according to his university biography works largely in European music of the sixteenth through to the eighteenth centuries, with additional interests in hymnody and jazz. 

Interest in Brubeck also extends to a second book, a so-called “investigative biography” and titled Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by UK based music journalist Philip Clark which is to be published in February next year.

Publisher Da Capo describes the Clark book as based on the access to Brubeck that the author gained during a Brubeck tour 16 years ago. “Structured around Clark’s extended interview and intensive new research,” Da Capo goes on to claim that “A Life in Time tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of ‘Take Five’ and many hitherto unknown aspects of Brubeck’s early career.” 

Tcha Limberger

Directed by Dolma’s Daughters film maker Ádám Miklós and written by the London based Hungarian Yvonne Bauer A Magyar Nóta: Belga Mestere literally Belgian Master of Hungarian Song is a truly remarkable and quite moving insight about the music and life of the extraordinary violinist Tcha Limberger, a blind violin virtuoso from Belgium who discovers traditional Hungarian music and moves to Hungary to master it. Limberger fell in love with the long forgotten Hungarian nóta style and made it his mission to introduce it to the world. The film makers ask the questions why does he want to learn a music genre that has almost been forgotten by Hungarians; and why does he leave the security of his Belgian home to live in a Transylvanian village?

Shot in Hungary, Transylvania and Belgium the sound quality is excellent and the Transylvanian scenes are especially very beautifully filmed, the quality of the light is stunning: a scene towards the end of the film has a gathering of fiddlers that is epic and life affirming. Responding to marlbank’s comment that Limberger is up there with Roby Lakatos no less, writer Yvonne Bauer says: “Roby Lakatos himself is of the best opinion on Tcha! He said that Tcha follows in the footsteps of the great old masters in that he plays according to the most ancient rules, which few other musicians do these days. All of them try to sound more modern, just like Roby himself.” 
Tcha Limberger appears at Le Quecumbar in London on 2 November.

Mark, heading down the 606 to hear a 13-piece do some 5/4s  this lunchtime – meet you around seven minutes past one after I jump off the 319?” 

“Don’t mind if I do, big Suze.

Readers love a good trio – we salute you and echo that emotion. Most jazz fans are the very same and like a small outfit, “small” as in 9 and under – that is: The quintet or sextet is a perfection just as much as the trio. Think Kind of Blue. Subtract, peel away, to just the one, ah get you... Köln Concert. Numbers... yep we are comfortably numb to as many or as few. The notion that a number is what counts is however absurd.

It only begins when you listen... to the rock ’n’ roll of Santo & Johnny

 

French news agencies are reporting that the earliest known TV footage of Miles Davis to survive has been located in France. According to reports the institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) says it found the material.

In monochrome the footage dates to a 25 December 1957 broadcast although the filming was made 18 days earlier on 7 December.

Three minutes and 50 seconds in duration approximately, above, it relates to the Lift to the Scaffold period and was found during an inventory. Miles was in France to work for the director Louis Malle on the film known in French as Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. It shows a quintet of players. Subject to verification this looks like Miles Davis, trumpet; Barney Wilen, tenor sax; René Urtreger, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums.

  

Look for Ballades this month. Meanwhile go back to listen to a Billy Reid song Jamal breathed new instrumental life into on Blue Moon.

Listen closely to the percussive ocean contributed by Weather Report legend long time Ahmadian, Manolo Badrena. The magic starts meshing with Herlin Riley like brothers from around 25 seconds in. Puerto Rican Badrena played tambourine on ‘Birdland’ (click to listen) ffs no less.

Jamal’s part, the changes towards the end say from the governor at 3mins 30secs on especially are beautiful. Above: first sung and as ‘The Gipsy’ so rendered brand new in a lilting 1945 treatment by Dorothy Squires.

Touring in the States next month ‘Time-Lapse City’ is from the GoGo Penguin upcoming EP Ocean in a Drop: Music for Film to be released to chime with their Texas and California dates. Inspired by Koyaanisqatsi, the Mancs perform the soundtrack live to the film in LA (8 October) and San Fran (9).

OK, the new regular “not jazz” but staggering listening nevertheless. Yep, the one that everyone is talking about, Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey. A little hush please. Best line, actually best word perhaps in the whole caboodle — the way she inflects the first of these “Hello, it’s the most famous woman you know on the iPad.” Spooky or what.

The Tomorrow’s Warriors #IAmWarrior fundraising drive has been successful.

A whopping £119,743 has been raised. The target was £100,000.

Thanking those who donated, the Tomorrow’s Warriors website features a message explaining:

“We have secured match funding of £100,000 from Arts Council England to pay for the resources needed to continue delivering an exciting, year-round comprehensive learning and training programme for our young musicians, helping us to transform young lives...

“Our students, parents, staff and wonderful supporters can stop and take a deep breath, safe in the knowledge that the immediate threat to our programme has been lifted and we can now put all our energies into securing long-term funding for our Young Artist Development Programme.”

The initiative was launched in the autumn of 2018. 

 

TRACK OF THE WEEK  #NewMusicFriday Tremendously swinging agility from the piano master Chick Corea on Monk’s ‘Work’ drawn from Trilogy 2 (to be released on 4 October) only a few months after Antidote. This is quite different and the continuation of a story begun to be told. Such open interplay throughout. A conversation between protagonists all – delivering crucially individually and collectively in the moment.

Superstar trio, the Pettifordian bass matador Christian McBride and the great Wayne Shorter drummer Brian Blade join Chick: this new Concord issued double album arrives six years on from the initial double Grammy winning Trilogy release.

Live, recorded on tour Corea’s ‘500 Miles High’ from Return to Forever album Light as a Feather is included among the mix of standards and originals that also spans Corea all time classic ‘La Fiesta’. In press material Chick is quoted as saying on his arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Pastime Paradise’ from Songs in the Key of Life: “I’ve been friends with Stevie since he used to come around to listen to Return to Forever in 1973 at The Bitter End. A few years ago Stevie sat in with us at Catalina’s in Los Angeles and we went out to dinner afterwards. We were talking about songs and I was using the term ‘standards,’ and Stevie turned to me and said, ‘Hey Chick, what do you think about playing some new standards?’ I thought that was interesting and asked, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘You know – my music!’ He was kind of kidding around, but not completely, and I thought that was a great idea.” Full track listing: Disc 1: How Deep Is the Ocean, 500 Miles High, Crepuscule with Nellie, Work, But Beautiful, La Fiesta.  Disc 2: Eiderdown, All Blues, Pastime Paradise, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Serenity, Lotus Blossom.

Back in the summertime release Chick on the superb Antidote revisited songs from his albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone with a multi-cultural octet, sprinkling in a few new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, Chick’s wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca, a reminder once again how important it is to listen and learn from the masters of the music. Trilogy 2 continues that significant, immersive, process. 

Philos came out earlier this year to deserved acclaim. Park Jiha performs her tunes solo by looping and layering abstract lines played on the Korean instruments the piri, which is sort of a bamboo oboe, double reed mouth organ the saenghwang; and on yanggeum – a metal-stringed hammered dulcimer.

She plays Rich Mix during the K Music festival on 17 October.

Parting is beauty’s creation./Parting’s beauty is not in the substanceless gold of morning nor in the woofless black silk of night nor in deathless immortal life,/nor is it in the unfading blue flower of heaven./Love, if it were not for parting I would not be able to live again in a/smile having once died in tears. Oh, parting./Beauty is parting’s creation. (Manhae) 

Find yourself – in E1. Tickets

 

O lapwing thou fliest around the heath

Nor seest the net that is spread beneath

Why dost thou not fly among the corn fields

They cannot spread nets where a harvest yields

 William Blake 

 

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We looked up 6 jazz blogs so you don’t have to or think about Boorish Wanton. If you must regarding the latter somehow the soundtrack of classic Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols seems apt as a suggestion. “The record bristles with exhilarating negation – no feelings, no future – and the pull of abjection,” notes Matthew Worley: professor of modern history at the University of Reading. Otherwise the new doom epic from Sunn O))) Pyroclasts will do. Topicality even out of context is all, huh? As for the former at the outset scroll down for a few jazz jottings.  

  

Music and More have reviewed Live at Newport Jazz “a very entertaining concert”... the blog jazz.org is still on holiday but back in August they were rounding up September...  John Fordham says in londonjazznews.com that Vijay “Iyer has revealed himself to be an audacious original... the librarians in Darmstadt have taken a break from stacking shelves and have been blogging too and alert us to a Wiener Zeitung interview with Maceo Parker... Who in the 1950s “swished between jazz and R&B”? Jazzwax has an inkling... Talk about, finally, an ode to a Norwegian strobe, yep Nextbop have the scoop and check out Michael Janisch live. 

If you are looking for a uniquely plaintive quality in trumpet quest no further than ‘Why Should There Be Stars’ the runaway success among all these very tasteful tracks.

Roney has delivered one of his best albums in a long while and yet... sometimes a three-star album which this is nonetheless is more than enough and yet frustrating.

While it is not going to change the world it may just change your day. You can feel the limits: but maybe great artistry (and Roney has shown that for many years) is about knowing what you can do and doing it. The rest is just conversation.

Roney needs a new producer like someone who would argue with him and he would accept the word! 

Anyway Blue Dawn Blue Nights however is very poignant, there is a lot of personal sadness to reflect, and often it is quite moving.

Listen you need to be able to work out that you are coming to Roney for a subtle musical personality whose sound lands at the heart of modal Milesian jazz. After all he quite comfortably fell into the Milesian world at first hand and stood in for Miles towards the end of the Picasso of Cool’s life.

Roney has made approaching a couple of dozen records. Quite a few blur into one and yet you know exactly why you listen to him and go to hear him live. Last time I saw him it was slightly bizarre: who wears sunglasses inside anyway when the stage lights are not even that bright! And yet I for one did not want to go home.

There is a Roney world. His persona invades you. A club player not a big hall player ideally even if most musicians want to play to the biggest audiences imaginable for good career reasons it is not always ideal for most and Roney needs you to be there in a space where people do not get lost in themselves and the architecture. 

Here with an accomplished if necessarily anonymous band, saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist Oscar Williams II, bassist Paul Cuffari, and his teenage nephew, certainly a talent drummer Kojo Odu Roney + cameos from guitarist Quintin Zoto and the great Lenny White. Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey it sounds right from an engineering point of view. Roney soars.  SG

The Like Water For Chocolate hip-hop great returns with Let Love (Loma Vista *****). A thrill it arrives three years on from Black America Again. Tracks are: 
1 Good Morning Love featuring Samora Pinderhughes
2 HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar, Dwele
3 Dwele’s Interlude
4 Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz
5 Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47
6 Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
7 Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak
8 Memories Of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Samora Pinderhughes
9 Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott, Samora Pinderhughes
10 My Fancy Free Future Love
11 God Is Love feat. Jonathan McReynolds, Leon Bridges