Full of familiar standards: ‘All The Things You Are,’ ‘Blue In Green’ and ‘Dolphin Dance’ chief among them but don’t feel that you have heard it all before because with Kenny Werner there is a certain intricacy and resolution of familiar situations into something more approaching adventure and this is no different. The harmonic journeys he takes the themes on only he knows the map for, and that touch and intimacy he delivers time and time again makes Solo in Stuttgart such a fascination.
Dedicated to Umberto Eco, a friend of accordionist Gianni Coscia, Eco’s 2004 novel The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana inspired reedist Trovesi and Coscia on this new record just released. A very gentle, very Italian, and sentimental album (the inclusion of ‘As Time Goes By’ and ‘Moonlight Serenade’ practically guarantees reverie) and you certainly get the carefree and playful gist pretty quickly although Trovesi’s reputation as an avant gardist and the anarchic sounds off you occasionally hear ornamenting a solo line or two apply a sprinkle of welcome salt. Two friends enjoying themselves, then: paying tribute to a departed, if world famous, literary pal with a lot of love and affection. SG
From the previously unissued and newly-rediscovered 1969 Grits, Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Sessions, by the great British jazz saxophonist Tubby Hayes, to be released by Decca on 26 July. I guess this will make a lot of people very happy.
What you need to know:
Grits, Beans And Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969
1CD, 1LP & Digital. 5 tracks of what would have been the final album
1. For Members Only (take 2) [6.26] 2. Grits, Beans and Greens (take 4) [6.09] 3. Rumpus (take 1) [7.30] 4. You Know I Care (take 2) 5. Where Am I Going? (take 3) [9.16]
Recorded at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, Tuesday June 24th, 1969 10.30am – 1.30pm
The personnel: Tubby Hayes (tenor sax); Mike Pyne (piano); Ron Mathewson (bass); Spike Wells (drums) Producer: Terry Brown Engineer: David Voyde
Grits, Beans And Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 [Complete Sessions]
2CD Deluxe + digital. The complete sessions. 18 tracks including alt. takes, studio chatter + the May 1969 studio session (with Louis Stewart on guitar). In recording date & tape order.
CD1 1. Where Am I Going – (Take 1) May 27th, 1969 [08:27]* 2. Where Am I Going – (Take 2) May 27th, 1969 [07:37]* 3. Where Am I Going – (Take 3) May 27th, 1969 [08:03]* 4. Grits, Beans and Greens – (Take 1) [05:44] 5. For Members Only – (Take 1) [07:25] 6. Where Am I Going? – (Take 1) Breakdown [04:18] 7. For Members Only – (Take 2) Full Version [06:34]
CD2 1. Where Am I Going – (Take 2) [06:18] 2. Grits, Beans and Greens – (Take 2) Breakdown [00:57] 3. Grits, Beans and Greens – (Take 3) [06:21] 4. Rumpus – (Take 1) Full Version [07:45] 5. Where Am I Going – (Take 3) Full Version [09:41] 6. Rumpus – (Take 2) Breakdown [00:31] 7. Rumpus – (Take 3) Breakdown [00:17] 8. Rumpus – (Take 4) [07:22] 9. Grits, Beans and Greens – (Take 4) Full Version [06:19] 10. You Know I Care – (Take 1) Breakdown [01:06] 11. You Know I Care – (Take 2) Full Version [07:05]
* recorded at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, May 27th, 1969 Tubby Hayes (tenor sax); Louis Stewart (guitar); Ron Mathewson (bass); Spike Wells (drums)
Remaining tracks recorded at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, June 24th, 1969 Tubby Hayes (tenor sax); Mike Pyne (piano); Ron Mathewson (bass); Spike Wells (drums)
Producer: Terry Brown Engineer: David Voyde
All compositions by Edward Brian ‘Tubby’ Hayes except for: You Know I Care – written by Columbus Calvin ‘Duke’ Pearson Where Am I Going – written by by Seymour Kaufman aka Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh All arrangements by Edward Brian ‘Tubby’ Hayes.
The never ending tour continues... following on from news of his headlining, now sold out Albert Hall appearance at Ronnie Scott’s 60th this autumn, Van Morrison has added more UK dates with concerts announced for Bournemouth International Centre (21 October), St David’s Hall Cardiff (23 Oct), New Theatre Oxford (27 Oct), Royal Concert Hall Nottingham (28 Oct) and the Brighton Dome over two nights (2-3 December). Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday.
In their sixtieth year Ronnie’s has pulled off another plum booking with the rare visit by one of the greatest saxophonists, with a two-night visit by the hippie jazz legend Charles Lloyd on 1-2 August now confirmed. I cannot think of the last time the Forest Flower icon played any UK club because usually he confines his visits to big concert halls. Interesting band, a quintet that includes guitar hotshot Julian Lage, he is bringing with him too. Here’s the link for more details and tickets.