Monthly Archives: April 2010

Nick at Nine [Playlist – 04/26/10]

  1. “I Like It Here”Diane Hubka – I Like It Here [SSJ: 2009]
  2. “One Note Samba”Diane hubka – I Like It Here [SSJ: 2009]
  3. “Waltz For Debbie”Cannonball Adderley/Bill Evans – Know What I Mean [Riverside: 1961]
  4. “Who Cares?”Cannonball Adderley/Bill Evans – Know What I Mean [Riverside: 1961]
  5. “Nancy (With the Laughing Face)”Cannonball Adderley/Bill Evans – Know What I Mean [Riverside: 1961]
  6. “Three Pillars”Chad McCullough – Dark Wood, Dark Water [Origin: 2009]
  7. “Nightmares Dance”Chad McCullough – Dark Wood, Dark Water [Origin: 2009]
  8. “Anatomy Of Conscience”Chad McCullough – Dark Wood, Dark Water [Origin: 2009]
  9. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”Monty Alexander – Facets [Concord: 1991]
  10. “I’m Walkin'”Monty Alexander – Facets [Concord: 1991]
  11. “Georgia On My Mind”James Clay – Cookin’ At The Continental [Antilles: 1992]
  12. “Wide Open Spaces”James Clay – Cookin’ At The Continental [Antilles: 1992]
  13. “Alabama Song”DeeDee Bridgewater – This Is New [Verve: 2002]
  14. “Speak Low”DeeDee Bridgewater – This Is New [Verve: 2002]
  15. “September Song”DeeDee Bridgewater – This Is New [Verve: 2002]
  16. “Three More Foxes”Danny D’Imperio – Blovation [Rompin’ records: 2000]

Dave Holland’s Pathways

Few jazz performers choose to lead an octet. An eight-piece is an interesting hybrid entity: it approaches the power signature of a big band, but the sound is more fluid and never needs to knock the listener off his chair.

Which is to say, it’s the perfect vehicle for a Dave Holland record.

Holland’s compositions for this date are complex, but approachable. Having a few extra horns is a boon on the new record, called Pathways. The brass section plays in unison with such restraint, it’s actually quite beautiful at many points in the recording. Holland is rightfully tabbed as a progressive player, but that doesn’t necessarily mean atonal or hard on the ears. The tracks included here were recorded in front of a very appreciative live audience.

Blue Jean, for instance, is a little bit bossa underneath and a little bit film noir on top: it’s a lilting arrangement that sounds best when heard ’round about midnight. Gary Smulyan’s bari sax is moody and intimate, and it winds sinuously around the melodic vibes of Steve Nelson. Alex Sipiagin has a nice trumpet solo at the center of the tune.

On Sea of Marmara — following a slowly-growing introduction of the theme — Chris Potter’s soprano twists and dives like a kite on a windy day, soaring over the rest of the octet. The seven other players produce the type of rich and toasty sound one might expect from a fully tricked-out modern jazz orchestra.

Wind Dance is another nice track, though it is once again a different use of the same players. It’s more of a musical conversation than a solo vehicle. Dynamic tension builds throughout, then the tune comes to an abrupt halt.

There are seven tracks on the album. Writing about each of them would deprive the listener of part of the experience of discovering each tune. The fact that a couple were first performed by Holland over two decades ago doesn’t make any difference. In this setting, they’re brand new, which is one of the things that makes jazz so fantastic.

Tune in to WTJU and listen for Pathways, or check in with your favorite announcer and see if he or she can fit in a request. The entire album is well worth a listen.

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Jazz Songline [Playlist – 04/22/10]

  1. “Algiers Bounce”Red Allen – Ride Red Ride
  2. “You Are My Sunshine”Cyrus Chesnut – You Are My Sunshine
  3. “It Might As Well Be Spring”Stacey Kent – In Love Again
  4. “She Waits For The New Sun”Kenny Garrett – Songbook
  5. “Spiral”Stan Getz – The Lost Sessions
  6. “Who Will Buy”Aaron Neville – Nature Boy
  7. “Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies”Ken Peplowski – Noir Blues
  8. “This Here”Barry Kessel – Exploring The Scene
  9. “All For One”Tierney Sutton – Unsung Heroes
  10. “Sunny”Steve Kuhn – Love Walked In
  11. “Groove”Coleman Hawkins – Soul
  12. “I’m Shooting High”Wesla Whitfield – Let’s Get Lost
  13. “Night Song”Eric Alexander – The First Milestone
  14. “Coleo”George Melvin – Live Form The Boar’s Head Inn
  15. “Cupcake Blues”George Melvin – It’s About Time
  16. “My Love My Babe”Janice Siegel – Friday Night Special
  17. “Comin’ Thru The Apple”Groove Holmes – Something Special
  18. “Autumn Leaves”George Melvin – Live From The Boar’s Head Inn
  19. “Lalene”Keith Jarrett – Facing You
  20. “Georgia”Charles Lloyd – The Water Is Wide
  21. “A Beautiful Friendship”Susannah McCorkle – I’ll Take Romance
  22. “Get Out Of Town”Susannah McCorkle – I’ll Take Romance
  23. “Love For Sale”Dexter Gordon – Go!
  24. “Struttin’ With Some Barbeque”Catherine Russell – Inside This Heart Of Mine
  25. “Spoonful”Catherine Russell – Inside This Heart Of Mine
  26. “Maiden Voyage”Billy Childs – Bed Time Stories
  27. “Yesterday I Had The Blues”Kevin Mahagony – Kevin Mahagony

Jazz Songline [Playlist – 04/08/10]

  1. “Black And Tan Fantasy”James Newton – The African Flower
  2. “The Sequel”Mulgrew Miller – The Sequel
  3. “Matcher Matchmaker”Vanessa Ruben – Girl Talk
  4. “Comes Love”Vanessa Ruben – Girl Talk
  5. “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be”Charles Mingus – Mingus Dynasty
  6. “In Walked Bud”Art Blakey – At The Keystone
  7. “All The Cats Join In”Catherine Russell – Inside This Heart Of Mine
  8. “Troubled Waters”Catherine Russell – Inside This Heart Of Mine
  9. “Deep Night”Art Tatum/Buddy Defranco – Tatum Group Masterpieces
  10. “You Don’t Know What Love Is”Ann Hampton Calloway – Easy Living
  11. “Innocenti”Ralph Towner/Gary Burton – Slide Show
  12. “One Hour Mama”Lavay Smith – One Hour Mama
  13. “Jelly Jelly”Josh White – Free And Equal Blues
  14. “A Little Meat On The Side”Katie Webster – No Foolin’
  15. “You’d Be So Nice To Come To”Erroll Garner – Soliloquy
  16. “Some Other Spring”Della Griffin – Travelin’ Light
  17. “Take The “A” Train”Tony Foster – In Between Moods
  18. “It’s A Small World After All”Herb Ellis – Herb Mix
  19. “Naptown Blues”Herb Ellis – 100 Years Of Jazz Guitar
  20. “I Concentrate On You”Herb Ellis – Soft And Mellow
  21. “The Long Goodbye”Quartet West – Haunted Heart
  22. “You Can Depend On Me”Ella Fitzgerald – Rhythm Is My Business
  23. “One For Daddy-O”Cannonball Adderly – Something Else
  24. “Fool’s Paradise”Charles Brown – All My Life
  25. “Wade In The Water”Charlie Haden/Hank Jones – Steal Away
  26. “Toot Toot Tootsie”Sonny Rollins – The Sound Of Sonny
  27. “Train In The Distance”Susanna McCorkle – Dream
  28. “Katie’s Boogie Woogie”Katie Webster – No Foolin’