Double Header: Tyft/Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
Jez Nelson raids the archives to present the finest concerts of the past year, including sets from international jazz-metal power trio Tyft and New Yorker Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet, both given at The Wardrobe in Leeds.
Led by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Tyft also features New York reeds player Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Jim Black. The performance includes material from the band's critically praised album Meg Nem Sa as well as earlier material composed by Jensson.
The Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet is the American saxophonist's flagship ensemble, made up of Vijay Iyer on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. Recorded last October, the gig includes music that draws heavily on elements of both Mahanthappa and Iyer's Indian ancestry.
Mike Walker's Ropes, at the Manchester Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents the world premiere of guitarist Mike Walker's Ropes project. Commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and held at the Royal Northern College of Music, the sell-out event saw the local jazz hero accompanied by a full string orchestra and a specially assembled quartet - lifelong collaborator Iain Dixon on saxophones and clarinet, Steve Watts on bass, Les Chisnall on piano and US drummer Adam Nussbaum.
Walker has been at the core of the Manchester jazz scene for over two decades and has performed with many global names such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne and John Taylor. Widely regarded within musicians' circles as one of the best, yet least well-known guitarists, Walker has recently released his debut album entitled Mad House and The Whole Thing There, having worked on it for the last 10 years.
David Murray's Black Saint Quartet at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in a concert given at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in July.
The iconic tenor saxophonist carried the avant-garde torch throughout the 70s and 80s to become one of the main exponents of the tradition.
This group is in the classic quartet format with which Murray originally made his name, and features Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, one-time Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist Jaribu Shahid, and Hamid Drake on drums.
Dave Holland Sextet at Saalfelden Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents Dave Holland's Sextet in concert in August 2008 at Austria's Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Performing together for the first time in Europe, the group play songs from their most recent album Pass It On, featuring Dave Holland on bass, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Antonio Hart on alto saxophone, Alex Sasha Sipiagin on trumpet, Mulgrew Miller on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Holland's men create a captivating sound by striking the right balance between tight collective groves and freer periods of individualism.
British-born Holland was involved in London's vibrant free improvisation scene in the 1960s playing with The Spontaneous Music Orchestra. Shortly after, he was invited to join Miles Davis's band, with which he recorded the classic albums of his pivotal electric period, including Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way. Since then, Holland has played in the influential avant-garde group Circle with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton as well as The Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette.
The John Escreet Project from the CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist John Escreet recorded at Birmingham's CBSO Centre earlier this month. Playing original music, Escreet's group features New York alto saxophonist David Binney, who last year won both Downbeat's critics' and readers' polls. Escreet has become one of the most sought-after players on the contemporary New York scene through his lyrical, yet modern approach to jazz.
Escreet was born in Doncaster and studied music in the UK, but moved to New York in 2006 to undertake a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where Kenny Barron and Jason Moran taught him. Since then he has led several of his own groups as well as performing with some of New York's best musicians, including Will Vinson, Marcus Gilmore and Wayne Krantz.
Bobo Stenson Trio at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Jez Nelson presents a gig from the RNCM, performed by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, with Jon Falt on drums and Anders Jormin on double bass. The group showcases tracks from the recent release, Cantando, and in their conversational style play both original tracks and re-workings of compositions by musicians including Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.
Stenson's career stretches back to the 1960s, when he served as a sideman with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. In 1971, Stenson released his debut album Underwear to critical praise. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of an authentic and original style of Scandinavian jazz alongside musicians such as Jan Garbarek.
London Jazz Festival 2008
Live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club, Jez Nelson hosts a special edition of the programme to mark the opening of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the week's most sought after acts, this line-up illustrates the strength and diversity of the current contemporary scene.
Ken Vandermark's group features left-field drum and bass pair Mark Sanders and Barry Guy, and Tom Cawley's Curios, named Best Band at this year's BBC Jazz Awards, provide their own British take on the piano trio. US altoist Vincent Herring appears with his Quartet, while percussion and sax duo Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem bring the sounds of Scandinavia. Plus Steve Bernstein with his quirky nine-piece Millennium Territory Orchestra and their US 'territory' dance bands-influenced jazz.
Keith Tippett at the London Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents a concert by pioneering British pianist Keith Tippett given on the opening night of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. This programme reflects the breadth and longevity of Tippett's career and includes highlights from the gig, which include a rare 'T 'n T' duet with Stan Tracy, a collaboration featuring the dynamic vocals of his long-term partner Julie Tippett and a performance with innovative string group the Elysian Quartet.
Tippett has played a central role in the evolution of British jazz for the last 40 years, from his work in the late 1960s leading his 50-piece ensemble Centipede to the improvisation of his solo piano performances.
|Anderson, Bennink, Glerum, Möbus, Van Kemenade|
|Ben Allison And Man Size Save||20081208|
Jez Nelson presents Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe at the London Jazz Festival 08
Jez Nelson presents a set from the Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe, performing at the Pizza Express jazz club in Soho as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.
The quintet features Ron Horton on trumpet, Michael Blake on saxophones, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Ben Allison on bass and Michael Sarin on drums.
Born in New Haven in 1966, Allison was cited as Bassist of the Year in the 2006 Downbeat Readers' Poll and is a regular feature of the magazine's Critics' Awards categories, including Bassist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Jazz Artist of the Year.
|Ben Allison Band And Baltimore Special|
|Best Albums Of The Year||20081222|
Jez Nelson presents jazz critics' selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.
Jez Nelson is joined by a panel of the UK's leading jazz critics to play selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.
|Best Of Live 2008||20081229|
Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008.
Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008. Including music from German powerhouse Peter Brotzmann who took over Amsterdam's Bimhuis jazz club with Toshinori Kondo, New York trumpet player Dave Douglas with his Buster Keaton-inspired Keystone project, and heavyweight guitar hero Bill Frisell, whose unique sound-world of blues- and country-influenced jazz won over a hugely receptive Cheltenham crowd earlier in 2008.
|Charlie Haden Quartet West - London Jazz Festival 2007||20080822|
Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear highlights of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, in a set recorded at the 2007 London Jazz Festival. The band played to a sell-out opening-night crowd at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group's birth. Saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Rodney Green completed the outfit. There is also an opportunity to hear Haden in conversation after his performance.
Haden rose to prominence as a regular bassist with Ornette Coleman, playing on the saxophonist's landmark 1959 album The Shape Of Jazz To Come. He went on to explore free jazz and politically-charged improvisation as leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra in the 1970s. During an illustrious career he has played with Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman and later, Pat Metheny.
|Charlie Hunter, John Mclaughlin And Billy Cobham|
|David Sanchez Recorded At The London Jazz Festival||20081124|
Jez Nelson presents saxophonist David Sanchez in concert at the Pizza Express jazz club.
David Sanchez recorded at the London Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez at the Pizza Express jazz club as part of this year's London Jazz Festival, featuring material from his new album Cultural Survival. By incorporating the approach of heavy-toned saxophonists like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and the Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences of his homeland, Sanchez has developed a fierce but lyrical style that has gained admiration worldwide.
Since his time as a teenager in Dizzy Gillespie's world-jazz orchestra, Sanchez has released a string of successful albums as a bandleader. In 2005, he received critical recognition by winning a Latin Grammy Award for his album Coral.
|George Haslam's Freetime Quartet In Session||20090420|
Jez Nelson presents British baritone saxophonist George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in an exclusive session. Founded in Prague after a request from Czech National Radio in 2001, the quartet uses free improvisation combined with folk rhythms and melodies from across the globe. It features Haslam on baritone sax and tarogato, Swetja on guitar synth, fujara flute and singing saw, Jozef Laska on bass and Petr Zimak on drums, with special guest, violinist Stefano Pastor from Genoa.
Born and raised in Preston, Haslam has travelled extensively and spent the early 1980s in Eastern Europe, where he learnt the tarogato, a Hungarian national instrument similar to the clarinet. He was the first British jazz musician to play in Cuba, in 1986, and Argentina, in 1990, and he continues to travel to South America regularly.
Jez Nelson presents George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet performing an exclusive session.
|Highlights Of Bbc Introducing At The London Jazz Festival 2008||20081201|
Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson showcase emerging jazz talent, including The Mighty Jeddo.
Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson host a showcase of the UK's emerging jazz talent. Recorded at the Southbank Centre during the 2008 London Jazz Festival, the show includes concert highlights and backstage interviews.
Including drummer Daniel Crosby's London-based quartet The Mighty Jeddo, with a blend of bass line heavy jazz and featuring Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone. Plus Chris Sharkey's guitar-led group trio VD and F-ire Collective affiliate Robert Mitchell performing with his new trio.
|Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House|
|Joe McPhee and Survival Unit III|
|Joshua Redman Trio At Ronnie Scott's||20090330|
Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums. Redman is known for his formidable technique and a charismatic stage presence, which has been credited with bringing new, young audiences to the music. His approach to music is forward-looking, while also rooted in melody, lyricism and traditional structures. However, on his album Compass, Redman embraces freer forms - it features his most experimental work to date.
The son of late avant-garde saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua grew up independently of his father and is a largely self-taught saxophonist. After winning the Thelonious Monk Prize in 1991, he gave up a career in law and quickly earned a worldwide reputation as both a sideman, with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Paul Motian, as well as a band leader.
Excerpt from Faraway by Joshua Redman Trio (details below)
Artist: Rob Mazurek Quintet (Rob Mazurek - cornet, John Herndon - drums, Matthew Lux - bass guitar, Josh Abrams - acoustic bass, Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone)1 hutchhikers guide (redman)2 zarafah (redman)3 indian song (Wayne Shorter)4 little ditty (redman)5 autumn in new york (vernon duke)6 faraway (redman)
links:album title: homelyalbum title: new york daysalbum title: sound isalbum title: udentitycomposer: denman maroneycomposer: enrico ravacomposer: kit downescomposer: rob mazurekgregory hutchinson - drums
John Fordham and Jez Nelson introduce joshua redman gig
joshua redman trio recorded at Ronnie Scotts on march 21, 2009
Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott'shttp://www.myspace.com/denmanmaroneyhttp://www.myspace.com/tomcawleyandkitdowneshttp://www.robmazurek.com/joshua redman - tenor and soprano saxophoneslabel: clean feed
artist: enrico rava (enrico rava - trumpet, stefano bollani - piano, mark turner - tenor saxophone, larry grenadier - double bass, paul motian - drums)label: delmark records
artist: denman maroney quintet (ned rothenberg - alto sax, dave ballou - trumpet, denman maroney - hyperpiano, reuben radding - bass, michael sarin - drums)label: ecm
artist: tom cawley and kit downes (tom cawley - piano, kit downes - piano)label: impure music
links:reuben rogers - double basstrack title: cinnamon treetrack title: homelytrack title: outsidertrack title: udentity ii
Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's
|Keith Tippett And Julie Tippetts At The London Jazz Festival||20090302|
Jez Nelson presents an improvised performance by British pianist and composer Keith Tippett and his wife, dynamic vocalist Julie Tippetts. The duo's music reflects their close relationship, and they create a vast range of sounds including using pebbles on piano strings to create resonating harmonics and explore the effects the voice has on the acoustics of a metal bowl.
Plus a set from 2007 by the improvising quartet Mujician, previously unheard on radio. Composed of reeds player Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin, the band is distinguished by its unique approach to wholly improvised performance, in which the music is not discussed or rehearsed in advance.
Keith Tippett and Julie TippettsIan Carr - trumpetKeith Tippett - pianoKeith Tippett - piano, music boxes and pebbles placed on piano strings, maracas, wind chimesKeith Tippett and julie tippetts duoKeith Tippett and stan tracey duoPaul Dunmall - saxophonePaul Rogers - bassTony Levin - drums
an improvised performance by pianist/composer Keith Tippett and his wife julie tippettsbrIan Smith - saxophonebrittle brimstonechris spedding - guitardartington improvising trio (keith and julie tippett, Paul Dunmall) plus the welsh premiere of a new commission by Keith Tippett called 'from granite to wind' for octethttp://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/julie-tippetts.htm
keith and julie tippett tour dates:
march 4 - dempsey's, cardiffjeff clyne - bassjohn marshall - drums
excerpt from mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007 (details below)
Keith Tippett and julie tippetts recorded in concert at the purcell room during the london jazz festival on november 14 2008
this set is entirely improvised.
line up:julie tippetts - vocals plus various instruments including bells, seedpod shaker, sri lankan hand drums, singing balls and a balinese xylophone
poems both by julie tippetts:karl jenkins - pianomirror image
http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/keith-tippett.htmmore information: http://www.myspace.com/dempseysjazz
march 22 - pizza express jazz club, sohomore information: http://www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/
may 3 - stroud subscription roomsmore information: www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk
visit jez's blog to find a list of tippett albums recommended by musicians and writers including Robert Wyatt, matthew bourne and John Fordham:
mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007
excerpt from snakeships dream by nucleus, recorded in session on march 9, 1971 - played in memory of the late Ian Carr
|Live from Ronnie Scott's|
|Loop Festival 2011|
|Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier At The London Jazz Festival 2008||20090112|
Jez Nelson presents a set from LSO St Luke's by Sclavis/Romano/Texier.
Jez Nelson presents a set recorded at LSO St Luke's as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival by a group considered by some to be one of the most exciting in European Jazz. Revisiting the much-lauded 2006 African Flashbacks album, Italian drummer Aldo Romano teams up with long-time Parisian associates, bassist Henri Texier and reedsman Louis Sclavis in an homage to the diverse atmosphere of the African continent, widely proclaimed one of the festival highlights.
|Marc Ducret Trio||20090209|
Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitar virtuoso Marc Ducret, given at London's Vortex Jazz Club.
Best known to UK audiences as a member of New York saxophonist Tim Berne's groups Big Satan and Science Friction, Ducret performs with his own high-intensity trio, featuring Bruno Chevillon on bass and drummer Eric Echampard.
The three have played together for more than 10 years and Ducret calls the group 'my laboratory'.
Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957.
Self-taught, he began playing with dance and folk bands in the mid-1970s and his career took off after he won the Django Reinhardt Prize in 1987.
Ducret is now in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic; his collaborators have included Michel Portal, Miroslav Vitous, Django Bates, Adam Nussbaum and David Sanborn.
Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitarist Marc Ducret, from the Vortex Jazz Club.
|Matana Roberts Recorded At The Vortex||20090413|
Jazz on 3113/04/09
matana roberts at the vortex jazz club
presenter: Jez Nelsonalex bonney – trumpetchris vatalaro – drums
set one list:jasper hoiby – double bass
this set is entirely improvised.
matana roberts quartet recorded live at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009
line up:jim hart – vibraphonematana roberts – saxophoneproducers: joby waldman & robert abel
jim hart, jasper hoiby and alex bonney recorded live downstairs at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009
line up:robert mitchell – pianotom mason – bass
|Medeski, Scofield, Martin And Wood||20080808|
Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear one of the programme's most requested sets from US jazz-funk fusion supergroup Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, recorded at the Barbican in July 2007. The trio consisting of Hammond-organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood first collaborated with former Miles Davis guitarist John Scofield on the latter's 1998 album, A Go Go.
Considered to have a wide appeal, the quartet's music is rooted in funk and the blues as well as in the jazz improvisation tradition, with the versatile Scofield having in the past collaborated with musicians such as Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny and Bugge Wesseltoft, as well as DJ logic.
|Orchestre National de Jazz, UK Jazz Orchestra|
|Phil Minton Quartet In Session||20080929|
Jez Nelson presents a session of improvised music from vocal experimentalist Phil Minton and his Quartet, featuring John Butcher on reeds, Veryan Weston on piano and Roger Turner on drums.
During more than four decades, Minton has been celebrated for his innovative approach to vocal performance. Using highly controlled breathing techniques, he produces sounds ranging from high frequency squawks to deep guttural bellows.
|Phil Robson's IMS Quintet, Elephant 9 in Session|
|Robert Glasper Trio|
|Samuel Blaser Quartet|
|Steve Lehman Octet|
|Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner And Pat Thomas||20090126|
Jez Nelson presents a concert by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation. Saxophonist Steve Williamson, drummer Roger Turner, keyboard player Pat Thomas and trumpeter Roy Campbell play together for the first time as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.
Williamson, Turner and Thomas are stalwarts of the British avant-garde music scene, while Campbell is based in New York and has collaborated with David Murray, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and John Zorn.
Steve Williamson, Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Roy Campbell at the London Jazz Festival 2008.
|Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Quartet|
|Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet At The Vision Festival 2008||20081110|
Jez Nelson presents rising star cornet player and composer Taylor Ho Bynum in concert with his sextet at New York's Vision Festival in June. Fast establishing himself as one of the most significant voices on the New York creative music scene, Bynum builds on the style of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington and Ives. The sextet also features Mary Halvorson and Evan O'Reilly on guitar, Jessica Pavone on viola and electric bass, Matt Bauder on tenor sax and clarinet, as well as Tomas Fujiwara on drums.
Jez Nelson presents a gig by renowned New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, recorded this July at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. Playing a set made up of tracks from his 2008 Grammy award-winning album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) as well as new material, he is joined by Fabian Almazon on piano, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott on drums.
Blanchard's sound came to prominence in the 1980s when he became an integral part of both the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. However, in recent years he has gained global recognition as a successful composer for film - particularly for the director Spike Lee. His most recent project was a commissioned score for Lee's award-winning Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke.
|The Missing Bits||20090316|
Jez Nelson presents a selection of previously un-broadcast music recorded for the show, including pieces from Herbie Hancock's 2008 London Jazz Festival gig, featuring Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke. Taking centre stage with two of his own compositions, Seven Teens and Virgin Forest, Loueke performs both guitar and baritone solos. The set features Herbie Hancock (piano), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), James Genus (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).
Jez Nelson presents previously unheard music recorded for the show, with Herbie Hancock
|Veryan Weston's Vociferous Choir|
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