‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free’ and more from Bammi Rose and Adrian Reid
Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra saxophonist/flautist, a founder member of legendary 1970s street funk Afrojazz pioneers Cymande Mike “Bammi” Rose, joined by Cymande pianist Adrian Reid on Nord keyboards continued their regular residency in the congenial and relaxed surroundings of the House of Tippler on London’s Lordship Lane in East Dulwich as World Cup fever began to grip the capital.
Performing after the Portugal v Spain game (a Portuguese supporter at the bar who had watched the match on television compared Ronaldo understandably to Eusébio) Bammi, you might remember hearing him for instance on Charlie Parker’s ‘Barbados’ from Jazz Jamaica’s excellent 1990s album Skaravan got into his stride when he switched from flute to tenor as the pair performed with a backing rhythm that introduced a light Caribbean twist on such early set numbers as Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’ and Billy Taylor’s joyous ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free’ and then with more of a carnival feel the classic ‘St Thomas’ synonymous with Sonny Rollins. Reid’s own album Nyanza Street I enjoyed a few years ago and it was somehow fitting even if completely by chance to hear the pianist south of the river. Photo + text: marlbank. Mike Bammi Rose above left and Adrian Reid at the House of Tippler.
On a Friday
Unveiled for the first time live in front of a receptive crowd at 229 The Venue last weekend the beguiling ‘On A Friday’ from indie four-piece DropPink, who played a blinder.
Ambrose Akinmusire at the Vanguard: what we know so far
What we know so far and where we know it from about A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard, a new live double CD release scheduled for June by trumpeter-bandleader-composer Ambrose Akinmusire.
No word from the issuing record label Blue Note at all so far but I guess that will change soon when the label and other Universal sites put more notifications up about the release on their various channels, but here is what we have on A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard.
Amazon UK give 9 June as the release date as does its big brother US site. Both indicate the album is available as a 2-CD set. No other formats confirmed so far, assume digital as a given. There is no album cover there on these sites yet but Twitter user @yumastersounds posted the above image which looks very much like the cover. The main image appears to be a painting by ‘passersby’ portraitist Jaeyeol Han. The Allmusic site is listing track titles, 16 in all. Titles seem to be: Maurice and Michael (Sorry I Didn’t Say Hello), Response, Moment in Between the Rest (To Curve an Ache), Brooklyn, A Song To Exhale To (Diver Song), Purple (Intermezzo), Trumpet Sketch (Milky Pete), Taymoor’s World, First Page (Shabnam’s Poem), H.A.M.S (In Spirit of Honesty), Piano Sketch (Sam's Intro), Piano Sketch (Beyond Enclosure), Condor, Condor (Harish Intro), Withered and Umteyo. “Sam’s intro”? That may well refer to pianist Sam Harris. The “Harish intro” on Condor a reference to Ambrose bassist Harish Raghavan who is the third member of Ambrose’s quartet, the road band completed by drummer Justin Brown. NB: the personnel line-up is not listed anywhere so far just to make this clear.
Last we heard of Akinmusire, in late-2016, was as a sideman conjuring an exquisite Kenny Wheeler-like sound on Rising Grace, an incredibly high powered band album that featured the US trumpet star in mainly superstar company alongside pianist Brad Mehldau and Brad’s trio bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Brian Blade from the Wayne Shorter Quartet all as playing partners in Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel’s inspirational lead company. The 35-year-old Californian-raised player’s last album as a leader was the superb The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paintin 2014. By choosing the Vanguard, New York’s most revered jazz club, for a live album Akinmusire and his label are making a statement of intent and cements the 2007 Monk prize-winning trumpeter’s place at the heart of jazz venue live album myth given the club’s history as the shrine of shrines for live jazz recordings that so far has encompassed albums by anyone and everyone from most astonishingly Bill Evans and John Coltrane as well as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Kenny Burrell and Junior Mance.
Indie jazz labels
Babel Current artist releases include Free #3 by Black Top.