‘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.
Details of autumn release ahead from Lizz Wright
It’s Grace, a popular word with album titles these days, surely we all need a whole lot of that rare quality, new from singer Lizz Wright, above, celebrating her Southern United States spiritual heritage and much more confirmed for 15 September.
A studio album produced by Joe Henry, who has been touring recently in the UK and Ireland with Billy Bragg, last we heard from the acclaimed Georgia-born gospel, soul and jazz singer was in 2015 when she duetted with Gregory Porter on the Larry Klein-produced “love slow jam” ‘Right Where You Are,’ a stand out track on Freedom & Surrender, her first album in five years. The Joe Henry connection is interesting as Lizz on her best album to date 2005’s Dreaming Wide Awake memorably covered Henry song ‘Stop’ and he is certainly a very different, more Americana-rooted, producer to Klein.
The new album, cover above, was recorded in Los Angeles. Pianist and choir director Kenny Banks Sr, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist David Piltch, guitarists Chris Bruce and Marvin Sewell, drummer Jay Bellerose, and keyboardist Patrick Warren join the singer among the personnel. Songs include numbers by Ray Charles (‘What Would I Do’), Allen Toussaint (‘Southern Nights’), Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (‘Singing in My Soul’), k.d. lang, Bob Dylan (‘Every Grain of Sand’), Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish covers opening with ‘Barley,’ by Birds of Chicago, and closing with Lizz Wright’s co-written song ‘All the Way Here’ written with Maia Sharp who she also worked with on Freedom and Surrender.
“In this day it’s nearly a revolutionary act to stand deep in unconditional love, to abide in fearless belonging and to embrace our inescapable tenderness,” Wright says, quoted on a press release issued by her label Concord. Listening excerpt, link.
Indie jazz labels
Babel Current artist releases include Free #3 by Black Top.