At the Sligo Jazz Project, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2015, bass guitar session legend Chuck Rainey is guest of honour this year. He’s on an amazing run of jazz, funk, and soul records over the years including the Allen Toussaint album Motion above and records by Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Steely Dan, Laura Nyro, the list goes on. Enjoy!
Steely Dan: Babylon Sisters from Gaucho
Yusef Lateef: Belle Isle from Yusef Lateef’s Detroit
Quincy Jones: Love and Peace from Walking in Space
Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne from The Royal Scam
Before the advent of the web there were only jazz magazines and the papers, timely coverage of jazz confined mainly to reviews and live reports, the occasional feature and of course, obituaries.
Now magazines and the papers are often last in the queue to let their readers know the latest as much because of deadlines as anything else and the priority of keeping stories back for the print editions they don’t want to give away for nothing.
From time to time I like to have a look around at new and not so new jazz sites that have moved into the new information provision zone opened up on the web.
Here’s my latest list, with a few comments on aspects of each site’s approach plus a link to get you there.
A Blog Supreme. Not as frequently updated as it used to be – and it also used to have a very handy weekly round-up of favourite stories, whatever happened to that? But NPR’s informative and well written blog is always worth a look. Latest piece, a report last week on Bruce Lundvall’s passing.
Revive Music. A newer jazz-into-soul-into-hip hop kind of site with some great graphics and plenty of “next generation” artists and like NPR based in the US. They’ve linked to an audio sneak-peek from the new Robert Glasper covers album here.
Jazz on Flipboard. Flipboard.com collates a lot of sites if you search for jazz and picks up some from non-obvious sources some times that might expand your reading including this one from Mother Jones on Wes Montgomery.
UK news and reviews sites include London Jazz News and the Jazz Breakfast. The latest review on the former is an Oz Noy album; the latter has albums by Vein and Pablo Held reviewed.
Canadian site ejazznews.com claims to be the number one jazz news website since 2001. I think they’re overstating that a bit. The last time I checked there was a piece on Terence Blanchard becoming a scholar at Berklee dated 20 May.
If you go to a lot of jazz festivals in Europe or plan to in the future jazzfests.net is just about the best website out there at the moment for links to a big range of festivals you may never have even heard of. Organised in an intelligent way, frequently updated and easy to navigate it’s one of the more purpose-driven sites out there catering for jazz tastes.
One big change recently away from media sites is that record companies have begun to break more and more news. OK it’s mainly banging on about their new releases but there is plenty of release minutiae and amusing bombast to pore over if you’re so inclined and have a high toleration threshold for well meaning hyperbole. Since I last looked more labels are keeping their fans up to date on a more regular basis and they’re often releasing more video and Soundcloud advance previews. Labels worth keeping a eye on in this regard for regular release announcements and other bits include Whirlwind, Edition, ECM, Blue Note, and Basho.
Finally, if you’re into the art of discography-keeping then discogs.com is the best new site to have come along to my knowledge and is more or less indispensable for day-to-day use.
Look out for regular jazz website round-ups on Marlbank each month
The second posthumous duo album featuring Charlie Haden to be released since the great bassist’s death last year is to be released next month.
The first last year was with Jim Hall recorded in Montreal in 1990. This latest one, also released on the Impulse label, poetically titled as Tokyo Adagio, is more recent, Haden duetting with the Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and dates back to a 2005 Tokyo club recording at the Japanese capital’s Blue Note club.
Haden and Rubalcaba had often recorded together, on albums such as Nocturne (released in 2001) and the Grammy-winning Land of the Sun released in 2004, and here delve deep on six selections: ‘En La Orilla Del Mundo’; the long 11-minute-plus version of ‘My Love And I’; Ornette Coleman tune ‘When Will The Blues Leave’ which featured on the classic 1958 release Something Else; ‘Sandino’; ‘Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)’; and ‘Transparence.’
Release date is 8 June. SG
Binker and Moses Black Ave Maria from Dem Ones
Snarky Puppy The Curtain from Sylva
Steve Davis Sugar Blade trio Let’s Go Knitting
Kamasi Washington Re Run Home from The Epic, disc 3
Dana Masters Like A Star from Live at McHughs Basement Belfast
Joyce Elaine Yuille Tryin’ Times from Welcome to My World
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman Dirty Blonde from The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
Van Morrison Carrying a Torch featuring Clare Teal from Duets
Tim Motion is exhibiting some of his photographs this year at the French festival Jazz à Vienne as part of a collective show by a number of photographers.
Vienne celebrates the 35th edition of the festival in 2015 and the exhibition aims to provide festival-goers with an insight into the different approaches of a ranges of photographers. Focusing on the discipline of live concert photogaphy and its ability to capture sheer emotion, pictures included in the show have been chosen from shots taken at the festival down the years. Other photographers exhibiting are Daniel Peyreplane, Christophe Charpenel, Marion Tisserand, Paul Bourdrel, Isabelle Delfourne, Catherine Manin, Christelle Thibaut, and Emma Pittalis.
Tim has been a jazz photographer since 1971 when he captured a striking image of Miles Davis in performance at the Lisbon jazz festival in Portugal and has been a familiar presence on the live jazz scene in London since taking pictures at the leading central London clubs of Ronnie Scott’s and the Pizza Express Jazz Club in particular for many years. He has a vast archive of icons of the music taken over the years catalogued in his jazz and blues archive. After an opening showcase at 6pm on 25 June, the exhibition, which is to be held at the salle des fêtes in place Miremont, runs from 26 June to 11 July. More details can be found on the festival website.
Tim Motion, above, in front of some of his images exhibited during his 2010 Eye for a Sound exhibition. Photo: William Ellis
As publicity stunts go it’s nothing if not inventive.
Hundreds of biodegradable reproduction bank notes released from a Carnaby Street roof top (above) herald the imminent launch of new Melody Gardot album Currency of Man.
The singer, whose picture is on each bank note, appears on Later... with Jools Holland this week ahead of the album’s release in June. Stephen Graham
Same to You from the album is above