martes, 29 de julio de 2014

Vincent Nilsson Quartet - Jazz Trombone Spirituals (2000)

Vincent Nilsson's Jazz Trombone Spirituals is devoted to sacred tunes. That's part of the problem: spirituals have boring lines and monotonous changes. That might explain Nilsson's lachrymose tone-a sound that finds its best justification in "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," a track on which the only non-Scandinavian, drummer Ed Thigpen, lays down a pleasing three-against-four on brushes. Pianist Jan Lundgren provides some color variety occasionally switching to Fender Rhodes. Highlight is Oliver Nelson's old chart on "Down By the Riverside." Elsewhere the material weights everything down. Even the Saints don't go marching in; they merely saunter.

Vincent Nilsson (trombone)
Jan Lundgren (acoustic & Fender Rhodes pianos, celeste)
Bo Stief, Mads Vinding (bass)
Ed Thigpen (drums, tambourine)

01. Go Down Moses [05:17]
02. Standin' In The Need Of Prayer [04:18]
03. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho [04:44]
04. Were You There [05:41]
05. Nobody Knows [06:50]
06. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child [06:00]
07. Little David Play On Your Harp [05:18]
08. Lord, I Want To Be A Christian In My Heart [05:43]
09. When The Saints Go Marching In [06:54]
10. Down By The Riverside [03:33]
11. Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven [04:03]

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Dave O'Higgins - Standars (2014)

Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.

Dave has just recorded a new cd, Standards (JVG Productions) due for release Feb 2014. The tunes are instrumental versions of some of the Sinatra repertoire, of which Dave had first hand experience playing in his band at the last London shows in May 1992.

2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.

Another recent collaborative project - The Two Minds Big Band, is co-led with long time associate, Pete Wraight. Pete has been the MD an arranger of Matthew Herbert’s Big Band for 10 years, and this had been a project under discussion for a while. The Two Minds Big Band (JVG Productions) is an album of originals - 5 tunes written and arranged by each leader with the same title as it’s inspiration. 

Dave has recorded two CDs with US sax legend, Eric Alexander. These are 2-tenors and piano trio (led by Danish drummer, Kristian Leth) in the hard blowing time honoured tradition of Griff/Lockjaw, Stitt/Ammons and Hayes/Scott.He also teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre for Contemporary Music, benefitting swathes of up and coming young musicians with his experience!

In his home city, London, Dave is a regular guest with the house band at Ronnie Scott’s and plays every month at the 606 Club in Chelsea with his quartet.

To celebrate Dave Brubeck’s  90th birthday Dave teamed up with Darius (piano), Chris (bass & trombone) and Dan Brubeck (drums) and toured as Brubecks Play Brubeck in the UK. The tour proved immensely popular. Since Dave Brubeck passed last year this is the “official” legacy band and will be playing in New York at Dizzy’s, Lincoln Centre, in April 2014.

Dave O'Higgins: tenor sax
Robin Aspland: piano
Jeremy Brown: bass
Sebastiaan De Krom: drums

01. I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me
02. Devil May Care
03. My Ideal
04. Witchcraft
05. Guess I'll Hang My Tears out to Dry
06. Let's Face the Music and Dance
07. Wives and Lovers
08. Close Your Eyes
09. Autumn in New York
10. Brazil

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


The Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet - The Real Note Vol.2 (2014)

Source: propermusic

Following on from the acclaimed 2012 Jazzizit release 'Got the Real Note' bassist Geoff Gascoyne and saxophonist Dave O'Higgins join forces again for another collection of catchy contrafacts (new compositions based on well known standards). Once again they are joined by Graham Harvey on piano and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.

The CD opens with the burning minor blues, "Darkness" written by Gascoyne with a sound reminiscent of the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Other songs include the O'Higgins' composition "Shark Avenue", a new contrafact written on the jazz standard "Green Dolphin Street" that showcases O'Higgins' elegant soprano playing. There is a traditional rendition of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" plus a lightning fast "Broadway". Other highlights include the contrafacts "Embrace" (Embracable You) and "Autopsy" (Topsy). Gascoyne's beautiful composition "Dedication" displays the delicate touch of pianist Graham Harvey and swinging drummer Sebastiaan de Krom flexes his jazz-chops on the O'Higgins composition "RSVP" (based on "Invitation").

The album was recorded totally live at Dave's own JVG studio in Brixton, London, all in one afternoon.

Geoff Gascoyne (bass)
Dave O'Higgins (tenor and soprano saxophone)
Graham Harvey (piano)
Sebastiaan de Krom (drums)

01. Darkness
02. Shark Avenue
03. Five Moods
04. Vision
05. I Got Arrythmia
06. Sophisticated Lady
07. Rsvp
08. Embrace
09. Autopsy
10. Dedication
11. Broadway

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


The Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet - Got the Real Note (2012)

Putting a couple of seasoned pros like saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and bassist Geoff Gascoyne together in a quartet session might seem like the same old thing but not so. The two main protagonists, ably supported by Graham Harvey on piano and drummer Seb DeKrom, composed a special series of contrafacts for the album – that’s the posh word for creating originals from familiar harmonic structures – which allied to the standards, blues and other pieces which round it out help to make this an out-of-the-ordinary get-together.

The album’s title track, written by Gascoyne, hardly hints at its origins in ‘Alone Together’, DeKrom’s ticking rhythm underpinning a stop-start motif, with Harvey’s piano in reflective mode, ahead of O’Higgins' engagingly sinuous tenor and Gascoyne’s supple bass solo. ‘Lady Face’ by O’Higgins, based on Dameron’s ‘Lady Bird’, has the requisite Blue Note feeling and moves well, the quartet feel-good at its best, as the composer sets out on a stirring exploration before Harvey’s nimble, boppish solo scores, emphasising his emerging status as a soloist of real consequence.

The album standout, ‘You’re Nicked’ is a tricky blues with ‘a New Orleans 2nd-line groove’ as the notes have it and they’re right. This is an infectiously danceable thing, soprano in for tenor and all the better for it with DeKrom’s street beat in step with Harvey’s classy groove. Its equal is Gascoyne’s ‘Will There Ever Be’, another reinvention with a zigzag shape that inspires everyone. And so it goes, with plenty to bite on in this endlessly varied assembly of performances. Just to hear Gascoyne’s swinging line on ‘You’re Nicked’ is a joy in itself. ((Jazzizit JITCD1258. CD Review by Peter Vacher)

Geoff Gascoyne: bass
Dave O'Higgins: saxophones
Graham Harvey: piano
Sebastiaan De Krom: drums

01. Got the Real Note
02. Lady Face
03. Earth Changing Colour
04. You’re Nicked
05. Will There Ever Be
06. Everything I Love
07. LPs Groove
08. I’m a Fool to Want You
09. One of Those Days
10. It Turned Out Nice Again
11. What Was That?
12. Far East Ferry

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Hal Galper - Speak With A Single Voice (1978)

01 Waiting for Chet
02 Now Hear This
03 I Can't Get Started
04 Speak with a Single Voice
05 Blue in Green (bonus track)

Michael Brecker - flute, tenor sax 
Randy Brecker - trumpet 
Hal Galper - piano 
Wayne Dockery - bass 
Bob Moses - drums. 

Recorded: Live at Rosy's in New Orleans in Feb. 1978
Label: ENJA [enja-4006] LP 1982; ENJA/Solid Records [CDSOL-6506] CD (RE, RM Jp) 201 
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop


Thanks to Oldhippierick :-)


Two Jims And Zoot (1964)

Recommended album *****

01 Hold Me 2:47
02 A Primera Vez 4:24
03 Presente De Natal 3:05
04 Morning Of The Carnival 4:30
05 Este Seu Olhar 4:34
06 Betaminus 3:17
07 Move It 4:27
08 All Across The City 4:45
09 Coisa Mais Linda 4:15
10 How About You 3:55

Jim Raney and Jim Hall, Guitar; 
Zoot Sims, Tenor Saxophone; 
Steve Swallow, Bass; 
Osie Johnson, Drums. 

Recorded: NYC, March 11 & 12, 1964

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