ukvibe’s Top 13 Jazz Albums of 2013

01. Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal – Aquarius [Delmark]
02. Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone & London Vocal Project – Mirrors [Edition]
03. Kenny Garrett – Pushing The World Away [Mack Avenue]
04. Christian McBride & Inside Straight – People Music [Mack Avenue]
05. Alex Sipiagin – Overlooking Moments [Criss Cross]
06. Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense – Moment and the Message [PI]
07. Maratone Quintet – Finding The Way [Prophone]
08. Terence Blanchard – Magnetic [Blue Note]
09. Marc Cary – For The Love Of Abbey [Motema]
10. JD Allen – Grace [Savant]
11. Gerald Clayton – Life Forum [Concord]
12. Luis Perdomo – Links [Criss Cross]
13. Derrick Hodge – Live Today [Blue Note]

What we listened to:

Aaron Diehl – The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
Aaron Parks Trio – Alive in Japan (Free Download)
Ahmad Jamal – Saturday Morning
Aki Rissanen, Robin Verheyen & Markku Ounaskari – Aleatoric
Alex Sipiagin – Overlooking Moments
Andy Bey – The World According To Andy Bey
Ari Brown – Groove Awakening
Ben Goldberg – Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues
Ben Wolfe – From Here I See
Benny Green – Magic Beans
Bertrand Renaudin – Play
Bobby McFerrin – SpiritYouAll
Cecile McLorin Salvant – WomanChild
Chester Thompson Trio – Approved
Chris Potter – The Sirens
Christian McBride & Inside Straight – People Music
Christian McBride Trio – Out Here
Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers – Border-Free
Craig Yaremko – CYO3
Cyrus Chestnut – Soul Brother Cool
Dan Tepfer & Ben Wendel – Small Constructions
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Brooklyn Babylon
Dave Douglas – Time Travel
David Boykin Trio – Live at Dorchester Projects
Dayna Stephens – That Nepenthetic Place
Dee Daniels – State of the Art
Derrick Hodge – Live Today
Empirical – Tabula Rasa
Erik Bosgraaf & Yuri Honing – Hotel Terminus
Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Trio – Purple
Gerald Clayton – Life Forum
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Deluxe Edition)
J.D. Allen – Grace
Jakob Bro – December Song
Jeremy Pelt – Water and Earth
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense – Moment and the Message
June Tabor, Iain Ballamy, Huw Barren – Quercus
Kenny Garrett – Pushing The World Away
Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone & London Vocal Project – Mirrors
Kyle Eastwood – The View From Here
Lage Lund – Foolhardy
Live People Quartet- The New Cities
Luis Perdomo – Links
Maratone Quintet – Finding The Way
Marc Cary – For The Love Of Abbey
Mark de Clive-Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – Take The Space Trane
Matthew Shipp – Piano Sutras
Melissa James – Day Dawns
Michael Rodriguez – Reverence
Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal – Aquarius
Omar Sosa – Eggun
Omer Klein – To The Unknown
Orrin Evans – It Was Beauty
Raf Vilar – Studies in Bossa
Rob Mazurek Octet – Skull Sessions
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2
Rodney Green Quartet – Live at Smalls
Sachal Studios Orchestra – Jazz and All That
Samo Salamon Quartets – Stretching Out
Sebastien Texier – Toxic Parasites
Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Vol.1
Sonny Troupé Quartet – Voyages et Rêves…
Sons of Kemet – Burn
Stan Tracey Quintet – The Flying Pig
Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Functional Arrhythmias
Tarbaby – Ballad of Sam Langford
Terence Blanchard – Magnetic
The New Gary Burton Quartet – Guided Tour
The Universal Quartet – Light
Thomas Enhco – Fireflies
Tim Green – Songs From This Season
Tim Warfield – Eye Of The Beholder
Tim Warfield – Inspire Me!
Tom Gibbs – Fear Of Flying
Trilok Gurtu – Spellbound
Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks, Masa Kamaguchi – Play Cy Coleman
Wayne Shorter Quartet – Without A Net
Will Calhoun – Life In This World

ukvibe’s Top 13 Stand Out Jazz compositions of 2013

01. Kenny Garrett – ‘Pushing The World Away’ Title Track
02. Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal – ‘Fred Anderson’ from Aquarius
03. Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone & London Vocal Project – ‘Humpty Dumpty’ from Mirrors
04. Cecile McLorin Salvant – ‘You Bring Out The Savage In Me’ from WomanChild
05. Christian McBride & Inside Straight – ‘The Movement, Revisited’ from People Music
06. Alex Sipiagin – ‘Savoir’ from Overlooking Moments
07. Will Calhoun – ‘Spectrum’ from Life In This World
08. Marc Cary – ‘Music is the Magic’ from For The Love Of Abbey
09. Maratone Quintet – ‘New Beat’ from Finding The Way
10. Samo Salamon Quartets – ‘Ice Storm’ from Stretching Out
11. Wayne Shorter Quartet – ‘Pegasus’ from Without A Net
12. Tim Warfield – ‘Ny Daze Ny Knights’ from Inspire Me!
13. Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers – ‘Afro-Comanche’ From Border-Free

Nat Birchall’s Top 10 albums for 2013

Hailed by Gilles Peterson as “one of the best musicians in the UK”, saxophonist Nat Birchall remains one of the UK’s hidden jazz treasures. Playing tenor and soprano saxophones, he is a band leader, composer and arranger ( and occasional DJ ) who has grabbed listeners attention with his soulful sound and inspirational spiritual music.

John Coltrane – John Coltrane: The Complete Sun Ship Session (3 LPs – Mosaic Records)

Clifford Jordan – The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions (6 CDs – Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set)

JD Allen – Grace (Savant)

David Boykin Trio – Live At Dorchester Projects (Sonic Healing Ministries)

Various Artists – Freedom Jazz France (Heavenly Sweetness)

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre Quartet – Musical Blessing (CIMP)

Odean Pope Trio with Marshall Allen – In This Moment (CIMP)

Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane – The Unissued Cafe Bohemia Broadcasts (Domino Jazz)

Winston Edwards & The Natty Locks – Natty Locks Dub (VP/Greensleeves)

Yabby You & Bretheren – Deeper Roots (Pressure Sounds)

Notable Deaths in 2013

Claude Nobs (January 10th aged 76)
George Gruntz (January 10th aged 80)
Donald Byrd (February 4 aged 80)
Lou Myers (February 19th aged 76)
Armando Trovajoli (March 1st aged 95)
Kenny Ball (March 7th aged 82)
Don Blackman (April 11th aged 59)
Dan Whitner (May 14th aged 77)
Ed Shaughnessy (May 24th aged 84)
Jean Bach [Jazz on a Summer’s Day] (May 27th aged 94)
Mulgrew Miller (May 29th aged 57)
Ben Tucker (June 4th aged 82)
Sam Most (June 13th aged 82)
Alan Kiger (July 20th aged 81)
Steve Berrios (July 25th aged 68)
George Duke (August 5th aged 67)
Cedar Walton (August 19 aged 79)
Marian McPartland (August 20 aged 95)
Jimmy Ponder (September 16th aged 67)
Edward “Butch” Warren (October 8th aged 74)
Donald Orlando “Duck” Bailey (October 15th aged 80)
Ronald Shannon Jackson (October 19th aged 73)
Frank Wess (October 30th aged 91)
Kalaprarusha Maurice McIntyre (November 9th aged 77)
Nate Morgan (21st November aged 49)
Chico Hamilton (November 25th aged 92)
Stan Tracey (December 6th aged 86)
Jim Hall (December 10th aged 83)
Jimmy Amadie (December 10th aged 76)
Herb Geller (December 19th aged 85)
Yusef Lateef (December 23rd aged 93)
Ricky Lawson (December 23rd aged 59)
Dwayne Burno (December 28th aged 43)
Al Porcino (December 31 aged 88)

George H. Buck
Paul Plummer
Dwike Mitchell
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris
Don Nelson
Johnny Smith
Patty Andrews
Peter Appleyard
Pepsi Auer
Kevin Ayers,
Jean Bach
Donald Bailey
Red Balaban
George Barrow
Sathima Bea Benjamin
John Bergamo
Ruth Berman
Sid Bernstein
Claude Black
Steve Blailock
Bobby Bland
Ed Bland
Toto Blanke
Howard Brofsky
Cedric Brooks
Bob Brozman
Precious Bryant
George Buck
Rahn Burton
Mike Canterino
Rune Carlsson
Oscar Castro-Neves
Lindsay Cooper
Father John D’Amico
Phil Darois
Rudolf Dasek
Jimmy Dawkins
James DePreist
Gugu Depuis
Henry Otto Donner
Frank D’Rone
Boyd Lee Dunlop
Steve Ellington
Sam Falzone
Bob Friedman
Laurie Frink
Leonard Garment
Jim Godbolt
Kris Goessens
Per Goldschmidt
Bobby Gordon
Eydie Gormé
Bob Greene
Tommy Gumina
Pat Halcox
Bengt Hallberg
Jane Harvey
Donna Hightower
Jef Lee Johnson
Wayne Jones
Larry Karush
Fred Katz
Eddie Kaye
Joe Killian
János Körossy
Svatopluk Kosvenec
Jim Lackey
Gary LeFebvre
Ed Lewis
Terry Lightfoot
Ulf Linde
Little Willie Littlefield
Gloria Lynne
Bernie McGann
Magic Slim
Jack Maheu
Fred Maroth
Dwike Mitchell
Ollie Mitchell
Sherman Mitchell
Kermit Moore
Dick Morgan
Herbert Morgan
Butch Morris
Albert Murray
Don Nelson
Rune Öfwerman
Patti Page
James Patrick
Eddie Pérez
Michael Point
Daniel Ponce
Dick Ramberg
Phil Ramone
Arthur “Doc” Rando
Carline Ray
Lou Reed
Rita Reys
Mel Rhyne
Bobbi Rogers
Billy Root
Seth Rothstein
Sonny Russo
Howard Shapero
Chris Sheridan
Don Shirley
Aldo Sinesio
Jaroslaw Smietana
Johnny Smith
Paul Smith
Cleotha Staples
Jonas Starker
Jerry Steinholtz
Bert Stern
Kerry Strayer
Lee Tanner
Paul Tanner
Bobby Thomas
Bob Thompson
Jimmy Tolbert
Frank Tribble
Ken Vail
Bebo Valdes
Bernard Vitet
Gyorgy Vukan
Butch Warren
Fran Warren
Derek Watkins
Ricky Wellman
David Wertman
Tommy Whittle
Virginia Wicks
Bert Wilson
Robert Zildjian
Mike Zinzen

Tom Harrell ‘Colors of a Dream’ (HighNote) 4/5

tom-harrellTrumpeter and leader Tom Harrell has an impressive CV that takes in Latin jazz (Azteca,Santana), reflective piano leaders (Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Horace Silver) and big bands. However, since 1976 he has been working as a leader and recording and composing some of the subtlest of melodies that countless musicians have subsequently covered. As a follow up to the 2010 set ‘The time of the sun’ (High Note), his long-term formation has been augmented on this occasion with a second bassist in Esperanza Spalding who doubles up on vocals and an extra horn player in Jaleel Shaw. In keeping with Harrell’s philosophy, the music is eclectic, yet accessible with a nod towards his earlier interest in soul and funk music, James Brown, Earth,Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder all making an impact upon him and they have been assimilated into a larger cohesive sound. Anything but formulaic, ‘Phantasy in Latin’ is the kind of innovative Latin-themed piece that one might expect from Harrell and there is even some scat vocals alongside the tasty horn work before a jam-style session sees the number out. Spalding takes on lead vocals on the attractive Brazilian-influenced ballad ‘Velejar’ while in a more uptempo vein ‘Even if’ features a catchy bass line and horn riff with wordless vocals and some latinized drum beats. An R & B flavoured number ‘Goin’ out’ has a strong groove to it and is a fine way for the album to end. What this album shows is that the still youthful in spirit Harrell is simply one of today’s finest writers as well as being an outstanding trumpeter.

Tim Stenhouse