Consisting of Idris Rahman on saxophone, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu on drums and additional percussion duties by Yahael Camara-Onono, Ill Considered are a band comprising of musically active members, but this formation differs from the other projects that utilise members of the line-up in that Ill Considered maintain an improvisational framework for their projects and performances. Simple pre-written themes are sketched out with free improvisation then added to the already loose arrangements, themes and ideas.

‘Dawn Lit Metropolis’ starts proceedings with its uptempo drum & bass-esque drumming, frenetic percussion additions and then the rigid bass connects with the saxophone parts. This then moves into ‘Building Bridges’ which continues with similar themes but later the arrangement becomes looser. Track three of the set, ‘Tangled’, maintains the upbeat tempo, leaving room for some sharp staccato playing from Idris Rahman. ‘Upstart’ embraces the inspiration and authority of Fela Kuti for this six minute groove workout. This is then followed by ‘Interlude’, which is just 54 seconds in length. More please. ‘Unwritten Rules’ possesses a dynamic quality with some excellent drumming from Emre Ramazanoglu, but again, all four members are actively involved in the composition rather than it being lead by one band member. The final and longest piece of the set is the wonky ‘Lope’ with its 11/4 time signature is a brilliant showcase for Ill Considered. The odd signature provides an almost uneven but steady platform for the band and this is the direction that I would like the band to move into. These edgy rhythms offer a distinctive foundation for the players while still providing the listener with appealing musical narratives that are still accessible.

I would argue that this project is best listened to in its entirety. The album does feel like a performance, rather than containing handpicked material from numerous recordings, although, the album does not originate from a live recording environment. But with multiple plays, one can identify the diverse improvisational ideas, including some elements that may not have worked 100% – but that’s fine. Ill Considered are taking risks, and it could be said that they could possibly take even more risks in the future. But that is probably this reader being selfish.

The current media attention surrounding the wave of new jazz releases from the UK’s capital and other regions highlight how crucial they are to the culture. Fresh ideas and concepts will understandably come from the young. Tradition is important but it is also an obstacle to the future. Groups like Ill Considered are aiming to move the jazz scene forward, and even though they may not be as technically accomplished as some of our musical heroes, innovation comes from a variety of places and this current era of musicians could lead us into a new direction for the genre. And again, the use of vinyl will be a valuable tool in its progression.

Damian Wilkes

Wildflower ‘Wildflower’ LP (Private Press) 4/5

With the cross-pollination and collaborative nature of many of the young jazz musicians emanating from the current vigorous UK jazz scene, particularly in London, it can be difficult to keep up with releases and the ever changing line-ups of some of these enterprises, with Wildflower being no exception. Comprising of Idris Rahman on saxophone and flute, bassist Leon Brichard and drummer Tom Skinner, in this trio format they have been unobtrusively generating interest in their modern but traditional approaches to contemporary jazz. This six-track set ploughs the deep ancestry of spiritual jazz, with clear references to Pharoah Sanders, John and Alice Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Su Ra, but with that young, fresh and hip attitude that is sometimes understandably missing from more established and seasoned musicians.

With so many saxophonists also being accomplished flautists, the very aptly titled ‘Flute Song’ sanctions Idris to showcase this component of his skillset. The relatively simple 2-bar bassline from Leon Brichard leaves sonic space for the drums and flute to interrelate and mingle, infuse and circulate. Late 1960s Impulse records influenced no doubt. ‘Where The Earth Meets The Sky’ puts the saxophone front and centre with again, bassist Leon underpinning the whole composition with its earthy and almost rustic temperament. The 6/8 ‘Long Way Home’ is a personal favourite as it meanders throughout its six minute duration, providing the trio with an explorative vehicle to navigate through its journey. The longest piece of the set, ‘Other Worlds’, possesses an almost afro beat quality, with its pulse-like rhythm track that juxtaposes with the varying sax work from Idris. But the entire album is engaging and fulfilling in equal measures, although, it needs to be noted that conceptually the live experience is also maintained within the recording quality. This isn’t ACT or ECM, but unashamedly young London, and thus, Wildflower’s debut is not polished, edited or cleanly mixed within an inch of its life, but kept unkempt and almost slovenly but not in a musical sense. Conceptually, the album maintains a written compositional form, but with room for improvisation embellishments and artistic freedom.

Criticisms – I would like to hear more from bassist Leon Brichard who does a superb job anchoring the whole project, alternating from electric bass, upright bass and fretless with ease and finesse. And some of the compositions were a touch short and demand lengthier arrangements than the 4 or 5 minutes provided, with brisk dancefloor gem ‘Hogol’ clocking in at only 3’36”. But less is possibly more.

But I’m really fascinated by the record collecting attitude of the more recent releases by these younger UK jazz musicians and labels, as by pressing very limited vinyl runs helps to create a demand for the product i.e., project. As of the end 2017, there have been three editions of the vinyl pressing, from the original 80 white label test presses, to 250 hand painted sleeves on the second press to the more recent printed sleeve versions, with more planned for early 2018. Worth seeking out.

Damian Wilkes

Notable Deaths 2017

Melton Mustafa (Jazz musician and educator), 70
Robbie Malinga (South African musician and producer), 47
Halvard Kausland (Norwegian jazz guitarist), 72
Roswell Rudd (American jazz trombonist), 82

Kevin Mahogany (American jazz singer), 59
Michael Prophet (Jamaican reggae singer), 60
Keely Smith (American singer), 89
Willie Pickens (American jazz pianist and educator), 86
Sunny Murray (American jazz drummer for Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler), 81
Mundell Lowe (American jazz guitarist and composer), 95
Robert Walker (American blues musician), 80
Magín Díaz (Colombian folk singer and songwriter), 94
Jon Hendricks (American jazz singer and songwriter for Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), 96
John Coates Jr. (American jazz pianist), 79
Wayne Cochran (American soul singer and songwriter), 78
Della Reese (American actress and singer), 86
Ben Riley (American jazz drummer for Thelonious Monk), 84
Robert Knight (American R&B singer), 72
Katie Lee (American folk singer), 98
Theo Bophela (South African jazz musician), 86
Keith Wilder (American funk/disco singer of Heatwave), 65
Shea Norman (American gospel singer), 45
Fats Domino (American Hall of Fame pianist and singer-songwriter), 89
Atle Hammer (Norwegian jazz musician), 85
Grady Tate (American jazz drummer), 85
Bunny Sigler (American songwriter and record producer for The O’Jays, The Roots), 76
CeDell Davis (American blues musician), 90
Charles Bradley (American soul singer), 68
Laudir de Oliveira (Brazilian musician for Sérgio Mendes, Chicago), 77
Leo Cuypers (Dutch jazz pianist and composer), 69
Rick Stevens (American R&B singer of Tower of Power), 77
Earl Lindo (Jamaican reggae musician), 64
Walter Becker (American musician and songwriter; co-founder of Steely Dan), 67
Hedley Jones (Jamaican musician, audio engineer and inventor), 99
Melissa Bell (English singer to Soul II Soul), 53
Wilson das Neves (Brazilian percussionist and singer), 81

Larry Marshall (Jamaican reggae singer), 75
Winston Samuels (Jamaica Ska Legend), 73
John Abercrombie (American jazz guitarist), 72

Segun Bucknor (Nigerian musician), 71
Luiz Melodia (Brazilian actor, singer, and songwriter), 66
Chuck Loeb (American jazz guitarist for Fourplay), 61
Errol Dyers (South African jazz guitarist and composer), 65
Paapa Yankson (Ghanaian highlife musician), 73
Wilindoro Cacique (Peruvian Amazonian cumbia musician from Juaneco y Su Combo), 75
Graham Wood (Australian jazz pianist), 45
Fresh Kid Ice (American rapper from 2 Live Crew), 53
Egil Kapstad (Norwegian jazz pianist, arranger and composer), 76
Ray Phiri (South African jazz musician), 70
Melvyn “Deacon” Jones (American blues musician), 73
John Blackwell (American funk and jazz drummer for Prince), 43
Phil Cohran (American jazz trumpeter), 90

Geri Allen (American jazz pianist, composer), 60
Prodigy (American rapper from Mobb Deep), 42
Noel Neal (American blues musician for Kenny Neal, bassist for James Cotton), 54
Chris Murrell (American jazz singer), 61
Sonny Knight (American soul singer, singer of Sonny Knight & The Lakers), 69
Thara Memory (American jazz trumpeter), 68
Luis Abanto Morales (Peruvian singer and composer), 93
Vin Garbutt (British folk singer), 69
Skipp Pearson (American jazz musician), 79
Educated Rapper (American rapper for UTFO), 54
Mickey Roker (American jazz drummer), 84
Kid Vinil (Brazilian musician and record producer), 62
Frankie Paul (Jamaican musician), 51
Rosa Nell Speer (American gospel singer for Speer Family), 94
Tom McClung (American jazz pianist and composer), 60
Bill Dowdy (American jazz drummer for The Three Sounds), 84
Dave Pell (American jazz musician), 92
Rais Khan (Pakistani sitarist), 77
Saxa (Jamaican-born British saxophonist for The Beat), 87
Erkki Kurenniemi (Finnish musician), 75
Belchior (Brazilian singer and composer), 70
Zoe Raella (American rapper), 32
Calep Emphrey Jr. (American drummer for B.B. King), 67
Jerry Adriani (Brazilian singer and actor), 70
Kerry Turman (bass player of The Temptations), 59
Cuba Gooding, Sr (singer for Main Ingredient), 72
Allan Holdsworth (British guitarist and composer for Bruford, Soft Machine, U.K., Tempest), 70

Kim Plainfield (American jazz drummer), 63
David Peel (American singer and political activist), 73
Brenda Jones (American R&B singer for The Jones Girls), 62
Lonnie Brooks (American blues guitarist and singer), 83
Aldo Guibovich (Peruvian singer for Los Pasteles Verdes), 64
Arthur Blythe (American jazz alto saxophonist and composer), 76
Clem Curtis (Trinidadian-born British singer), 76
Jimmy Dotson (American blues musician), 83
Avo Uvezian (Armenian-American jazz pianist), 91
Roy Fisher (British poet and jazz pianist), 86
Chuck Berry (American rock and roll musician), 90
James Cotton (American blues harmonica player), 81
Wojciech Młynarski (Polish poet, singer and songwriter), 75
P-Nut / Robert Johnson (American keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic), 69
Joni Sledge (American singer for Sister Sledge), 60
Dave Valentin (American jazz flautist), 64
Edi Fitzroy (Jamaican reggae singer), 62
Misha Mengelberg (Dutch jazz pianist and composer), 81
Eric Miller (American record producer for Pablo Records), 75
Fumio Karashima (Japanese jazz pianist), 68
Leon Ware (American musician and record producer), 77
Larry Coryell (American jazz guitarist), 73
Clyde Stubblefield (American drummer for James Brown), 73
Pericoma Okoye (Nigerian singer)
E-Dubble (American rap artist), 34
Tibério Gaspar (Brazilian musician and composer), 73
Al Jarreau (American Jazz singer), 76
Walter “Junie” Morrison (keyboards in Funkadelic and the Ohio Players), 62
Svend Asmussen (Danish jazz violinist), 100
David Axelrod (American Jazz musician), 83
Noel Simms (Jamaican reggae musician), 82
Bobby Freeman (American singer), 76
John Wetton (British singer-songwriter and bass guitarist of Asia and King Crimson), 67
Geoff Nicholls (English keyboardist for Black Sabbath), 68
Lundi Tyamara (South African Gospel singer), 38
Ronnie Davis (Jamaican reggae singer), 66
William Onyeabor (Nigerian singer-songwriter), 70

Charles “Bobo” Shaw (American jazz drummer), 69
Thandi Klaasen (South African jazz singer), 86
Mark Fisher (British writer, music journalist for The Wire), 48
Tony Booth (British poster artist, including The Beatles), 83
Buddy Greco (American jazz and pop singer and pianist), 90
Nat Hentoff (Jazz critic for Village Voice), 91
Sylvester Potts (American soul singer for The Contours), 78
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (Indian sitar player and composer), 89
Bade Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistani singer), 82

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Gibsy Rhodes

1. Dub Gabriel “Interstella Dub Dweller” from the album ‘ADSR DUB’ (Destroy All Concepts)
2. Lord Echo “Low To The Street” from the album ‘Harmonies’ (Soundway Records)
3. Mad Professor Meets Jah9 “Moth To A Dub” from the album ‘In The Midst Of The Storm’ (VP Records)
4. Hifalutin “Come As You Aardvark Dub” from the album ‘Animals In Dub’ (659313 Records DK2)
5. Pablo Moses “Murder” from the album ‘The Itinuation’ (Grounded Music)
6. Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins “Dub Capacitor” from the album ‘In Dub’ (Tru Thoughts)
7. Lord Echo “In Your Life” from the album ‘Harmonies’ (Soundway Records)
8. Dub Gabriel “Black Magic White Lies” from the album ‘ADSR DUB’ (Destroy All Concepts)
9. Danakil “Butterflies” from the album ‘Meets OnDubGround’ (Baco Records)
10. Danakil Fan Crew “Nuff Power” from the album ‘Meets OnDubGround’ (Baco Records)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Tim Stenhouse pt.2

Tim’s Best of 2017 pt.2 – World Roots:

1. Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet ‘Ladilikan’ (World Circuit) Review here
2. Yves Montand ‘à Paris + Chanson De Paris’ (Jackpot) Review here
3. Mighty Maytones ‘Madness’ / ‘Boat to Zion’ (Burning Sounds) Review here
4. Various ‘Zaïre 74: The African Artists’ (Wrasse) Review here
5. Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’ (No Format!) Review here
6. Qotob Trio ‘Entity’ (Choux de Bruxelles) Review here
7. Various ‘Classic American Ballads’ (Smithsonian Folkways)
8. Gwyneth Glyn ‘Tro’ (Bendigedig) Review here
9. Arturo Jorge ‘Finca Santa Elena’ (Tumi Music) Review here
10. Piri ‘Vocês Querem Mate?’ (Far Out Recordings) Review here
11. Baden Powell ‘Tristeza on Guitar’ (MPS) Review here
12. Mulatu Astatké ‘Mulatu of Ethiopia’ (Strut) Review here
13. Various ‘Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973’ (Light in the Attic) Review here
14. Alice Coltrane ‘World Sprituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’ (Luaka Bop) Review here
15. Orchestre les Mangelepa ‘Last Band Standing’ (Strut) Review here
16. Kingstonians ‘Sufferer’ (Music On Vinyl / Doctor Bird) Review here
17. Various ‘Dancing Down Orange Street’ (Dub Store Records / Doctor Bird) Review here
18. Various ‘Black Songs Matter’ (Aiwa) Review here
19. Various ‘Inna De Yard – The Soul Of Jamaica’ (Chapter Two) Review here
20. Benjamin Biolay ‘Volver’ (Barclay) Review here

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Tim Stenhouse pt.1

Tim’s Best of 2017 pt.1 – Jazz:

1. Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan ‘Small Town’ (ECM)
2. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo ‘TajMo’ (Sony)
3. Bill Evans ‘Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest’ (Resonance)
4. Ralph Towner ‘My Foolish Heart’ (ECM)
5. Cécile McLorin Salvant ‘Dream and Daggers’ (Mack Avenue)
6. Ahmad Jamal ‘Marseille’ (Pias/Jazz Village)
7. Christian McBride Big Band ‘Bringin’ It’ (Mack Avenue)
8. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ‘Soul of a Woman’ (Daptone)
9. Anouar Brahem ‘Blue Maqams’ (ECM)
10. Jazzmeia Horn ‘A Social Call’ (Prestige/Concord/Universal)
11. Django Bates Belovèd ‘The Study of Touch’ (ECM)
12. Ole Matthiessen ‘Flashbacks & Dedications’ (Stunt)
13. Bjorn Meyer ‘Provenance’ (ECM)
14. Mélanie De Biasio ‘Lilies’ (Le Label)
15. Charlie Watts ‘Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band’ (Impulse)
16. Courtney Pine ‘Black Notes from the Deep’ (Freestyle)
17. Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‘The Spirit of Trane’ (Fanfare)
18. Robert Cray ‘Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm’ (Megaforce)
19. Sam Braysher & Michael Kanan ‘Golden Earrings’ (Fresh Sound New Talent)
20. Lars Danielsson ”Libretto III’ (ACT)
21. Carmen Lundy ‘Code Noir’ (Afrasia)
22. Mônica Vasconcelos ‘The Sao Paulo Tapes: Brazilian Resistance Songs’ (Mova)
23. Dwight Trible ‘Inspirations’ (Gondwana)
24. Peter Jones ‘Under the Setting Sun’ (Howlin’ Werewolf)
25. Brian Molley Quartet ‘Colour and Movement’ (Bgmm)
26. Egberto Gismonti ‘Dança das Cabeças’ (ECM)
27. Chris Potter ‘The Dreamer Is the Dream’ (ECM)
28. Ambrose Akinmusire ‘A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard’ (Blue Note)
29. Bill Evans ‘Another Time: The Hilversum Concert’ (Resonance)
30. Ferenc Snétberger ‘Titok’ (ECM)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Brian Goucher

1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman [FULL ALBUM] (Daptone)
2. Nicole Willis & The UMO Jazz Orchestra “One in a Million” From the album ‘My Name is Nicole Willis’ (Persephone)
3. Soul Scratch “Kiss Me in the Morning” From the album ‘Pushing Fire’ (Colemine)
4. Calvin Richardson “Treat Her Right” From the album ‘All or Nothing (Shanachie)
5. Floyd Robinson Project “Don’t you Know” From the album ‘Here to Stay’ (Private Press)
6. Bags “Hey Girl” 45 (It’s Soul Time)
7. The Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY “Live On” 45 (Colemine)
8. Social Lovers “Drop Me a Line” 45 (Potions Music)
9. The Jay Vons “Did You See Her” 45 (Wick)
10. O.C. Tolbert “(Marriage Is Only) A State Of Mind” 45 (Remined)
11. Soulnaturals “Gotta Get My Hands On Some Good Loving” From the album ‘Love Says Yes!’ (British Soul Standard Ltd)
12. Sugaray Rayford “Don’t Regret a Mile” From the album ‘The World That We Live In’ (Blind Faith)
13. Baba Soul & The Professors Of Funk “I’m So Lucky” From the album ‘Chronotapes’ (So Real International)
14. Don Bryant “It Was Jealousy” From the album ‘Don’t Give Up On Love’ (Fat Possum)
15. Gene Jackson “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” From the album ‘1963’ (Blue Lotus Recordings)
16. Clarence Dobbins “I’ll Go Crazy” From the album ‘Soul Blues Uprising’ (Private Press)
17. Shaila Prospere “Family” From the album ‘Back to Life’ (Rhythm)
18. Miss Portia “Ain’t Go Work” From the album ‘All My Feelings’ (Ross Music Group LLC)
19. Vibration Black Finger “Love & Hate” GUADI EP (Enid)
20. Lee Fields – Let’s Talk It Over [FULL ALBUM] (Angle3)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Glyn Phillips

Glyn Phillips’s WorldBeatUK meets UK Vibe Best Albums of 2017:

1. Rev Sekou – In Times Like These (Zent / 30 Tigers)
2. Blay Ambolley – Ketan (Agogo)
3. Havana Meets Kingston (Baco)
4. Big Daddy Wilson – Neckbone Stew (Ruf)
5. Natiruts – Indigo Cristal (Sony)
6. Various Artists – The Soul of Jamaica (Chapter Two / Wagram Music)
7. Steamchicken – Look Both Ways (Chicken)
8. Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Pretty Peggy (Navigator)
9. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (World Village)
10. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (Arc Music)
11. Aida & Babak – Manushan (Croises Acordes)
12. Hasa-Mazzotta – Novilunio (Ponderosa Music)
13. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (Arc Music)
14. Khamoro Budapest Band – Hungarian Gypsy Music (Arc Music)
15. Various Artists – Queens of Fado: the Next Generation (Arc Music)
16. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 (Ostinato)
17. Various Artists – Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa (Ostinato)
18. Various Artists – Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 (Analog Africa)
19. Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía (Brownswood)
20. Sabrina Malheiros – Clareia (Far Out Recordings)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Andy Allen

Liz Aku – Seasons Change (Sonar Kollektiv)
Atjazz – Track 1 [Mix 1] (Atjazz Recording Co.)
Tony Burkill – Work Money Death (ATA)
Goldie feat Jose James – Truth (Metalheadz)
Carsten Jost – Atlantis (Dial)
Leroy Hutson – Positive Forces (Acid Jazz)
Martin L & Antonio Caballero– Let Go & Move On [Original Mix] (Smooth Agent)
The James L’Estraunge Orchestra – See You Tonight (BBE)
Lord Echo feat. Mara TK – The Sweetest Meditation [Club Mix] (Soundway)
Zara McFarlane – Peace Begins Within (Brownswood)
Moon – MFB Nights (Frank Music)
Nebraska – Aglio E Olio [Laurence Guy Remix] (Heist)
Sam IRL & Dusty – Drift (Jazz & Milk)
Zepherin Saint – One Sound (Tribe)
Will Sessions feat. Amp Fiddler – Seven Mile (Sessions Sounds)
Wayne Snow – Nothing Wrong (Tartelet)
The Colours That Rise – Brain (Breaker Breaker Recordings)
Tuxedo – Shine (Stones Throw)
Web Web – Oracle [Full LP] (Compost)
Chip Wickham – La Sombra [Full LP] (Love Monk)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Damian Wilkes

1. Tony Tixier – Life Of Sensitive Creatures [Whirlwind]
2. Ludere – Retratos [Blaxtream]
3. Web Web – Oracle [Compost]
4. Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse – Morphogenesis [Pi Recordings]
5. Makaya McCraven Quartet – RAWS:LA [Grown Kids Radio]
6. Nicole M. Mitchell & Haki R. Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives [Third World Press]
7. Charles Lloyd New Quartet – Passin’ Thru [Blue Note]
8. Thundercat – Drunk [Brainfeeder]
9. Kazumi Kaneda – Hard Light [Inner Ocean]
10. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over [ECM]
11. Moonchild – Voyager [Tru Thoughts]
12. The Heliosonic Tone-tette – Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1 [Sciensonic Laboratories]
13. Pó De Café Quarteto – Terra [?]
14. Camilla George Quartet – Isang [Ubuntu]
15. Chip Wickham – La Sombra [Lovemonk]
16. Jaska Lukkarinen Trio – Origami [We Jazz]
17. Ross McHenry Trio – The Outsiders [First World Records]
18. Ambrose Akinmusire – A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard [Blue Note]
19. Nduduzo Makhathini – Ikhambi [Universal SA]
20. Kyoto Jazz Sextet – Unity [Extra Freedom]