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Jonatan Bäckelie aka Ernesto top ten for 2013

These are the top ten songs that I have enjoyed this year.

Boards of Canada “New Seeds”
James Blake “Our Love Comes Back”
Kastle “Circles”
Jmsn “Alone” (Kastle Remix)
Mya “My Love Is Like Whoa” (Jaw Jam Bootleg Mix)
Pomrad “This Day”
Alex Barck & Jonatan Bäckelie “Doubter” (Mao Remix)
Alex Barck & Pete Joseph “Spinning Around”
Daft Punk “Doing It Right”
Elise “Poseidon” (Atjazz Love Soul Mix)

Jonatan Bäckelie is a postmodern indie & electronica producer, vocalist, songwriter, performer and theologian from Sweden.


Percy Pursglove’s Top 10 albums for 2013

ukvibe asked Percy Pursglove what he had enjoyed musically in 2013.. “My top ten (favourite/most listened to) albums of 2013 (in no particular order) are”:

Exaudi – Exposure (Exuadi/Huddersfield Contemporary 2013)

Wayne Shorter – High Life (Verve 1995)

Peter Evans Quintet – Ghosts (More Is More 2011)

Keith Jarrett Standards Trio – At the Blue Note: The Complete Recording (ECM 2008)

The Hilliard Ensemble – Morimur (ECM 2001)

Vince Mendoza/London Symphony Orchestra: Epiphany (Zebra 1999)

Ornette Coleman – The shape of jazz to come (Atlantic 1959)

Kenny Wheeler – Music For Large & Small Ensembles (ECM 1990)

Conlon Nancarrow/Ensemble Modern/Ingo Metzmacher – Studies (BMG 1993)

Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic – Le Sacre Du Printemps (Columbia 1958)

After graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire’s BMus(Hons) Jazz course with first class honours in 2003, Percy obtained a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University, New York City. During his stay in New York he performed with a great variety of jazz ensembles, including The Ellington Orchestra at Birdland, the Coltrane Ensemble at Sweet Rhythm, The Rene Marie Big Band at Town Hall, and The Knitting Factory with Jesse Elder, Matt Brewer and Tommy Crane.

Percy has performed alongside Paul Dunmall, Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, BBC Radio Big Band, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Hans Koller, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, John Hollenbeck, Mark Dresser, Andy Panayi, Mark Lockheart, Tommy Smith, LJO, The Halle, Stan Sulzman, Jim Mullen, English String Orchestra, Jean Toussaint, Tony Levin, Elbow, Guy Barker, John Horler, Mark Nightingale, Nigel Hitchcock, Phil Robson, Neil Yates, Alan Barnes and John Dankworth.

Greg Boraman’s Top 10 albums for 2013

Label/A & R Manager for Freestyle Records – December 2008 to Present. Since its conception in 2003, Freestyle Records has spearheaded a resurgence in funk, jazz, soul, Latin and Afro-beat music, winning consistent DJ support from worldwide tastemaking selectors such as Kenny Dope, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Mr Scruff, Danny Krivit, Jazzanova and DJ Spinna. As part of the Kudos Records family, and with Greg Boraman from The Fantastics! at the helm, Freestyle continues to pave the way in independent roots music.

Omar – The Man (Freestyle Records) “The Man would have been my number one no matter who released it!”

Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet – In The Beginning volumes 1 & 2 (Pilgrimage Records)

Various Artists – Nicola Conte Presents Viagem Vol.5 (Far Out Recordings)

Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)

Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg – The View From Here (2 LPs – Tramp Records)

Angeline Morrison – Are You Ready Cat? (Freestyle Records)

Various Artists – Soul Spectrum Records Vol.1 (Jazzman)

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Live Los Angeles feat. Alex Ligertwood (Nasty Productions)

Frootful – Heavyweight (Freestyle Records)

Jef Gilson – The Archives (Double Gatefold LP – Jazzman)

Stan Tracey RIP

Friday 6th December 2013

It is with deepest regret that we must announce the death of Stan Tracey OBE, CBE today, at the age of 86.
After a struggle with illness, he passed away having recently celebrated his 70 year professional career as a jazz pianist/composer. He is survived by a family who love him, and will miss him profoundly. His legacy is the generations of musicians young and old, past and future who have his influential example to look to.
Many thanks to all those who have shown him such love and support over these many years.

ukvibe’s review of his 2013 album can be found on this link

Makiko Hirabayashi ‘Hide and Seek’ (Enja) 4/5

makiko-hirabayashiTokyo born pianist Makiko Hirayabashi has undertaken an interesting career path before settling in Denmark and establishing her credentials there. Moving to Hong Kong as a child and enrolling in a British school unquestionably opened her horizons, and a further period of study in composition at the prestigious Berklee school of music as a twenty year old introduced her to jazz composition under Jerry Bergonzi. A surprising move to Denmark resulted in gigs at local cafes performing in a variety of styles. Guesting on numerous Danish jazz artist recordings, Hirabayashi finally debuted in her own right in 2006 with ‘Makiko’. This third album sees her in the intimate surroundings of a piano trio format with master percussionist Marilyn Mazur, who among other a multitude of renowned names, was a member of Miles Davis’ band. The quality and freshness of both the compositions and ensemble playing is exceptional and will surely establish an international reputation for the pianist. Influences discernible include the acoustic Chick Corea (a great favourite with Japanese jazz fans)and Ahmad Jamal in her careful use of space among others. Compositions, all originals, are divided between the pianist (six out of nine) and the rest from Mazur. From its Latin vamp intro, ‘Rain’ builds in intensity and recalls the feel of EST without being in any way derivative. Far more improvisatory in approach is ‘Deep Road’ during which bass and percussion solo to great effect. The balance between collective lyricism and interplay is found on ‘A Major’ on which Hirabayashi is reminiscent of Michel Camilo. Compositional strength shines though on the glorious ‘Remember the sun’ while ‘Shady’ is a beautiful ballad that reveals the sensitive side to the pianist’s playing. Overall there is a great storytelling quality to Makiko Hirabayahi’s craft that marks her out as one of the pianists to follow in the future. Japan has a long tradition of superb jazz pianists dating back from Toshiko Akiyoshi through to the vastly underrated Junko Onishi in the nineteen-nineties, and the recent collaboration of Hiromi with Chick Corea. With’ Hide and Seek’ Makiko Hirabayashi is deserving of a place among these pianists of distinction. One of the year’s revelations.

Tim Stenhouse