Guest Top 20 of 2018: Oliver Brunetti @ Olindo Records

Top New Albums (in no order)

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Insólito UniVerso – La Candela del Río (Olindo Records)
Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Waaju – Waaju (Olindo Records)
Rodrigo Tavares – Congo (Hive Mind)
Sarathy Korwar – My East Is Your West (Gearbox)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Book of Sound (Honest Jon’s Records)
Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings)
Jessica Lauren – Almería (Freestyle)
Emanative – Earth (Jazzman)
Children of Zeus – Travel Light (First Word)
The Expansions – Murmuration (Albert’s Favourites)
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli (NG)
Allysha Joy – Acadie:Raw (Gondwana)
Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!)
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids – An Angel Fell (Strut)
Sean Khan – Palmares Fantasy (Far Out Recordings)

Best EPs/Singles

Dengue Dengue Dengue – Semillero (On The Corner)
Modified Man – Modifications: Set 2 (Albert’s Favourites)
Nat Birchall – Tunji / Mode For Trane (JAZZ45)
The Scorpios ‎– Mashena / Samha (Afro7)
Kaidi Tatham – In My Life (2000 Black)

Top Remixes

Yazz Ahmed – The Lost Pearl (Hector Plimmer Remix) (Naim Absolute)
Jaubi – Lahore State of Mind (Al Dobson Jr Remix) (Astigmatic)

Top Reissues/Archive Releases/Compilations

Jesse Sharps Quintet and P.A.P.A. – Sharps and Flats (Outernational Sounds)
John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once (The Lost Album) (Impulse Records)
Momo “Wandel” Soumah* ‎– Matchowé (Buda Musique)
Various – Levanta Poeira – Afro-Brazilian music & rhythms from 1976 – 2016 (compiled by Tahira) (Jazz&Milk Recordings)
Various – Musica Per L’Immagine II (compiled by Lorenzo Bandiera) (Fly By Night Music)
Various – Disques Debs International Vol. 1 (compiled by Hugo Mendez & Emile Omar) (Strut)
Il Guardiano Del Faro – Oasis (Time Capsule)
Creative Arts Ensemble – One Step Out (Outernational Sounds)
Bobby Rodriguez ‎– Simply Macrame (Jazz Detective)
Victor Assis Brasil ‎– Esperanto (Far Out Recordings)

Best Gigs

Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die – Cafe Oto, November
Ben LeMar Gay – Cafe Oto, November
Insólito UniVerso – Sylvia’s House (London Fields), December
The Cookers – Church of Sound, May
Brandee Younger – Church of Sound, October
Waaju + 30/70 – TRC @ Giant Steps, July
Arun Ghost – Corsica Studios, November
Okumu Herbert Skinner – Jazz re:freshed @ Mau Mau Bar, September
Tal Janes x Yusuf Ahmed – SET Dalston, September
Collocutor play Miles Davis’ ‘On The Corner’ – Total Refreshment Centre, March
Ill Considered & Emma-Jean Thackray – Total Refreshment Centre, March
BCUC – Total Refreshment Centre, January

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Ian Ward

(In no order)

Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here

Abstract Orchestra – Madvillain Vol.1 (ATA)
Review here

1000 Kings – Raw Cause (Jazz re:freshed)
Review here

Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile (Impulse!)
Review here

Ed Motta – Criterion of the Senses (MustHave/Membran)
Review here

Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)

Ambrose Akinmusiere – Origami Harvest (Blue Note)

Al Doum and The Faryds – Spirit Rejoin (Les Disques Bongo Joe)

Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)

John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

Uniting of Opposites – Ancient Lights (Tru Thoughts)

Jason Isbell and the 400 unit – Live from the Ryman (Southeastern)

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body (Rock Action)

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)

Peter Gall – Paradox Dreambox (Traumton)

Maisha – There Is A Place (Brownswood Recordings)

White Denim – Performance (City Slang)

Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli (NuGuinea)

Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – The Shakedown (22a)

Ian Ward

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – DJ Set Chart

1. Àbáse – Align feat. Wayne Snow (Cosmic Compositions)
2. Moodymann – Pitch Black City Reunion (KDJ)
3. Fatima – Only (Eglo)
4. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines (The Vinyl Factory)
5. Children Of Zeus – Vibrations (First Word)
6. Auntie Flo – Havana Rhythm Dance (Brownswood Recordings)
7. Menagerie – Escape Velocity (Freestyle)
8. Kaidi Tatham – But You Bring It Up (2000 Black)
9. Ashley Henry & The RE:ensemble – Pressure (Silvertone)
10. The Lewis Express – Cancao De Momento (ATA)
11. Souleance – François (First Word)
12. Butcher Brown – Benin City (Self-released)
13. Web Web – Sandia (Compost)
14. The Stance Brothers – Minor Minor (We Jazz)
15. Chip Wickham – (Soul) Rebel 23 [Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix] (Lovemonk)
16. The Expansions – Transcoso (Albert’s Favourites)
17. Mabuta – Log Out Shut Down (Afrosynth)
18. Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – SV Disco (22a)
19. Makaya McCraven – Suite Haus (International Anthem)
20. Mark Kavuma – Into The Darkness (Ubuntu Music)

Damian Wilkes

Guest Top 20 of 2018: Matti Nives @ We Jazz

Matti Nives @ WE JAZZ HELSINKI

Anteloper – Kudu (International Anthem)
Juhani Aaltonen and Raoul Björkenheim – Awakening (Eclipse Music)
Binker And Moses: Alive In the East? (Gearbox)
Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)
Ill Considered – Live at the Crypt (Ill Considered Music)
Mia Dyberg Trio – Ticket! (Clean Feed)
Elifantree – Anemone (Eclipse Music)
Enemy Trio – Enemy (Edition)
Ronald Langestraat – Searching (South Of North)
Christian Lillingers Grund – “C O R” (Plaist Music)
Charles Mingus – Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden (BBE Music)
MDCIII – Dreamhatcher (W.E.R.F.)
Moskus – Mirakler (Hubro)
Barre Phillips – End to End (ECM)
Verneri Pohjola / Mika Kallio – Animal Image (Edition)
Jesse Sharps Quintet and P.A.P.A. – Sharps and Flats (Outernational Sounds)
Ralph Thomas – Eastern Standard Time (BBE Music)
Rodrigo Tavares – Congo (Hive Mind)
Still Dreaming – Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
Timo Lassy – Moves (Membran)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Andy Hazell

1. Ayanda Sikade – Movements (Self-released)
Review here

2. Sinsuke Fujieda – HYPER HARMONY (SoFa)

3. Web Web – Dance of the Demons (Compost)
Review here

4. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RRgems)
Review here

5. Maisha – There is a Place (Brownswood Recordings)

6. Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here

7. Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood)
Review here

8. Kamaal Williams – The Return (Black Focus)

9. Jamie Saft Quartet – Blue Dream (RareNoise)
Review here

10. Bokani Dyer – Neo Native (Dyertribe Music)

11. Chris Bowden – Unlikely Being (UK Vibe)
Review here

12. Nicole Mitchell – Maroon Cloud (FPE)

13. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor – Radiant Imprints (Off)

14. Ariel Zamonsky – Entre dos Mundos. Between two worlds (Self-released)

15. Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today (Brownswood Recordings)
Review here

16. Thandi Ntuli – Exiled (Self-released)

17. Sarathy Korwar – My East Is Your West (Gearbox)

18. Tiffany Austin – Unbroken (Con Alma)

19. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Review here

20. Darryl Yokley’s Sound Reformation: Pictures of an African Exhibition (Truth Revolution)

Andy Hazell

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Steve Williams

1. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

2. Jamie Saft Quartet – Blue Dream (RareNoise)
Review here

3. Sinsuke Fujieda – Hyper Harmony (SoFa)

4. Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Review here

5. Ill Considered – 3 (Ill Considered Music)
Review here

6. Ayanda Sikade – Movements (Self-released)
Review here

7. Benjamin Boone / Philip Levine – The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)
Review here

8. Web Web – Dance Of The Demons (Compost)
Review here

9. Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here

10. Uri Gurvich – Kinship (Jazz Family)
Review here

11. 1000 Kings – Raw Cause (Jazz re:freshed)
Review here

12. Eric Harland’s Voyager – 13th Floor (GSI)

13. Adrien Chicot – City Walk (Gaya Music Production)
Review here

14. Bruno Råberg Trio – Tailwind (Red Piano)
Review here

15. İlhan Erşahin’s Istanbul Sessions – Solar Plexus (Nublu)
Review here

16. Itamar Borochov – Blue Nights (Laborie Jazz)
Review here

17. Mopo – Mopocalypse (We Jazz)
Review here

18. Nomadic Treasures (Avishai Darash) – Nomadic Treasures (A.MA)
Review here

19. Sam Javitch Quartet – People and Places (Self-released)
Review here

20. Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet – London Live (Artists Recording Collective)
Review here

Steve Williams

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Mike Gates

1. Jamie Saft Quartet – Blue Dream (RareNoise)
Review here

2. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

3. JD Allen – Love Stone (Savant)

4. Ayanda Sikade – Movements (Self-released)
Review here

5. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Nonesuch)

6. Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here

7. Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)

8. Ill Considered – 3 (Ill Considered Music)
Review here

9. Snowpoet – Thought You Knew (Edition)
Review here

10. Sinsuke Fujieda – Hyper Harmony (SoFa)

11. Julian Siegel Quartet – Vista (Whirlwind Recordings)
Review here

12. Binker and Moses – Alive In The East? (Gearbox)
Review here

13. Bruno Råberg Trio – Tailwind (Red Piano)
Review here

14. Adrien Chicot – City Walk (Gaya Music Production)
Review here

15. Andreas Varady – The Quest (Resonance)

16. Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Scandal (Greenleaf Music)

17. Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Review here

18. Marcin Wasilewski Trio – Live (ECM)
Review here

19. Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard – Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon)
Review here

20. Bill Frisell – Music IS (Okeh/Music On Vinyl)
Review here

Mike Gates

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Andy Allen

Keram Akdag “Find Yourself” from the album ‘Kerem Akdag’ (Dimensions)

Nat Birchall Quartet – Mode For Trane 7″ (Jazzman)

Ad Bourke and Raiders Of The Lost Arp – Raw [Ron Trent Remix] 12″ (Far Out Recordings)

Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News” from the album ‘Good Thing’ (Columbia)

John Coltrane “Untitled Original 11386″ from the album ‘Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album’ (Impulse!)

Glenn Davis – I Feel It 12″ (F*CLR)

Di Melo – A.E.I.O.U. 12″ (Favorite)

April Fulladosa – Tell Me 7” (Reference Point) reissue

The Gentleman Players – Dakar [Digital only] (Martinez)

Joe Armon Jones “Starting Today ft Asheber” from the album ‘Starting Today’ (Brownswood Recordings)

Kalima – Where Is The Sunshine 7″ (Chuwanaga) reissue

Jessica Lauren “Beija Flor” from the album ‘Almería’ (Freestyle)

9th Creation – Mellow Music 7″ (Past Due) reissue

Nu Guinea “Nuova Napoli” from the album ‘Nuova Napoli’ (NG)

Bobby Rodriguez “Simply Macrame” from the album ‘Simply Macrame’ (Jazz Detective) reissue

Jesse Sharps Quintet and P.A.P.A. “The Goat And The Ramjam” from the album ‘Sharps And Flats’ (Outernational Sounds) reissue

Simbad feat. Brian Temba – Take My Hand EP (Freerange)

Andre Solomko “Le Deltaplane” from the album ‘Le Deltaplane’ (Favorite)

Tessa Souter “Contemplation/Ancestors” from the album ‘Picture in Black and White’ (Noa)

SpaceArk “Welcome To My Door” from the album ‘Spaceark’ (Mr Bongo) reissue

Tenderlonious feat. The 22Archestra “Expansions” from the album ‘The Shakedown’ (22a)

Harold Vick “Don’t Look Back” from the album ‘Don’t Look Back’ (Pure Pleasure) reissue

Web Web “Land Of The Arum Flower” from the album ‘Dance Of The Demons’ (Compost)

Chip Wickham “Shamal Wind” from the album ‘Shamal Wind’ (Lovemonk)

Yadava “Kadampa 125” from the album ‘Ad Hoc Presents: Vol 1’ (Ad Hoc)

Andy Allen

Various ‘Stirring Up Some Jazz – The Original Sound Of UK Club Land’ CD (Jasmine) 4/5

The ongoing re-investigation of how various constituent parts of the UK club scene continues with, on this occasion, how jazz music was incorporated via music that was played first on the juke boxes of major American cities and later by DJs in the hippest of London clubs. Among the cast are names familiar and obscure, but as a whole the overarching music constitutes a coherent whole. Where this compilation scores highly is in unearthing some oh-so-catchy and familiar songs, but with far less well-known alternative interpretations. These include a cool school late 1950s take on Horace Silver’s ‘Señor Blues’ from Jeri Southern and an instrumental of ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ from the Dave Bailey Quintet from 1961, which opens up proceedings on a lively setting. Elsewhere, Sarah Vaughan covers a famous number that Ray Charles immortalised in, ‘One Mint Julip’, and her 1962 offering swings like crazy with a big band with brass and guitar to propel her. Hammond organ was popular in the clubs and it is easy to hear why on a real favourite from Nat Williams and the Mellow-Tones with, ‘You Excite Me’. Haunting vibes are a feature of Johnny Lytle’s ‘Lela’, and drummer Billy Higgins proves to be an R&B vocalist of distinction on this writer’s personal favourite of all here, ‘Me And My Lover’, backed by the Teddy Edwards Quartet. In fact, much of the jazz has a strong R&B content and sounds all the better for it, with extended instrumental solos restricted. Not everything is for dancers, as illustrated by Earl Bostic’s ‘Flamingo’, but there is no diminution in the quality of the music, with a lovely rendition of ‘All Or Nothing At All’ by the wonderful Billie Holiday. On Elmer Crumbley’s ‘Man Want Water’, the trombone soloing and overall sound has a film soundtrack quality to it, that is sure to appeal, while the Latin lick drum touches on Harold Harris Trio trio offering, ‘Bluesville’, will impress in equal measure. Of note is the layout of the CD compilation, including the excellent notes, all of which have the feel of an ACE CD and that comparison is meant as a compliment to Jasmine.

Tim Stenhouse

Eric Bibb ‘Global Griot’ 2CD (DixieFrog/Stony Plain) 4/5

Acoustic blues guitarist and vocalist Eric Bibb returns for a double helping of the blues, but this time his global mission is enhanced by some unusual and highly successful blues-fusion hybrids, often with surprisingly positive results. It is the eclectic sound of Taj Mahal that immediately springs to mind when Bibb attempts to combine the blues with reggae elements, but Bibb pulls it off immaculately with the help of roots reggae greats. A case in point is the terrific ‘Grateful’ that features none other than the wonderful Glenn Browne on bass and that authentic reggae flavour is aided by the keyboard and co-production talents of Stephen Stewart. Indeed, others in the past such as Eric Clapton have covered reggae songs with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ being the notable hit single, and reggae legend Ken Boothe takes centre stage to offer lead vocals on the intricate, ‘Mole on the ground’, that starts off in an instrumental acoustic blues mode for the first part, but one and a half minutes in, is suddenly transformed into a rousing reggae number, and it has to be stated that Boothe has the ideal voice to sing the blues just as Toots Hibbert has an innately soulful voice. Indeed, one could say that of several of the reggae greats from Alton Ellis through to Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs and beyond. Why not, then, devote an entire album to a ‘reggae meets blues’ album? Willie Nelson was critically acclaimed for his pioneering take on roots reggae from a country perspective and even though it did not fare commercially that well to begin with, times have changed and listeners are more at ease with different genres blending together. Elsewhere, Bibb gets moody on the acoustic guitar plus horns number, ‘All Because’, and this writer foe one would certainly like to hear more of this side of the leader’s wide repertoire. Likewise, the reposing fusion of the blues with West African music, and more specifically the mellifluous combination of kora and vocals contributed by Senegalese singer, Solo Cissokho on, ‘Picture A New World’, are a joy to behold. Gospel and blues are natural bedfellows and Linda Tillery contributes some lovely vocals on ‘New Friends’, with subtle accompaniment on a three-pronged guitar accompaniment. Not everything is as impressive and some of the other pieces are a tad too glossy in the production stakes for these ears. As a whole, however, this fusion works and when the music is pared down to just guitars, as on ‘Black, Brown and White’, the instrumentation wins through handsomely. Indeed, just listening to the guitar prowess of both Eric Bibb and those guesting is worth the investment on its own.

Tim Stenhouse

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