This week’s show is available on Mixcloud but not in the usual place. A technical problem means it is not on a Mixcloud tab on this site but is there on the IO Radio Mixcloud site where you scroll down to the day it was recorded – 06/11/2019 and click the tab.
The show begins with our Blue Note celebration of the week, this time from one of our very favourite tenor saxophonists Joe Henderson. The album Our Thing, from which the title tune a Joe Henderson composition is played, was recorded in 1963 with all the classic Blue Note personnel involved. It was produced by Alfred Lion, produced for release by Michael Cuscuna, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in the Van Gelder Studio, it has a cover photo by Francis Wolff and cover design by Reid Miles. It does not get more epic Blue Note than that. The musicians weren’t bad either. Alongside Joe Henderson was Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano (another Cosmic Jazz favourite, Eddie Kahn on bass and Pete La Roca on drums.
Last week there was a tune from the new Binker Golding album Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers. It is an album we admire, so two further tunes appeared this week to help you judge for yourself. Exquisite She-Green is, if you have seen some of Goldings work with Moses Boyd, a remarkably restrained and calm piece. Fluorescent Black is, however, more up-tempo. The double bass of Daniel Casimir comes through impressively and Binker Golding provides a strong lead on tenor.
Also on the Binker Golding album playing piano is Joe Armon-Jones, another seemingly ever-present on the burgeoning jazz scene coming out of London. His second album has been released entitled Turn To Clear View, his playing and the musical styles are very different here. From the Golding acoustic piano to electric, from pure jazz to a fusion of genres. Interesting, challenging and at times uncomfortable music for today.
Fat-Suit from Scotland cross musical genres too with a wide variety of instruments and musicians. The tune The Crane and the Crow opens by demonstrating some of their rock influences, if that is not your thing, however, stay with it because there follows some lovely, sensitive trumpet playing. The album Waifs and Strays was recorded live in Drygate Brewery Glasgow over four days and the expansive ambition of the project comes across in each tune.
Emil Miszk & the Sonic Syndicate from Poland have featured regularly on the show over the last month or two with tunes from their album Don’t Hesitate. This is another ambitious project. The tune Heart of Darkness, like the album is full of experimental, haunting sounds. It is music that is unpredictable and makes clever use of electronics, a sonic syndicate as their title suggests; thoroughly contemporary. If you like this music go to Steve’s Jazz Sounds where you can get this, more Polish music and much else besides.
Jumping in at the end is UK trumpeter Laura Jurd with a tune that fits the ambience created by the Sonic Syndicate.
- Joe Henderson – Our Thing from Our Thing
- Binker Golding – Exquisite She-Green from Abstractions of Reality Past & incredible Feathers
- Binker Golding – Fluorescent Black from as above
- Joe Armon-Jones – Gnawa Sweet from turn to Clear View
- Fat-Suit – The Crane & The Cow from Waifs & Strays
- Emil Miszk & the Sonic Syndicate – Heart of Darkness from Don’t Hesitate
- Laura Jurd – Jumping In from Stepping Back, Jumping In
Derek is listening to …
- Maurice Durufle – Requiem. Op 9
- John Coltrane – Ascension
- Julian Anderson – The Discovery of Heaven
- Phil Ranelin – Vibes from the Tribe
- Gregory Isaacs – Rumours