22 February 2017: jazz with attitude

A mixed show this week of the old and the new-ish with some Cosmic Jazz favourites included. Click the MixCloud tab to enjoy the show.

Florian Pellisier is a French pianist who leads a quintet including tenor, trumpet/flugelhorn, double bass and drums, with a guest vocal and trumpet on one tune from Leron Thomas, who we always remember from his guest appearance on Zara McFarlane’s last album. Their music is warm, modal and comforting. It’s perhaps not the most challenging you will ever hear, but is a really good listen nonetheless.

Soul jazz is still with us again this week in the form of pianist/Fender Rhodes player Walter Bishop Jr. with Soul Turnaround from Soul Village. This inevitably led to a repeat of the tune Soul Village from Blue Mitchell that I have been enjoying so much.

There were more links. Excellent Swedish composer and saxophonist Jonas Kullhammer has worked with many famous musicians including Mulatu Astatke, Goran Kajfes, Chick Corea, Jason Moran – and Carlos Garnett, sent us on a Journey To Enlightenment in a record of its era, but one that still holds up.

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is something special. He played on last year’s Dhafer Youssef album which we have been featuring in recent weeks. This week, though, he was the leader. Akinmusire plays with great sensitivity and it was quite fitting that he should appear on Youssef’s mystic music providing a spiritual depth (and really interesting album titles too).

The show ends with a return to Cecile McClorin Salvant who illustrates, like Gregory Porter, that the best vocalists have top-rate instrumentalist to support them but also that they give plenty of space for the musicians to feature in their own right.

  1. Florian Pellisier Quintet – Cap de Bon Esperance from Cap de Bon Esperance
  2. Walter Bishop Jr – Soul Turnaround from Soul Village
  3. Blue Mitchell – Soul Village from Feeling Good
  4. Jonas Kullhammer – Hommage to George Braith from Gentlemen (original motion picture jazz track)
  5. Carlos Garnett – Journey to Enlightenment from Journey to Enlightenment
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire – Confessions to my Unborn Daughter from When the Heart Lies Glistening
  7. Cecile McClorin Salvant – Something’s Coming from For One to Love

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