The seasons are changing, however on glancing out of the “production studio” (lounge) window, the light darkness of dawn showcases a cloud bank rolling in at quite a fast rate, I’m not too sure what these clouds hold in store for the day ahead, no worries though. I’ve got a couple of meetings with a prospective new presenter and a possible small sponsor, looking forward to them.
The most exciting thing for All Jazz Radio is the start of The EuroJazz Frontier presented by former UK/Euro Jazz Radio presenter Peter Slavid
at 13h00 today from London, one will have to simply tune in via our website at www.alljazzradio.co.za. Welcome to you new jazz home Peter we look forward to a long and happy broadcast/streaming spell as part of the AJR Family. Other good news is that we have another new show starting next Tuesday 09 September to be hosted by USA born of Nigerian heritage former Miss USA contestant, extraordinary vocalist, recording artist, band leader Titilayo Adedokun. She will be broadcasting from12 to 2pm C.A.T. every Tuesday going forward. I will have a name for the show later today. See I said its an exciting day at AJR today. It’s the start of the weekend and as is usual the Jazz Rendezvous starts our live streaming day from 10am to 1pm CAT today. Then it’s The EuroJazz Frontier with Peter Slavid, after that our Rudy Nadler-Nir gets behind the mic to present The Latin Side after which we take a climb to 5th Floor Jazz during which we will showcase the more contemporary smooth jazz sounds to take one into Friday night. Now one has no excuse not to listen to All Jazz Radio today.
I thought I’d include Don Albert’s column published on the Arts Link website enjoy the read.
Capri Jazz – keeping the flag flying
Jazzaholic by Don Albert: Jazz releases often used to be about the major record labels.
Today I seem to lean towards the independent record companies, especially in South Africa, where for example Sony releases no jazz at all, and Universal is not far behind. I think Gallo is dead.
For me labels like HighNote, Savant, Mack Avenue and Capri plus for reissues on Avid are all keeping the jazz flag flying high.
This week I look at some of the new Capri issues starting off with two excellent jazz trios The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Hamilton drums, Tamir Hendelman piano and Christoph Luty bass, is the epitome of class and musical taste. The 10 racks on the CD Great American Songs includes “Falling in Love with Love”, “The More I See You”, “Though Swell”, “It Could Happen to You” and “All or Nothing at All”.
The trio is tight, yet plays with a looseness that comes after playing together for years. The trio is not going to set the jazz world alight by taking the music in a new direction, it’s all about melodic, swinging interpretations of good songs built around solid piano playing with rhythm or arco bass to super drums fills and elegant brush work. The recording was done in Japan and is a limited edition.
Another trio recording, this time from pianist Larry Fuller with Hassan Shakur bass and Greg Hutchinson drums is more flamboyant a la Oscar Peterson, especially on “At Long Last love”, but this versatile player can be tender as well as on “Both Sides Now” and “Close Enough for Love” .
Fuller has great chops which is displayed on the faster tempos of “Daahoud” and Celia” while he takes “C Jam Blues” from boogie-woogie to stride. He’s a pianist for all seasons who moves from sensitivity to exciting.
The CD Let’s from baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder is filled with top-drawer musicians playing at their best. Besides Schroeder who is one of the top baritone players on the scene today there is guitarist Anthony Wilson filling two slots. With no pianist, he feeds the chords and is an inventive soloist, bassist John Clayton solid rhythm work is another a creative soloist and Jeff Hamilton is just so classy with his subtle brush playing and immaculate sense of time. The music is not in your face.
Although it can be powerful, it’s not extrovert. There’s a subtle balance to it. It’s difficult to give one example but “Hello Bright Sunflower” is a good opener. “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” is a beauty and “A Hawkeye, A Hoosier & Two Cali Cats” is a swinger, and that’s just three of 11 tracks.
This is a prime CD.
For more info www.caprirecords.com
Don Albert is a saxophonist and jazz journalist. He spent 12 years with The Star Newspaper on the Tonight! section writing about jazz. Currently he writes jazz CD and book reviews for Financial Mail and is the South African Correspondent for Downbeat (USA) and Jazz Journal International (UK). He has presented radio programmes on jazz and served awards.as judge at prestigious competitions. He has also won numerous awards.