Monday, December 17, 2012

...AND THAT'S JAZZ!


One of the greatest joy's found in trading rare vinyl records is to see young people step on the scene who approach record collecting with a passion. Not because it's a hip & trendy thing to do but because they have a true love and respect for the music and are eager to discover new sounds and learn all the ins and outs about a certain artist, label or genre. That means putting in the work digging and doing countless hours of research. One fine example of a young collector doing it the right way is Lander Lenaerts, better known as Jazz Kid The Blastkid. I've seen Lander grown from a shy youth buying Prestige, Blue Note and Motown records to one of Belgium's expert collectors on jazz music and rare grooves from around the globe. The humble Jazz Kid goes deep and when i say deep i mean Jean Jacques Cousteau-style deep! Ever the student but also a teacher. His awesome blog is a must visit for any self-repecting jazz head that offers a slew of great, monthly mixes accompanied by the music's cover art. He also deejay's on he regular with partner Teddy Tendertouch and hosts the "Snap Your Fingers" show on Laid Back Radio for whom he has also written a dozen or so must read articles; ranging from European jazz to a great retrospective on Marc Moulin. And he also made that super cool little documentary on 'Popcorn' we featured in our Hot Corn post. That's a sum that equals dedication right there. It's a great privilege to have this busy man guest-selecting today. His mix "...and that's Jazz!" is heavyweight beyond a doubt going from modal to hard-bop with some Afro and a wee bit of fusion thrown in for good measure. One for the more matured ears. Bliss!  



All cover scans, info & footnotes by Blastkid. 

1. Sarah Vaughan - The Mystery Of Man
Originally released in 1984 on the lp "One World - One Peace" - Five Records, Italy.
We start this trip with one of my latest finds. To be honest, I'm not that much of a Sarah Vaughan fan, but this record is the reason why I have been checking the 'Vocal Jazz' and 'Sarah Vaughan' sections at every single record store I visited since I first heard this track, which paid off recently. Quite an unusual concept album, with Sarah Vaughan singing songs based on poems written by pope John Paul II, but this tune is so deep, with beautiful string arrangements by fellow Belgian jazz cat Francy Boland and Sarah's incredible vocal range which gives me the shivers every time...

2. Kenny Graham and his Satellites - Utsu
Originally released in 1957 on the lp "Moondog And Suncat Suites" - MGM Records, USA.
Another concept album here, as it consists of two deep spaced out jazz suites. I picked the track Utsu from the Moondog suite, which was based on the work of the American street corner artist Moondog. Fantastic music and quite visionary if you know that the music was recorded as early as 1957.

3. Dusko Goykovich - Bosna Calling
Originally released in 1971 on the lp "It's About Blues Time" - Ensayo, Spain.
Trumpeter Dusko Goykovich made a name for himself in the 1960s as he invented a new style of jazz by fusing US jazz with Balkan music. Much of his song and album titles refer to his birth country (former Yugoslavia), and so does this beautiful modal jazz tune from 1971, which he recorded in Spain with, among others, the blind Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu.

4. Jef Gilson - Modalité Pour Mimi
Originally released in 1965 on the lp "Jef Gilson À Gaveau" - SFP Records, France.
Jef Gilson was definitely one of the most visionary and progressive musicians to come out of the French jazz scene. Being an innovative composer, Gilson was already thinking outside of the jazz box in the 1950s and made use of uncommon instruments and foreign influences in his music. This piece is a beautiful orchestral modal jazz piece with a solo by Nathan Davis.

5. Les Prospection - Casing
Originally released in 1971 on the lp "Dance And Mood Music vol. 18" - Chappell Records, France.
I got this record from AME, mister Ridiculous Raw himself, so all props go to him for hipping me to this percussive afro-centric jazz library tune from France. Thanks!

6. Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Origigally released in 1970 on the lp "Small Talk at 125th and Lenox" - Flying Dutchman Records, USA.
I know that it might be an obvious choice, but I couldn't resist on putting this song in this mix as I think that most people know the other version he recorded of this song. I like the minimalism on this track, because your attention as a listener is much more drawn towards his voice, which sounds so pure and powerful.

7. Curtis Amy - Amyable
From the 1963 lp "Katanga!" - Fontana Records, United Kingdom.
Time for some hard-bop, delivered by the relatively unknown saxophone player Curtis Amy. This is one of the most underrated jazz albums in my opinion. It's great from start to finish and I rate it among some of the best albums in my collection, but I hardly hear anybody ever talking about it. This record is one of the very few recordings that feature Dupree Bolton, a virtuoso trumpeter who unfortunately never got the exposure or the chances that he deserved. Read the incredible story 'In search of Dupree Bolton' here

8. Sahib Shihab - Jay-Jay
Originally released in 1971 on the lp "Companionship" - Vogue Records, Germany.
I don't really know what to say about this album, because not much words could do it justice. Every track is a winner and the sound is unlike anything else. It was released as a Sahib Shihab record, but it's one of those Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland small group sessions, which are all sublime and a must have in my book.

9. John Gordon - No Tricks/No Gimmicks
Originally released in 1976 on the lp "Step By Step" - Strata East Records, USA.
Fierce brass action, great piano playing and a tight funky groove are the ingredients of this Strata East track. No deep or spiritual stuff as we are used from the label, but yet a great and heavy track.

10. Streetdancer - Casa
Originally released in 1974 on the same-titled lp - Future Records, USA.
This album still remains some kind of a mystery record to me. I have had it for years since I found it in a collection that I bought, but I still don't know anything about the group behind it. The music is fusion, sometimes deep, sometimes very funky. I particularly love the piano playing on this track.

11. Michel Sardaby - Nile Voyage
Originally released in 1970 on the lp "Night Cap" - Disques Debs, France.
We take it a bit more easy for a few minutes, with the groovy piano trio track 'Nile Voyage', by the West-Indies pianist Michel Sardaby. 

12. Dorothy Ashby & Frank Wess - Taboo
Originally released in 1958 on the lp "In A Minor Groove" - New Jazz Records, USA.
As one of my favorite labels, the Prestige subsidiary New Jazz yields lots of treasures for the jazz dj and collector. What I love about this album is the combination of flute and harp, which creates an uncommon sound color palette and atmosphere.

13. Kamal And The Brothers - Dance
Originally released in 1988 on the lp "Dance" - Stash Records, USA.
I usually avoid jazz from the eighties, so it's an exception that this mix features two tracks from that decade. But this tune by Kamal Abdul Alim is such a good track that I had to feature it in this mix. On drums is the one and only Idris Muhammad.

14. Nathan Davis - Blues For Trane
Originally released in 1967 on the lp "Rules Of Freedom" - Polydor Records, Germany.
Did this guy actually released a bad album? All of his stuff that I have heard is so intense. Davis was obviously heavily influenced by Coltrane (hence the title of this track), but to me he has just that extra indescribable musical thing that makes me love his music so much more than that of Coltrane himself (there, I said it).

15. Roy Haynes - Modette
Originally released in 1963 on the lp "Cymbalism" - New Jazz Records, USA.
We end things with a long track by drummer Roy Haynes, another modal jazz favorite on the New Jazz label. Great flute playing, great cover art and a great song title, what more could one expect from a jazz record?

Thank you Lander. Hat off to you sir!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jazz Kid, I've been digging your mixes for awhile now. About that Streetdancer record; they were from Chicago or nearby. I have their 2nd LP with Chico Freeman guesting. Still looking for that self-titled one.

    All the best,

    Childish

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