World of Jazz 137


  1. Ted Nash – Apollo 9 – Rhyme & Reason (1999)
  2. Ethan Iverson & Dewey Redman – Red Wing – School Work (1993)
  3. The Mosaic Sextet – Mr. Phinney – Today, this moment (1994)
  4. Harold Land – A New Shade Of Blue – A New Shade of Blue (1971)
  5. Bobby Hutcherson – Love Samba – Vibe Wise Good Bait (1984)
  6. Chris McGregor – Heart’s Vibration – Very Urgent (1968)
  7. Thomas Chapin & Borah Bergman – Politics – Inversions (1992)
  8. Maulawi – Naima – Maulawi (2005)


  1. As an emerging improviser and thoroughly modern composer, Nash hits his stride with this startling recording, utilizing a double quartet of standard instrumentation and strings. Nash plays primarily tenor sax, a little clarinet and flute, with Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ben Allison (bass), and Tim Horner (drums). The rising violin star Miri Ben-Ari, second violinist Joyce Hammann, Ron Lawrence on viola, and Tomas Ulrich on cello comprise the string quartet. They create some unique sonorities, swing on a pair of tracks, and delve into some ethnic nuances.
  2. Pianist Ethan Iverson teams up with two fine German musicians (bassist Johannes Weidenmuller and drummer Falk Willis) and, on half of the selections, the great tenorman Dewey Redman for some stimulating inside/outside improvising. The performances range from a warm version of Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad” and a Charlie Parker blues to Ornette Coleman’s upbeat “School Work,” Herbie Nichols’ “2300 Skidoo,” and five Iverson originals. The free bop music is often quite exciting without getting too radical for straight-ahead fans. Ethan Iverson shows a lot of talent, and Dewey Redman is up to his usual high level.
  3. The Mosaic Sextet and the music of this recording emerge from an informal workshop-like situation which encouraged all the players to experiment with and rehearse their compositional and improvisational ideas. As the personnel and instrumentation solidified, a book of music developed which belonged specifically to the band. Because of the organic and gradual formation of the group, the pieces exploit not only the instrumentation, but also the particular strengths of each player. This CD is a compilation of three separate studio dates recorded between 1988 and 1990 in New York featuring five compositions each by pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and trumpeter David Douglas. The diversity of the music contained in this recording (from the open ended composition Today, This Moment, to the more tightly structured Gang Wars for Sextet) reflects both the wide scope of musical influences on the members of the Mosaic Sextet as well as the constant growth and metamorphosis of this ensemble (as evidenced from the 1988 recording date through the 1990 date). Mr. Phinney was written out of respect for a great drummer, Arthur Phinney Lillard.
  4. Harold Land – tenor saxophone; Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone; William Henderson – piano, electric piano; Buster Williams – bass; Billy Hart – drums; James Mtume Foreman – congas
  5. Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone ; George Cables – piano ; Ray Drummond – bass ; Philly Joe Jones – drums; Branford Marsalis – tenor and alto saxophone
  6. In 1968 the Chris McGregor Group were riding high on the London jazz scene, playing and hanging out with all the rising stars of British free jazz. This, their eagerly awaited debut recording, was a joyful call of intent. The album mixes simple but utterly unstoppable tunes and exhilarating horn charts – immediately establishing a vitality and exuberance that would continue to define the group. Nevertheless, their evident preference for raw energy and rough spirit over absolute precision never quite obscures the technical proficiency available to the ensemble. There is often a sense of things falling effortlessly into place that’s only found in the most exceptional units. The album was produced by Joe Boyd and engineered by John Wood at Sound Techniques studio in London, during the same months they were also working with several other luminaries of the Witchseason stable – Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and the Incredible String Band. Chris McGregor -piano ;  Dudu Pukwana – alto saxophone ;  Mongezi Feza – pocket trumpet ;  Ronnie Beer – tenor saxophone ; Johnny Dyani – bass ;  Louis Moholo – drums.
  7. In 1992, MuWorks recorded and released a studio effort by Thomas Chapin and Borah Bergman called “Inversions”. It is one of the most powerful duo offerings in jazz. This duo played live on a few occasions, but were finally recorded for a second disc, this time in concert, called ‘Toronto 1997’, only a year before Chapins’  untimely passing.
  8. A product of Chicago’s disparate musical heritages, Maulawi’s music, at its roots, shines and glows with the same crackling energy as predecessors like Sun Ra, Muddy Waters and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Nururdin Maulawi, himself a multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader, places his own thumbprint high atop the mix with his sax playing, a sweet, razor-thin layer of liberation to the often dense, and sometimes dark, journeys in sound. Stacks of percussion drive the body of this work, buoyed by the staccato thrust of Rufus Reed’s bass work, and every song on Maulawi jerks the listener sideways and back again with shifts in key, time and timbre.

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