World of Jazz 145


  1. McCoy Tyner – Once I Loved – Trident
  2. Drifter – Crow Hill – Flow
  3. The Russ Johnson Quartet – Lithosphere – Meeting Point
  4. Chris Fagan – O Cristo Carioca – Lost Bohemia
  5. Tony Kofi Quartet – Brilliant Corners – Plays Monk: All Is Know
  6. Chico Freeman & Heiri Känzig – Early Snow – The Arrival
  7. Aaron Diehl – The Steadfast Titan – Space, Time, Continuum
  8. Snarky Puppy – Alma – The World Is Getting Smaller
  9. Industrial Jazz Group – Void When Detached – City of Angles
  10. McCoy Tyner – In A Sentimental Mood – Atlantis


  1. 1975 album, his eighth to be released on the Milestone label. It was recorded in February 1975 and features Ron Carter and Elvin Jones.  As well as his usual piano, Tyner also plays celeste on this track.
  2. The new album for 2015 from the Belgium based quartet, co-led by Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila and Belgium saxophonist Nicolas Kummert, who won huge praise and acclaim across Europe and Australia as the Alexi Tuomarila Quartet in the early 2000’s.
  3. Bandcamp
  4. 1992 album – Bass – Reggie Workman, Cornet – Bobby Bradford, Drums – Andrew Cyrille,  Alto Saxophone – Chris Fagan
  5. This is the debut album as leader from one of the UK’s hottest jazz properties – saxophonist Tony Kofi. Kofi’s rise through the ranks has been one of the greatest stories in the UK’s jazz scene over the last 10 years. Starting out as part of the legendary Jazz Warriors, Tony Kofi went on to work with nearly every important band on the UK scene throughout the 90s, from the acid jazz of Lonnie Smith and US3 to the searching bands of Branford Marsalis, Julian Arguelles and David Murray. This album is the culmination of 5 years’ study by Tony and the musicians associated with his Monk Liberation Front project, and heralds the arrival of this great talent as a bandleader, fully formed as a soloist and with a real A-Team rhythm section behind him (Jonathan Gee, Piano; Winston Clifford, drums; Ben Hazelton, bass plus Orphy Robinson, vibes). The musicians take the familiar, and not-so-familiar, themes of Thelonious Monk, giving them a true contemporary feel while never losing sight of the tradition they represent.
  6. Chico Freeman: Tenor Saxophone, Heiri Känzig: Double Bass – 2014
  7. 2015 –  Diehl digs even further into impeccably appointed, straight-ahead acoustic jazz on his third full-length album. Joining Diehl here is a cadre of equally gifted sidemen including bassist David Wong and drummer Quincy Davis, as well as a handful of special guests including the masterful saxophonist Benny Golson and Jazz at Lincoln Center baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley. Also adding their own flavour to the proceedings are rising stars tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley and trumpeter Bruce Harris, along with vocalist Charenée Wade.
  8. 2007 – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet – Brian Donohoe,  Drums – Steve Pruitt, Electric Bass – Michael League, Electric Guitar [Left] – Chris McQueen, Electric Guitar [Right] – Bob Lanzetti, Percussion – Nate Werth, Synthesizer [Nord Electro 2] – Kait Dunton, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Clay Pritchard, Trombone – Sara Jacovino, Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jay Jennings
  9. “Thelonius Monk goes to the circus drunk” is how one listener describes it. Put another way, the music of the Industrial Jazz Group (IJG) is a new-fangled amalgamation of 50s, 60s and 70s acoustic jazz (bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, free jazz, modal jazz, third stream, etc.) with the kind of sounds, effects and compositional approaches often associated with the avant garde (xenochrony, multiple meters, musique concrete, sped-up tape, etc.). And as if that’s not bad enough, all of this is filtered through a sometimes absurd sense of humor and a love for melody. Like their previous release Hardcore, City of Angles is a kind of jazz “concept album,” a loosely-organized, slightly sardonic and yet affectionate portrayal of the city the group calls home; Los Angeles. Throughout the set the group retains its trademark wit, demonstrating a refreshingly ironic self-consciousness not often found in postmodern jazz. The word “industrial” in the group name is not a reference to “industrial” sounds, but a label for a compositional approach that focuses heavily on structure and form–an approach that gets at the “industry” (or craft), so to speak, of musical creation. Formed by composer/pianist Andrew Durkin in the spring of 2000, the IJG performs regularly in the Los Angeles area. Members include: Evan Francis (alto sax/flute), Aaron Cohen (bass), Daniel Glass (drums), Scott Steen (trumpet), Cory Wright (saxes and clarinets), Noah Phililips (guitar), Garrett Smith (trombone), Lauri Goldenhersh (vocals), and Joe Tepperman (theremin).
  10. 1974 –   a live album released on the Milestone label. It was recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco on August 31 & September 1, 1974 and features Tyner in performance with Azar Lawrence, Joony Booth, Wilby Fletcher and Guilherme Franco.

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