#3787: Jazz With a Groove

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Hear jazz with a groove on tonight’s show, including piano trios with rock and/or hip-hop leanings, or with a whiff of minimalism or post-minimalism, along with groove-driven jazz drawn from other places around the world. `

Ochian Jewell

Listen to an arrangement of a traditional Finnish folk song by saxophonist/composer Ochion Jewell, who has Appalachian roots in Kentucky. Then, hear trio music by French-born pianist/composer Romain Collin which might evoke associations with Steve Reich. Also, listen to British pianist/bandleader Neil Cowley, who has worked as Adele’s pianist, but in his trio setting manages to bring thrash and groove to his jazz.

There’s more music out of the jazz world as John revisits Carla Bley’s unusual record, “Escalator Over the Hill,” which some try to label a jazz opera, but its sources are as diverse as jazz, rock and country music, Indian classical forms, hipster poetry, and blistering free-improv. There’s also chamber jazz music which looks to Southeast Asia from pianist/composer Anthony Davis from the 1980’s. Plus, hear music from pianist/composer Matthew Shipp with rhythmic nods to hip-hop as his tune, “Cohesion,” is anchored by a beatmaker FLAM's progamming, and more.

PROGRAM #3787  Jazz With a Groove (First Aired 10-20-2015)

ARTIST: Ochion Jewel
WORK: Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Volk
SOURCE/INFO: ochionjewellquartet.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Romain Collin
WORK: 99 [2:04]
RECORDING: Press Enter
SOURCE: ACT
INFO: romaincollin.com

ARTIST: Neil Cowley Trio
WORK: Dinosaur Die [6:09]
RECORDING: Loud, Louder, Stop
SOURCE: CAKE #78551 
INFO: neilcowleytrio.com, available at iTunes or Amazon.com

ARTIST: Romain Collin
WORK: Raw, Scorched and Untethered [6:00]
RECORDING: Press Enter
SOURCE: ACT
INFO: romaincollin.com

ARTIST: Ochion Jewel
WORK: Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi [7:40]
RECORDING: Volk
SOURCE/INFO: ochionjewellquartet.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Carla Bley
WORK: A.I.R. (All India Radio) [4:01]
RECORDING: Escalator Over the Hill
SOURCE: JCOA Records (LP), WATT/ECM - #839310-2 
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Anthony Davis
WORK: Wayang II, Shadowdance [7:36]
RECORDING: Episteme
SOURCE: Gramavision – GR 8101 LP, (1981)
INFO: Reissued in 1995 on Gramavision Records - #GCD 79508
Out of print, try Amazon.com or auction sites 

ARTIST:  Kahil El Zabar's The Ritual
WORK: Little Gwen [6:37]
RECORDING: Another Kind of Groove
SOURCE: Sound Aspects (1986)
INFO: Out of print.  Information here: kahilelzabar.net/ritualtrio.htm

ARTIST: Matthew Shipp
WORK: Cohesion [6:36]
RECORDING: Greatest Hits
SOURCE: Thirsty Ear THI57205
INFO: thirstyear.com