September 27, 2002 – 2:43 am
EMERGENCY “IT’S A JAZZ THING” NEWSLETTER:
Jazzgroove-arama this week. I’m featuring the new Gerard Masters Trio album, and playing highlights of some of the rest of the Sydney collective’s output (Nick McBride, Carl Dewhurst, David Theak, Brett Hirst…)
Perhaps there’s a lesson here about teaming up, creating a live scene, working and jamming together to improve and provoke new explorations, creating quality product by putting the collective first rather than the individual.
Of course, it could all be just socialist twaddle, but it seems to work for them. They’re putting out some great stuff – and the new Gerard Masters (ex-pat kiwi pianist) ‘Palindrome’ album is really worth getting hold of.
Perhaps we can test some of this theory when the new Jazz.co.nz website is launched November 1st. Hopefully that will provide a focal point for the NZ scene.
Alos of interest this week is a bunch of new vinyl I have access to for a few days. Former student of mine, and former producer of the Nice ‘n’ Urlich radio show is an up and coming DJ by the name of Randall ‘Scandal’ Munro. He’s gone down the funky house music path of Bevan Keys (understandably), but I’ve managed to direct him towards a bit of jazz-flavoured stuff. Now he’s at the point where he can loan me new and exciting music he knows I’ll be interested in, and I can play it on the show. Good arrangement.
Thanks to Scandal for the new Masters at Work 12″, Mambo Urbano Orchestra, Bah Samba and Jay-J & Andrew Macari. The only problem with widening your circle of influences (friends who loan you new recordings), is that it expands your Want List to unmanageable proportions. Mine became even bigger again this week. Thanks for that, Randall…
Rodger Fox makes an appearance in an uncharacteristically restrained manner on the Theloious Monk classic ‘Nostalgia in Times Square’… and I’ll also be playing what must have really been the first ever collision of jazz and hip hop on the world stage: Herbie Hancock’s ‘Rockit’ from the ‘Futureshock album.
There’s also a lovely spot of Oscar Peterson…
Have a cool weekend. Feel free to have a read of other stuff here on the weblog.
It’s A Jazz Thing
Sunday, September 29, 2 – 4pm
George FM: Auckland 96.8FM / Queenstown 93.6FM
Waikato 107.3FM / Wellington 107.4FM
Sky Digital Nationwide: Channel 104
Feature Album: Palindrome – Gerard Masters Trio (Jazzgroove)
Radiohead – Gerard Masters Trio (Jazzgroove)
Blowing In The Wind – Stanley Turrentine (Blue Note)
Little Johnny’s Lament – Theak-tet (Jazzgroove)
Nostalgia In Times Square – Rodger Fox (T-Bone)
A Little Bit Of Jazz – Jay-J and Andrew Macari (Distance)
Sly’s Log-in – Carl Dewhurst Quartet (Jazzgroove)
Willow Weep for Me – Betty Carter & Ray Bryant (Epic)
Drifting – Bah Samba (Estereo)
Rockit – Herbie Hancock (Columbia Jazz)
Devotion (Llorca’s Extended Mix) – Mambo Urbano Orchestra (Jinxx)
Cut and Dry – Nicholas McBride (Jazzgroove)
In Time (MAW Mix) – Masters at Work & A Touch of Jazz (MAW Records)
Sean Wayland – Gerard Masters Trio (Jazzgroove)
Palindrome – Gerard Masters Trio (Jazzgroove)
Gang Progress – Andre Ceccarelli (Counterpoint)
Hymn To Freedom – Oscar Peterson (Verve)
Wheels – Gerard Masters Trio (Jazzgroove)