The Non-Essential A-Z: Jazz

THE NON-ESSENTIAL A-Z: JAZZ

JANUARY '15

Words by Gummo Clare

[Image: Oliver Macdonald Oulds]

 

Today’s alphabetically arranged playlist is an eclectic mix of jazz tunes that I’ve been listening to recently. As ever, this list is far from exhaustive or definitive – there’s no way even a fraction of the most influential jazz tunes around could fit in to this list. I’ve instead aimed for variety, with cool (Bill Evans), Cuban (Kenny Dorham), post- (Get the Blessing), -funk (Jonny Walker), and avant-garde (Art Ensemble of Chicago) being some of the jazz styles on offer.

If you’ve never listened to any jazz before, hopefully there will be something here that takes your fancy.

That said, there’s not much from before the early 50s on this list. Given the sheer amount and range of styles to choose from in recorded jazz, a lot had to be left out. Perhaps an A-Z of jazz from 1900-1950 will come along soon…

My pick of the bunch would be Catwalk, by Emily Remler. While some of the other, sadly few, recordings that she made suffer from fairly cheesy ‘80s production, this tune shows off her huge talents as a composer and player well, and provides a perfect response to the surprisingly large number of dickheads who still argue that women can’t play guitar.   


A

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - THEME DE YOYO (1970, LES STANCES DE SOPHIE)



B

MARCUS BELGRAVE - GEMINI II (1975, GEMINI II)



C

STEVE COLEMAN - IRATE BLUES (1980, MOTHERLAND PULSE)


D

KENNY DORHAM - AFRODISIA (1955, AFRO CUBAN)


E

BILL EVANS & JIM HALL - HEAR A RHAPSODY (1963, UNDERCURRENT)


F

FRANK FOSTER - BABY ANN (1965, FEARLESS FRANK FOSTER)


G

GET THE BLESSING - CORNICHE (2014, LOPE AND ANTILOPE)


H

ANDREW HILL - BLACK FIRE (1963, BLACK FIRE)


I

IRAKERE AGUANILE - BONKO (1978, WORLD TOUR)


J

INGRID JENSEN - CHRISTIANE (1995, VERNAL FIELDS)


K

KAIROS 4TET - STATEMENT OF INTENT (2011, STATEMENT OF INTENT)


L

MELBA LISTON - BLUES MELBA (1958, AND HER BONES)


M

HANK MOBLEY - WORKOUT (1961, WORKOUT)


N

OLIVER NELSON - CASCADES (1961, BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH)


O

SHUZNO OHNO - THE DAWN (1979, QUARTER MONN)


P

PHRONESIS - Behind bars (2014, LIFE INTO EVERYTHING)


Q

Ike Quebec - Blue and Sentimental (1961, Blue and Sentimental)


R

Emily Remler - Catwalk (1984, Catwalk)


S

The Spring Quartet - Ethiopian Blues (2014)


T

McCoy Tyner - Ebony Queen (1972, Sahara)


U

James "Blood" Ulmer - Arena (1978, Tales of Captain Black)


V

Leroy Vinne - garWalk On! (1957, Leroy Walks!)


W

Johnny Walker - Dippin' (1980, Advent)


X

ED XIQUES (MCCOY TYNER) - OPUSINNER (1977, VOICES)


Y

LESTER YOUNG & TEDDY WILLSON - ALL OF ME (1959, PRES. AND TEDDY)



Z

Henry Threadgill's Zooid - Do The Needful (2001, Up Popped The Two Lips)