EP. 15 – Nu Jazz & beyond from Canada, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, Iceland, Norway & the USA

Courtney’s playing refreshingly cool new jazzy vibes for you to work, rest and play to!  Jam-packed full of new releases and plenty of fun, including many of the artists introducing their own tracks!  This week we’ve got Canadian drums, Spanish jazz trio, Brazil samba beats, Egyptian vibes, Icelandic vocals, Norwegian piano jazz, USA free-funk – the beat goes on folks & Courtney’s got this one in the bag JUST FOR YOU!!

1 Anthony Fung – Flashpoint (Revisited) 6’14
What Does it Mean to Be Free? SELF-RELEASE Tr4
Anthony Fung dr David Binney alto Luca Mendoza pno
Student of Danilo Perez & Herbie Hancock, Anthony’s kicking’ off proceedings this wk with wonderful David Binney on alto.  “To be free is to break the self-imposed fortress, to let go and have faith”.

2 Manel Fortia – Circular 8’16
Desparate SELF-RELEASE Tr2
Manel Fortia bs Marco Mezquida pno Raphael Pannier dr
“Desperate is a gorgeous declaration of emancipation from the assumptions that sometimes are erroneously made about Spanish jazz.  This is fresh thinking and beautiful playing…Manel’s bass sound is huge and fluid & his bandmates are almost telepathic in their interaction with it”. (Arturo O’Farrill)

3 Erik Friedlander – The Fire in You 3’24
A Queen’s Firefly SKIPSTONE Tr8
Erik Friedlander cl The Throw ft Uri Caine pno Mark Helias bs Ches Smith dr
Sounds from NYC’s downtown scene – electric cello, Uri Caine swingin’ hard, Mark Helias’ soulful bass: this fantastic track combines folk energy with fiery jazz..

4 Flora Purim – If You Will 4’10
If You Will STRUT Tr1
Flora Purim vc Dave Sartori pno Thiago Duarte bs Endrigo Bettega dr Airto Moreira perc
(G Duke arr Mutti)
Brazil’s golden couple Flora & Airto on a feel good George Duke groove – need we say more!  Gorgeous new album with happiness on tap.

5 Rudresh Mahanthappa – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Theme 6’08
Animal Crossing WHIRLWIND Tr1
Rudresh Mahanthappa sx Francois Moutin bs Rudy Royston dr
Who wasn’t playing Animal Crossing in Lockdown?  Wildly popular vid game given a genius jazz lick by the incredible Rudresh + trio.  You’ll be humming this one non-stop!

6 Sun Ra Arkestra – Dawn 12’19
Sun Ra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt 1983 STRUT Tr2
Sun Ra keys Salah Ragab congas John Gilmore tnr Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson alto Leroy Taylor bs cl James Jackson bss Tyron Hill tb Eric Walker, Chris Henderson, Claude Broche dr
“My music demonstrates infinity.  Most people can’t comprehend that” (Sun Ra).  The historic moment the Arkestra met Salah Ragab in Cairo 1983 – amazing release from Strut with new photos, incredible liner notes – go check!

7 Anna Gretas – The Tunnel 3’06
Nightjar in the Northern Sky ACT Tr4
Anna Greta vc Skuli Sverrisson bs Einar Scheving dr Hilmar Jensson gtr Sigurour Flosason sx Johan Tengholm bs Ragnheiour Grondal bv
The new sound of Nordic jazz! Beautiful Icelandic melodies from Anna – multi-award winning rising star!

8 Johan Lindvall Trio – Give Up 4’16
This is Not About You JAZZLAND Tr2
Johan Lindvall pno Adrian Myhr bs Andreas Skar Winther dr
We just love hearing jazz with a Nordic accent – really feelin this swingin groove from Johan + crew!

9 Bright Dog Red – On the Avenue 4’13
Under the Porch ROPEADOPE Tr2
Joe Pignato dr perc Tim Lefebvre bs Eric Person sx fl Mike LaBombard tar fx Cody Davies sounds Matt Coonan vc
(Bright Dog Red)
Free-form jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop all thrown in the pot for this “part Ornette Coleman/Lounge Lizards/A Tribe Called Quest” sound-fest!

10 Lettuce – Gravy Train 4’39
Adam Deitch dr Ryan Zoidis sx Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff gtr Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes bs Nigel Hall keys vc Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom tpt
(Clark/Kobalt arr Deitch/Daniels/Zoidis)
Let Boston’s Lettuce teleport you to a funky galaxy, far, far away, where all life co-exists as one in peace, love, harmony…and music!