Episode 17: Nu Jazz & beyond from USA, UK, Italy, South Africa-Malaysia: a non-stop-music podcast from Courtney Pine CBE.

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: swingin jazz fundamentals, summer nu-soul, bluegrass guitar, progressive fusion, musica italiana, vocal swing, South African Malaysian grooves and blues – prepare your ears folks it’s another blinder from the one and only Courtney Pine!!

1 Steve Davis – Encouragement 4’39

Bluesthetic SMOKE SESSIONS Tr 1

Steve Davis tb Geoffrey Keezer pno Christian McBride bs Willie Jones III dr Peter Bernstein gtr Steve Nelson vbs


Amazing live jazz captured again by NYC’s fab Smoke Sessions: check the incredible lineup, close your eyes and you’re there!!

2 Grant Stewart – Bearcat 6’34
Lighting of the Lamps CELLAR MUSIC GROUP Tr 7
Grant Stewart tr Bruce Harris tpt David Wong bs Tardo Hammer pno Phil Stewart dr

What a beautiful big-hearted sound from Grant’s tenor!  Clifford Jordan blues style swing recorded in the legendary Van Gelder studio and you can hear it!

3 Reuben James – What U Need 3’36

Tunnel Vision RUFIO RECORDS  Tr 7

Reuben James dr bass gtr fxs Gareth Lockrane fl Reuben James vox / keys Ric Wilson vox Vanessa Butler bvs


 Lush flute from Gareth Lockrane on this cool summer mix from Birmingham’s own Reuben James!
“I’d just got married, I was in a happy place and the whole thing was improvised in the moment…a lot of songs come from pain, but this one comes from a lot of joy. It was a big vibe for me. I was just in a moment of bliss.”


4 John Scofield – Not Fade Away 5’43

John Scofield ECM Tr10

John Scofield gtr


 “A Buddy Holly song.  Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead has invited me to play with him many times, playing mostly Dead tunes.  He played this one every night I think.  It’s got that Bo Diddley beat.  If you don’t know by now, rock’n’roll is here to stay!” JS

5 Dan Schnelle – Unknown Territory 6’24

Shine Thru OUTSIDE IN Tr 1

Josh Nelson pno Jeff Babko keys Anthony Wilson gtr David Binney alto Alex Boneham bs Dan Schnelle dr

D Schnelle

Exciting 1st full length album from Dan one of LA’s top session drummers: heaps of stunning energy with crazy cool keys touches from Jeff Babko – lovin this track!

6 Moonchild – What you Wanted (Kiefer Remix) 3’26

Starfruit TRU THOUGHTS Tr 9

Amber Navran, Max Bryk, Andris Mattson Kiefer Shackelford

Navran/Bryk/Mattson/Shackelford/ Krstajic

Soulful goodness to start your day right every single morning from LA trio Moonchild – lush grooves and nice keys!! 


7 Tommaso Moretti – Italiano in America 7’54


Tommaso Moretti dr Ben Dillinger bs Jake Wark sx Edinho Gerber gtr 


Vintage Musica Italiana fused with Chicago jazz from Italian drummer Tommaso with beautiful guitar soloing from Edinho! 

8 Robin McKelle – I Must Have That Man 5’13

I Must Have That Man SELF-RELEASE – Tr 1

Aaron Goldberg pno Peter Slavov bs Mark McLean dr


Great to have female songwriter Dorothy Fields on the episode.  Fast happenin’ swing from the brilliant Robin and band, and fantastic piano solo from Aaron.   

9 Simeon Davis group – Seven Come Wednesday 10’39

Of Narratives and Nocturnes OUTSIDE IN MUSIC Tr 2

Simeon Davis sx fl Tyler Thomas, Rachel Azbell vc Jonathan Shier tpt fl Maria Wellmann Alex Hand gtr

Holly Holt keys Jake Chaffee bs Josh Parker dr Maxima Santana tb Jess Meadoer vn Aramis Fernandez perc

S Davis
Hypnotic South African/Malaysian Grooves from Cape Town to get you on your feet!


10 Jacob Garchik – Pastiche 4’47

Assembly SELF RELEASE Tr 2

Jacob Garchik tb Sam Newsome sx Jacob Sacks pno Thomas Morgan bs Dan Weiss dr

Garchik/ Hogoe Publishing ASCAP

Soft blues centre hidden inside a hard swing shell from multi-talented Jacob who arranges for Kronos Quartet, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kd Lang, and plays with Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow + Mary Halvorson.