This is a jazz world! …all the international jazz you always wanted to hear and nobody ever played for you!
Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the US but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents and dialects, which make it a rich resource for rewarding sonic explorations.
Needless to say there will be plenty of US jazz on my program, in an attempt to show the continuity that exists between the US and the international jazz scenes.
Wendy Eisenberg, Matthew Halsall, Craig Taborn, Sara Schoenbeck & More New Releases
Spiritual jazz, spirited jazz and creative jazz in this playlist, which offers a pretty good case study on why jazz is often described as the "sound of surprise".
The playlist features Common; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten; Matthew Halsall; Kahil El'Zabar; Anais Drago; Craig Taborn; Steph Richards, Joshua White; Ohad Talmor; Sara Schoenbeck, Nels Cline; Brad Linde; Wendy Eisenberg.
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14314184/Mondo-Jazz (from "Black and Blue" onward).
Nicholas Payton, Giacomo Zanus, Andorra, Dan Phillips & More New Releases
For the first part of this week's show we focus on new and upcoming albums by trumpet players, and collaborations between guitarists and drummers.
The playlist features Nicholas Payton; Abigoba; Miles Davis; Andorra; Daniel Freedman; Giacomo Zanus; Andrew Cyrille; Dan Phillips, Hamid Drake; Csaba Palotai, Steve Arguelles.
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14314184/Mondo-Jazz (up to "A Little Steady").
When Jazz Pops - Part 2
Ornette Coleman playing for Lou Reed? Or the Sun Ra Arkestra backing U2? And Kenny Wheeler collaborating with both David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell? This and many more fascinating collaborations between jazz masters and pop and rock musicians in this playlist.
John Zorn, Jesse Harris, Petra Haden; Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Henderson, Robben Ford; Vince Mendoza; Tanita Tikaram, Mark Isham, Marc Ribot; Terry Callier, Pharoah Sanders; Pino Daniele, Gato Barbieri; Adriano Celentano, Chick Corea; Gianmaria Testa, Bill Frisell, Gabriele Mirabassi; Tom Waits, Marc Ribot; Lou Reed, Ornette Coleman; Billy Joel, Phil Woods.
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14250210/Mondo-Jazz (from "When Love Comes to Town" onward).
Photo credit: Guido Harari
When Jazz Pops - Part 1
This week a playlist that focuses on the contribution of jazz musicians to pop, hip-hop, and rock projects, from the Art Ensemble of Chicago playing with French singer Brigitte Fontaine, to John Zorn featured on the debut album by the Brazilian queen Marisa Monte and The Thing's mighty alliance with Neneh Cherry. And a tribute to the late Dr. Lonnie Smith a jazz master known for his boundary-defying attitude.
The playlist also features Iggy Pop; D'Angelo, Roy Hargrove; Guru, Branford Marsalis; Justin Warfield, Michael Blake, Steven Bernstein; A Tribe Called Quest, Ron Carter; MC Solaar; Michael Leonhart, JSWISS, Keyon Harrold; Steely Dan; Jim Beard, Jon Herrington; Michael Stipe, Bill Frisell, Doug Wieselman; Marisa Monte, John Zorn, Marty Ehrlich; Neneh Cherry & The Thing; Gigi, Bill Laswell, Henry Threadgill; Brigitte Fontaine, Art Ensemble of Chicago; Danny Wilson, Lester Bowie; Ivano Fossati, Enrico Rava.
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14250210/Mondo-Jazz (up to "Jubilaeum Bolero").
Photo credit: Kim Hiorthoy
Cynthia Abraham, Kirk Lightsey, Marc Cary, Kazemde George & Other New Releases
Two main themes in the second parts of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz. Jazz players of Caribbean heritage (Arturo O'Farrill--Cuba, Cynthia Abraham--Guadeloupe, Kazemde George--Haiti), and remarkable piano jazz (Marc Cary, Kirk Lightsey, Scott Spivak & Frank Kimbrough, Irène Schweizer, Chick Corea]
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14221029/Mondo-Jazz (from "Despedida in Lion Struggles and Strugglets" onwards)
Henry Threadgill, Adam O'Farrill, Patricia Barber, Donald Fagen & Other New Releases
We are back at it… our ongoing exploration of the best new and upcoming releases, from the neo-cool, of Donald Fagen and Patricia Barber, to one of the events of the fall, the latest album by Henry Threadgill's Zooid. The cherries on top: the thorougly satisfying new albums by Burnt Sugar--The Arkestra Chamber and Adam O'Farrill.
The playlist features Donald Fagen; Patricia Barber; Burnt Sugar--The Arkestra Chamber; Adam O'Farrill; Julius Rodriguez, Cisco Swank; Michel Meis; Antoine Pierre; Hermon Mehari, Alessandro Lanzoni; Simone Alessandrini; Silke Eberhard; Henry Threadgill.
Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/14221029/Mondo-Jazz (up to "Beneath the Bottom")
Photo credit: Luciano Rossetti (Phocus Agency)