Dorothy Ashby, Chet Baker & More: My Albums of the Week #38

I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.

 

Sunny Jain
Phoenix Rise
Sinj, 2021 ⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Heroes // 2 – Where Is Home // 3 – Say It // 4 – I’ll Make It Up to You // 5 – Pride in Rhythm // 6 – Phoenix Rise // 7 – Wild Wild East (Recharged) // 8 – Hai Apna Dil // 9 – Ja Ja Re Apne Mandriwa // 10 – In and Out

Unassuming but fun multicultural project from innovative percussionist Sunny Jain, plus a wide range of collaborators.

 

Muriel Grossmann
Reverence
Dreamland, 2019 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Okan Ti Aye // 2 – Union // 3 – Water Bowl // 4 – Sundown // 5 – Chase // 6 – Tribu // 7 – Afrika Mahala // 8 – Morning

An energetic set of modal spiritual jazz and exploration of African rhythms. An alternative experience of the multicultural music scene of Ibiza, where Grossmann has lived for many years.

 

Crosscurrents
Good Hope
Edition, 2019 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Ziandi // 2 – J Bhai // 3 – Lucky Seven // 4 – Suvarna // 5 – Island Feeling // 6 – Bedouin Trail // 7 – Good Hope // 8 – Mazad

Amazing collaborative album by three of the greats, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter. Together, they share amazing music as they present their fusion of jazz and Indian classical music that is exotic, sensual and sophisticated.

 

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Three Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Warner, 1993 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Vix 9 // 2 – At Last We Meet Again // 3 – Spunky & Clorissa // 4 – Bumbershoot // 5 – Blues for Gordon // 6 – Monkey See // 7 – The Message // 8 – Interlude (Return of the Ancient Ones) // 9 – The Drift // 10 – A Celtic Medley // 11 – Peace, Be Still // 12 – The Longing // 13 – For Now

A rare if not sole trio studio outing for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and their characteristic bluegrass fusion. Here, the three musicians play around with different sounds and textures, particularly Future Man on his drumitar.

 

Chet Baker
The Touch of Your Lips
SteepleChase, 1979 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – I Waited for You // 2 – But Not for Me // 3 – Autumn in New York // 4 – Blue Room // 5 – The Touch of Your Lips // 6 – Star Eyes

How great did late-era Chet baker sound in a drum and guitar trio? The whole set sounds sublimely comfortable and relax. We also get a bit of Chet singing and a lengthy scatting session on “But Not for Me.”

 

Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy Ashby
Argo, 1962 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Lonely Melody // 2 – Secret Love // 3 – Gloomy Sunday // 4 – Satin Doll // 5 – John R. // 6 – Li’l Darlin’ // 7 – Booze // 8 – Django // 9 – You Stepped Out of a Dream // 10 – Stranger in Paradise

A beautiful set of swinging standards and covers from jazz harp pioneer Dorothy Ashby. Within this trio setting, the harp is brought even more to the fore.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: