Tracks played 22 February, 2019

Small hospital radio station big on jazz every Friday 4 ’til 6pm (GMT)

Sounds Like Jazz is a Gosport Hospital Radio production and these are the tracks played on the above date:

  • Estrado Do Sol by Kaz Simmons from the album Different Smile, 2007
  • Flourette Africaine (Little African Flower) by Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez from the album Quartet Live, 2009
  • Things Ain’t What They Used to Be by Dr John from the album Duke Elegant, 2000
  • Oh Babe Maybe Some Day by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra from the album Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson, 2010
  • Johnny Come Lately by The John Hallam Jazztet from the album Kaleidoscope, 2002
  • Take The A Train by Charlie Watts and the Tentet from the album Watts at Scott’s, 2004
  • Takes Two to Tango by Ray Charles & Betty Carter from the album Ray Charles & Betty Carter, 1961
  • Strode Rode by Sonny Rollins from the album Saxophone Colossus, 1956

Christian Brewer + The Marco Marzola Trio

Southampton Jazz Club has moved venue, again, to the CoCo Bar & Lounge and saxophonist Christian Brewer + The Marco Marzola Trio were the first act to play there for the club audience. I have to say that I was not familiar with the sax player or the trio, all of whom are Italian, that supported him but as they were playing a tribute programme to the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn I knew I would at least know some of the numbers to be played.

Saxophonist + three

They opened the first set with Satin Doll, a jazz standard written in 1953, with Christian Brewer on alto sax. The rhythm section were very good, tight, swinging, and clearly a section that have played a lot of hours together. This was evidenced further on the second tune, Johnny Come Lately, where the trio were so together it was like hearing one musician play three instruments.

The second tune was also when we got to hear the first drum solo of the evening before moving on to a sparing match between drummer and saxophonist, both which were a joy to hear. The first set moved on through Daydream, soulful; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing with its beautiful opening sax solo, before coming to an end with Take the A Train, one of Strayhorn’s most well known tunes that did not suffer from over familiarity.

The second set opened with U.M.M.G where drummer Lele Barbieri played everything on his kit as well as the body of Marco Marzola’s double bass and looked as if he were thoroughly enjoying doing so as well. After Isfahan the group moved on to Raincheck. Pianist Nico Menci opened the proceedings gently before the tempo increased and we were treated to another drum solo. I am not sure why but the band really came to life on this number, not that they were slumbering before, and the audience reacted very positively to this.

Little African Flower followed with a beautiful drum solo opening. The bass of Marco Marzola and Christian Brewer’s soprano sax then joined in with Nico Menci filling out the sound on piano. This was the stand out number of the evening for me: the playing was simply stunning with each musician playing their own part in bringing this tune to life.

The second set concluded with In a Sentimental Mood followed by Things Ain’t What They Used to Be. Both well known tunes that seemed fitting for this band’s tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Bill Strayhorn. I then got the opportunity to ask Christian Brewer if this band had recorded: “not yet” was the answer.

On the evidence of this evening’s showing the band, in my opinion, ought to record their tribute project. I must also mention that Lele Barbieri gave a masterclass in drum solo. I am not usually a big fan of the drum solo but this guy was captivating and a joy to hear and see play.


Tracks played 15 February, 2019

Small hospital radio station big on jazz every Friday 4 ’til 6pm (GMT)

Sounds Like Jazz is a Gosport Hospital Radio production and these are the tracks played on the above date:

  • Breaking the Silence by The Paul Fox Collective from the album of the same name, 2014
  • Just Like You by Omar Puente from the album From Here to There, 2009
  • Falling in Love With Love by Sheila Jordan from the album A Portrait of Sheila, 2012
  • Manhatten by Graham Woodhouse from the album Gettin’ Sentimental, 2004
  • Rocco’s Boogie Woogie by Maurice Rocco from the album Boogie Woogie Great Original Performances 1928 – 1941, 1992
  • Boca de Porton by The Barcelona Hot Angels from the album Añorando las horas pasadas, date unknown
  • The Trolley Song by Cecile McLorin Salvant from the album For One to Love, 2015
  • La Guaracha by The Rodriguez Brothers from the album Impromptu, 2015
  • Love Me or Leave Me by Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra form the album G.I Jive, a Jazz Greats Magazine compilation #069
  • Jolity by Dorothy Ashby from the album Hip Harp, 1958

To stream or not to stream?

Like many who blog I am on Twitter and because I write about jazz music I follow those who produce the music I write about, listen to or go to see play live. Recently, the jazz guitarist Nigel Price posted the following on his Twitter feed:

I sold a CD online today. That brought in more revenue than a year’s worth of Spotify streams. @Spotify is killing revenue for musicians. The industry has never been in more trouble than it is now. If you love music, buy direct from the musicians you love.

Nigel Price‏ @Nigethejazzer Jan 29

As you might imagine this helped generate an interesting thread resulting in Crispin Hunt, Chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, asking Nigel to get in touch.

Is streaming good for music?

Most of those who replied to Nigel’s original post support his view, as do I, but also recognize that streaming services do give the artist the opportunity to reach a wider audience than otherwise might be possible.

I do use Spotify but only to check out music before I purchase. I have discovered artists, bands and record labels that I otherwise would not have done and so in that respect Spotify has done me, and the artist whose music I buy, a favour. Unfortunately, not everyone appears to understand what the longer term effects of relying on streaming services might be:

Replying to @Nigethejazzer

I don’t think many people would sympathise with that point of view. People want to listen to the music they like; they’re not interested in financially supporting those musicians. I can listen to all the music I like for free on the internet; I’m not going to donate to musicians.

Hassan Tawfiq‏ @HTawfiq1 Jan 29

When musicians are unable to make a living from their music they will stop playing. Streaming only works for a small percentage of those artists who are currently in the public eye but for the rest, the percentage payed out in royalties is so low that to call it “income” is stretching the definition of the word to its absolute limit.

No doubt this topic will continue to run for some time and will, occasionally, resurface in another Twitter thread for people to air their views. The thread that sparked the writing of this post has reached its end but there were signs that a compromise could be reached. Inevitably the end user will have to pay, and rightly so, in order that those outside the current music mainstream can continue to live and produce music.

My bigger concern in all of this is how, in the future, music will be distributed:

The industry needs to change and it shouldn’t be up to the consumer to pay more for an archaic product. CDs are redundant …

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Perhaps that is a topic for a different post.

Tracks played 8 February 2019

Small hospital radio station big on jazz every Friday 4 ’til 6pm (GMT)

Sounds Like Jazz is a Gosport Hospital Radio production and these are the tracks played on the above date:

  • I Cried for You by Champion Fulton from the album The Things We Did Last Summer, 2017
  • Passing by Min Rager from the album First Steps, 2009
  • That Old Feeling by Anita O’Day from the album Parkinson’s Choice, 1999
  • Pa Gozar by Ruben Gonzales from the album Chanchullo, 2000
  • Lincoln Drive by Dr Guy’s Musiqology fro the album Y the Q?, 2017
  • Work Song by Nina Simone from the album Parkinson’s Choice, 1999
  • Bebop by Carlos Henriquez from the album Dizzy Con Clave, 2018
  • Drum Boogie by Sticky Wicket & His Swing Orchestra from the album Drummin’ Man, 2007
  • Scoot by Adrian Cunningham from the album Ain’t That Right: The Music of Neal Hefti, 2014

Tracks played 1 February 2019

Small hospital radio station big on jazz every Friday 4 ’til 6pm (GMT)

Sounds Like Jazz is a Gosport Hospital Radio production and these are the tracks played on the above date:

  • Harmony of the Sea by Oriol Vallès and Joan Casares from the album Smack 7 Dab, 2017
  • Waiting for a Man Like You by Beverley Beirne from the album Jazz Just Wants to Have Fun, 2018
  • Scuttlebut by Artie Shaw & His Grammercy Five from the album The Complete Grammercy Five Sessions, 1989
  • Raval Hip Attitude by Oriol Vallès and Joan Casares from the album Smack 7 Dab, 2017
  • Precious by Esperanza Spalding from the album Esperanza, 2008
  • Polka by The Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet from the album of the same name, 2018
  • Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint from the album of the same name, 2009
  • Pent Up House by Ari Hoenig from the album NY Standard, 2018