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Tracks played 13 July, 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:

  • B in C by The H2 Big Band from the album It Could Happen, 2015
  • I Won’t Dance by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong from the album Ella & Louis Again, 1957
  • Aeolian Groove by Dorothy Ashby from the album Jazz Harpist, 1957
  • Funky Burger by Ellister Van Der Molen from the album Smalls NYC
  • Jitterbug Waltz by Cecile McLorin Salvant from the album Woman Child, 2013
  • The Hackney Two Step by The Matt Wates Sextet from the album Yemanja, 2013
  • Bernie’s Tune by Greg Osby from the album St Louis Shoes, 2003
  • Come Dance With Me by Wendy Kirkland from the album Piano Divas, 2017
  • Jazz Lips by Louis Armstrong from the album Hot 5s & 7s Vol. 1,
  • Wash Him Out by Wild Card from the album Organic Riot, 2015

Tracks played 5 July, 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:

  • Generoso by Victor Rendon and The Bronx Conexion Latin-Jazz Big Band from the album True Flight, 2016
  • Tricotism by Tricotism from the album Fingerbustin’, 1997
  • The Girl in the Other Room by Diana Krall from the album of the same name, 2004
  • Quizas, Quizas, Quizas by Inaudis Paisan from the album Al Estilo De Paisan, 2004
  • Growlin’ Dan by Cecile McLorin Salvant from the album For One to Love, 2015
  • Samba De Avino by The Jim Mullen Organ Trio from the album Catch My Drift, 2014
  • Half Dozen by The Ben Markley Quartet from the album Basic Economy, 2018
  • 402b Blues by Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround from the album Songs for Nat, 2018

Tracks played 28 June, 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:

  • Upswing by The Dave Holland Big Band from the album What Goes Around, 2002
  • Running Back to You by Melanie Marod from the album I’ll Go Mad, 2016
  • Loro by Egberto Gismonti from the album Sanfona, 1981
  • Girl Talk by The Three Sound from the album Groovin’ Hard, 2016
  • Stop this World by Diana Krall from the album The Girl in the Other Room, 2004
  • Fingerbreaker by Morten Gunnar Larsen from the album of the same name, 1999
  • Clasiquendo Con Ruben by The Afro-Cuban All-Stars from the album A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, 1997
  • Ponciana by Sammy Murgo form the album Sammy’s Swing, 2015
  • I Got You Under my Skin by Peggy Lee from the album Black Coffee, 1956

Tracks played 21 June, 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:

  • The Big Apple by Hugh Masekala from the album Home is Where the Music is, 1978
  • Aquelas Coisa Todas by Emy Tseng from the album Sonho, 2012
  • Crosstown Traffic by Jay Lawrence from the album Sonic Paragon, 2018
  • Under the Skin by Sarah Tandy from the album Infection in the Sentence, 2019
  • The Night has a Thousand Eyes by The Camilla George Quartet from the album Isang, 2017
  • Strictly for the Birds by Cleo Laine and Dudley Moore from the album Smilin’ Through, 1982
  • The Star Crossed Lovers by The Clark Tracey Quintet from the album No Doubt, 2018
  • Tico Tico by Paquito D’Rivera from the album of the same name, 1989

Clark Tracey + four youngsters

The third Tuesday of every month is jazz night at Southampton Jazz Club and June’s event will certainly be one I shall remember for a long time: it was a superlative defying two sets of live jazz music.

The Clark Tracey Quintet

The Clark Tracey Quintet were in town and featured Alex Ridout on trumpet, Sean Payne was playing alto sax; Elliott Sansom was at the piano with James Owston on double bass and, of course, Clark Tracey was behind the drum kit. Once introductions had been made the tune “If I Were a Bell”, written by Frank Loesser for the musical Guys & Dolls, got the evening under way with each of the players taking a solo before the trumpet, sax, and piano played short bursts interspersed by drum vignettes from Clark – a terrific opening fifteen minutes of live jazz music.

The Kenny Wheeler tune “Foxy Trot”, from the new Album No Doubt, followed on and this was a very different style from the opener. Pianist Elliott Sansom played the opening bars before Sean Payne, on alto, brought a very atmospheric, ethereal quality to the tune. So what would be next?

The Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn number “The Star-Crossed Lovers” was said by Clark to be a sophisticated tune that eighteen year old Sean Payne would take the lead on.

This was, quite simply, one the most moving ballads I have heard played live. The control, pace and phrasing were beautiful to hear. If this is the future of jazz playing in this country then we are in very safe hands and I shall be very interested in seeing this guy leading his own band in a live setting.

“Seven Four Seven” was written by Clark and is a new tune to the band – the band have been together about eighteen months – and was the only time all the musicians read the music. The tune was great fun and is soon to be recorded, which will be great to hear again … and again. The first set finished with the Victor Feldman tune “Joshua”. Bassist James Owston led with a solo before Sean’s sax took off at a blistering pace and kept going to the end of the number and the first set.

The second set opened with the Alex Ridout penned “Top Dog”. Thirteen minutes of a new tune from the former BBC Young Musician Jazz award winner. I was very impressed when I first heard Alex, in this line-up, at the Swanage Jazz Festival, 2018, and hearing her again just confirms how good a player she is. She also turns out to be a very good tunesmith as well.

“Stars Fell on Alabama” gave us another chance to hear focus on Alex’s playing as she lead on this ballad written in 1934 by Frank Perkins. There were also solo’s from Elliott Sansom and James Owston.

It really was good to hear an extended bass solo from James and he is a player very much worth listening to, though I get the impression that he is very happy to be in the background and let Alex and Sean take the spotlight.

“Veracruz” was the penultimate tune of the evening that started out with a Latin vibe before becoming a mainstream tune that was a joy to hear. The evening finished with the Jimmy Deuchar tune “Suddenly Last Tuesday”. This was a great Be-bop tune to close the second set with all the players getting a final chance to show off their soloing skills and this included, for the first time all evening, drummer and band leader Clark Tracey.

This may go down as one of the best live jazz gigs I have seen at Southampton Jazz Club, I was still smiling the following morning as I remembered the night before. There are still some very good names yet to play this year at the club but it will be against this amazing quintet that their performances will be measured.

Tracks played 7 June, 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:

  • Iz Beatdown Time by Orrin Evans from the album The Evolution of One’s Self, 2015
  • Everybody’s Boppin’ by Lambert, Hendrick & Ross from the album The Hottest New Group in Jazz, 1959
  • 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West by The Ran Blake Quartet from the album Short Life of Barbara Monk, 1986
  • Tomoki by Pharoah Saunders from the album Message From Home, 1996
  • Minor Drops by Bobby Jaspar from the album Jazz in Paris, 1956
  • I’d Rather Be Burned as a Witch by Rene Marie from the album I Wanna Be Evil, 2013
  • Butch & Butch by Oliver Nelson from the album The Blues & The Abstract Truth, 1961
  • I Cover The Waterfront by The Michoko Ogawa Trio from the album It’s All About Love, 2002
  • Three Bags Full by Herbie Hancock from the album Takin’ Off, 1962

The quiet pianist

John Horler

Until I heard John Horler perform at Southampton Jazz Club, he was depping for another player at the last moment, I have to admit to not being aware of him or knowingly having heard him play before. I very much enjoyed what I heard and saw that evening so, of course, just had to check him out further.

As it would happen John had released a solo album, john horler solo piano free and easy, on the Trio Records label, 2018. Normally I would have checked the album out before putting in an order but on this occasion I didn’t, I just took a punt: I was not disappointed.

There are thirteen tracks on this album, five of which are free pieces. These free pieces are short, nothing more than two minutes, but they are complete and a joy to listen to. John’s touch is delicate, thoughtful and he gives the notes he plays room to breathe.

The second track on the album is dedicated to his wife Poppy, who commissioned the album. “piece for poppy” is a beautiful composition played with a sense of reflection, a piece I could happily push the repeat button on as the more one listens the more is revealed – I also wonder what a piece dedicated to me might sound like.

There are no weak tracks on this album but listening through again I really enjoyed “beija flor” written by Nelson Cavaquinho. Having said that I only had to move on a couple of more tracks and Neal Hefti’s “after supper” is played and I think maybe that is the track I should be highlighting. The real joy of this album is John’s beautiful understated playing that grabs you from the outset and does not let you go until the last note of track thirteen. The quiet pianist of British Jazz should be listened to, enjoyed and shared.

Tracks played 31 May, 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:

  • New Orleans (Tribute to the Marsalis Family) by Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Messengers from the album Chucho’s Steps, 2010
  • Malta (Take 2) by The Dominic Galea Trio from the album Take 1, Take 2, 2018
  • Tight by Jazzmeia Horn from the album, Social Call, 2017
  • Great Times by The Stan Tracey Trio from the album For All We Know, 2006
  • The Dolphin by The Clark Tracey Quintet fro the album Jubilation, 2016
  • Paint It Black by Wild Card from the album Life Stories, 2018
  • Grove’s Grooves by Michael Dease from the album Decisions, 2015
  • Lookin’ Good by Jamie Cullum from the album Pointless Nostalgic, 2002

Tracks played 10 May, 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:

  • Fried Bananas by Dexter Gordon from the album Sophisticated Giant, 1977
  • Darn that Dream by the Hank Jones Trio feat. Joe Wilder from the album Such A Beautiful Sound, 2013
  • I Thought about You by Emy Tseng from the album Sonho, 2012
  • Pauletta by Bob Berg from the album New Birth, 2016
  • Smokey Little Fire by the Marek Jakubowski Trio from the album Patient & Stubborn, 2014
  • At Last by the Gene Harris /Scott Hamilton Quintet from the album by the same name, 1990
  • Textures by the Peter Zak Quartet from the album One Mind, 2018
  • Fly Me to the Moon by Diana Krall from the album A Night in Paris, 2002
  • Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid by Dizzy Gillespie from The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, 1995
  • I Could have Danced all Night / Won’t Dance by The Diva Jazz Trio from the album Never Never Land, 2009
  • Chorinho Triangular by Paul Booth from the album Trilateral, 2012
  • If You Could See Me Now by the Janice Borla Group from the album Promises to Burn, 2014
  • Begin to be Good by Chucho Valdes from the album Chucho’s Steps, 2010
  • Jozetta by Dominic Galea’s London Quintet from the album by the same name, 2016
  • Plan B by Jure Pukl & Matija Dedic from the album Hybrid, 2017

Tracks played 3 May, 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:

  • Cittagazze by Portico Quartet from the album Knee Deep in the North Sea, 2007
  • Smaragd (Emerald) by Milan Svoboda from the album Solo Piano Recital, 1997
  • Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) by Us3 from the album Hands on the Torch, 1993
  • Dance Me to the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux from the album Careless Love, 2004
  • After Supper by John Horler from the album Free and Easy, 2018
  • E-Flat Triangle by Geoff Gascoyne from the album Keep it to Yourself, 2005
  • Sprezzatura by Freddie Gavita from the album Transient, 2017
  • Bullet Train by Wynton Marsalis from the album Big Train, 1998
  • Conga Total / El Cumbanchero by Harold Lopez-Nussa from the album Un Dia Cualquira, 2018