Tracks played 5 April, 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:

  • Baby’s Vibe by Ark Ovrutski from the album 44:33, 2014
  • Could Be by Pol Omedes from the album Mallorca, 2016
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy by Wendy Kirkland from the album Piano Divas, 2017
  • I Just Couldn’t Take it Baby by Ruby Braff & His Men from the album Easy Now, 1958
  • Groovin’ High by Carlos Henriquez from the album Dizzy Con Clave, 2018
  • I Won’t Dance by Cate Cody from the album I Hear Music, 2016
  • Ande by Louis Smith from the album Here Comes Louis Smith, 1996
  • Ad Infinitum by Burak Bedikyan from the album Awakening, 2016

Carlos at Dizzy’s

I first came across bass player Carlos Henriquez listening to his album Bronx Pyramid, which I had read about on the latinjazznet.com, which is where I also discovered the Rodrigues brother Michael and Robert. So when I read that Carlos had released an album centred on the music of Dizzy Gillespie that also featured Michael Rodriguez on trumpet I knew it would very quickly become a part of my jazz collection.

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The album kicks off with “A Night in Tunisia” and the Afro-Cuban beat is there right from the start. Soloists Melissa Aldana, on tenor sax, and Michael Rodriguez make for a formidable front line with solid, superb backing from the rhythm section.

The first track runs for a little under nine minutes and I, for one, would have been happy if it had been extended as I am sure the audience at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, where the album was recorded, would have been too.

Michael Rodriguez again takes the trumpet solo on the second track “Groovin High”, which mixes Salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz to great effect. Anthony Almonte throws in some great vocals before things really kick off with track three, Bebop. This time Terrel Stafford takes the trumpet solo alongside saxophonist Melissa Aldana. The tempo is brisk but the notes crisp and clear and that Latin beat that drives through the piece makes for very enjoyable listening.

Dizzy Gillespie

All but two of the tracks on the album were written by Gillespie, “Tin Tin Deo” and “Trinidad, Goodbye” being the two exceptions. “Tin Tin Deo” is a well known tune that sounds like its been given a fresh coat of paint by Henriquez’s arrangement. “Trindad, Goodbye” is not so familiar a track to me, written Kenny Barron, but the musicianship, vocals, tempo and overall feel of the piece makes it a very fitting end to a terrific album – and I shall certainly to looking to find out more about Mellissa Aldana.

In the liner notes Carlos Henriquez writes:

I have arranged the Octet with an authentic rhythmic approach that Dizzy would have loved. We brought the sounds of modern Latin Jazz to the history that was bequeathed us

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Well I don’t think that Dizzy, who did after all initiate the Cubop era, would have disagreed with Carlos and that blend of the modern with the historical certainly works for me. Oh, and by the way, if you want to find out more about the Rodriguez brothers then find time to listen to their album Impromptu on Criss Cross Jazz

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 18 January 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:

  • It Only Happens Every Time by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis from the album Consummation, 1970
  • Morning Star by Gianni Bardaro & Pierre Luigi Villani from the album Next Stop, 2016
  • If the Moon Turns Green by Cate Cody from the album I Hear Music, 2016
  • Solid by The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet from the album Bien, Bien, 2015
  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Nellie Lutcher from the album Hurry On Down, 2003
  • A Bar in Nigeria by Ant Law from the album Entanglement, 2013
  • Telegraph by Peedu Kass from the album Momentum, 2016
  • Just the Way You Are by Diana Krall from the album A Night In Paris, 2002
  • San Fransisco Bay Blues by Bev Pegg & His Goodtime Jazz Band from the album Take Your Fingers Off It, 1998