Jes' grew (summer 2020)

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This wiki needs a jazz page. It will very likely grow. The name of this page is taken from Oakland-based Ishmael Reed's 1972, Mumbo Jumbo, which, has been described as "an ironic reimagining of 1920s Harlem as the focal point in a centuries-old battle between two shadow forces: a group representing European institutional order and Jes Grew, a virus/movement/pleasure-seeking principle originating among black artists."[1]

Summer 2020

Passages des passeurs

McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner died on March 6, 2020, aged 81.[2] It appears he was scheduled to be at Jazz à Vienne, perhaps even with Ravi Coltrane (again?)

Less than two weeks later, Nduduzo Makhathini (cf. infra), a South African pianist/healer,[3] had posted :

Great energy... (fun bass solo at 7:30 or so)

The Real McCoy @ Jazz à Vienne with Ravi Coltrane playing "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit", 2012:

Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango, from Cameroun, died on the 24th of March, aged 86. An homage was posted the next day on the site of the French Elysée (whether by a staff writer, or by Macron himself is unknown...) [4]

Nduduzo Makhathini

Live at the Untitled Basement. Intense. A couple of reviews concur that his initial Blue Note album after working on his own label (Gundu) is a remarkable and much-remarked success.[5][6]

John Zorn

Three recent releases:

It's easy to get stressed by the Calculus' "The Ghost of Departed Quantities" and "Parabolas". Both also have some cool Snoopy moments and amazingly stitched transitions. Hedge-clippers have been tuned to sound either like a typewriter or scissors for the second track. There's Schroeder piano tantrums, grand eerieness and delicacy, even a few stop-with-all-the-damned-notes-already moments thrown in for good measure... overall... a lot of fun.
Virtue is much pluckier, an easier on the brain guitar trio though "Infernal Night (Sin Is Behovely)" does get a bit spidery.
Maria Emilia Martinez is the flautist on The Book Beri’ah, Vol. 6: Tiferet (2019),[7] which may be my favorite of the three.

Hugh Masekela

I wouldn't be making this page if it weren't for Tony. :)

Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony)
(full CD)


Liquid Swords (2020) & (1995)
François Poulenc, Ensemble ACJW (2013), from Sextet for Piano and Winds (1939)
Catherine Gregory (flute), Stuart Breczinski (oboe), Tyler Wottrich (piano), Laura Weiner (French horn), Nanci Belmont (bassoon), Gabriel Campos Zamora (clarinet)
Vadim Neselovsky Trio, "Station Taiga" (2017)
Sara Serpa (vocals), Ronen Itzik (percussion, melodica), Dan Loomis (bass)



Kuba Więcek, "Niszczycielskie buldożery", 2019.
Saxophone: Kuba Więcek, Double Bass: Michal Barański, Drums: Łukasz Żyta
Don Byron (1996), "War Dance for Wooden Indians"
Raymond Scott Quintette (1938) §


Chico Buarque - Construção (Construction)
Voted the greatest Brazilian song, like, ever by Rolling Stone (Brazilian ed.).[8]

Brazil, abroad

Alexandra Whittingham, "Saudade No.3 (Roland Dyens)", 2017.[9]
Esperenza Spalding & Gretchen Parlato, "Inutile Paisagem", 2011.
McCoy Tyner, "Manha de Carnaval", 1985.

Chamber Rap

Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest, 2018.


Fish in Oil (Serbia)

Colonial Mentality

Kokoroko ended up opening for Snarky Puppy at Jazz à Vienne, 2019. :) Recorded here in London.

Fela Kuti (1977)


Ambrose Akinmusire, "The lingering velocity of the dead's ambitions", 2018

and in a very different register...

Youn Sun Nah, "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (Jazz in Marciac, 2014)


Maria Chiara Argirò, Hidden Seas, 2019.
Leïla Martial (vocals).[10] Hidden Seas are a series of compositions inspired in spirit by Edward Macdowell's 1898 Sea Pieces.[11]
Mary Halvorson Septet, Illusionary Sea, 2019


Grant Green, 1999.
Tenor Sax: Joe Henderson, Vibes: Bobby Hutcherson, Piano: Duke Pearson, Bass: Bob Cranshaw


Some reading material:

  1. Nawal Arjini, "Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage ‘Hamilton’ Has Wrought", The Nation, 3 June 2019
  2. Ben Ratliff, "McCoy Tyner, Jazz Piano Powerhouse, Is Dead at 81", New York Times, 6 March 2020
  3. Staff Reporter, "Nduduzo Makhathini finds the gift of healing in song", Mail & Guardian, 30 October 2014
  4. Emmanuel Macron (?) (25 March 2020), Décès de Manu Dibango, L'Elysée
  5. Alex Dutilh (15 April 2020), "Avis de jazz frais - Mama Africa : Nduduzo Makhathini, Shabaka Hutchings, Tony Allen et Hugh Masekela", France Musique.
  6. Bob Doerschuk (June 2020), "Review of Ndudo Makhathini, Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds", DownBeat.
  7. Gender Desk (8 May 2020), María Emilia Martínez.
  8. GenderDesk (18 Nov 2019), "The second greatest Brazilian song".
  9. Gender Desk (17 September 2019), Alexandra Whittingham.
  10. Ally J. Steel (26 September 2019), Hidden Seas - Maria Chiara Argirò (Album Review), Jazz Revelations.
  11. Cree McCree (November 2019), Review: Maria Chiara Argirò Hidden Seas, DownBeat.