Jazz was arguably one of the first musical subcultures to embrace innovation, disruption and individuality as positives rather than negatives. Trace the roots of many popular music genres over the last 60 years, Mod, Punk, Soul, Metal and Funk among them, and most of them will owe some lineage to some form of Jazz. So, why aren't we all listening to more Jazz?
Jazz Standard was founded in 2014 by its host Tina Edwards to address what she felt was a frustrating lack of platforms for younger people to discover Jazz. Beginning as a weekly live local radio show it soon found a global audience through Mixcloud, and attracted big names from across the Jazz world. With a new website launching on March 4th, we asked Tina to put together a playlist for us, bringing together some of the highlights of Jazz Standard's time so far, and helping to spread the word.
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"Jazz; it’s had a bad rep in the past. Badly soundtracked lifts, zoot suits and even John Thompson from the Fast Show may come to mind. Thankfully, that’s changing. Jazz Standard curates the most exciting finds from contemporary jazz and its connected genres to listeners on their Mixcloud radio show, with a new edition every Wednesday. Whether it’s thanks to the vinyl revival, the growing trend for Mardi-Gras parties, or anticipation for the Miles Davis biopic (Miles Ahead) out this April, jazz is cool again. The Jazz Standard team put together a playlist that features eight of their favourite interview guests from the last few months. Kick back and hit play; lighting a cigarette in a dark room optional (if a little dated)."
Listen to Tina's playlist below - and read on for Tina's words about the artists and tracks chosen.
GoGo Penguin - Unspeakable World
Aphex Twin meets Radiohead in this Mancunian Trio. Having just released their third album Man Made Object (the first of three on the iconic Blue Note label), they sold out Village Underground recently, are set to sell out KOKO and Roundhouse later in 2016, and are stopping by Coachella on their world tour. If you appreciate instrumental music that’s intense and euphoric, you’ll be all over this act.
Snarky Puppy - Sing to the Moon ft Laura Mvula
Imagine what an 18 piece band can do with a Laura Mvula track; Double Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy have just released their second Family Dinner album, where they invite artists from opposing ends of the musical spectrum to collaborate with each other and record the finished tracks with them. It includes Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca, Swedish folk trio Väsen and the UK’s own Laura Mvula.
Jono McCleery - Clarity (live)
Once a month we invite an artist from outside of jazz to tell us about three tracks from the genre that have inspired their music. Some of those guests have included DJ Eric Lau, Director Jon Fine - and Ninja Tune artist Jono McCleery. Producer Tom recently saw Jono perform in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and had a good ‘gush’ about how moving it all was, so we’ve picked our favourite track from the recently released live album. It’s gorgeously simple but dripping in atmosphere. Jono can easily be name dropped to fans of Nick Drake and other twiddly fingered story-tellers. Look out for our intimate JS Sessions with him landing on our Youtube channel soon.
Moses Boyd Exodus - Pendulum ft Brother Portrait
It’s easy but true to say that London is a hub to some of the most exciting rising jazz artists; That’s not to say however that they don’t cross over into other genres, too. Chat to MOBO award winning drummer Moses Boyd and he’s as likely to tell you about his love for music from jazz legends as much as house and hiphop - he performed in Gilles Peterson’s Super Group and with Ed Motta and Little Simz at the WorldWide Awards earlier this year. With Exodus he takes to an electronic kit to give a nod to jazzheads just as much as South London ravers.
ESKA - This Is How A Garden Grows
When it comes to distinctive vocalists, you can hear ESKA a mile off. Having worked with Grace Jones, Bobby McFerrin and Cinematic Orchestra, ESKA took her time to get it right before launching her Mercury nominated debut album. This is the kind of song you might like to stop what you’re doing for and get deep into thought with; mellow and gorgeously bewitching.
Chassol - Birds Pt 1
Another Under The Influence guest, the pianist and composer has been one of our most entertaining interview guests so far, bursting into song with one of his favourite movie scores without warning. Christophe Chassol has used all kinds of samples from Indian traffic noise to birdsong, the latter of which you’ll hear in our selected track. This is the sound of an animated and wildly imaginative Frenchman with a taste for innovation.
Matthew Halsall ft Josephine Oniyama - Badder Weather
Trumpet player, composer and Founder of Gondwana Records; Matthew Halsall is one busy and talented guy. His music is described by some as ‘spiritual jazz’. Fans of multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane (wife of John) and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will relate, with Matthew orchestrating lush, dreamscape music. Better Weather comes from the critically-acclaimed album Into Forever and is one of his few vocal tracks, which features a soulful Josephine Oniyama.
Horace Silver Quintet with Bill Henderson - Señor Blues
This classy track was selected by DJ, Producer and Guitarist Nicola Conte who was the guest in our latest show. The keen record collector spawned a style of acid jazz that’s inspired by bossa nova, latin vibes and Italian film scores of the 1960s. We’re loving his selection from the 1957 album, 6 Pieces Of Silver.
Listen to the latest radio show featuring Nicola Conte and check out reviews, think pieces and videos on the new Jazz Standard website from 4th March 2016.