Review: Mitchel Van Dither has been synonymous with the Kindred Spirits label up until now, an imprint that we have just so much time and respect for. He has, however, been branching out as of late, and his adventures have landed him a spot on Flying Lotus' mighty Brainfeeder. Two EP's containing tunes from Fool have already been released on the label, but the album format expresses their depth much more clearly, and with more freedom. Objectively, Fool is Brainfeeder through and through, a little work of art to fit in perfectly with the rest of this ever-surprising and always on-point catalogue. Recommended.
Review: In January 1983, pianist Keith Jarrett, double bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette headed to the Power Station studio in New York City to record fresh interpretations of some of their favourite jazz cuts. The results were eventually released on two acclaimed albums, the first of which - "Standards, Volume 1" - is here reissued on CD for the first time since 1985. It remains a fine set, with some genuinely inspired, eye-opening revisions. For example, their version of Billie Holliday's "God Bless The Child" is a gospel-tinged chunk of sun-bright instrumental soul-jazz brilliance, while their take on 1930s Broadway musical number "All The Things You Are" is skittish, intense and high-octane, with Peacock providing restless bass and Jarrett improvising some sensational piano solos.
The Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs - "Ismaaa"
Armand Lemal - "Souffle" (part 2)
Masabumi Kikuchi - "Pumu #1"
Joe Malinga & Southern African Force - "ITwenty Five"
Review: IF-Music record store chief Jean-Claude has quickly become one of BBE's go-to men when it comes to putting together compilations of obscure jazz gems. This eight-track selection of gems sourced from "the four corners of the globe" was curated in cahoots with fellow record dealer Victor Kiswell and follows hot on the heels of two volumes of the "A Journey Into Deep Jazz" series. There's much to admire, from the piano-powered springtime sweetness of Joe Malinga and Southern African Force's "ITwenty Five", the slowly building spiritual jazz-funk of Kafe's "Fonetik a Velo", to the bongo and organ-rich deepness of Armand Lemal's "Souffle".