It’s the fourth day of the fourth month, so here for you is the month’s round up of jazz fours.

I was in a calendar frame of mind, so the tracks are in chronological order of release.

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01. Paul Tremain and His Aristocrats – Four Four Rhythm
02. Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet – Jammin’ in Four
03. Lonnie Johnson – Four Hands Are Better Than Two
04. Ivory Chittison & Banjo Joe – My Four Reasons
05. Manhattan Transfer – Four Brothers
06. Kenny Graham – Four o’Clock Hop
07. Thelonious Monk – Four In One
08. John Abercrombie – Four On One
09. John Abercrombie & John Schofield – Four On Six
10. Misha Alperin – Fourth Impression
11. Avishai Cohen & Nitai Hershkovits – Four Verses.Continuation
12. Don Grolnick – The Four Sleepers
13. John Surman – Four Bridges
14. Michael Shrieve – Four Winds
15. Skydive Trio – Four Words

Trivia fact
Four is the only cardinal numeral in the English language that has the same number of letters as its number value.

Long before branding became something other a personal mark burnt with a hot iron onto cow hides and slave skins to determine ownership, record labels garnered loyalty due to the uniqueness of their artist rosters and the type of music record buyers could expect. Or maybe not, because the dawn of the 70s was a time of ‘new’ music, of ‘bulge’ (UK) and ”boom’ (USA) babies having a freedom to express themselves quite unlike any other generations.

For example, in the UK (and Jamaica) Island took Bob Marley onto international stages. and also brought us the likes of Traffic and John Martyn whose albums still sell nearly fifty years later. For a while Virgin, especially through its sub-label Caroline (1973-76), guaranteed interesting listening, as did the Harvest label which primarily released progressive rock recordings From 1969 to the mid-70s Vertigo released “prog-folk-post-psych” music.

All these labels, and others such as Deram, focussed on British acts, and the newly enfranchised record buying public weren’t particularly interested in the ownership of the companies. Richard Branson (Virgin), Chris Blackwell (Island) and Peter Jenner (Harvest) had impeccable taste, and noticing their label logos in record shop racks (or second-hand bins in charity shops) provoked the opening of our wallets.

That these labels have either folded or been subsumed into capitalist consumer conglomerates is a matter of record or nostalgia.

In 1969, while the above were building a record buying public in the UK, Manfred Eicher in Germany was creating a record label which to this day is still independent and continues to build an ever-growing and loyal following: his ‘Edition of Contemporary Music’.

In the pre-CD and internet days, when the postman still came to call, if you couldn’t get to a record store, or you weren’t sure what you wanted to buy, major record companies.issued ‘samplers’, compilations of tracks by artists they wished to promote. At just $1 for a single album and $2 for a double one, they were a bargain, especially as all it took was a coupon cut out from a magazine or newspaper filled in and posted off with a cheque. And who could resist one that was free, eh?

In 1980, Warner Brothers, who distributed ECM albums in the USA, added a double vinyl album of ECM tracks as one of their series of ‘loss leaders’. That meant that although they would barely cover the costs of producing them, they hoped to recoup their investment through the album sales of the artists they included.

You can learn more about the Warner Brothers loss leaders here.

Magazines often included a compilation CD with their issues, presumably in return for a paid advertisement, and the record companies also sent out ‘promo’ samplers to radio stations. And that is how we can now offer you three ECM ‘official’ compilations as a complement to the two already posted here which were sourced from the IndoJazzia archives.

Warner Bros/ECM 1980 ‘loss leader’ Music With 58 Musicians, a double album in one folder.

ECM Story 1969 – 1994 – a freebie with an Italian music magazine.

ECM Promo 1995, i.e. not for sale.

If you haven’t done so, please do download ECM A-J and ECM K-Z.

It’s the weekend, time to relax and maybe go to a jazz gig.

Of course, if you’re a jazz musician, this may well be the time when you’re busier than on other days. But hey, we all need breaks and who better than jazz musicians to provide them?

Here are sixteen interludes at an average of two minutes each.

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Jazz is viewed by many as the music of freedom, of creativity and emotion, yet it arose out of the stench of slavery and bondage.

Americans are proud of their heritage, and many are happy to proclaim that it is the home of jazz.  On February 26, 1917 in Chicago, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, an all-white band from New Orleans, recorded Dixie Jass Band One-Step, for the Victor Talking Machine Company having previously auditioned for, and been rejected by, Colombia.  One-Step was a dance; on the other side of the shellac 78rpm disc is Livery Stable Blues, a foxtrot.

The previous dance ‘craze’ was ragtime, itself a hotchpotch of influences.

The ‘light rag’ was based on a dance called the Cake Walk which was performed at minstrel shows. This dance was based on a dance called the Pride Walk performed by black plantation workers, descendants of African slaves. This dance in turn was a parody of dances performed by their masters.”

The entertainers in minstrel shows were blacked up white people. This ‘tradition’ lasted until the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

The genesis of jazz was among African slaves who retained something of their music culture as they were transported across the Atlantic. Once started, jazz soon circled the globe and reached Batavia just two years later, in 1919. Local senior high school students started their own bands using sheet music and a few 78rpm discs to forge their sounds.

In 1928, they were treated to a real American “negerband“, that of the orchestra of drummer Jack Carter*, whose sound was much better than their scratchy recordings. But that’s another story.

Jazz and African music have both since transcended regional and political borders. Just four of the musicians who head up my compilation are (or were) African-Americans, and Jimmy Dludlu is the only musician whose music has left Africa rather than vice versa. He is South African, as is Steve Eliovsson but whose only album was recorded for the ECM label in Germany while he was living in the States. (Jazz recorded in Africa deserves a separate compilation.)

The late Johnny Dankworth was a major figure in the post WWII British jazz scene, and a mentor to many of the UK’s finest, including John McLaughlin and the recently deceased Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, who played in his various bands. Dankworth also travelled widely and played with the likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman,and Oscar Peterson. His 1961 recording of Galt MacDermot’s African Waltz peaked at No.9 in the UK Singles Chart, and remained in the chart for 21 weeks.

Of the rest, few need an introduction to the Americans Jack DeJohnette and Bill Frisell. Bass player and cellist Lars Danielsson is Swedish – check your ECM and ACT album sleeve notes. Accordionist Régis Gizavo was born in Madagascar and guitarist Nguyên Lê in Vietnam, while bass player extraordinaire Krzysztof Scieranski is Polish.

01. Jack DeJohnette w. Bill Frisell – Ode to South Africa
02. Johnny Dankworth Orchestra – African Waltz
03. Jimmy Dludlu – Afrocentric
04. Chico Freeman – Kings of Mali
05. Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus & Max Roach – Fleurette Africaine
06. Lars Danielsson – Africa
07. Régis Gizavo & Nguyên Lê – South Africa
08. Steve Eliovsson – Africa
09. Krzysztof Scieranski – African Cargo

* Jack Carter is seen and heard here singing Happy Feet in London two years later.)


If you haven’t yet downloaded ECM A – J – why not? Please do it now.

Check out the ECM discography, then wonder why there aren’t more famous names in these compilations.

The answer is simple: A-listers do not need IndoJazzia’s support.
Mind you, if we needed one to complete our alphabetical quest …

As we can’t find a U in ECM’s roster we’ve cheated: Ulf records for ACT, another German label with a consistency, roster and standards on a par with ECM,

Krakatau is not the Indonesian group lead by Dwiki Darmawan: they were a European group.

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Raoul Björkenheim: guitars, shekere
Jone Takamäki: tenor saxophone, krakaphone, toppophone, whirlpipe
Uffe Krokfors: acoustic bass
Alf Forsman: drums
Lande, Samuels, McCandless Duck In A Colorful Blanket (For Here)
Art Lande: piano
David Samuels: vibraphone
Paul McCandless: woodwinds
Misha AlperinTwilight Hour
Misha Alperin: piano
John Surman: baritone saxophone
Arkady Shilkloper: French horn, flugelhorn
Terje Gewelt: double-bass
Jon Christensen: drums
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen: percussion
Norma WinstoneJust Sometimes
Norma Winstone: vocal
Glauco Venier: piano
Klaus Gesing: saxes and clarinet
Trilok Gurtu: tabla, percussion
Paul McCandless: soprano saxophone,oboe
Glen Moore: bass
Ralph Towner: guitars, keyboards
Paolo Fresu & Daniele di BonaventuraKyrie Eleison
Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn
Daniele di Bonaventura: bandoneon
QuercusThis Is Always
June Tabor: voice
Iain Ballamy: tenor saxophone
Huw Warren: piano
Rainer BrüninghausDie Flüsse Hinauf
Rainer Brüninghaus: piano
Kenny Wheeler: flugelhorn
Jon Christensen: drums
Brynjar Hoff: oboe
Sokratis SinopoulosEight Winds
Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyra
Yann Keerim: piano
Dimitris Tsekouras: bass
Dimitris Emanouil: drums
Tim Berne’s SnakeoilSon Of Not So Sure
Tim Berne: alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell: piano, tack and Wurlitzer pianos
Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, percussion.
Ulf WakeniusLiberetto
Ulf Wakenius: steel and nylon string guitars.
Vitous (Miroslav)Forthcoming
Miroslav Vitous: acoustic bass
Jan Garbarek: soprano & tenor saxophones
Wolfgang MuthspielEnding Music
Wolfgang Muthspiel: guitar
Brad Mehldau: piano
Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Larry Grenadier: bass
Brian Blade: drums
X marks the empty spot
Y not?
Zakir HussainWater Girl
Zakir Hussain: tabla, percussion, voice
Hariprasad Chaurasia: flutes
John McLaughlin: acoustic guitar
Jan Garbarek: tenor and soprano saxophones


The record label Edition of Contemporary Music – ECM for short – will be familiar to all jazz musicians worldwide. Here in Indonesia, Pat Metheny’s ECM albums were a major influence on guitarists. The late Riza Arshad cited ECM pianists Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, John Taylor and Lyle Mays, as well as the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, as being an influence on his music’s development.

Those are some of the best known artists on the label. A browse through the label’s discography demonstrates an incredible range of music: there’s not only jazz, but contemporary classical, the spoken word, ‘world music’, and much which is unclassifiable.

Each album is of the highest audio quality, with artwork and packaging to match, and demands to be treasured and listened to on a regular basis.

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Arild AndersenMain Man
Arild Andersen: acoustic bass
Ralph Towner: guitar

Nana Vasconcelos: percussion
Audun Kleive: snare drum.
Barre PhillipsA-i-a
Barre Phillips: acoustic bass
Terje Rypdal: guitar

Dieter Feichtner: synthesizer
Trilok Gurtu: tabla, percussion
Colin Vallon TrioTsunami
Colin Vallon: piano
Patrice Moret: bass

Julian Sartorius: drums
David DarlingDarkwood IV (Journey)
David Darling: cello
Eberhard WeberSilent For A While
Eberhard Weber: electric bass
First AvenueBand Seven
Denney Goodhew: alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Eric Jensen: cello
James Knapp: trumpet, fluegelhorn, waterphone
David Samuels: vibraharp
Michael DiPasqua: drums, percussion
Paul McCandless: soprano saxophone, oboe, English horn
David Darling: cello
Ratzo Harris: bass
Harry Pepl, Herbert Joos, Jon ChristensenMore Far Out Than East
Harry Pepl: guitar, Roland midi guitar system, piano
Herbert Joos: fluegelhorn
Jon Christensen: drums
Iva BittovaFragments XI
Iva Bittovà: violin, voice
John ClarkSilver Rain Part III
John Clark: French horn
David Friedman: vibraharp, marimba
David Darling: cello
Jon Christensen: drums

ECM K-Z will be online soon …

Dua Empat are Alvin Ghazalie and Misi Lezar (guitars), and Nesia is one of four singers on Dua Empat’s album. The others are Almira Joesoef, Cantika Abigail and Marini Nainggolan.

Alvin and Misi are both graduates from the Conservatory of Music in University Pelita Hapapan. Their soon to be released album features songs about the journey they’ve experienced together as musicians, as students,and their own relationship. Their compositions tell a story about love, hope, joy, and happiness, with their guitar accompaniment inspired by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery and Russell Malone.

According to a small ad in today’s Jakarta Post, they will be appearing at Motion Blue in Jakarta on Tuesday March 28th. Their February shows in February were sold out.

Rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans. In fact, it is so important that this Wikipedia page has some 16, 631 words devoted to it.

It seems only natural then that there should also be many tracks in the IndoJazzia archives devoted to the grain. The first track is a 1969 pop song by the Lemon Pipers however, and is not about growing and eating it, but about the custom in America and elsewhere of throwing it over the heads of newly married couples as they emerge from exchanging their wedding vows. It’s not a wasteful action, though, as birds will soon descend and eat their fill.

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It’s the third day of the third month, so it’s time to march on with the monthly upload of topical tracks from IndoJazzia’s archives.

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01. Dave Brubeck – Three To Get Ready
02. Jim Hall – Three
03. Bill Frisell – Three
04. Andy Summers – Opus Three
05. Charles Mingus – Self-Portrait In Three Colours
06. Miroslav Vitous – Concerto In Three Parts
07. George Benson & Jack McDuff – The Three Day Thang
08. Keith Tippett Band – Three Minutes From An Afternoon In July
09. Riza Arshad – The Three
10. Slam Stewart w Errol Garner – Three Blind Mice
11. Michael Gibbs & Joachim Kühn – Three Angels
12. Neil Ardley – Three Poems
13. Yellowjackets w. Mike Stern – Three Circles
14. Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate – Three Postcards
15. Weather Report – Three Clowns
16. Magnus Öström, Dan Berglund & Pat Metheny – Ballad Three Part 1 of 2

Horace Parlan, a hard-bop pianist and composer with an angular yet gospel-infused style heard on albums by luminaries including Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp and others, and on numerous releases as a leader from the 1960s through 2000s, died Feb. 23 in Denmark. He was 86, and in recent years had been in a nursing home due to multiple ailments including blindness and diabetes.
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