I’d love to sit here and pretend to be some kind of knowledegeable jazz head, but I’m more the enthusiastic amateur who likes some, hates some and is just confused by the rest. But one album I do like very much is Pure Fire! A Gilles Peterson Impulse! Collection.
As the title suggests, it’s a brief overview of the Impulse label, with tracks from its heyday of the 60s into the early 70s, all selected by Talkin’ Loud founder Gilles Peterson. It’s not all going to be up your street – no label collection ever would be – but it’s a great listen, with personal favourites being the laid back ‘Blessing Song’ by Michael White, the hard bop of Art Blakey’s ‘Alamode’, the genius of John Coltrane in his Quartet with ‘Wise One’ and the slightly strange but very listenable ‘Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah’ by Pharaoh Sanders, which should be immediately recognisable to all fans of Galliano.
If you want to dip your toe into the water of jazz, this could be a good place to start. It’s out now.