Here’s my second #ThrowbackThursday podcast. I actually went through my CD collection, which was gathering dust, and picked out some of my faves. Check out this week’s show which features Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove’s Directions in Music, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Rosario Giuliani, Ben Allison, Stephan Crump with the Rosetta Trio, Ari Hoenig, Frank Woeste, Dan Tepfer and bassist Avishai Cohen.
1. The Sorcerer by Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker & Roy Hargrove
This was one of the albums I played the most from the moment it came out. I was also fortunate enough to see the band when they played the Montreal Jazz Fest, which turned out to be one of my favorite concerts to date. Over the following two years Hancock, Brecker and Hargrove all came back to Montreal and I was able to get each of them to sign my Directions in Music CD, which is now one of my most prized possessions.
2. The Impaler by Jeff “Tain” Watts
I played saxophone while growing up and Branford Marsalis was my favorite player at the time. I saw him in concert many times in Montreal and on one occasion he played Jeff “Tain” Watts’ “The Impaler” calling it the only song he’s never played perfectly because it was such a challenge. I was floored when I heard it for the first time and ran to the record store the next day to buy Citizen Tain and Bar Talk. I actually met Tain this summer at the jazzfest. Super nice guy.
3. Luggage by Rosario Giuliani
I really can’t remember how I first found out about Italian saxophonist Rosario Giuliani but he totally shreds this track to pieces. Mesmerizing.
4. Platypus by Ben Allison
While in high school, me and Justin, with whom I founded this website, would take the subway to the library and take out a bunch of CDs. The selection was quite impressive. It’s actually probably how we stumbled upon Rosario Giuliani to think of it. And I think this is how Justin discovered Ben Allison. In any case, Justin took out all of Ben’s CDs he could get from the library and we made sure to put him up on the site when we launched. My copy of Think Free was actually sent to me by Ben before we officially launched the website.
5.Overreach by Stephan Crump with Rosetta Trio
Saw Vijay Iyer’s trio at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival. I was floored by the whole band and I believe Vijay mentioned Stephan had an album of his own, so after the show I made my way to the stage as Stephan was putting away his gear. We chatted a bit about Nextbop which was relatively unknown and the time and he gave me a copy of Reclamation. We were quick to add him to the site.
6. Lines of Oppression by Ari Hoenig
Five years ago, I was fortunate enough to follow Yaron Herman on his short Canadian tour with bandmates Chris Tordini and Tommy Crane. Chris played this album in the van on one of our drives and I fell in love with this song. Got Ari to send me the record when it came out.
7. God Put a Smile Upon My Face by Frank Woeste
I also discovered Frank Woeste at the Montreal Jazz Fest on his gig with Ibrahim Maalouf. I’ve been really digging his album ever since. This cover of Coldplay is a pure gem. This guy’s totally under the radar. Luckily, Woeste had signed on with ACT Music for his next record Pocket Rhapsody with Ben Monder and Justin Brown featuring some surprise guests to be released in January 2016.
8. All I Heard Was Nothing by Dan Tepfer
I think I discovered Dan after his publicist got in touch with us. This is my favorite track of his. Also a super cool dude.
9. Eleven Wives by Avishai Cohen
Justin and I totally loved Avishai Cohen and also got all his albums at the library. Gently Disturbed remains my favorite to this day. And it’s crazy to think he was playing with Mark Guiliana and Shai Maestro whose own careers are now flourishing.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.