Playlist – 20 May 2015

Click the MixCloud button this week to catch some great tunes from the past, some contemporary Polish jazz, a trip to Brazil via Japan and the latest from Charles Lloyd.

The Pharaohs is one of the tunes that came up on my i-Pod this week which prompted selection for the show. It is one of those great up-tempo vocal tunes that cross over from soul to jazz and back again with a touch of gospel along the way.  Another classic piece came from Jimmy Heath who got a full airing this week after being cut short because of time in the last show.

Contemporary Polish jazz came from drummer Piotr Budniak and his Essential Group whose album provides “simple stories about hope and worries”, Serious philosophical stuff and great music too! There was also a tune from pianist Prezmek Raminiak and the jazz fusion ensemble Moon Hoax.

Brazil was represented by Milton Nascimento and a tune he wrote Cravo e Canelo (cloves and cinnamon. There are some other excellent interpretations of this tune including one on the first Friends From Rio  album. A highlight of the show, however, was a Brazilian tune recorded at Sony Japan in 1974 with a Brazilian singer Sonia Rosa and a Japanese bandleader Yuja Ohno. It was available only to those who bought a Sony stereo at the sales fair in Tokyo in 1974.. It is a perfect Brazilian dancefloor jazz extended piece that left me wondering why it has taken me so long to  pick up on it.

Finally, another highlight from the latest album by Charles Lloyd who is now signed to Blue Note. It is a live recording from the Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw Poland. This week’s YouTube clip is of Wild Man Dance, the title tune of this album.

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  1. The Pharaohs – FreedomTime  fromFreedom Rhythm & Sound
  2. Jimmy Heath – Hands Up! feet Down! from The Gap Sealer
  3. Przemek Raminiak – The Locomotive from The Locomotive
  4. Piotr Budniak Essential Group – Wyplata Po Terminie from Simple Stories about Hope & Worries
  5. Moon Hoax – Moon Hoax from Moon Hoax
  6. Milton Nascimento – Cravo e Canela from Milton
  7. Sonia Rosa & Yuja Ohno – Casa Forte from Brazilain Beats 4
  8. Charles Lloyd – Flying Over the Odra Valley from Wild Man Dance

Playlist – 13 May 2015

Click the MixCloud button this week to hear more Polish jazz, more recently released treasures from the past and a touch of uptempo soul jazz.

The first piece of Polish jazz has a strong Yorkshire connection. Krsysztof Yrbanski now lives in Yorkshire and plays with British musicians. The music is great and listen to the interplay on this tune between Krsysztof on sax and Sam Gardner on drums.

As far as I know Agnieska Derlak does live in Poland. She is a gifted pianist and gives her name, towards the Aga Derlak Trio of which she is a member. Check her here on YouTube.

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There was more from Azar Lawrence and his strongly recommended album The Seeker, more from Black Fire, New Spirit – this time from the LA based Creative Arts Ensemble, whose intensity and creativity is representative of so much of the music from the 1970s and early 1980s that is now being unearthed and re-released. I am still unsure about Spiritual Jazz 6 Vocals but the Byron Morris and Unity tune that I played is a good one.

I could not resist going back to Otis Brown III but by the end of the show felt the need for some upbeat soul jazz sounds. Who better to provide this than Lee Morgan and Jimmy Heath with a touch of Brazil in the middle?

  1. Krysztof Urbanski & Urban Jazz Society – History of Tomorrow from History of Tomorrow
  2. Aga Derlak – Troublesome from First Thought
  3. Azar Lawrence – Venus Rising from The Seeker
  4. Byron Morris & Unity – Reunion from Spiritual Jazz 6 Vocals
  5. Otis Brown III feat Bilal – The Thought of You Part III from The Thought of You
  6. Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback of Time from Black Fire! New Spirit!
  7. Lee Morgan – Afreaka from African Rhythms
  8. Marcos Valle – Aqua de Coco from Brazilian Love Affair Vol 5
  9. Jimmy Heath – Hands Up! Feet Down! from The Gap Sealer


Playlist – 06 May 2015

There is much great jazz that I am still catching up with so click the MixCloud tab and listen to sounds old and new which, in the main, are receiving their first outing on Cosmic Jazz.

We have played tracks on compilations from saxophonist Azar Lawrence before, but a live performance in 2011 at the Jazz Standard in New York was released last year on CD. The show opened with the title track from this CD – The Seeker. Very good it is too. Spiritual jazz paying respect to the Colrane legacy but but with its own individual style. Nicholas Payton and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts are among the musicians involved.

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sonzeira_070714Also last year we reported on the Flipside Festival, a celebration of Brazilan music, literature and art held just up the road at the Snape  Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk where Cosmic Jazz is recorded. The great news is that the festival will return over the first weekend of October 2015, this year covering the arts of Latin America and not just Brazil. For more information check here. The line-up for this year has not been announced but the news gave me an excuse to play something from the Sonzeira Brasil Bam Bam Bam album that Gilles Peterson featured in his DJ set at last year’s festival. I played the classic tune Aqualero do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil) featuring the vocals of Brazilian legend Elsa Soares, but I also followed it with a club version of the same tune – this time entitled Brazil Brazil from the German duo mo’horizons. Here Leila Pantel provided vocals that seemed to provide the perfect advertisement for the country.

There is a new Spiritual Jazz compilation out. The series is now up to Volume 6 and this time features vocals. To be honest, I am a little disappointed. I am used to finding gems from artists I have never heard of but many Cosmic Jazz listeners/devotees will be familiar with John Coltrane, the tune from the Clifford Jordan Quartet we played this week. I should say the tune is wonderful as was much of the output from the label Strata East on which it was originally recorded. The same accusation of familiarity would apply to Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite and how many more times do I need to find Prince of Peace by Pharaoh Sanders on a compilation? I may not be fulfilling my Cosmic Jazz credentials but I have to say I find the tune to be an over long dreary dirge. Oh dear! I have probably upset regular readers of this blog – please respond with comments below.

I am still making my way through the inspiring and uplifting Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1957 – 82 compilation. This week I featured Black Narcissus from Joe Henderson, an old favourite of the programme.

At the weekend I saw Seb Roachford showcase his subtle and enticing drum patterns playing with Andy Sheppard’s new band. He is playing with one of his other bands Polar Bear at Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday 10 March which prompted the next selection on the show.

We ended up by returning to more sounds available from Firstly there was Krstsztof Urbanski and Urban Jazz Society led by a Polish saxophonist now resident in Yorkshire and playing with British musicians, hence what may seem the surprising title of the tune. There was also more from the drum, double bass and vibraphone trio of the Oles Brothers and Christopher Dell and – finally – a touch of Jussi Eriksson, the ubiquitous player on last week’s show.

  1. Azar Lawrence – The Seeker from The Seeker
  2. Sonzeira feat Elsa Soares – Aquarela do Brasil from Brasil Bam Bam Bam
  3. mo’horizons – Brazil from Come Touch The Sun
  4. Clifford Jordan Quartet – John Coltrane from Spiritual Jazz 6 Vocals
  5. Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus from Power To The People/Black Fire! New Spirits!
  6. Polar Bear – King Of Aberdeen from Held On The Tips Of Fingers
  7. Krztsztof Urbanski and Urban Jazz Society – Yorkshire Tales Chapter III from History Of Tomorrow
  8. Oles Brothers and Christopher Dell – Moja Ballada from Komeda Ahead
  9. Jussi Eriksson – Hesitation from Jazz Wars 2 Part II


Playlist – 29 April 2015: Jazz from Poland and Finland

Click the MixCloud tab this week and listen to great music by artists that may not be household names even to many jazz fans reading this blog. The show features jazz from Poland and Finland – all available at  The quality of the music you’ll hear proves what we have long said on Cosmic Jazz – we need to look beyond music from the USA and the UK because there is so much exciting music out there.

But this week’s CJ  began with an acknowledgement to two bands that represent the new wave of young or youngish British jazz musicians that I have seen recently. Firstly, at Sheffield Jazz I saw Kairos 4 Tet, a band led by quirky and interesting saxophonist Adam Waldeman, supported by the  hard, driving drums of Jon Scott. Their album Everything We Hold from which the tune The 99 Pt 2 was taken on the show also features Phronesis members Ivo Neame on piano and Jasper Hoiby on bass. They were not there in Sheffield but there were excellent replacements.

This week I saw live for the first time the band Mammal Hands. We’ve featured the band before on CJ and if you get a chance to see them take this opportunity. How wonderful it is to go to a local jazz club, in this case The Fludyers Arms in Felixstowe, to watch young musicians play with energy and inventiveness original music that still acknowledges many influences, including the sounds of North Africa and India. Mammal Hands have an unusual line-up of drums, sax and keyboards and they play hard and tough. You can see them at The Lescar in Sheffield on 13 May, at Norwich Arts Centre on 15 May or Mugdock Country Park in Glasgow on 7 and 8 August.

The rest of the show comprised jazz either from Poland or Finland – music I loved and which was wide-ranging in sound and texture.

I began with another trio with an unusual combination of instruments. The Oles Brothers and Christopher Dell use double bass, drums and vibraphone to produce a sound that is reflective, peaceful and satisfying and at times reminded me of the sound produced by the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Litania, the tune I selected is a good representation of the album Komeda Aheadclearly a tribute to the great Polish jazz composer Krzysztof Komeda, the great Polish film music composer and jazz pianist who was the creator of a specific European aesthetic in jazz.

By contrast, trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik and Old Land, the title tune from his album, was a  big, bold and full sound – totally uplifting as you will see from the video below. The album is highly recommended. It has a soul jazz feel to it, reminiscent of 1970s spiritual jazz – rather like the recently reissued Carlos Garnett.  Piotr Wotasik is a musician and teacher in Poland, who in 2008 won the Fredryk Award, which is the county’s most important musical award. He has played with a number of musicians from outside Poland including Gary Bartz, Dave Liebman and Reggie Workman.

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The rest of the show could almost be described as the Jussi Fredriksson spectacle. Perhaps this is unfair to the other musicians, but the Finnish mainly piano/Rhodes/keyboard player but sometime drummer featured in all the remaining tunes. Born In Turku, resident in Helsinki and active in the musical life of both cities, he plays a leading part in the Finnish jazz scene, playing with and encouraging  many musicians in a range of jazz styles. He is both a leader, as on the Jazz Wars album and in the  Koko Jazz Orchestra, in this case with drummer Jussi Lehtonen or a member of the band as with Aura Flow, where he plays drums and with the excellent jazz-funk band Nassaun Fassani, who provided an up-tempo and rousing end to the show. The video below features his band on Jazz Wars.

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  1.  Mammal Hands – Mansions of Millions of Years from Animalia
  2. Kairos 4 Tet – The 99 Pt2 from Everything We Hold
  3. Oles Brothers and Christopher Dell – Litania from Komeda Ahead
  4. Piotr Wojtasik – Old Land from Old Land
  5. Jussi Fredriksson – Jazz Wars II Part 4 – Freedom from Jazz Wars
  6. Aura Flow – House the Beach from You’ll Hear From Me
  7. Koko Jazz Orchestra – The Opening from Presenting the Music of Jussi Lehtonen and Jussi Fredriksson
  8. Nasssaun Fassani – The Return of Fassani Nassau from The Return



Playlist – 22 April 2015: Jazz/not jazz?

What is jazz? As with so many kinds of music, definitions are often fruitless. We prefer to think of a jazz sensibility – the way that jazz has always taken inspiration from the music around it. Tonight’s show features some of those influences and our video this week takes this to the next stage…

brasil bam bam bassWe began with the invocation that opens rapper Guru’s Jazzamataz recording and whilst we heard no further direct links between rap and jazz on the show, the influence of remix culture, Brian Eno and David Bowie’s Berlin phase, drum and bass, hip hop drumming, Brazilian rhythms, oriental modes, orchestral sounds, Greek folk music and West coast rock. It’s all here in this week’s Cosmic Jazz.

  1. Guru – Introduction from Jazzamataz Vol 1
  2. David Bowie – Subterraneans from Low
  3. Dylan Howe – Subterraneans from Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin
  4. Melanie De Biasio – The Flow (Hex remix) from No Deal Remixed
  5. Yusef Lateef – Plum Blossom (rework) from Brasil Bam Bam Bass
  6. Sonzeira – The Mystery of Man (4Hero remix) from Brasil Bam Bam Bass
  7. Charles Lloyd – Flying Over the Odra Valley from Wild Man Dance
  8. The New Jazz Orchestra – Dusk Fire from Le Dejouner Sur L’herbe
  9. Ed Motta – 1978 from AOR
  10. Quincy Jones – The Twitch from Quintessence
  11. Hadley Caliman – Cigar Eddie from Hadley Caliman

Video this week comes from Australian trio The Necks. Their recentthe-necks-open-cover_1 London appearance at the Village Underground in Shoreditch was one of the most exciting concerts I’ve ever attended. That may sound like a contradiction in terms when I add that their trademark sound is a long form minimalist melting pot of shimmering percussion, dark bass drones and endless ostinato piano figures.
About 20 minutes in (and still on the first piece) the music was literally breathtaking: from my edge of the stage vantage point I found myself having to consciously breathe, such was the hypnotic force generated by the extraordinary sounds from this piano, bass and drums trio. The music is simultaneously loud and quiet, soft and hard, intense and tranquil. The only way is to understand these apparent contradictions is to listen for yourself – preferably live and from the front row!

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Playlist – 15 April 2015: Neil’s Back!

Neil returned this week with a selection of music that was, as always, eclectic and exciting. The show began with two new releases – the first from drummer Antonio Sanchez’s percussion soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Birdman and the second from the acclaimed 2014 release by Alice Coltrane’s nephew Flying Lotus which features Herbie Hancock on keyboards. We continued with a pair of complementary releases which link two American artists – Flying Lotus You're DeadWarn Defever from the band His Name is Alive and Eliot Bergman from the band Nomo, both of whom tend to overlap on each other’s releases. Both tracks are on the outer edges of jazz, but Clark Terry is very much at its heart. The late trumpeter and flugelhorn player who died in February this year at the age of 94, was here heard on an African-influenced piece appropriately called Swahili from 1955. With a recording career in jazz of almost 70 years, Terry appeared on over 900 recordings. Both Miles Davis and Quincy Jones acknowledged steve turreTerry’s influence on their early careers and he later became involved in introducing thousands of young people to jazz through his own music camps. Trombonist Steve Turre was heard with CJ favourite Kenny Garrett on alto sax in the title cut from his excellent release Rainbow People and this was followed by the lead track from guitarist Pat Metheny’s 2014 album Kin.

The next artist came to my attention as the saxophonist on Santana’s album Caravanserai where he can be heard on the atmospheric opening track Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation and the closing Every Step of the Way. Here we caught him with a new re-release on the Boplicity label which showcases the powerful playing from his first self-titled album released in 1971.

corea trilogyWe ended the show this week with two great releases – the first from piano legend Chick Corea playing here with his trio and the second from Belgian vocalist Melanie Biasio whose closely miked vocals create a stunning audio recording – a recommended release.

  1. Antonio Sanchez – Internal War from Birdman OST
  2. Flying Lotus – Tesla from You’re Dead
  3. His Name is Alive – Capricorn Moon from Sweet Earth Flower
  4. Nomo – All the Stars from Ghost Rock
  5. Clark TerrySwahili from Jazz Meets Africa
  6. Steve Turre – Rainbow People from Rainbow People
  7. Pat Metheny – On Day One from Kin
  8. Hadley Caliman – Blues for L.L. from Hadley Caliman
  9. Chick Corea Trio – Recorda Me from Trilogy
  10. Melanie de Biasio – Sweet Darling Pain from No Deal

Video this week comes from Melanie de Biasio and another track from her extraordinary 2013 album No Deal.

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Playlist – 08 April 2015 featuring Olivia Castle

It is always good to support local artists and possibly even more so if it is a young artist trying to make her/his way in jazz. This is the case with the 22 year old Olivia Castle who was the guest on Cosmic Jazz this week. As she said to me herself, perhaps it is unusual for someone of her age to love the American Songbook jazz standards, but love them she does – and then she places her own interpretation on the tunes when she sings.

Listen to the show and find out what Olivia says about how to sing standards and put your own mark on them. She was very eloquent, also, in her assertion that the voice is an instrument – something we touched on a week or two back when we played the Janet Lawson Quintet. Olivia has an album available called Siren Song and she played five tracks from that album, accompanied by the evergreen Laurie Holloway on piano.  Laurie’s experience is well known – as musical director for Michael Parkinson’s chat shows, touring with Frank Sinatra and writing some of the most popular UK TV theme tunes. Check out Olivia’s website at have a look at her YouTube video below. Olivia is determined to go far and seems to be making all the right moves – watch out for her.

Olivia also played three of her favourite jazz vocal tunes. These included Nat King Cole (no surprise in that choice),  but maybe more so with trumpeter Chet Baker using that fragile, delicate voice to draw the listener in to his version of the jazz standard Time after Time (that’s the Cahn/Styne 1947 song, rather than Cindi Lauper’s tune which was so eloquently turned into a contemporary jazz standard by Miles Davis). Her final choice was American producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell, whose version of The Way You Look Tonight featured in Steve Martin’s film Father of the Bride.

The show was recorded on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday, so it was appropriate to begin the show with her singing Strange Fruit, that haunting tune that held audiences in sustained and tearful attention when she sang it. There were also Cosmic Jazz favourites N’Dambi and Rachelle Ferrell, who incidentally has a version of My Funny Valentine, on her album First Instrument as does Olivia on Siren Song and that was one of her selections on the show . There was also Ursula Rucker rapping with Elements of Life. Is that jazz; who knows? Olivia and I agreed that jazz is open to many interpretations and that will always remain the philosophy of Cosmic Jazz.

  1. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit from Jazz Greats: Billie Holiday
  2. N’Dambi – Call Me from Tunin’ Up & Consignin’
  3. Rachelle Ferrell – Inchworm from First Instrument
  4. Olivia Castle – Cheek to Cheek from Siren Song
  5. Olivia Castle – Makin’ Whoopee from Siren Song
  6. Nat King Cole – Walking My Baby Back Home from Walking My Baby Back Home
  7. Chet Baker – Time After Time from The Complete Original Chet Baker Sings Sessions
  8. Olivia Castle – Over The Rainbow from Siren Song
  9. Olivia Castle – My Funny Valentine from Siren Song
  10. Elements Of Life – This Is Us (Roots Mix) from Eclipse
  11. Steve Tyrell – The Way You Look Tonight from I’ll Take Romance
  12. Olivia Castle – That Old Devil Called Love from Siren Song
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Playlist – 01 April 2015

Hit the MixCloud tab on this page to hear a varied show of mainly contemporary jazz, with a  few essential selections from the past.

The show began with a tune from bass player Richard Davis that can be found on the Soul Jazz Records compilation Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz In black fire new spirt USA 1957-82. Not only is this tune interesting, but so are the range of musicians that Richard Davis has played with. From jazz this includes Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, Booker Ervin and Andrew Hill, but he was also much in demand in rock circles playing with Van Morrison (on the celebrated Astral Weeks album) and Laura Nyro among others. He has performed classical music too, in orchestras conducted by Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller and Leonard Bernstein.  This is the sort of varied CV that must be hard to equal.

There was more music courtesy of Steve’s Jazz Sounds with Cosmic Jazz favourite the Swedish sax player Fredrik Kronkvist as well as more Polish jazz from the highly recommended Polin album by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko which features Ravi Coltrane as guest sax player and music from pianist Leszek Kulakowski and his Ensemble (nice to see that term used for a jazz group!).

FL_KE$HAAt last, there was space for one of the two tunes featuring vocalist Bilal on drummer Otis Brown III’s album The Thought Of You – although for me it was the powerful bass playing of Ben Williams and his interplay with trumpeter Kevon Harrold that caught my attention on this track.

Another jazz trio that we have featured is Mammal Hands, young musicians from Norwich with an unusual  format of drums, sax and piano. They are playing at the Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday 17 May as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and at the Fludyers Hotel, Felixstowe on Sunday 26 April. I love their album Animalia and it looks as if they have some new tunes which they are playing live. I cannot wait to see them in Felixstowe.

phronesis life to everythingIt seemed a good time to play again a tune from the latest Phronesis album Life to Everything. Even at a time when there are so many exciting jazz trios from the UK to the US and from Poland to Scandinavia, Phronesis are up there with the best.

Also at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Wednesday 20 May at the Theatre Royal Norwich is veteran South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a jazz great and now 80 year of age. So in preparation for seeing him in Norwich I played a tune from one of his soulful, spiritual albums African Marketplace which mixes jazz with the sounds of the South African townships.

To end this week’s CJ there was a glimpse of Chico Freeman from the second volume of Kev Beadle’s Private Collection, an excellent compilation that came out last year. Next week a young local jazz singer, Olivia Castle, will be on the show playing both her own music and some of her favourite jazz tracks.

  1. Richard Davis – Dealin’ from Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1957 – 82
  2. Fredrik Kronkvist – Cannonballism from Reflecting Time
  3. Tomasz Stanko – Margolit L from Polin
  4. Leszek Lulakowski Ensemble – Regi from Looking Ahead
  5. Otis Brown III feat. Bilal – The Thought Of You Pt 1 Truth from The Thought Of You
  6. Phronesis – Wings 2 The Mind from Life To Everything
  7. Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand when record produced) – Whoza Mtwana from African Marketplace
  8. Mammal Hands – Mansions Of Millions Of Years from Animalia
  9. Chico Freeman – Wilpan’s Walk from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection 2


Maiden Voyage is 50!

maiden voyageOn April 12 of this year, Herbie Hancock will turn 75. As a pianist, composer, and bandleader, Hancock is easily one of the most recognisable and accomplished musicians of his generation. In the course of his career, he has performed and recorded with many of the greatest jazz artists of the era, and created music that has become timeless. In early 1965, Herbie Hancock occupied an enviable position in the jazz world. He was the featured pianist in the Miles Davis Quintet, one of the most popular groups at the time, and he had his own recording contract with Blue Note records, the most famous jazz label of the era.

In his memoir, Possibilities, Hancock remembers that during this busy period he was in Los Angeles recording an album with Davis (later released as E.S.P), and making preparations for his next solo project for Blue Note. He received a call from an advertising agency looking for something jazzy and sophisticated to be used in an ad for men’s cologne, and despite his busy schedule, Hancock readily accepted the assignment. He already had music in mind for the spot – a basic melody and rhythmic pattern that first came to him during a plane ride to the West Coast. This melody turned out to be perfect for the ad.

A few months later, Hancock was back in New York working on his next solo recording. The opening tune of the record would be fashioned from the same basic melody and rhythms he had used for the commercial. Once the session was completed, he knew he had something special, but still didn’t have names for any of the songs that had been recorded. According to the pianist, as he was playing tapes from the session for his sister and some friends, one of them said It reminds me of water. The first song sounds like a maiden voyage. Hancock loved the suggestion, and with its soft rolling chords and mesmerising rhythmic pattern, the description seemed perfect for the opening tune. It would eventually become one of his most popular compositions, as well as the title for one of the iconic albums of the decade: Maiden Voyage.

Eventually, all five original tunes on the album were given names connected to the theme of a sea voyage or journey. In order, they are Maiden Voyage, The Eye of the Hurricane, Little One, Survival Of The Fittest and Dolphin Dance. Recorded on March 17, 1965 for Blue Note records, Maiden Voyage features saxophonist George Coleman, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. In the 50 years since the release of this legendary album, it has lost none of its ability to captivate listeners. In fact, new generations of fans continue to be drawn to Hancock’s music, and to this day it remains one of the best-selling titles in the Blue Note catalogue.

If you don’t know the album then now is the time to check it out. You won’t regret a moment spent listening to this classic jazz release – as timeless now as on its first release.

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Playlist – 25 March 2015: some tough tunes

The theme of this week’s show, available on the MixCloud tab is Tough Tunes. This was inspired by the deep and demanding tunes that have started the show off for the last two weeks.

message from the tribeThe context I chose for the selection was either tough in the sense of being musically challenging or tough in terms of music with a powerful message, or in some cases, a combination of both these criteria. Such choices will always evoke a response as to what has been left out or, indeed, whether or not this collection of tunes can truly be described as ‘tough’. Posts in response on this blog will be welcome.

  1. Kenny Garrett – Welcome Earth Song from Seeds from the Underground
  2. Otis Brown III – Stages Of Thought from The Thought Of You
  3. Max Roach – Freedom Day from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite
  4. John Coltrane – Africa (first version) from the Complete Africa Brass Sessions
  5. Tribe – What We Need from Message From The Tribe
  6. Michael Brecker – Two Blocks From The Edge from Two Blocks From The Edge
  7. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Live from Bitches Brew Live

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