Play List – 22 October 2014

Cosmic Jazz continued its worldwide coverage this week with music from Norway and Brazil as well as some classic USA jazz.

The Norwegian segment began with the wonderful, atmospheric Eple Trio that we have been playing on the programme but then moved on to work produced in Norway by British alto saxophonist Tim Lowerson and Norwegian bassist Ture Ringereide. This included a tune from their first band Sounds of the Unexpected recorded in 2009 but then two tracks from their new jazz quartet Lucky Novak. Apparently, one critic claimed Lucky Novak was the sound of a garage band playing Sun Ra. Judge for yourself! The band themselves do claim Sun Ra as an influence but also name Ornette Coleman, Duane Eddy, Get the Blessing, The Libertines and Captain Beefheart. Does this sound interesting? Well, I think so. The music is eclectic, unpredictable and gives the impression the musicians had a good time as they recorded the album over two days in a wooden house in Oslo. Check the YouTube clip below and you can find out more at  www.luckynovak.com

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The remainder of the programme provided a musical contrast. I continued to catch up with two outstanding Soul Brother Records re-releases from Carlos Garnett and Walter Bishop Jr.. I remained true to my word regarding Brazilian music by playing The Tamba Trio who provided the version of Mas Que Nada that appeared as a sound track to an advert involving Brazilian footballers maybe two World Cups ago. This week I played a live recording of O Morro Nao Tem Vez that definitely showed off the Trio’s jazz credentials.

Each year Cosmic Jazz tries to acknowledge Black History Month in October. What better way than to end the show with Driva’ Man from Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln on vocals?

  1. Eple Trio – Tipple’s Insomnia from Universal Cycle
  2. Sounds Of The Unexpected – Diskoklezmer from Sounds Of The Unexpected
  3. Lucky Novak – Punch Drunk from The Lucky Novak Syndrome
  4. Lucky Novak – Song From The North Pole from The Lucky Novak Syndrome
  5. Carlos Garnett – Love Flower from Journey To Enlightenment
  6. Walter Bishop Jr. – Sweet Rosa from Soul Village
  7. Tamba Trio – O Morro Nao Tem Vez from Tamba Trio Classics
  8. Max Roach – Driva’ Man from We Insist Freedom Now Suite

Playlist – 15 October 2014: Brasil, Brasil

The programme this week was inspired by the recent Brazilian Flipside Festival at Snape Maltings in Suffolk UK. This reminded me of the rich variety of the music from Brazil and the links much of it has to jazz. So it was time for a programme of Brazilian music and a commitment to play more in future weeks. Click the MixCloud button and sample the treats for yourself!

I could not resist playing again three of my all-time favourite Brazilian classics from Lo Borges, Joyce (see the YouTube video below) and Tenorio Jr.. The last two would feature in any list of my favourite tunes of all time. The version of Ain’t No Sunshine by the accordionist and guitarist Sivuca would rate pretty highly for me too.

Milton Nascimento had jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock on board  as guests on his Milton album, from which I played Saudas e Baudeiras. Contemporary jazz was represented by the Otis Trio from their 2014 release 74 Club and a tune from the excellent Lovely Arthur album by Bruno E.

Airto Moreira has appeared as a drummer/percussionist on hundreds of records of many famous jazz artists. The ending of his Celebration Suite will be familiar to many people – I just wish it went on longer.

DJ Gilles Peterson appeared at Flipside and it felt time to play something from Sonzeira Bam Bam Bam, an inspiring and varied selection of Brazilian tunes featuring guest vocalists, young and old, backed by a group of creative and skilful musicians assembled in Rio.  Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil to correct what I said on the programme) was composed by Ary Barroso in 1939 and has become almost a national anthem of Brazil. On Sonzeira it is sung by the 77 year old Brazilian Elza Soares, one of the top Brazilian vocalists  of all time.

If you want to get hold of some of this and other Brazilian music there are three British labels: Far Out, Mr. Bongo and Soul Jazz Records who can supply you with all your wants and needs.

  1. Paulinho da Costa – Taj Mahal from BGP Presents Jazz Funk
  2. Milton Nascimento – Saidas e Baudeiras from Milton
  3. Lo Borges – Tudo Que Voce Podia from Blue Brazil I
  4. Joyce – Aldeia do Ogum from Samba Jazz and Outras Bossas
  5. Tenorio Jr. – Nebulosa from Brazilian Beats I
  6. Bruno E – Esperanca (for Silvia) from Lovely Arthur
  7. Otis Trio – Tempestade from Club 74
  8. Sonzeira feat Elza Soares – Aquarela do Brasil from Sonzeira  Bam Bam Bam
  9. Sivuca – Ain’t No Sunshine from London Jazz Classics 2
  10.  Airto Moreira – Celebration Suite from Brazilian Beats I
  11. Mandrake Som – Berimbau from Blue Brazil I
  12. Quarteto Novo – Fica Mal Com Deus from Bossa Jazz
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Playlist – 08 October 2014: some new discoveries

Click that MixCloud button on this site to hear some exciting jazz sounds old and new in Cosmic Jazz this week.

Cosmic Jazz wants to spread the word about two artists  who may not be known to many jazz listeners. The first is Samuel Prather, a keyboard player and band leader from Washington DC. His Groove Orchestra (and it is an orchestra not a small group) pump out some invigorating up-tempo jazz and on Blues For Clyde you can hear Samuel Prather vigorously leading and conducting them. The tune Fela Snarky directs us to some of his important influences – pretty good choices we think.

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You can often get an indication of how good an artist and the esteem in which they are held by their choice of guests. Somi by these standards looks pretty good. Brown Round Things includes a guest appearance from Ambrose Akinmusire – one of the hottest young trumpeters in the USA.  Lady Revisited is a re-working of Fela’s (that man again!) Lady.The guest this time is the widely travelled and recorded Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo. Somi’s album The Lagos Music Salon is the outcome of her residences in Lagos, from which she used the sights, sounds and people she met as an inspiration and guidance for her music. It is a subtle, carefully crafted full album of pleasant surprises. I love it!

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There was a first Cosmic Jazz play for two strong recent Soul Brother Records re-releases: Carlos Garnett’s Journey to Enlightenment and Walter Bishop Jr’s Soul VillageThis week’s excursion into the recent Spiritual Jazz V release took us to Sierra Leone. I cannot resist going back to the BGP re-release of Frank Foster’s Loud Minority and among all this was the quirky Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce and the title track of his album Complicated Day.

  1. Samuel Prather Groove Orchestra – Blues For Clyde from Groove Orchestra
  2. Samuel Prather Groove orchestra – Fela Snarky from Groove Orchestra
  3. Somi – Brown Round Things from the Lagos Music Salon
  4. Somi feat Angelique Kidjo – Lady Revisited from the Lagos Music Salon
  5. Carlos Garmett – Journey To Enlightenment from Journey to Enlightenment
  6. Walter Bishop Jr – Soul Village from Soul Village
  7. Amadou Jarr – Kuthung Geng from Spiritual Jazz V
  8. Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce – Complicated Day from Complicated Day
  9. Frank Foster – JP’s Thing from Loud Minority

Flipside Festival – when Brazil came to Suffolk

The weekend of 3-5 October saw an amazing Brazilian festival of dance, art, food, literature and music at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. Cosmic Jazz followed the music and found so much to enjoy and dance to.

What an opening night. The London-based Brazilian band Da Lata started off the  party. The band started by guitarist Chris Franck and former Suffolk school pupil and DJ Patrick Forge a0861687454_2now have two excellent albums Fabiola and Songs From The Tin that have been played on Cosmic Jazz. Look out for the forthcoming digital release that will include an excellent live version of the Brazilian classic Ronco da Cuica. 

The band have an engaging, inspiring and joyful vocalist up front in Jandira Silva and some outstanding musicians. What a treat it was to see the excellent jazz sax and flute player Finn Peters, and a special mention must go to percussionist Carl Smith who managed to play on while his congas collapsed around him.

Their music combined the more gently rhythmic at the start of the set  and led up to a storming finish.  Perhaps it was too early in the evening, or maybe those unfamiliar with the range of Brazilian music do not appreciate that it is often gentle and complex and not all barnstorming samba., but it took a tune or two to fill the dancefloor and then it was wild. The climax of the set was the Da Lata composition Pra Manha, a tune that has helped me to fill dancefloors and the encore was the irresistible Joao Bosco tune Ronco Da Cuica. Check their live YouTube recording of this. Feedback from the band indicates they enjoyed the evening, so did the crowd; see them if you can.

Gilles Peterson followed with a Brazilian DJ set.  This combined a range of Brazilian styles from forro to funk to hip hop to  samba, to a taste of Airto Moreira’s Celebration Suite to tunes fro the excellent album Sonzeira BrasilBam Bam Bam that he has produced with sonzeira_070714Brazilian musicians young and old and released on his Brownswood record label. With long-term associate Earl Zinger adding to the mixing and contributing vocals and melodica playing it was a set that set the Snape  Maltings Studio partying and moving in a way it has probably rarely seen before.

Bebel Gilberto, a Brazilian superstar who divides her time between Rio and New York, performed in the Concert Hall on the Saturday night. She has recently released a new album Tudo, her first in five years. Much of the set based on these new tunes but there were a few moments from her mega-selling Tant Tempo, although not the dancefloor filler Close Your Eyes. A shame really, too much of the lounge-style music does not always work in a concert hall setting. The backing musicians were excellent but could have been given scope to show off their skills; I longed for a solo or two from them.

On top of all this, there was an outside stage om Saturday and Sunday with forro and choro bands and the gently uplifting Amarea Trio with Malick Mbengue added on percussion and some lovely vocals from Daida Carbonell who had flown in from Barcelona for the weekend. If you add to this the drumming and forro , choro and capoiera workshops and the wonderful spontaneous capoeira performances it was a weekend to remember.

Look out for the festival to return next year. We will keep you posted on Cosmic Jazz.

 

 

Playlist – 01 October 2014: Jazz in Many Forms

If you listen to this week’s Cosmic Jazz you could be surprised by the wide and eclectic range of sounds that you hear. The crooning falsetto voice of Jimmy Scott and the laidback lounge beach style of The Girl From Ipanema may well appear to occupy a different planet to the Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra.  Is this an example of another implausible and crazy Cosmic Jazz play list or is it an illustration of the wide and inclusive tent that some of us classify as jazz or jazz-related music? You can decide for yourself. Perhaps the two YouTube clips below will help you….

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In making the selections this week I could see a purpose for all the tunes that I played. After last week I wanted to hear more of the beautiful, soothing, yet challenging music of the Eple Trio from Norway whose music has reached us recently from Steve’s Jazz Sounds.

Bebel Gilberto was included as a final reminder that she is performing at the weekend- long Flipside Brazilian Festival at Snape Maltings in Suffolk on Saturday 4 October. She is currently touring the UK. So, if you play Bebel why not play a tune featuring her father Joao as well?

Last week we had a blend of jazz and Indian raga from Louis Banks and this week we had more of this blend from one of his band members Braz Gonsalves. Both tunes can be found on Spiritual Jazz V from Jazzman records.

Jimmy Scott was played for the first time on Cosmic Jazz, as a belated acknowledgement of his work, on a record produced under the guidance of Ray Charles. He died in June 2014 and we had not celebrated his work. The unique falsetto sound may sound too light for many jazz fans. Stay with it, his music can become an acquired taste.

I could not resist a replay for Ramblin’ with those Charlie Haden basslines and to hear more from Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra with its fierce statement on War Orphans. An impressive celebration of the contrasting work he produced during his long professional career.

The final two selections came from artists that may be unfamiliar to many jazz aficionados.  Somi may invoke the Is It Jazz? response but she is fine by me and her album The Lagos Music Salon is one of my favourites from 2014. Samuel Prather is an exciting, new, young jazz talent. There will be more from both of them next week.

  1. Eple Trio –  One Elephant from Universal Cycle
  2. Eple Trio –  In Our Home Where We Live from Universal Cycle
  3. Bebel Gilberto – So Nice (Summer Samba) from Tanto Tempo
  4. Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto – Girl From Ipanema from Gitanes Jazz
  5. The Braz Gonsalves Seven –  Raga Rock from Spiritual Jazz V
  6. Jimmy Scott –  They Say Its Wonderful from Falling In Love Is Wonderful
  7. Ornette Coleman -  Ramblin’ from Change Of The Century
  8. Charlie Haden –  War Orphans from Liberation Music Orchestra
  9. Somi –  Akobi: First Born S(u)n from The Lagos Music Salon
  10. Samuel Prather  –  Blues For Clyde from Groove Orchestra

Playlist – 24 September 2014

Cosmic Jazz Playlist – 24 September 2014

The  Cosmic Jazz show this week came in pairs of tunes covering differing styles from across the planet.

I wanted to publicise the Flipside Festival which takes place from 3–5 October at Snape Maltings in Suffolk, a venue which is usually associated with the music of Benjamin Britten but which for this weekend will feature Brazilian beats, dance workshops, literature and political discussion.

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On Friday 3 October Da Lata and Gilles Peterson will be there for a launch  party and on the Saturday evening Bebel Gilberto will perform. Both Da Lata and Bebel Gilberto featured in this week’s show. See the YouTube clip below of Da Lata performing the Brazilian classic Rondo Da Cuica and you will want to be there. On the Saturday and Sunday there are outside daytime performances featuring differing styles of Brazilian music.

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There were a pair of tunes from the Szymon Lukpwski Quintet from Poland and from  the  Eple Trio who perform atmospheric, contemplative and entrancing music, evocative of their native Norway. Both these CDs are among the latest music available from Steve’s Jazz Sounds , see the link here on the Cosmic Jazz site.

There were two more tracks from the Spiritual Jazz V compilation. This week I played Louis Banks, an Indian jazz musician who gained inspiration from the Voice Of America jazz show back in the 1970s and played jazz with a distinctly Indian feel and The London Experimental Jazz Quintet, from London Ontario, not London UK.

The show ended with a belated celebration of the life of Charlie Haden. He played the strong and catchy basslines on Ornette Coleman’s Ramblin’ back in the 1950s and those basslines later became an isnpiration for Ian Dury’s Sex And Drugs And Rock’n’Roll. There was also a tune from Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. At least one of these tunes may well get a repeat in next week’s show.

  1. Szymon Lukowski QuintetTo Blues Or Not To Blues From Szymon Lukowski Quintet
  2. Szymon Lukowski Quintet – Autumn Ana from as above
  3. Eple Trio – Setting Foot On Another Planet from Universal Cycle
  4. Eple Trio – Morning Stillness, Crisp Air from as above
  5. Louiz Banks – Song For My Lady from Spiritual Jazz V
  6. The London Experimental Jazz Quintet – Destroy The Nihilistic Picnic from Spiritual Jazz V
  7. Da Lata – Ronda Fa Cuica from Fabiolo
  8. Bebel Gilberto – Bananeira from Tanto Tempo
  9. Ornette Coleman – Ramblin’ from Change Of The Century
  10. Charlie Haden – ’68 ’69 from Liberation Music Orchestra

Playlist – 10 September 2014: Spiritual Jazz compilations

This week celebrated the release of Spiritual Jazz 5 The World; the latest in a series of releases from Jazzman Records. This edition celebrates Esoteric, Modal and Deep Jazz from Around the World 1961 – 1979. 

The first three tunes played were from Spiritual Jazz 5 and included Fitz Gore from Jamaica, the Paul Winter Sextet from Brasil and Tete Mbambisa from South Africa. Like all the other releases in this series, the latest record is highly recommended to any Cosmic Jazz listener.

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Playlist – 27 August; Black Jazz Records Special

If you know listened to music from the Black Jazz Records label you know how good it is. If you have not heard any of the music listen to this week’s show and you will want to hear more. Black Jazz Records was founded in Oakland California in 1969 by pianist Gene Russell and lasted until his death in 1981.

The music combined a political outlook in support of the struggles of Black, urban America and a spiritual feel, with music embracing soul jazz, free jazz and funk. There were the vocalists Jean Carn and Kellee,  Paterson, Rudolph Johnson (saxophone), Doug Carn (piano, organ, keyboards), Walter Bishop Jr, (piano), Henry Franklin (bass), Gene Russell (piano, Calvin Keys (guitar), Chester Thompson (organ) and the amazing group The Awakening. Hear music from all of them on this week’s show.

  1. Henry Franklin – Beauty and the Electric Tub
  2. Gene Russsell – Black Orchid
  3. Gene Russell – My Favorite Things
  4. The Awakening – The Ultimate Frontier
  5. Doug Carn – Mighty Mighty
  6. Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage
  7. Cleveland Easton – All Your Love, All Day, All Night
  8. Rudolph Johnson – Time and Space
  9. Walter bishop Jr – Blue Bossa

Playlist – 20 August 2014

The Cosmic Jazz show is back on Mixcloud and available on this blog. Click the button beside this post or scroll down on your phone or tablet to click the tab.

This show was special because Neil w\as back from Beijing and all the selections were his; some were new, some were old and even included a jazz tune from China. We are having to catch up with our tributes but it was good to hear a tribute to the late Horace Silver.

  1. Jazzy Jeff – Da Ntro from The Magnificent
  2. Chinese White Label
  3. Charles Lloyd – Tribal Dance from Live at the Filmore
  4. Kurt Elling – My Foolish Heart from Live in Chicago
  5. Horace Silver – I’ve Had a Little Talk from The United States of Mind
  6. Eagle-Eye Cherry – Desireless from Desireless
  7. Steve Coleman & Five Elements – Sinews from Functional Arrythmias
  8. Charlie Haden & Alice Coltrane – For Turiya from Closeness Duets
  9. Neil Waldron – Happiness from Moods
  10. Graham Haynes – RH (For Roy Haynes) from The Griot’s Footsteps
  11. Jon Hassell – Mombasa from City Works Of Fiction

Cosmic Jazz shows

It is going to be another couple of weeks before new shows will appear but Cosmic Jazz will be back. You can hear a show at 20:00 hrs on Wednesday on IO Radio but for the moment on this site you can still catch up with a couple of previous shows. Neil and Derek will be returning for a new joint show before the end of the month. There will be lots of new music – including some exclusive contemporary jazz from China. You’ll be surprised!

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