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.

The 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

Playlist – 18 March 2015: featuring Otis Brown III

I thought last week’s programme had a strong beginning, but the show this week may well match it in strength and intensity. The music is jazz you cannot afford to miss this so click that Mix Cloud tab and enjoy.

The show began with one of those heavy, tough tunes that represent the best in contemporary jazz. Drummer Otis Brown’s record The Thought of You released on Blue Note was one of the best of 2014. The core band on the record includes pianist Robert Glasper and there are guest vocals from Bilal, Gretchen Parlato and Nikki Ross. The other tunes from the record that I played on the show included two of these vocalists, firstly, Parlato and then Ross providing both of whom provided sensitive and moving vocal accompaniment. Otis Brown III has played with Cosmic Jazz favourites Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Oliver Lake and Somi. Previously, Brown had been supported and encouraged by Donald Byrd, which helped to get him noticed. All of this looks like time well spent because this is one of those records that – unreservedly – CJ would say you must hear. You can also see Otis Brown III in this week’s YouTube video below.

The opening tune was followed by a blistering, fiery, righteous piece from Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee. This was from a 2014 double CD re-release from Soul Jazz Records Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz in the USA 1957-82. This is a record full of powerful messages from black jazz musicians in the USA during the Civil Rights struggles and beyond. It is another essential record.

There was more Polish jazz with further tunes from veteran Ptaszyn Wroblewski and from Tomasz Stanko’s new album Polin. I noticed last week when I was looking up YouTube videos of Stanko that the person who posted wrote that initially they didn’t rate trumpeter Stanko, but now they see what an excellent and important jazz musician he is. I think this represents my approach to him as well. The inclusion of Ravi Coltrane on the album is an important addition and, at the risk of sounding repetitive, I have to say this is another recommended and important record.

The programme ended with a cheery invocation from Janet Lawson to Sunday Afternoon. It’s another example of a British record label – BBE this time – re-releasing wonderful, and sometimes forgotten, music from the USA.

  1. Otis Brown III – The Way (Truth and Life) from The Thought of You
  2. Archie Shepp & Jeanne Lee – Blase from Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz in the USA 1957-82
  3. Plaszyn Wroblewski – Ten Plus Eight from Pierwsi Mistrowie
  4. Otis Brown III feat Gretchen Parlato – You’re Still The One from The Thought of You
  5. Otis Brown III feat Nikki Ross – I Am Your Song from The Thought of You
  6. Tomasz Stanko – Yankiel’s Lid from Polin
  7. The Janet Lawson Quintet – Sunday Afternoon from Janet Lawson Quintet
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Playlist – 11 March 2015: a Polish trio

Better late than never, this show is now available on the MixCloud tab. I think it was worth the wait.

The three tunes that started the show provided one of the very best openings to any Cosmic Jazz show ever! Once again they were from music available at Steve’s Jazz Sounds

A few years back at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival I went to the medieval church of St. Peter Mancroft in the heart of Norwich to listen to jazz, uncertain of how it would sound and feel in this beautiful church. The concert started as the evening sun set and its rays streamed through the church windows. The musician was the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko with his quartet and his soaring, entrancing, clear trumpet sounds fitted perfectly both with the time of day and the spirituality of the building. How great, therefore, to start this show with the title tune Polin from his excellent new album, which has Ravi Coltrane playing as a guest musician.  This week’s YouTube video below is also from Stanko.

This was followed by another Polish musician, Ptaszyn Wroblews, who was born in 1936 and who played at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958 that became immortalized through the film Jazz On A Summer’s Day. I played a long track Vision that was simply so good you need to hear it. Leszek Kulakowski made it a third piece of Polish jazz.

Janet Lawson is a singer who uses  her voice as an instrument and So High is a tune full of surprises up until the last beats. It’s from an album released last year on BBE records. There are Brazilian flavours in her music and so that became the inspiration to play Marcos Valle and Airto Moreira.

Abdullah Ibrahim was included as I had just learnt that he is playing up the road from me at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Wednesday 20 May at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. I shall be there.

I have been listening lately to a lot of music from the Black Jazz Record label and Kellee Patterson’s version of Maiden Voyage is one of the many tunes I have enjoyed.

Finally, having heard Ravi Coltrane playing with Tomasz Stanko it gave me the perfect opportunity to play a track each from his mother and father Alice and John.

  1. Tomasz Stanko – Polin from Polin
  2. Ptaszym Wroblewski – Vision from Moi Pierwsi Mistrzowie
  3. Leszek Kulakowski – Pure Joy from looking Ahead
  4. Janet Lawson Quintet – So High from The Janet Lawson Quintet
  5. Marcos Valle – Os Grilos from Blue Brazil 3
  6. Airto Moreira – Xibaba from Bossa Jazz Vol 1
  7. Abdullah Ibrahim – Anthem For The New Nation from African Marketplace
  8. Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage from Gilles Peterson’s Black Jazz Radio
  9. Alice Coltrane – Transcendence from Transcendence
  10. John Coltrane – Song Of The Underground Railroad from The Complete Africa Brass Sessions
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Playlist – 04 March 2015: European Jazz Special

We have mentioned and played on several occasions some of the excellent European jazz available from steve’ and the programme this week played a small selection of that jazz featuring musicians from Poland, Belgium, Sweden, France and Finland. The music was exciting and varied; find out for yourself via a click of the MixCloud tab on this page; you may discover music from outstanding musicians you have never heard of before.

Dariusz Herbasz set the tone on the opening tune Tenor’s Dance starting quietly and building up into increasingly tough sounds. Polish pianist Dominik Wania followed that pattern. He was trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston USA and has played with among others Tomasz Stanko, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Nguyen Le, Don Byron and Eddie Henderson; quite a varied and  impressive list.

Igor Gehenot, a pianist from Belgium was next with his trio followed by Jerzy Malek a trumpeter from Poland with hard bop influences who is featured in this week’s YouTube clip below. We have played the Michal Wroblewski Trio before on Cosmic Jazz  and this current album I Remember is as good as the last one, City Album.

The Swedish saxophone player Jonas Kulhammer has also featured on the programme before and he too has an impressive and varied list of musicians he has played with – for example, Carlos Garnett, Mulatu Astatke and Chick Corea. The French pianist Florian Pellissier and his quintet have tunes and an album with quirky, tongue-in-cheek titles. The album was Biches Bleues and the track selected was J’ai du reve. The tune was quite quirky too – fun but serious at the same time.

Finally, there was a glimpse of music from the Finnish keyboard player Aapo Heininen who also has some interesting titles. The tune was Delusional Escape from the album A Daydream Between NightmaresDon’t let these titles put you off – Cosmic Jazz gives all this music a strong recommendation.

  1. Dariusz Herbasz – Tenor’s Dance from Joy of Friendship
  2. Dominik Wania – La Vallee des Cloches from Ravel
  3. Igor Gehenot Trio – Crush from Motion
  4. Jerzy Malek – Stalgia from Stalgia
  5. Michal Wroblewski Trio – Jarretiude from I Remember
  6. Jonas Kulhammer – Danish Blow from Gentlemen
  7. Florian Pellisier Quintet J’ai d’un Reve from Biches Bleues
  8. Aapo Heinonen – Delusional Escape from A Daydream Between Nightmares
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Playlist -18 February 2015: Blue Note records special

On the theory that it is better late than never I decided it was time to have a programme that featured Blue Note records. Click the Mixcloud tab to hear a range of Blue Note sounds.

Cassandra wilson2014 saw the 75th anniversary of the iconic jazz label founded in the USA by two German immigrants, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. Between them they became involved in the making of records, many with that distinctive Blue Note hard bop sound. Alfred Lion was a record producer, Francis Wolff a wonderful jazz photographer and together with the recording techniques of Rudy van Gelder and the cool album designs of Reid Miles, they issued hundreds of outstanding records that are still at the heart of many jazz record collections.

The label continues today with the charismatic Don Was as blue note 7 - mosaicpresident. He’s been responsible for the personal selection of an ongoing reissue of classic Blue Note albums on vinyl – and very good they sound too, especially as many of the original pressings are now beyond the reach of most buyers. Of course, much of the Blue Note catalogue is available on CD too.

I tried in my record selection to reflect a range of Blue Note music from the early 1960s – including Joe Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. These are all timeless Blue Note tunes. The Donald Byrd selection involved production input from the Mizell Brothers, who brought for some too much of a disco/funk influence. Personally, I love it.

maiden voyageJose James was chosen to reflect a contemporary sound. I could have chosen Gregory Porter or Robert Glasper. The Blue Note 7 were a group of distinguished musicians (including Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton) assembled for the 70th anniversary of Blue Note to play tunes from the back catalogue. Female vocals were represented by a choice from the blues-influenced, pared down Blue Light ’til Dawn album from Cassandra Wilson and a track from the highly recommended Rachelle Ferrell album First Instrument on which her voice soars into the stratosphere. Rachelle Ferrell is also my video selection for the week (see below). She’s performing live with George Duke and special guest Patti Austin at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1997.

  1. Cassandra Wilson – You Don’t Know What Love Is from Blue Light ’til Dawn
  2.  Joe Henderson – Escapade from Our Thing
  3. Jose James – Vanguard from No Beginning No End
  4. Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train from Gravy Train
  5. Rachelle Ferrell – With Every Breath I Take from First Instrument
  6. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage from Maiden Voyage
  7. Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil from Speak No Evil
  8. The Blue Note 7 – The Outlaw from Mosaic
  9. Donald Byrd – Flight Time from Black Byrd
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Playlist – 11 February 2015: music on my iPod

I returned this week from three weeks on the wonderful island of Grenada in the Caribbean. I heard lots of reggae and soca but the jazz I heard was limited to my iPod. So, the choices for this week’s show included some of the tunes that caught my attention as well as a nod to the Caribbean, to Neil and to some live music I missed while away. If you want to hear this week’s selection, just press the Mixcloud tab. You’ll not be disappointed.

I missed both Matthew Halsall and Mammal Hands both at a local venue and on tour – but I heard from a son who saw the Sheffield performance that it was amazing. Online reviews seem to be giving the same message. What more can you say?

4PAN1TSPBThe Theo Parrish Black Jazz Records compilation was probably the highlight of the music that appeared on my iPod. I don’t know how to tell you enough that this is a wonderful must-have record. It’s widely available so go out and buy a copy for yourself. Some Cosmic Jazz favourites appeared on the show this week too, namely Esperanza Spalding, Zara McFarlane, Carmen Lundy and Gregory Porter – who was also on British television again this week.

The Charles Lloyd choice was for Neil who persuaded me that I needed to listen to his music, after which I wondered why it had taken me me so long. What a line-up there was for this record! Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. Wow!

Ernest Ranglin was my Caribbean link. The title track Below The below the basslineBassline from the album of the same name was released on what Island called their Jamaica Jazz label and the presence of Monty Alexander on piano and melodica is evidence enough of its jazz credentials. Many Jamaican musicians of that era, including Ernest Ranglin himself, grew up immersed in jazz sounds and learnt to play through jazz groups. At the beginning of the tune Ira Coleman’s bass seemed to disturb the IO Radio speakers but it was soon sorted. A bass-heavy, jazzy, reggae tune and a beautifully recorded, understated album that is required listening.

  1. The Awakening – Jupiter from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
  2. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Song from Radio Music Society
  3. Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra – Falling Water from When the World Was One
  4. Mammal Hands –  Tiny Crumb from Animalia
  5. Zara McFarlane – Woman In The Olive Groves from If You Knew Her
  6. Ernest Ranglin – Below The Bassline from Below the Bassline
  7. The Charles Lloyd Quartet – Bird Flight from Dream Weaver
  8. Carmen Lundy – When Will They Ever Learn from Soul to Soul
  9. Gregory Porter – Hey Laura from Liquid Spirit

Playlist – 04 February 2015: a Brazilian rare groove classic

Click the MixCloud tab this week to hear two jazz contributions from Scotland; the wonderful trumpeter Colin Steele and a new sound from Circus FM with excellent vocalist Flora Munro.

From France, via Steve’s Jazz Sounds, came the excellent Florian Pellisier Quintet, sounding a bit like the Cosmic Jazz favourite Matthew Halsall and with an album called Biches Bleues. Where did they get that from I wonder? Also from Steve was another excellent, contemporary-sounding trio led by Michal Tokaj.

If there is one tune this programme that you must have it is Aldeia de Ogum  from Brazilian singer/musician and songwriter Joyce.  When I first heard this I went searching in a London record shop and paid a lot of money for a vinyl copy of the album Feminina. The whole album is much treasured but this tune is simply sublime and is now available on CD compilations.

I heard Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics recently and realised that, quite wrongly, I had neglected their album. It is simply deep, engrossing and captivating music. As is Sun Ra whose selection was inspired by the reference to ‘space’ in Jarrod Lawson’s Music and its Magical Way. Come to think of it, Sun Ra might have liked that title too!  Jarrod Lawson straddles soul/R’n’B/gospel/jazz and he is a quality act.

I am not forgetting Carmen Lundy and Esperanza Spalding, but if you follow Cosmic Jazz you will know all about them.

joyce femininaNeil notes: Ah – Joyce and Feminina! When Derek and I first met, we discovered (at least) two specific shared musical experiences. The first was the rare appearance of Fela Kuti in a freezing Brixton venue in the 1983 for an epic concert featuring both a tongue-slashing witch doctor and guest appearances from 24 of his recently married wives. The second was the event referred to above – a specific visit in 1989 to Mr Bongo’s basement record shop in Berwick Street, Soho to get one of the few UK copies of Joyce’s seminal Feminina album – on vinyl of course. Prior to this, rare Brazilian originals were changing hands for well over £100.  Aldeia de Ogum is well chosen: this was the track that would pack the dancefloor at Dingwalls in Camden Town when young DJ Gilles Peterson was on the decks.

Over a forty year recording career, Joyce’s music has spannedjoyce essential musical and cultural divides, from 60s psychedelia to Brazilian dance floor jazz and Joni Mitchell style folk through to anti-government revolutionary political songs. Brazil’s 1970s military dictatorship persecuted many artists, and ensured that their music was censored and often banned. A few years ago, Mr Bongo released The Essential Joyce 1970-1996, currently the only available survey of her full musical career. It’s highly recommended as an overview, but for the real deal buy a CD or vinyl reissue of Feminina, first released in 1980 and revel in the magic of Joyce’s music.

  1. Florian Pellisier Quintet – Valse Pour Helene from Biches Bleues
  2. Michal Tokaj Trio – The Sign from The Sign
  3. Jarrod Lawson – Music and its Magical Way from Jarrod Lawson
  4. Sun Ra – Kingdom of Not from Space Odyssey
  5. Carmen Lundy – Sandegna  from Soul to Soul
  6. Joyce – Aldeia de Ogum from Feminina
  7. Circus FM – It’s All Good from Circus FM EP
  8. Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold from Radio Music Society
  9. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Anglo-Ethio Suite  from Inspiration Information
  10. Colin Steele – The Journey Home from The Journey Home

Playlist – 28 January 2015: more from 2014

Click the MixCloud tab on this site to get another chance to hear more music from 2014 that we have enjoyed. This includes re-releases as well as new tunes.

On the re-release front, Frank Foster’s The Loud Minority from BGP Records is a ‘must-have’ and at mid-price is a bargain. The Spiritual Jazz series continued to unveil surprises and delights and any track with the title Destroy the Nihilistic Picnic deserves investigation. You’ll not be disappointed.
takua kurodaThe trumpeter Takuya Kuroda from Japan will be a new name to many, but Carmen Lundy will not to regular Cosmic Jazz followers. Meanwhile, George Garzone is a hard-blowing sax player from New York and saxophonist Mark Turner, with Avishai Cohen and Mark Gilmore in his adventurous quartet, provides another example of serious, ECM-released music. This album featured on many a ‘best of…’ list from 2014 – and deservedly so. Check it out.

a0861687454_2From the UK – although with a serious nod to Brazil – came Da Lata, whom I enjoyed live at The Flipside Festival in Suffolk. Make a note for your diaries – there will be another Flipside over the first weekend of October 2015 at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.

Also from the UK and produced in Scotland through RN Records was Circus FM from an EP released at the end of 2014. The tune I played It’s All Good is a catchy, up-tempo number with clear, swinging, enticing vocals from Flora Munro, who gigs regularly across Scotland.

  1. Frank Foster – The Loud Minority from The Loud Minority
  2. George Garzone – Restless from Quintonic
  3. Carmen Lundy – Life is a Song from Soul to Soul
  4. Takuya Kuroda – Everybody Loves the Sunshine from Rising Sun
  5. The London Experimental Jazz Quartet – Destroy the Nihilistic Picnic from Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
  6. Circus FM – Its All Good from Circus FM CD/EP
  7. Da Lata – Deixa from Fabiola
  8. Mark Turner Quartet – Brothers Sisters from Lathe of Heaven

Video this week features Mark Turner in conversation about his Lathe of Heaven ECM release:

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Playlist – 21 January 2015: Neil’s choice

In the studio this week was Neil: back from Beijing for a short visit, it was time for him to head to the decks and record a live show. The music focused on new albums and reissues from 2014 – along with an extra or two. We bookended the show with a couple of tracks from rising star Taylor McFerrin’s first release, Early Riser. taylor mcferrinTaylor is son of jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin and knowing that the album is on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label tells you quickly that this is not a case of ‘like father, like son’. Robert Glasper and bassist Thundercat are some of the big names supporting multi-instrumentalist McFerrin to create music that moves fluidly between soul, electronica and jazz.

Next up was another new release – this time from American pianist Jason Moran whose recent concerts featured a papier mache head of his most recent inspiration, Fats Waller. The track also featured vocals – this time from bassist Meshell Ndegeocello. Following this was more evidence that the boundary between electronica and jazz continues to blur, with both Black Top and what might be called the Wesseltoft Trio using sonic manipulation to creative effect.

sun ra in the orbit of raFollowing the 100th anniversary of his birth, interest in the original jazz space cadet Sun Ra has never been greater. Reissues of his albums (even the most obscure ones) continues apace but we featured a track from one of the best introductions to his work that you could possibly wish for. Strut Records was definitely one of the labels of 2014 and their 2CD compilation of Ra’s work (In the Orbit of Ra) was compiled by long serving Ra sideman Marshall Allen. Angels and Demons at Play is a typically glorious, brassy romp that’s impossible not to like.

We followed with a great reissue from drummer Horacee Arnold who recorded in the 1970s with a host of big names across two great albums, Tales of the Exonerated Flea and Tribe, both now available on a double album reissue. You might not have heard of Arnold, but you’ll know many of the great names on these two albums. Arnold’s vision was a wide-ranging one and he recruited players from all over the jazz world – bassist George Mraz, flautist Art Webb, saxophonist Sonny Fortune, percussionist Dom Um Romao, and from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, bassist Rick Laird and and keyboard player Jan Hammer. As if this wasn’t enough, Arnold was even able to access two great guitarists who continue to form the backbone of many an ECM release – Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie. The end result is one of the most fascinating, soulful and truly successful albums of the entire jazz rock genre. The album never drops into predictable jazz rock tropes and every track offers a genuine fusion of new rhythmic, melodic and harmonic concepts. This is an album to chase up and enjoy. The funky Latin groove of Benzele Windows is a good example with intricate, modal solos by Webb, Fortune and Abercrombie.

john coltrane offeringTalking of reissues, one of the best of 2014 was John Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University. Much has been written about this double CD album, recorded just eight months before Coltrane’s early death from liver cancer. in 1966 ‘trane’s gig at Temple University was recorded by the university’s radio station but has only been heard in partial, poor-quality bootlegs until this year, when it was polished up and issued for this set. The music on Offering shifts between standard ideas of jazz and noise music, regularly tipping over from chords and melody and harmony into the realm of pure sound. On this night in Philadelphia, Coltrane threw in everything – a couple of extra saxophone players he knew from the area as well as Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, and Robert Kenyatta on percussion. We don’t hear much of them because the whole thing was recorded through one microphone. The focus is clearly on the leader, but there’s no need to worry about the pressure as Coltrane is on fire –  his playing (and vocalising) makes this record a must.

After the edge of the universe playing on his Live in Japan set (also recorded in 1966), Coltrane seems to return to Earth on Offering.  He starts with the ever-beautiful Naima, roughs it up with Crescent, and tunes in to Rashid Ali’s intense drumming on Leo. But then, halfway through this last track, we hear something unique in all of Coltrane’s extended, various output.  He sets aside his horn and starts to vocalise, singing phrases while beating on his chest to give his vocals an effect something like vibrato. The audience (or more accurately those that were left) must have been mesmerised, perhaps recognising that Coltrane had reached a point where his instrument just couldn’t convey the feelings he had locked inside.

From the intensity of this track we moved to a brief taste of one of the most joyous of returns to form from octogenarian pianist Ahmad ahmad jamalJamal, recorded live in Paris. The package comes as a double CD with DVD and it’s great value. In the second half of the concert,  Jamal brings out special guest Yusef Lateef who was to die at the age of 93 soon after recording. The whole concert is a glorious demonstration that age is no barrier to being cool. There was more Lateef towards the end of the show with an early classic from the beginning of his career.

There was also time to squeeze in a short piece by Alsace DJ and sampler Kira Neris in a track culled from the Japan-only version of his Behind Closed Doors album and a short taste of another great reissue from 2014 which showcases Keith Jarrett’s early American trio but the ‘meat’ of this musical sandwich was the astonishing michael wollnyMichael Wollny Trio. Jazzwise magazine had this release at the top of their Best of 2014 – and it’s easy to see why. Wollny’s vision is more eclectic than most and the influences on this classic piano, bass, drums combination are omnivorous. Wollny takes in the Flaming Lips, Varese, writer Fredrich Nietzsche and punky priestess P!ink amongst others. We ended the show with a drum workout from Pheeroan Ak Laff and another Taylor McFerrin track. In all, an eclectic mix but then – as Frank Zappa noted – “jazz isn’t dead – it just smells funny.”

  1. Taylor McFerrin – Invisible/Visible – Early Riser
  2. Jason Moran – Ain’t Misbehavin’ – All Rise
  3. Black Top – Archaic Nubian Stepdub – # One
  4. Wesseltoft, Schwarz, Berglund – Take a Quick Break – Trialogue
  5. Sun Ra – Angels and Demons at Play – In the Orbit of Ra
  6. Horacee Arnold – Benzele Windows – Tales of the Exonerated Flea
  7. John Coltrane – Offering – Offering: Live at Temple University
  8. Ahmad Jamal – Blue Moon (encore) – Live at the Olympia
  9. Kira Neris – My Room – Behind Closed Doors
  10. Michael Wollny Trio – God is  a DJ – Weltentraum
  11. Keith Jarrett Trio – Life, Dance – Hamburg ’72
  12. Heliocentrics – Prologue – The Last Transmission
  13. Pheeroan Ak Laff – Tzaddi Vau (part 1) – Black Fire! New Spirits!
  14. Yusef Lateef – Chang, Chang, Chang – Black Fire! New Spirits!
  15. Taylor McFerrin – Already There – Early Riser

Video this week comes from bassist Richard Bona and vocalist extraordinaire Bobby McFerrin. Enjoy!

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Playlist – 14 January 2015: a global mix

As we get into the New Year, Cosmic Jazz brings the usual global mix of old and new jazz and jazz-relate music.

From Poland came the Michel Wroblewski Trio and from Poland via New York Rafal Sarnecki. From the USA we have enjoyed the album Quintonic  by sax player George Garzone accompanied by fellow sax master Jerry Bergonzi.

Carmen Lundy needs no further introduction to anyone who has listened to Cosmic Jazz and the selection of Philip Cohran was inspired by having seen his sons play recently in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. We have enjoyed, and given a good airing to, the Soul Brother Records Walter Bishop Jr. re-release Soul Village. Gato Barbieri from Argentina and Marcos Valle from Brazil extended our global reach.

  1. Michel Wroblewski Trio – Take Nine from City Album
  2. George Garzone – Idiosynchrasies from Quintonic
  3. Rafal Sarnecki – For Anastazia from Cat’s Cream
  4. Carmen Lundy – Grace from Soul to Soul
  5. Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel from On the Beach
  6. Walter Bishop Jr. – Soul Turnaround  from Soul Village
  7. Gato Barbieri – Nunea Mas from Chapter One: Latin America
  8.  Marcos Valle – Aqua de Coco from Brazilian Love Affair

Video this week comes from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performing live in Warsaw last year. Enjoy!

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