11 January 2017 – Jazz from Eastern Europe.

This week the music came from Eastern Europe with some Danish connections. It is all music that I came across last year and most of it was released in 2016. As always, the best source for this music is Steve’s Jazz Sounds, see here

The show started with a tune from the album  Monte Alban by the veteran Polish sax player Adam Pieronczyk. It was recorded during a tour of Mexico with his trio comprising of a Polish bass player and a Mexican drummer. The sound is a highly unusual one and uses electronic devices to process the sound of the bass and add layers. It is an interesting album.

The Cracow Jazz Collective have an album which proclaims No More Drama as its title It is anything but. There are dramatic shifts of sound throughout the long tune, called Jazz Drama. . Check the particularly dramatic explosion five minutes in.There are only three tracks on the album with plenty of opportunity for unexpected dramas.

Artur Tuznik is an example of the Poland – Denmark connection. Pianist Tuznik is  Polish-born  but  now resident in Copenhagen. Moreover, the tune I played from the trio he leads is called Hymn For Copenhagen. His piano playing is well to the fore with some gentle backing on the drums.

The Pawel Wszolek Quintet have appeared before on the show. Wszolek is a bass player from Krakow and his strong playing is prominent. The band play tough, loud, heavy jazz. I like it.

Drummer Radel Wosko is another Polish jazz musician now living in Denmark. He also spent a year travelling in the USA and West Africa before making the album Atlantic. The quartet has musicians from three different countries.

Valer Muker is from Slovakia. The music is calm and peaceful, like the title of the tune I played and has the feel of folk roots influences of the country. It is a trio, augmented on occasions by guitar.

Finally, I returned to The Beat Freaks and a tune fro their album Leon. The band have an interesting and individualistic sound and are led by sax player Tomasz Licak. He was born in Poland but is now based in, yes you guessed it, Copenhagen Denmark!

  1. Adam Pieronczyk – Monte Alban Blues from Monte Alban
  2. Cracow Jazz Collective – Jazz Drama from No More Drama
  3. Artur Tuznik Trio – Hymn for Copenhagen from Artur Tuznik Trio
  4. Pawel Wszolek Quintet – Dar Wiary from Faith
  5. Radek Wasko Atlantic Quintet – Summer Sessions from Atlantic
  6. Valer Muker Trio – Calm & Peaceful from Vibrations, States, Emotions
  7. The Beat Freaks – Pod Noske from Leon

04 January 2017: best of 2016 part 2

My co-presenter Neil was not in the studio this week but he did send an excellent selection of new and re-released music from 2016 that he has enjoyed.

What a powerful way it  was to start the show. Jack deJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison with the haunting, disturbing and highly evocative tune Alabama, particularly poignant with Ravi Coltrane involved in playing a version of what was possibly his father’s most political song. The show featured two tunes from this trio’s album album In Movement.

Sarathy Korwar is someone new to me. He has been the beneficiary of support from the Steve Reid Foundation set up in honour of the late drummer to support young musicians. Sarathy is himself a percussionist/drummer. The music is distinctive and innovative combining traditional music from the Sidi community of India with electronics and jazz.

The music of EST seemed to merge perfectly with the sounds of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Miles Davis tune was from a bootleg series but was perfect in audio quality and playing and the Arthur Blythe tune was another unpredictable but exciting example of his work.

Not so the Robert Glasper featuring Erykah Badu, to me the one disappointment from the selection. I may not be alone here, I love his playing with other bands e.g. Otis Brown III, but sometimes with his own band I am not so sure. On the occasion I saw him live the event started very late and the constant use of the vocoder did little to inspire.

The saxophonist Donny McCaslin, however, leads a tough, left-field New York band with bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guilliana and keyboardist Jason Lindner.

  1. Jack deJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – Alabama from In Movement
  2. Sarathy Korwar – Bhajan from Day By Day
  3. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra + EST – From Gagarin’s Point Of View from EST Symphony
  4. Miles Davis – Footprints (Master Take) from The Bootleg Series Vol 5
  5. Arthur Blythe – Contemplation from Blythe Spirit
  6. Robert Glasper feat. Erykah Badu – Mayisha (So Long) – from Everything’s Beautiful
  7. Donny McCaslin – Warszawa from Beyond Now
  8. Jack deJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – Serpentine Fire from In Movement

 

21 December 2016: best of 2016 part 1

It’s that time of year again when we check out the best of what we’ve heard here at Cosmic Jazz over the last twelve months. This has been another great year for jazz – clearly following up the impact of Kamasi Washington’s 2015 The Epic. I’ve lost count of the number of recent Twitter features that promote the strength of this new relationship between contemporary jazz and a hip hop sensibility. Much of this began with saxophonist Terrace Martin’s appearance on 2015’s jazz-inflected Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Donny McCaslin’s contribution to David Bowie’s BlackStar. Of course, this has happened before but that shouldn’t stop us using this resurgence to promote new jazz.

So here we are with the first round of our Best of 2016 – but we actually began with a reissue from our label of the year, Strut. After two excellent Sun Ra anthologies in previous years (one curated by Gilles Peterson), Strut excelled themselves with The Singles, a 3CD chronological collection of – yes – all of the singles released by Sun Ra and related groups. Sun Ra released numerous 45 RPM singles over his long career, and this is a definitive collection of the singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career from 1952 to 1991. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases. We selected the earliest track of all, Ra’s first recording of his spoken word track I Am an Instrument, followed by the seasonal It’s Christmas Time before diving into more Strut goodness from the resurrected Pyramids and their excellent album We All Be Africans.

New British jazz came from new duo Yussef Kamal followed by Bill Laurance, keyboard player with Snarky Puppy who came featured later in the show. More British jazz followed – first, from trumpeter Laura Jurd and her new group Dinosaur and then piano trio GoGo Penguin, now signed to Blue Note. We had more trio action from Brad Mehldau with his superb take on Lennon/McCartney’s And I Love Her followed by a track from German guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel’s excellent ECM release Rising Grace.

We ended the show with Jazzwise’s magazine’s choice of best new release of 2016 – a track from the excellent Tim Garland album One. We missed this album on its arrival in May, but Garland’s band should have alerted us to what was in store. Garland is Wayne Shorter-like in a number of ways: he’s an elegant composer as well as having a unique and different voice on both tenor and soprano saxophones. One sees him in the company of Jason Rebello on keys, Ant Law on guitar and  Asaf Sirkis on drums with percussion from Egyptian Hossam Ramzy on three tracks.

  1. Sun Ra – I Am an Instrument from The Singles 1952-91
  2. The Qualities – It’s Christmas Time from The Singles 1952-91
  3. Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids – Rhapsody in Berlin from We All Be Africans
  4. Yussef Kamal – Black Focus from Black Focus
  5. Bill Laurance – SOTI from Aftersun
  6. Dinosaur – Living, Breathing from Dinosaur
  7. Snarky Puppy – Tarova from Culcha Vulcha
  8. Go Go Penguin – Weird Cat from Man Made Object
  9. Brad Mehldau – And I Love Her from Blues and Ballads
  10. Wolfgang Muthspiel – Wolfgang’s Waltz from Rising Grace
  11. Tim Garland – Colours of Night from One

14 December 2016: eastern European spiritual jazz

The music this week has a religious quality and a calm intensity that allows for reflection, contemplation and even melancholy. Over half of the music came from Eastern Europe and is readily available through Steve’s Jazz Sounds.

monte-alban-adam-pieronczykThe first tune came from the distinguished veteran Polish sax player Adam Pieronczyk. It comes from his 2016 album Monte Alban recorded in Mexico and including a Mexican drummer. There’s a highly distinctive and unusual sound – electronic devices processing the sound of the bass add layers and give an electro-jazz feel. It is gripping, original and a must for free jazz thinkers.

the-beat-freaks-leonWe like to re-visit music on Cosmic Jazz – giving you an opportunity to make an informed evaluation of a new album. For the second week in a row there was a tune from Leon the new Beat Freaks album. They are led by Polish sax player Tomasz Licak who moved from Poland to Copenhagen to study music and remains based there. Again it is distinctive, contemporary, more electro-jazz even.

Valer Miker is a pianist from Slovakia with a trio of drums and bass sometimes augmented by guitar and an album with the interesting title Vibrations, States, Emotions.

Another Polish musician, bass player Pawel Wszolek from Krakow leads a quintet with an album that has a strong religious feel. Indeed, look no further than the title of the album Faith for evidence of this, but the music definitely has religious intensity. Last week we had Psalm 27, this week Powrot Syna. 

There was no let-up from this intensity with a beautiful tune from Gustavsen, Tander and Vespestad from their 2016 album What Was Said. I saw them perform this year in the excellent acoustics of The Apex at Bury St. Edmunds. Very beautiful the music is too, although possibly too precious for some. The minimalist live set could have been longer but you left the show feeling enriched.

The Wajciech Majewski Quintet encapsulates the lyricism and melancholy to be found in so much of Polish jazz and the title of the album Remembrance fits perfectly with the themes of the music in the rest of the show.

Finally, as a tribute to the late Don Rendell who through the Rendell/Carr Quintet first got me into live jazz we featured the classic Dusk Fire, an eternal Cosmic Jazz favourite that epitomises in feel, sound and impact everything this week’s programme of moving music for the heart, mind and soul is all about.

  1. Adam Pieronczyk – The Arrival from Monte Alban
  2. The Beat Freaks –  Bright Eyes from Leon
  3. Valer Miker Trio – From Sunrise to Sunset from Vibrations, States, Emotions
  4. Pawel Wsolek Quintet – Powrot Syna from Faith
  5. Gustavsen, Tander & Vespestad – What Was Said to the Rose/O Sacred Head from What Was Said
  6. Wajciech Majewski Quintet – Zamyslenie from Remembrance
  7. Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Dusk Fire from Dusk Fire

07 December 2016: modal and more

This week’s show was another mainly calm one, although eagle eared listeners may detect some unplanned sound clashes due to technical glitches. Click the MixCloud tab for some surprises! At the heart of the show this week were two modal pieces – one French, one British.

Cecile McLorin Salvant opened the show and provided continuity from last week’s theme. Not only does she have a superb vocal delivery but on this record is backed by one of the toughest and together rhythm sections going. They must be amazing as a unit when playing live.

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It’s the time of year when we at CJ look back and reflect on what we’ve have seen and heard. Live performance of the year for me came from Norwegian percussionist Thomas Stronin, performing with an Anglo-Norwegian line-up at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May. Intense, gripping and innovative in its approach and execution, we left feeling uplifted and inspired. In recognition, I played the title tune of the related album.

The spiritual vibe continued with some new music available from Steve’s Jazz Sounds. Pawel Wszolek is a Polish bass player leading his quintet. The title of both his album (Faith) and the tune we featured (Psalm 27) give a clear hint of spiritual leanings and the music does not disappoint. Also from Poland is Tomasz Licak – a saxophonist who moved to Denmark at the age of 19 and – like other Polish musicians before him – gained inspiration from Scandinavian jazz. His band The Beat Freaks have a hypnotic, captivating sound.

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Matthew Halsall has not appeared on Cosmic Jazz for some time and with the mood and direction of the programme it seemed cap-de-bon-esperanceappropriate to revisit his becalming, modal music. Florian Pelissier is another modalist  and his reflections on a contemporary lifestyle, or maybe the eternal jazz fan (?) via his tune The Hipster reminded me I need to play from Cap de Bon Esperance, his excellent release from earlier this year.

British label BGO have released four long out of print Arthur Blythe records released on one highly recommended 2CD set and we featured one of the standout tracks from the first of these excellent albums. The programme ended with a raucous blast courtesy of the late Gato Barbieri on his (mostly) live album release from Impulse! – Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre.

  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Something’s Coming from For One to Love
  2. Thomas Stronen – Time is a Blind Guide from Time is a Blind Guide
  3. Pawel Wsolek Quintet – Psalm 27 from Faith
  4. Arthur Blythe – Down San Diego Way from Lenox Avenue Breakdown
  5. Florian Pelissier Quintet – The Hipster from Cap de Bon Esperance
  6. Matthew Halsall – When the World Was One from When the World Was One
  7. The Beat Freaks – Oriented from Leon
  8. Gato Barbieri – Para Nosotros from Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre

30 November 2016: women in jazz

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It’s a sad reflection of the state of jazz that the title for this week’s show refers to women in jazz. It cannot be denied, however, that in this art form men largely outnumber women. There has not been the space or the opportunities there should be for women musicians. Neil’s listening choice this week features three very different women in jazz – vocalist Diana Krall (who appears to be channelling Mark Murphy on this live take), trumpeter Laura Jurd and jazz aficionado Joni Mitchell.

maria-schneider-thompson-fieldsBut there’s been progress – and if you listen to this week’s show via the MixCloud tab you will hear an exciting jazz orchestra led by American composer Maria Schneider, a young British vocalist and composer in Zara McFarlane, eternal Cosmic Jazz favourites Carmen Lundy and Rachelle Ferrell and Grammy Award-winning bass player, composer and vocalist extraordinaire Esperanza Spalding.

  1. Rachelle Ferrell – Prayer Dance from First Instrument
  2. Carmen Lundy – Kindred Spirits from Soul to Soul
  3. Zara McFarlane feat. Leron Thomas – Angie La La from If You Knew Her
  4. Somi – Ankara Sunday from The Lagos Music Salon
  5. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Song from Radio Music Society
  6. Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra – Rich’s Piece from Sky Blue
  7. Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra – The Monarch and the Milk Weed from The Thompson Fields
  8. SleepWalker feat Bembe Segue – Into The Sun from The Voyage

Neil is listening to…

23 November: outside and inside

Bobby Wellins

This week Cosmic Jazz acknowledges the death of tenor player Bobby Wellins and his immeasurable contribution to the British jazz scene. There have been many jazz solos over the years that have achieved legendary status – whether Coleman Hawkins on Body and Soul, Art Tatum on Tea for Two or, of course, Charlie Parker on Koko – but Bobby Wellins is definitely up there too with the perfection that stan-tracey-under-milk-woodis his solo on Starless and Bible Black. No matter how many times you hear this, it’s impossible not to be moved by what Wellins creates in just over three minutes. We featured the title track from Stan Tracey’s suite based on the Dylan Thomas classic text. Why not explore the Andrew Sinclair/Richard Burton film version or add to this something really different: an extended loop take on the original that captures the monochrome Wellins’ atmosphere using a moody video image.

Also dhafer-youssefon this week’s show was another track from one of 2016’s top releases – the new album from vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef, an old favourite from Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele and more from the exciting electric piano trio led by drummer Thomas Grimmonprez,

Derek also featured sax players Carlos Garnett and Fredrik Kronkvist and drummer Otis Brown. The show ended with another brazilian-beats-4nod to Brazil – this time, a rarity out of Japan that appears on the excellent compilation Brazilian Beats 4. This consistently excellent compilation series can now be bought in a budget priced box set from the always reliable Mr Bongo record label.

So why our title this week? Well, jazz musicians usually choose to play either inside (within) a tune’s harmonic structure or outside (beyond the chord changes). There’s examples of both in our music this week – but let’s check out a master of the ‘outside’ – Thelonius Monk in this rare live performance of Rhythm a Ning, featuring Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums.

Dhafer Youssef – Al-Akhtal Rhapsody Part 1 from Diwan of Beauty and Odd
Carlos Garnett – Let Us Go (to Higher Heights) from Journey to Enlightenment
Colin Steele – The Journey Home from The Journey Home
Thomas Grimmonprez – Spicy Chocolate from Kaleidoscope
Otis Brown III feat. Bilal – The Thought Of You Pt III from The Thought Of You
Stan Tracey – Under Milk Wood from Under Milk Wood
Fredrik Kronkvist – Straight To The Point from Ignition
Sonia Rosa and Yuji Ohno – Casa Forte (album version) from Brazilian Beats 4

16 November 2016: pair-shaped jazz?

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On Cosmic Jazz we like to give you the chance to hear more than a one-off track to judge an album. This week, click the MixCloud tab and you will hear several of our featured artists with a couple of their tunes. Erik Truffaz opened the show with a repeat of Siegfried  (love that piano!) which I was unable to play it in full on the previous show and we followed this with Fat City from his recent album Doni Doni.

Jane Bunnjane-bunnett-spirits-of-havana-25th-anniversaryett returned with a track from her Cuban excursion of 25 years ago. This is my top re-release of 2016 and is a superb merging of Cuban Latin rhythms with jazz with Merceditas Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba among the Cuban contributors.

Much of the programme addressed the question of Is this jazz? and none more so than the tunes from Marcus Strickland and his album Nihil Novi. Among the impressive players on the album are Meshell N’degeocello, Keyon Harrold and Charles Haynes, certainly artists with impressive jazz credentials but people who are responsive to other current sounds around them. There are some impressive vocals from Jean Baylor on Nihil Novi too.  British soul/jazz/funk/r’n’b outfit Incognito also have a range of interesting and powerful guest vocalist with Imaani being the one on our selection, Love Born in Flames. Maybe not jazz but…

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We have not forgotten Ahmad Jamal’s release Live in Marciac, his CD/DVD recorded live at this excellent annual jazz festival in southwest France. The Shout captures something of the precious and awe-inspiring atmosphere performance his trio (along with percussionist Manola Badrena) gave two years ago. Immerse yourself in the experience and check out the rewarding DVD too.

guilio-romano-malaisiWe like to promote artists that are new to us, and the Scottish-based label Birnam do an excellent job to provide a CD outlet for artists looking for their work to be exposed. This week we featured Italian-born London resident guitarist Guilio Romano Malaisi, with two tunes including the title tune of his CD Unexpected Ride. His guitar playing is well to the fore but check the running bass of Dario di Lecce on the title track. It is a pleasing album with a quartet of players including Sophie Alloway on drums/percussion and Michael Rosen on sax who sound as if they enjoy playing together.

To complete the show there was time to fit in another two tunes from the excellent retrospective of Mark Murphy’s Muse label recordings which we featured last week – timeless music.

  1. Erik Truffaz – Siegfried from Bending Corners
  2. Erik Truffaz – Fat City from Doni Doni
  3. Jane Bunnett – Yo Siempre Oddora from Spirits of Havana/Chamalongo (25th Anniversary edition)
  4. Incognito – Love Born in Flames from In Search of Better Days
  5. Marcus Strickland – Mantra from Nihil Novi
  6. Marcus Strickland – Sissoko’s Voyage from Nihil Novi
  7. Ahmad Jamal – The Shout from Live in Marciac
  8. Guilio Romano Malaisi – Grooving Along from Unexpected Ride
  9. Guilio Romano Malasi – Unexpected Ride from Unexpected Ride
  10. Mark Murphy – Two Kites from Mark Murphy: Jazz Singer
  11. Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments from Mark Murphy: the Jazz Singer

Neil is listening to…

 

09 November 2016: Mark Murphy remembered

Cosmic Jazz this week featured some tunes we have played before from the late Mark Murphy bumark-murphy-04t which are now more easily available. Soul Brother Records have released a compilation entitled  Mark Murphy – The Jazz Singer which focuses on the music he recorded for the Muse record label following his return to the USA from London in 1972. Murphy, who died just over a year ago, was with Muse until 1991. This excellent compilation includes one of his signature tunes – a vocal version of Oliver Nelson’s Stolen Moments – and then, to illustrate his clever way with words, the joyous Ding Walls. It’s an account of his time on the jazz dance scene in London. Any CJ listener knows we love the music of Mark Murphy and for those wanting to get into his work, this new CD is an excellent place to start.

cap-de-bon-esperanceThe show began with Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s Winter in  America. I wonder why? Archie Shepp was also in the show for similar reasons. The show also included the title tune from the new album by Florian Pellisier and his Quintet – modal jazz delights with an uplifting tone.  As we promised last week, we featured a tune from Patrice Rushen with Joe Henderson on tenor. It was inspired by her appearance with Ed Motta and was further proof of her strong jazz credentials.

Next up was a track from the Thomas Grimmonprez Trio from thomas-grimmonprez-trioBelgium. The drummer leader has provided a press release which includes the information that he wanted to paint eleven drawings with different sound identities from which an emotional and musical “kaleidoscope” emerges, which is the mirror of my soul. Here a place resonates, there a breath whispers, farther a taste sensation hatches, elsewhere a vibration between two people comes up….

Attracted by the sound of the Fender Rhodes, Grimmonprez uses the talents of Jeremie Ternoy on piano and Fender Rhodes along with Christophe Hache on double-bass to help him shape his sound world. To us, the opening has more than a hint of Siegfried, a longtime CJ favourite from Erik Truffaz, and so it seemed appropriate to end the show with this little gem.

  1. Gil-Scott Heron and Brian Jackson – Winter in America from The First Minute of a New Day
  2. Florian Pellisier Quintet – Cap de Bob Esperance from Cap de Bob Esperance
  3. Patrice Rushen – Shortie’s Portion from Preclusion
  4. Archie Shepp – Blasé from Black Fire, New Spirits
  5. Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments from Mark Murphy – the Jazz Singer
  6. Mark Murphy – Ding Walls from Mark Murphy – the Jazz Singer
  7. Mark Murphy – Be-Bop Lives from Mark Murphy – the Jazz Singer
  8. Thomas Grimmnprez Trio – The Nap from Kaleidoscope
  9. Erik Truffaz – Siegfried from Bending Corners

02 November 2016: featuring Dhafer Youssef

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In recent weeks, Cosmic Jazz has featured several examples of music which includes jazz among their elements and is performed by jazz musicians – yet is not entirely jazz and draws upon other musical traditions. Bugge Wesseltoft (right) is one example – more of him later. Listen to the show on MixCloud this week for music from Dhafer Youssef that also surely fits this description.

dhafer-youssefYoussef is a Tunisian oud player with a new release entitled Diwan of Beauty and Odd. Dhafer Youssef has appeared on Cosmic Jazz before through his work on the Jazzland label of Norwegian keyboard player and record label owner Bugge Wesseltoft. This time he is on one of the Sony labels and is recorded here with some top-notch New York jazz musicians – Aaron Banks on piano, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Ben Williams on double bass and Mark Guillana on drums. The album has a spiritual, becalming and meditative feel as jazz and North African sounds merge into a trance-like whole. On the tune Al-Akhlal Rhapsody Part 1, check how the gentle flow of Ambrose Akinmusire’s trumpet supports the clear, acoustic feel of Dhafer Youssef’s oud playing. It is a lovely album and one for more contemplative moments.

ed motta perpetual gatewaysThe show opened with a track from French pianist Florian Pellisier, but not from his most recent album – that’s next week. This one was from his previous release Biches Bleues. Next came a re-visit to a favourite album from 2016, Perpetual Gateways by Brazilian keyboard player Ed Motta. It is an album of two halves, firstly soul and then jazz. There are some impressive guesta among the musicians including Hubert Laws, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith and the wonderful Patrice Rushen who plays Rhodes piano on Overblown, Overweight, the tune featured this week.

This was followed neatly by a trio that includes a Rhodes piano led by drummer Thomas Grimmonprez from the album Kaleidoscope. Neil singled out the trio from last week’s show: they have a sound that is fresh, upbeat and different from most of the many trios of young jazz musicians around at the moment. Thanks to  Steve’s Jazz Sounds for putting us in touch with this uplifting album. The trio have dates in France but there do not appear to be any forthcoming UK shows.

jane-bunnett-spirits-of-havana-25th-anniversaryI still cannot resist playing more of the recent releases which merge Cuban music and jazz. I have commented already on the wonderful 25th anniversary re-release of Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, a record that was released long before and is far more spontaneous, improvised and jazzy than the better known Buena Vista Social Club release from Ry Cooder. The tune from Dayme Arocena this week was a Cuban descarga jam of a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition. It is long, percussive and sounds like it was great fun to record.

Finally, we closed the show with the above-mentioned Bugge Wesseltoft, playing another track from his new 2CD 20 track compilation album, Somwhere in Between. For an introduction to Wesseltoft’s music, this is a great place to start.

  1. Florian Pellisier – J’ai du rever from Biches Bleues
  2. Ed Motta – Overblown, Overweight from Perpetual Gateway
  3. Thomas Grimmonprez – Spicy Chocolate from Kaleidoscope
  4. Dhafer Youssef – 17th Flyways from Diwan of Beauty and Odd
  5. Dhafer Youssef – Al-Aklal Rhapsody Part 1 – from Diwan of Beauty and Odd
  6. Dayme Arocena – Muy Cerquita De Ti (Closer To You) from One Takes
  7. Jane Bunnett – Coco from Spirits of Havana (Disc 2 Chamalongo)
  8. Bugge Wesseltoft – Existence from Somewhere in Between

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