Playlist – 26 August 2015

The show this week travelled to Brazil, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, the USA and probably other places as well. Check the wonderful range of sounds via the MixCloud tab.

I began in Brazil with a Cosmic Jazz favourite Joyce Moreno. This was to acknowledge the excellent Flipside Festival coming to the Snape Maltings Suffolk over the weekend of 2 – 4 October 2015. It is described as a family festival with a Latin beat and has an impressive line-up across the arts including music, dance and literature. Cosmic Jazz will be there playing Latin and jazzy sounds. Check the website for details. Flipside http://www.flipsidefestival.org/

We have given regular playing time to jazz from across Europe. This has been inspired by the wide range of jazz available at stevesjazzsounds.co.uk . This week was no exception with two new bands featured, a Swedish saxophonist we have featured before and an American great playing in Europe with European musicians.

This week I came across the Jelle Van Giel Group. Jelle Van Giel is an  impressive drummer from Belgium. I simply love their album Songs For Everyone and this week I played A New Beginning, a tune that builds and builds almost to a big band sound with Jelle’s drumming providing a tough background that is strong but not overwhelming. Check the YouYube clip below of another tune fromthe band. I shall play more from this album.

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Pawel Kazmarczk is another Polish musician, a pianist, from Krakow. Some publicity I found described him as “known for virtuosity, creativity & extremely mature technology”. Judge for yourself; I found him to be quirky and interesting.

The Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammer found his way onto my I-Player this week and I enjoyed it so much that I dug the tune out to play this week. Again, I need to play more from this man.

Saxophonist Charles Gayle was the US musician playing in Europe in a trio with European musicians. This was Giant Steps with probably only a few recognisable notes from the John Coltrane tune. It almost made the JC  version sound tame!

The Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week was The Loud Minority from Frank Foster. The band had a stellar line-up which included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones and Airto Moreira. It is a forthright, proud and loud statement for the righteous. Dee Dee Bridgewater makes an impassioned plea on behalf of the ‘loud minority’ and its sentiments remain as strong as ever today.

  1.  Joyce Moreno – Cantyo De Yansan from Raiz
  2.  Jelle Van Giel Group – A New Beginning from Songs For Everyone
  3.  Pawel Kazmarczk – Something Personal from Something Personal
  4. Jonas Kullhammer –  Hommage to George Braith from Gentlemen
  5. Charles Gayle Trio – Giant Steps from Christ Everlasting
  6. Frank Foster – The Loud Minority from The Loud Minority

 

Playlist – 19 August 2015: searching for the perfect beat…

Neil was back for this week’s Cosmic Jazz (although he didn’t make the beginning of the programme!) and the music reflected some of his current listening. First up was Matthew Halsall’s cover of Bill Lee’s Strata East classic John Coltrane – a track we never tire of here marcelo d2 CJ. Another old favourite came from Marcos Valle – and then it was time for the less familiar. We started with Marcelo D2, Brazilian rapper and nu-samba artist who was (as we all are) searching for the perfect beat. It’s not strictly jazz but that improvisational sensibility is always there – just as it is with the under-rated saxophonist Joe Farrell who has just featured in his own CJ blog entry. Check it out below this playlist and then listen (again) to his brilliant take on Stevie Wonder’s Too High.

More Wonderful stuff from Marcus Miller’s Tales album and then a track from someone who – like Farrell – deserves to be better know. Maria Schneider leads her own jazz orchestra and crafts rich and rewarding albums that are released on her own ArtistShare label. The music is stunning and the CDs are works of art too.

Time to end the show, and Neil featured one of Yusef Lateef’s lastthe-detroit-experiment major recordings, this time with the French Belmondo brothers. Their expansive double album Influence is not perfect but the featured track Shafaaa is a delight. We played out with another release that doesn’t always succeed in its ambitions but the Carl Craig-penned Think Twice is a bit of a monster. If you like this, try the minimalism remix by Henrik Schwartz that strips this slice of housey jazz to its barest essentials. It’s our first video clip this week. Does it sit easily with this White Magic Fred Astaire clip? I think so! If this isn’t for you, then try Maria Schneider conducting the NDR Big Band live at the 2009 Jazz Baltica festival – our second video clip this week.

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  1. Matthew Halsall – John Coltrane from download
  2. Marcus Valle – Agua de Coco from Contrasts
  3. Marcelo D2 – A Procura du Batida Perfeita from A Procura du Batida Perfeita (Searching for the Perfect Beat)
  4. Joe Farrell – Too High from Penny Arcade
  5. Marcus Miller – Medley: Vision/Joy Inside My Tears from Tales
  6. Maria Schneider Orchestra – Walking by Flashlight from The Thompson Fields
  7. Belmondo/Yusef Lateef – Shafaa from Influence
  8. Carl Craig – Think Twice from The Detroit Experiment

Joe Farrell – unsung hero?

joe farrellJoe Farrell should be much better known, but his fate was to be best known for a short string of CTI records in the 1970s. Let me explain… The decade of jazz-rock has not been kind to some artists who grew their hair, dabbled with electronics or solo pyrotechnics and who adopted overindulgent production values. Of course, there are those whose musical language was enhanced by by the era – Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis for example. Their polar opposite approaches to the changing musical landscape proved of lasting value and influence to jazz – and beyond.

Joe Farrell came straight out of the jazz tradition: apprenticeships with Maynard Ferguson and Charlie Mingus led in 1968 to a place in Elvin Jones’ regular band, latterly as part of a three horn line up with Dave Liebman and Frank Foster. Farrell recorded several under-rated albums with Jones but greater recognition came with his tenure in a first incarnation of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever andjoe farrell quartet his CTI solo albums, beginning with Joe Farrell Quartet in 1970 which features a definitive version of John McLaughlin’s Follow Your Heart. To some extent these solo records were overshadowed by Farrell’s sidesman work with other CTI artists – Airto Moreira, Ray Barreto, Lalo Schifrin and George Benson but each of them features Farrell’s powerful and imaginative soloing on tenor and soprano saxes together with flute and even oboe too.

airto_free1Drug addiction and finally bone cancer led to his early death in 1986 at the age of 48 but not before he’d cemented his reputation with recordings for jazz supergroup Fuse One, more Chick Corea, Billy Cobham’s excellent first solo album Spectrum and session outings with Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Hall and Oates and many others. His final recording was back with Airto and his wife Flora Purim on the album Three Way Mirror.

I’ve not come across a Farrell solo that isn’t of interest – nothing was ever perfunctory or sounds phoned in. Even on his mainstream CTI albums there are tracks that feature harder edges, squeaks and squalls unexpected in this catalogue.

Selected discography:

  • 1966: Chick Corea – Tones for Joan’s Bones (Blue Note)
  • 1969: Elvin Jones – Poly-currents (Blue Note)
  • 1970: Joe Farrell Quartet (CTI)
  • 1971: Outback (CTI)
  • 1972: Chick Corea – Return to Forever (Verve)
  • 1972: Airto Moreira – Free (CTI)
  • 1972: Moon Germs (CTI)
  • 1973: Penny Arcade (CTI)
  • 1973: Don Sebesky – Giant Box (1973)
  • 1973: Billy Cobham – Spectrum (Atlantic)
  • 1974: Upon This Rock (CTI)
  • 1976: Maynard Ferguson – Primal Scream (CBS)
  • 1979: Ray Barretto – La Cuna (CTI)
  • 1980: Fuse One (CTI)

And here’s Joe Farrell in 1968 with Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass:

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Playlist – 12 August 2015: from Mizell to LA

A great thing about Cosmic Jazz is that we are not limited in our choice of jazz and jazz-related music. For example, we don’t have to concentrate on new releases with a few old tunes thrown in – we can just play what we like. This week’s show, available at the click of the MixCloud tab on this page, is a good illustration.

The Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week was a recent 2014 release The Way (Truth and Life) from Otis Brown III. This was followed by the serenely peaceful The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits by Ambrose Akinmusire, also released in 2014 and from his album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint.

Either side there were older tunes starting with Donald Byrd and Johnny Hammond, both from albums produced by the Mizell Brothers. We like the Mizell Brothers at Cosmic Jazz but they are not seen as ‘authentic’ enough by some jazz lovers.

There was another Black Jazz Records tune this time from Rudolph Johnson and another play for The Pharaohs having heard the wonderful Freedom Road through the shuffle selection of my I-Player during the week.

The final piece was a perfect exemplar of our airplay freedom. The Gathering was literally a gathering of Los Angeles musicians in Leimert Park and I played Peyote Song III which is over 18 minutes long, a length not always deemed appropriate for airplay.  Interestingly, there were some Cosmic Jazz favourites playing at this event, including Kamasi Washington (whom we have championed recently) as well as Azar Lawrence, Phil Ranelin and Dwight Trible. Check out the record – highly recommended.

  1. Donald Byrd – Flight Time from Black Byrd
  2. Johnny Hammond – Los Conquistadores Chocolates from BGP Presents Jazz Funk
  3. The Pharaohs – Freedom Road from Freedom, Rhythm & Sound
  4. Rudolph Johnson – Time & Space from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signatures
  5. Otis Brown III – The Way (Truth and Life) from The Thought Of You
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire – The Beauty Of Dissolving Portraits from The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint
  7. The Gathering – Peyote Song III from Leimert Park: Roots and Branches of LA Jazz

 

Brainfeeder Records: is it jazz?

I’m back in the UK and so there’s a chance to record some Cosmic Jazz specials. More on those later – but first up we’ll have a close look at music that’s currently coming from California via the Brainfeeder label.

stan_getz_west_coast_jazzThere have long been contrasting scenes in jazz – and two obvious ones have been the two typified by the ‘cool’ west coast and ‘hot’ east coast scenes of the 1950s. Stan Getz and Chet Baker represented the chilled vibe of the west coast while John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy illustrated the more intense approach favoured by those musicians resident in New York. Well, today there’s another west coast vibe – and some say much of it is not even jazz.

I’m indebted to Natalie Weiner and her article on the Noisey website for prompting the rest of this post. You can check the article out here. Weiner focuses on the music coming from the SanLos angelesFrancisco based Brainfeeder which features such artists as Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Kamasi Washington – all of whom have featured on CJ. Indeed, we played Flying Lotus as long ago as 2008 when he released his sophomore album Los Angeles – named after his hometown. Was it jazz? Probably not – but, as always, that will depend on your definition.

What we are seeing in jazz over the the last five years or so is an
increasingly fertile amalgam of influences from two other musics – electronica and hip hop. This open genre-bending has, of course, always been a feature of jazz – but the music now goes much further than the rather tokenistic jazz and hip hop collaborations of the 1990s that saw the birth of such projects as rapper Guru’s collaborations with Blue Note past masters on the Jazzmatazz series.  It’s also more than pianist Robert Glasper’s authentic dives into contemporary nu soul with his Black Radio project or even Vijay Iyer’s reworkings of Detroit minimalist Robert Hood for jazz piano trio.

noise of troubleAll of this – and more – we have played on CJ. But when veteran jazz pianist and one man jazz iconoclast Herbie Hancock appears on the latest Flying Lotus release even more trad jazzheads should take note. It’s not the first time Hancock has done this of course – a recent reissue on CD is Last Exit’s The Noise of Trouble live album from 1986 which featured the pianist on the final track.

So back to Flying Lotus and some of the issues raised by Weiner in her Noisey feature. Is FlyLo jazz?  Can you make jazz music without playing an instrument? is an obvious starting question. Another would  be Does he improvise? But whether or not we have an answer to either questions, the answer really probably lies with the music.  As Kamasi Washington himself notes If it’s not called jazz, what would you call this? It can’t fit any term other than that.

Pulling the question into focus is the fact that Washington’s acclaimed album has clearly broken through. The audacity of releasing a 3CD first album and (rather immodestly) calling it simply The Epic has clearly worked. As Weiner notes, Debut albums from jazz musicians do not, traditionally, get reviewed by Rolling Stone or Pitchfork. The latter review notes that whilst there are no hip hop beats to be found on The Epic, conversely there’s a lot of jazz wovenpimp a butterfly through Kendrick Lamar’s masterly To Pimp a Butterfly – including from Washington himself. Again, the history of jazz artists gracing releases in other genres is a long and (sometimes) embarrassing one. But this is where we need to go back to the idea of a scene and look at Brainfeeder’s eclectic origins in LA’s underground beat music scene. Scenes around labels or venues usually mean that loyal and curious audiences will go with a diverse flow and spread the word. As long ago as 2011, in a Guardian newspaper feature on Brainfeeder the writer Paul McGinnis noted: The crowd is young and the most diverse group of people I have ever seen at a gig: black, white, Asian, Latino and all shades in-between; skate kids, rave kids, B-girls and preppy boys. By the end of the evening they number as many as 10,000. In the same year, Brainfeeder launched the debut of 21 year old pianist prodigy Austin Peralta (who sadly died the following year). Endless Planets was an all out jazz record that veered uncertainly in style from bop to electronica but was something of a new calling card for the label. Brainfeeder’s introduction to a straight-ahead kind of jazz taylor mcferrinband according to Flying Lotus – and an early indication of what was delivered with The Epic. Interestingly, one of the most coherent Brainfeeder releases is the first album from Taylor McFerrin, a subtle, almost ambient work from an inventive producer and vocalist whose drummer Marcus Gilmore (grandson of legendary drummer Roy Haynes) is part of Vijay Iyer’s trio.

Over the years here on CJ we’ve featured tracks from all the albums and artists mentioned in this feature – and we’ll continue to explore the boundaries of jazz – that exciting area where you make up your mind about what you hear. Is it jazz? Only you can decide. Check out the latest programme on Mixcloud and then listen out for a couple of upcoming specials from Neil, back from Beijing and ready to grab your ears and – yes – feed your brain.

 

Playlist – 05 August 2015: Black Jazz records

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat do you do if the music from a jazz label sounds great when you play it? Answer – explore the label further.  I could not resist coming back to the Black Jazz record label after last week’s show. Firstly, I returned  to the band The Awakening from their album The Mirage. They were a hard bop /soul jazz/ free jazz sextet from the 1970s and the tune selected  this week included some strong percussive work from Arlington Davis Jr.  Following this in a similar funked up jazz vibe came Calvin Keys with a track on the Black Jazz compilation put together by Theo Parrish.

The Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week came from Gary Bartz. I’ve Known Rivers was inspired by a Langston Hughes poem and is another inspirational, conscious and uplifting anthem of US jazz from the 1970s.  It was recorded on 07 July 1973 at the Montreux Jazz Festival with a band that included the 17 year old Howard King on drums.

Charles Gayle returned with in a more sedate style with his sax calling out with a North African feel backed by repetitive bass patterns and subtle drumming from his European fellow band members. I feel sure Charles Gayle would have approved of the juxtaposition of his band with Polish tenor saxophonist Dariusz Herbasz and his contemplative, spiritual Prayer For Peace.

Polish pianist Michael Wierba and his Doppelganger Project featuring vocalist Patricia Zarychta presented another tune from their excellent Orange Sky album.

I like the album Nueva Era from Cuban vocalist Dayme Arocena. Madres intriguingly combines traditional and modern Cuban sound with beats and a touch of jazz..

I have not forgotten Somi and her superb album from last year which was inspired by her time in Nigeria. It so happens, though, that her drummer is Otis Brown III, whose album is another 2014 CJ favourite and I finished the show with a brief taste of his The Way (Truth and Life). Perhaps it should return in full as a Cosmic Jazz Essential?

  1. The Awakening – March On from Mirage
  2. Calvin Keys – B.E. from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
  3. Gary Bartz – I’ve Known Rivers from I’ve Known Rivers and Other Bodies
  4. Charles Gayle Trio – His Grace from Christ Everlasting
  5. Dariusz Herbasz – Prayer For Peace from Joy of Friendship
  6. Michael Wierba Doppelganger Project – Wosna from Orange Sky
  7. Dayme Arocena – Madres from Nueva Era
  8. Somi – Ginger Me Slowly from The Lagos Music Salon
  9. Otis Brown III – The Way (Truth and Life) from The Thought of You

 

Playlist – 29 July 2015: jazz freestyle

This week’s show was an eclectic mix of some of the most exciting sounds from jazz and beyond. Click the MixCloud tab on this page and you’re likely to discover some tunes and artists you’ve never heard before and of whose music you will need to find out more.

Charles Gayle is an American free jazz saxophonist, born in 1939 but still going strong. His new album Christ Everlasting recorded in Vienna with Klaus Kugel from Germany on drums and Xavier Wosjcinski from Poland on bass is a forceful, emotional and challenging (for some) invocation to the Almighty. The tune I played – Joy In The Land – has Gayle blasting away for over six minutes. What an exhilarating way to start a show! Check this tune and then watch Charles Gayle on the YouTube clip below.

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The Charles Gayle album and some of the others I featured are available at stevesjazzsounds.co.uk. Steve specialises in a unique selection of East European and Scandinavian jazz. For example, Schmidt Electric who Tear The Roof Off with a jazz rap and it works. Likewise, Michael Wierba with his Doppelganger Project. The title tune of their album Orange Sky features Patricia Zarychta, a third year student at the Academy of Music in Katowice, an institution that seems to produce a stream of important Polish jazz musicians. See the clip below of her singing with Michael Wierba and his band.

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The Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week was Kenny Garrett’s Welcome Earth Song. If you are a Cosmic Jazz regular you will know it and you will still want to hear it again. If you have not heard it – listen now! It is uplifting, not only from the tone of Kenny Garrett’s sax, but also from the way it builds to the exclamatory shrieks of joy from the chorus at the end. Throughout, the rhythm section of bassist Nat Reeves and pianist Beninto Gonzales with drummer Ronald Bruner, the elder brother of Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) provide tough-sounding base for Garrett’s keening sax tones. Both Bruner brothers appear on the Kamasi Washington album the Epic – see previous CJ posts.

The next tune is perhaps a surprise addition. I came across the Orchestre Dakar Band,  this week on the double CD compilation Afro-Latin via Dakar which is full of hypnotic Latin-influenced music from Senegal in the 1960s and 1970s. This tune, though, caught my attention in particular. I could find little information about the band other than they were young Senegalese students based in Abidjan and the CD does not name the musicians – but listen out for that fiery trumpet solo. Wow!

The Black Jazz Record label is an essential one to look out for and from Theo Parrish’s excellent Black Jazz Signature compilation, The Awakening provided a fine example from the label’s catalogue. It suggested to me where saxman de nos jour Kamasi Washington may have acquired some of his influences.

Another tune – and we shall play more – from Bugge Wesseltoft and friends, featured the trumpeter Erik Truffaz. After all this tough intensity the show ended on a calmer, but still deep vibe from another trumpeter, Tomasz Stanko, this time with Ravi Coltrane featured too on the album Polin.

  1. Charles Gayle Trio – Joy In The Land from Christ Everlasting
  2. Schmidt Electric – Tear The Roof Off from Tear The Roof Off
  3. Michael Wierba Doppelganger Project – Orange Sky from Orange Sky
  4. Kenny Garrett – Welcome Earth Song from Songs From The Underground
  5. Orchestre Dakar Band – Bayilen Di Yelwane from Afro Latin Via Dakar
  6. The Awakening – Convulsions from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
  7. Bugge Wesseltoft – Saisir from Bugge and Friends
  8. Tomasz Stanko – The Street Of Crocodiles from Polin

Playlist – 22 July 2105: Jazz vocals and more

Click the Mixcloud button to hear recent music of Bugge Wesseltoft from Norway, Dayme Arocena from Cuba, Kasper Sankosi from Finland, Dele Sosimi from Nigeria and Domink Wania from Poland. Dele SosimiAnd there’s more from the appropriately titled Kamasi Washington 3CD release The Epic. Washington is one of the latest signings to this Year’s London Jazz Festival in November – and in an intriguing double bill with GoGo Penguin (now signed to Blue Note). I cannot keep Washington off the playlist – but this week’s tune was surprisingly different from his modal/cosmic jazz that’s been previously featured on CJ.
old devil moonThere was also the second installment of what I will make a regular feature of the programme – a  Cosmic Jazz Essential tune. These will be tracks we at CJ consider to be outstanding, unmissable and quality jazz. This week the featured track was You’re Not In Love by Carmen Lundy.

  1. Bugge Wesseltoft and Friends – Play It from Bugge and Friends
  2. Dele Sosimi – You No Fit Touch from You No Fit Touch
  3. Dayme Arocena – El Ruso from Nueva Era
  4. Kamasi Washington – Henrietta Our Hero from The Epic
  5. Carmen Lundy – You’re Not In Love from Old Devil Moon
  6. Dominik Wania – Une Barque Sur L’Ocean from Ravel
  7. Kasper Sankosi and Nuama – Essence from Essence

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Playlist – 08 July 2015

Click the MixCloud tab to hear this week’s show, including some some exciting new music from London-based Samadhi Quintet. Apparently, Samadhi is “a state of consciousness where logical and analytical ability of the being becomes silent”. The band leader and composer is Sam Gardner but the quintet  includes Krzystof Urbanski, a Polish saxophonist resident in Yorkshire. It seemed natural to play the title tune of his album as well.

Kamasi Washington will continue to be on our playlist for some time and the tune this week was a mighty piece of deeply rooted jazz.  Of course, Brazilian music is an ongoing element of the show and this week two stalwarts – Joyce Moreno from her 2015 release and Ed Motta from his AOR album provided the perfect summer uplift.

From time to time I cannot resist going back to tunes that I truly love and this week I returned to Zara McFarlane’s Angie La La from her 2014 release If You Knew Her. It is simply a great tune and Leron Thomas is credited with a featured role on his trumpet and vocals, but the constant, rhythmic bass lines of Gavin Barras that underpin the tune deserves to be similarly highlighted.

To end the show, there was a free, cacophony of jazz noise from Polish group Pe Ga Po Fo. This is not for the faint-hearted – but listen, it’s great.

  1. Samadhi Quintet – The Dance of Venus fromThe Dance of Venus
  2. Krzystof Urbamski – History of Tomorrow from History of Tomorrow
  3. Kamasi Washington – Miss Understanding from The Epic
  4. Joyce Moreno – O Morro Nao Tem Vez from Raiz
  5. Ed Motta – 1978 from AOR
  6. Zara McFarlane feat. Leon Thomas – Angie La La from If You Knew Her
  7. Samadhi Quintet – Deimos from The Dance of Venus
  8. Pe Ga Fo Po – Swiezosc from Swiezosc

Playlist – 1 July 2015: featuring Kamasi Washington

the epic4This week’s show featured the young saxophonist Kamasi Washington. He’s already been featured on the show in an earlier programme and his 3CD release The Epic is one of our favourite records of 2015. Find it in your local independent record store (mine is Soundclash in Norwich – see our link) and pay around £13 for over three hours of excellent music.

Washington leads a big band with, at times, singers and a choir as well as several musicians all from Los Angeles, many of whom have known each other for a long time. They state that they Want to make jazz new, unexpected and mysterious again. The rapper Common has said: These guys remind me why I listen to music and Flying Lotus, (although related to the Coltrane family) said referring to Washington I don’t want to hear ‘My Favourite Things… What I hear is a leader among artists. The two tunes played on this week’s show Askim and Re-Run Home are long, intense, spiritual and uplifting.

John-Coltrane-Stellar-Regions-1967-FLACI am sure the quote above from Flying Lotus is not intended as a slight to John Coltrane. Cosmic Jazz this week showed where we stand by opening with Seraphic Light from Stellar Regionsmusic from Coltrane’s late period and discovered only after his death. The track features Alice Coltrane on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Rashied Ali on drums. Free, heavy, intensely spiritual and moving jazz.

There was more from stevesjazzsounds.co.uk, but this time from Sweden. Veteran saxophonist Nisse Sandstrom with a quintet featuring young Swedish musicians, played a calypso-inspired tune to make the hips sway, or perhaps wine as they would say in the Caribbean. Shades of Sonny Rollins to be heard here. Also from Sweden came REQ – another young group, this time a quartet, led by bass player Robert Erlandsson.

groove orchestraFinally, to show that Kamasi Washington is not the only young black American leader of a jazz big band that we have featured recently on Cosmic Jazz, there was another play for Samuel Prather and his Groove Orchestra. They, however, are from Washington – a long, long way from LA.

  1. John Coltrane – Seraphic Light from Stellar Regions
  2. Kamasi Washington – Askim from The Epic
  3. Kamasi Washington – Re-Run Home from The Epic
  4. Nisse Sandstrom Quintet – Calypso Bulbosa from Live at Crescendo
  5. REQ – News from News
  6. Samuel Prather – Fela Snarky from Groove Orchestra

 

 

 

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