This was a solo show from Derek, with some help from Jacob. There were two themes to the show tonight. Firstly, tracks from jazz CD compilations including A Sense of Direction, African Spirits and the CD that comes with the current December/January edition of Jazzwise – The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions. I have only just received my copy, but from the first few samples that I have heard, I can tell you that it is definitely worth the cost of Jazzwise. I played the Gwilym Simcock tune A Typical Affair that mixes intricate piano with strong drumming – reminiscent of EST [Yes – adds Neil – a great track and a great example of the best of the new British jazz]. There was a brief introduction, also, to the long track by the Julian Joseph Trio at the end of the show.
The second feature was an intense five track extended feature on Japanese jazz. The brief for Jacob was to find me five tunes that he liked at the moment, but they still included some old favourites. The beginning of the mix was slower in tempo than we have come to associate with the genre, but by the end things were up tempo and hot. Japanese jazz as we have come to know and love it. Good, though, to have that time for calmer reflection at the start.
Tune in next week (4 December) for our Blue Note record exchange special with Alan Bramwell, who is currently presenting a series of programmes on ICR between 17.00 – 18.00 hrs on Monday nights. This series covers the story of Blue Note to celebrate the label’s 70th birthday. On 11 December we celebrate another 70th birthday – that of the pianist and jazz legend McCoy Tyner – which happens to be on that very day!!!
1. Sathima B. Benjamin – Africa
2. Michael White – Blessing Song
3. Grant Green – Ain’t it Funky Now
4. Brecker Brothers – Jacknife
5. Don Byron – “Auf einer Burg”
6. Gwilym Simcock – A Typical Affair
7. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Hahen
8. Quasimode – Raw Cotton Field (Live at Liquidroom)
9. Fumio Itabashi – Symphonic Poem “Watarase” with Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Yuki Kaneko
10. Sleep Walker – Kaze
11. What’s Up? – Telemundo
12. Abram Wilson – Pedal Herlin
13. Sabrina Malheiros – Terra De Ninguem
14. Cocoa Tea – Barack Obama
15. Azar Lawrence – Theme for a New Day
16. Julian Joseph Trio – The Reverend Back Home to Glory
Neil adds: Look out for our best of 2008 Christmas party show broadcast on Christmas Day with a bonus of more great music from 2008 on our New Year’s Day show. What were the best new releases and reissues you heard this year? Use the comment feature on the blog to let us know – then listen in and compare!