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