It is always good news when Cosmic Jazz favourites have new releases – but particularly so with alto player Kenny Garrett. Click the MixCloud tab this week and you can hear two tunes from Do Your Dance, his latest album. Bossa includes distinctive phrases and that strong, reedy alto tone easily recognisable as Garrett from his previous work. This new album shows a continuing commitment to incorporate global influences and tunes that ensure jazz is still a medium for dancers. There is the expected tough rhythm section and some deep and extended playing from Garrett himself – check out his solo on Backyard Groove.
The Polish trumpeter and flugelhorn player Piotr Wojtasik has
emerged recently as being up there among Cosmic Jazz favourites. He has an extensive back catalogue, much of which is available at Steve’s Jazz Sounds. This week there were tracks from two Wojtasik albums. Firstly, from the 1996 release Quest came the title tune and then Escape Part 3 from We Want To Give Thanks released in 2006. Wojtasik has an impressive list of connections and contacts – this last piece included Gary Bartz on sax (listen out for his seriously good playing here), Reggie Workman on bass, Billy Hart on drums and George Cables on piano.
There appears to be a market for compilations of little known music coming under the classification of spiritual jazz. The latest on Tramp Records is Peace Chant: Raw, Deep and Spiritual Jazz. There is an international cast of musicians included on the album, which suits the ethos of this programme which aims to illustrate that top jazz extends far beyond the USA and the UK. This week I included Sheila Landis, who hails from Detroit, but also Deep Jazz led by Jerker Kluge from Munich. You shall hear more from this interesting album.
There were a couple of indulgences to end the programme. The first was Black Nile – a reminder of just how good that first album from Gregory Porter was and how the backing musicians were allowed an expansive freedom and the second came from Manny Oquendo. The latter, however, has received rough treatment. We included the track on last week’s no-show show and this week we ran out of time to play it in full. So Oquendo will open CJ next week.
- Kenny Garrett – Bossa from Do Your Dance
- Kenny Garrett – Backyard Groove from Do Your Dance
- Piotr Wojtasik – Quest from Quest
- Piotr Wojtasik – Escape Part 3 from We Want To Give Thanks
- Sheila Landis – Leigh Ann’s Dance from Peace Chant: Raw, Deep and Spiritual Jazz
- Deep Jazz – Mystic Sky from Peace Chant: Raw, Deep and Spiritual Jazz
- Gregory Porter – Black Nile from Water
- Manny Oquendo – Major Que Nunca from Manny Oquendo & Libre
Derek has been entertaining and Neil has been out in the sticks in Shanxi province, China so no Listening to… this week. Back to normal next week with more lots more music on video!