This week’s show from Derek featured music sourced by co-presenter Neil, air-freighted in from his base in Singapore. You can hear it all – just press play to your left and sit back…
The playing order chosen by Derek was truly inspired, starting with a reflection of his recent stay in the West Indies, courtesy of Lunar 7 from Barbados. With more than a nod to the classic guitar sound of Isaac Hayes, African Bump was followed by a track from a 2014 compilation of Congolese music from consistently inspired German label Analog Africa. Multi-instrumentalist Georges Mateta Kiamuangana became a teen star in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) with his Kinshasa band OK Jazz in the late 1960s. He adopted his stage persona after mis-hearing the name of great American R&B saxophonist King Curtis as “Verckys”. You can hear the influence here – have a listen to the King Curtis classic Memphis Soul Stew to see what we mean. The Kingpins were truly some band – with Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree and Billy Preston and those Memphis Horns.
Onwards with the music of London remixer, DJ and flautist Tenderlonious from his excellent EP, On Flute and the cut Ghana which references west African styles with some cutting edge synth beats too. Staying on that African tip but over to – yes – Belgium for Ethiopian-inspired grooves from Black Flower. It’s a kind of Ethiodubjazz and it just works! You can listen to, download and buy the CD here on Bandcamp.
One of our favourites, Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, celebrated its recent 10th anniversary with a compilation download. Derek picked out a couple of tracks – Shabaka Hutchings with his South African-influenced Ancestors group and pianist Tigran Hamasyan working with London-based sound artist duo LV.
Why McCoy Tyner in this selection? Well, Neil had chance to check out last month’s Singapore Jazz Festival. Centre stage were artists like Esperanza Spalding and Youssou N’dour but Gilles Peterson had brought over the aforementioned LV and also new UK tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia whose band took on an inspired cover of Tyner’s classic modal masterpiece, Contemplation. You can see more of Garcia on this Red Bull See. Hear. Now feature. And finally, back to the flute, first with Ahmad Jamal and then on a taste of Peter Davis and Dan Biro’s London-based band Mysteries of the Revolution. At first glance Jamal’s album One looks like one of those late 70s middle of the road outings – but prepare to be enlightened. Yes, Jamal’s opening piano figure channels the Isley Bros. Summer Breeze, but there’s terrific piano work throughout and on the title track, yes, more flute – this time from LA sessionman David Crawford.
Mysteries of the Revolution usually sound like an inspired collision between the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gong, Frank Zappa and Tony Williams’ Lifetime – a heady brew! Here though, and to end our flute-fest, it’s pretty much just Tenderlonious again on the track Pandinium from MotR’s recent You Turn Me On EP. More from these artist in upcoming shows – check out Cosmic Jazz each week.
- Lunar 7 – African Bump from Message from the Islands of Barbados
- Verckys et l’Orchestre Veve – Bassala Hot from Congolese Funk Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978
- Tenderlonious – Ghana from On Flute
- Black Flower – Bones from Artifacts
- Shabaka and the Ancestors – Joyous from Brownswood 10
- LV feat. Tigran Hamasyan – Hammers and Roses from Brownswood 10
- McCoy Tyner – Contemplation from The Real McCoy
- Ahmad Jamal – One (Ahad) from One
- Mysteries of the Revolution – Pandinium from You Turn Me On
Neil is listening to…
- Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong?
- Eric Gale – Ginseng Woman
- Dexter Gordon – Cheese Cake
- Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance Records feature)
- Wayne Shorter – Miyako