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Week ending 02 May 2020: new jazz sounds

This week’s Cosmic Jazz reverts to our current virtual show format – three tunes from Neil and three from Derek. The current lockdown has encouraged more online purchasing, but we’d recommend using the independent sites and those where a higher proportion of the profit goes direct to the musicians themselves. For example, if you purchase any music in whatever format from Bandcamp on Friday 01 May, then 100% of that purchase price will go to the artists themselves. In the 30 days since the first 100% promotion, music fans have paid Bandcamp artists $14.29 million. With musicians in all genres unable to perform live, it’s a nobrainer. Check out all the jazz new releases here and support musicians through this difficult time.

First up this week is a track from the new release by UK tenor saxophonist Tony Kofi, Another Kind of Soul. It’s his tribute to Cannonball Adderley, and was recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019. The album features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The album is best heard in limited edition vinyl but is available in digital formats – check it out here on the Juno Records site.

Kofi has cited the work of Adderley as an early inspiration.  “The first recording I ever heard of Cannonball’s was of the Quintet with the opening track “Arriving Soon.” It opens with his lone saxophone. I was 17 and from that moment on, I was hypnotised as if the pied piper had called out to me. I swore that before I got a good technique on the saxophone, I would first acquire a voice that people could recognise and relate to. Cannonball’s sound is like a human voice. He had his own personal sound, which is like finding the rarest diamond that only belongs to you. His sense of rhythm was a revelation,” says Tony Kofi of the jazz giant. This record comes highly recommended by Cosmic Jazz – buy on vinyl for the real deal!

The setlist includes Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Sack O’Woe, and boasts two originals. A Portrait of Cannonball explores Adderley’s breadth of style and was composed for the project by Alex Webb. Operation Breadbasket is a Kofi composition which pays tribute to Cannonball’s support of young jazz musicians.  Mercy, mercy, mercy!

Up next is something new from Blue Note – it’s the fruits of a collaboration between UK singer songwriter and beatmaker Tom Misch and drummer Yussef Dayes. What Kinda Music is not deep but it is good, relaxed listening. Check out the title track and lead single here.Some of the album feels like part of the South London jazz scene with saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi and bassist Rocco Palladino in two of two tracks, Storm Before the Calm and Lift Off. It’s available in digital and analogue formats.

We’ve long been fans of the ensemble Maisha, led by drummer Jake Long. At last year’s Gilles Peterson-curated We Out Here Festival, UK headliner Gary Bartz performed with Maisha and the fruits of this collaboration were then developed into an album on the new UK-based direct-to-disc Night Dreamer label. The album will be released on the label on 29 May but you can check out the tracks Harlem to Haarlem (where the album was recorded) and Leta’s Dance right here, right now. Again, why not give your turntable a treat with this one and go for the vinyl option!

Polish pianist/composer Krzystof Herdzin has released an album entitled The Book of Secrets. It’s Volume 84 in the Polish Jazz series, started in 1965 by the state recording company. Herdzin is a veteran of the Polish jazz scene. He has released twenty albums and has appeared on other records across different genres of music. This album was recorded with a quartet, although there are other guests. It includes US saxophonist Rick Margitza, bass player Robert Kubiszyn and Cezary Konrad on drums. Time starts with Herdzin prominent on piano, gathering pace to quite some speed with Kubiszyn on bass also to the fore. Later Margitza appears from the shadows and trades with Konrad on drums and then the bass. It’s good, contemporary jazz.

Chandra Rule is a Chicago-born vocalist “rooted in gospel, but with a heart full of soul and a voice blessed with jazz”. She has collaborated with New York sax player Donny McCaslin and has performed as an opening act for quite a varied list of performers – Kamasi Washington, India Arie, Regina Belle and The Whispers. On her new album Hold On she’s backed by the Sweet Emma Band, a quintet of European jazz virtuosos. Chandra acknowledges “a sea of ancestral energy supporting me, guiding my flight” and describes Hold On as “a musical libation to them”.

Seven of the nine tunes on the album she says were “originally written and sung by unnamed and undocumented African-American mothers, fathers, workers, prisoners, preachers, sons and daughters.” Chandra has updated the lyrics to “support us through a new time”. tune Rosalie is raw, earthy, rootsy and pared down to essentials. A fitting, powerful and emotional testament to the origins of the music. Sweet Emma, incidentally was a renowned pianist and singer from New Orleans and, in a link with Neil’s choices, Nat and Cannonball Adderley dedicated their song Sweet Emma to her.

Maybe it is the times but I have been finding myself listening to some music on the soul/jazz borders. Some might find it too smooth, even sugary, but I am not afraid to confess a partiality for the music. My attention was drawn to a piece in the March edition of Echoes music magazine on US vocalist Lindsey Webster. I confess that perhaps the line under the photo indicating that she had just made an album with the man she recently divorced did encourage me to read further, but I was already aware of her. Previous references in Echoes through had already drawn attention to Webster’s music and so I was intrigued by the prospect of her new album, A Woman Like Me. Yes, it has ex-husband Keith Slattery on keys and he contributes to what is a highly polished and professional sound which combines remarkably well with the warmth and intimacy of Webster’s voice. Listen with an open mind to One Step Forward and you could enjoy it as much as I do.

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Week ending 18 April 2020: Covid-19 and jazz deaths

Back to a regular, but virtual, Cosmic Jazz this week. There have been far too many Covid-19 related deaths around the world over the last few months. We mourn those who have passed and think of those left behind, but this post focuses on some of those in the jazz world who have been the recent victims of this global epidemic. There’s a lot of music in this week’s ‘show’ and a long read too. Why not open two CJ’s simultaneously and you can read and listen at the same time?

We start with the two most recently announced deaths – those of bassist Henry Grimes and saxophonist Guiseppi Logan. There are some fascinating parallels between these two jazz artists: both were involved in the free jazz scene on New York in the early 1960s and both vanished in the 1970s and were believed to have died. In 2008 Logan was spotted playing in a New York park and in 2002 Grimes was tracked down by a jazz fan in near destitution in a Los Angeles apartment. Like Miles Davis, Henry Grimes was a student at the Julliard School of Music in New York and had already established himself as a versatile bass player in the 1950s. He can be seen on Bert Stern’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day film at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958. Just 22 years old, Grimes played with six different groups at the Festival – including Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk (you can see him in this brief clip of Stern’s from the film) and Lee Konitz. For more on the film and its relationship with American culture it’s worth reading Nate Chinen’s deep dive for WBGO right here. Grimes appeared on several great jazz records of this time, including two of my favourites – drummer Roy Haynes’ Out of the Afternoon (1962), which also included Tommy Flanagan on piano and Roland Kirk on saxes. Listen to the fantastic Moon Ray here.

Grimes was also on the earlier Lee Konitz album Tranquility (1957). The latter is a quiet masterpiece of which Jason Ankeny of Allmusic says: crafted with startling precision and economy, Tranquility extols the virtues of mood and shape with Talmudic zeal, towering astride thought and expression. …Rarely is music so profoundly cerebral also so deeply heartfelt. Both of these albums should be in your collection. Listen to the track Lennie Bird right here (likely a tribute to two huge influences, Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker). Later in the 60s, Grimes was closely involved in the growing free jazz scene, appearing on records by Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor and and Archie Shepp.  He was the bassist on Pharoah Sanders’ Tauhid (1967). That’s him on a track I return to over and again – Upper Egypt, & Lower Egypt (Part 2) with its hypnotic Grimes bassline that’s first introduced around 9 minutes into the song. Younger readers may have come across this in samples from Herbie Hancock, J Dilla and Ras G. Pitched up, it was the bedrock of Mr Spock’s Words and Poets 12in single (if you can find it!). After Grimes’ return in 2002, musicians and fans offered help – most notably fellow bass player, William Parker who donated a green painted bass (nicknamed Olive Oil/Oyl) and soon Grimes was back in the recording studio. A notable early outing at this time was for trumpeter Dennis González in his excellent Rive Nile Suite album (2003). Check out Part II: the Nile runs through my heart. Grimes went on to record with dozens of noted jazz musicians including David Murray, Rashied Ali, Bill Dixon, Joe Lovano and Cecil Taylor. He appeared at numerous festivals and it’s calculated that he may have made up to 1000 appearances at live events since his return in 2003. Here he is (playing that green bass) at a benefit concert in 2012.

Sadly, Giuseppi Logan was not as lucky on his return.  He was a collaborator with Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Bill Dixon before recording two albums for the French ESP-Disk label (noted for its pioneering of free jazz) and his own quartet at the times was made up of pianist Don Pullen, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Milford Graves. The self titled album is not easy to find but, as ever, Youtube can help out – listen to Bleecker Partitia here. A considerable drug habit marginalised Logan, and then his erratic behaviour began to take its toll on his music. He was spotted in various locations in New York and was the subject of short films by Suzannah Troy as well as those who recorded him at one of his favourite places, Tompkins Square Park. His comeback record was released in 2010 – here’s a slightly rusty take on Miles Davis’ Freddie Freeloader that sounds rather more like a Sun Ra out-take. Logan died at a nursing home on 17 April.

The passing of alto great Lee Konitz two days earlier is especially sad. Konitz was the last surviving member of the revolutionary nonet that created Birth of the Cool in 1957 – here’s Gerry Mulligan’s Jeru from that album. The first great Miles Davis record, Birth of the Cool signalled a new post-Bop jazz sound and – until last week – Konitz was the only surviving member of that original nonet. Konitz was an incredibly open musician  – from his beginning with Lennie Tristano to his great later recordings with Brad Mehldau. En route, Konitz recorded with so many great names in jazz – Warne Marsh, Chet Baker, Jimmy Giuffre, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Elvin Jones, Henry Grimes, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Bill Frisell and countless others. Imagine playing with both Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman… From Konitz’s late record for Blue Note with Brad Mehldau and Charlie Haden, here’s their extended version of the 1938 jazz standard Cherokee which Charlie Parker later used as the basis for his Ko-Ko.

Onto Wallace Roney, a trumpet player who died on 31 March and – uniquely – was the only jazz artist mentored by Miles Davis. With a rich, golden tone and a supple technique, Roney was the chosen trumpeter on Miles Davis’ final recording with Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991 where he supported Davis through familiar tunes like Summertime and Gone, Gone, Gone. But Roney was a fine performer in his own groups where he performed with some musicians on a fine series of albums for the Muse and Highnote labels. Some of the later Highnote albums (for example Jazz) featured turntablist DJ Axum alongside brother Antoine on saxes and wife and pianist Geri Allen. Here’s their version of Sly Stone’s Stand. Almost all of these albums are worthy of investigation with Intuition (1998) and Mystikal (2005) good places to start. Roney always attracted great musicians around him too – Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller and Ron Carter appearing on the earlier albums and  Gary Bartz, Lenny White and Patrice Rushen on some later releases.

Whilst Ellis Marsalis may be more famous as the father of Branford and Wynton Marsalis, he recorded twenty albums of his own and featured (sometimes uncredited) on his sons’ recordings. Similarly guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli may not be so well known to more progressive jazz audiences but he featured on a wide range of records – perhaps, surprisingly, including Michael Franks’ Tiger in the Rain. Which brings us to producer Hal Wilner who died of Covid-19 complications on 07 April. Wilner was house music producer for Saturday Night Live but, more importantly, he was best known for a series of tribute albums that redefined the genre, include Amacord Nino Rota that featured a roster of jazz artists including Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Bill Frisell and the Marsalis brothers. Here’s the Carla Bley Band with their take on Rota’s title music from the film .

Famously, Wilner linked Sun Ra with Walt Disney on the tribute album Stay Awake. I remember buying this record on its release in  1988 and enjoying pretty much everything from Los Lobos rollicking I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book to Bonnie Raitt’s moving Baby Mine from Dumbo. But perhaps most bizarre was Sun Ra’s Pink Elephants on Parade, also from Dumbo, which was to encourage Ra’s full length tribute to Disney’s music on his 1995 live album Second Star to the Right. This post has been a reminder of some great music from superb jazz artists – now all sadly missed. Next week’s show will include more of the great new releases that continue to enrich the world of jazz. Until then, stay safe everyone.

Week Ending 11 April 2020: a Herbie special!

Wow! The ever youthful Herbie Hancock is 80 years old. The pianist and jazz ambassador was born on 12 April 1940 in Chicago. Like many jazz pianists, Hancock received a classical musical education, studying from age seven. Such was his talent that his first public recital at the age of 11 was of the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hancock’s first recordings were with trumpeter Donald Byrd in 1961 but it wasn’t long before Blue Note gave him his first date as leader – Takin’ Off in 1962 – and his first hit with the lead off track Watermelon Man. Regarded as one of the most accomplished debuts in jazz, Takin’ Off is now available as a Blue Note reissue under their Blue Note 80 series. The album caught the attention of the ever-shrewd Miles Davis who quickly incorporated Hancock into his new quintet. Hancock was only 23 at the time – new drummer Tony Williams was just 17.

While in Davis’s band, Hancock found time to record dozens of sessions for the Blue Note label, both under his own name and as a sideman with other musicians including Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Almost all of Hancock’s albums for Blue Note are outstanding – but particular mention must go to the 1964 outing – Inventions and Dimensions which included two Latin percussionists and featured one of my favourite Hancock compositions, the ostinato-driven Succotash. Of course, the most well known album of this period appeared the following year. Maiden Voyage is the archetypal Blue Note album and deserves to be in everyone’s collection. The title track is outstanding but there’s more to enjoy including the often covered Dolphin Dance. The personnel on this Blue Note is Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. Maiden Voyage has been covered by many artists including Grant Green on his Alive! album. You can hear this reflective version right here.

Like many jazz artists of the period, Hancock was keen to incorporate electric and then electronic keyboards and, after the R&B inspired Fat Albert Rotunda album from 1969, Hancock moved into fully electronic mode with a trilogy of recordings between 1971 and 1973 – Mwandishi, Crossings and Sextant. This new sextet comprised Hancock, Buster Williams on bass, drummer Billy Hart and a trio of horn players – Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone and multireedist Bennie Maupin. Electronics pioneer Patrick Gleeson was included on the latter two albums and was instrumental (!) in the sound of such compositions as Rain Dance. Two albums with pretty much the same personnel  were recorded under trumpeter Eddie Henderson’s name and are equally worth exploring. Start with the excellent Mars in Libra from the Realization album (1973).

And then came the big breakthrough – the 1974 album Headhunters with four extraordinary tracks, including a radical reworking of Watermelon Man. That intro and outro sound was derived from a field recording of hindewhu music from the Ba-Benzélé tribe of central Africa. Percussionist Bill Summers had heard the music on an ethnomusicology LP, The Music of the Ba-Benzélé Pygmies (1966), by Simha Arom and Genviève Taurelle. The other three cuts are the standouts too, and the 15 minute long Chameleon was to become one of Hancock’s most well known compositions. The follow-up album Thrust from 1974 was almost a successful and just as good. Hancock moved in an ever-further commercial direction with Man-Child and Secrets, each of which contained more superb tracks. I remember buying Man-Child (on vinyl, of course) the moment it came out in 1975 and was blown away by the double bassline and horns in The Traitor.  Like many of Hancock’s albums, it’s one you can return to again and again.

A period of consolidation followed with some superb live albums that saw Hancock’s facility with reworkings of old Blue Note classics alongside more contemporary tracks. The album Sunlight signalled another change of direction though with Hancock – ever enthusiastic about new technology – using a vocoder for the first time. The album also featured iconic bass player Jaco Pastorius on the final cut Good Question. Whilst the subsequent disco-influenced Vocoder albums received a mixed reception, Hancock continued to record with a new version of his Blue Note style VSOP group before the next breakthrough – the first jazz hip-hop tune, 1983’s Rockit from the album Future Shock. Bass player and producer Bill Laswell was to feature significantly on this and three subsequent releases, ending with Perfect Machine in 1988. It would be Hancock’s last album for six years, as he concentrated on other projects. He re-emerged with Dis is Da Drum in 1994 – a curiously-titled and rather neglected album. There’s a debt to classic 90s hip-hop scratching rhythms – easily heard in the track Mojuba – but also some acoustic piano soloing too. Also from this period is the sometimes neglected New Standard album in which Hancock performs the same trick as his mentor Miles Davis was to do a few years later – reinventing pop and rock tunes as jazz standards. Prince in a jazz arrangement? Why not – listen to the excellent Thieves in Temple with the all star band of Michael Brecker on saxes, John Scofield on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, Jack deJohnette on drums and Don Alias on percussion.

A re-reading of Gershwin’s tunes in 1998 that featured a plethora of guest stars also turned out much better than expected and generated a world tour. Nowhere is the album more surprising than on Duke Ellington’s Cotton Tail, itself a reworking of I Got Rhythm. Wayne Shorter is outstanding. The electronic album that followed Gershwin’s World, Future2Future, turned out to be rather less successful and 2005’s Possibilities took the guest star quotient rather too far.

But help was at hand through Hancock’s longtime friendship with singer Joni Mitchell, herself no stranger to jazz. River: the Joni Letters was a real return to form. Guest vocalists, including Corinne Bailey Rae on the title track, were accompanied by some beautiful piano from Hancock. Mitchell herself made an appearance but Norah Jones and Tina Turner (on Edith and the Kingpin) were almost equally effective. The distinctive tenor solo on this track is (of course) by Wayne Shorter and Prince plays (uncredited) guitar. River justifiably won the 2008 Album of the Year Grammy Award.

Hancock appeared on the 2014 Flying Lotus album You’re Dead and his new album is eagerly awaited with likely contributions from Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington and – yes – Snoop Dogg. We will no doubt feature it here on Cosmic Jazz but, until then, here’s to Herbie Hancock – eighty years young!

Week ending 07 March 2020: the spiritual heritage

Cosmic Jazz this week kicks off with what many would call ‘spiritual jazz’. About as misleading a term as – for example – ‘yacht rock’, it’s now used to describe any lost or private press jazz recording from the 1970-80s influenced by a vague Afrocentrism that includes cover art featuring at least one dashiki and some ‘tribal’ art. Well, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but here at CJ we might suggest that the ‘buyer beware’…

No worries though regarding our opening music choices this week, as we began the show with the genuine article – two tracks from the master Pharoah Sanders and one from current British favourites, Maisha. As always, the show is available via the Mixcloud/Listen Again tab – expect warm, spiritual, challenging and politically conscious music.

As Derek noted, in cold weather he often turns to warm-sounding music. Journey to the One was released on Californian label Theresa, Sanders’ home for most of the 1980s, and even the abstract cover art evokes a warm glow. Derek remembers getting it out to play on a cold UK winter’s day as a visitor from Los Angeles was about to arrive and it remains his favourite Pharaoh Sanders album. It’s easy to see why: some of the Impuse! label indulgences are held in check and there are memorable tunes. too. It’s not an album we have featured extensively on Cosmic Jazz although Greetings to Idris has made some previous appearances.  Of course, You’ve Got To Have Freedom is the totemic anthem that features in many a DJ’s jazz dance set, but there’s much more on this double album to enjoy. Sanders is on fine form throughout and there is excellent support from the great John Hicks on piano and – on Doktor Pitt – flugelhorn from Eddie Henderson. With no shortage of great melodies, there’s also there’s some reflective koto on Kazuko and a lovely version of Coltrane’s After the Rain.  Spiritually uplifting music indeed and warmly recommended.

Maisha are led by drummer Jake Long and are one of the finest of the current crop of British jazz artists. The band includes Amané Suganami, Twm Dylan, Tim Doyle, Yahael Camara-Onono, Shirley Tetteh and Nubya Garcia – the latter two with distinctive solos on our choice from the album, the opening tune OsirisRecorded across just three days in 2018, There Is a Place is a really fine album. There’s an organic element to the music that has emerged from the group’s two years of rehearsing and playing together. Short it may be, but this is a record to return to – as we often do both at home and here on the show. You’d be wise to buy (vinyl or CD) or download the whole album – best done here on Bandcamp. As Derek noted on the show, Maisha joined forces with saxophonist Gary Bartz at Gilles Peterson’s inaugural We Out Here Festival last year, and a studio album of that collaboration will be released in May. It’s one to look out for. To get a taste of the group live look out for the album tour – they’ll be in Norwich on 26 May – incidentally, just after the Norfolk & Norwich Festival for 2020 which features an excellent lineup this year including a number of artists we’ve featured on Cosmic Jazz. Look out for Kandace Springs, the Rob Luft Band, Oscar Jerome and Sarathy Korwar.

One record deservedly getting a lot of airplay on Cosmic Jazz is the excellent Polska from Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble. Damasiewicz has dedicated the album to four heroes of Polish Jazz – Krzysztof Komeda, Tomasz Stanko and Piotr Wojtasik are likely to be familar to regular CJ listeners – but perhaps saxophonist Tomasz Szukalski rather less so.  In a tragic life, Szukalski did not record as much as he could – but here he is in Stanko’s quartet with an inspired version of First Song, from Stanko’s ECM recording Balladyna.

The music on Polska is big, passionate and majestic and the ensemble is well named: there are five horns, a piano, two double basses and drums. Komeda’s presence resonates throughout the four original tunes, but so, too, do echoes from beyond Poland. The opening track Billy  – which we featured this week – is named for tenor saxophonist Billy Harper who played on a number of records by  contemporary Polish artists – including Piotr Wojtasik.

2019 release We Are On the Edge is very much a 50 year celebration of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – and yet it doesn’t really sound like a typical AEoC record. Formed as an avant-garde jazz group out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago, the AEoC have released dozens of excellent free jazz recordings over the years. We Are On the Edge is a 2CD set of studio recordings and live performances, with an extended lineup beyond the two surviving members of the group, Roscoe Mitchell and Famoumdou Don Moye. Rapper and vocalist Camae ‘Moor Mother’ Ayewa is bought on for a couple of tracks (including the reflective Mama Koko) and elsewhere there are contributions from flautist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid and new bassist Jaribu Shahid. But the complete ensemble includes a small string section, four percussionists (including Moye), electronics, and several musicians who also contribute vocals. Mama Koko has plenty of cultural and historical references with percussive West African sounds and mentions for Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey and the importance of the Congo heritage. We Are On the Edge is not an album that will appeal immediately to AEoC fans but it’s worth a listen.

There is much excitement at the moment concerning the young/youngish jazz musicians that have emerged out of the UK. It is important, however, not to forget some of the earlier pioneers of the British jazz scene – and one of the greatest was sax player Tubby Hayes. Sadly, a combination of ill health and drugs led to an early death, but Hayes had a prolific recording history and performed regularly. I was one of those lucky enough to see him in some of my earliest jazz experiences. In December 2019 a record was released of a lost Fontana session, originally  recorded at the Philips studios in London on 24 June 1969 with Spike Wells on drums, Mike Pyne on piano and Ron Matthewson on bass. Where Am I Going?, the third take of which is on this week’s show, features a long Tubby Hayes solo. A fitting testament and highly recommended. The recording comes in two versions – go for the 2CD set if you want all the takes of these tunes. If you’re not familiar with Tubby Hayes’ music, then try the fabulous Down In the Village recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s in London and, yes, that’s Hayes on vibes rather than sax!

  1. Pharoah Sanders – Greetings to Idris from Journey to the One
  2. Pharoah Sanders – Doktor Pitt from Journey to the One
  3. Maisha – Osiris from There is a Place
  4. Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble – Billy from Polksa
  5. Art Ensemble of Chicago – Mama Koko from We Are On the Edge
  6. Tubby Hayes – Where Am I Going? (Take 3) – from Grit, Beans and Greens (the Lost Fontana Sessions)

Derek is listening to… music inspired by his jukebox, the BBC4 documentary on Eric Burdon and a selection from Neil

Neil is listening to… music inspired by Somethin’ Else 30th Anniversary show on JazzFM

Week ending 29 February 2020: Remembering Jimmy Heath

Saxophonist Jimmy Heath performs during the Apollo Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony for Charlie Parker at The Apollo Theater on March 30, 2016.

In this week’s show we remembered saxophonist Jimmy Heath whose music we have long enjoyed and who deserves rather wider recognition. He was born in Philadelphia on October 25, 1926. It was a musical family – his father played alto sax, his mother sang in a church choir, his sister was a pianist, and his brothers were bass player Percy Heath and drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath.  

One of Heath’s earliest big bands in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Ray Bryant – all stars later in their own right. While in prison serving a sentence for heroin possession, Heath composed most of the music for the celebrated Playboys recording from Chet Baker and Art Pepper. Clean from 1959, he began to successfully rebuild his career working with Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans. 

In 1975, with brother Percy Heath’s Modern Jazz Quartet seemingly defunct, the three brothers got together to form – wait for it – the Heath Brothers which also included pianist Stanley Cowell. Marchin’ On, their first album together for the short lived Strata East label, is one of my favourites and includes the superb Smilin’ Billy Suite. The group went on to record several albums with this lineup – check out the soul/disco influenced Dreamin’ from 1980’s Expressions of Life.  Later albums featured Jimmy Heath’s son, percussionist Mtume who had already worked with Miles Davis and would later record the disco classic Juicy Fruit.

We selected the album The Gap Sealer, playing Angel Man, dedicated to Yusef Lateef and featuring Jimmy Heath playing alongside Kenny Barron on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mtume on percussion. Our other cut Far Away Land was from 1973’s Love and Understanding and included Curtis Fuller on trombone, Stanley Cowell on piano, Billy Higgins on drums and Bob Cranshaw again on bass.  Jimmy Heath taught on American university jazz programmes for over twenty years and he received Grammy nominations for two albums – and for the liner notes to the 1995 John Coltrane box set The Heavyweight Champion. During his career, Jimmy Heath performed on more than 100 albums – a record that surely deserves to be celebrated.

There was more music from Poland on the show this week, including another tune from one of my favourite albums of the moment –  Piotr Damasiewisz & Power of the Horns Ensemble. There was also a return to another Polish album with an unlikely dedication. Soundcheck, led by sax player Maciek Kocinski, have a suite dedicated to Martin Luther of Protestant Reformation fame – apparently a record that has emerged from Kocinski’s PhD thesis. The music is certainly reflective in places but it wouldn’t be at home in Luther’s Wittenberg – this is definitely contemporary jazz.

We included another track from Indonesian wunderkind Joey Alexander’s excellent download-only outtakes collection In a Sentimental Mood. This album is well worth getting hold of: although much of the music has surfaced on special editions of Alexander’s first two albums, this collection holds together in its own right. You can find it here on the ever-reliable Bandcamp.

There is always a place for new jazz from the UK and this time it was from one of Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood signings, the collective Kokoroko.  Their Afrobeat-influenced EP was released in early 2019 and the band have built up a solid live following over the year. Ti-De is an unusually reflective track from an excellent introduction to the band and features the excellent guitar work of Oscar Jerome and horns from Sheila Maurice Grey and Cassie Kinoshi. The EP is – of course – available here from Bandcamp.

  1. Jimmy Heath- Alkebu-lan (Land of the Blacks) from The Gap Sealer
  2. Jimmy Heath – Angel Man from The Gap Sealer
  3. Jimmy Heath – Far Away Lands from Love and Understanding
  4. Soundcheck – Sola Gratia from Martin Luther: Suite for Jazz Quartet
  5. Joey Alexander – Footprints from In a Sentimental Mood
  6. Kokoroko – Ti-De from Kokoroko
  7. Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble – Kleofas from Polska

Neil is listening to…

Week ending 22 February 2020: our final ECMfest

This week’s Cosmic Jazz is – as always – available on the Mixcloud tab (left). Open it for an hour of great music – mostly from Neil’s ECM label collection which has recently celebrated 50 years of jazz and more. Neil began collecting ECM music after going into a Zurich record store in 1973 and hearing the recently released Keith Jarrett 3LP Bremen/Lausanne Concerts – in the days when you shut yourself in a listening booth and heard 30 minutes of music for free before making your decision to purchase (or not). He walked away with that Keith Jarrett box set and started on a musical journey that still continues.

We began the show with the ethereal sounds of the Norwegian Tord Gustavsen Trio who appeared at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2003 just after the release of their debut album for ECM, Changing Places. Live, the textural quality of this music was sharpened further – the silences between the notes almost as important as the music itself. Gustavsen and his trio (including extraordinary drummer Jarle Vespestad) conjure floating melodies with a real verse/chorus structure that linger in your consciousness long after the music ends. Listen out, too, for the bass playing of Harald Johnsen on our choice from this album – the track title Where Breathing Starts could not be more apposite.

Another memorable live performance experienced by both Neil and Derek in the suitably resonant acoustic of Norwich Cathedral came from our second ECM artist, trumpeter Arve Henriksen. Ever since Miles Davis began using the Harmon mute and then wahwah pedals, trumpeters have realised the totally different sounds that can be created with this instrument. There’s a current trend for a much more breathy sound on trumpet – and perhaps this all began with the fourth world/ambient sounds of Jon Hassell almost 45 years ago. On his debut recording Vernal Equinox in 1973, Hassell experimented with echo and envelope filters, sometimes muti-tracking his trumpet to create a sound that was almost vocal. Listen to the 22 minute title track here for one of the inspirations of this style.  You can hear this in Henriksen’s approach but also in the music of Nils Petter Molvaer whose music we have featured previously on Cosmic Jazz. Migration is, however, an exceptional and evocative track from the stunning release Cartography.

Up next was English saxophonist John Surman from his curiously titled 1981 ECM outing The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon, a duo album with drummer Jack DeJohnette. On Nestor’s Saga, Surman is featured on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone. Surman would add more electronics in later albums for ECM, including the excellent The Road to St Ives which continued Surman’s fascination with his Devonian/Cornish heritage.

There are many albums on the ECM label that could be considered essential – but Dave Holland’s Conference of the Birds is undoubtedly one of these. A free jazz masterpiece, it really belongs in any self-respecting collection. Remarkably, this was Holland’s first album as a leader – and what a group he assembled! Holland had worked with saxophonist Anthony Braxton and drummer Barry Altschul in the group Circle (along with pianist Chick Corea) and his partnership with Altschul made for one of the most dynamic rhythm sections of the decade. Saxophonist Sam Rivers was over twenty years older than his colleagues, and he had briefly been a member of Miles Davis’ quintet in the early 1960s, before being ejected in favour of Wayne Shorter. The title track of Conference of the Birds is a surprisingly gentle, almost pastoral piece that opens with a lyrical bass solo from Holland, demonstrating how just how versatile a player he is. Holland explained the inspiration for the title in the album liner notes: While living in London I had an apartment with a small garden. During the summer around 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning, just as the day began, birds would gather here one by one and sing together, each declaring its freedom in song. It is my wish to share this same spirit with other musicians and communicate it to the people. Whether Holland knew it or not (and he probably did), Conference of the Birds is also the title of the most famous collection of poems by the Persian Sufi poet Attar…

Our final ECMfest drew to a close with another title track, this time from the late Canadian flugelhorn player Kenny Wheeler. The album is an all-star affair with Holland again on bass, veteran Lee Konitz on alto sax and Bill Frisell on guitar. Unusually, there is no drummer on the record but that hasn’t prevented this timeless recording from achieving something of a cult status. It’s a remarkably restrained, lyrical recording that grows on any listener prepared to stay with it. For more Wheeler, check out the extended waltz Heyoke from the 1975 recording Gnu High. The album features Dave Holland once more but also includes Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.

We ended the show with two very different sounds – but both artists we have seen live over the years. Joey Alexander is the extraordinary talented young pianist from Jakarta, Indonesia who just gets better and better. Now aged 16 and with a new album out soon, we featured another track from his download only collection of outtakes released at the end of 2019. This was his take on John Coltrane’s Equinox – and a very fine version it is too. The album is available from all download sources – listen here on Bandcamp.

Just as Fela Kuti was influenced by the jazz he heard while studying in the UK, there’s no doubt that jazz musicians have in turn been influenced by him. Listen to Brandford Marsalis’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and check out his stunning sampled use of Fela’s Beasts of No Nation. We chose to end the show this week with an album and title track new to Neil’s Fela collection: Fear Not For Man appears on a 2018 vinyl reissue on Knitting Factory Records and was located in one of the many excellent vinyl stores in Singapore. The island state (where Neil is based) is something of a haven for record lovers – including those looking for jazz releases old and new.

  1. Tord Gustavsen Trio – Where Breathing Starts from Changing Places
  2. Arve Henriksen – Migration from Cartography
  3. John Surman – Nestor’s Saga from The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon
  4. Dave Holland Quartet – Conference of the Birds from Conference of the Birds
  5. Kenny Wheeler – Angel Song from Angel Song
  6. Joey Alexander – Equinox from In a Sentimental Mood
  7. Fela Kuti – Fear Not For Man from Fear Not For Man

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Week ending 01 February 2020: extended epics!

Cosmic Jazz is very much our show – there are no restrictions or limitations on what we can play and so – sometimes – it’s good to indulge our taste for standout long tracks. Tonight’s show is one of those with just three lengthy outings from great musicians. But we begin with some classic latin from 1968: Charlie Palmieri and a brilliant mambo from the Latin Bugalu album. Palmieri began his career with the great Tito Puente but he went on to have huge success with his own recordings, including this album on Atlantic Records. A mix of the then very fashionable bugalo (or boogaloo) and mambo tracks, the record featured Louis Ramirez on timbales, Julian Priester on trombone and Palmieri on keyboards.

The second choice is a version of Desert Fairy Princess from the Leimart Park: Roots and Branches of Los Angeles Jazz album which features the cream of the Los Angeles jazz scene at the time, including many jazz artists who would go on to achieve individual fame years later – include Kamasi Washington Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Dwight Trible. Collectively called The Gathering, this is the only recording of the full collective and if you can find the album it’s well worth getting hold of. Vocals on this version are by Dwight Trible – check out his most recent release Mothership on UK’s Gearbox Records where you’ll find yet another take on Desert Fairy Princess. The first version  is probably from the singer who provide the lyrics, Adele Sebastian. Here she is with her version of the tune from her only album as a leader.

It seemed natural to follow this track with an artist that appeared on the Roots and Branches album and went on to become something of a figurehead for the current spiritual jazz movement. Now, it may appear that any one with a tenor saxophone wearing a dashiki can be a spiritual jazz artist – but Washington is the real deal. His music may not be particularly original but he know how to write a real melody and his intensity is infectious. More than this, his ambition (releasing a 3CD album for his first record as a leader and packing it with strings and choir) is undeniable. The result – amazingly – was that The Epic album was, indeed, just that. We played the excellent Re-Run Home.

Another artist never afraid to compromise was afrobeat hero, Fela Anikulapo Kuti – or usually just Fela. Roforofo Fight appears on the album of the same name and is a typically lengthy Fela workout. It’s one of the best though, along with No Agreement and Zombie. The latter is, of course, one of Fela’s most famous and memorable tunes. In 1977, Fela and the Afrika ’70 released the album released the album Zombie – a scathing attack on the Nigerian military. The album was a real success but this infuriated the Nigerian government, who sent a large group of soldiers to attack Fela’s Kalakuta Republic compound. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother was thrown from a window, causing fatal injuries. The Republic was burned down, and Fela’s studio, instruments, and many master tapes were destroyed. Fela’s response to the attack was to deliver his mother’s coffin to military barracks in Lagos and write Coffin for Head of State and Unknown Soldier (in response to the official inquiry that claimed the commune had been destroyed by an unknown soldier). Check out Zombie right here.

  1. Charlie Palmieri – Mambo Show from Latin Bugalu
  2. The Gathering – Desert Fairy Princess from Leimart Park: Roots and Branches of Los Angeles Jazz
  3. Kamasi Washington – ReRun Home from The Epic Disc 3
  4. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Roforofo Fight from Roforofo Fight

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Week ending 25 January 2020: some old CJ favourites

This week’s Cosmic Jazz is another pre-recorded show with some classic favourites. We began with the late Charlie Haden, bass player with Ornette Coleman but blessed with a unique sound that was used across hundreds of recordings.  Haden was among several bass players who liberated the instrument from its role as a keeper of rhythm but he also ensured that melody and harmony remained essential components of his sound. He was also part of Keith Jarrett’s American quartet but we featured a track from his band the Liberation Music Orchestra (LMO) which he founded in 1969, exploring more experimental and overtly political themes. The original lineup consisted of Haden and Carla Bley, but also included Gato Barbieri, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian and Don Cherry – a very starry array. Haden formed the LMO at the height of the Vietnam War, out of his frustration with US government policies. Haden’s goal was to use the LMO to amplify unheard voices of oppressed people, and to express his solidarity with progressive political movements from around the world. In each subsequent recording he continued to do this.  We’d recommend them all. For a different kind of Haden, try his recording with guitarist Pat Metheny which features a beautiful version of the Jimmy Webb ballad, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

One of the elder statesmen of jazz is saxophonist Charles Lloyd, still recording and performing at the age of 81. In 1966, he recorded the album Dream Weaver with his quartet – Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. As Thom Jurek notes in his Allmusic review, this is a fully realized project by a band — a real band — in which each member has a unique part of the whole to contribute. Keith Jarrett piano style sounds as if it should be at odds with Lloyd’s lyrical approach on tenor – but it isn’t. And we shouldn’t forget the sterling contributions of McBee and DeJohnette who play around with the modal basis of this extended track – what a quartet this was! Lloyd went on to record a series of albums for Manfred Eicher on the ECM label – all of which are worth exploring. One of our long time favourites is the live album Rabo de Nube but listeners new to Lloyd could start with any of these. One of my favourites is Mirror from 2010 which includes a version of Brian Wilson’s Caroline, No.

The Elder Statesman is a project from New Zealander Lord Echo and the double sided single release Montreux Sunrise/Trans-Alpine Express. We love both of these tracks and Lord Echo’s solo releases too. Try the excellent third album Harmonies – all are available here on Bandcamp.

Quarteto Novo featured Hermeto Pascoal and Airto Moreira and we have loved their eponymous 1967 album from which the track Misturada comes. It’s a tune that has been recorded by many artists but here’s Moreira revisiting the tune in a live performance from earlier this year.

Singer Carmen Lundy is another longtime favourite of the show. Other than online, her music doesn’t seem to be widely available but she is currently in a late career revival, recording a string of excellent albums including Changes from 2012. Lundy’s albums are full of her own compositions – and this album is no exception. Any of her recent recordings are worth investigating including the excellent Code Noir which features a stellar lineup of Patrice Rushen on piano, Jeff Parker on guitar,  Ben Williams on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Here’s the track Keep Falling

We ended the show this week with a nod to last week’s Japanese jazz show. Hiromi is something of a keyboard prodigy and her album Brain from 2004 is a good example of her reworking of traditional piano trio styles. Anthony Jackson features on bass with Slovakian Martin Valihora on drums.

  1. Charlie Haden – El Quinto Regimento from Liberation Music Orchestra
  2. Charles Lloyd Quartet – Autumn Sequence from Dream Weaver
  3. The Elder Statesman – Montreux Sunrise from 7”
  4. Quarteto Novo – Misturada from Quarteto Novo
  5. Carmen Lundy – Dance the Dance from Changes
  6. Hiromi – If from Brain

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Week ending 18 January 2020: Japanese jazz special

There’s been a lot of interest in what might be called a golden age of Japanese jazz – from the 1960s through to the present day. The jazz message was celebrated in concert halls, night clubs and coffeehouses throughout the country with enthusiastic crowds welcoming not only foreign jazz artists native jazzers too. In fact, in the 1980s, Japan was the biggest per capita market in the world for jazz records. It’s even been said that Japanese jazz fans kept the jazz record industry alive through the lean years of the 1970s, when jazz was less of an influence in the USA.

We tend to know much less about this native Japanese jazz although there have been many artists who have found success internationally – Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sadao Watanabe, Teramasu Hino, and many others. But there are so many other jazz musicians to consider and in this programme we explore the music of just a few of them. We have drawn on a few great compilations – including 2019’s J-Jazz Volume 2 – as well as some of our favourite tracks.

First off was pianist Makato Terashita playing with US veteran Harold Land on the stunning 12 minute opening, Dragon Dance. Topology, the album from which this track comes, has now been re-released too. Saxophonist Koshuke Mine is a prolific artist from Tokyo who famously recorded with pianist Masabumi Kikuchi in the 1970s and also on the audiophile Three Blind Mice label. Mine’s only solo album with his new quintet featured one of our favourite Japanese pianists, Fumio Itabashi on the incendiary Daguri.

The group What’s Up are led by bass player Iwao Masuhara and he’s recorded his tune That’s Not Cool At All in a number of versions. Here he’s joined by Yoichi Tanaka on trumpet, Hideki Kawamura on tenor sax, Hideaki Hori on piano and Masanori Ando on drums.

J.A.M are a three piece who take their name from the three members, Josei (piano/keys), Akita Goldman (bass) & Midorin (drums) who are all members of the Japanese band Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions. Their take on Roy Haynes’ Quiet Fire takes influence from the original but they make the track very much their own with Josei’s powerful piano work and Midorin’s busy drumwork.

Kyoto Jazz Massive may have only released one album but their influence spreads far and wide. The two brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino are jazz artists, DJs, producers and remixers and have also worked with Hajime Yoshizawa from Sleep Walker whom we have featured on previous shows. Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions have released several albums, all of which feature their signature take on what they call ‘death jazz’. A Wheel Within a Wheel is their take on a Bobby Watson track that has surfaced on a number of albums – including this version from Watson’s Horizon Quintet.

We ended the show with a track from another excellent Japanese jazz cut – this time, one from the excellent Spiritual Jazz series. This 2CD set includes some excellent music and forms a superb starting point for any listeners wanting to investigate further. Yoshio Ikeda was a bass player from Osaka who was a fixture on the Tokyo scene from the mid-1960s. In this 1978 recording, Ikeda is joined by prolific pianist Aki Takase who has recorded with many international jazz greats over a 40 year career. Here she is with a track from her most recent 2019 release Japanic which incorporates electronics from her son DJ Illvibe (Vincent von Slippenbach).

  1. Makoto Terashita meets Harold Land – Dragon Dance from J-Jazz Vol. 2
  2. Koshuke Mine Quintet – Daguri from J-Jazz Vol. 2
  3. What’s Up – That’s Not Cool At All from Lost & Found
  4. J.A.M. – Quiet Fire from Just A Maestro
  5. Kyoto Jazz Massive – Between the Lights from Spirit of the Sun
  6. Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions – A Wheel Within A Wheel from Pimp Master
  7. Yoshio Ikeda – Whispering Weeds from Spiritual Jazz 8

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Week ending 11 January 2020: surprising ECM sounds

Welcome to the new year! This was a rare solo show from Neil (before he heads back to Singapore) but it was a chance for more music from the ever-surprising ECM label, celebrating 50 years of great music. The photo above shows label founder Manfred Eicher and his longtime recording engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug (who died in 2019) at the mixing desk, probably in the Rainbow Studios, Oslo. We chose this second set of ECM tracks to showcase the full range of ECM recordings – and what better way to begin than with the twin guitar talents of Bill Frisell and John Scofield on a superb album led by bass player Marc Johnson. We could have played any track from Bass Desires (which went on to become the name of the band for their second album for the label) but we chose Samurai Hee-Haw. Worth listening out for is a superb version of Coltrane’s Resolution. Making up this fine quartet is the drummer Peter Erskine – one-time member of Weather Report. Both Frisell and Scofield ‘rock out’ much more than we might expect but that’s perhaps because this music was recorded in 1986 when both guitarists were exploring the outer edges of the genre.

Pat Metheny was a real stalwart of the early years of the ECM label and – along with Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek – one of their most popular artists. His first album for the label also introduced many jazz listeners to the bass playing talents of Jaco Pastorius, but we chose the ever popular Phase Dance, a track from the self-titled Pat Metheny Group, his second ECM album. Metheny’s live take on Are You Going With Me is perhaps the most famous tune from this period – but have you heard this lovely vocal version from Polish singer Anna Maria Jopek which possibly outplays the original?

Joey Alexander’s Think Of One (which I mistakenly attributed to Wynton Marsalis) is, in fact a Thelonious Monk composition – although it is the title track of the very first Marsalis album I bought way back on its release in 1983. The Marsalis version is more restrained and reverential than the more freewheeling approach taken by Joey Alexander. You can hear the Marsalis take right here. Alexander’s take captures the spirit of Monk’s always quirky compositions – and the superb support from drummer This track and six others come from an album of out-takes from Alexander’s first two studio recordings, My Favourite Things and Countdown that’s only available as a download – what a pity! There is no sense in which these are second rate recordings and it’s so worth checking out this EP length collection on here on Bandcamp. I’d love to play this one on vinyl though… Alexander (now aged 16 by the way) has a new release for 2020 titled Warna. You can hear the track Down Time here on Alexander’s website and the complete release should be out soon.

Keith Jarrett’s Dancing has also long been a personal favourite of mine. It’s from the album Changeless which is more riff-bound than many of the great recordings from Jarrett’s Standards Trio that are now available on the label. Untypically, this album features just four original Trio compositions rather than the selection of the great American standards one would expect. It’s still a delight to hear as Jarrett builds four strong melodies out of nothing but his characteristic piano vamps, accompanied by the ever inventive Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

We faded into the percussion and piano that introduced another classic ECM track – but one that is worlds away from the Jarrett repertoire and certainly much less well known. Trombonist Julian Priester was both a member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group, but on this ECM release from 1974 he is accompanied  by some other stellar players, including Hadley Caliman, Bill Connors, Ngudu Chancler and Eric Gravatt. Anchored by a sensationally simple bass riff from bassist Ron McClure Love Love is almost 20 minutes of wildly inventive pure 70s style group improvisation.  It’s closer in spirit to late 1970s Miles Davis than  almost anything else from the period.

English bassist Dave Holland’s album Extensions is another magnificent ECM record. We played the opening tune Nemesis (unfortunately, in two parts…) but could have featured any of the tracks from this superb Holland album.  The guitarist in this quartet is the normally restrained Kevin Eubanks, but here he’s on fire – and is more than ably supported by Steve Coleman on saxophones.

We stayed with the label for a very different kind of music – a beautifully restrained record from tabla master Zakir Hussain, and one of a few albums in which he is the leader. He’s accompanied here by guitarist John McLaughlin and saxophonist Jan Garbarek. The album Making Music also includes contributions from Hariprasad Chaurasia on bansuri flute.

The show ended with a very different kind of ECM sound from Swiss keyboard player Nik Bartsch and his Ronin group. All his albums feature music that is heavily programmed rather than improvised and has more in common with minimalist composers like Steve Reich than jazz structures. The distinguishing characteristics of Bartsch’s music are consistent across all his ECM releases: the modular constructions, the polymetric pulses, the complex interlocking patterns and repetitive motifs. This version of Modul 42 comes from a 2CD live album recorded in Europe.

  1. Bass Desires – Samurai Hee-Haw from Bass Desires
  2. Pat Metheny – Phase Dance from Pat Metheny Group
  3. Joey Alexander – Think Of One from In A Sentimental Mood
  4. Keith Jarrett – Dancing from Changeless
  5. Dave Holland Quartet – Nemesis from Extensions
  6. Zakir Hussain – Sunjog – from Making Music
  7. Ronin – Modul 42 from Live

Neil is listening to…