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Playlist – 24 December 2009

Did anyone spot the mistake in my first comments?  Let us know through Comments if you did.

It was corrected later but there were so many jazz anniversaries in 2009 I mention numbers without thinking about which anniversary I am talking about.  I must do better.

The Jackie McLean track made a great starter. The tempo rose in the Latin section with Kenny Dorham getting things in the swing and Dexter Gordon’s Soy Califa possibly being the greatest mover. I am not sure that we have played either Jimmy McGriff or Jimmy Smith on Cosmic Jazz before but the uptempo format of this programme provided the perfect opportunity. There certailnly was no room for squares as Hank Mobley reminded us and the classic Moanin‘ by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers remains the perfect jazz dancefloor number.

A merry Christmas and prosperous New Year to all Cosmic Jazz listeners and website visitors. We hope you will stay with us in 2010; we still have lots of music left to play and we have some guests lined  up who will bring their own selections into the studio to both entertain and inform us.

The jazz journey is a long and never-ending one.

  1. Jackie McLean – Hootman
  2. Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train
  3. Kenny Dorham – Mamacita
  4. Grant Green – Mambo Inn
  5. Dexter Gordon – Soy Califa
  6. Joe Henderson – El Barrio
  7. Jimmy McGriff – All About my Girl
  8. Freddie Hubbard – Cunga Black
  9. Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
  10. Hank Mobley – No Room for Squares
  11. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
  12. Horace Silver – Safari

Next week’s New Year’s Eve show is our review of the best of 2009.  Look out for a Cosmic Jazz feature coming up on our favourite music of the year.  We’ll be back with you live for our first show of 2010 on 07 January.

Christmas Eve December 24 Preview

To show that Cosmic Jazz has not forgotten that 2009 was the 7oth anniversary of Blue Note, Derek will present a Blue Note Christmas Party.  There is, however, a health warning: it will make you move and probably dance – definitely one for those in the party spirit.

There will be Latin bits from Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson.  There will be Hammond organ from Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith. Inevitably, there will be Hank Mobley, the epitome of the Blue Note sound, telling us what every jazz fan knows i.e. there is No Room for Squares.  At the end, there is the tune beloved of every jazz dancer from  Camden Town to Brighton, the uplifting and energising Moanin‘ by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Be there or be…

Cosmic Jazz 17 December 2009

  1. Bugge Wesseltoft – Ingebrigt Flaten
  2. Dee Dee Bridgewater – AfroBlue
  3. Quasimode – All is  One
  4. Alberto Favero –  Cuarto Movimiento (Requiem)
  5. Horace Tapscott & the Pan African Peoples Arkestra – Peyote Song No. 3
  6. Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments
  7. Wynton Marsalis – A Train, A Banjo, and a Chicken Wing
  8. Mulatu  Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Chik Chikka
  9. Freddie Hubbard & his Orchestra – Born to be Blue
  10. Bruno E – Esperanca (For Sylvia)
  11. Lonnie Plaxico – Short Take
  12. Gary Bartz Ntu Troop – The Drinking Song

Playlist – 19 November 2009

New music this week from Grant Green via Japanese DJ Muro and Wajeed (from Detroit’s Platinum Pied Pipers) together with reissues from Gary Burton & Chick Corea and Ghana’s City Boys Band.  We also played tracks from albums that could well feature in our best of 2009 roundup – Robert Glasper’s Double Booked and Andy Sheppard’s Movements in Colour.

  1. Louis Armstrong (feat. Leon Thomas) – The Creator has a Master Plan
  2. Mario Biondi – No Mercy for Me
  3. The Liberation Music Orchestra – Not in Our Name
  4. Alberto Favero – Primo Movimiento
  5. Joe Henderson – Round Midnight
  6. Grant Green – Let The Music Take Your Mind (Live At Inside Out studio mix by Muro)
  7. Aaron Parks – Nemesis
  8. Eric Dolphy – Moods in Free Time
  9. Robert Glasper Trio – Yes, I’m Country (And That’s OK)
  10. Andy Sheppard – We Shall Not Go To Market Today
  11. City Boys Band – Nya Asem Hwe
  12. Jorge Ben – Oba La Vem Ela
  13. Waajeed – Jeedo Suave
  14. Gary Burton & Chick Corea – Bud Powell

Our Youtube clip this week comes from pianist Robert Glasper.  It’s a short film from last year in which the pianist talks about his background intercut with his performance at Cargo in London.

Playlist 22 October 2009

A solo show from Derek as Neil is away.  Despite Derek’s worst fears, the whole show did record for all of our Listen Again addicts [adds Neil!] so simply enjoy the music.  This week featured some of the great names of jazz and also some of the more politically conscious including Max Roach, Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders – as befits a programme during Black History Month.

There was a first play on Cosmic Jazz for the best track from the new Kira Neris album A Frozen Second.  Next week we hope Jacob will have some  music from Japan and Neil will have a tracks from the new Portico Quartet release Isla, Keith Jarrett’s new triple live solo CD Testament, the latest and best in the Inspiration Inspiration series (this time featuring Tony Allen and Jimi Tenor) and music from a great Don Cherry reissue.

  1. Freddie Hubbard & his Orchestra – Gibraltar
  2. Bill Evans – I Loves You Porgy
  3. Carmen Lundy – All Day, All Night
  4. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (part 1 – Acknowledgement)
  5. Archie Shepp – Blues for Brother George Jackson
  6. Max Roach plus Four – Juliano
  7. Yusef Lateef – Psychicemotus
  8. Ravi Coltrane – Colneide
  9. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Kyoto
  10. Barcode Trio – Esjborn
  11. Indigo Jam Unit – Be
  12. Kira Neris – Judy in June ( Ce matin la)
  13. Lonnie Liston Smith – Astral Travellin’
  14. Pharaoh Sanders – Our Roots Began in Africa

Playlist – 08 October 2009

Tonight’s show featured the music choices of Richard Beckton from the Ipswich Jazz Club.  Richard included the characteristic west coast sound of Pacific Jazz Records – founded in Los Angeles in 1952 – but he also ranged far beyond this to the solo piano of Jessica Williams and the late orchestrations of Duke Ellington.  We loved the eclectic selection and – as always – Richard’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the wide world of jazz.

Derek and Neil featured new music from Jan Garbarek, Soil and “Pimp” Sessions and Kira Neris.  As always, tell us what you think of what you heard via a comment and if you missed all or part of the show, just check out the music via our Listen Again facility.

  1. Jan Garbarek – Paper Nut
  2. Soil and “Pimp” Sessions – Stolen Moments (feat. Jamie Cullum)
  3. Jelly Roll Morton – Mamie’s Blues
  4. Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank – Blue Baiao
  5. Wes Montgomery – Bock to Bock
  6. Lester Bowie – Rios Negros
  7. Dave Brubeck  – Softly William Softly
  8. Chet Baker – Band Aid
  9. Kira Neris – Together (feat. Cecilia Stalin)
  10. Jessica Williams – The Greator has a Master Plan
  11. McCoy Tyner – Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit
  12. Gilad Atzmon – Autumn in Baghdad
  13. Duke Ellington – Tourist Point of View
  14. Liane Carroll – Perfect Day

Next week, we’ll have more new piano music – tracks from the epic new Keith Jarrett triple CD Testament, McCoy Tyner’s latest live solo concert and Vijay Iyer’s stunning new trio release Historicity.

Playlist – 01 October 2009

On the day that new albums were released by Soil and “Pimp” Sessions and Kira Neris, Cosmic Jazz felt it was appropriate to play some of their previous work before their latest releases arrive through our letter box. There is a significant Japanese connection on the programme with Quasimode, Nation of Multiverse and What’s Up? plus a track from the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album Kyoto which paid homage to Japan, a country the band loved to visit.

  1. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – A.I.E.
  2. Kira Neris – Open Doors
  3. Joe Henderson – Gazelle
  4. Roland Kirk – Roots
  5. Carmen McRae – Mister Magic
  6. Quasimode – Mode of Blue
  7. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The High Priest
  8. Nation of Multiverse – African Village
  9. What’s Up? – Vanity
  10. Fumio Itabashi – Someday My Prince Will Come
  11. Russell Gunn – Caravan
  12. Gato Barbieri – Maria Domingas
  13. Erik Truffaz – Siegfried

Playlist – 17 September 2009

Tonight’s show features new music from Texan pianist Robert Glasper, Norwich based Red Shadow Quartet and Dub Colossus recorded in Addis Ababa – all outernational Cosmic Jazz music.  We had our usual Japanese jazz diversion with the What’s Up crew and also played a track from undervalued US vocalist N’Dambi’s second album Tunin’ Up and Cosignin’.  There’s news that a fourth album titled Pink Elephant will be released by Stax later this year.  Again, in advance of our live show on 23 September we featured more latin jazz including Yusef Lateef’s great Oscarlypso – a track we’ll definitely be spinning at Saints.

  1. Dub Colossus – Black Rose (Sidestepper remix)
  2. Red Shadow Quartet – Turning Point
  3. Gato Barbieri – Carnavalito
  4. Robert Glasper – Intro / No Worries
  5. What’s Up – Get Into Trouble
  6. The Misled Children and Odean Pope – Dadadun
  7. N’Dambi – Bitter Bitter Blue
  8. Roy Haynes and The Fountain of Youth Band – James
  9. Joe Henderson – El Barrio
  10. Kenny Barron – Fungii Mama
  11. Manteca – Abacua
  12. Mongo Santamaria – Costa D’Oro
  13. Yusef Lateef – Oscarlypso
  14. Beat Out Shrine – Pinkie
  15. Fumio Itabashi – Rise and Shine (full edit)
  16. Kenny Werner – Kothbiro
  17. Dollar Brand – Anthem for the New Nation
  18. Robert Glasper – Butterfly

Don’t forget to join us at Saints on 23 September!  Check out the What’s On update for more details.

The London Jazz Festival


If it’s November, it must be time for the London Jazz Festival. This year it’s bigger than ever and shared between far more venues – including the Barbican Centre and the Royal Festival Hall. Herbie Hancock is playing both venues – and they’re already sold out!The jazz tradition lies at the heart of the Festival and major figures who are linked through the music of Miles Davis – Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin – headline with inspired new bands. A number of artists introduce projects that provide a fresh perspective on the music, and include leading British saxophonist Courtney Pine, young British band Empirical, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, guitar maestros Martin Taylor and Biréli Lagrène, plus award-winning saxophonist Alan Barnes. The strong relationship between the spirit of jazz and the art of voice is highlighted by Jazz Voice, the celebratory opening concert at the Barbican that pays homage to a century of song with vocal stars and emerging talent re-interpreting classic songs, accompanied by a specially created London Jazz Festival Orchestra directed by Guy Barker. Others taking their own innovative approach to the vocal tradition include Melody Gardot, a cappella sensations Take 6 and Queen of South African jazz Sibongile Khumalo with drumming legend Jack DeJohnette.

The love affair between jazz and Latin music can be traced through three outstanding pianists – Chucho Valdés, Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – as well as Milton Nascimento’s bossa nova project and Alex Wilson’s Salsa con Soul Orchestra.

The global flavour of jazz is marked by performances from a number of major artists including Cameroonian singer-songwriter Richard Bona, Sami artist Mari Boine, afrobeat exponent Femi Kuti, new flamenco phenomenon Buika and Turkish master instrumentalists Taksim Trio.

European jazz is brought into sharp focus by a festival within the Festival that celebrates Norway’s extraordinary cultural scene – Scene Norway brings over some of the nation’s leading musicians including Nils Petter Molvær, Sidsel Endresen, Arve Henriksen and Eivind Aarset.

Check out the Festival website for more details.

There are some free downloads available via classicsandjazz.co.uk. Click on the link for more information and to download tracks from the UCJ website. There’s some Herbie Hancock, Nils Petter Molvær, Taylor Eigsti, Jeff Neve and David Sanchez – all worth listening to if you like the music on Cosmic Jazz.