A solo show from Derek as Neil was called away at the last moment. It did give a chance to include, once again, some Japanese jazz (Indigo Jam Unit and Sadao Watanabe) and some gentle and delicate singing from Brazil (Flora Purim and Rosa Passos). The day before had been the birthday of Miles Davis so a track from Miles was an obvious choice and the beautiful intensity of Effi by Max Roach from the album Members Don’t Git Weary suggested we should feature this album over the next few weeks.
Miles Davis – Hand Jive (Second Alternate Take)
Indigo Jam Unit – Trailer
Jackie McLean – Action
Sadao Watanabe – Mtoto
Flora Purim – Preciso apprender a ser so
Rosa Passos – E Luxo So
Jose James – Desire (Moodyman remix)
Max Roach – Effi
Roland Kirk – The Call
Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train
Eddie Harris – Listen Here
Dexter Gordon – Soy Califa
The Soul Jazz Orchestra – Mr. President
The video feature this week is Flora Purim in 1969 with an all star lineup for French television – Stan Getz, Stanley Cowell, Miroslav Vitous and Jack de Johnette. I wonder whether this group ever recorded? If you know, let us know!
Derek has been again to that wonderful independent record shop in Norwich – Soundclash Records in St. Benedict’s Street (www.soundclash-records.co.uk). It has reggae, it has Latin, it has music from African countries but it also has a superb selection of jazz on vinyl. What other record shop do you know that has a vinyl section solely dedicated to Sun Ra records?
The latest acquisitions that Derek played this week included a 1973 live recording from Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth – a band who used jazz as expression of their Afrikan-American heritage – and a more recent 2008 recording from Germany, by Jerger Kluge’s Deep Jazz. To prove once again that jazz has a very wide coalition, Derek also added in the new 12″ single from Quantic and his Combo Barbaro.
Spreading the net yet further, Neil added a track from Canada’s Soul Jazz Orchestra, music from Don Cherry and Latif Khan and a Trinidadian steel pan band playing Fela Kuti. We had a great time on the show this week – and we hope you really enjoy the music.
The Soul Jazz Orchestra – Mamaya
Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth – Eboness (Kwanza)
Don Cherry and Latif Khan – Air Mail
Lever Brothers Gay Flamingoes – Egbi Me O/Black Man’s Cry
Jerker Kluge’s Deep Jazz – Heaven and Earth
McCoy Tyner – Love Samba
Quantic and Combo Barbaro – New Morning (slow version)
Django Bates – My Little Suede Shoes
Dinah Washington – All of Me
Ahmad Jamal – Footprints
The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Garrison 64
Food – Becalmed
Le Granda Kalle, Don Gonzalo, Manu Dibango – Africa Boogaloo
This week’s video is some rare footage of Don Cherry (surely a world music pioneer?) in concert sometime in the 1960s with South African Johnny Dyani on bass and Turkey’s Okay Temiz on percussion.
There are times on the radio, as in life, when things somehow do not go quite right. This was one of those weeks. It was probably the first time ever that Michael Garrick and the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet have had one of their tunes looped in the radio and it was not because I saw Overtones of a Forgotten Music or Garrison 64 as potential club dance mixes. The tracklisting on the blog kept mysteriously disappearing and the The Barcode Quartet record – a new white label gift from the father of two band members – was placed in the CD player before I noted its title.
The programme featured music from two continents – Europe and Africa. There were similarities and differences across the continents but there were also similarities and differences among countries within the continents. Once again the Oscar Sulley and Gyedu-Blay Ambollah showed that you do not need to be classified as a jazz musician to have a jazz sensibility. From the other continent, Colin Steele of Scotland demonstrated his unique ability to fuse traditional Scottish music with jazz.
Neil will be back next week. After the events of this week his return will be particularly welcome.
African Jazz Pioneers – Nonto Sangoma
Michael Garrick – Overtones of a Forgotten Music
The Tony Benson Sextet – Ugali
Colin Steele – Bacharach on Loch Winnoch
Mulatu Astatke – Yekatit
Barcode Quartet – Coming to Get You
Abdullah Ibrahim – Whosa Mtwana
Sounds of the Unexpected – Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vorbei
Henri Texier – Go I
Oscar Sulley & the Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie
Jan Garbarek – All Those Born With Wings, 3rd Piece
The programme welcomes a long-standing Cosmic Jazz listener Pete from Hertfordshire. He is very knowledgeable about jazz and much other music and helps us out when we need information about musicians and records.
Derek and Pete played Radio Ping-Pong – an approach pioneered by the late Charlie Gillett, whereby you select a record and your partner has to think of another tune that connects to play next. This should not pre-planned and this show was totally spontaneous.
The game started with the track Laughter by Norman Connors (an under-rated jazz musician?) which led to Celebration from the South African pianist Bheki Mseleku. This brought in cross-continental connections between jazz on the continents of north and south America and the continent of Africa; with a brief diversionary reference to Inverness.
The second set opened with Eventually by Ornette Coleman which led naturally to the theme of time and ended with Round Midnight. The game selections also managed to highlight the jazz influences and connections of artists such as The Fania All-Stars and Prince Buster.
It was a hectic time in the studio and a night such as this always leads to regrets about records that are not in the box. It was definitely, though, great fun. It always is when Pete pays a visit. I think any umpire would declare that he made the match-winning selections. Give it a listen and judge for yourself!
Cosmic Jazz welcomes ex-ICR presenter Smoothgroove for the first half hour of the show. His shows often revealed his jazz influences and although the sounds may not be from the traditional jazz lexicon, they demonstrate the far-reaching impact of this musical form that we love so much.
The rest of the show featured music from some excellent recent Blue Note, Soul Brother and Impulse compilations. Special guest next week is regular listener and music guru Pete who wlll trade tracks with Derek while Neil is in China.
Art Ensemble of Chicago – Old Time Religion
Mr. Scruff & Heidi Tatum – Fresh Moodles
Floating Points – People’s Potential
Red Rack’Em – All I Ever Wanted
Floating Points – Love Me This Way
Aaron Jerome – Subtrat
Kyle Hall – Rundown
John Coltrane – Afro Blue
Joe Henderson – Foregone Conclusion
Alice Coltrane – Galaxy in Satchidananda
Yusuf Lateef – Brother John
Max Roach – Man from South Africa
McCoy Tyner – Man from Tanganyika
Azar Lawrence – Force of Nature
There’s no Youtube clip this week (that can’t be uploaded from China!) but the feature will be back in a few weeks time.
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.
Jackie McLean – Hootman
Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train
Kenny Dorham – Mamacita
Grant Green – Mambo Inn
Dexter Gordon – Soy Califa
Joe Henderson – El Barrio
Jimmy McGriff – All About my Girl
Freddie Hubbard – Cunga Black
Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
Hank Mobley – No Room for Squares
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
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.
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…
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.
Louis Armstrong (feat. Leon Thomas) – The Creator has a Master Plan
Mario Biondi – No Mercy for Me
The Liberation Music Orchestra – Not in Our Name
Alberto Favero – Primo Movimiento
Joe Henderson – Round Midnight
Grant Green – Let The Music Take Your Mind (Live At Inside Out studio mix by Muro)
Aaron Parks – Nemesis
Eric Dolphy – Moods in Free Time
Robert Glasper Trio – Yes, I’m Country (And That’s OK)
Andy Sheppard – We Shall Not Go To Market Today
City Boys Band – Nya Asem Hwe
Jorge Ben – Oba La Vem Ela
Waajeed – Jeedo Suave
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.
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.
Freddie Hubbard & his Orchestra – Gibraltar
Bill Evans – I Loves You Porgy
Carmen Lundy – All Day, All Night
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (part 1 – Acknowledgement)