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)
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.
Jan Garbarek – Paper Nut
Soil and “Pimp” Sessions – Stolen Moments (feat. Jamie Cullum)
Jelly Roll Morton – Mamie’s Blues
Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank – Blue Baiao
Wes Montgomery – Bock to Bock
Lester Bowie – Rios Negros
Dave Brubeck – Softly William Softly
Chet Baker – Band Aid
Kira Neris – Together (feat. Cecilia Stalin)
Jessica Williams – The Greator has a Master Plan
McCoy Tyner – Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit
Gilad Atzmon – Autumn in Baghdad
Duke Ellington – Tourist Point of View
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.
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.
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – A.I.E.
Kira Neris – Open Doors
Joe Henderson – Gazelle
Roland Kirk – Roots
Carmen McRae – Mister Magic
Quasimode – Mode of Blue
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The High Priest
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.
Dub Colossus – Black Rose (Sidestepper remix)
Red Shadow Quartet – Turning Point
Gato Barbieri – Carnavalito
Robert Glasper – Intro / No Worries
What’s Up – Get Into Trouble
The Misled Children and Odean Pope – Dadadun
N’Dambi – Bitter Bitter Blue
Roy Haynes and The Fountain of Youth Band – James
Joe Henderson – El Barrio
Kenny Barron – Fungii Mama
Manteca – Abacua
Mongo Santamaria – Costa D’Oro
Yusef Lateef – Oscarlypso
Beat Out Shrine – Pinkie
Fumio Itabashi – Rise and Shine (full edit)
Kenny Werner – Kothbiro
Dollar Brand – Anthem for the New Nation
Robert Glasper – Butterfly
Don’t forget to join us at Saints on 23 September! Check out the What’s On update for more details.
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.
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.