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Playlist – 25 August 2011

A show with a special guest appearance from Pete who is a regular adviser, informant and listener to the show. Pete always brings the unexpected.  There were jazz-pop connections: Bruce Hornsby who Pete informed us has a jazz trio, a jazz version of what was always a jazzy pop tune (Riders on the Storm) and the band Lifetime with Jack Bruce on bass. Brenda Boykin was a new name to us a singer coming from the blues, definitely one to look out for.

Italian jazz got a look-in as the pace hotted up towards the end  and it was nice to hear a Bill le Sage track, a British pianist and vibes player who Derek saw many time at the everlasting jazz venue The Bull’s Head at Barnes Bridge.

  1. Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel
  2. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Ballicki Bone
  3. Bruce Hornsby – The Changes
  4. Afrodesia – Afro Revolt
  5. Michael Longo – Ocean of his Might
  6. O2L – Riders on the Storm
  7. Miles Davis – Nothing Like You
  8. Lifetime – Big Nick
  9. Ben Williams – Home
  10. Michael L Roberts – Chameleon
  11. Madhouse – Three
  12. Mario Biondi & the SOS Band – This is the Finest
  13. Paolo Achenza Trio – Fez Bossa
  14. Brenda Boykin – Freedom Song
  15. Bill le Sage – Autumn in Cuba
  16. Hiromasa Sato – Featherbed Lane

Playlist – 21 July 2011

A solo show from Derek tonight. The playlist was influenced by a few things – firstly, to continue with more of the Japanese jazz that  sounded so great the week before, but also to acknowledge the death of Alphonso ‘Fonce’  Mizell meant another play for Donald Byrd’s Places and Spaces on which Mizell played piano and was co-producer. The Mizell brothers jazz fusion work for Blue Note has not  been appreciated by every jazz fan but maybe they never heard this classic.

A meeting and conversation earlier in the evening with Garth Cartwright author of the recommended book  More Miles than Money – Journeys through American Music (and also author of Princes Amongst Men – Journeys with Gypsy Musicians) in which he told me how his American journey began with a visit to John Coltrane’s house meant it was time to play John Coltrane again. Gregory Porter was a personal indulgence and wow! it still sounds good. The rest was great too – just click that Listen Again button.

  1. Takeo Moryama – Sun Rise
  2. Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
  3. Afro-Soultet – Slave Traders
  4. John Coltrane – Stellar Regions (alternate take)
  5. Michael White – In the Silence Listen
  6. Philip Cohran – New Frankiphone Blues
  7. Rosario Giuliani  Quartetto – Tension
  8. Yano Saori – Hayden
  9. Johnny Blas – Grab a Hold of Yourself
  10. Hank Mobley – No Room for Squares
  11. Donald Byrd – Places and Spaces


Playlist – 14 July 2011

A solo show from Derek with a mixture of sounds that he found. There were stars of Japanese jazz Takeo Moryama and Terumasa Hino, both featuring Fumio Itabashi on piano. The long live track from Terumasa Hino also featured Sadao Watanabe on alto sax. There were samples of latin jazz, including the unpredictable Gato Barbieri and we finished with a free jazz blast to finish off – more religious outpourings from Charles Gayle. Listen – and it’s not always an easy listen – to the great bass lines on this track.

  1. Takeo Moryama – Watarase
  2. Terumasa Hino – In the Darkness
  3. Bobby Matos and John Santos – Caminando
  4. Sabu – Tribilin Cantore
  5. Gato Barbieri – Para Nosotros
  6. EST – Believe, Beleft, Below
  7. Archie Shepp – A Prayer
  8. Tyrone Washington – Song of Peace
  9. U.F.O. feat Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer
  10. Roy Ayers – Daddy Bug
  11. Charles Gayle – Christ’s Suffering

Playlist – 30 June 2011

A solo show from Derek while Neil is away. Derek continued his recent commitment to free jazz with a challenging track from Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, the title track of his 1982 Ram’s Run record. Derek recently found a new vinyl copy in the wonderful Rare and Racy shop which is a Sheffield institution. Go there if you are in the city or visit their website. There was a tribute to the pianist Ray Bryant who died recently and is featured on a long time Cosmic Jazz favourite: Art Blakey’s Cobano Chant. Neil’s absence gave me the chance this time to play his Cosmic Jazz No 1 choice in our recent chart; the infectious, inspiring and uplifting Booker’s Garden by the Charles Lloyd Quartet on the Rabo de Nube CD. I am playing the track as I write and can never resist any opportunity to play it over, and over, again.

  1. Charles Lloyd – Booker’s Garden
  2. Prince Lasha Quintet featuring Sonny Simmons – Red’s Mood
  3. The Brecker Brothers – Not Ethiopia
  4. Herbie Mann – Jungle Fantasy
  5. Anita O’Day – Sweet Georgia Brown
  6. Art Blakey – Cubano Chant
  7. Charlie Palmieri – Panama’s Boogaloo
  8. Santucci Scoppa – Walking Fast
  9. Colman Brothers – Sem Amor
  10. Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre – Ram’s Run
  11. Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel
  12. Donald Byrd – The Emperor

Playlist – 09 June 2011

A solo show this week from Derek – and some great music from unexpected sources. From Japanese jazz to Oliver Belz’s German jazzdance outfit the Bahama Social Club – and with another nod to GSH’s great Winter in America album with Brian Jackson – this time the reflective Peace Go With You Brother. There was also time to play the ever-inventive Andrew Hill and an alternate take from CJ tenor favourite Joe Henderson.

  1. Yuko Fujiyama Quartet – Mellow Time
  2. Charlie Palmieri – Mambo Mood
  3. Tyrone Washington – Natural Essence
  4. Bahama Social Club – King’s Wig
  5. Gil Scott-Heron – Peace Go With You Brother
  6. Primo and the Groupe – A Child Runs Free
  7. Dianne Reeves – Yesterdays
  8. Charles Gayle – Faith Evermore
  9. Andrew Hill – Soul Special
  10. Joe Henderson – Teeter Totter (alternate take)
  11. Yusef Lateef – Constellation
  12. Nicola Conte – Song for the Seasons

Two videoclips again this week. The first comes from those Japanese clubbers Primo and the Groupe. Not sure about the cat though…

And how about this? Veteran drummer Roy Haynes on the David Letterman Show just last week. Check out those shades…



Playlist – 02 June 2011

The programme this week had to include a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron – four tracks to start you off with representations of all periods of his musical career. There was also a tribute to Lloyd Knibbs – drummer with the Skatellites – to show how jazz influenced other musical genres. And we prove the point further with a great track from Ghanaian Ebo Taylor. Listen up, too,  for a scorching piece from the Prince Lasha Quintet featuring Sonny Simmons, a  quintet with two bass players (Gary Peacock and Mark Proctor).

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the live Cosmic Jazz bash at Bar Brasilia on Friday night. A sensational evening with a superb sound system and a great crowd dancing to a mix of Japanese club jazz, Brazilian house and even Ethiopian treasures from Mulatu Astatqe! It all came together on the dancefloor. We’ll be back…

  1. Gil Scott Heron – Free Will
  2. Gil Scott Heron – Spirits
  3. Gil Scott Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane
  4. Gil Scott Heron – I’ll Take Care of You
  5. The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
  6. Dub Colossus – Uptown Top Ranking
  7. Charles Gayle – Jericho
  8. Miles Davis – Chieftain/Miles Davis – It’s About That Time (remix)
  9. Miles Davis – Boplicity
  10. James Farm – 1981
  11. Prince Lasha Quintet (feat. Sonny Simmons) – Congo Call
  12. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Big BW
  13. Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba
  14. Wadada Leo Smith – The Majestic Way
  15. Albert Ayler – Zion Hill (alternate take)
  16. Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics – Electricone
  17. Jabberloop – The Art of Blakey
  18. Frank Zappa – It Must Be a Camel

Video this week also features Gil Scott Heron, as charismatic in live performance as on record. Here he is in the official studio video for I’m New Here, the title track on his welcome return to the recording studio in 2009. Just look at the smile as he sings the last lines…

And take a look at Winter in America from the London show in 1990 – check out the spoken intro…




Playlist – 12 May 2011

Welcome to Cosmic Jazz! Ooh, what delights we had for you tonight! An exclusive from Wadada Leo Smith (thanks to our chums at the fab Californian site Destination Out), more new music from Mathias Eick and Dub Colossus – and not forgetting some Don Cherry as promised. Also in the mix was a rare jazz groove from Gary Marks, a great track from bass player innovator Meshell Ndegeocello and another outing for Madlib’s jazzy creation The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz and Percussion Ensemble…And apologies for the terrible sound quality on this one – more dodgy studio turntable problems, I’m afraid.

  1. Dub Colossus – Selemi
  2. Gary Marks – Gathering
  3. Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor – Hardgroove
  4. Meshell Ndegeocello – Dance of the Infidel
  5. Mathias Eick – Oslo
  6. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz and Percusion Ensemble – The Trane & the Pharoah  (for John Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders)
  7. Mark Isham – It’s About That Time
  8. Roy Brooks & the Artistic Truth – The Last Prophet
  9. Wadada Leo Smith – Don Cherry’s Electric Sonic Garden (white label)
  10. Rosario Giuliani Quartetto – Una Bella Grinta
  11. Don Cherry – I Walk
  12. Francisco Mora Catlett – Amazona
  13. Azymuth – In My Treehouse
  14. Antonio Carlos Jobim – O Morro Nao Tem Vez
  15. Codona – Colemanwonder

Playlist – 28 April 2011

A solo show from Derek of old jazz favourites.

  1. Charles Mingus – Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
  2. Gary Bartz – I’ve Known Rivers
  3. Art Blakey – Moanin’
  4. Miles Davis – Mademoiselle Mabry ( Miss Mabry)
  5. Frank Morgan – Footprints
  6. Cassandra Wilson – You Don’t Know What Love Is
  7. Henry Butler – Fivin’ Around
  8. Keith Jarrett – The Rich (and the Poor)
  9. Jackie McLean – Appointment in Ghana
  10. John Coltrane – Dahomey Dance

Playlist – 21 April 2011

A solo show from Derek. There was a reflective and spiritual tune from the newly-released Matthew Halsall CD On the Move and one of the best tunes from the new Nostalgia 77 release The Sleep Walking Society. It was too hard to resist the temptation to play once more  Gregory Porter’s 1960 What? There was plenty of cosmic, meditative jazz but with a more upbeat ending to the programme as jazz with a Latin vibe took over.

  1. Donald Byrd – The Emperor
  2. Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
  3. Nostalgia 77 – When Love is Strange
  4. Matthew Halsall – Samatha
  5. Alice Coltrane – Transcendence
  6. Phronesis – Abraham’s New Gift
  7. Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint (Fast)
  8. Tito Puente with special guest Maynard Ferguson – Be Bop
  9. Ahmad Jamal Trio – New Rumba
  10. Art Pepper meets the Rhythm Section – Tin Tin Deo