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.
Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel
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.
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.
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.
Charles Lloyd – Booker’s Garden
Prince Lasha Quintet featuring Sonny Simmons – Red’s Mood
The Brecker Brothers – Not Ethiopia
Herbie Mann – Jungle Fantasy
Anita O’Day – Sweet Georgia Brown
Art Blakey – Cubano Chant
Charlie Palmieri – Panama’s Boogaloo
Santucci Scoppa – Walking Fast
Colman Brothers – Sem Amor
Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre – Ram’s Run
Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel
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.
Yuko Fujiyama Quartet – Mellow Time
Charlie Palmieri – Mambo Mood
Tyrone Washington – Natural Essence
Bahama Social Club – King’s Wig
Gil Scott-Heron – Peace Go With You Brother
Primo and the Groupe – A Child Runs Free
Dianne Reeves – Yesterdays
Charles Gayle – Faith Evermore
Andrew Hill – Soul Special
Joe Henderson – Teeter Totter (alternate take)
Yusef Lateef – Constellation
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…
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…
Gil Scott Heron – Free Will
Gil Scott Heron – Spirits
Gil Scott Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane
Gil Scott Heron – I’ll Take Care of You
The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
Dub Colossus – Uptown Top Ranking
Charles Gayle – Jericho
Miles Davis – Chieftain/Miles Davis – It’s About That Time (remix)
Miles Davis – Boplicity
James Farm – 1981
Prince Lasha Quintet (feat. Sonny Simmons) – Congo Call
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Big BW
Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba
Wadada Leo Smith – The Majestic Way
Albert Ayler – Zion Hill (alternate take)
Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics – Electricone
Jabberloop – The Art of Blakey
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…
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.
Dub Colossus – Selemi
Gary Marks – Gathering
Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor – Hardgroove
Meshell Ndegeocello – Dance of the Infidel
Mathias Eick – Oslo
The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz and Percusion Ensemble – The Trane & the Pharoah (for John Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders)
Mark Isham – It’s About That Time
Roy Brooks & the Artistic Truth – The Last Prophet
Wadada Leo Smith – Don Cherry’s Electric Sonic Garden (white label)
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.
Donald Byrd – The Emperor
Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
Nostalgia 77 – When Love is Strange
Matthew Halsall – Samatha
Alice Coltrane – Transcendence
Phronesis – Abraham’s New Gift
Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint (Fast)
Tito Puente with special guest Maynard Ferguson – Be Bop