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)
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