Tonight’s programme included a Simcock/Jarrett standoff, a Brecon Jazz feature and more out-there sounds from the likes of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Stanton Davis and others. This year’s Brecon Festival has one of the strongest lineups ever – and we featured some of the artists you can hear next weekend – Christian Prommer, Phronesis, Matthew Halsall, Stonephace, Robert Glasper, the Sam Crowe Group, Zoe Rahman and Courtney Pine.
Stanton Davis’ Ghetto/Mysticism – Space-a-Nova
Codona – Inner Organs
Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Modul 47
Keith Jarrett – In Front
Gwilym Simcock – These are the Good Days
Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson – Acid Eiffel
Ornette Coleman – Street Blues
Robert Glasper’s Experiment – 4Eva/Butterfly
Zoe and Idris Rahman – O, River
Sam Crowe Group – Synaesthesia
Phronesis – Eight Hours
Matthew Hallsall – Reflections
Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires – Black is the Colour of my True Love’s Hair
Stonephace – Levels and Degrees of Light
The Pharaohs – Freedom Time
Edguardo El Productor En Jefe (Tropicalia remix) – Mami
Courtney Pine – Southern Skandinavian Blues
Video this week comes form another Don Cherry group – Old and New Dreams. Formed with drummer Ed Blackwell and featuring Charlie Haden on bass and Dewey Redman on saxes, this is their version of Ornette Coleman’s Happy House:
What a show tonight! Two exclusives: the first from Emanative featuring Matthew Halsall and the second a class treatment of Chameleon from new vocalese master Michael L Roberts. No time for JD Allen and Matana Roberts this week – so that’s all in next week’s promising line up. Instead we had Conjure and Steve Coleman (twenty years apart but with real soundlinks), Debussyish melodies from Dave Brubeck and the subtle alto tapestry of Lee Konitz. We romped home to the finish with Japanese jazzrock (Yoshizawa), the 1980s revisited (Marcus Miller) and Sun Ra in a ZAP! KAPOW! finish.
And don’t worry – it really is Cosmic Jazz, even though the show appears to begin with Erykah Badu this week. 03:10mins in you’ll get Emanative/Matthew Halsall – stunning sounds to begin the show… Checkout Emamative’s blog on our links (right).
Emanative (feat. Matthew Halsall) – Find You
Michael L Roberts – Chameleon
Yuko Fujimaya Quintet – If Words
Babatunde Olatunji – Jolly Mensah
Ebo Taylor – Heaven
Conjure – Mo Ku Lana, Mo Jinde Loni
Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Destination
Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden – Alone Together
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Zen is When
Bobby Hutcherson – Yuyo
Hajime Yoshizawa – Open Door
Marcus Miller – Full Nelson
Sun Ra and the Blues Project – Batman and Robin Over the Roofs
More on the last track tonight. Here’s the story: sometime in 1966, producer Tom Wilson persuaded Sun Ra and members of his band (John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on tenor and alto, Pat Patrick on bass, and Jimmy Owens and Tom McIntosh on trumpet and trombone) and the members of the Blues Project, (which may or may not have included Al Kooper) to lay down 35 minutes of music for a Batman and Robin album credited to The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale. It was a quickie exploitation effort sponsored by some toy company in New Jersey (where these sessions were cut) intended to sell some dance music for discotheques and parties by cashing in on the craze surrounding the Batman television program. The album, showing the Caped Crusader and his partner swinging down on bat-ropes, has been a denizen of dollar-record bins and nostalgia shows for decades, and just happens to feature some of the hottest musicians in New York City. Batman and Robin Over the Roofs features Jimmy Owens prominently, along with Sun Ra and the two guitarists (Steve Katz and Danny Kalb) in the longest jam on the record.
What’s even more fun is that, apart from the Neal Hefti Batman Theme, everything is public domain blues built on some familiar material – including Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Bach. One cut, appropriately entitled The Riddler’s Retreat, quotes riffs and phrases from a half-dozen Beatles songs, and another (The Bat Cave) is this group’s answer to Green Onions. Along with Sun Ra, who dominates every passage he plays on, Steve Katz and Danny Kalb are the stars here, romping and stomping over everything as they weave around each other, while Gilmore, Allen, and Owens step up to the plate when needed. It’s all great fun – and well worth a listen. Download from iTunes because buying the product (vinyl or CD) will cost you.
Back from Beijing, Neil brought along some great new music this week. First up was Dub Colossus with the title track from their new album, then James Farm – the new project from Joshua Redman. We also featured Kairos 4tet and a stunning Nigerian jazz track from Asiko. Madlib’s latest and a taste from a new Nascente tropical compilations completed the picture. It was all on this week’s Cosmic Jazz – and you can catch it all on Listen Again this weekend.
Dub Colossus – Addis Through the Looking Glass
Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu
James Farm – Coax
Max Grunhard Quintet – Sea Shanty
Joe Farrell – Follow Your Heart
Matthew Halsall- Sending My Love
Kairos 4tet – Maybe Next Year
Alice Coltrane – Sivaya
Yoruba Singers – Basa Bongo/Jackie McLean – Old Gospel
Asiko – Hot Black
Calexico – Crumble/Lee Konitz – On Green Dolphin Street
The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Black Renaissance (for Harry Whitaker)
Video this week is a double bill from Manchester trumpeter and Cosmic Jazz fave Matthew Halsall. First, here he is at that city’s Band on the Wall venue with his other group, featuring turntables and a beatboxer:
And we were really pleased to hear from Desubicados TV, a live music blog in Madrid. Thanks for this atmospheric piece on Halsall – just click on his name below to view:
New music this week from Joe Lovano and Kurt Elling and some more Matthew Halsall after his highly successful show at The Cut in Halesworth. We’re at No 2 in our 5 x 2 top ten countdown – and a feature about both tracks will appear within the week. Neil chose John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme Pt. 1 Acknowledgement and Derek could equally have chosen John Coltrane but went for a long-established Cosmic Jazz favourite, Carmen Lundy’s You’re Not in Love.
Although it wasn’t planned, the show settled into a deeply spiritual vibe early on – signals included McCoy Tyner and Sun Ra with the first movement of John Coltrane’s immortal A Love Supreme sealing the sound. Impressed with Matt Halsall’s covers of Alice Coltrane’s Journey to Satchidananda and Clifford Jordan’s heartfelt John Coltrane we ended the show with these tracks.
In between were Nat Birchall and Bheli Mseluku – see last week’s comments for details of why. If you’ve got some thoughts on the music, use our comments facility below.
Joe Lovano – Passport
Gregory Porter – Magic Cup
McCoy Tyner – Mes Trois Fils
Kurt Elling – Matte Kudasai
Sun Ra – Where Pathways Meet
Sean Hutchinson’s Still Life – Treat Me Like Train Tracks
More great music this week’s: another new Mathew Hallsall track, a special mix from last month’s missing show, a dubwise pairing of Cedric Im Brooks and Little Axe, a track from the sensational new release from Jeremy Pelt and an electrifying Miles Davis set from the Isle of Wight in 1970.
And it’s week three in our countdown of top five jazz tracks – one from Derek and one from Neil. This week it’s nu-jazz trumpet classic and an early ethno-jazz exploration – check out the playlist below for more details and look out for another short feature on both tracks coming soon on the site.
Could you really ask for more? Only on Cosmic Jazz – and if you missed the show, just wait 24 hours or so for Listen Again.
Tangerine Dream – Ziet/Miles Davis – Hip-Skip
Matthew Halsall – The Journey Home
John McLaughlin – Peace One
Donald Fagen – I.G.Y
Erik Truffaz – Siegfried
Cedric Im Brooks – Silent Force
Little Axe – Going Down Slow (dub version)
John Hassall – Abu Gil/Terje Rypdal – Ghostdancing
Joe Henderson – Y Ya La Quiero
George Benson – Ready and Able
Jeremy Pelt – Paradise Lost
Miles Davis – It’s About That Time
Roy Haynes – Dorian
Matthew Halsall – Music for a Dancing Mind
Loleatta Holloway – Hit and Run
And here’s the videoclip back again after last week’s omission. Check out Joe Henderson live in Germany in 1994 with his version of Blue Bossa. Al Foster is on drums and (I think) George Mraz on bass – but I can’t identify the pianist. Any ideas?
From the start, Cosmic Jazz has championed Japanese jazz and tonight it was appropriate to play jazz from that country. Fumio Itabasho, Sleep Walker, Hajime Yoshizawe, Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions, Jazztronik and United Future Organisation all featured. There were also acknowledgements to Japan in music from Tony Scott and Pharoah Sanders.
We are excited by the appearance of Matthew Halsall locally at The Halesworth Jazz and Beer Festival at The Cut, Halesworth on Saturday 26 March (see below for details). Cosmic Jazz will be there and we strongly recommend that you are too. Thanks to festival organiser Garry we were able to play The Move from Matthew’s as yet unreleased album On the Move as well as Mudita from 2009’s Colour Yes.
In a busy programme there was also time for our No 4 tunes in the Cosmic Jazz countdown. For Neil, it was Kenny Garrett’s Beyond the Wall from the album of the same name, an impeccable and popular choice. For Derek it was a recent discovery, Gregory Porter’s 1960 What? from his 1960 album Water. What a soulful, bluesy, powerful tune it is.
Of course we always love Cosmic Jazz but – for us – this was a programme packed with emotional, spiritual and comforting jazz. Click that Listen Again button as soon as you can.
Pharaoh Sanders – Japan
McCoy Tyner – Valley of Life
Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
Kenny Garrett – Beyond the Wall
Matthew Halsall – The Move
Matthew Halsall – Mudita
Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions – Mo Better Blues
Fumio Itabashi – Watarase
Hajime Yoshizawa – Arpegio in the Forest
Sleep Walker – Elina
Jazztronik – Muddy Muddy
Tony Scott – The Murmuring of the Mountain Stream/United Future Organisation – Friends: We’ll Be
Cosmic Jazz welcomed back Derek this week so it was our usual jazz pingpong… We never know what we’ll be playing from the boxes we bring in: it’s the sounds that shape our choices and the direction of the show is usually determined on the night (but see below!).
We managed to squeeze in a bit of the new release from Brad Mehldau at the end of the show – more next week from this live double CD/DVD combination. With the Black Unity track from Pharoah Sanders we dipped into the theme for next week – our favourite cosmic jazz sounds. That’s not simply our favourite jazz but the music that best epitomises the Cosmic Jazz vibe. We’ve each chosen five tracks and you’ll hear all of them next week on the show.
Now, if you have any favourite tracks that best capture the cosmic/spiritual jazz tip then let us know.
Miles Davis – Konda
Babatunde Lea – March of the Jazz Guerillas
Dave Douglas – Posies
Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble – Parce Mihi Dominie
Bugge Wesseltoft – Change
Hector Costita Sexteto – Tokio
McCoy Tyner – Passion Dance (live)
Hal Singer & Jef Gilson – Chant Inca
Matthew Halsall – Colour Yes
Pharoah Sanders – Black Unity
Bossa Jazz Trio – Maria Moita
David Murray Octet – Santa Barbara and Crenshaw Follies
Harry Beckett – Rolli’s Tune
Brad Mehldau – Lithium
With the focus on Miles Davis and his 1970s music in recent weeks, it seems a good time to promote this piece of concert footage. Not for the fainthearted, here’s Miles at his wildest and most electric wowing them live in Berlin in 1973: