More great jazz tonight on the show kicking off with an amazing Sun Ra track from 1958. This music sounds 30 or more years ahead of its time. No one was making this kind of music then – and they’re still trying to catch up. We mixed this in with a track from the Heliocentrics first CD released in 2007 and a little touch of Brazil from Offworld – a suitable namecheck for DJ Smoothgroove’s great show on ICR – 6 -8 pm every Thursday.
We also played tribute to altoist Hank Crawford who died last week, wigged out with some deep jazz from Coltrane acolyte David S Ware and played some retro Japanese sounds from What’s Up? before ending with a jazz dance combination of Corky McClerkin and Jazzanova. Apologies to all listeners at the end of the show who after a couple of minutes of Mwele, Mwele heard just silence. A CD error was the problem – we’ll not be playing that track again.
1. Offworld – Black Magic Power Ride (Roc Hunter edit)/Sun Ra – Ancient Aethiopia/Heliocentrics – Sirius B
2. Horace Silver – The Jody Grind
3. Hank Crawford – Mr Blues
4. Max Roach – St Louis Blues
5. Hugh Masekela – Part of the Whole
6. Peter King – African Dialect
7. Lee Morgan – Capra Black
8. What’s Up? – Get into Trouble
9. David S Ware – Aquarian Sound
10. Miles Davis – All Blues
11. Don Pullen – Ah George, We Hardly Knew Ya
12. Indigo Jam Unit – Dooinit
13. Stacey Epps – Floatin
14. Corky McClerkin – Searchin’ for the Soul
15. Jazzanova – Mwele, Mwele (Here I Am) (Bugz in the Attic remix)
Next week look out for a tribute to trumpeter and jazz writer Ian Carr, who sadly died on 25 February, along with more classic Blue Note and Black Saint reissues together with the music choices of Stephen Mynott of Milestones Jazz Club.
We’re excited already!
Advance notice of tonight’s playlist is appearing on the blog because we’ve got so much great new music to play. There will be an exclusive Japanese mix (including a jazzy take on Common’s Be track), some great tracks from the recent crop of Black Saint reissues now available for the first time on CD and cuts from two new CDs receiving hugely favourable reviews around the world – Ambrose Akinmusire’s album Prelude to Cora and Finn Peters’ second CD Butterflies.
Add to that a track from Don Ellis’s tripped-out 1967 album Electric Bath which was actually released as a single, a cut from John Coltrane’s rare live in Japan album and – of course – more classic Blue Note.
Join us and listen to two hours of music that’s out of this world on Cosmic Jazz between 8 and 10 pm UK time here on ICRFM.
1. Lee Morgan – Afreaka
2. Ambrose Akinmusire – Dreams of the Manbahsniese
3. Big Bang – Spiral Waltz (Indigo Jam Unit remix)
4. Aaron Parks – Nemesis
5. Indigo Jam Unit – Be
6. Donald Fagen – New Frontier
7. Quasimode feat. Valerie Etienne – Little B’s Poem
8. Finn Peters – Butterflies
9. Donald Byrd – Elijah
10. the Don Ellis Orchestra – Indian Lady (single version)
11. Beat Out Shrine – Pinkie
12. Kahil El’Zabar Ritual Trio – Fatsmo
13. Nation of Multiverse feat Monday Michiru – Butterfly
14. Miles Davis – So What (live)
15. What’s Up? – Vanity
16. John Coltrane – Peace on Earth (live)
Tonight Cosmic Jazz welcomed Dave Rutherford from the Ipswich Jazz Club into the studio to chat about the club and the Kate Williams gig on Sunday 15 February. We played tracks from Kate’s new CD (and really liked it!) and talked about some upcoming events. We’ll have a link to the club site soon.
Other music tonight included a track from Dusty Groove’s reissue of the Dorothy Ashby classic, the Rubiyat of Dorothy Ashby – a long lost classic on Cadet Records, more from Yoshizawa’s solo CD Music From the Edge of the Universe (an obvious Cosmic Jazz title!) and a tribute to Cuban bass player Cachaito who died this week.
Favourites played again included the Heath Brothers (Smiling Billy Suite part 2) and the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet (Dusk Fire) and we bookended the show with more from Freddie Hubbard and Grant Green.
1. Freddie Hubbard – Cunga Black
2. Jazz Warriors – Blak Flag
3. Hajime Yoshizawa – Arpeggio in the Forest
4. Dorothy Ashby – For Some We Loved
5. A Taste of Honey – I Love You
6. Jordi Sabates – Ocelis del mes Enlia (part 3)
7. Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Dusk Fire
8. Orlando Cachaito Lopez – Tumbanga/Bobby Hutcherson – (Se Acabo) La Malanga
9. The Heath Brothers – Smiling Billy Suite (part 2)
10. Elizabeth Shepherd Trio – Start to Move
11. Sleep Walker – Wind (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
12. Kate Williams Quintet – Elements of Five
13. John Coltrane – Bahia
14. Kate Williams Quintet – Round Trip
15. Jez Franks’ Compassionate Dictatorship – white label
16. Kate Williams Quintet – Window to a Dream
17. Roy Haynes – Dorian
18. Grant Green – Cease the Bombing
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An interesting show with music rather more reflective than last week. We started with a favourite Pharoah Sanders track and continued with a brand new cut from Nicola Conte’s new CD, featuring vocalist Jose James. It was great to hear the percussive brilliance of Sabu Martinez on another reissue of his great Afro Temple CD, recorded in Sweden just the year before Martinez died. Find out more about this album at another good music blog (!) –
We also featured a stand out track from Bugge Wesseltoft – Change – and more from Jack deJohnette, this time on a classic from Bitches Brew – Miles Runs the Voodoo Down before ending with a short tribute to jazz-influenced folkie John Martyn who died on 29 January.
1. Pharoah Sanders – Greetings to Idris
2. Nicola Conte (feat. Jose James) – The Nubian Queens
3. Sabu Martinez – Hotel Alyssa Sousse, Tunisia
4. Art Blakey – Alamode
5. Hank Mobley – Bossa De Luxe
6. Stanley Clarke – Children of Forever
7. Hajime Yoshizawa – Waltz for Jason
8. Shirley Horn – Return to Paradise
9. Bugge Wesseltoft – Change
10. Harry Beckett – Spiral Feelings (live)
11. Fredddie Hubbard – Hub’s Nub
12.Pieces of A Dream – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
13. Tabu Ley Rochereau – Mongali
14. Miles Davis – Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
15. Phillip Clouts Trio – white label
16. Eddie Harris – Mean Greens
17. Nils Petter Molvaer – On Stream/John Martyn – Solid Air
We really enjoyed this show and hope you did too. We started with Neil’s mix of Harold Budd and the original sources of his inspiration. Harold Budd is a Californian avant garde/ambient composer whose first recording Pavilion of Dreams (1978) featured the track Two Songs – an ambient vocal arrangements of two then contemporary jazz pieces – a track by Pharoah Sanders from his Impulse album Summun, Bukmun, Umyun (yes, that’s what it’s called!) and After the Rain by John Coltrane. We mixed Budd with the originals and listeners seemed to like it – thanks to Al who called in and emailed to tell us! The rest of the show was our typically eclectic mix of jazz and jazz inflected music, including Stevie Wonder’s classic Too High as well as brand new jazz from Big Bang, Yaw and Beat Out Shrine. All that and some great new jazz from Japan and a track each from Pass It On Dave Holland’s great album from last year and Q-Tip’s back on form first full release for nine years The Renaissance.
Cutting edge new music that defines our thinking about jazz.
1. Harold Budd – Two Songs (Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord/Butterfly Sunday)/Pharoah Sanders – Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord/John Coltrane – After the Rain
2. Afro Blues Quintet + One – Afro Rock
3. Hajime Yoshizawa – Yoake-Dawn
4. Stevie Wonder – Too High
5. Cassandra Wilson – Tupelo Honey
6. Tubby Hayes – Down in the Village (live)
7. Big Bang – Spiral Waltz (Indigo Jam Unit Remix)
8. Dave Holland Sextet – Equality
9. Yaw – Where Would You Be
10. The Soul Jazz Orchestra – Mista President
11. Amadou and Mariam – Magossa
12. Joe Henderson- Inner Urge
13. Roy Hargrove and the RH Factor – Pastor “T”
14. Beat Out Shrine – Pinkie
15. Azymuth – Sao Pedro (Roc Hunter remix)
16. Art Blakey – The Feast
17. Q-Tip – You
1. Michel Petrucciani – Caravan (Matthew Herbert remix)
2. Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It?/Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson – Can You Feel It?
3. Dave Douglas – Ruckus
4. Bossa 3 – Nao Me Diga Adeus
5. Marilyn Mazur – Pathway/ Don Pullen – Jana’s Delight
6. Christopher Hollyday – Appointment in Ghana
7. Charles Lloyd – Dream Weaver Part 2. Dervish Dance
8. Joe Henderson – Felicidade
9. Kurt Elling – Nightmoves
10. Quasimode – Down in the Village (live)
11. Don Cherry – Universal Mother
12. Donald Byrd – Dixie Lee
13. The Detroit Experiment – Space Odyssey
14. Barcode Trio – Esbjorn
15. Art Farmer Quartet – Ad Infinitum
16. Grant Green – Hurts So Bad
17. Joe Lovano – Eternal Joy
18. Sleep Walker – The Southern Cross
Our first lived show of the new year started with an hour long tribute to the great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard who died in December. We played music recorded under his own name but also tracks showing what a great sideman he was for big names such as Oliver Nelson (love that solo on Stolen Moments!) and Wayne Shorter. Hubbard recorded for Blue Note in the 60s – so don’t forget that you can hear more of his music at our Blue Note live DJ set at Saints in Ipswich on 04 February. There are more details in the news section in this blog.
After all that classic jazz we needed some new sounds – and what better than Christian Prommer’s jazz trio take on a great techno classic? It sounded great and led us into more left field music – nujazz, house and contemporary Japanese sounds.
We hope you like the mix – send us a comment with your thoughts.
1. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage
2. Eric Dolphy – Gazzeloni
3. Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments
4. Freddie Hubbard – Povo
5. Freddie Hubbard – Hub-Tones
6. Wayne Shorter – Angola
7. Bobby Hutcherson – Catta
8. Christian Prommer’s Drumlessons – Can You Feel It?
9. Nicola Conte – All Gone
10. Kurt Elling – I Like The Sunrise
11. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Red Clay
12. Flora Purim – Open Your Eyes You Can Fly
13. Roberto Roena – Take Five (Nicola Conte remix)
14. Makoto – Freedom Suite
15. George McCrae – I Got Lifted (Mischief Brew re-edit)
16. Quasimode – Giant Black Shadow
17. Donald Byrd – You and the Music
This programme included some tidying up from our Best of 2008 show, with records that inexplicably had been overlooked in that programme – for example Leucocyte – the last-ever album from EST following the death in 2008 of Esbjorn Svensson and the wonderfully relaxed and atmospheric album The Dreamer by José James. For most of the show, however, it was a New Year jazz party. At times, the outer limits of ‘jazz’ were reached but then that is what Cosmic Jazz does.
Listen to our first live show of 2009 when there will be a tribute to the great jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard who died on 29 December 2008. Keep in touch, also, to find out about our celebration of 70 years of Blue Note records at the Saints tapas bar in Ipswich.
1. José James – black eyed susan
2. Charles Lloyd – Booker’s Garden
3. Marcus Valle – Bar Ingles
4. Hector Lavoe (Louis Vega EOL remix) – Mi Gente
5. Sly Dunbar – River Niger
6. Miles Davis – Miles
7. Herbie Hancock – Blind Man, Blind Man
8. Ramsey Lewis – The “In” Crowd
9. Willis Jackson – Nuthern like Thuthern
10. Bobby Hutcherson (Kenny Dope remix) – La Malanga
11. Mr. Spock – Words and Poets
12. Crusho – Someone to Love
13. United Future Organisation – Moondance Chant feat. Abigail Grimsel
14. Marco di Marco – Take Off Nicola Cinte’s Campi’s Idea Version
15. Gerardo Frisina – Bluesanova
16. Makoto & Akra – Flying High
17. Marcelo D2 – Qua/E
18. African Jazz Pioneers – Nanto Sangoma
19. Lester Bowie – Rios Negros
20. Les McCann/Eddie Harris – Compared to What
21. EST – Premonition/Earth
Cosmic Jazz does not go away for Christmas, although the show was pre-recorded.
There is plenty of sparkle as the show included some festive and celebratory tunes old and new. There was even a touch of Christmas jazz courtesy of a Verve album.
1. Jazz for Joy – Those Soulful Jingle Bells
2. Kenny Dorham – Mamacita
3. Harry Beckett – Fantastic Things
4. Tabu Ley with Afrisa International – Mongali
5. Nightmares on Wax – 195lbs
6. Luisito Quintero – Obagado, Obagado, Obagado, Abogodo, Abogodo, Abogodo
7. Luisito Quintero – Aquilas Coisas Todas
8. Hajime Yoshizawa – Waltz for Jason (re-edit of Banks of Four remix)
9. Charles Earland – Black Talk
10. Sidewinder – The Adventure
11. Hank Mobley – High Voltage
12. Gato Barbieri – Viva Emiliano Zapata
13. The Afro-Rican Ensemble – Tanga
14. Orlando Julius – Mapami
15. Nina Simone – Little Boy Blue
16. Kenny Garrett – Intro to Africa
17. Cannonball Adderley – Sticks
18. Jazztronik – Samurai
19. Joe Henderson – Blue Bossa
20. Val Bennett – Take Five
21. Marcia Arnold – Memory
22. Jazz for Joy – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Our first ever best of the year show with some great tracks from 2008.
We started with the new CD from Harry Beckett, produced by dub maestro Adrian Sherwood. This is a really contemporary sound for the great Barbadian/British trumpeter and worked well followed by Nigeria’s Seun Kuti and the Ethiopian dub of the Dub Colossus project, led by Nick Page. Derek and I have really enjoyed a couple of the cover mount CDs from Jazzwise magazine this year – vocalist Ruby Wood’s version of Coltrane’s Africa featured on the latest one and so it seemed appropriate to follow with a contemporary classic – Jack deJohnette’s unique take on ‘trane’s India from one of the many ECM Touchstone reissues which came out this year.
New music from rising stars like Arun Ghosh and Jamil Sheriff was matched by brilliant new material from Holland and Arve Henriksen but there just wasn’t time for all our favourites in this two hour special. So, there will be more in our first live show of 2009 – including EST’s amazing Leucocyte, the live CDs from Charles Lloyd and Kenny Garrett and the dubstep collection Steppa’s Delight.
Listen in on 08 January for great new music from 2008, and on New Year’s Day extend the party mood with a jazz dance special!
1. Harry Beckett – Ultimate Tribute
2. Seun Kuti – Mosquito Song
3. Dub Colossus – Azmari Dub
4. Ruby Wood – Africa
5. Jack deJohnette’s Special Edition – India
6. Arun Ghosh – Bondhu
7. Zoe and Idris Rahman – Sanctuary
8. Claudia and Brazilian Octopus – Gosto de Ser Como Sou
9. Arve Henriksen – Migration
10. Tabu Ley with Onaza – Likambo ya Mokanda
11. Sleep Walker – Brotherhood
12. Quasimode – Raw Cotton Field (live)
13. Joe Zawinul – Scarlet Woman (live)
14. Celestine Ukwu and his Philosophers National – Okwukwe Na Nchekwube
15. Dave Holland – Pass It On
16. Jamil Sheriff Octet – The Happy Ending
17. Dave Douglas – Tough (live)
18. Hajime Yoshizawa – Yoake -Dawn-