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Playlist – 27th November 2008

This was a solo show from Derek, with some help from Jacob. There were two themes to the show tonight. Firstly, tracks from jazz CD compilations including A Sense of Direction, African Spirits and the CD that comes with the current December/January edition of Jazzwise – The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions. I have only just received my copy, but from the first few samples that I have heard, I can tell you that it is definitely worth the cost of Jazzwise. I played the Gwilym Simcock tune A Typical Affair that mixes intricate piano with strong drumming – reminiscent of EST [Yes – adds Neil – a great track and a great example of the best of the new British jazz]. There was a brief introduction, also, to the long track by the Julian Joseph Trio at the end of the show.

The second feature was an intense five track extended feature on Japanese jazz. The brief for Jacob was to find me five tunes that he liked at the moment, but they still included some old favourites. The beginning of the mix was slower in tempo than we have come to associate with the genre, but by the end things were up tempo and hot. Japanese jazz as we have come to know and love it. Good, though, to have that time for calmer reflection at the start.

Tune in next week (4 December) for our Blue Note record exchange special with Alan Bramwell, who is currently presenting a series of programmes on ICR between 17.00 – 18.00 hrs on Monday nights. This series covers the story of Blue Note to celebrate the label’s 70th birthday. On 11 December we celebrate another 70th birthday – that of the pianist and jazz legend McCoy Tyner – which happens to be on that very day!!!

1. Sathima B. Benjamin – Africa
2. Michael White – Blessing Song
3. Grant Green – Ain’t it Funky Now
4. Brecker Brothers – Jacknife
5. Don Byron – “Auf einer Burg”
6. Gwilym Simcock – A Typical Affair
7. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Hahen
8. Quasimode – Raw Cotton Field (Live at Liquidroom)
9. Fumio Itabashi – Symphonic Poem “Watarase” with Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Yuki Kaneko
10. Sleep Walker – Kaze
11. What’s Up? – Telemundo
12. Abram Wilson – Pedal Herlin
13. Sabrina Malheiros – Terra De Ninguem
14. Cocoa Tea – Barack Obama
15. Azar Lawrence – Theme for a New Day
16. Julian Joseph Trio – The Reverend Back Home to Glory

Neil adds: Look out for our best of 2008 Christmas party show broadcast on Christmas Day with a bonus of more great music from 2008 on our New Year’s Day show. What were the best new releases and reissues you heard this year? Use the comment feature on the blog to let us know – then listen in and compare!

Playlist – 20th November 2008

If there was a theme tonight we could take it from listener Simon’s text to the studio (text us on 07797 800712) about trumpeter Lee Morgan’s thick, chunky playing. Yes, this was a show with some hard-edged jazz – from Julian Priester’s blistering trombone solo on Force of Nature to the appropriately named Tough from Dave Douglas’s new CD Keystone.

But we also played the funky Nigerian vinyl instrumental version of Fela Kuti’s Suffering and Smiling and a great Masters at Work take on a retro classic – Atmosfear’s Dancing in Outer Space. The Japanese jazz tonight came from What’s Up? and quasimode (both tracks influenced by the sound of Blue Note) and we ended with an authentic Blue Note classic, John Coltrane’s Blue Train.

We must also pay homage to another great cutting edge Offworld show from Smoothgroove. On heavy rotation at the moment are the Motor City Drum Ensemble and the track You & I. Check out their Myspace pages and find out more.

Tom ended the show with Madnus & Scogil’s Carpet Vole (on limited promo only) and a nod to a great Carl Craig moment from the past – the Innerzone Orchestra’s Bug in the Bassbin. Tune into Offworld every week for more great music and check out the track we chose to reflect these new music stylings – Kiruna’s Black Widow. You can see the video below – one click and you’re in.

1. Kiruna – Black Widow
2. Terri Lyne Carrington – Jazz Is
3. Lee Morgan – Once in My Lifetime
4. Joe Zawinul – Scarlet Woman
5. Azar Lawrence – Force of Nature
6. Dave Douglas – Tough
7. Grant Green – Hurt so Bad
8. Scott Hill – Needs a Bridge
9. What’s Up? – Which One is True
10. McCoy Tyner – Sama Layuca
11. Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Suffering and Smiling (instumental)
12. Atmosfear – Dancing in Outer Space (Masters at Work remix)
13. N’Dambi – Soul from the Abyss
14. Tony Remy & Bluey – See No Evil
15. Eddie Cano – I Can’t Cry Anymore
16. Barrington Levy – Here I Come
17. quasimode – Percussion Revolver
18. John Coltrane – Blue Train

Our second Youtube video is from the king of dancehall, Barrington Levy – it’s not jazz but it is fun!

Playlist – 13th November 2008

Read this intro quickly so that you can click on the Youtube clip of Tomasz Stanko performing a section of Suspended Night– you’ll soon see why we like his music. Now go out and buy the CD on ECM records!

Very varied choices this week from an orchestrated McCoy Tyner with a turbocharged Billy Cobham on drums through to Mike Westbrook’s delightful Love Song No.1 and a lovely swinging track from Clifford Brown and Max Roach.

Thanks to our many emailers and texters tonight – your contact always helps to bring the show alive.

Two more related Youtube links for you to enjoy this week – one click and you’re in…

First this week is an unfortunately sharply edited video of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko in concert. It’s a pity that we can’t find a longer version of this performance on Youtube:

As a complete contrast try this version of Afro Blue – poor video quality but the sound is fine. That’s Wayne Shorter on tenor, Ravi Coltrane on soprano and Chick Corea on keyboards along with Carlos Santana (and in the background John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock).

1. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
2. McCoy Tyner – Fly with the Wind
3. John Coltrane – Stellar Regions
4. Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin – A Love Supreme
5. Eric Dolphy – Something Sweet, Something Tender
6. Azymuth – Butterfly
7. Brecker Brothers – Not Ethiopia
8. Eddie Henderson – Kudu
9. Jazztronik feat Shacho – Heat
10. Shirley Eubanks Ensemble – The Blessing Song
11. The Mike Westbrook Concert Band – Love Song No. 1
12. The Harlem Experience – Harlem River Dance
13. Luisito Quintero feat Francis Mbappe – Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo
14. Dub Colossus – Ophir Dub
15. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Summer Goddess
16. Tomasz Stanko Quartet – Suspended Variations 2
17. Donald Byrd – Flight Time
18. Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Jordu
19. Chuck Flores – Padali
20. Tenorio Jr. – Samadhi
21. Nelsinho e sua Orquestra – Upa Neguinho

Playlist – 6th November 2008

Wow! Weird mix but it all worked. Kicking off with Benga’s dubstep from earlier this year mixed straight into a classic Weather Report track from 1973. This session also brought you brand new jazz from Azymuth, Dave Holland and McCoy Tyner with some reggae, classic Fela and Brownswood basement style jazz along the way. Lots of vinyl tonight and some really cool Japanese jazz.

Two more related Youtube links for you to enjoy this week – one click and you’re in…

First up is Freddie Hubbard with his tribute to trumpet player Clifford Brown – a Benny Golson tune that has now become a jazz standard in its own right:

Now have a listen to this very smooooth classic Azymuth track – enjoy!:


1. Benga – B4 the Dual
2. Weather Report – Non-Stop Home
3. What’s Up? – Telemundo
4. Azymuth – Os Cara La
5. McCoy Tyner- Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit
6. Cocoa Tea – Barack Obama
7. Sly and Robbie – Miles (Black Satin)
8. Aflex Combo – Dazzling
9. Jamaladeen Tacuma – The Creator has a Masterplan
10. Hajime Yoshizawa – Arpegio in the Forest
11. Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower
12. Fela Kuti – Zombie
13. Seu Jorge – Burguesinha
14. Grand Union Orchestra All Stars – white label
15. Empirical – Blessing
16. Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Boy, Dog and Carrot
17. Dave Holland – Pass It On
18. Common – U, Black Maybe

Playlist – 30th October 2008

Pete was in the house tonight and there was a definite Japanese feel to the proceedings. We kicked off with two tracks from Sleep Walker and then went into one of Pete’s 80s favourites from Nobuo Yagi – Mi Mi Africa. There was a reggae inspired interlude before we went back into the Japanese scene with a track from quasimode and more from Hajime Yoshizawa. We discovered the Alsace producer and DJ Kira Neris (he takes his name from a Star Trek character!) thanks to Pete and so it was fitting that we ended the show with the Mel Torme’s original version of Moonlight in Vermont that was sampled on the lovely Neris track Open Doors. Our favourite track tonight? It had to be David Sanborn’s live take on the theme from Love is Not Enough live at Montreux – great stuff!

Thanks to Pete for inspiring music as always – come back soon! Mention too of Smoothgroove’s great Offworld show – it’s 6-8pm before Cosmic Jazz and is always worth a listen. Two more related Youtube links for you to enjoy this week – one click and you’re in…

Try this version of Take Five from Nobuo Yagi –

We couldn’t get a clip of David Sanborn playing Love is Not Enough live at Montreux but here he is on Jools Holland’s Later show in 2005 playing Horace Silver’s Senor Blues.

1. Sleep Walker – Brotherhood
2. Sleep Walker – Ai no Kawa
3. Nobuo Yagi – Mi Mi Africa
4. Middlewood Sessions – Fall Back
5. Regina Belle – God is Good
6. N’Dambi – Call Me
7. Ken Boothe – Is it Because I’m Black?
8. Dub Colossus – Entoto Dub
9. Prince Buster & Allstarts – City Riot
10. Quasimode feat. Masato Nakamura – One Possibility
11. David Sanborn – Love is not Enough
12. DJ Takemura – Dedicate for the Sun
13. Players Association – Turn the Music Up
14. Jackie McLean – Appointment in Ghana
15. Praful – Teardrop Butterfly
16. Jackson Conti – Brasilian Sugar
17. The Radiants – Hold On
18. Hajime Yoshizawa – Impulse
19. Mel Torme – Moonlight in Vermont

Sleep Walker at the Jazz Café, London 26 October 2008

Sleep Walker returned to the Jazz Café on Sunday with a blistering set. Although a classic quartet lineup, their music is a loud, colourful synthesis of the best of soul jazz and Pharoah Sanders style spiritual vibes. There’s no samples and no electronic wizardry – just extended grooves that feature the soprano and tenor of Masato Nakamura and Hajime Yoshizawa on acoustic piano. Playing here to a largely young – and Japanese – audience they made club jazz deeply funky again.Live, Nakamura took on more of the sound of his obvious idol Pharoah Sanders with lots of overblowing on tenor and long, sinuous improvised lines on soprano. On record a tune like Brotherhood is more relaxed with trumpet and flute solos – here it was stripped down into a powerful remix that really worked.

Yoshizawa stretched out too, and on the Steinway grand at the Jazz Café (rather than the Fender Rhodes of their earlier Paris show at the Batofar) he created lyrical figures that gradually built into great grooves recalling the extended piano work on another one of Sleep Walker’s stand out tracks on CD, Eclipse.

Drummer Nobuaki Fujii was a revelation. His convincing rock style applied to a jazz sensibility allowed him to move effortlessly from straight 4/4 bombast into a swinging 3/4 jazz waltz – great solos too.

No vocalist at this set but – for me – this only tightened up their sound, allowing them to avoid obvious soul jazz clichés and create a new and deeper sound that was truly convincing. No ballads either and so no let up on the deep grooves. This focus on just one aspect of their music only made a more convincing case for Sleep Walker as one of the best of the current Japanese jazz groups.

For an idea of Sleep Walker’s power live, check out the Youtube clip on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood blog. Visuals and sound are poor but the energy comes across well.

Photos from the Jazz Café show below:

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Playlist – 23th October 2008

Lots of new music this week including tracks from avant gardist Bill Dixon, Japan’s new jazzers What’s Up and quasimode and Detroit keyboardist Amp Fiddler’s collaboration with Jamaican rhythm masters Sly and Robbie. But there was also time to revive an old favourite on vinyl – the beautiful final movement from Mike Westbrook’s masterpiece Metropolis with its haunting trumpet theme played by Harry Beckett.

Shout outs to all our listeners and callers including Pete who will be coming next week to play his latest selection of music old and new.

Two more related Youtube links this week for you – check out

Paul Motion:

Joe Henderson:

1. Bill Dixon and Exploding Star Orchestra – Constellation for Inner Light Projection
2. Paul Motian – Ch’i Energy
3. Sun Ra Arkestra – Call for all Demons
4. Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweets Songs
5. Harmonizing Four – Motherless Child
6. Max Roach with the J C White Singers – Motherless Child
7. What’s Up? – Which One is True
8. J Life – Afro Blue
9. N’Dambi – People
10. Defunkt – For the Love of Money
11. Mike Westbrook – Metropolis IX
12. Ceu – Roda
13. Yvette – Preconceito (live)
14. Amp Fiddler with Sly and Robbie – Paint the White House Black
15. quasimode – Jeannine

Playlist – 16th October 2008

Great music this week with a focus on the Coltrane heritage and new Japanese jazz.  Tracks from Kenny Garrett, Pharoah Sanders, Alberto Favero and Coltrane himself followed by two tracks from the brand new Quasimode album Sounds of Peace.  Japanese group What’s Up debuted on the show with a wonderful long track.  We loved this!
We also commemorated the sad death of Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis with a beautiful version of Ain’t That Lovin You.
Shout outs to Tom (brilliant OffWorld show this week), Pete, Susan, Simon and all our listeners and callers.
Two more related Youtube links this week for you – check out
John Coltrane –

[This is beautiful music – a live in the studio version of Alabamaa song dedicated to four young girls who were killed in a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Listen and be moved…]

quasimode –

1. Terri Lyne Carrington – Jazz is
2. Dub Colossus – Azmari Dub
3. Morris Wilson/Beau Bailey Quintet – Paul’s Ark
4. Mor Tiam – Ayo Ayo Nene
5. John Coltrane – My Favourite Things (live edit)
6. Kenny Garrett – The Ring
7. Pharoah Sanders – Jemenja
8. Sun Ra – Door of the Cosmos
9. quasimode – Sounds of Peace
10. What’s Up – Telemundo
11. Art Pepper – Mambo Koyama (live)
12. Alton Ellis – Ain’t That Lovin’ You
13. Zoe and Idris Rahman – Sanctuary
14. N’Dambi – Ode 2 Nina
15. Cassandra Wilson – Suite Trane – first movement
16. Alberto Favero – Mr Kenyatta
17. Wayne Shorter – Sweet Pea
18. Elvin Jones – Pollen
19. quasimode – The Young Black Horse

Playlist – 9th October 2008

No theme – just great music. Some new jazz from Hajime Yoshizawa and a couple of tracks from the first batch of ECM budget reissues in the Touchstone series including Jack de Johnette’s magical take on Coltrane’s India. A 70s rarity from Hadley Caliman, a favourite from Soil and Pimp Sessions and an unusually soulful track from one of our favourites – Andrew Hill. Longer tracks included McCoy Tyner’s magnificent Message from the Nile and a new one from Seun Kuti, Fela’s youngest son.

Thanks to our callers and emailers this week – especially Pete for a few crumbs from his competition sized knowledge pie! Your contributions are always welcome.

We’ve added a couple more Youtube links this week for you – check out

Seun Kuti –

Andrew Hill –

1. As One – Anyana
2. Uncle Sam – Round the World Girls
3. Hajime Yoshizawa – Satellite Dancer
4. Dave Holland – Black Hole
5. Andrew Hill – Soul Special
6. Hadley Caliman – Quadrivium
7. Ramsey Lewis – Eternal Journey
8. McCoy Tyner – Message from the Nile
9. Soil and Pimp Sessions – Hype of Gold
10. Val Bennett – Take Five (aka the Russians are Coming)
11. Pepesito Reves feat. Estrella Morente – El Manicero
12. Charles Earland – Spinky
13. Seun Kuti – Many Things
14. Lee Morgan – Mr Kenyatta
15. Jack de Johnette – India
16. Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet – Dusk Fire
17. Terri Lyne Carrington – Jazz is a Spirit

Playlist – 4th September 2008

The usual range of jazz-inspired music but with a focus on some great new releases including Hajime Yoshizawa and Nightmares on Wax. Our music this week ranged from Lee Morgan to Monday Michiru, from Donald Byrd to Tony Allen and a couple of club jazz favourites – Canyon Lady and Loud Minority.

1. Cannonball Adderley – Soul Zodiac
2. Bullion – Get Familiar
3. Nightmares on Wax – Bringin’ It
4. UFO – Loud Minority
5. Joe Henderson – Canyon Lady
6. Hajime Yoshizawa – Open Door
7. McCoy Tyner – Message from the Nile
8. Horace Parlan – Home is Africa
9. Ernie Watts – Spirit Song
10. Lee Morgan – Exotique
11. Samuel Yurgo Mitiku – Ambassel in Box
12. Kira Nevis – Un Ete Sans Fin
13. Monday Michiru – A Calmaria
14. Hajime Yoshizawa – Time
15. Donald Byrd – The Emperor
16. Russell Gunn – Del Rio (aka Anita)
17. Lisa Shaw – All Night High
18. Tony Allen – Isle Nla