07 March 2021: classic and contemporary sounds

Welcome to a new Cosmic Jazz. This show visits two classic jazz labels – Blue Note and Black Jazz Records – and two independent contemporary UK ones – Edition Records and Far Out Recordings (see the links below for more on each). The musicians featured come from the USA, Brazil, Scotland, Poland and Jamaica (yes, … Continue reading 07 March 2021: classic and contemporary sounds

Week ending 07 March 2020: the spiritual heritage

Cosmic Jazz this week kicks off with what many would call ‘spiritual jazz’. About as misleading a term as – for example – ‘yacht rock’, it’s now used to describe any lost or private press jazz recording from the 1970-80s influenced by a vague Afrocentrism that includes cover art featuring at least one dashiki and … Continue reading Week ending 07 March 2020: the spiritual heritage

20 March 2021: from tough contemporary to deep contemplation to jazz dance

Here at Cosmic Jazz we travel the length of the jazz spaceways whenever we can – and if we blend this into one programme so much the better. This week the show begins with a selection of tough, free, contemporary music, then goes through a phase of more contemplative reflection and ends among the jazz dance … Continue reading 20 March 2021: from tough contemporary to deep contemplation to jazz dance

Week ending 14 March 2020: McCoy Tyner tribute and J Z Replacement

Sadly there are occasions when we have to remember the lives and music of jazz artists. Recently, the late Jimmy Heath (who incidentally can be seen in the new – and excellent – Miles Dayis documentary, Birth of the Cool) was remembered on Cosmic Jazz and this week it was time for Tyner. Pianist McCoy … Continue reading Week ending 14 March 2020: McCoy Tyner tribute and J Z Replacement

Week ending 10 March 2018: new music, a tribute and freedom fighters

This week’s Cosmic Jazz began with two trumpeters. The first was our favourite Polish trumpet player, Piotr Wojtasik, opening the show with joyous and uplifting exclamations of freedom from his new album Tribute to Akwarium, the name of a celebrated jazz club in Warsaw. Wojtasik is so good – and has the past experience to prove … Continue reading Week ending 10 March 2018: new music, a tribute and freedom fighters