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18 May 2017: Cosmic Jazz plays cosmic jazz

This week’s show, available now via the Mix Cloud tab (left), is made up of four long, Old School tunes. An identifying feature of two of them at least (and maybe elements of a third) is that they are not only on a Cosmic Jazz show they are cosmic in sound, ambience and effect!

Saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders is a name many would associate with cosmic jazz. His tone is one of the most distinctive voices in jazz – full of raw, rasping overtones one moment and warm, rich and deep at others. The fire of his eleven Impulse! label albums recorded from 1967-1974 gave way to an often more lyrical exploration of jazz standards but still with that commanding tone that remains uniquely strong. For more on that golden age at Impulse! Check out this Red Bull Music Academy feature for more information – and then search out some of the albums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now 76, Sanders is still performing, although his most recent record releases tend to be as guest slots on other albums. Some of these are well worth seeking out: we have featured two on CJ over recent years – The Voyage with Japanese band Sleep Walker and his live recording with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett on the Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium album. Listen to the deep Intro to Africa track here.

Both sides of Sander’s unique tenor saxophone voice can be heard on the track Love is Everywhere played in full on the show this week. It comes from one of the last of the albums Sanders recorded for Impulse! and features the under-rated piano of Joe Bonner. This is truly music that encompasses freedom and gentleness and speaks deeply of peace and understanding. Sanders, of course, played with John Coltrane in his last years – and in his more recent recordings Sanders channels ‘trane so convincingly that if you close your eyes… You can hear this clearly on this excellent 2011 live concert from London’s Jazz Cafe (here presented in full) – for example, on  the Sanders composition Nozipho that begins the show.

The Pharoah Sanders world of cosmic spirituality could apply equally to the music of  Alice Coltrane. This week’s show featured the tune Blue Nile – which includes Sanders on tenor saxophone and alto flute. Recorded in 1970, this harp/piano/tenor saxophone combination has become a template for many more recent cosmic jazz heroes, including the UK’s Matthew Halsall and Nat Birchall. Just listen to Halsall’s Tribute to Alice Coltrane here to see what we mean. Coltrane’s soaring, modal sounds can be found on Ptah, the El Daoud or the excellent Impulse! compilation Astral Meditation which is an excellent place to start your Alice Coltrane journey. Joining Coltrane and Sanders here are Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Ron Carter (bass) and Ben Riley (drums).

Last week I played the tune Black Renaissance by the band of the same name led by Harry Whitaker. The CD has two tunes only and normally I am so enraptured and mesmerised by the first that I play it over and over again. Last week, however, I left the CD playing and gave the second track some attention. Magic Ritual does not match Black Renaissance – I doubt if there is much that can – but it is good, deserves to be heard and has that same feeling of spontaneity, joy and the search for  African-centric expression.

To end the show I played as much as time would allow of what is currently my favourite Fela Kuti tune, Just Like That. You can find it on a number of Fela releases including the excellent compilation, The Two Sides of Fela,  French Barclay release and distributed here by none other than Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label. It’s not that easy to find now but you can also get Just Like That on the Underground System album.

  1. Black Renaissance – Magic Ritual from Black Renaissance: Mind, Body and Soul
  2. Pharaoh Sanders – Love is Everywhere from Love In Us All
  3. Alice Coltrane – Blue Nile from Astral Meditations
  4. Fela Kuti and Africa 80 – Just Like That from The Two Sides of Fela – Jazz and Dance (from Jazz CD 1)

So – having whetted your appetities – would you like to listen to twelve hours of spiritual jazz? For much more of this music, listen to this magisterial, extended review of the genre from London’s NTS Radio. Thanks to Kalamu ya Salaam and his excellent Neo Griot blog for this one.

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10 May 2017: featuring Black Renaissance

Every year as summer draws near I have to play Harry Whitaker’s sensational Black Renaissance: Mind, Body and Spirit – and in full. It is simply a wonderful piece of free, spontaneous and Afrocentric jazz, soul and rapping – before rap was known. In effect and reality, the whole piece was a jam session recorded in one take and – rather fittingly – on Martin Luther King day in 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are just two tracks – Black Renaissance (side 1) and Magic Ritual (side 2). Whitaker comments on the record sleeve that “we discussed ideas the night before – just the basics like the bass lines and the drums, but that was it. It was recorded in what I call moment-to-moment.” For many years the tapes were thought to be lost forever, but they they were eventually tracked down in 2002 by the Luv’n’Haight label in California and released on Ubiquity.

Harry Whitaker was a pianist, producer, arranger and composer who played and recorded with Roy Ayers and Roberta Flack and had influential jazz friends and contacts. The record includes Woody Shaw (check out his trumpet solo), Azar Lawrence, Buster Williams, Billy Hart and Mtume. The music is essentially a  map of the African American musical canvas of 1976, with echoes of Sun Ra’s call and response, Coltrane’s tonal meditations and touches of the electronic wizardry of Herbie Hancock’s early 1970s music.  You simply need to hear this essential music – press the Mixcloud tab now! You can still track down the album on both vinyl and CD. Original Japanese pressings from 1976 come up at around £300 so go for the Lu’n’Haight reissue – around £10 for CD and a little more on vinyl. If you don’t have this jazz essential just treat yourself.

It was another tune from the Dinosaur record Together as One that started off the show. Extinct has been an ever-present on my current playlist for some time now. The clarity of the playing from each player comes out really strongly on this tune. It is jazz for our times from a significant, young British group.

I was reminded recently that a year ago this week I saw the Sun Ra Arkestra under the musical direction of Marshall Allen, now aged 92 and still as strong as ever. The orchestra continues to carry the spirit of Sun Ra and Cosmic Hop manages to combine the spiritual with the danceable. The Jelle Van Giel group from Belgium have featured regularly on the show. We like them and they merit repeated listening. There was another tune from The Devotion, US drummer John Lumpkin’s release from last year. This was one of those tunes that ends in a free and improvised blow-out (like Black Renaissance) – quite different from how it starts. The whole album, available on download, is, in fact, quite unpredictable. One tune, in particular, is very different, maybe I should try it next week…

Two other artists I saw almost a year ago were UK musicians pianist Kit Downes and cello player Lucy Railton. At that time, they were playing with Norwegian Thomas Stronin as he toured in Europe. This week we ended the show with a track from the duo’s recent release Tricko .

  1. Dinosaur – Extinct from Together as One
  2. Black Renaissance – Black Renaissance from Black Renaissance: Body, Mind and Spirit
  3. Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmic Hop from Songs for the Sun
  4. Jelle Van Giel Group – The Truth from Songs for Everyone
  5. John Lumpkin – The Red Sea from The Devotion
  6. Kit Downes – Jinn from Tricko

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06 April 2016: Gato and Miles

This week’s CJ is now available for you to listen to – just click on the tab left – or above on your mobile or tablet. gato barbieri 01The show featured music from Leandro (Gato) Barbieri and Miles Davis, who features in a new film out in the UK later this month. Barbieri, who died last week, was an Argentinian tenor saxophonist with a raw, fiery tone that was unmistakeable. We began with Oliver Nelson whose live Montreux date from 1971 featured Barbieri on the expansive Swiss Suite before diving into one of Barbieri’s Impulse! releases. The album Chaptoliver nelson swiss suiteer Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata is a personal favourite and features superb arrangements by Cuban Chico O’Farrill. We chose El Sublime which does everything you could ask for in six minutes. If there’s one album to start your Barbieri journey, this could be the one. As we said on the show, it’s probably best to avoid some of the later ‘easier listening’ music – you’ll just wonder what all the fuss is about. We ended our tribute to Barbieri with another great track – this time his version of the Jorge Ben tune Maria Domingas from the album Under Fire (1971). And what a band – Lonnie Liston Smith is on piano and keyboards, John Abercrombie on guitar, Stanley Clarke ongato barbieri chapter three bass and Roy Haynes on drums.  For a taste of the original, try this lovely (but extremely crackly) version from Brazilian TV in 1971. Jorge Ben’s backing band here is Trio Mocoto, who had a recent renaissance with their album Samba Rock – named after the style they pioneered in the 1970s and highly recommended by CJ. Listen to Mocoto Beat here.

We explored other music with jazz influences in the final part of this week’s showtribe called quest low end theory – starting with a brief tribute to Phife Dawg, late rapper with the influential A Tribe Called Quest. Butter samples Weather Report’s River People and is testimony to the dizzying quality of his rapping. Almost uniquely, ATCQ told lyrical stories – and never better than on this downtempo classic album The Low End Theory.

Our second feature this week celebrated the upcoming UK release (on 22 April) of actor/director Don Cheadle’s film Miles Ahead. miles ahead official posterThis crowdfunded production has already received a lot of airtime – some of it controversial. Don Cheadle acknowledged, for example, that the film wouldn’t have been made unless there had been a white co-star involved – and so in came Ewan McGregor, playing a fictitious journalist investigating the disappearance of some studio tapes. You can watch the official trailer here. We began with a clip from the film soundtrack and followed it with one of the original tracks from the soundtrack album – Junior’s Jam which features pianist Robert Glasper, the musical director of this project. Don’t turn to this new miles ahead soundtrackrelease for an introduction to the music of Miles: only two of the original tracks are unedited (Frelon Brun and So What) but consider it a momento of the film. However, it’s worth noting that the film (and this soundtrack) don’t shy away from Davis’ More ‘difficult’ music – it’s endlessly frustrating to hear TV or radio features on the film that concentrate on A Kind of Blue only. Miles was so much more than this – and we’ll continue to feature the range of his music in upcoming CJ shows. Miles Davis remains not merely an icon of 20th century music but one of the greatest musical innovators of all time.

The new Blue Note release from GoGo Penguin has some excellent tracks – we featured one of the standout tracks, Smarra. Count Ossie is a Jamaican musical maven whose range of influences cover reggae, afrobeat, jazz and more. His excellent album Tales of Mozambique23 skidoo 23 skidoo has just been re-released on the excellent Soul Jazz label – check it out if you can. 23 Skidoo seem to have been forgotten, but they were an influential British band active between 1979-2002 who still sound relevant today. Their most jazz-influenced release is the self-titled 23 Skidoo album from 2000 which features Pharoah Sanders on two tracks including Kendang.

We ended this week’s show with more conventional jazz from British saxophonist Tony Kofi – whose 2005 Thelonious Monk tribute All is Know is outstanding – and a last brief look at Miles Davis. There will be more next week…

  1. Oliver Nelson – Swiss Suite from Swiss Suite
  2. Gato Barbieri – El Sublime from Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata
  3. Gato Barbieri – Maria Domingas from Under Fire
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – Butter from Low End Theory
  5. Don Cheadle as Miles Davis – Dialogue 1 from Miles Ahead Soundtrack
  6. Robert Glasper et al – Junior’s Jam from Miles Ahead Soundtrack
  7. Don Cheadle as Miles Davis – Dialogue 2 from Miles Ahead Soundtrack
  8. Miles Davis – Back Seat Betty from Miles Ahead Soundtrack
  9. GoGo Penguin – Smarra from Man Made Object
  10. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Nigerian Reggae from Tales of Mozambique
  11. 23 Skidoo – Kendang (feat. Pharoah Sanders) from 23 Skidoo
  12. Tony Kofi – Light Blue from All is Know
  13. Miles Davis – So What from A Kind of Blue

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30 March 2016: the power of the groove

This week’s CJ features jazz old and new together with music from New Zealand, France and Brazil.  To listen again, just click that left hand tab. The dramatic opening from Santana’s most openly jazz-influenced album Caravanserai started the show before we dipped into two tracdonny hathaway 02ks with the same bass riff – the first from Nat and Cannonball Adderley and the second from soul singer Donny Hathaway. The latter came from Hathaway’s epic live album – a real treasure of a record. There’s almost no video footage of Hathaway’s magnetic live performances but here he is with a fragment of The Ghetto. The quality is dire but to hear more of either his live performances at The Bitter End club in Manhattan or at the Troubadour in donny hathaway these songs for you live!Hollywood look out for These Songs for You, Live! – a compilation of both performances together with Valdez in the Country from Hathaway’s appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1973. Fender Rhodes magic throughout. Both these opening tracks present a deep jazz groove – but then, so did most of the tracks on this week’s show.

Hammond hero Dr Lonnie Smith has a new (and well reviewed) album out on Blue Note – and so we celebrated this with Mama Wailer, the title track from his 1971 CTI/Kudu album before diving into a bonafide Blue Note classic from one of my favourite alto players, Jackie McLean. On the Nile comes from one of those sometimes overlooked Blue Note releases from the mid 1960s – jackie mclean jacknifeJacknife. This Charles Tolliver composition is a modal gem, featuring a young Jack deJohnette on drums. We cut into this track with something new from Auckland’s finest band, Fat Freddy’s Drop. It’s not jazz as we know it, of course, but there’s no doubting the levels of musicianship in this excellent new release.

Back to Africa and Egypt with another jazz classic from (appropriately) Pharoah Sanders – an edited version of the pharoah sanders tauhid16 minute Upper Egypt Lower Egypt from Sander’s Tauhid album before diving into the opening cut from GoGo Penguin’s Blue Note debut. The buzz about this band is global and we’ve been playing their contemporary take on the jazz piano trio since they began. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out this live version of the track we featured, All Res. Next up were two great vocalists – the yacht rock elegance of Ned Doheny in an acoustic demo version of his jazz club classic Get It Up For Love and then Gretchen Parlato live in New York with her beautiful twist on Simply Red’s Holding Back the Years. Amazingly, Doheny’s demo is delightfully fully formed. You can find this track on the Numero label’s excellent Separate Oceans compilation of Doheny tracks. One of ned doheny separate oceansthe pleasure’s of Parlato’s recording is the always imaginative drumming of American Mark Guiliana, one of the most in-demand drummers of the moment: he’s worked with Brad Mehldau, Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin and – of course, David Bowie. Another cover version came next – the Philippe Saisse Trio’s take on Steely Dan’s Do It Again. Saisse can always elevate his cocktail piano style into something rather more interesting: here he is doing the same kind of thing with Earth Wind and Fire’s September.  We ended this week’s session with more latin-inflected jazz: the first from Tania Mariatania maria come with me‘s Come With Me album from 1982 and the last a British remix of Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca that appears on one of the Verve labels’s remix projects – sometimes patchy but always interesting. For more of the same, try this updating of Billie Holiday’s Speak Low.

  1. Santana – Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation from Caravanserai
  2. Nat Adderley Quintet – Make Your Own Temple from Soul of the Bible
  3. Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) from Live
  4. Lonnie Smith – Mama Wailer from Mama Wailer
  5. Jackie McLean – On the Nile from Jacknife
  6. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Wheels from Bays
  7. Pharoah Sanders – Upper Egypt Lower Egypt from Tauhid
  8. GoGo Penguin – Al Res from Man Made Object
  9. Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love (demo) from Separate Oceans
  10. Gretchen Parlato – Holding Back the Years from Live in NYC
  11. Philippe Saisse Trio – Do It Again from The Body and Soul Sessions
  12. Tania Maria – Sementes, Graines and Seeds from Come With Me
  13. Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca (Funky Lowlives Mix) from Verve Remixed 2

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Playlist – 27 June 2013

The trouble with broadcasting on a small community radio station is that facilities are limited. This week I had to pre-record the show because at the broadcast time the studio was required for training. I went to ICR earlier in the day to pre-record, had produced an hour of the show and was then told the studio was needed by others.. As I could not return later the last half hour of the show was added by the ICR station manager, thankfully a jazz fan.

I decided to make this an hour of contemporary jazz, largely from the UK, except for Goran Kajfes from Sweden and Ambrose Akinmusire from the USA. There were two tracks from the new Kairos 4-Tet Album Everything We Hold – one instrumental and the other with  vocals. It’s a very varied album and the vocal are ambitious in their scope. Personally I prefer the instrumental tunes.

Neil adds: I think the vocal tracks on the new Kairos album are part of an interesting development in new British jazz. Kairos are fronted by saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann, and are spearheading this mix of improvisation and songwriting, trying to balance powerful instrumental solos with the roundedness of the more traditional English songform. Waldmann began with Kairos Moment, an album that marked him out as a powerful new voice in British jazz (BBC), and as a precociously talented composer and player (All About Jazz). In 2011, their second releasekairos everything, Statement of Intent, led to the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act and now in Everything We Hold Waldmann explores the art of song in more depth and with greater variety. Vocals come courtesy of Swedish singer Emilia Mårtensson, British neo-soul icon Omar, and emerging Irish singer-songwriter Marc O’Reilly. In places the music is reminiscent of John Martyn and Nick Drake – themselves no strangers to jazz tunings and inflections. Even the song titles themselves are reminiscent of this folk-jazz blend – Narrow Boat Man is not a million miles away from Drake’s River Man, itself a track covered by Brad Mehldau and others. Watch for more developments in this area. I really like Omar’s vocals on the track Song for the Open Road – and check out his own return to form on his excellent new album The Man.

The show ended with an extended track from Pharoah Sanders (from the 1974 Love in Us All album) and a taste of Marcos Valle from a recent release – 2010’s excellent Estatcia.

  1. Kairos 4-Tet (feat. Emilia Martensson & Marc O’Reilly) – Narrow Boat Man from Everything We Hold
  2. Ambrose Akinmusire – Confessions to my Unborn Daughter – from When the Heart Emerges Glistening
  3. Goran Kajfes – Sarasvati from Album X
  4. Roller Trio – Deep Heat from Roller Trio
  5. Trish Clowes – Tangent from Tangent
  6. Kairos 4-Tet – Reunion from Everything We Hold
  7. Matthew Halsall – Cherry Blossom from Fletcher Moss Park
  8. Larry ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins – Africa from Transcendental
  9. Pharoah Sanders – Love is Everywhere from Love In Us All
  10. Marcos Valle – Prefixo from Estatcia

Video this week comes from Goran Kajfes seen here last year leading his Subtropic Arkestra at the Nordic Jazz Festival on the roof of the House of Sweden in Washington D.C:

 

Playlist – 23 May 2013

Tonight’s show included Take Three, a new feature where I play three tracks from a inner urge coverfeatured jazz artist. We started with one of the top Cosmic Jazz favourites – the wonderful Joe Henderson. From 1963 to 1968, Henderson appeared on nearly thirty albums for Blue Note, including five released under his name. Landmark albums he appeared on for the label include Horace Silver’s swinging and soulful Song for My Father, Herbie Hancock’s dark and densely orchestrated The Prisoner, Lee Morgan’s hit album The Sidewinder and tougher, more ‘out there’ albums with pianist Andrew Hill and drummer Pete La Roca. El Barrio is one of the best cuts from Inner Urge, one of Henderson’s best Blue Note albums – and the picture here is of an original 1965 LP cover (in mono too!). This is dark and intense music and yet much of it (including our choice) is accessible. The All Music guide review concluded perhaps the best Henderson recorded in his long and illustrious career, and stands easily alongside the best records of the era. The review site All about Jazz goes further: I consider it not only one of the best dozen Blue Note sessions ever released, I hear it as one of the major statements of jazz in the ’60s, actually recreating the political, economic, and social realities of the turbulent times more precisely than most recorded music of the ’60s in any style. An absolutely essential listen and a major masterpiece. So, at CJ we simply recommend that you go out and buy the album – we guarantee you will not be disappointed.

There was also a track in tribute to Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks who died at the beginning of May. Neil notes: Brooks was a Jamaican saxophonist and flautist whose jazz-influenced style graced many Studio One albums. Brooks was an old boy of the Alpha School in Kingston, Jamaica, alongside alumni like Don Drummond, Johnny Moore and Tommy McCook of The Cedric Im BrooksSkatalites and jazzmen Joe Harriott and Harold McNair, His own musical horizons – especially as far as jazz was concerned – were increasingly distant from restrictive commercial contexts and he eagerly accepted an invitation to visit a friend in the U.S. In Philadelphia, Brooks was awe-struck by the music and vibes of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He was on the point of joining the commune when the birth of his second daughter necessitated his return to Jamaica. Though rocksteady the sound of the moment on the island, Brooks took up Ra’s challenge by starting The Mystics, to experiment with free jazz and poetry, African robes and dancers. During this period, Brooks’ long association with Studio One produced several hit singles before he set up The Light of Saba, a group that would go deep into aspects of African drumming. Taking leads from Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti, the recordings of Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks and The Light of Saba delineated world music way ahead of its time. The band showcased a blend of African and US, Cuban and other West Indian influences – calypso and funk, rumba and bebop, nyabinghi and disco – all filtered through a reggae grounding. The 2009 Honest Jon compilation The Magical Light of Saba is the best place to start.

CJ followed this with two tracks by artists who were undoubtedly influences on Brooks – the aforementioned Sun Ra and another CJ favourite, Pharoah Sanders’ classic Astral Travelling.

  1. Byron Morris and Unity – Sun Shower from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection
  2. V.S. Quartet – A Pou Zot from Freedom Jazz France
  3. Cedric Brooks – Ethiopia from Studio One Rockers
  4. Sun Ra – Ancient Aiethiopia from Sun Ra: A Space Odyssey
  5. Pharaoh Sanders – Astral Travelling from Thembi
  6. Joe Henderson – El Barrio from Inner Urge
  7. Joe Henderson – Canyon Lady from Canyon Lady
  8. Joe Henderson – Johnny Come Lately from Lush Life
  9. Jorge Ben – Lalari from Gilles Peterson Back In Brazil
  10. Jorge Ben and Toqinho – Carolina Carol Bela from Brazilian Beats 1
  11. Coherence Quartet – 530 from Coherence
  12. Fredrik Kronkvist Sextet – Close Race from Improvised Action

Video this week comes from the one and only Pharoah Sanders, here performing live at The Jazz Cafe in London in 2011.

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Playlist – 04 April 2013

The show is back live and tonight features the new Jose James release No Beginning No End, the Gilles Peterson compilation Black Jazz Radio and the promised live version of Freddie Hubbard’s First Light. 

  1. Freddie Hubbard – First Light (live)
  2. Jose James feat. Hindi Zahra – Sword + Gun
  3. War – Junk Yard
  4. Doug Carn – Higher Ground
  5. Pharaoh Sanders – Thembi
  6. Tadeusz Borczyk – 5/4
  7. Jose James – Vanguard
  8. Gene Russell – Black Orchid
  9. Wayne Gorbea & Salsa Picante – Sabor Sabor
  10. Alice Coltrane – Turiya and Ramakrishna
  11. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Tears From The Children
  12. Jose James – Do You Feel

Playlist – 27 September 2012

After two weeks of excellent music brought to the show by guests, this week it’s was a solo show from Derek. There was music from the newly-released Spiritual Jazz 3 on Jazzman Records with tunes by Michel Roques and the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet. Records in this series appear to be coming at a fast and regular pace – Spiritual Jazz 2 was only released earlier in 2012. To complement the latest record there were contributions from Heikki Sarmanto and The Michael Garrick Sextet from Spiritual Jazz 2.  All three compilations in this series come with a very strong recommendation from those of us associated with Cosmic Jazz.

British jazz featured strongly in the programme and I am pleased to provide more details on Ryan Quigley. He is a Scottish trumpeter, a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Salsa Celtica.  The tune played tonight Laphroag-ian Slip is the title track from his solo album, and maybe refers to what happens after too much of that Islay malt favourite…. Quigley has been described as “world class” by John Fordham, The Guardian jazz critic.

  1. Michel Roques – Le Temps
  2. Heikki Sarmanto – Duke and Trane
  3. Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet – Sakura Waltz
  4. Michael Garrick Sextet – Temple Dancer
  5. The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band – The Wildman
  6. Pharaoh Sanders – You’ve Got to Have Freedom
  7. Tenorio Jr – Consolacao
  8. Lo Borges  – Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
  9. George Coleman – New Arrival
  10. Wayne Shorter – Mahjong
  11. Marcina Arnold – Fore Fathers
  12. Ryan Quigley – Laphroaig-ian Slip
  13. Finn Peters – N R Shackleton Goes to the Circus
  14. Dub Colossus – Guragina

Playlist – 30 August 2012

Another show from Derek featuring some old favourites and more from newer releases too. Music included Donald Byrd’s take on a Herbie Hancock classic, an extended spiritual jazz classic from Pharoah Sanders and one of the late Gil Scott-Heron’s finest compositions, Lady Day and John Coltrane.

New music was represented by Jessica Lauren and Kenny Garrett both of whom have new albums well worth checking out.

  1. Donald Byrd – Cantaloupe Island
  2. Cuban Roots – Just Another Guajira
  3. Pharoah Sanders – Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt
  4. The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Prayer
  5. Dexter Gordon – Tanya
  6. Jimmy Heath – Alkebu-Lan ( Land of the Blacks)
  7. Gil Scott-Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane
  8. Soul Jazz Orchestra- Consecration
  9. Jessica Lauren – The Name of Fela Will Always Stand for Freedom
  10. Kenny Garrett – Boogety Boogety

Playlist – 16 August 2012

Neil is back in China so it was a solo show from Derek. Following Neil’s tribute last week Derek made his acknowledgement of 50 years of Jamaican independence with Val Bennett’s version of the Dave Brubeck classic Take Five.

Derek found on his return to the ICR office a CD from Birmingham-based jazz musician and writer Steve Tromans. There was not time to listen properly in advance, but the title track of the CD Blue Room was given an airing and sounded interesting. There will be more from release this in future shows. The tune fitted well with the spiritual quality of the pieces from Azanyah and Pharoah Sanders – especially with a jet-lagged Derek feeling the need for some calm.

There was still a place for funky jazz from Patrice Rushen, Brazilian-tinged jazz from Azar Lawrence and recent material from the wonderful Esperanza Spalding, the cool Robert Glasper and that much-loved Cosmic Jazz favourite Carmen Lundy.

  1. Patrice Rushen – Shortie’s Portion
  2. Azar Lawrence – Novo Ano
  3. Azanyah – I Will Surely Come Again
  4. Pharoah Sanders – Thembi
  5. Steve Tromans/J.J Wheeler – Blue Room
  6. Sun Ra – Images
  7. Val Bennett – Take Five (AKA the Russians are Coming)
  8. Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Erikah Badu – Afro Blue
  9. Carmen Lundy – Love Thy Neighbor
  10. Esperanza Spalding feat. Algebra Blessed & Lionel Loueke – Black Gold
  11. McCoy Tyner – African Village