Neil was back from Beijing and tonight’s Cosmic Jazz featured new music from Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, a bizarre collaboration between UK drummer Seb Rochford and theremin player Pamelia Kurstin, the lyricism of Keith Jarret’s new solo piano release and a truly inspiring 1963 broadcast from Stuttgart of John Coltrane’s classic quartet at their peak.
Listen and enjoy!
Sebastian Rochford/Pamelia Kurstin – Slow
Freddie Hubbard – Return of the Prodigal Son
Enrico Rava Quintet – Choctaw
Zara McFarlane – Feed the Spirit (The Children and the Warlock)
Chico Hamilton – Conquistadores (The Conquerors)
Milton Banana – Primitivo
Paul Motian Band – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Bobby Hutcherson – Spiral
John Coltrane Quartet – Afro Blue
Lloyd McNeil Quartet – 2504 Cliffborne Pl.
Keith Jarrett – Rio pt. 5
Tomasz Stanko – Song for Ania Kattornia
Wadada Leo Smith – Don Cherry’s Electric Sonic Garden (for Don Cherry)
Miles Davis – Blow
Weather Report – River People (live)
We are sad to hear that Gilles Peterson will be leaving BBC R1 in April next year as a result of scheduling changes. We hope that his brand of musical discovery finds a new radio home and that Gilles continues to find the perfect beat.
Listen to the first ever GP Mad on Jazz show broadcast on 02 September 1986 on Radio London here and check out this videoclip:
A solo show from Derek catching up on things he has meant to play for some time.
Roy Haynes started things off with a live track recorded when he was 82. He is now 86 and still going strong. Haynes gave a dynamic performance with his Fountain of Youth Band at the London Jazz Festival on 19 November at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I was lucky to be there in the second row to see him begin with a tap dance, then progess to a drum solo and then keep going through the set with an array of complex rhythms while leading his youthful band. Roy was the joking, ever-moving livewire while the rest of the band – all highly accomplished musicians – appeared, by contrast, as serious, straight, dedicated college kids. This was a great show.
The drummer Paul Motian has died and there was a track from Bill Evans on which he played. He also played on Death and the Flower – the 1974 Keith Jarrett record from which Prayer was taken – although he was not on that particular number. There was also more from the excellent selection of re-releases that are around at the moment, three tracks from the Bossa Jazz double CD from Soul Jazz records and on the same label a tune from Washington Suite by the Lloyd McNeil Quartet.
The Impulse Records 50th Anniversary Two on One series are definitely worth looking out for, but don’t pay more that £4.50 for a double album CD. The Elvin Jones tune was from this series. There was also another taster, although brief, from Our Latin Thing on Strut Records – a DVD and double CD from the seminal Fania All Stars.
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:
Neil’s back! Following two great shows from Derek, the challenge is on… We started with a classic Emanative track and some neglected Rhodes wizardry from RAD before diving into the electronics and dub of new Loop outfit Ma.
A Keith Jarrett feature celebrating his return to London’s Royal Festival Hall last night included the first recording of the Standards Trio’s take on God Bless the Child, reprised as one of four encores at the RFH.
There was also time for more outer edge stuff from Edward Larry Gordon and Miles Davis and some dubby weirdness from Bugge Wesseltoft guesting with fellow Finns the Mungolian Jet Set. It’s all part of the mix that makes Cosmic Jazz so unique – enjoy…
Emanative feat. Ahu – Turn Your Lights On
RAD – Fela
Ma – We Need Two
Scientist vs Shackleton – Marshes Dub
Mungolian Jet Set – Close Encounters of the Mung Kind/Inexpired Pyro: What Took You So Long?
Arve Henriksen – Migration
Harmonia and Eno – Atmosphere/The Necks – Fatal
Robert Mitchell 3io – Third Stream
Keith Jarrett – The Windup
Keith Jarrett – Silence
Keith Jarrett – God Bless the Child
Edward Larry Gordon – All Pervading
Erik Truffaz – Yay!
Miles Davis (reconstructed by Bill Laswell) – Agharta Dub
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Cay’s Crays
Video this week has to reflect the Keith Jarrett Trio’s performance at the RFH. Here they are with an amazing take on You Don’t Know What Love Is. Breathtaking…