The programme began today with a tribute to the timbales player Manny Oquendo who died on 26 March 2009. Born in New York, Manny was for many years a prominent figure among the Latin musicians in the city. Like so many of these musicians he crossed the boundaries between Latin music and jazz. We will play more.
Our guest this week was Des Hart from the newly formed Ipswich Jazz Collective. We’ve put a link to their website on this blog. Des is a bass player and his choices reflected that – Kyle Eastwood (yes, he is the son of Clint) and his favourite Stanley Clarke. He also showed an inclination for 70s British/French jazz with a track from on an album which featured erstwhile Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, currently a Suffolk resident. Was this the route from rock which led Des to jazz? We think so…
Neil has a keen eye for important birthdays and played a birthday tribute to that soul/jazz great and founder of hip hop (?) Gil Scott-Heron, who once performed at Ipswich Corn Exchange to a sparse crowd. He’s been battling a cocaine addiction in recent years, but his last album Spirits (released in 1994) was a fine achievement. We’ve played the magnificent title track several times on the show – it’s a real reminder of how good Scott-Heron can be.
Breaking news! Cosmic Jazz will soon be going live again. Beginning on the 31 May 2009 the Cosmic Jazz Club will be playing out at Zing Wine Bar, Tacket Street, Ipswich starting at 20.00hrs. Entry is free and there’s even talk of a special cosmic cocktail to celebrate the event! The music will be our usual eclectic mix – but with a dance twist. Cosmic Jazz Club will then be live on the last Sunday of every month.
Alan Bramwell has started a new series called Jazz Greats broadcast on ICR from 17.00 – 18.00 hrs every Monday. It’s essential listening!!!
1. Manny Oquendo & Libre – Mejor Que Nunca: Salsa Jam
2. Herbie Hancock – Spank-a-Lee (live)
3. A Tribe called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got It)
4. Protect the Beat – Intrepid
5. Sounds of the Unexpected – Elektrosjokkterapi
6. Tord Gustavsen Trio – Being There
7. Finn Peters – Atlas
8. Gong – Golden Dilemma
9. Rudresh Mahanthappa – The Preserver
10. Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate – East 12th Street Band
11. Pharoah Sanders – Lonnie’s Lament
12. Kyle Eastwood – How Y’all Doin’
13. Quasimode – Down in the Village
14. Tim Garland Trio – Blue in Green (live)
15. Stanley Clarke – Indigo
16. Soil & Pimp Sessions – A I E
17. Pandora – Meheeco
18. Gil Scott Heron – Washington DC