More eclectic music from Cosmic Jazz this week including the little-heard Odean Pope in a tribute to another less well known saxophonist Prince Lasha. Pope founded his Saxophone Choir in 1977 – nine saxes and a rhythm section – and they were still blowing strong when this track (featuring some blistering solo work from Michael Brecker) was recorded a few years ago. It’s a tribute to Lasha who died in December last year. Born William Lawsha, he was part of the burgeoning free jazz movement which developed around Fort Worth in Texas and in which Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Ronald Shannon Jackson and John Carter were key players. We’ll play more music with a Forth Worth connection in coming shows.
We also played a great track from Bobby Hutcherson from his recently reissued Head On album on Blue Note, another great track from Jamaican saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks and the lengthy Spanish Gypsy , a classic groove from trumpeter Luis Gasca which features Carlos Santana on guitar and Joe Henderson on tenor. You can find out more about this track on the always informative Breath of Life blog – check out the link in Cosmic Jazz and search for Spanish Gypsy.
Brazilian vocalist Joyce has a new CD out on Far Out Records next week but – until we get a copy of that to play you – we made do with another reminder: this time of Joyce’s classic Feminina album released in Brazil in 1980 and the subject of two independent trips by Derek and Neil (before we knew each other!) to Mr Bongo Records in London to pick up our import copies for £20… We were also reminded of how good a saxophonist the British artist Steve Williamson is. We’ve heard little from him in recent years and (as far as we know) he’s released only three albums in a career that stretches back to his first release in 1989 from which we played the title track A Waltz for Grace.
1. 4 Hero – Conceptions
2. the Blue Note 7 – Mosaic
3. Wes Montgomery – No Blues
4. Sounds of the Unexpected – Papa K-tema
5. Bobby Hutcherson – Hey Harold
6. Steve Williamson – Waltz for Grace
7. Herbie Hancock – The Trailor
8. Joyce – Da Cor Brasileira
9. Cedric Im Brooks – Blackness of Darkness
10. Luis Gasca – Spanish Gypsy
11. Lee Morgan – Sonic Boom
12. Odean Pope Saxophone Choir (feat. Michael Brecker) – Prince Lasha
13. Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Dog Eat Dog
14. Tim Collinson – Little Sunflower
15. Quasimode – Ipe Amarelo
16. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache