Ahhh! Sometimes it all comes together in the studio to make a great show… Maybe it’s time to let you know how Derek and I structure Cosmic Jazz. Well, we each bring a big bunch of CDs and vinyl into the studio each week – new releases, old classics and obscure rarities – and then we generally play alternate tracks. Sometimes we’ll create a special mix but most of the time we try to complement the previous track – usually by mood and atmosphere but sometimes by artist, genre or just idea.
Then comes the moment we’ll want to change the mood or groove but still retain a feel of cohesion. This is where knowing each other’s musical ideas is important. We’ve been playing music together now for over ten years, so we’ve got to know how to make it work for us and – we hope – for you listening to the show. Tonight worked – but tell us what you think by sending us a message here on the blog.
This week jazz rubbed shoulders with rap, soul and funk as we featured another track from the recent Blue Note album which celebrates 70 years of the labels’s history with tracks performed by current stars, a rather forgotten classic vocal track from Herbie Hancock’s Future 2 Future CD, pianist Jessica William’s elegaic take on of Billy Cobham’sa Heather and a rap classic from The Pharcyde celebrating the production magic of the late J Dilla (one of Tom’s favourites – and thanks for calling in!). To that we added Roy Ayers at his most modal, something rare from 80s British outfit Izit – which featured one of our favourite British artists Byron Wallen on trumpet – and great new jazz from John Law and Ravi Coltrane. It all fits into the world of Cosmic Jazz . Listen again next week for more great music.
And next week don’t miss our Japanese jazz special! Every track played will be from Japan and we’ll have Japanese guests in the studio. It’s going to be a very special atmosphere so join us. We’ll welcome your calls, texts or emails -check out the ICR site for more details on how to get in touch with us.
1. Blue Note 7 – Inner Urge
2. Herbie Hancock – Be Still
3. Gil Scott Heron – I Think I’ll Call It Morning
5. Roy Ayers – The Ringer
6. Lee Morgan – Exotique
7. Jessica Williams – Heather
8. Clifford Jordan – John Coltrane
9. The Pharcyde – Runnin’
10. Izit – Make Way for the Originals
11. Billy Paul – East
12. Nicola Conte – Black is the Graceful Veil
13. Brad Meldau – I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
14. Sahib Shihab – Om Mani Padme Hum
15. John Law Trio – white label
16. Pharoah Sanders – Thembi
17. Oumou Sangare – Iyo Djeli
18. Ravi Coltrane – Angular Realms
19. Tomasz Stanko Quartet – Suspended Variations II