Our special guest for this Thursday’s show was Richard Beckton – jazz fan, vinyl collector and curator of the Ipswich Jazz Club website. It was a very special show, which sadly Neil had to miss due to family illness. Richard has a very large collection of jazz records and for this week’s show he concentrated on his Blue Note collection – and what a collection!
The records he played started with Meade Lux Lewis – the first record ever recorded on the Blue Note label – went through the classic Blue Note years and ended with Ornette Coleman. Richard’s selections were not the predictable ones, with Tina Brooks (not a woman) and Sonny Clark representing the classic Blue Note sound, rather than Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan. The Tina Brooks record was never released at the time by Blue Note and it was not until EMI took control of the label that it was finally available.
Richard, moreover, has many stories to go with the music. He played African Village by McCoy Tyner, a tune that is already established as a Cosmic Jazz favourite, and recalled how he bought the record on vinyl in Ipswich on the day it first came out. This was at a record shop specialising in opera in Fore Street – sadly it has long gone. Richard will be back. It’s clear there are many more treasures in that extensive collection and they deserve a wider hearing.
Most of the programme was devoted to Richard’s choices but we did manage to introduce him to a Blue Note artist that he did not know about, namely Rachelle Ferrell. We played him a track from the new Wynton Marsalis album too and also provided a brief taster into the current Japanese jazz scene.
This was a Cosmic Jazz show not to be missed and you have the chance to listen again for a week either on this blog or on the ICR FM website – www.icrfm.co.uk
Best wishes to Neil and his family and we hope to see you back on Cosmic Jazz soon.
1. The Juju Orchestra – This is not a Tango
2. Meade Lux Lewis – The Blues Part 1
3. Earl Hines – The Father’s Gateway
4. Wynton Marsalis – The Razor Rim
5. Edmund Hall Celeste Quartet – Jamming in Four
6. Thelonius Monk Quartet – Misterioso
7. Johnny Griffin – Mil Dew
8. Rachelle Ferrell – You Send Me
9. Tina Brooks – Back to the Tracks
10. Sonny Clark – Melody in C
11. Nation of Multiverse – Can you see how I feel?
12. Dexter Gordon – Soy Califa
13. Pete la Roca – Malaguena
14. McCoy Tyner – African Village
15. Ornette Coleman – Broad Way Blues