Playlist – 14 January 2010

The snow has cleared and this week Cosmic Jazz started on time!  More new music on the show but some old favourites too – listen out for Thelonious Monk, Tubby Hayes and Miles Davis.

Now, the end of one year and the beginning of the next is when people think about lists – and we’ve been looking at some of those 100 best jazz record lists that pop up on the internet.  We’ve listed just three below:

Remember – each of these lists reflect the tastes of the compiler, but if you’re new to jazz they make a useful starting point.  If you’ve got views on these lists or any others tell us what you think via Comments.

This week we also played the first track from our second featured classic album.  Mysterious Traveller was a hit album for jazz supergroup Weather Report – but how does it stand up 35 years later?  For more information, see our feature elsewhere on the site.

  1. Weather Report – American Tango
  2. Thelonius Monk – Japanese Folk Song (Kojo No Tsuki)
  3. Willie Mitchell – Soul Serenade
  4. Art Ensemble of Chicago – Odwalla Theme
  5. Alberto Favero – Suite Trane (Quinto Movimiento)
  6. Miles Davis – Autumn Leaves
  7. Sadao Watanabe – Porpmoko La Maji
  8. Tubby Hayes Orchestra – Milestones
  9. Indigo Jam Unit – Masquerade
  10. Esbjorn Svensson Trio – Dodge the Dodo
  11. Mary Lou Williams – Miss D D
  12. Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments
  13. Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson – Planeteria

It was a delight tonight to play extended versions of well known jazz classics – something we can do on Cosmic Jazz because there’s no limit on the length of tracks we play.  The full 17 minute version of  Monk’s Japanese Folk Song comes from the reissued and restored Straight, No Chaser album and the 13 minute version of Autumn Leaves is from Miles in Berlin, newly reissued again as part of the Complete Columbia box set.

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