Playlist – 24th June 2010

A solo show from Derek tonight with some classic tracks including the brilliant Black Renaissance, featuring pianist Harry Whitaker.  What is there that hasn’t been said about this classic, recorded on Martin Luther King Day in 1976?  Black Renaissance was almost  lost for good when the master tapes were destroyed in a fire.   It was finally properly released by Ubiquity Records and is now rightly regarded as a bonafide deep jazz masterpiece.  Harry Whitaker, who – amonst other things – played those piano figures on Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn, Baby, gathered the best of the jazz musicians of his day and laid down just two long tracks that build and grow in an improvisational masterpiece that mixes spiritual soul jazz, poetry, rap and great solos from Azar Lawrence and Woody Shaw, all held together by the elastic bass of Buster Williams.  If you don’t have this album, go out and buy it.  You won’t be disappointed.

  1. Black Renaissance – Black Renaissance
  2. Carmen Lundy – All Day All Night
  3. Sadao Watanabe – Vichakani
  4. Jack Pescod & Barcode Trio – Pier
  5. Michael Brecker – Madame Toulouse
  6. Indigo Jam Unit – Pentagram
  7. Max Roach – Members Don’t Git Weary
  8. Gerardo Frisina – Saeta (part one)
  9. Charles Mingus – Theme for Lester Young (aka Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)
  10. John Coltrane – Afro Blue

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