Tonight’s Cosmic Jazz was a solo show by Derek and included a tribute to the late alto saxophonist Marion Brown. Almost half of the programme time was covered by tracks that featured Brown, including a full 18 minutes and 35 seconds of Ascension Part I. Brown described the Coltrane session as “wildly exciting…Spontaneity was the thing”.
On the Archie Shepp track from Attica Blues he played bamboo flute and the Johnny Hodges tune Spotted Dog from a Hodges tribute album from 1978 both contrasted and complemented the more recent Sweet Earth Flower from the US experimental group His Name is Alive. There was a first CJ play from the Dee Dee Bridgewater tribute to Horace Silver; a CJ first for Renee Rosnes (by the way how do you pronounce her surname?) and a definite CJ first for Commander in Chief Osite Osadebe and his Nigerian Sound Makers.
Quite a contrast from start to finish.
- John Coltrane – Ascension Part I
- Archie Shepp – Steam Parts 1 and 2
- His Name is Alive – Sweet Earth Flower
- Marion Brown – Spotted Dog
- Dee Dee Bridgewater – Pretty Eyes
- Rachelle Ferrell – You Send Me
- Soulstance – Moon Vision
- Lee Konitz – Five, Four and Three
- Renee Rosnes – The Storyteller
- Hank Mobley – Three Way Split
- Commander in Chief Stephen Osite Osadebe & his Nigerian Sound Makers – Onyebu Chi
- Dizzy Gillespie & Machito – Exuberante
- Michael Brecker – Madame Toulouse
And why not finish with an excellent live version of Brecker’s Madame Toulouse from 1998 – enjoy!