Playlist – 20 January 2011

Well – it was a good show!  We loved the rare Masabumi Kikuchi track from a 1980 Japanese album (Susto) which followed a Milesian late 70s groove better than most – not surprising given that Dave Liebman, Steve Grossman, James Mason and Airto were involved.  Trumpet duties from Terumaso Hino completed the picture.  A great track and one we’ll come back to.

Elsewhere were the promised 1969 Indian-trance grooves from Pat Martino, a surprisingly straight take on Human Nature from Vijay Iyer and a dazzling solo outing from the World Saxophone Quartet’s alto player Julius Hemphill.

New jazz vinyl cuts came from Max Grundhard and Gideon Van Gelder along with a vinyl reissue of The Silver Apple, a 1975 album from young British pianist Peter Fish.  The show gathered speed to finish with a dazzling workout from Charles Earland and a slice of Herbie’s best street funk from the sometimes overlooked classic Thrust.

  1. Vijay Iyer – Human Nature
  2. Albert Ayler – Zion Hill (alternative take)
  3. Manuel Valera – Home
  4. Wendell Harrison – Tons and Tons of BS
  5. Masabumi Kikuchi – New Native
  6. Max Grundhard – Vortex
  7. Julius Hemphill – Kansas City Line
  8. Gideon Van Gelder – Wave
  9. Pat Martino – Baiyina
  10. Peter Fish – Friend and Lover
  11. Gato Barbieri – Milonga Triste
  12. Charles Earland – Cosmic Fever
  13. Herbie Hancock – Spank-a-Lee

And so onto our videoclip for this week.  Here’s Julius Hemphill leading a big band playing The Hard Blues sometime in the 1980s.

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