From the start, Cosmic Jazz has championed Japanese jazz and tonight it was appropriate to play jazz from that country. Fumio Itabasho, Sleep Walker, Hajime Yoshizawe, Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions, Jazztronik and United Future Organisation all featured. There were also acknowledgements to Japan in music from Tony Scott and Pharoah Sanders.
We are excited by the appearance of Matthew Halsall locally at The Halesworth Jazz and Beer Festival at The Cut, Halesworth on Saturday 26 March (see below for details). Cosmic Jazz will be there and we strongly recommend that you are too. Thanks to festival organiser Garry we were able to play The Move from Matthew’s as yet unreleased album On the Move as well as Mudita from 2009’s Colour Yes.
In a busy programme there was also time for our No 4 tunes in the Cosmic Jazz countdown. For Neil, it was Kenny Garrett’s Beyond the Wall from the album of the same name, an impeccable and popular choice. For Derek it was a recent discovery, Gregory Porter’s 1960 What? from his 1960 album Water. What a soulful, bluesy, powerful tune it is.
Of course we always love Cosmic Jazz but – for us – this was a programme packed with emotional, spiritual and comforting jazz. Click that Listen Again button as soon as you can.
- Pharaoh Sanders – Japan
- McCoy Tyner – Valley of Life
- Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
- Kenny Garrett – Beyond the Wall
- Matthew Halsall – The Move
- Matthew Halsall – Mudita
- Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions – Mo Better Blues
- Fumio Itabashi – Watarase
- Hajime Yoshizawa – Arpegio in the Forest
- Sleep Walker – Elina
- Jazztronik – Muddy Muddy
- Tony Scott – The Murmuring of the Mountain Stream/United Future Organisation – Friends: We’ll Be
- Fumio Itabashi – Tone