CJ this week went avant garde. The advertised Brad Mehldau and the new ECM remix project were both delayed in the post but that still left Sam Rivers and some incredibly rare Sun Ra (how about a vinyl pressing of only 50 copies?). Add into the mix some more live Art Pepper (from 1977) and a rare airing of classic out of print 80s avantegardism from guitarist James ‘Blood’ Ulmer and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson.
Now – good news: the missing Cosmic Jazz moments from this week’s show are ready for you to listen to. Download again and enjoy. Oh, and you can still watch both videoclips…
- Brenda Boykin – Freedom Song
- Stanley Cowell – Come Sunday
- Paul Motian – Ch’i Energy/Sun Ra – The Rose Hue Mansions of the Sun
- Roland Kirk – Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs
- Conrad Herwig/Brian Lynch – Miles Mode
- Hiromi – Desert on the Moon
- Ronald Shannon Jackson – Taboo
- Charles Gayle – Lambs a’ crying
- James ‘Blood’ Ulmer – Are You Glad to be in America?
- Joshua Redman – Turnaround
- Sam Rivers – Beatrice
- Jose James – No Tellin’
- Art Pepper – Labyrinth
This week’s videoclips also reflects our fascination with the outer limits of jazz. The first is is altoist Anthony Braxton at the Woodstock Jazz Festival in playing a remarkable version of Coltrane’s Impressions. Looks like it’s the mid 1970s. The rest of the quartet is Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Watch what happens to the solo after the two minute mark…
And as an extra treat this week, how about James ‘Blood’ Ulmer on guitar, Don Cherry on pocket trumpet and Rashied Ali on drums. This looks to be from a Swedish broadcast sometime in the 1980s when Cherry was living in the country. If anyone has more details on either of these clips we’d be grateful. The second part of the broadcast features Ali on congas and Cherry on the Malian doussn’gouni.