This week’s CJ features some New York sounds, a spatial journey or two and possibly the CJ favourite. The programme kicked off with four great contemporary New York jazz tracks, including another from the new release by Vijay Iyer. This album features original compositions by Iyer, new readings of ‘out there’ jazz by the likes of Henry Threadgill and Iyer’s take on Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and Rod Temperton’s The Star of the Story.
There was more from Patrice Rushen, a taste of the master of ‘out thereness’, Sun Ra, and the show ended with the eponymous Black Renaissance, a masterwork from pianist and arranger Harry Whitaker and – in our view – of the most inspiring jazz compositions ever recorded.
- Sean Hutchinson’s Still Life – Again, Again
- Ron Horton – Yellow Violet
- Steve Lehman Trio – Moment’s Notice
- Vijay Iyer Trio – Bode
- Patrice Rushen – Shortie’s Portion
- Pangaea – Homeboys
- Horace Silver – Song for my Father
- Bobby Matos & John Santos – Nueva Diana
- Sun Ra – Aiethiopia
- Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel
- Black Renaissance – Black Renaissance