This week Cosmic Jazz welcomed local alto and soprano saxophone player Mike Downes who brought in a selection of his favourite jazz music, which not surprisingly, included alto sax players. We were both able to exchange our appreciation of Kenny Garrett by playing records of this wonderful alto sax player.
Mike attended last year’s Barbados Jazz Festival and introduced Cosmic Jazz to artists that he heard there and had not been played on the show before. Perhaps the selections reached the sort of smooth jazz territory into which the programme rarely ventures, but the selections illustrated that if you listen to the music there is a high level of musicianship which may be missed on casual listening. Cosmic Jazz is always pleased to reach new spheres.
- Albert Ayler – Love Cry
- Gary Bartz – I’ve Known Rivers
- Grover Washington Jr. – East River Drive
- Kenny Garrett – Sketches of MD
- Herbie Hancock – Edith & the Kingpin
- Kenny G – Deja Vu
- Charlie Parker – Barbados
- Kim Waters – Free Fall
- Eric Darius fest Rick Braun – Butterfly
- Candy Dulfer – Anything You Need
- Richard Elliott – Move On Up
- Stan Getz – Autumn Leaves
- Kenny Garrett – Welcome Earth Song