Tonight’s show featured more new British jazz and some music that was truly ‘cosmic’ in its feel. The new release from CJ favourite Matthew Halsall – Fletcher Moss Park – is a calm, spiritual and modal piece. Former Working Week sax and flute player Larry ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins also has an excellent release entitled Transcendental featuring another CJ fave, pianist Zoe Rahman. All the musicians are members of Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra, whose performance in May of this year in Norwich was one of the most spectacular I have ever seen.
There were more modal, cosmic sounds on the show, plus a bonus from a new UK trio. Fanfares by the group GoGo Penguin, is on the Manchester-based Gondwana label, which also releases the records of Matthew Halsall and Nat Birchall. From this release you got hard-driving trio jazz, with influences ranging from EST to classical and electronica. It seemed appropriate to pair this with a track from EST’s Seven Days of Falling release before going into a truly cosmic section with Saturnian Sun Ra. And as a final extra, more new British jazz from rising star Trish Clowes.
- Matthew Halsall – Cherry Blossom
- Nat Birchall – Sacred Dimension
- Matthew Halsall – The Sun in September
- GoGo Penguin – Seven Sons of Bjorn
- EST – Elevation of Love
- Sun Ra – Images
- Kelan Philip Cohran and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Frankincense and Myrrh
- ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins – Africa
- Zoe & Idris Rahman – Sanctuary
- ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins – Transcendental Euphoria
- Trish Clowes – Atlas