After the death of Ravi Shankar, it seemed appropriate to play some spiritual music from John Coltrane who was influenced by the Indian sitarist. Stellar Regions is the title track from the complete recordings Coltrane made on 15 February 1967, in Rudy van Gelder’s famed Englewood Cliffs studio. The track (heard here in an alternate version) includes ‘trane’s wife Alice Coltrane on piano, herself influenced by Indian music. Together they named one of their children after Shankar, so music from Ravi Coltrane’s album In Flux is also fitting and – in that circular fashion we like on CJ – Dear Alice is named for his mother.
There is EST and then there are EST followers – both were represented in CJ tonight. The recent birthdays of Donald Byrd, aged 80 and McCoy Tyner aged 73, are also acknowledged. Sending My Love – the title track from the first Matthew Halsall CD – features alongside the title track of his 2012 release four years later, Fletcher Moss Park.
To ensure jazz dancers are not forgotten there was some new Japanese jazz from Room 56 and a sample from Viagem 4, the new compilation of Brazilian music from the 1960s, from Italian DJ and musician Nicola Conte.
- John Coltrane – Stellar Regions (Alternate Take)
- Ravi Coltrane – Dear Alice
- Room56 – Hit The Devil
- 7 De Ouros – So Balanco
- Roland Kirk – We Free Kings
- Matthew Halsall – Sending My Love
- Matthew Halsall – Fletcher Moss Park
- Donald Byrd – The Black Disciple
- McCoy Tyner – Sama Layuca
- Barcode Trio – Esbjorn
- Go Go Penguin – Seven Sons of Bjorn
- EST – Inner City, City Lights