Playlist – 21 February 2013

This was Neil’s last CJ for a while before he heads back to Beijing so it was a chance to cram in lots of new music that we hadn’t previously played. We mixed John Surman in with Pantha du Prince, introduced some recently released early Sun Ra, revisited Jack de Johnette’s wonderful Album Album (one of the best releases of the 1980s) and heard what happened when Brad Mehldau tackled Nick Drake (again).

Special guest in the studio tonight was Martin Burley from Peppery Productions who was promoting an upcoming show at the Manor Ballroom, Ipswich. Konkoma are a Ghanaian afro funk band with a “cool, edgy” new album (the Independent) – check them out on 08 March. Tickets are available at 01473 295900.

  1. Pantha du Prince – Spectral Splitkonkoma
  2. John Surman/Jack de Johnette – Nestor’s Saga
  3. Jean Luc Ponty – Aurora
  4. Yaron Herman Quartet – Mojo
  5. Jack de Johnette – Ahmad the Terrible
  6. Brad Mehldau – Time has Told Me
  7. Konkoma – Me Kyin Kyin
  8. Mark de Clive Lowe – Relax… Unwind
  9. Konkoma – Accra Jump
  10. Solomon Ilori – (feat. Donald Byrd) – Gbo Gbo Omo Ibile (Going Home)
  11. Sun Ra Arkestra – New Day
  12. Walter Bishop Jr.’s 4th Cycle – N’gudu’s Prayer
  13. Meshell Ndegeocello – Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  14. Keith Jarrett Trio – When I Fall In Love
  15. Baptise Trottignon – End of the Gig
  16. Vijay Iyer Trio – The Star of a Story
  17. Michael White – The Blessing Song

Video this week comes from Paris-based Yaron Herman, here with his trio and performing a Nirvana tune, Heart Shaped Box (is this the influence of Mehldau again?)… and – as a special bonus – Konkoma!: