After this year’s annual Cosmic Jazz Party show for New Year we resolved to make the jazz dance party a more regular feature of Cosmic Jazz. So as spring approaches (hopefully) it seemed to be an appropriate time for such a show.
We are getting through the Working Week double CD Working Nights (deluxe edition). No Cure, No Pay is one of the best on this CD. The Awakening showed that spiritual jazz from the Black Jazz label can also be funky as well as deep and introspective. The Freddie Hubbard Soul Jazz Years collection on UK label Soul Brother Records is a treasure trove of music for a programme such as this, and People Make the World Go Round was the choice this week.
Cosmic Jazz frequently acknowledges the interplay between jazz and Latin and West African music so the NuYorican super-group of the 1970s The Fania All Stars provided perfect proof of this, as did the Brazilians Lo Borges and Bossa Tres.
Finally, there is always a place for Blue Note artists in any jazz party and I make no excuse for giving another airplay to Art Blakey’s Moanin’ – a classic tune and long a favourite of jazz dancefloors wherever they are. We ended the show with the more contemporary sounds of jazz dance from Japan and the music of Sleep Walker. Any CDs from this now sadly disbanded group would be welcome additions to a jazz music collection.
- Working Week – No Cure No Pay
- The Awakening – Slinky
- Freddie Hubbard – People Make The World Go Round
- Fania All Stars – Ponte Duro
- Art Blakey – Moanin’
- Hank Mobley – High Voltage
- Yusef Lateef – Brother John
- Eddie Cano – I Can’t Cry Anymore
- Lo Borges – Homem De Rua
- Bossa Tres – Imprevisto
- Sleep Walker – River Of Love