The guest of two weeks ago Martin Burley presented this week’s show solo. The playlist revealed the eclecticism that I expected from Martin and featured music originating from Ghana, Nigeria and North Africa – and some very famous jazz names. I was pleased that the deeply moving and important Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday was included. I am currently reading 33 Revolutions per Minute by Dorian Lynskey about the history of protest songs: quite rightly, the first chapter of the book is about this protest most dramatic of songs and it was something I wanted to play on Cosmic Jazz. Martin has done that for me.
Cassandra Wilson is someone perhaps we could and should have played more of on CJ – perhaps I can rectify that in the coming weeks. It was good also to see that Martin continued the Cosmic Jazz tradition of featuring British music. The guitarist Martin Taylor is one of many excellent British jazz musicians and the late Abram Wilson, although not born in the UK, was based over here until his recent death.
Martin has his own show on ICR called The Peppery Show. Going out live on Tuesday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00 hrs, you can also catch up with it at at any time via MixCloud on the ICR site. Expect jazz alongside global sounds, folk and more. It is highly recommended – Martin has a wealth of musical knowledge and is a very accomplished presenter.
- Joshua Redman – Sweet Nasty from ‘Momentum’
- Konkoma – Accra Jump from ‘Konkoma’
- Charlie Parker – Night in Tunisia from ‘Out of Nowhere’
- Olu Dara – Herbsman from ‘Neighbourhoods’
- Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio – That Ragtime Feeling from ‘Across the Imaginary Divide’
- Fantazia – Mul Sheshe from ‘Mul Sheshe’
- Jaco Pastorius – Liberty City from ‘Word of Mouth’
- Martin Taylor – I’m Old-Fashioned from ‘Solo’
- Abram Wilson – Gonna be All Right from ‘Ride! Ferris Wheel to the Modern Delta’
- Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit from ‘The Ultimate Collection’
- Billy Cobham – Total Eclipse from ‘Crosswinds’
- Miles Davis – So What from ‘Kind of Blue’
- Cassandra Wilson – Tupelo Honey from ‘Blue Light ‘til Dawn’
- Weather Report – A Remark you Made from Heavy Weather
Video this week comes from Weather Report.. The first cut features bass player Jaco Pastorius recorded live at Offenbach in Germany in 1978 with his celebrated bass solo – this time featuring elements from Hendrix’s Third Stone from the Sun. And then as a bonus, a slightly earlier incarnation of the group, still with Pastorius on bass but with Alex Acuna on drums and Manolo Badrena on percussion, giving Barbary Coast a good workout. Leading this most creative of bands is – of course – Joe Zawinul on keyboards and Wayne Shorter on tenor sax.