For this week’s CJ Neil was back from Beijing and Derek returned from his summer break in the Caribbean. The music was as eclectic as usual, with an early emphasis on vocals in jazz. New tracks from tenor titan David Murray (featuring Macy Gray turning in a fine performance), Terry Callier and Conjure (with trumpet and vocals from Lester Bowie) led into the Pharaohs and a track from The Awakening album from 1972.
A short burst of last week’s birthday boy Wayne Shorter (a reworking of Juju by his magisterial ‘new’ quartet) introduced the shows most extended track – a live performance of The Black Messiah from Cannonball Adderley, featuring the late George Duke on keyboards. Latin music from pianist Hilton Ruiz and a classic from Tito Puente ended another section before we returned to a second take from Duke – this time as producer on Dianne Reeves’s Sky Islands.
CJ ended with a burst of fine guitar shredding from Pat Metheny and his take on Mastema, a track from John Zorn’s ‘songbook’.
Next week, Derek with a solo show and more new music. Neil is off to DJ at a chateau wedding in Bordeaux where The Jive Samba (see below) will surely be featured…
- Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra – Solitude from Chinese Dub
- David Murray Infinity Quartet feat Macy Gray – Be My Monster Love from Be My Monster Love
- Visioneers/Stereolab – Come and Play in the Milky Night from Hipology
- Terry Callier – Running Around from Speak Your Peace
- Conjure – Fool-ology (The Song) from Conjure: Music from the texts of Ishmael Reed
- Pharaohs – Freedom Time – from The Awakening/Freedom Rhythm and Sound
- Wayne Shorter Quartet – Juju from Footprints Live
- Cannonball Adderley Quintet – The Black Messiah from The Black Messiah
- Hilton Ruiz – All My Love is Yours from Strut
- Tito Puente – Hong Kong Mambo from Dance Mania
- Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio – Ethnic Stew and Brew from Ethnic Stew and Brew
- Marc Cary Focus Trio – The Music is the Magic from Four Directions
- Dianne Reeves – Sky Islands – from Dianne Reeves
- Pat Metheny – Mastema from Tap: The Book of Angels Vol. 20
Video this week comes from featured artist Cannonball Adderley, seen here in 1963 with The Jive Samba: