Neil was still with us for a final week before he goes back to Beijing and was able to indulge some of his new and re-released choices on Cosmic Jazz for the first time. There was more from DJ Marc Mac’s Visioneers project and tracks from new releases by Jameio Brown, David Murray and the Keith Jarrett Trio.
The show began with a suitably cosmic intro from the Orb – not jazz but certainly ‘out there’ which segued into two from the Visioneers. This is the highly recommended project from Marc Mac, better known as one half of 4hero, the duo that founded legendary drum and bass label Reinforced Records. Production credits include tracks for Jill Scott, Vikter Duplaix and Terry Callier but there is often a jazz-inflected take on the music and these two tracks are no exception. Swahililand is a composition by octogenarian pianist Ahmad Jamal which was also sampled by De la Soul. You can see Jamal playing the original on our Youtube clip below but the record itself is well worth searching out – Jamal Plays Jamal, released in 1974. Jamal himself is very much on a roll at the moment, with his two most recent albums Blue Moon (2012) and Saturday Morning (2013) both gathering considerable acclaim.
We also featured the work of LA producer, arranger and composer David Axelrod.who – as discussed last week – helped develop Cannonball Adderley’s career in his last years. After starting out as a staff producer for a number of jazz labels, Axelrod became famous by the mid 1960s in soul and jazz circles for his recording skills. In fact, his first album as produced was Harold Land’s great The Fox, issued in 1959. In 1968, he embarked on a solo career and released several eccentric albums during the 1970s that showcased his characteristic sound, which combined heavily mic’ed drums and heavily ornamented, baroque orchestration. This was fused with themes which ranged from the environment (the album Earth Rot) to the poems of William Blake (the albums Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience). Axelrod was one of the first recording artists to fuse elements of jazz, rock and soul.
- The Orb – Close Encounters from Uforb
- The Visioneers – Rocket Man/Swahililand from Hipology
- David Axelrod – Everything Counts from Heavy Axe
- Hampton Hawes – Web from Superbreaks Vol 3
- David McCallum – The Edge from Music: a Part of Me
- Roy Haynes – All the Bars are Open from Roy-alty
- Jameio Brown – Power of God from Transcendence
- Southern Energy Ensemble – Open Your Mind from Private Collection
- Jamieo Bown – Accra from Transcendence
- David Murray’s Infinity Quartet feat. Gregory Porter – Army of the Faithful (Joyful Noise) from Be My Monster Love
- Don Cherry and Krzystof Penderecki and the New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – Humus: the Life Exploring Force from Spiritual Jazz 4
- Don Cherry – Desireless from Relativity Suite
- Christine Tobin – When You are Old from Sailing to Byzantium
- Keith Jarrett Trio – Deep Space/Solar from Somewhere
- Mahavishnu Orchestra – Dream from Between Nothingness and Eternity
Video this week is a double bill. First – and as promised in the show – here’s thirty minutes of the Mahavishnu Orchestra performing live at the BBC in 1972:Fascinating to see the young Jan Hammer (he was just 24 at the time of this recording) and his mastery of very old school electronic keyboards. The second track shows the more rarely heard acoustic side of the Mahavishnus: it prefigures McLaughlin’s Shakti project and picks up from his highly recommended My Goal’s Beyond album.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEyKBr0KXT8
Second up is Ahmad Jamal performing live with his trio in 2010. Enjoy!