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Our first Cosmic Jazz show on IO Radio and chance to share in a one hour programme the range of music covered by Cosmic Jazz.
The tunes ranged from music that anyone would call jazz – John Coltrane and his admirer Billy Gault as well as Carlos Garnett (sounding clear and exciting on new studio vinyl decks – baptised by CJ!). We also illustrated the global reach of jazz through Fela Kuti and Africa 70 from Nigeria and Flora Purim from Brazil – both with strong jazz influences. There were two contemporary Blue Note recording artists, Gregory Porter and Jose James, who in their 2013 recordings show how you can take what is essentially jazz beyond the boundaries to draw deep on other influences.
It was fitting to end with British saxophonist Larry Stabbins who has been a powerful force in UK jazz. His reworking of Coltrane’s Africa was undoubtedly inspired by by his own memory of ‘trane’s Africa Brass Quartet album. Here’s what Stabbins says on his website:
I bought John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass on my thirteenth birthday and tried to play along. A couple of weeks later at a rehearsal with the mainstream band I was playing in with even bigger boys, I played a solo and thought I was getting somewhere. Afterwards the bandleader came to me and said “Don’t you ever do that again.”. They stopped asking me after that. I thought “There’s more to this stuff than I thought.”.
- Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit from Liquid Spirit
- Jose James – – It’s All Over You from No Beginning, No End
- John Coltrane – Song of the Underground Railroad from The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
- Billy Gault – Mode for Trane from Spiritual Jazz Volume 4
- Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Water No Get Enemy from The Two Sides of Fela
- Carlos Garnett Mother of the Future from Black Love
- Flora Purim – Moon Dreams from BGP presents Jazz Funk
- Larry ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins – Africa from Transcendental
Video this week comes from jazz iconoclast John Zorn – one of the most remarkable figures in contemporary jazz. Zorn has hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, or producer. He has had experience with a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, extreme metal, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, and all kinds of improvised music. He has stated: “All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I’m an additive person – the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can’t see the connections, but they are there.”
This is the full 50 minute show from Zorn’s 2010 group, live in Marciac, France. The performers are:
John Zorn – direction, saxophone
Marc Ribot – guitar
Jamie Saft – piano, organ
Trevor Dunn – bass
Kenny Wollesen – vibraphone
Joey Baron – drums
Cyro Baptista – percussion
Warning – you are entering a loud guitar area… Enjoy!