Playlist – 20 November 2013

Check the Mixcloud listen again facility on this page to hear this week’s Cosmic Jazz selection of top jazz tunes old and new.

The show starts with two tunes from the wonderful Black Jazz label. There has been much great and sometimes lost jazz of the 1970s re-issued recently (The Azanyah tune which I also played this week is another example) and many Black Jazz releases have been put out on CD in Japan but are available in the UK. Soul Jazz Records has good stocks of the music but I bought the Theo Parrish Black Jazz Signatures at Soundclash records in Norwich.

You can hear tunes from three 2013 releases. Firstly, there is the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, with the title track from his ECM release, featuring the magical piano playing of Jason Moran. How many times can we carry on singing his praises? Then comes Christian Scott from his double CD Christian Atunde Adjuah which has taken me some time to appreciate but which I now realise has interest, challenge and good music. Then there is another Carmen Lundy track from Changes, another artist who never disappoints.

There is a brief touch of Lou Donaldson but there will be more up-tempo jazz in next week’s show.

  1. Doug Carn  –  Trance Dance from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signatures
  2. The Awakening  – Glory To The Sun from Mirage
  3. Azanyah  –  The One from The One
  4. Lester Bowie  –  The Great Pretender from The Great Pretender
  5.  Ralph Alessi  –  Baida from Baida
  6. Christian Scott  –  Who They Wish I Was from Christian Atunde Adjuah
  7. Carmen Lundy  –  So Beautiful  from Changes
  8. Lou Donaldson  – Gravy Train from Gravy Train

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