Playlist – 26 March 2014: Lee Morgan’s The Rajah and more

There is space in this week’s show for jazz from the 1960s, jazz on re-release and contemporary jazz. Click the Mixcloud button on this page to listen to a musically varied show.

I started with an uplifting piece of vinyl from Lee Morgan and one that was not released until it was found in the Blue Note vaults 12 years after he was shot dead by his girlfriend. There may have been a few scratches on the record but that is because I got it second-hand and have played it so many times. If you can find a copy of The Rajah I recommend you buy it. The band line-up is impressive (Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Cedar Walton, Paul Chambers, Billy Higgins).  

The Lee Morgan is not a well-known tune and the John Coltrane selection The Damned Don’t Cry is probably not one of his most played from The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz Percussion Ensemble, a group put together by Madlib, is contemporary in feel but pays tribute to the substantive collection of music from Phil Ranelin, a member of The Tribe. Check Message from the Tribe; An Anthology of Tribe Recordings: 1972-1976, available from Soul Jazz Records.

There were three vocal selections this week. I cannot avoid returning to N’Dambi, nor the excellent new release from Zara McFarlane If You Knew Her. Gregory Porter was played because  he is on a tour of the UK this week. I chose a selection from Water – his first, and in my opinion, best record to date.

I am determined to play all four tunes on the show from the wonderful Frank Foster record The Loud Minority. This has been re-released on BGP via Ace Records. It is a highly recommended spiritual jazz album from 1972  featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones and Airto Moreira, among others. Any Cosmic Jazzer would love it and on the Ace Records website it is available for a little over £7, including postage and packing. This week I selected E.W. – Beautiful People. Listen out for more to come.

There is always a tune to cram in at the end which does not always give justice to the record but an hour passes quickly. This week it was Flying Colors  by James Williams.

  1. Lee Morgan – A Pilgrim’s Funny Farm from The Rajah
  2. John Coltrane – The Damned Don’t Cry from The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
  3. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz Percussion Ensemble – Shades of Phil (For Phil Ranelin)  from Miles Away
  4. N’Dambi – See U In My Dreams from Tunin’ Up & Consignin’
  5. Zara McFarlane – Move from If You Knew Her
  6. Gregory Porter – Black Nile from Water
  7. Frank Foster – E.W. Beautiful People  from The Loud Minority
  8. James Williams – Flying Colors from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection



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