Re-releases from the British Jazzman Records label feature this week with tunes from the excellent Spiritual Jazz series. There is Michel Roques from Volume 3 which is about “Modal, Esoteric and Ethereal Jazz From The European Underground 1963 – 1972” and Sahib Shihab from Volume 4, which is the music of jazz musicians settled in Europe, in the case of Sahib Shihab Denmark, often playing with European musicians. Another favourite played from the Jazzman label was Guiding Light by Azanyah, a group led by Mamanji Azanyah, a bass player born in the UK to Jamaican parents but who settled in Atlanta USA. Check the link to Jazzman Records on this page of our blog; there are interesting and rare re-releases to be found there.
There was another excellent tune from the Shez Rajah Collective, this time it was Eastern Revolution which gave an example of how the Collective merge Eastern sounds with jazz. The one tune I have not played from Frank Foster’s The Loud Minority was given an airing and for no particular reason Cassandra Wilson’s version of Tupelo Honey made its way into the playlist.
There was a return for music available from Steve’s Jazz Sounds. Again, check the link on this blog page. Steve is the specialist you need for Eastern European and Scandinavian jazz, although he stocks other sounds as well. This week we heard Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist, whose music is of the very highest quality, in collaboration with New York musicians and Polish drummer Kazimierz Jonkisz.