The great thing about a show like Cosmic Jazz, as opposed to a mainstream radio jazz show, is that we can play what we like. We do play and enjoy new jazz sounds but we also enjoy the freedom to play whatever jazz and jazz-related music we like from any era. This week is a good example with a show of old favourites. The newest tune and the only tune that can be called recent was from Hiromi, the Japanese pianist who was in the UK that week.
There is a Latin feel from both Randy Weston and Gato Barbieri. The latter is at times very, very, good but beware of the easy listening albums. Joe Henderson had a Latin feel, at least with the title. Andrew Hill displayed his soulful and more accessible side. Doug Carn kept us in touch with Black Jazz Records and we returned to modal jazz courtesy of Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison. Finally, I must say if you see, or can track down, any records by Jimmy Heath or the Heath Brothers, get them! Everything I hear from the makes me take notice. I think we need to play more.
- Elvin Jones & Jimmy Garrison Sextet – Half and Half from Modality
- Jimmy Heath – Heritage Hum from The Gap Sealer
- Doug Carn – Chant from Adam’s Apple
- Hiromi – Legend of the Purple Valley from Brain
- Andrew Hill – Soul Special from Grass Roots
- Gato Barbieri – Latino America from Chapter Two: Haste Siempre
- Randy Weston – Hi – Fly from Tanjah
- Joe Henderson – Pedro’s Time from Our Thing