Click the Mixcloud button on this page to listen to an eclectic mixture of new and old sounds. The selections this week were all from Neil, an original co-presenter of Cosmic Jazz. Neil was back from Beijing and among other things managed to include different tunes that featured a father, son and grandson.
Neil notes: The three generations represented here are veteran drummer Roy Haynes, his son cornettist Graham Haynes and grandson Marcus Gilmore, featured on a track from New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton. It’s remarkable that a drummer who played with Charlie Parker is still performing in his 90th year but perhaps just as remarkable that he’s the grandfather to one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene today. Perhaps son Graham Haynes has been somewhat overlooked, but he has released some fine experimental albums over the years, including Griot’s Footsteps – one we will feature on Cosmic Jazz in weeks to come. More than that, Haynes junior was the co-founder of the M Base Collective – an influential group of jazz musicians that featured alto player Steve Coleman – and more recently Haynes has even explored the unlikely fusion of Wagner and drum and bass in his album BPM! Roy Haynes appeared in the recently re-released Barefoot Boy – an early outing from guitarist Larry Coryell which has an extended track (Call to the Higher Consciousness) featuring Haynes in a dazzling extended solo.
This week’s CJ also acknowledged pianist Marc Cary in a preview of his first ever London show on 29 April and influential bassist Me’Shell Ndegeocello who featured on a crazy organ-driven take of Relaxin’ at Camarillo form the Charlie Parker remix project Bird Up. Two British releases from new bands really hitting their stride stride in 2014 – GoGo Penguin and Phronesis – added to a varied show.
- Marc Cary Trio – The Seven Principles/Divine Paradox from The Antidote
- Me’Shell Ndegeocello – Relaxin’ at Camarillo from Bird Up
- Go Go Penguin – Kamaloka from V2.0
- Herbie Hancock – Majubu from Dis is Da Drum
- Graham Haynes – Vera Moves from What Time It Be
- Larry Coryell – Call to the Higher Consciousness from Barefoot Boy
- Phronesis – Urban Control from Life to Everything
- Steps Ahead – Modern Times from Modern Times
- Nicholas Payton – Triptych from Into the Blue
Cosmic Jazz’s video feature is back this week too and what better way to celebrate than to feature British band Phronesis with a track from their chart topping release of 2012, Alive . The track is Eight Hours and the band is Jasper Hoiby on bass, Ivo Neame on piano and guest drummer for this album Mark Guiliana.