Welcome to this week’s CJ with music from the USA, Brazil, Nigeria, the UK, Poland and Japan. Listen via the Mixcloud link on the right.
If there’s a theme for the show it could be In the spirit… Drummer to Pat Metheny, Antonio Sanchez, released his second solo album last year and the lead off track is definitely Coltrane-inflenced. It’s an excellent opening to a highly recommended album and a great way to begin the show this week. Luis Gasca is an underrated trumpet player who was a founder member of Jorge Santana’s band Malo (yes, that’s Carlos’s brother) but his own solo records are all worth checking out. Best is For Those Who Chant (1972) on Blue Thumb Records. The Herbie Hancock album is only available in the UK as part of the big box set of Columbia material from last year. When first issued it was a Japanese only direct to disc recording – check out that phat bass from the legendary Ron Carter! Seun Kuti clearly has his father’s musical genes and his new album harnesses a traditional afrobeat sound with some newer influences, some coming from producer Robert Glasper and we followed this with some contemporary Sao Paulo afrobeat from 10-piece outfit Bixiga 70. Find this on part of the excellent Sounds and Colours website – check out the link.
While in Beijing I’ve been catching up on the HBC Homeland series (I know – everyone else has seen it already) where the engaging opening credits feature Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. The track is Terminal 7 – and we feature it in full. We continued with another excellent track from the new highly recommended Phronesis album (on the consistently excellent Edition Records label) and then went latin with the original version of Shoshana from vibesman Cal Tjader. We ended this week’s show with more summery sounds from Takuya Kuroda’s new Blue Note release, the perennial Roy Ayers-penned Everybody Loves the Sunshine.
- Antonio Sanchez – Uprising And Revolutions from New Life
- Luis Gasca – The Way I Feel Sometimes from Collage
- Herbie Hancock VSOP Quintet – Skagly from Five Stars
- Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Higher Consciousness from A Long Way To The Beginning
- Bixiga 70 – Grito de Paz from Sounds and Colours
- Tomasz Stanko Quintet – Terminal 7 from Dark Eyes
- Phronesis – Behind Bars from Life To Everything
- Cal Tjader – Shoshana from Gozame! Pero Ya
- Takuya Kuroda – Everybody Loves The Sunshine from Rising Sun
Video this week comes from Brooklyn-based trumpeter Kuroda. This promotional video looks at the making of his Rising Son album, produced by Jose James: