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This was Neil’s last show for a while and he was unable to stay until the end of this one. He is getting prepared for a DJ set at Beijing Jazz Club and has been digging out his Blue Note CDs in preparation. To get in the mood he started with Horace Silver and Jackie McLean. Sounds like it will be a good set. Get ready Beijing!
For the last two weeks Neil has played tunes from a new CD by the Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda which was produced by Jose James. The week there was a tune from the Black Magic CD on whichTakuya Kuroda was this time one of the musicians.
We love jazz with a Latin feel on Cosmic Jazz. Neil had doubts about playing the Flora Purim track but it is a wonderful piece of intense, percussion-led rhythmic music. Conrad Herwig and Bryan Lynch provided a Latin tribute to Coltrane Sadly, the Cuban band Los Van Van had to be played because the lead singer Juan Formell has died recently; respect was due and Neil even managed to find a tune with ‘Birdland’ in the title.
There was more from two excellent new albums, one by the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire whose tone and timing seems to be just perfect and one by the excellent UK trio Phronesis who I shall see next week as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
I have already been to a couple of wonderful events at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The first was to see Snarky Puppy, of which more next week. The other was to see Mike Westbrook play The Westbrook Blake, as darkness fell, in the wonderful setting and acoustics of St. Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich. The band was an interesting one, comprising vocals, piano, accordion, violin and double bass. It brought back many memories for me as a band led by Mike Westbrook was one of the first jazz groups I saw many years ago. If I remember correctly John Surman was a member of the band. This helped to get me into jazz so it seemed appropriate to play something from the man’s considerable back catalogue. I chose Love Song No 1 from Mike Westbrook’s Love Songs. A vinyl record I was given as a present, also some time ago, by a dear friend and fellow jazz lover from Norwich, who was also at last week’s concert.
- Horace Silver – That Healin’ Feelin’ from The United States of Mind
- Jackie McLean – Melody for Melonae from Let Freedom Ring
- Jose James – Praise In Love from Black Magic
- Don Cherry – The Creator Has A Master Plan from Organic Music Society
- Los Van Van – Trimpop Con Birdland from Havana Si the very best of Los Van Van
- Conrad Herwig/Bryan Lynch – Lonnie’ Lament from Que Viva Coltrane
- Phronesis – Doctor Black from Life to Every Thing
- Ambrose Akinmusire – The Beauty Of Dissolving Portraits from The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint
- Flora Purim – Rhythm Runner from Speed of Light
- The Mike Westbrook Concert Band – Love Song No. 1 from Mike Westvrook’s Love Song
- . Fredrik Kronkvist – Volcano from The Constant Continuum