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Cosmic Jazz wants to spread the word about two artists who may not be known to many jazz listeners. The first is Samuel Prather, a keyboard player and band leader from Washington DC. His Groove Orchestra (and it is an orchestra not a small group) pump out some invigorating up-tempo jazz and on Blues For Clyde you can hear Samuel Prather vigorously leading and conducting them. The tune Fela Snarky directs us to some of his important influences – pretty good choices we think.
You can often get an indication of how good an artist and the esteem in which they are held by their choice of guests. Somi by these standards looks pretty good. Brown Round Things includes a guest appearance from Ambrose Akinmusire – one of the hottest young trumpeters in the USA. Lady Revisited is a re-working of Fela’s (that man again!) Lady.The guest this time is the widely travelled and recorded Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo. Somi’s album The Lagos Music Salon is the outcome of her residences in Lagos, from which she used the sights, sounds and people she met as an inspiration and guidance for her music. It is a subtle, carefully crafted full album of pleasant surprises. I love it!
There was a first Cosmic Jazz play for two strong recent Soul Brother Records re-releases: Carlos Garnett’s Journey to Enlightenment and Walter Bishop Jr’s Soul Village. This week’s excursion into the recent Spiritual Jazz V release took us to Sierra Leone. I cannot resist going back to the BGP re-release of Frank Foster’s Loud Minority and among all this was the quirky Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce and the title track of his album Complicated Day.
- Samuel Prather Groove Orchestra – Blues For Clyde from Groove Orchestra
- Samuel Prather Groove orchestra – Fela Snarky from Groove Orchestra
- Somi – Brown Round Things from the Lagos Music Salon
- Somi feat Angelique Kidjo – Lady Revisited from the Lagos Music Salon
- Carlos Garmett – Journey To Enlightenment from Journey to Enlightenment
- Walter Bishop Jr – Soul Village from Soul Village
- Amadou Jarr – Kuthung Geng from Spiritual Jazz V
- Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce – Complicated Day from Complicated Day
- Frank Foster – JP’s Thing from Loud Minority