Playlist – 22 October 2014: new jazz from Norway

Cosmic Jazz continued its worldwide coverage this week with music from Norway and Brazil as well as some classic USA jazz.

The Norwegian segment began with the wonderful, atmospheric Eple Trio that we have been playing on the programme but then moved on to work produced in Norway by British alto saxophonist Tim Lowerson and Norwegian bassist Ture Ringereide. This included a tune from their first band Sounds of the Unexpected recorded in 2009 followed by two tracks from their new jazz quartet Lucky Novak. Apparently, one critic claimed Lucky Novak was the sound of a garage band playing Sun Ra. Judge for yourself! The band themselves do claim Sun Ra as an influence but also name Ornette Coleman, Duane Eddy, Get the Blessing, The Libertines and Captain Beefheart. Does this sound interesting? Well, I think so. The music is eclectic, unpredictable and gives the impression the musicians had a good time as they recorded the album over two days in a wooden house in Oslo. Check the YouTube clip below and you can find out more at  www.luckynovak.com

The remainder of the programme provided a musical contrast. I continued to catch up with two outstanding Soul Brother Records re-releases from Carlos Garnett and Walter Bishop Jr. I remained true to my word regarding Brazilian music by playing The Tamba Trio who provided the version of Mas Que Nada that appeared as a sound track to an advertisement featuring Brazilian footballers maybe two World Cups ago. This week I played a live recording of O Morro Nao Tem Vez that definitely showed off the Trio’s jazz credentials.

Each year Cosmic Jazz tries to acknowledge Black History Month in October. What better way than to end the show with Driva’ Man from Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln on vocals?

  1. Eple Trio – Tipple’s Insomnia from Universal Cycle
  2. Sounds Of The Unexpected – Diskoklezmer from Sounds Of The Unexpected
  3. Lucky Novak – Punch Drunk from The Lucky Novak Syndrome
  4. Lucky Novak – Song From The North Pole from The Lucky Novak Syndrome
  5. Carlos Garnett – Love Flower from Journey To Enlightenment
  6. Walter Bishop Jr. – Sweet Rosa from Soul Village
  7. Tamba Trio – O Morro Nao Tem Vez from Tamba Trio Classics
  8. Max Roach – Driva’ Man from We Insist Freedom Now Suite

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