Listen to Cosmic Jazz this week for a combination of new and classic sounds.
There was a link to the previous week’s show through the jazz/hip-hop opener followed by the excellent Norwich group Mammal Hands. Lucky Novak from Norway continued from where I left off two weeks ago.
The Soul Brother Records re-releases from Carlos Garnett and Walter Bishop Jr featured again; this time with Carlos Garnett offering the Caribbean connection. The vocal on this particular tune was not a strong point but both albums are highly recommended additions to what seems to be an ever-increasing supply of re-releases from the 1970s.
The jazz-dance DJ Kev Beadle has now released Volume Two of his Private Collection. In my opinion, overall, it is stronger than Volume One. Certainly jazz is a much stronger element. The Chico Freeman tune had an all-star line-up including Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, Paulinho da Costa and Cecil McBee – jazz dance to perfection. The contribution from The Janet Lawson Quintet was also a strong dance floor tune with a Brazilian sensibility.
It was a pleasure to be able to play, at last, something from the new Matthew Halsall album When the World Was One. The music of Manchester-based trumpeter Matthew Halsall fits perfectly with what we perceive to be Cosmic Jazz. I saw him in north Suffolk about a couple of years ago. It was a memorable night. See his band if you can. Moreover, his label Gondwana Records is supporting other young artists such as Mammal Hands played on this show and Go Go Penguin who we have also featured. If you want to know what some of his influences are then look no further than the title of one of the tunes played this week: Tribute To Alice Coltrane
- Guru – Intro from Jazzamataz
- Mammal Hands – Inuit Party from Animalia
- Lucky Novak – The Truth And Nothing But The Battered Truth from The Lucky Novak Syndrome
- Chico Freeman – Wilpan’s Walk from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection Volume 2
- The Janet Lawson Quintet – Breams Can Be from Kev Beadle as above
- Carlos Garnett – Caribbean Inn from Journey to Enlightenment
- Walter Bishop Jr. – Philadelphia Bright from Journey to Enlightenment
- Matthew Halsall – When the World Was One from When the World Was One
- Matthew Halsall – Tribute To Alice Coltrane from as above