A show of old favourites which is something we do on Cosmic Jazz from time to time.
You may go far these days to hear a show that has tunes from John Coltrane and Miles Davis following each other. What’s more, we also featured Gary Bartz, the subject of our YouTube clip this week and veteran jazz performers Abdullah Ibrahim and Charles Lloyd – in recognition of their recent appearances at this year’s London Jazz Festival. The excellent Patrice Rushen returned – and you’ll hear more from her soon on the new Carmen Lundy album Soul to Soul. There was also a classic Brazilian track from Lo Borges – the timeless Tode Que Voce Podia Ser (roughly translated as “everything you could be”).
Neil notes: This beautiful lyric also features on a Brazilian record everyone should own – the magnificent Clube da Esquina, a collaboration between Lo Borges and his longtime friend Milton Nascimento. A classic double LP recorded in 1972, the album has orchestrations from Eumir Deodato and Wagner Tiso. The arrangements are to die for and the melodies of some tracks will stay with you forever. Cravo e Canela, the aforementioned Tode Que Voce Podia Ser and San Vincente together with the sublime Clube da Esquina No.2 are all stand out tracks. The last of these features Milton Nascimento’s unique falsetto vocals and – incidentally – the tune was also recorded for Nascimento’s solo album Angelus in a possibly even more breathtaking version.
- Patrice Rushen – Sortie’s Portion from Prelusion
- Marcus Ariel – Samba Torto from Music for Jazz Dancers
- Lo Borges – Tode Que Voce Podia Ser from Blue Brazil 1
- Abdullah Ibrahim – Whoza Mtwana from African Marketplace
- Charles Lloyd Quartet – Bird Flight from Dream Weaver
- Gary Bartz – The Warrior’s Song from I’ve Known Rivers
- Miles Davis – It’s About Time/ The Theme from Bitches Brew Live
- John Coltrane Song of the Underground Railroad from The Complete Africa Brass Sessions