Playlist – 11 March 2015: a Polish trio

Better late than never, this show is now available on the MixCloud tab. I think it was worth the wait.

The three tunes that started the show provided one of the very best openings to any Cosmic Jazz show ever! Once again they were from music available at Steve’s Jazz Sounds

A few years back at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival I went to the medieval church of St. Peter Mancroft in the heart of Norwich to listen to jazz, uncertain of how it would sound and feel in this beautiful church. The concert started as the evening sun set and its rays streamed through the church windows. The musician was the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko with his quartet and his soaring, entrancing, clear trumpet sounds fitted perfectly both with the time of day and the spirituality of the building. How great, therefore, to start this show with the title tune Polin from his excellent new album, which has Ravi Coltrane playing as a guest musician.  This week’s YouTube video below is also from Stanko.

This was followed by another Polish musician, Ptaszyn Wroblews, who was born in 1936 and who played at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958 that became immortalized through the film Jazz On A Summer’s Day. I played a long track Vision that was simply so good you need to hear it. Leszek Kulakowski made it a third piece of Polish jazz.

Janet Lawson is a singer who uses  her voice as an instrument and So High is a tune full of surprises up until the last beats. It’s from an album released last year on BBE records. There are Brazilian flavours in her music and so that became the inspiration to play Marcos Valle and Airto Moreira.

Abdullah Ibrahim was included as I had just learnt that he is playing up the road from me at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Wednesday 20 May at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. I shall be there.

I have been listening lately to a lot of music from the Black Jazz Record label and Kellee Patterson’s version of Maiden Voyage is one of the many tunes I have enjoyed.

Finally, having heard Ravi Coltrane playing with Tomasz Stanko it gave me the perfect opportunity to play a track each from his mother and father Alice and John.

  1. Tomasz Stanko – Polin from Polin
  2. Ptaszym Wroblewski – Vision from Moi Pierwsi Mistrzowie
  3. Leszek Kulakowski – Pure Joy from looking Ahead
  4. Janet Lawson Quintet – So High from The Janet Lawson Quintet
  5. Marcos Valle – Os Grilos from Blue Brazil 3
  6. Airto Moreira – Xibaba from Bossa Jazz Vol 1
  7. Abdullah Ibrahim – Anthem For The New Nation from African Marketplace
  8. Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage from Gilles Peterson’s Black Jazz Radio
  9. Alice Coltrane – Transcendence from Transcendence
  10. John Coltrane – Song Of The Underground Railroad from The Complete Africa Brass Sessions


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