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The show began with a tune from bass player Richard Davis that can be found on the Soul Jazz Records compilation Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz In USA 1957-82. Not only is this tune interesting, but so are the range of musicians that Richard Davis has played with. From jazz this includes Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, Booker Ervin and Andrew Hill, but he was also much in demand in rock circles playing with Van Morrison (on the celebrated Astral Weeks album) and Laura Nyro among others. He has performed classical music too, in orchestras conducted by Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller and Leonard Bernstein. This is the sort of varied CV that must be hard to equal.
There was more music courtesy of Steve’s Jazz Sounds with Cosmic Jazz favourite the Swedish sax player Fredrik Kronkvist as well as more Polish jazz from the highly recommended Polin album by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko which features Ravi Coltrane as guest sax player and music from pianist Leszek Kulakowski and his Ensemble (nice to see that term used for a jazz group!).
At last, there was space for one of the two tunes featuring vocalist Bilal on drummer Otis Brown III’s album The Thought Of You – although for me it was the powerful bass playing of Ben Williams and his interplay with trumpeter Kevon Harrold that caught my attention on this track.
Another jazz trio that we have featured is Mammal Hands, young musicians from Norwich with an unusual format of drums, sax and piano. They are playing at the Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday 17 May as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and at the Fludyers Hotel, Felixstowe on Sunday 26 April. I love their album Animalia and it looks as if they have some new tunes which they are playing live. I cannot wait to see them in Felixstowe.
It seemed a good time to play again a tune from the latest Phronesis album Life to Everything. Even at a time when there are so many exciting jazz trios from the UK to the US and from Poland to Scandinavia, Phronesis are up there with the best.
Also at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Wednesday 20 May at the Theatre Royal Norwich is veteran South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a jazz great and now 80 year of age. So in preparation for seeing him in Norwich I played a tune from one of his soulful, spiritual albums African Marketplace which mixes jazz with the sounds of the South African townships.
To end this week’s CJ there was a glimpse of Chico Freeman from the second volume of Kev Beadle’s Private Collection, an excellent compilation that came out last year. Next week a young local jazz singer, Olivia Castle, will be on the show playing both her own music and some of her favourite jazz tracks.
- Richard Davis – Dealin’ from Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1957 – 82
- Fredrik Kronkvist – Cannonballism from Reflecting Time
- Tomasz Stanko – Margolit L from Polin
- Leszek Lulakowski Ensemble – Regi from Looking Ahead
- Otis Brown III feat. Bilal – The Thought Of You Pt 1 Truth from The Thought Of You
- Phronesis – Wings 2 The Mind from Life To Everything
- Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand when record produced) – Whoza Mtwana from African Marketplace
- Mammal Hands – Mansions Of Millions Of Years from Animalia
- Chico Freeman – Wilpan’s Walk from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection 2