Click the MixCloud button this week to catch some great tunes from the past, some contemporary Polish jazz, a trip to Brazil via Japan and the latest from Charles Lloyd.
The Pharaohs is one of the tunes that came up on my iPod this week which prompted selection for the show. It is one of those great up-tempo vocal tunes that cross over from soul to jazz and back again with a touch of gospel along the way. Another classic piece came from Jimmy Heath who got a full airing this week after being cut short because of time in the last show.
Contemporary Polish jazz came from drummer Piotr Budniak and his Essential Group whose album provides ‘simple stories about hope and worries’, Serious philosophical stuff and great music too! There was also a tune from pianist Prezmek Raminiak and the jazz fusion ensemble Moon Hoax.
Brazil was represented by Milton Nascimento and a tune he wrote Cravo e Canelo (cloves and cinnamon). There are some other excellent interpretations of this tune including one on the first Friends From Rio album. A highlight of the show, however, was a Brazilian tune recorded at Sony Japan in 1974 with a Brazilian singer Sonia Rosa and a Japanese bandleader Yuja Ohno. It was available only to those who bought a Sony stereo at the sales fair in Tokyo in 1974. It is a perfect Brazilian dancefloor jazz extended piece that left me wondering why it has taken me so long to pick up on it.
Finally, another highlight from the latest album by Charles Lloyd who is now signed to Blue Note. It is a live recording from the Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw Poland. This week’s YouTube clip is of Wild Man Dance, the title tune of this album.
- The Pharaohs – FreedomTime from Freedom Rhythm and Sound
- Jimmy Heath – Hands Up! Feet Down! from The Gap Sealer
- Przemek Raminiak – The Locomotive from The Locomotive
- Piotr Budniak Essential Group – Wyplata Po Terminie from Simple Stories about Hope and Worries
- Moon Hoax – Moon Hoax from Moon Hoax
- Milton Nascimento – Cravo e Canela from Milton
- Sonia Rosa and Yuja Ohno – Casa Forte from Brazilian Beats 4
- Charles Lloyd – Flying Over the Odra Valley from Wild Man Dance