Playlist – 12 August 2015: from Mizell to LA

A great thing about Cosmic Jazz is that we are not limited in our choice of jazz and jazz-related music. For example, we don’t have to concentrate on new releases with a few old tunes thrown in – we can just play what we like. This week’s show, available at the click of the MixCloud tab on this page, is a good illustration.

The Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week was a recent 2014 release The Way (Truth and Life) from Otis Brown III. This was followed by the serenely peaceful The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits by Ambrose Akinmusire, also released in 2014 and from his album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint.

Either side there were older tunes starting with Donald Byrd and Johnny Hammond, both from albums produced by the Mizell Brothers. We like the Mizell Brothers at Cosmic Jazz but they are not seen as ‘authentic’ enough by some jazz lovers.

There was another Black Jazz Records tune this time from Rudolph Johnson and another play for The Pharaohs having heard the wonderful Freedom Road through the shuffle selection of my I-Player during the week.

The final piece was a perfect exemplar of our airplay freedom. The Gathering was literally a gathering of Los Angeles musicians in Leimert Park and I played Peyote Song III which is over 18 minutes long, a length not always deemed appropriate for airplay.  Interestingly, there were some Cosmic Jazz favourites playing at this event, including Kamasi Washington (whom we have championed recently) as well as Azar Lawrence, Phil Ranelin and Dwight Trible. Check out the record – highly recommended.

  1. Donald Byrd – Flight Time from Black Byrd
  2. Johnny Hammond – Los Conquistadores Chocolates from BGP Presents Jazz Funk
  3. The Pharaohs – Freedom Road from Freedom, Rhythm & Sound
  4. Rudolph Johnson – Time & Space from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signatures
  5. Otis Brown III – The Way (Truth and Life) from The Thought Of You
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire – The Beauty Of Dissolving Portraits from The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint
  7. The Gathering – Peyote Song III from Leimert Park: Roots and Branches of LA Jazz


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