Playlist – 26 August 2015: jazz in Europe

The show this week travelled to Brazil, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, the USA and probably other places as well. Check the wonderful range of sounds via the MixCloud tab.

MI0003828629I began in Brazil with a Cosmic Jazz favourite Joyce Moreno. This was to acknowledge the excellent Flipside Festival coming to the Snape Maltings in Suffolk over the weekend of 2-4 October 2015. It is described as a family festival with a Latin beat and has an impressive line-up across the arts including music, dance and literature. Cosmic Jazz will be there playing Latin and jazzy sounds. Check the Flipside website for details.

CJ has given regular playing time to jazz from across Europe. This has been inspired by the wide range of jazz available at . This week was no exception with two new bands featured – a Swedish saxophonist we have featured before and an American great playing in Europe with European musicians.

This week I came across the Jelle Van Giel Group. Jelle Van Giel is anjelle-van-giel-group-songs-for-everyone impressive drummer from Belgium. I simply love their album Songs For Everyone and this week I played A New Beginning, a tune that builds and builds almost to a big band sound with Jelle’s drumming providing a tough background that is strong but not overwhelming. Check the YouTube clip below of another tune from the band. I shall play more from this album.

Pawel Kazmarczk is a Polish pianist from Krakow. Some publicity I found described him as known for virtuosity, creativity and extremely mature technology. Judge for yourself – I found him to be quirky and interesting. Judge for yourself from the clip below which features Kazmarczk’s trio playing their version of Massive Attack’s Teardrop:

The Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammer found his way onto my iPlayer this week and I enjoyed the music so much that I dug the tune out to play this week. There will be more from Kulhammer in future programmes.

Saxophonist Charles Gayle was the US musician playing in Europe in a trio with European musicians. The tune was Giant Steps with probably only a few recognisable notes from the John Coltrane original. It almost made JC’s original sound tame!

frank foster loud minorityThe Cosmic Jazz Essential Tune this week was The Loud Minority from Frank Foster. His band had a stellar line-up including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones and Airto Moreira. It is a forthright, proud and loud statement for the righteous. Dee Dee Bridgewater makes an impassioned plea on behalf of the loud minority and its sentiments remain as strong as ever today.

  1. Joyce Moreno – Cantyo De Yansan from Raiz
  2. Jelle Van Giel Group – A New Beginning from Songs For Everyone
  3. Pawel Kazmarczk – Something Personal from Something Personal
  4. Jonas Kullhammer –  Hommage to George Braith from Gentlemen
  5. Charles Gayle Trio – Giant Steps from Christ Everlasting
  6. Frank Foster – The Loud Minority from The Loud Minority


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