14 October 2015: Belgiana

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I don’t think we have ever started a Cosmic Jazz programme before where the first two tunes features artists from Belgium. The first was the excellent group led by the drummer Jelle Van Giel. The album Songs for Everyone is very strong and highly recommended. The tune I played – A Song for Everyone – has a sound that reminded me of the music of Matthew Halsall, which is a great recommendation. Like so much other good stuff Jelle Van Giel’s album is available via http://stevesjazzsounds.co.uk


The vocalist Melanie de Blasio was the next Belgian to feature. The tune was from her remix album  with this one remixed by Gilles Peterson/Simbad. This provided a contemporary edgy feel which was continued courtesy of Jachna and Buhl from Poland who use beats but pay a clear respect to Miles.

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An interesting album came to me this week from the David Patrick Octet. It’s a jazz interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. David Patrick is a pianist who emerged on the Scottish jazz scene in the early 2000s. and he is responsible for the orchestration on the CD which is available via Birnam: http://info@birnamcd.com The jazz improvisation appears out of the original score and for me it works. I played the Introduction to Act 1 this week and will play more.

The Cosmic Jazz Essential tune this week is probably no surprise to anyone who has been in touch with the programme or with jazz in general this year. It was from the Kamasi Washington’s The Epic.  This triple CD is a must for any collection and it has already reached many judging by the speed with which his concert at the forthcoming London Jazz Festival sold out. The tune I played  Askim has it all – a deep, spiritual piece complete with choir, which gets me every time.

I am still listening to lots of Brazilian music and this week included the trio led by drummer Milton Banana who in a short tune manage to feature a piano solo and intense interplay between drums and bass. Elza Soares also made a welcome return.

To finish with there was more from Ahmad Jamal’s Live in Marciac  which I cannot stop playing.

  1. Jelle Van Giel Group – A New Beginning from Songs for Everyone
  2. Melanie de Blasio – With Love/Sweet Darling Gilles Peterson/Simbad remix from No Deal Remixed.
  3. Jachna and Buhl – Surfer Blues from Synthomatic
  4. David Patrick Octet – Introduction to Act 1: Adoration of the Earth from The Rite of Spring
  5. Kamasi Washington – Askim from The Epic
  6. Milton Banana Trio – Primitivo from Blue Brazil 2
  7. Elza Soares & Miltino – Mal de Amor from Blue Brazil 3
  8. Ahmad Jamal – Autumn Rain from Live in Marciac


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