On Cosmic Jazz we like to give you the chance to hear more than a one-off track to judge an album. This week, click the MixCloud tab and you will hear several of our featured artists with a couple of their tunes. Erik Truffaz opened the show with a repeat of Siegfried (love that piano!) which I was unable to play it in full on the previous show and we followed this with Fat City from his recent album Doni Doni.
Jane Bunnett returned with a track from her Cuban excursion of 25 years ago. This is my top re-release of 2016 and is a superb merging of Cuban Latin rhythms with jazz with Merceditas Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba among the Cuban contributors.
Much of the programme addressed the question of Is this jazz? and none more so than the tunes from Marcus Strickland and his album Nihil Novi. Among the impressive players on the album are Meshell N’degeocello, Keyon Harrold and Charles Haynes, certainly artists with impressive jazz credentials but people who are responsive to other current sounds around them. There are some impressive vocals from Jean Baylor on Nihil Novi too. British soul/jazz/funk/r’n’b outfit Incognito also have a range of interesting and powerful guest vocalist with Imaani being the one on our selection, Love Born in Flames. Maybe not jazz but…
We have not forgotten Ahmad Jamal’s release Live in Marciac, his CD/DVD recorded live at this excellent annual jazz festival in southwest France. The Shout captures something of the precious and awe-inspiring atmosphere performance his trio (along with percussionist Manola Badrena) gave two years ago. Immerse yourself in the experience and check out the rewarding DVD too.
We like to promote artists that are new to us, and the Scottish-based label Birnam do an excellent job to provide a CD outlet for artists looking for their work to be exposed. This week we featured Italian-born London resident guitarist Guilio Romano Malaisi, with two tunes including the title tune of his CD Unexpected Ride. His guitar playing is well to the fore but check the running bass of Dario di Lecce on the title track. It is a pleasing album with a quartet of players including Sophie Alloway on drums/percussion and Michael Rosen on sax who sound as if they enjoy playing together.
To complete the show there was time to fit in another two tunes from the excellent retrospective of Mark Murphy’s Muse label recordings which we featured last week – timeless music.
- Erik Truffaz – Siegfried from Bending Corners
- Erik Truffaz – Fat City from Doni Doni
- Jane Bunnett – Yo Siempre Oddora from Spirits of Havana/Chamalongo (25th Anniversary edition)
- Incognito – Love Born in Flames from In Search of Better Days
- Marcus Strickland – Mantra from Nihil Novi
- Marcus Strickland – Sissoko’s Voyage from Nihil Novi
- Ahmad Jamal – The Shout from Live in Marciac
- Guilio Romano Malaisi – Grooving Along from Unexpected Ride
- Guilio Romano Malasi – Unexpected Ride from Unexpected Ride
- Mark Murphy – Two Kites from Mark Murphy: Jazz Singer
- Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments from Mark Murphy: the Jazz Singer
Neil is listening to…
- A Tribe Called Quest – We the People…
- La Femme – Septembre
- Dinosaur – Living, Breathing
- Erykah Badu – Bump It
- The Impossible Gentlemen – Let’s Get Deluxe