08 February 2017: respect to Bob Shad

Record producer Bob Shad was an American record producer and record label owner responsible for the creation of Mainstream Records and EmArcy among others. The sounds he recorded covered a huge spectrum including funk, soul, blues and jazz. The December 2016 edition of the Black Music monthly magazine Echoes included an excellent article by Kevin Le Gendre on Bob Shad and a review of a new compilation album featuring selected recordings on the Mainstream label. The impressive list of artists on this record includes Sarah Vaughan, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Hadley Calman, Carmen McRae and the two artists featured on the show this week – Shelley Manne and Blue Mitchell – the latter with a classic soul jazz gem!

But this week’s show began, as promised last week, with the wonderful  Polish trumpeter Jerzy Malek and the title tune of his album Stalgia but played in full this time. There’s a strong resemblance in the trumpet theme of the title track to the music of CJ favourite Tomasz Stanko but the arrangement is all his own. There was reference, once again, to two artists that appeared among my iPod shuffle songs during the week – Jazz Semai from Turkey and a Brazilian jazzy beats special from Maf Drum, a tune that had previously passed me by but woke me up and rejuvenated me when I heard it. The latter comes from an extended series of Brazilian compilations, now on its tenth release, called Sister Bossa: cool jazzy cuts with a Brazilian flavour. These aren’t easy to get hold of now – Amazon will charge you £163.60 for the first in the series – so just enjoy the music here on Cosmic Jazz!

There was more of the Polish jazz available at Steve’s Jazz Sounds. This included a quarter of three brothers named Wojcinski playing trumpet, bass and piano and a drummer called Krzystof Szmanda. This is tough, uncompromising free and improvised jazz with space for soloists and strong bass lines and impressively complex work on the drums running throughout. The album Delusions is highly recommended.

There was another play for Polish jazz minimalists LAM (more upbeat this time) and a first play for the Pit Dahm Trio with Harmen Fraanje. Pit Dahm on drums is from Luxembourg,  pianist Harmen Fraanje from the Netherlands,  sax player Charley Rose from France and Lennart Heyndels on bass is from Belgium.

  1. Jerzy Malek – Stalgia from Stalgia
  2. Blue Mitchell – Soul Village from Feeling Good: Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems, The Supreme Sound of Producer Bob Shad
  3. Shelley Manne – Mask from Feeling Good: Funk, Soul & and Deep Jazz Gems, The Supreme Sound of Producer Bob Shad
  4. Jazz Semai – Kay Yolu from Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
  5. Wojcinski/Szmanda Quartet – Flood from Delusions
  6. Pit Dahm Trio with Harmen Fraanje – Vilnius from Omicron
  7. Maf Drum – Cuiquina from Sister Bossa: cool jazzy cuts with a Brazilian flavour
  8. LAM – LAM 3 (part two) from LAM


Note on the first of Derek’s choices this week. The Dhafer Youssef is a sample of all the tracks on the new album. For a more detailed portrait of the making of the record check out this promo documentary.

Derek is listening to:

Neil is listening to…

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