Click the MixCloud tab (left) to hear this week’s programme which travelled to Brazil, Japan, the USA, Poland and the UK. The music ranged from bossa to classic jazz and jazz merged with hip hop – sounds old and new.
At Cosmic Jazz we like to support and highlight independent record labels that promote jazz. Birnam CD are an example of this. Birnam are based in Dunkeld Scotland and promote some interesting players, some of whom are not well known. But on their latest release, a CD/download single, the pianist is very familiar in British jazz circles. He is Steve Lodder – a member of The London Jazz Players – whose release The News Where You Are was featured this week. Very interesting it is too with Steve Lodder’s piano playing well to the fore. It followed another example of his playing. Steve has long accompanied Brazilian singer Monica Vasconcelos and is in her current band. We included one of the older tunes they co-wrote, which also provided a fine example of Lodder’s keyboards.
CJ this week began in Brazil with music from the nu-bossa queen Sabrina Malheiros. This is her fourth and most danceable album to date. Her heritage is steeped in the best of Brazilian music: her father Alex Malheiros is the bass player with the samba jazz-funk legends Azymuth and if you have never heard their superlative Jazz Carnival, check out the YouTube link on Derek’s personal music choices for this week. Even if you have, listen again. Alex Malheiros features on his daughter’s new album Clareia, released by the UK Far Out label and produced by the London-based Daniel Maunick – himself son of Incognito’s Bluey Maunick.
There was a great TV programme on UK’s BBC4 last week about pioneer US architect Frank Lloyd Wright. While some background music can really enrich a TV programme, it can also be irritating. But this programme incorporated one of the finer examples and illustrated how powerful jazz can be when used in this way. At the end of the programme came the immediately recognisable and uplifting strains of Wayne Shorter’s Footprints, from his 1966 Blue Note album Adam’s Apple. I couldn’t resist playing the tune this week.
There were further examples of music on the show available from the always reliable Steve’s Jazz Sounds. Polish drummer/composer Tomek Grochot has enlisted the support of US trumpeter Eddie Henderson on his latest release In America. Old and New, our tune this week, is a good example of his sound – and there’s some exquisite playing from Polish pianist Dominik Wania with the characteristic trumpet sounds of Eddie Henderson – incidentally, a trained doctor and psychiatrist! Henderson was once one of the true inheritors of Miles Davis’ 70s sound – all wahwah pedals, synth washes and jazzrock riffs – but he now ploughs a more restrained post-bop furrow.
Also from Poland, EABS dedicate their new album to Polish jazz master Krzystof Komeda and combine the older sounds of jazz with the new hip-hop rhythms the band grew up with. The hip-hop on this week’s tune is hardly perfect poetry but the music is heavy and there is some fine trumpet playing. It’s a good example of how the worldwide intersection between different music genres informs contemporary jazz.
There was more (heavier) hip-hop jazz from Steve Lehman’s Selebeyone and another restrained piece of trumpet playing from British artist Yazz Ahmed and the programme went out with Japanese jazz-dance favourites Sleep Walker and their classic Resurrection.
- Sabrina Malheiros – Clareia from Clareia
- Monica Vasconcelos – Sabonate Do Mato from Nois
- The London Jazz Players – The News Where You Are CD/download single
- Wayne Shorter – Footprints from Adam’s Apple
- Tomek Grochot feat Eddie Henderson – Old and New from In America
- Yazz Ahmed – The Space Between the Fish and the Moon from La Saboteuse
- EABS – Step Into the Light from Repetitions (Letters to Krzystof Komeda)
- Steve Lehman’s Selebeyone – Are You In Peace? from Selebeyone
- Sleep Walker – Resurrection from Sleep Walker
Derek is listening to:
- Azymuth – Jazz Carnival
- Mighty Shadow – Yuh Lookin Fuh Horn
- The Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul Hustle
- James Brandon Lewis – Say What
- Jazzmeia Horn – Evidence
Neil is listening to:
- Everything is Recorded – Mountains of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and Kamasi Washington)
- Holger Czukay – Ode to Perfume
- Slowly Rolling Camera – Into the Shadow
- Dub Terminator – Big Up Riddim
- Bwana Tambula – La Justicia de Chicago