Week ending 28 September 2019: more Cosmic Jazz eclecticism

There is more of our Cosmic Jazz mix this week. As usual the musicians come from different countries – perhaps not as many as some weeks – but from the US, UK and Poland. All available on this page via the MixCloud tab.

There was a fiery start to the show last week and there was a pretty intense one to the show this week. If you have not discovered music from Black Jazz Records you need to. It was a unique and significant label and has been championed by in compilations by Gilles Peterson and Theo Parrish. It was the Theo Parrish compilation Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature from which the tune by pianist Doug Carn was selected. Carn made albums for Black Jazz in the early 70s but his career has included work with Nat Adderley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Horn.

It was to the UK next and two albums from the last year that we are still enjoying. Firstly, Ruby Rushton, the band led by Edward Cawthorne aka Tenderlonius, who on this occasion was playing flute. The trumpeter Nick Walters and his band The Paradox Ensemble, which includes Cawthorne and Aidan Shepherd from Ruby Rushton, also has a recommended album available called Awakening.

I make no apologies for returning once again to pianist/keyboard player Sarah Tandy and her album Infection in the Sentence. The album was such an impressive debut, There have been many interesting releases of late from the London scene, but in my opinion this is up there as among the very best. Tandy can be found on records from other groups that we have featured on the show – for example, Camilla George and Maisha. Catch her if you can. The cool way in which her fingers fly across the keys makes it look so simple but the sounds produced are complex and range from the sensitive (as in the tune on the show this week) to the downright funky.

We are celebrating 80 years of Blue Note Records. The tune selected this week came from an album that was produced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the label. A group was put together to produce a tribute. The Blue Note 7 was a collection of musicians brought together who could form a compatible and cohesive whole and reinterpret tunes by Blue Note artists wit new arrangements and individual solos. It comprised Nicholas Payton trumpet, Steve Wilson alto/flute, Ravi Coltrane tenor, Peter Bernstein guitar, Bill Charlap piano, Peter Washington bass, Lewis Nash drums. The tune Mosaic, an apt description of the Blue Note 7, was a favourite of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and was composed by then band member Cedar Walton.

There was more fire from Poland in the shape of the excellent Emil Miszk and the Soul Syndicate. Miszk is a trumpeter and leads an eight-piece band, their album Don’t Hesitate is highly recommended. There was a sample of more Polish music at the end of the show from  the Jan Plaszyn Wroblewski Sextet. Wroblewski is a veteran sax player who played with the seminal Polish jazz musician Krzysztof Komeda.

Snarky Puppy are a large group of fine musicians who are amazing live. I have seen them and if you get the chance you need to be there. There is a feature on the band in the September 2019 edition of Jazzwise magazine to coincide with a fresh tour and album release. I have not been so sure about their recorded output but have recently re-visited the album Family Dinner Volume One and have been enjoying it. Each track includes a distinguished guest artist and the guest on the tune Something is the very special Lalah Hathaway. Another guest on the album is vocalist Shayna Steele, so it was a neat link to play her version of Secret Love from her 2019 album Watch Me Fly.

  1. Doug Carn – Trance Dance from Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
  2. Ruby Rushton – Return of the Hero from Ironside
  3. Sarah Tandy – Nursery Rhyme from Infection in the Sentence
  4. The Blue Note 7 – Mosaic from Mosaic
  5. Emil Miszk & the Soul Syndicate – For S from Don’t Hesitate
  6. Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – Something from Family Dinner Vol 1
  7. Shayna Steele – Secret Love from Watch Me Fly
  8. Jan Plaszyn Wroblewski Sextet – Don Kichot (live) from Komeda Moja Slodka Europejska Ojczyzna

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