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Listen again has returned to the side bar on the site. Since the move to Mixcloud, I have had to manually update the link on the side (hence the delay), but now it should appear automatically and you can listen again without leaving the page as before.

Playlist – 28th October 2010

Tonight’s Cosmic Jazz was a solo show by Derek and included a tribute to the late alto saxophonist Marion Brown.  Almost half of the programme time was covered by tracks that featured Brown, including a full 18 minutes and 35 seconds of Ascension Part I. Brown described the Coltrane session as “wildly exciting…Spontaneity was the thing”.
On the Archie Shepp track from Attica Blues he played bamboo flute and the Johnny Hodges tune Spotted Dog from a Hodges tribute album from 1978 both contrasted and complemented the more recent Sweet Earth Flower from the US experimental group His Name is Alive. There was a first CJ play from the Dee Dee Bridgewater tribute to Horace Silver; a CJ first for Renee Rosnes (by the way how do you pronounce her surname?) and a definite CJ first for Commander in Chief Osite Osadebe and his Nigerian Sound Makers.
Quite a contrast from start to finish.

  1. John Coltrane – Ascension Part I
  2. Archie Shepp – Steam Parts 1 and 2
  3. His Name is Alive – Sweet Earth Flower
  4. Marion Brown – Spotted Dog
  5. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Pretty Eyes
  6. Rachelle Ferrell – You Send Me
  7. Soulstance – Moon Vision
  8. Lee Konitz – Five, Four and Three
  9. Renee Rosnes – The Storyteller
  10. Hank Mobley – Three Way Split
  11. Commander in Chief Stephen Osite Osadebe & his Nigerian Sound Makers – Onyebu Chi
  12. Dizzy Gillespie & Machito – Exuberante
  13. Michael Brecker – Madame Toulouse

And why not finish with an excellent live version of Brecker’s Madame Toulouse from 1998 – enjoy!

Playlist – 22 April 2010

Another Derek solo show as Neil is still stranded in China – but now with a return date of 04 May so he should be back for the 06 May show with lots of new music!  He’s still got internet access though and passed on the sad news that Steve Reid and Guru from Gang Starr had died.  Steve Reid was a hard driving drummer from the USA who knew and played with John Coltrane, but had moved to Lugano in Switzerland  when his album Spirit Walk was released on Soul Jazz records in 2005.  Guru, through his work with Gang Starr and Jazzmatazz, aimed to fuse hip-hop and jazz and gained respect from major jazz artists, including Branford Marsalis and Donald Byrd, though this respect did not extend to all jazz lovers. Judge for yourself by listening to Jazz Thing.

The musicians from The Tribe were also featured. The Tribe was a 1970s Detroit community-based record label and magazine run by musicians and committed to issues affecting the black community. The musicians included Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin and Marcus Belgrave.  Universal Sounds has just released an interesting CD Message From The Tribe: an anthology of Tribe Records 1972 – 1976, a compilation of music from the Tribe label. The musicians were reunited in 2009 by the Chicago producer Carl Craig and made the album Rebirth from which Vibes from the Tribe was played.

  1. McCoy Tyner –  Contemplation
  2. The Jimmy Guiffre Trio – The Train and the River
  3. Steve Reid Ensemble – Lugano
  4. Gang Starr – Jazz Thing
  5. Marcus Belgrave – Space Odyssey
  6. Tribe – Vibes from the Tribe
  7. Wendell Harrison – Tons and Tons of B.S.
  8. The Blue Note 7 – Search for Peace
  9. Erik Truffaz feat Nya – Bending New Corners
  10. Yusef Lateef – Chandra
  11. Beady Belle – Wounded Pride
  12. Nation of Multiverse – Real and Unreal Space

Playlist – 01 April 2010

Cosmic Jazz played the usual eclectic mix of jazz sounds on tonight’s show – this time with an Easter religious theme – ish…  New tracks from Mulatu Astatke’s brand new release on Strut, drummer Paul Motian’s stunning ECM album and a track from the triple CD collection of Eberhard Weber’s Colours group.  More too from Jose James and favourites from Pharoah Sanders, Max Roach and Archie Shepp.

  1. Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu’s Mood
  2. Archie Shepp – A Prayer
  3. David Durrah – Space 2/Phil Ranelin & Tribe – Vibe from the Tribe
  4. Pharoah Sanders – Morning Prayer
  5. Charles Lloyd – The Sufi’s Tears
  6. Max Roach – Absolutions
  7. Julien Lourau – Voodoo House
  8. Andrew Hill – New Monastery
  9. Thelonious Monk Quartet – Blue Monk
  10. Eberhard Weber – Seriously Deep
  11. Michael Garrick Sextet – Anthem: an organ voluntary for Easter Sunday
  12. Paul Motian – Cathedral Song
  13. Jose James – The Greater Good
  14. Don Pullen – Variation on Ode to Life
  15. Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor

Apologies for the sudden ending of Blue Monk around 52 minutes into the show: we try not to let these things catch us out – but sometimes they do.  And of course I know that Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 uses the poem Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller – and that it’s nothing to do with Don Pullen’s Ode to Life

Next week sees the first of two special shows when Tom and Derek play a mix of all that’s new in jazz and dance, and then on 15 April Derek is joined by Pete, the man with the unfeasibly large record collection – and music brain to match.  Join us.

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Playlist – 10 September 2009

Back to a Neil and Derek alternate tracks-style show! It was good to work together again on the decks and create a mix and blend we think works. We never know exactly where the show is going but this week we took the show in a latin direction, reflecting our upcoming live set at Saints in Ipswich on 23 September.

We started with the lead track from Joe Lovano’s new CD and then played a mix of new (Mayer Hawthorne’s perfect retro-soul Maybe So Maybe No) and old (the reissued Smatter from Gnu High festuring Keith Jarrett). The best modal moment of the show was undoubtedly Art Blakey’s powerhouse groove Nihon Bash, from the Riverside vinyl reissue Kyoto featuring Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller and Wayne Shorter. This was the Messengers set to 11 and the Sadao Watanabe-composed featured track is probably the album’s best moment.

1. Joe Lovano Us Five – Powerhouse
2. Roland Kirk – The Call
3. Kenny Wheeler – Smatter
4. Frank Morgan – Footprints
5. Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So Maybe No
6. Nation of Multiverse – Hanikami
7. Flying Lotus – Melt
8. Mr Scruff – Stockport Carnival
9. Art Blakey – Nihon Bash
10. Chicago Afrobeat Project – Jekajo
11. Kwabena Okai – Obiaro Bewu
12. Michel Petrucciani – Miles Davis’ Licks
13. Miles Davis – Jean Pierre
14. Charlie Palmieri – Descarga (Around Midnight) Charanson
15. Charlie Palmieri talking about the danzon/Kenny Barron – Fungi Mama
16. Sun Ra – Springtime Again
17. The Afro-Rican Ensemble – Tanga
18. Tito Puente – Watu Watsuri (Gilles Peterson re-edit)
19. Indigo Jam Unit – Arctic Circle
20. Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson – Can You Feel It?

Next week we’ll have new music from pianist Robert Glasper and some remixes from the Dub Colossus Return to Addis project together with more latin jazz to get you ready for 23 September. We’ll also feature a track from the new release by Norwich-based Red Shadow Quartet who play at the Milestones Club in Lowestoft on 01 November.

Unfortunately, this week’s show isn’t available via our Listen Again facility – but next week’s will be!

Cosmic Jazz goes live!

Yes – Cosmic Jazz goes live again! We’re back at Saints Wine Bar on 23 September when this time Cosmic Jazz Club does Latin jazz.

Tickets are £3 for admission and a tapas taster or £10 for admission and a full tapas selection – available from Saints on St Peter’s Street, Ipswich.

Call in or call on 01473 252438. We’ll be playing from 7.30 ’til late. See you there!

Playlist – 03 September 2009

A solo show from Derek tonight with some old favourites from EST (the impossibly beautiful Seven Days of Falling), Carmen Lundy (featuring the spoken words of Langston Hughes’ I’ve Known Rivers and Tubby Hayes’ Down in the Village (recently revived by Japanese jazzers Quasimode).

There was also a great Latin Jazz section in celebration of another Cosmic Jazz Club night – 23 September at Saints Wine Bar here in Ipswich. More details of the show elsewhere on the blog.

1. Alberto Favero – Primer Movimiento
2. Esbjorn Svensson Trio – Seven Days of Falling
3. Carmen Lundy – One More River to Cross
4. Roland Kirk – Making Love After Hours
5. Roland Kirk – The Call
6. Nostalgia 77 – Steps of the Sun
7. Ravi Coltrane – For Zoe
8. Mulatu Astake and the Heliocentrics – Masenqo
9. Nation of Multiverse – Can You Feel How I Feel?
10. 45 aka Swing-0 – I Believe
11. Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Sahara
12. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Kyoto
13 Mingus Big Band – Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
14. Dizzie Gillespie y Machito – Exuberante
15. The Tubby Hayes Quintet – Down in the Village
16. Michael Brecker – Madame Toulouse

Playlist – 27 August 2009

We were troubled by persistent studio gremlins week – but hopefully the music shone through! It ranged from an outstanding version of Coltrane’s Resolution (the first of two tracks featuring guitarist Bill Frisell) to a new afrobeat 12in single from Montpellier’s Fanga – more signs that afrobeat is now a worldwide style.

In between were classic tracks from Weather Report (Mysterious Traveller) and Art Blakey (Moanin’). As great music does, each made us listen again – the tiny double-tracked soprano sax phrases of Wayne Shorter and the outstanding tenor solo from Benny Golson were reminders of how diverse jazz can be.

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1. Heliocentrics – Sirius B
2. Marc Johnson – Resolution
3. Jimmy Heath – Angel Man
4. Weather Report – Mysterious Traveller
5. Carmen Lundy – All Day, All Night
6. Miles Davis – All Blues
7. Jose James – Nola
8. Bill Frisell – 1968
9. Fanga – Natural Juice (Ashanti Mix)
10. Roberto Roena – Take Five (Nicola Conte remix)
11. Art Blakey – Moanin’
12. Manu Katche – So Groovy
13. Pharoah Sanders – Wise One
14. Indigo Jam Unit – Rumble
15. Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson – Plastic Dreams
16. Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
17. Nostalgia 77 – Journey Home

As always – if you missed the music live, then check out our Listen Again feature. Just click on the link to the right of the blog and enjoy!