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Playlist – 01 December 2011

Cosmic Jazz continued its support for British jazz by featuring tunes from two excellent British records which have been released recently. They were the vocalist Zara McFarlane whose Until Tomorrow CD on Brownswood gets a very strong recommendation from Cosmic Jazz and Nat Birchall’s Sacred Dimension on the Manchester-based Gondwana label. The other British contribution came from the excellent pianist Leon Greening. The programme included an interview with the ex-Test cricketer turned blues/soul guitarist Mark Butcher, who is appearing in Bury St. Edmunds on Saturday 03 December where he will be playing tracks from his new CD.

  1. Gene Ammons – Moito Mato Grosso
  2. Zara McFarlane – More than Mine
  3. Nat Birchall – Ancient World
  4. Leon Greening – Waterloo
  5. Roy Ayers – A Rose for Cindy
  6. Hiromi – Brain
  7. Zara McFarlane – Mama Done
  8. Quarteto Novo -Vim de Santana
  9. Nat Birchall – Radiant Will
  10. Zara McFarlane – Chiaroscuro
  11. Francisco Aguabella – My Favourite Things
  12. John Coltrane – Untitled Original (The Unissued Seattle Broadcast)

Playlist – 27 October 2011

Tonight’s CJ featured some of the most distinctive alto players on the planet – David Sanborn, Lee Konitz, Kenny Garrett and – of course – Charlie Parker. There was a significant contribution from British jazz, particularly artists from the north west of England and a tribute to the late British composer, director and keyboard player Graham Collier.

  1. David Sanborn – Comin’ Home Baby
  2. Dorival Caymmi – Berimbau
  3. Cannonball Adderley – Fun
  4.  Tyrone Washington – Yearning for Love
  5. Kenny Garrett – Equinox
  6. Arun Ghosh – Bondhu
  7. Lee Konitz – Hugo’s Head
  8. Matthew Halsall – Music for a Dancing Mind
  9. Nat Birchall – Radiant Will
  10. Graham Collier – Lullaby for a Lonely Child
  11. Charlie Parker – Now’s the Time
  12. Leon Greening – Ruth
  13. Kit Downes Trio – Jump Minzi Jump
  14. Thundercat – Boat Cruise

On video this week is Lee Konitz, live in 2007. The clip is unfortunately short – but a great example of Konitz’s ability to improvise long lines on the standard What’s New.

And because that last clip was so short here’s a bonus: the Marcin Wasilewski Trio at the Starówce Jazz Festival, probably in 2010, with Sławomir Kurkiewicz on bass and Michał Miskiewicz on drums.


Playlist – 20 October 2011

There was some truly deep jazz on CJ this week: new music from Nat Birchall’s great new release Sacred Dimension and tracks from two Pharoah Sanders reissues on Impulse!, Village of the Pharoahs and Wisdom through Music.

Also on the show more tenor madness from Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson and, yes, Dexter Gordon together with a reflective moment from McCoy Tyner – all equally spiritual.

To get your own copy of Sacred Dimensions contact Nat directly on his website or go to Steve’s Jazz Sounds.

  1. Archie Shepp – Invocation to Mr P/Nat Birchall – Ancient World
  2. Jimmy Heath – Alkebulu-Lan (Land of the Blacks)
  3. Pharoah Sanders – Village of the Pharoahs (part 1)
  4. Joe Henderson – Fire
  5. Yusef Lateef – Brother
  6. Dexter Gordon – Second Balcony Jump
  7. Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth – Eboness
  8. Gary Bartz Ntu Troop – I’ve Known Rivers (live)
  9. McCoy Tyner – Desert Cry
  10. Pharoah Sanders – Love is Everywhere
  11. Nat Birchall – Dance of the Mystic

Music this week plays tribute to the master with a take on Afro Blue featuring current British jazz talent – Arun Ghosh, Nat Birchall, Byron Wallen, Corey Mwamba, Idris Rahman, Rachel Gladwin,Liran Donin and Rastko Rasic. Enjoy!