Today marks the centennial of the arrival of prolific jazz composer and bandleader Sun Ra to Planet Earth. Born on May 22nd 1914, Ra, previously known as Herman Poole ‘Sonny’ Blount, would go on to play a varied and highly pivotal role on the outer reaches of the jazz realm, producing music that can best be described in places as otherworldly and building a formidable and much sought after discography, underpinned by many recordings alongside his free jazz ensemble the Sun Ra Arkestra. Since beginning his onward journey in 1993, his star has predictably reached legendary status with his influence continually felt throughout the music world. His highly quotable interplanetary musings can often be found peppered throughout many contemporary recordings while some of his own compositions have become standards in their own right. For the Sun Ra novice, there are many places to dip that first tentative toe into the water, and we’re sure
Check out our latest mixtape if you dig French #jazz. Selected by Mr. Ash from Digger’s Digest, it’s a deep sixty minutes of modal and spiritual jazz with a Gallic touch. STREAMhttp://www.mixcloud.com/thejazzmeet/podcast-108-110713-a-french-jazz-selection-by-diggers-digest/
We’re back after a little break, with a short, sharp, sizzling mix of rare jazz business from Jazz Meet resident Jarred Rice. Kicking off with the classic ‘Dream Weaver’ from The Charles Lloyd Quartet, Jarred digs out two Italian jazz nuggets from Eraldo Volonté and the Guido Manusardi Trio, before hitting us up with a Jazz Meet favourite and the utterly outstanding ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ from Raphael, recorded in Brussels in 1972. Rounding things off we have a live outing from another American jazz pianist, Junior Mance and a scintillating performance of ‘Jumpin’ The Blues’ taken from his “Live at Sweet Basil” on the Japanese ‘Flying Disk’ imprint. Jarred will be lining up this coming Sunday alongside Andrew Sidford and The Jazz Meet Band at The Shoreditch, London E1 for another all day live jazz and DJ session. Free entry and delectable cocktails to round off your weekend in style.
And we continue… It’s another Live at The Jazz Meet mix, this week from Mr Des Morgan of Yam Who? fame, who we welcomed onto The Shoreditch decks a little over a week ago and he blessed us with some seriously nice selections. Here we serve up the second of two sets for your listening perusal. Any mix that starts with Kimiko Kasai’s “Sunlight” and contains at least one Chaka Khan song has us sold at the off, but dig a little deeper and there’s more goodness to be had. For instance, when was the last time you heard Paul Jackson’s “Eight Ways of Love Part 2”? Or Quarteto em Cy’s “Salve O Verde”? Not to mention a 15 minute Latin section we had trouble id-ing all the tracks for (Full tracklist now below). The Crusaders, The Detroit Experiment, The Backroom Bandits, and Kenny Dorham all make unlikely but extremely
It’s Jazz Meet resident Nik Weston‘s turn to shine this week and we start with two sublime obscure jazz releases from Japanese outfit Hotel New Tokyo before dipping into an infectious Michel LeGrande little 7 inch. Danish Jazz Maffia Big Band hit us next with a killer funk 45 release heavy on the funky jazz vocals before more heavyweight gear from Night Blooming Jazzmen and a strange but delicious library record from France. Erwin Lehn follows up to supply some further big band power moves before Roy Porter‘s catchy “Panama” and London Jazz 4 up the jazz. We round things off with two modern classics in the form of Slow Supreme’s “Africa Time” which deserves another airing and the Toshio Matsuura remix of Zero dB’s monster “Conga Madness” (Also check the original!). Thanks for listening. TRACKLIST Hotel New Tokyo – New Tokyo Hotel New Tokyo – Tokyo Waltz Michel LeGrande – Un