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“Divine music shall always be the sound of love, the sound of peace, the sound of life, the sound of bliss”

Alice Coltrane (1937 – 2007) is known for being married to John Coltrane. That he isn’t known for being married to her is a shame. They met on July 18 1963 and married in 1965. John became stepfather to her daughter Michelle, and they had three children of their own. She joined his band, playing piano with the group until his death in 1967.

After his death, she became deeply immersed in spiritual music and continued to explore the harp, which John had introduced her to. This led to some beautiful work, most famously Journey in Satchidananda (1970). Becoming increasingly devoted to eastern religion, she adopted the name Turiya. In 1974, she recorded Illuminations with Carlos Santana, who was also big into vedic religion.

She enjoyed a return to the spotlight thanks in part to a new generation of musicians inspired by the freedom and spirit of the music she wrote. Kieran Hebden’s 2003 album Rounds drew heavily on samples of her work. She returned to the stage in 2006 with her son Ravi Coltrane on sax, veteran Roy Haynes on drums, and Charlie Haden on bass. She died on 12th January in LA.

Alice Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Journey In Satchidananda

Journey In Satchidananda

Isis and Osiris

Illuminations

Bliss: the Eternal Now

Illuminations

Four Tet – My Angel Rocks Back and Forth

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Here’s one for a Saturday night. Marc Moulin is a living jazz-fusion legend. Here’s a killer beat from his first record with Placebo in 1971.

Placebo – Humpty Dumpty

 

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If you can find a copy of ‘Ball of Eyes’ it could set you back a few hundred quid.

Here, try some more:

Placebo – Temse

 

Another good Marc Moulin record that I’ve been enjoying recently is ‘Sam Suffy’. More killer beats, funky arrangements, and some wild keys from Marc. Prepare for lift off, lovvers.

Tohu Bohu (pt 1)

Tohu Bohu (pt 2)

Tohu Bohu (pt 3)

Tohu Bohu (pt 4)

Tohu Bohu (pt 5)

 

As if all this wasn’t cool enough, Moulin went on to form Telex in 1978.  Basically conceived as a joke, they performed all electronic covers of hit songs, wrote a few of their own, appeared on the Eurovision song contest with a song about how shit Eurovision is, got Sparks to write lyrics for them, never played live, and then somehow got a deal with Warner Bros. Respect.

 

Moskow Diskow

Twist St Tropez

Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley)

Dance To The Music (Sly and the Family Stone)

Sigmund Freud’s Party (lyrics by Sparks)

 

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Most people know Bill Cosby from The Cosby Show and his rather goofy sense of humour but few know of the other side of the Cos.

When he wasn’t busy performing stand up, making controversial statements about Black America or being impersonated by Eddie Murphy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7nNLotYdOE), he sometimes made some incredibly deep jazz.

Bill Cosby – Martin’s Funeral

(from Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band)

This track is rumoured to have been written the day after Martin Luther King, Jr’s funeral. Cosby had attended and spent time with King’s children and was moved to write this song in recognition of the event.

I can listen to this song for hours on end. It’s a tune to get lost in. A swirl of heavy percussion is underpinned with a repetitive bass line and Bill’s electric piano compliments it perfectly. The mournful tone of the song conveys the sense of grief that Cosby must have felt on this terrible occasion. If you haven’t heard it before then prepare to be overwhelmed.

Bill Cosby