It’s been a hard day for many folks, after a hard year and 259 days. But in these days you have to do what you can, and not worry about what you can’t.
For me that translates to seeking out what’s important in music. Which is why the fifth volume in my series of one-hour Exfiltration Radio shows is about spiritual jazz.
(Why that name? The music takes some of the techniques of free jazz and infuses it with the searching, looking beyond that Coltrane brought to the table with A Love Supreme. It’s a broad banner, as the multiple volumes of the Spiritual Jazz compilation series show.)
This one mixes up a track from one of my favorite McCoy Tyner albums, his Extensions, with other tracks from Alice Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Wayne Shorter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the redoubtable Pharoah Sanders, and a few other goodies that I’ve found over the years on Bandcamp or other spots. It’s a good one-hour introduction if you’re feeling sinister—and it’s a good reminder that not everything that is in the world is of the world.
- Rainbow Warriors – Alan Braufman (Valley of Search (Reissue))
- Journey In Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane (The Impulse Story: Alice Coltrane)
- Message From The Nile – McCoy Tyner (Extensions)
- Dance! Dance, Eternal Spirits – Joe Bonner with David Friesen, Billy Harper, Virgil Jones, M (Black Saint)
- Elijah – Donald Byrd (A New Perspective)
- Ja Mil – Hastings Street Jazz Experience (Spiritual Jazz)
- JuJu – Wayne Shorter (JuJu (Rudy Van Gelder Edition))
- Spirits Up Above – Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Volunteered Slavery)
- Colors – Pharoah Sanders (Karma)