Phonic FM – 17/3/24

A pretty chilled start with various more uptempo selections as the show went on, beginning with Spiritual Jazz from Isaiah Collier name-checking a myriad of Black musical heroes and sheroes continuing with Aziza Brahim from Algeria/Sahara, Welsh harpist/singer/arranger Cerys Hafana, a Norwegian Jazz piano trio led by Liv Andrea Hauge, jazz/folk fusion out of Leeds with Awen Ensemble and trademark bucolic folk (with a Tango tinge) from Cosmo Sheldrake before heading off to The Bronx, via Puerto Rico with Edwin Perez, plus more pure PR groove from pianist Pedro Bermudez.

“Who The Cap Fit” was left over from the tribute to Bob Marley bassist and arranger Aston “Family Man” Barrett in my last live show; Shay Hazan is another bass player/multi-instrumentalist, based in Tel Aviv. I played his reggae influenced “A Bite Of Sand” from his recent release “Wusul”.

Errol Linton will be back at The Portico for my Mambista session on 26th April for more off his reggae inflected Blues ’n’ Boogie and rather than leave a random blue(s) thumb protruding out of the show I included some vintage Junior Wells with Buddy Guy and Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee.

Jalen Ngonda brought some classic soul  and Ngwaka Son Systéme provided contemporary Congolese roots music before we headed back to Dominican Republic and Cuba for more Salsa Caliente.

Next Brazilian guitarist, Fabiano do Nascimento, with his version of Monk’s ‘Round Midnight and Rochdale’s very own singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Morgan Harper-Jones, who will be touring her new “Up To The Glass” album in April. Bob Dylan makes a welcome appearance as does Sharon Shannon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

A drop of Amapiano from House of Tiju, a Congolese Classic from Kékélé, a couple of Pete Rodriguez tunes (who died recently aged 89, RIP) including the ubiquitous “I Like It Like That” and the album that introduced Rubén Blades to the world, and all finished off with a drop more Nordic Jazz, this time from Arve Henriksen.

Isaiah Collier EggunParallel Universe
Aziza BrahimBein trab u lihjarMaja
Cerys HafanaThe Bitter WithyThe Bitter
Liv Andrea Hauge TrioGullregn [Golden Rain] Ville Blomster 
Awen EnsembleShe Moves Through The Fair7″/Download
Cosmo SheldrakeStop The MusicEye To The Ear
Edwin Perez AlexaDirecto Al Punto
Pedro BermudezTu Guion De Fantasa (Featuring Joe Gonzalez)La Revelación
Bob Marley & The WailersWho the Cap FitRastaman Vibration
Shay Hazan A Bite Of SandWusul
Errol LintonPacking My BagsPacking My Bags
Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band With Buddy GuyChitlin Con CarneLet’s Move – A Heavy Blues Collection
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee You’d Better MindSonny Terry & Brownie McGhee in London
Jalen Ngonda Illusions
Ngwaka Son SystémeBo Lobi Pe Iboto Ngenge 
José Alberto “El Canario”Quien Como TuOn Time
Papaito CimmarronDave Hucker’s Salsa Dance Class 
Fabiano do NascimentoMeianoite  Mundo Solo
Morgan Harper-Jones  Alone With YouUp To The Glass
Bob DylanIs Your Love In Vain?Street Legal
Sharon Shannon Cavan PotholesCommon Ground
House of Tiju Link UpDownload
Kékélé  DidoRumba Congo
Pete RodriguezI Like It Like ThatI Like It Like That
Rubén Blades & La Orquesta De Pete RodriguezDescarga CalienteDe Panama A Nueva York
Arve HenriksenAlone (feat. Arve Henriksen and Selma French)Agoja