World of Jazz 500

For the 500th show I have a focus on Sam Rivers, a new album from Nate Wooley, a huge chunk of music from Miles and Trane and to kick off jazz meets afrobeat in 1972 with Hugh Masakela.

  1. Show Intro 00:00
  2. Hugh Masakela “Part Of The Whole” from Home Is Where the Music Is (Chisa/Blue Thumb) 00:42
  3. Nate Wooley “(…..)” from Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes (Pyroclastic) 10:50
  4. Nate Wooley “I Am the Sea That Sings of Dust” from Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes (Pyroclastic) 12:51
  5. Sam Rivers “Beatrice” from Configuration (Pelican Sound Recordings) 29:26
  6. Sam Rivers “Fuschia Swing Song” from Fuschia Swing Song (Blue Note) 34:07
  7. Sam Rivers “Specular” from Vista (Meta Records) 40:07
  8. John Coltrane “Afro Blue” from One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note (Impulse) 47:18
  9. John Coltrane “Naima (Take 1)” from Blue World (Impulse) 1:00:00
  10. Miles Davis & John Coltrane “All Of You” from The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Legacy) 1:04:27
  11. Miles Davis “No Blues” from Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall – The Complete Concert (Columbia) 1:21:32
  12. Miles Davis “He Loved Him Madly” from The Complete On The Corner Sessions (Columbia Legacy) 1:32:08

Hugh Masakela

Hugh exploring new areas including the rhythms and melodies of his native South Africa, and more spiritual, soul-driven exploration influenced by the extant scene in the United States.

Hugh Masekela – trumpet
Larry Willis – acoustic and electric piano
Dudu Pukwana – alto saxophone
Eddie Gomez – bass guitar
Makhaya Ntshoko – drums

Nate Wooley

With the self-titled 2019 debut of his remarkable quartet Columbia Icefield, trumpeter/composer Nate Wooley traced the Columbia River from his Oregon hometown to its glacial headwaters, sonically reckoning with the awe-inspiring beauty of the immense icefield. The band’s breathtaking follow-up, Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes, essentially brings the project full circle, a thematic homecoming that contrasts the intimacy of one’s roots with the vastness of the wider world.

Due out July 29 via Pyroclastic Records, Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes finds Wooley reconvening with guitarist Mary Halvorson, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and drummer Ryan Sawyer, whose distinctive voices contribute to Wooley’s sweeping vision. The album also includes contributions from violist Mat Maneri and electric bassist Trevor Dunn. The album unfolds as a captivating hour-long narrative of the monolithic intensity, hushed atmospherics, and gravitational force of a shifting glacier.

Columbia Icefield was initially conceived, Wooley explains, as a reimagined take on a jazz group, though the end result became something much more expansive. “I had been having trouble thinking of myself as a jazz musician,” the trumpeter says. “So I decided to write some music for a new kind of jazz group. But after recording the music and playing it live, I realized that it’s closer to folk music.”

Sam Rivers

A focus on three albums from across Sam’s career


A 2004 release recorded the year before at the Clear Lake recording studio in Venice, California. This set is a trio with drummer Harris Eisenstadt and percussionist Adam Rudolph for a series of improvisations.

Fuschia Swing Song

Sam’s 1965 debut with Jaki Byard – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Tony Williams – drums


A set with European musicians from 1998. The band includes guitarist Noel Akchote, bassist Paul Rogers, pianist Tony Hymas, and drummer Jacques Thollot. A great version of Beatrice.

A Focus On Trane and Miles

A selection of classic tracks from Coltrane and Davis.

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