What a great start to Freeness the new ''free-improv''-friendly BBC Radio 3 show. Corey Mwamba, his voice euphoniously modulating, has hit the ground running. The first show track playlist is below:
1 Tomeka Reid 'Old New'
2 Run Logan Run '33 Hours'
3 Charlotte Keeffe 'Noizemaschin!!' Solo Improvisation
4 Lucia Cadotsch & Julian Sartorius 'Don't Explain (Julian Sartorius Version)'
5 Sloth Racket, Cath Roberts, Sam Andreae, Anton Hunter, Seth Bennett & Johnny Hunter 'We Decide What's Next'
6 Keith Tippett 'The Pool'
7 David Birchall 'One'
8 Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra 'Parallel Signs II - (feat. Evan Parker & soloist Evan Parker)'
9 J Frisco 'Drowning For Now'
The new Radio 3 jazz show began on Saturday 2 November at midnight. The executive producer of the new hour-long show concentrates on free jazz, in the improv sense not only but also its corollaries in electronica, folk, etc, Joby Waldman explained the vision of the show to marlbank earlier in the autumn ahead of the official announcement. The show “celebrates improvised music in all its forms,” he explained.
Concentrating on CD play Freeness will also include “guests invited in from the community”. It won’t however involve live recording in the outside broadcast sense but will sometimes play, as Waldman, also a director of Reduced Listening the company who are producing the weekly programme elaborated, live recordings. Producers working on the show he revealed are another former Somethin’ Else alumnus and producer at Jazz on 3 Chris Elcombe. Rebecca Gaskell (known for her work on Late Junction) is at the helm.
The missing link back to Impressions which was continued by Jazz on 3 and to an extent Jazz Now is active once again. However, it must be said that Radio 3 needs to add more jazz content to the network not less which alas has been the trend recently otherwise all the progress made by such pioneering controllers as Roger Wright will be negated eventually if current jazz retrenchment is allowed to continue by the powers that be.
Jazz is a natural fit for Radio 3 and needs to be treated equitably now and in the future otherwise why ought a percentage of the estimated 2m who go to hear jazz annually in the UK tune in to the network if it is not serving in sufficient quantity of programmes the music we are looking to hear? The danger is that we will drift away. However, Freeness is a step in the right direction and has got off to a good start.
Listen via this link.