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Stravinsky-and-jazz two way influence in focus on Saturday's J-Z Radio Show

On 6 April half a century will have passed since the death of the composer Igor Stravinsky and as part of a strand of programming to mark the anniversary BBC Radio 3 in an episode of the magazine show J to Z finds pianist Julian Joseph examining …

Published: 30 Mar 2021. Updated: 23 days.

On 6 April half a century will have passed since the death of the composer Igor Stravinsky and as part of a strand of programming to mark the anniversary BBC Radio 3 in an episode of the magazine show J to Z finds pianist Julian Joseph examining the relationship between Stravinsky and jazz.

One example of how jazz musicians have drawn on Stravinsky include above on 'Sleep Talk' from Ornette Coleman CBS album Of Human Feelings released in 1982 that quotes in harmolodic funk fashion the opening motif of The Rite of Spring (hear it in the audio from around the 24-second mark). Igor Stravinsky, top

The show is to be broadcast a few days before the anniversary at 5pm on Saturday.

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Calling England Home *****

Gorgeous this from a 7 May release, bouncing on an aching introductory instrumental vamp that leads into a brooding Anthony Joseph spoken word poetic testament of a radical vision, a scathing, oblique lament straddling despair at the absence of …

Published: 30 Mar 2021. Updated: 18 days.

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Gorgeous this from a 7 May release, bouncing on an aching introductory instrumental vamp that leads into a brooding Anthony Joseph spoken word poetic testament of a radical vision, a scathing, oblique lament straddling despair at the absence of being accepted to truly belong and the unique perspective of an outsider from the Caribbean coming to London both tracking back to the late-1940s and more recently to the end of the 1980s.

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Outside the night came in and we had moved so far away from calling England home

(From the poem at the centre of 'Calling England Home')

Recorded last summer, players on The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness) include saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, who produces.

Tracks include a homage to the late Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite. The title is drawn from C. L. R. James' 1938 book The Black Jacobins. SG

Anthony Joseph photo via Heavenly Sweetness