We all need space, room to live, to share, to be alone, to think, to dream ….
Those of us living in an urban environment face problems in finding ourselves,in understanding that we are infinitesimal specks in the grand scheme. Some fear that knowledge, and others wish to embrace it.
During the annual Earth Hour millions of people switch off their lights and realise that there is a night sky. Mariners know it, and have done ever seen humans first starting migrating and steering by the stars. Away from concrete in rural areas, on cloudless nights sit atop a high hill or on a deserted beach one can gaze upwards in awe and wonder.
That’s what the Prophets did.
In more recent times, as our species has turned away from Mother Nature towards technology, talk has turned to ‘conquering’ space, outer space, out there. Satellites now clutter Earth’s outer atmosphere, while astronomers count the stars in unimaginable light years through ever larger telescopes and search for alien life forms.
Jazz musicians are not immune from thinking about the unknowable in our lifetimes, so here’s a selection of tracks which I hope you Earthlings will enjoy.
01. Arve Henriksen – Viewing Infinite Space
02. Natalia Mateo – Tonight I’ll Sleep in Space
03. Bill Frisell – Telstar
04. Django Bates – Life on Mars
05. Alan Lee – Flying Saucer
06. Modern Jazz Quartet – Visitor From Mars
07. Magnus Öström – The Moon (And the Air It Moves)
08. Jeff Beck – Space Boogie
09. Mick Goodrick & Joe Diorio – Space Walk
10. Simcock-Garland-Sirkis – Space Junk
11. Tohpati Bertiga – Lost In Space
12. Neil Cowley Trio – Weightless