Tune in as Gilles Peterson pays tribute to the pianist Stanley Cowell. Cowell’s career spanned 6 decades and he played alongside some of the greatest jazz players of the times – perhaps most notably with the Heath Brothers, but also with Bobby Hutcherson, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Gary Bartz, Max Roach and lifelong friend Charles Tolliver among many others.
As well as being a revered piano player and composer, Cowell co-founded with Tollliver, the now legendary Strata-East record label, providing a vital platform for artists pushing the sound of jazz in new directions. Although it was short-lived, this label is emblematic of Cowell’s attitude to nurturing musical talent, something he also demonstrated through his 19 year teaching career at New York’s Lehman College.
After a break from touring in the 80s and having retired from his teaching post, Cowell returned to live performance and performed a week long residency at the Village Vanguard in 2015.
Tune in to hear Gilles’s tribute to the late great Stanley Cowell from 9am on Monday 21st December.
Stanley Cowell – Travellin’ Man Musa 1973 (Stata East)
Stanley Cowell – Air Dancing We Three 1987 (Diw)
Bill Lee – Nola Vocals She’s Gotta Have It Soundtrack 1986 (Island)
Jack Dejohnette – Equipoise The Dejohnette Complex 1969 (Milestone)
Stanley Cowell Trio – Maimoun Illusion Suite Stanley Clarke Jimmy Hopps 1973 (Ecm)
2 Banks Of 4 – Brilliant Circles Worldwide Exclusives 2004 (Talkin’ Loud)
Music Inc – Brilliant Circles Music Inc 1971 (Strata East)
Charles Tolliver Music Inc – Effi Live In Tokyo 1974 (Strata East)
Charles Tolliver Music Inc – Round Midnight Live In Tokyo 1974 (Strata East)
Bobby Hutcherson – The Creators Now! 1970 (Blue Note)
Roy Haynes – Vistalite Vistalite 1979 (Galaxy)
Stanley Cowell – I’m Trying To Find A Way New World 1979 (Galaxy)
Heath Brothers – Smilin Billy Suite (Pt 1) Marchin’ On 1976 (Strata East)
Sonny Rollins – A House Is Not A Home ( The Cutting Edge 1974 ( Live In Montreux) (Milestone)
Stanley Cowell – Winter Reflections We Three 1987 (Diw)
Max Roach – Abstactions Members Don’t Get Weary 1968 (Atlantic)
Gary Bartz – Dark Nebula Another Earth 1969 (Milestone)
Stanley Cowell – Celestial Women Featuring Bruce Williams No Illusions 2017 (Steeplechase) Bruce Williams
Art Pepper – Mambo Koyama Art Pepper Today 1978 (Galaxy)
Clifford Jordan Quartet – John Coltrane The Glass Bead Game 1974 (Starta East)
Stanley Cowell & The Empathlectrik Quartet With Vic Juris – Duo Improvisation 2013 (Steeplechase)
Marion Brown – Visions Vista 1975 (Impulse)
Stanley Cowell Blues For The Viet Cong – 1969 (Polydor)
Charles Sullivan W Dee Dee Bridgewater – Now I’ll Sleep Genesis 1976 Strata East
Stanley Cowell – Come Sunday New World 1979 (Galaxy)
Stanley Cowell – Equipoise ( Featuring Sunny Cowell) Live At Keystone Corner Baltimore 2020 Steeplechase
Stanley Cowell – Sienna, Welcome My Darling (Waiting For The Moment) 1977 (Galaxy)