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03/05 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 3/6 & Tues. 3/10 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 3/6 & Tues 3/10

Orrin Keepnews’ (and Bill Grauer’s) Riverside Records never developed a trademark sound or style the way Blue Note did, and looking back, prompted by Keepnews’ death on March 1 at the age of 91, I was most struck by his steady, evidently unshakeable devotion to a series of deeply original artists. Riverside’s first record had Thelonious Monk playing Duke Ellington, and although Monk wasn’t exactly unrecorded in the early 50s—the pioneering Blue Notes still sound avant-garde, and the Prestige trios definitive—Keepnews set out to develop an audience for Monk that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Check the photos for the company Keepnews kept—Bill Evans cloistral trios, Cannonball Adderley’s mainstream preaching, Wes Montgomery’s thumb—all featured on this week’s Updoc, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Sonny Rollins Bridgetime. When Keepnews signed Rollins to the successor label Milestone in 1972, Sonny had come and gone from the jazz scene so many times most people weren’t sure he was still around. Rollins’ first Milestone record was a great one (we feature its Skylark) but then Keepnews stuck with him through the desperately uneven records Rollins seemed determined to make even as people returned from his live performances muttering about religious experience. It took a while, but Rollins rebuilt himself into the most comprehensive improviser in the history of the music and the records eventually caught up with him. The jazz world is not exactly free from personal sniping, but I’ve never heard anyone speak of Orrin Keepnews without complete respect for his high intelligence and his devotion to the artists he loved best. The rest of the show takes up the cause of a young up-and-comer name of Beethoven, who will have to get along without so sage a guide, but I have the feeling that his career will work out. Did you hear it here first?OrrinSepia

03/03 | Kip Hanrahan’s Surplus Value / History of the Mic – Ep. 040 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Surplus Value / History of the mic show 040
tonight, Tuesday 7PM EST & Friday midnight-2am


Conjure        In War Such Things Happen        Live / Barbican – 3/03 (unreleased)
Maurizio Pollini        Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat, Op.83: 3. Precipitato (Prokofiev)        20th Century
Evgeny Svetlanov        Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: I. Moderato (Shostakovich)        Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Dmitri Shostakovich        Jazzsuite 1 – VI. Walzer 2        The Jazz Album
Blusiana Triangle        For All We Know        Blusiana Triangle

The first track I played was from a concert we did with Conjure 12 years ago this month.  It’s pretty cool the way Taj Mahal got into it, but I still just love Ish’s poem.  The piece also belongs in a September 11 show.

A few weeks ago, on the same day, two friends from TaintRadio each sent me a Shostakovich piece – Shostakovich must have just been in the air.  Rafi sent me a version of the Sixth Symphony I hadn’t heard before and Bob sent me this recording of the 10th, and I was taken by the audience screaming before the piece started, and by the audience silence when it finished.  It turned out that it was a recording made in Royal Albert Hall the night the Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to suppress the Czech attempt at liberalizing and humanizing their own communism, the Czech Spring in 1968.  Apparently the Russian orchestra and it’s conductor, Evgeny Svetlanov, hadn’t heard about the invasion and were startled and puzzled by the audience reaction, and Svetlanov answered – to what he wasn’t understanding – by giving what he understood to be the performance of his life, so confirmed by his wife in the years after.  Following that is a Shostakovich “Jazz” piece, “Soviet Jazz” of the time.  The last piece, well, I just love Art Blakey’s singing on it.

Man, there’s this whole world of Puerto Rican / New York music from the twenties, thirties and forties, besides the bombas- and plenas- that is just so beautiful:

José Alberto “El Canario”        Alla Va        Lamento Borincano
Olivier Messiaen        Amen Of Desire        Visions De L’Amen
João Gilberto        Águas De Março        João Gilberto
Antonio Carlos Jobim        Waters Of March (Aguas De Marco)        Jobim

Oh, and the show in which I play 37 versions of Aguas de Marco, so you hear how each version, played one after another, changes the song with each listen, the way the taste of the best bourbon changes with each shot as you take 37 shots, one after another – that show I’ll do again in a few weeks….  But for now:

Lou Reed        Hudson River Wind (Blend The Ambiance)        Hudson River Wind Meditations
Lou Reed        Dreamin’        Magic & Loss
Wadada Leo Smith / Hardedge        Harp        The Nile
Ojos De Brujo        Accion Reaccion Repercusion        Bari
John Coltrane        Coltrane interview        In Stockholm 1960 Complete [Disc 1]
Miles Davies with John Coltrane        All blues/The theme        In Stockholm 1960 Complete [Disc 1]
So Percussion        March        Amid The Noise
Julie London        Melancholy March        Calendar Girl + Around Midnight
Dimitri Shostakovich        Quartet No. 7 in F Sharp  Minor Op. 108  Lento        String Quartets 6,7,8

03/03 | Downhome With Howling Dick, Ep. 103 – I Had A Wonderful Dream | Posted by Bob Rogers

I Had A Wonderful Dream

Sundays 10am (eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight, Saturdays 10pm

This week Howling’s fantasising about ex-girlfriends, revealing the roots of reggae and getting military whilst his wife watches Nordic drama. Confused? Not as much as Dick, but don’t worry he still can play an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Flora Molton ” The blind woman in the land of the blues is Queen”

T-Model Boogie Rosco Gordon I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had Steve Earle & The Dukes Terraplane VIDEO
Fallin’ from the Sky Markus James (w/ Calvin Jackson) Head for the Hills VIDEO
Cairo Henry Spalding Old Time Radio Show VIDEO
Never Drive a Stranger From Your Door Flora Molton I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls VIDEO
Stop Playin Old Gray Mule Have Mercy VIDEO
Night Train 24 Pesos Do The Right Thing VIDEO
Nicotine Blues Thomas Ford Shoulder To Cry On VIDEO
She’s A Good ‘Un Lurrie Bell Lurrie Bell VIDEO
Guilty The KingmiXers Flyboy VIDEO
07 It’s Your Voodoo Working Joachim Tinderholt You Gotta Do More VIDEO
I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band The Spotlight Kid VIDEO
Goin´Mad Blues John Lee Hooker Blues Guitar Heroes VIDEO
Mississippi Mud James Cotton Cotton Mouth Man VIDEO

03/01 | George Klein’s Beyond the Groove Yard, Ep. 016 – Remembering Clark Terry | Posted by Bob Rogers

Sundays 2-4pm (Eastern) & Wednesdays 5-7am; Archived show Thursdays 4-6pm

Hour One:
Clark Terry: Swahili  Introducing Clark Terry  Emarcy
Clark Terry: Donna Lee/Boardwalk  Serenade to a Bus Seat  Riverside
Clark Terry w/Thelonious Monk: Pea-Eye/Argentia  In Orbit  Riverside
Oscar Peterson-Clark Terry: Incoherent Blues  Oscar Peterson Tro + 1 Mercury
Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer: Tete a Tete  Tonight  Mainstream
Clark Terry: Jazz Conversations  The Happy Horns of Clark Terry  Impulse
Clark Terry-Chico O’Farrill: La Virgen de la Macarena/Tin Tin Deo  Spanish Rice  Impulse
Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer: Just an Old Manuscript  The Power of Positive Swinging  Mainstream

Hour Two:
Clark Terry: Jitterbug Waltz  Ain’t Misbehavin’  Pablo
Clark Terry w/Thelonious Monk: In Orbit  In Orbit Riverside
Clatk Terry-Bob Brookmeyer: Bye Bye Blackbird  Gingerbread Men  Mainstream
Oscar Peterson-Clark Terry: Blues for Smedley/Mumbles  Oscar Peterson Trio + 1  Mercury
Clark Terry: Satin Doll  The Globetrotter  Vanguard
Clark Terry: The Countess  Introducing Clark Terry  Emarcy
Clark Terry: Rockin’ in Rhythm  The Happy Horns of Clark Terry  Impulse
Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer: A Simple Waltz  Previously Unreleased  Verve

02/28 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri., 2/28 & Tues., 3/3 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Clark Terry was welcome everywhere and I don’t think that will have changed now. The only difference, perhaps, is that the limits will be gone. Just to think of him is still to more than smile. To think of him in passing is to stop passing and to enter a an intermission of the heart. Updoc did an almost all Clark Terry show not too long back, and now that he has moved on to other venues at the age of 94, the show reprises some of that and adds a few new tunes, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York City Mumbletime. And then? Well, there was an article about the British composer Thomas Adès in the Times, his general stunningness and his influence on contemporary musicians of all kinds, so the show reprises what is evidently his signature work, his symphony in all but name, Asyla, and chases it with one song from mandolin wiz Chris Thile’s band The Punch Brotherss and one from Gabriel Kahane. This was to have been a longer segment of tribute and emulation, but CT’s departure intervened. In compensation there’s a song composed and sung by Joanna Wallfisch from her forthcoming CD The Origin of Adjustable Things. It stunned me with its intelligence and intimacy when I heard it on Bob Rogers’ show last week and it may well stun you now. The world just keeps on blossoming with fresh new work, doesn’t it, even before the rites of spring have begun to stir. While it’s still cold out, Updoc shivers to a finish with Jean Sibelius’ symphony in all but name, The Lemminkainen Suite (Four Legends from the Kalevala): our hero romps with the maidens of Saari, descends into the underworld, then joyoussly returns to hear Clark Terry and the Duke Ellington Orchestra puckishly lead the mortals up and down, up and down, in a dream of summer immune to mortal chill.ClarkAnd

02/24 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio, ep. 140 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Wednesdays 5pm & Saturdays 8am (Eastern & approx.) – see program grid for archived shows


On RootsWorld Radio #140, I’ll be introducing you to new works from two of my favorite artists. Fiddler and accordionist Mats Edén steps out as composer on his newest recording, “Apple Blossom.” We’ll hear three works – for solo viola d’amore, a duet for guitar and accordion, and a solo for electric cello.  I’ll finish off the program with the world radio premiere of “Sikoses,” a dark carnival story from the Cypriot trio Monsieur Doumani. The track is from their upcoming album of the same name.

And along the way we’ll hear from the Irish/Scots/English quartet Kan. There will be a little bit of the blues from steppes of Tuva (Sainkho), the swamps of Louisiana (Slim Harpo) and the flood plains of Mali (Boubacar Traoré).  Equatorial Guinea is represented by the duo Hijas del Sol; Portuguese singer Amalia Muge will joined by the Gaiteiros de Lisboa to present a 16th century tale of love and betrayal;  and we’ll hear from the Cape Verdean/Galician singers of Batuko Tabanka.

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02/23 | wtf playlists 2/20-22 | Posted by Bob Rogers

wtf playlists: 2/20-22-15


2am (eastern)

Derek Bailey, From a Superintendent’s Eyes (Poetry & Playing)

Artur Paredes, Desfolhada
Misha Mengelberg w/Dave Douglas, Monk’s Mood (Four in One)
Stephen Riley, Night and Day (El Gaucho)
Joe Hertenstein w/Jon Irabagon, Seven For Nothing (Future Drone)
Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra, Voyage From Ra (Evolving Strategies)
Wadada Leo Smith, Lake Ontario (The Great Lakes Suites)

Matt Bauder, Parks After Dark (Day In Pictures)
Henry Grimes, django (The Call)
Michael Musillami, Old Tea (Pride)
Marty Ehrlich, Blues for Peace (A Trumpet in the Morning)
Mark Turner, Year of the Rabbit (Lathe of Heaven)
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
Rex Abbasi, There Comes a Time (Intents and Purposes)
Marc Ribot, Bells (Live at the Village Vanguard)
Calvin Keys, Blues for Ahmed (Close Enough for Love)
Sylvie Courvoirsier, La Cigale (Double Windsor)
Bernard Scavella, Sun Shower (A Taste of Scavella)
Doug MacLeod, Black Night (There’s a Time)
Bukka White, Special Steam Line
Virginia Schenck, Throw It Away (Interior Notions
Rex Richardson, Cyclical (Blue Shift)
Sylvia Courvoirsier & Mark Feldman, Dunes
Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy, Epistrophy (Let’s Call This)

Nels Cline, 11/8 / Dance With Death
Bill Dixon, Entrances/Two (Bill Dixon w/Exploding Star Orch)
Made To Break w/Tim Daisy, Devin Hoff & Ken Vandermark, Capital Black (Cherche La Femme)

Vijay Iyer, Hood (Break Stuff)
Karen Mantler, Catch As Catch Can (Business Is Bad)
Ellery Eskelin, Rain Shadow (Mirage)
Hurrah for the Riff Raff, Young Blood Blues
Jim White, Combing My Hair in a Brand New Way (Drill a Hole in that Substrate; tell me what you see)
Tomasz Stanko, Kattorna (Lontano)
Anouar Brahem, Leila Au Pay Du Carrousel (Le Pas Du Chat Noir)
Bobby Selvaggio, Price of Being (Short Stories)
Kamau Daaood, Army of Healers (Leimert Park)


Tim Berne, Sounds in the Fog (Diminutive Mysteries: Mostly Hemphill)
Rex Abbasi, Joyous Lake (Intents and Purposes)
Black Host, Citizen Rose (Life in the Sugar Candle Mines)
Joey Baron, Worldwide (Keys and Skins
Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson, Shapeshifter (Snakeheads & Ladybugs)
Ada Rovatti, Ghost Stories (Disguise)
Tom Rainey, A Third Line Into Little Miss Strange (Camino Cielo Echo)
Marc Ribot, Pennies From Hell (Scelsi Morning)

Red Garland, Billy Boy (Swingin’ on the Korner…)
Calvin Keys, Blues For Ahmed (Close Enough For Love)
Justin Kauflin, No Matter (Dedication)
Vijay Iyer, Diptych (Break Stuff)
Ernesto Cervini, Three Angels (Turboprop)
Joanna Wallisch, Anonymous Journeys (The Origins of Adjustable Things)
Nicholas Cords, Five Migrations (Recursions)
Tom Varner, Spackle (Nine Surprises)

Mal Waldron & Jeanne Lee, Fire Waltz (After Hours)
Maya Beiser, Only Breath (Provenance)
Andrew Hill, 15/8 (Dusk)
Charles Mingus, Love Chant (Pithecanthropus Erectus)
Mike Longo, Nefertitti (Step On It)

Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble, Evil Sown By A Man… (Sunsum)
Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy, Deep Endeavors (Let’s Call This)
Peter Brotzmann, On The Acheron

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02/23 | George Klein’s Beyond the Groove Yard 015 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Beyond the Groove Yard ep 015. Musical explorers: Herbie Mann & Yusef Lateef.


Sundays 2-4pm (Eastern); Wednesdays 5-7am; Thursdays [archived episode] 4-6pm

Hour One:
Herbie Mann & The Afro-Jazz Sextet: St. Thomas/Hig Life  The Common Ground  Atlantic
Herbie Mann: Why Don’t You Do Riche/This Little Girl of Mine The Family of Mann  Atlantic
Herbie Mann: The Wailing Dervishes  The Wailing Dervishes  Atlantic
Herbue Mann: Deve Ser Amor/Voce e Eu  Do the Bossa Nova  Atlantic
Herbie Mann: Minha Saudade  Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues United Artists
Herbie Mann: Batida Diferente  Latin Fever Atlantic
Herbie Mann: Ob-La-Di  Reggae  Atlantic
Herbie Mann: Turkish Coffee  Impressions of the Middle East  Atlantic
Herbie Mann: Dingue Li Bangue  Brazil-Once Again  Atlantic

Hour Two:
Yusef Lateef: Love and Humor  The Sounds of Yusef  Prestige
Yusef Lateef: Polarity  Jazz For the Thinker  Savoy
Yusef Lateef: Blues for the Orient  Eastern Sounds  Prestige
Yusef Lateef: The Dreamer  The Dreamer  Savoy
Yusef Lateef: Trouble in Mind  Jazz Round the World  Impulse
Yusef Lateef: I’ll Remember April  Into Something  Prestige
Yusef Lateef: Oscalypso  Live at Pep’s  Impulse
Yusef Lateef: In the Evening  The Complete Yusef Lateef  Atlantic
Yusef Lateef: Lateef Minor 7th  The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef  Riverside

02/22 | Bob Rogers’ taint town live, ep. 510 – Sunday, 2/22 | Posted by Bob Rogers

fri&sat mid-3am (eastern); mon&wed 9pm-mid; tues 8-11am
taint town live, ep. 510

Frank Carlberg w/Christine Correa, Nowhere One Goes (In the Land of Art) 2002
Hazmat Modine, title (Bahamat) 2006
Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson, Two Minute March (Snakeheads & Ladybugs) 2014
Todd Bishop Group, Norwegian (Travelogue) 2014
The Iguanas, Para Donde Vas [Where Are You Going]
Grupo Fantasma, Ya No Puedo (Movimiento Popular) 2004
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Adrenalin (Xenogenesis Suite) 2008

Kris Bowers, First (Heroes + Misfits) 2014
Theo Bleckmann, title (Hello Earth!: The Music of Kate Bush) 2012
The Herbie Nichols Project, Amoeba’s Dance (Love Is Proximity) 1996
Frank Kimbrough, November (Quartet) 2014
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Rain (The Art Of Conversation) 2014
Abbey Lincoln, First Song

Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Chairman Fred (I Wish Fred Hampton Was Here] (Breeding Resistance) 2006
William Parker, Ojibway Song (Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012)
Sylvie Courvoisier, title (Double Windsor) 2014

Throttle Elevator Music, A Door Has Two Sides (Area J) 2014
Guillermo Klein, Fascinating Rhythm – Moliendo Café (Una Nave) 2005
Marvin Pontiac, Runnin’ Round (The Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hits) 2006
Myra Melford Be Bread, Equal Grace (The Image of Your Body) 2003
Robert Ashley, The Ride To Town (Improvement) 2005
James Falzone’s Allos Musica, The Sixth Lament: Attente (Lamentations)2010

Jeremy Pelt, Vonetta (Tales, Musings and other Reveries) 2015
John Lewis, Django (Evolution) 2003
Assaf Kehati Trio, Someday My Prince Will Come (Naked) 2014
Jim White, Fruit Of The Vine (Transnormal Skiperoo) 2007
Amir ElSaffar, Ending Piece (Alchemy) 2013

*time is relative

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02/20 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 2/20 & Tues. 2/24 | Posted by Bob Rogers

I’ll try to break it to you gently, but if you want to hear my impression of the dovecall of the European wood-pigeon you’ll have to wait until the end of the show—8-10PM Friday and noon to 2PM next Tuesday, NYC urban pigeon time—when I perform it, possibly in too low a key, in reference to the climactic theme of Sibelius’ 3rd Symphony, which in my opinion he lifted from a local Finnish specimen, without attribution. At least the Canadian TV Western, Bordertown, that lifted the opening theme from that same Sibelius symphony and orchestrated it in a manner suggesting Mike Post in his Rockford period had the good grace to say so in the credits. All three versions will be on offer toward the end on the show, which opens with the music of the late and well-loved Butch Morris. I’ve seen other musicians—Roscoe Mitchell and Karl Berger for two—lead large improvising ensembles in a manner approaching Morris’ ‘conduction’, but no one employed it as extensively or for that matter as internationally as he, shaping music out of the air of the moment with a highly cultivated vocabulary of gestures, with or without previously composed material offered into the whirlwind: a music that could play fast and loose even when it was slow and brooding. The show starts off with The Long Goodbye, not the John Williams tune wittily deployed in the Altman movie of that name, but Morris’ own memorial piece for pianist Don Pullen, and after some torch ballads, one of them featuring a Frank Sinatra at once definitive and phony, Butch Morris music resumes with his three-movement Conduction #31. After that you can sing along with Cecil Taylor and Max Roach until Sibelius skiis into the border town all the world’s music lives in, and sampled for you here.Butch

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