The famous jazz version of Victor Young’s Delilah, love theme from CB DeMille’s wonderfully schlocky Samson and Delilah—Hedy Lamarr was a wiz with torpedo guidance systems but took forever to figure out the haircut gimmick—was by the Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet, but John Coltrane performed it in Copenhagen on November 20 1961 with his quartet plus Eric Dolphy, and Trane was in astonishing form on soprano that night, much in the style of The Promise, but longer and maybe more electrifying. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Radio City time—also anniversaries a towering Naima from Antibes in July, 1965. Otherwise the show hasn’t finished saying farewell to Charlie Haden, and there are tracks featuring Ornette Coleman, Shirley Horn, and Pat Metheny, plus two more ballads from the recently released album of duets with Keith Jarrett. The show opens with a change of pace: a brilliant CPE Bach piano sonata that seems situated midway between his dad’s music and that of Haydn, and closes with some new Willie Nelson and then a Charlie Haden vocal for which I should probably be arrested. If you have tears, prepare, you know, and please don’t call the cops.
08/28 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday, 8/29 & Tuesday, 9/2 | Posted by Bob Rogers
I end up doing more memorial shows than is comfortable, but it’s happening in the jazz world: a magnificent generation in its seventies and eighties is filing out of the room—we keep tremulously awaiting Who’s Next—so it’s a pleasure to report on someone who didn’t die. Despite a Farewell To note on Facebook, the cellist Abdul Wadud is still bowing and plucking among us. I programmed Dogon A.D., the Julius Hemphill classic to which Wadud contributed so much, anyway, and followed it up with another classic of that jazz generation, the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s People in Sorrow, which I’d almost programmed on Malachi Favors’ birthday, and mine, the week before. Both pieces were recorded during the period in which Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns declared jazz to have been dead. These are some fine zombies. From there this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Doggone Brooklyn time—moves on to Bartok’s sonata for solo violin, its daddy the Bach chaconne, and Beethoven’s always disturbing Grosse Fuge, but herewith Updoc breaks new ground: my deejay announcements were made while lying on the floor of an overbooked Amtrak train headed for NY from RI, and then later from a seat, with side-commentary provided by two guys from Luxembourg and a lady from New Rochelle—and this in the quiet car! For the past few months, Kip Hanrahan has been doing the most adventurous show on taintradio or for that matter anywhere, but has he done this? There were people stepping on me, when the show must go on. Yo, Kip: this is a thrown gauntlet, man. I have raised the ante. Your move.
08/21 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc | Posted by Bob Rogers
Not much thesis left—Monk’s harmony plus arpeggiating tenorist equals sheets of sound—in this week’s Thelonious Monk-John Coltrane followup show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Five Spot time—but I did want to get to some of the live tracks from Carnegie Hall and the Five Spot that didn’t air last week. The atmosphere gets very complex and crowded with those guys playing together, and last week I skipped to later Trane and a Mozart concerto for a breath of different air. This week I wanted to hear women sing: Nellie McKay, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Shiela Jordan, Laurie Anderson, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Stacey Kent, Abbey Lincoln and of course Lady Day, among others still. Miles Davis drops in too, and so might you. You’re most welcome.
08/17 | Downhome With Howling Dick, Ep. 075 | Posted by Bob Rogers
This week Howlings moving continents, going for originals and getting a “folkie” on the porch. If you like your blues ‘n roots music varied and cool, taint’s obviously the right place to park your butt! Sundays 10am (eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight, Saturdays 10pm. See program schedule for archived editions.
Sean Rowe – “tuff to sell real estate like this”
|Driving This Highway||Howlin’ Wolf||Sings The Blues||VIDEO|
|Growing Pains||The Snyders||Growing Pains||VIDEO|
|Shine my Diamond Ring||Sean Rowe||Madman||VIDEO|
|Groove In G||Playing For Change||Songs Around The World Vol. 2||VIDEO|
|Dioungo||Diabel Cissokho/Ramon Goose||Mansana Blues||VIDEO|
|1952 Vincent Black Lightning||Richard Thompson||Acoustic Classics||VIDEO|
|Baby Please Don’t Go||Roy Rogers||Blues On The Range||VIDEO|
|Call me the breeze||J.J. Cale||Naturally||VIDEO|
|Hometown Blues [Live]||Steve Earle||Live In Nashville, 1995||VIDEO|
|Heartattack and Vine||Tom Waits||Heartattack & Vine||VIDEO|
|Groundhog Blues||Ian Siegal||Swagger||VIDEO|
|Sho’ Nuff I Do||Elmore James & His Broomdusters||Dust My Rhythm & Blues The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55||VIDEO|
|Too Many Tears||Roy Lee Johnson||When A Guitar Plays The Blues||VIDEO|
|St James Infirmary||Big Bad Wolf||Reverbnation||VIDEO
08/14 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri., 8/15 & Tues., 8/19 | Posted by Bob Rogers
There’s a general notion that when John Coltrane kicked his heroin habit in the spring of 1957 he pretty much turned into Superman, and that notion is generally correct; but while working on a book project, with discography in hand and music in ear, I’ve done a lot of close, nerdic listening and come up with some interpretative detail, and I wanted to air some of my Tranespotting’s results on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Five Spot time. The upshot is that Trane’s epochal six-month gig with Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot was crucial to everything he would play in the future: hardly earthshaking news—my friend Mike Zwerin was there almost every night and told me that ‘everybody’ knew this was the biggest thing to happen in jazz since Bird—but there’s always something new to learn about an event of such scope. You can tell from Coltrane’s first recording after getting well—his eponymous leader date for Prestige—that he’s no longer a brilliant but somehow impaired player: his sound has doubled in strength and his lines don’t break when they head for the sky; but a couple of months later he’s in trouble and faltering on the great Monk’s Music “little red wagon” date, and there’s the rumor that Monk’s callout “Coltrane, Coltrane!” was meant to pull the relapsed junkie from his nod to the microphone; but I side with producer Orrin Keepnews, who said that Monk was making sure of the solo order. What happens to Trane on Epistrophy and Well You Needn’t is Monk showing him how much he still had to learn, and Monk throws a wealth of inconvenient chordal architecture at the tenorist to prove it. How quickly Coltrane assimilated the lesson led to the complexification of his already arpeggiated style and to those famous sheets of sound. Tune in and see how; though don’t worry, I’ll keep the chatter brief and let your ears find their way (the book pages look like something by David Foster Wallace). Anyway, after a lot of Coltrane intensity we cool off with a Mozart piano concerto and then join John Coltrane, appropriately, in saying Dear Lord.
08/13 | RootsWorld Radio – Wednesday, August 13 at 5 PM | Posted by Cliff Furnald
On the first half of 114th edition of RootsWorld Radio, we’ll focus on the music of Mozambique, with field recordings new and old, including two pieces from the new Wired For Sound project, as well as a look back at music recorded by Team Globestyle in the 1980s and Hugh Tracey in the 1960s. Then we’ll feature a powerful new work by composer Marc Sinan that brings together traditional musicians and modern artists for Hasretim: Journey to Anatolia. We’ll also hear Afghan music by Quraishi, a bit of a global shuffle from Grand Fatilla and some Genovese vocals with global-roots from Orchestra Bailam & Compagnia di Canto Trallaero.
08/05 | Kip Hanrahan’s Surplus Value / History of the Microphone, Ep. 017 | Posted by Bob Rogers
Surplus Value / History of the mic show 017 playlist
taintradio.com 7PM EST Tuesday 8/5/14; repeats midnight EST Friday 8/9/14
Clyde Hill and Group Long Hot Summer Days Broadcasting the Blues: Black Blues in the Segregation Era
Ennio MorriconeIl Tramonto (The Sundown) The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Rasha Aguis Mahasnik Biman The Rough Guide To The Music Of Sudan
Milton Nascimento Pablo Milagre dos Peixes
Frank Sinatra Speak Low My Shining Hour
Chris Cawthray joy is (mathematics reprise) Mathematics (cc1004)
Allen Toussaint Southern Nights The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Allen Toussaint Southern Nights Kip Hanrahan / Imagining New Orleans
Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader Introduction with Examples of the Instruments Batak Music: Tobak Batak Music Played by the Tihang Gultom Group
Carlos d’AlessioIndia song India song et autres musiques de films
Kip Hanrahan India SongCoup De Tete
Carlos D’alessioIndia Song Thémes Du Film India Song
Silvana Deluigi India Song Loca
Kip Hanrahan A Lover Divides Time (To Hear How It Sounds)Coup De Tete
Chinese Man One Past
Good n’ Plenty – Choo Choo Charlie commercial – 50s
Eddie Palmieri Covagarde Sueno
Rubén Blades Estampa Mundo
Rubén Blades El Tartamudo Cantares del Subdesarrollo
Ruben BladesTodos Vuelven Ruben Blades y Son del Solar…Live!
Zitocas Angélica Angola – The greatest songs from the 60′s and the 70′s
Voto Gonçalves Ngola Iami Angola 80′s — 1978-1990
Frédéric Galliano Kuduro pra qui e pra la (feat. Gata Agressiva) Kuduro Sound System
Schaffer beer commercial 60s
Alèmayèhu Eshèté Addis Abèba Bété Éthiopiques 9:
Dr. Lonnie Smith Too Damn HotToo Damn Hot!
Senti Toy The Language I Cry In How Many Stories Do You Read On My Face?
Chris Cawthray joy is (mathematics reprise) (again)Mathematics (cc1004)
Frank Sinatra Speak Low (again)My Shinning Hour
Piri Thomas Bullets or Butterflies Every Child is Born a Poet
Coco Raizes de Arcoverde Seu Maia Coco Raizes de Arcoverde
Cruzeiro do ForteChegou o mestre Maracatu / Baque Virado e Baque Solto
Tihang Gultom Group, Guru Tihang, leader Introduction with Examples of the Instruments Batak Music: Tobak Batak Music Played by the Tihang Gultom Group (again)
08/04 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers
This week Howlings pondering on the efficacy of substances, a loss to medical science and a a girls night out. As you can guess, its the usual Taint shenanigans interspersed with some of the finest blues and roots on the net. Sundays 10am (Eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight; Saturdays 11pm. See program schedule for archived editions of Downhome With Howling Dick.
Tom Jones – “You can take the boy out of Wales”
|Man With The Blues||Willie Nelson||Country Music||VIDEO|
|Morning Train||Giles Corey||Stoned Soul||VIDEO|
|I Ain’t From Mississippi||Bill Blue||Mojolation||VIDEO|
|Terms Of My Surrender||John Hiatt||Terms Of My Surrender||VIDEO|
|T’aint Nobody’s Business||Eric Ranzoni||The Blues Of Eric Rannzoni||VIDEO|
|Absinthe||Otis Taylor||Recapturing The Banjo||VIDEO|
|Misery||Brick Fields||Go Ahead and Sang the Blues||VIDEO|
|Did Trouble Me||Tom Jones||Praise & Blame||VIDEO|
|Too Much Stuff||Guy Tortora||Prodigal Songs||VIDEO|
|Vicksburg Blues||Little Brother Montgomery||The Paramount Masters||VIDEO|
|New Highway 51||Tommy McClennan||Best Of Tommy McClennan||VIDEO|
|Blues Never Die||Lurrie Bell||Lurrie Bell||VIDEO|
|You Win Again||Sammy Blue||A Blues Odyssey||VIDEO|
|Don’t Pass Me By||Sean Costello||Sean Costello||VIDEO|
07/31 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday, 8/1 & Tuesda, 8/5 | Posted by Bob Rogers
One of the things I like best about Judith Weir’s music is that there’s only music in it: no dogma, no extraneous rhetorical gestures, no showy displays of compositional chops . . . you know what I mean: she’s pared it down to the essential, purely musical statement and that’s aplenty. I’m reminded of Sibelius’ claim to be providing pure spring water; Weir is in the same business. The sixty-year-old composer, raised in England but of Scottish origin, was recently made Master of the Queen’s Music—the musical equivalent of Poet Laureate—the first woman to hold that position, so this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Niagara Falls time— celebrates her with three pieces: a piano concerto, a string quartet, and her wonderful orchestral composition The Welcome Arrival of Rain. The rest of the show falls in line with modern melodic mostly non-abrasive music like Orion and the Pleiades by Takemitsu, Zemlinsky’s Sinfonietta, and the papa-daddy of the idiom, Jeux by Claude Debusssy—cooling summer music, it seems to me; in any case the kind of thing I’ve wanted to listen to this week. Come by for a sip if you like.
07/28 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers
This week Howling has a senior moment, comes across a lot of B’s and laments over an icons diet. If none of this makes any sense it really doesn’t matter because this is Taint and thrown in the nonsense is an hour of the finest blues and roots on the net. Sundays 10am (Eastern); Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight; Saturdays 10pm. See program schedule for archived editions of Downhome With Howling Dick.
Doc MacLean – “Doesn’t sing American Pie”
|The Backlash Blues||Nina Simone||Blue For You||VIDEO|
|Do You Know What I Think?||Allison Burnside Express||Allison Burnside Express||VIDEO|
|You Don’t Know||Kirk Fletcher||Shades of Blue||VIDEO|
|Changing Love||Clarence Jolly||Double Trouble The Cobra Records Story 1||VIDEO|
|Short Dress Woman||Muddy Waters||Muddy Waters Folk Singer||VIDEO|
|East St. Louis Blues||Sid Selvidge||The Cold Of The Morning||VIDEO|
|Down Moses||The Ebony 3 Vocal Trio||Les Plus Beaux Gospels||VIDEO|
|Blue Day||Ira Walker||Mixposure||VIDEO|
|15_Minute_Blues||Richard Townend||Seven Sins||VIDEO|
|Charley James’ Blues||Doc MacLean||Narrow House||VIDEO|
|Who’s Crying Now||B.B. & The Blues Shacks||Businessmen||VIDEO|
|Don’t Want to See You Go||Stacy Puckett||Masters of the Cigar Box Guitar||VIDEO|
|Rock And Roll Doctor||Little Feat||Feats Don’t Fail Me Now||VIDEO|
|Drinkin’ Woman||St. Louis Jimmy||I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story||VIDEO|
|The Freeze||Fenton & The Castle Rockers||I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story||VIDEO|
|Just a Memory||John Mayall||A Special Life||VIDEO|
07/24 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday July 25 & Tuesday July 29 | Posted by Bob Rogers
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday, 8/29 & Tuesday, 9/2 : Joe Castleman — I’m sorry I missed the first...
- taint town live – 08/23/2014 : Brian Moore — Loved your spins of “My Shining Hour” Bobby...
- Songs on Toast – 07/18/2014 : Carmen — A very cool set, made extra-special with the inclusion of OK...
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/25 & Tues 4/29 : Rafi Zabor — I looked for a Rubinstein version but...
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/25 & Tues 4/29 : Eric Wagner — Another great show. I particularly liked...
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/4 & Tues 4/8 : Rafi Zabor — I’d intended to air a few versions of...
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/4 & Tues 4/8 : Eric Wagner — Yet another great show I particularly enjoyed...
- House of Mercy – 02/15/2014 : Billy George — Hey just wanted to say how much I enjoyed that Stevie Agnew...
- Jazz In The A.M. – 02/13/2014 : Matthew Kaminski — Thank you so much for playing a cut from my ‘Swingin’...
- Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 2/14 & Tues 2/18 : Eric Wagner — What a beautiful show! It really hit the...