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03/26 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 31 | Posted by Bob Rogers

This week’s selection from Jack DeJohnette’s season-making Made in Chicago record is a Muhal Richard Abrams piece called Jack 5 that is often as spare and stark as classical Japanese music and features some of the most oblique time-playing I’ve everh heard, and a lot of Henry Threadgill. It’s a marvel, but this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Brooklyn not Chicago time—leads off with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s orchestral salute to the goddess of night, Nyx, a virtuoso score of such richness and fun that I just had to use it as a curtain raiser. Later on, we’re back to jazz and duets, David Murray with Milford Graves and Jack, respectively, and Joe Lovano with the magisterial and gentlemanly Hank Jones. Which leads us back to the piano sonatas of Franz Schubert—last week’s sonata in A must have been habit-forming—this time the composer’s last, #21 in B-flat, which he premiered a few weeks before his death via syphilis at the age of 31, alas. The performance is by Sviatoslav Richter, the piano titan whose centenary year this is, and he slows the opening movement far enough down to provide the link to Beethoven’s late sonatas; but where Beethoven’s mystical inwardness leads him into further thematic compression, even at his most expansive, Schubert’s depth-dive opens the music outward into the epic scope of an inward Odyssey. To follow Richter on this journey is an extraordinary privilege that invites deep listening. Another thing to remember about Richter is that he needed to keep a red plastic lobster close to him at all times, and since it was never visible in concert we must assume that he hid it in his piano bench. This is a studio recording, so he might have been happy to have it where he could see it as he played. Takes all kinds, I guess.KoonsLob

03/25 | Ken Irwin’s Jubilation, Ep. 165 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Wed 3/25/14 – Midnight – 3 AM

Fri 3/27/14 – 4 – 7 PM

Mon 3/30/15 – Noon – 3 PM


Hour One

Spin Marvel feat. Nils Petter Molvaer / Two Hill Town / Infolding / Rare Noise 2015

Vijay Iyer / Taking Flight / Break Stuff / ECM 2015


Jeremy Udden, Nicolas Moreaux / Bibi / Belleville Project / Sunnyside 2015

Hilary Gardner / This Little Town Is Paris / The Great City / Anzic 2014

Matt Criscuolo / Renee’s Dream / Headin’ Out / Jazzeria Records 2014

Steve Cromity / Sugar / All My Tomorrows / self released 2015

Dave Stryker / Impressions / Messin’ With Mr. T / StrikeZone 2015

Rachel Caswell / If I Should Lose You / All I Know / Turtle Ridge Records 2015


David Gibson / the High Road / Boom! / Positone / 2015

Quincy Davis / Ponder This / Songs In The Key of Q / InTheKnow Records 2015


Hour Two

Chris LightCap’s BigMouth / Nine South / Epicenter / Clean Feed 2015

Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen / The Faction of Cool / Kind of New / Whaling City Sounds 2015

Jeremy Siskind feat. Kurt Elling / Light / Housewarming / BJU Records 2014

Denia Ridley & The Marc Devine Trio / Comes Love / Afterglow / iTi Records 2014


Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian / Rainbow / Hamburg ’72 / ECM 2014 (rec. 1972)

David Virelles / Wind Rose / MBoko / ECM 2014

Avishai Cohen Trio / From Darkness / From Darkness / RazDaz/Sunnyside 2015


Javier Vercher / Ears of A Distant Traveler / Wish You Were Here / Musikoz 2014

Heath, Iverson, Street / Con Alma / Philadelphia Beat / Sunnyside 2015


Hour Three

Doug Webb / Triple Play / Triple Play / Positone 2015

Donald Byrd Sextet / Yusef / Byrd Jazz / Fresh Sound 2014 (rec. 1955)

James Farm / Mr. E / City Folk / Nonesuch 2014


Red Garland Trio / Straight No Chaser / Swingin’ on the Corner / Elemental 2015 (rec.1977)

John O’Gallagher Trio / Go Where You Are Watching / The Honeycomb / Fresh Sound 2015

Jovan Alexandre / 25.1 / Collective Consciousness / Xippi Records 2014


Jose James / I Thought About You / Yesterday I Had The Blues / Blue Note 2015

Bud Powell / Lover Man / Live At The Blue Note Café, Paris 1961 / ESP Disk 2014 (rec. 1961)

Jean Michel Pilc / What Is This Thing Called Love / What Is This Thing Called Love / Sunnyside 2015


Michael Wolff & Mike Clark / Mulgrew / Wolf & Clark Expedition 2 / Random Act Records 2015

Ken Irwin
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Host of WMUA’s Java Jazz
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Greenfield, MA 01301

03/22 | George Klein’s Beyond the Groove Yard, Ep. 018, 3/22 & 3/25 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Sundays 2pm (Eastern) & Wednesdays 5am

Hour One:
Lee Morgan: Little T  Indeed!  Blue Note
Lee Morgan: Slightly Hep/Where Am I?  Volume Two Blue Note
Lee Morgan: Just By Myself  City Lights  Blue Note
Lee Morgan: Who Do You Love I Hope/CTA  Candy  Blue Note
Lee Morgan: Hassan’s Dream  Volume Three  Blue Note
Lee Morgan: Just One of Those Things  The Cooker  Blue Note

Hour Two:
J.J. Johnson: Turnpike/It Could Happen to You  The Eminent J.J. Johnson, Vol 1  Blue Note
J.J. Johnson: Pennies From Heaven/Viscosity  The Eminent J.J. Johnson, Vol 2  Blue Note
J.J. Johnson: Hello Young Lovers/Gone With the Wind  Blue Trombone  Columbia
J.J.Johnson-Kai Winding: Blue Monk/I Concentrate on You  The Great Kai & JJ: Together Again  Impulse
J.J. Johnson: When the Saints Go Marching In/Walkin’  Live in London  Harkit

03/19 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Ep. 323 – Fri. 3/20 & 3/24 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Jack from Chicago

I first saw Jack DeJohnette shortly after he came to New York, at Slug’s with a John Gilmore band, on a collapsing drumset lent him by Roy Haynes, and he was a helluva drummer who sounded mostly like a follower of Tony Williams, then brand-new with Miles Davis; and then Tony Wiliams ambled in and sat in and fairly dusted Jack DeJohnette from Chicago; but Tony at age 18 played about as well as he ever would, while Jack put himself through maybe the most extraordinary development and evolution any drummer ever has, refining his musicianship and addressing every single element of his style and the possibilities of what Art Blakey called a “bastard instrument”, and these days watching and hearing him play makes me wonder if this is what it would have sounded like if Johann Sebastian Bach had been a drummer. Jack’s new album with an avant-garde Chicago cohort is one of the big events of the season, and Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Slug’s Saloon time—plays two more cuts from it, and the prominence and excellence of Muhal Richard Abrams’ contribution prompted intermissions from Bach and Schubert. The rest of the show is taken up with Jack playing with Miles Davis’ so-called “lost” quintet, one of the most intense bands ever to play anything, so please do tune in for the virtuosity, the taste, the touch, the lightningflash, the thunder, the delicate details turned out in the midst of a firestorm, the wit, the brilliance, the uncanny ear and comprehensive conception, the Sonors and Sabians and supernatural sapience of the one and only Jack DeJohnette from Chicago. Yes!J4Size

03/18 | RootsWorld Radio – Wednesday, March 18th | Posted by Cliff Furnald

On RootsWorld Radio #143, we’ll feature recordings made last year in Hanoi of some very unusual instruments and styles, from a set titled “War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar.” We’ll also hear new music from Danish fiddler and composer Harald Haugaard. We’ll hear flutes from Sweden, guitar from Argentina, accordion, horn and guitars from Italy and much more. Artists include Duo Bottasso, Nos Honks, Trio Patrekatt, Pablo Marquez, Hölderlin Express, The Folk Messengers, and Marcus Tullberg & Andreas Ralsgard.

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03/14 | Bob Rogers’ taint town live, ep. 513 | Posted by Bob Rogers

fri&sat mid-3am (eastern), mon&wed 9pm-mid; tues 8-11am
Ep. 513

Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot & Tim Sparks, Kedem (Masada Guitars) 2007
Aaron Goldberg, The Wind In The Night (The Now) 2014
Ben Wolfe, Hat In Hand (The Whisperer) 2015
Blaise Siwula – Dom Minasi, Ballad For Miss-Begotten (The Sunshine Don’t Mind My Singing) 2014
Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters, The Same Prelude (Abstract Quantities) 2015
Darius Jones And Matthew Shipp, Novu’s Final Gift (The Darkseid Recital) 2014

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, Stillwell (Epicenter) 2015
Clarence Penn, Friday the 13th (Monk: The Lost Files) 2014
Daniel Rosenboom, Colors You May Never See (Live At Blue Whale) 2015
Doug MacLeod, Ain’t It Rough? (Exactly Like This) 2015
Jason Roebke Octet, title (High/Red/Center) 2014

Joseph Daley, Doretha and the Blues/Portrait of Wanda Daley (Portraits) 2014
Karl Berger, Joe Fonda & Harvey Sorgen, Movement 1 -3 (Gently Unfamiliar: Suite in 7 Movements for Piano Trio) 2013
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Day Dream (The Art Of Conversation) 2014

Made To Break [Ken Vandermark / Tim Daisy / Devin Hoff / Christof Kurzmann], Capital Black (Cherchez La Femme) 2014
The Nick Mazzarella Trio, Pescador (Aviary) 2011
Wolff & Clark Expedition, Monk’s Dream (Wolff & Clark Expedition 2) 2015
Steve Turre, Funky Thing (Spiritman) 2015

The Red Garland Trio, It’s Impossible (Swingin’ On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner) 2015
Tara Davidson, The Good Earth (Duets) 2014
Tigran Hamasyan, Lilac (Mockroot) 2015
Tyshawn Sorey, Template (Alloy) 2014
Wadada Leo Smith, Balazs Pandi, Jamie Saft & Joe Morris, Debts of Honor (Red Hill) 2014

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03/12 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 3/13 & Tues. 3/17 | Posted by Bob Rogers

There’s been some talk on both sides of the Pond lately about how Thomas Adès, now 44 years old, is not only the finest composer working in England but the era-defining composer in the world at large. I don’t know about that: he’s certainly got the chops, but I can think of other musicians of comparable depth and expertise who have a broader range of expression; I am pretty sure, though, that his Totentanz, for orchestra and two voices, is the strongest score I’ve heard from him. It will have its American premiere in the next couple of months but this week Updoc has the jump on that—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall time. Based on a destroyed frieze in a bombed-out cathedral and sung in German, Totentanz, while not a pastiche, seems to recapitulate in reverse Germanic music’s understandable concern with death over the last century, beginning in the approximate idiom of Schoenberg and Berg and ending with late Richard Strauss and, in the last notes, Mahler. For all its footnoting, for me it has the ultimate impact of a masterpiece. It also led me, via an association of ideas I’ll make clear on the show, but also because of the impact of Joanna Wallfisch’s stunning new album, to consider a style of singing, usually but not exclusively done by women, that instead of projecting a personality seems to function as a pellucid mirror to the potential of the music, the musician, and the person listening, and we go the rounds with vocalists from Jo Wallfisch and Jo Stafford to Valerie June, Aoife O’Donovan and end on the summit with Shirley Horn. The show concludes with a first taste from Jack DeJohnette’s big new album with old AACM confrères like Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams. I’m susceptible to the classicist critique that when jazz omits swing and blues feeling the heart goes out of the music—and there are a lot of supposedly mainstream players out there who can’t swing and ain’t got the blues—but something else goes out of jazz when all the rules are laid down and known, and DeJohnette’s new record brings back the sound of surprise bigtime and on an extraordinary level of achievement. All in all, it’s a really big show.JackJoAdes

03/11 | Ken Irwin’s Jubilation, Ep. 163 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Jubilation Vol. 163

Wed 3/11/15 – Midnight – 3 AM (EDT)

Fri 3/13/15 – 4 – 7 PM

Mon 3/16/15 – Noon – 3 PM


Hour One

Branford Marsalis / Who Needs It / In My Solitude / Okeh 2014

Joy Calderazzo / I Never Knew / Going Home / Sunnyside 2015

Gigi Gryce / Back Breaker / Sayin’ Somethin’ / New Jazz 1960


Ernesto Cervini / Fear of Flying / Turboprop / Anzic 2015

Mark Cary / Astral Flight 17 / Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 / Motema 2015

Richie Goods / Imagine / Three Rivers / Richman Music 2015

W. Muthspiel, L. Grenadier, B. Blade / Bossa For Michael Brecker / Driftwood / ECM 2014


Jet All Star Quartet(Barron,Bartz,Drummond,Riley)/This I Dig of You/Live at Jazz en Tete/Space Time 1994

Lucas Pino / The Fox / No Net Nonet / Origin 2015


Hour Two

Kenny Clarke Trio / No Smokin’ / Americans in Europe/ Impulse-GRP 1963

Brian Charette / One And Nine / Good Tipper / Positone 2014

Tony Monaco / Furry Slippers / Furry Slippers / Chicken Coup 2014

Johnny Lytle Trio / Blue Vibes / Blue Vibes/ Jazzland 1960


Tipton’s Saxophone Quartet / Amara Terra Mia / Tiny Lower Case / Sowie Sound 2014

Jeremy Siskind feat. Kendra Shank / Ghost Story / Housewarming / BJU Records 2015

Duchess / P.S. I Love You / Duchess / Anzic 2015

Pete Mills / Serenade To A Cuckoo / Sweet Shadow / Cellar Live 2014

Laura Dickinson / I’m Gonna’ Live Til’ I Die / One For My Baby / Music & Mirror Records 2015


Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms / The Song I Wrote For Tonight / From The Region / Delmark 2014


Hour Three

Jack Dejohnette / This / Made In Chicago / ECM 2015

Creative Music Studio feat. Oliver Lake / CMS Scene 1 / Archive Selections Vol. 1 / Innova 1976

Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay / The Feeling of Jazz / The Feeling of Jazz / 2005

Rudresh Mahanthappa / Man, Thanks For Coming / Bird Calls / Act 2015


Alan Harris / Take Me To The Pilot / Black Bar Jukebox / Love Prod. Records 2015

Estelle Kokot feat. Chico Freeman / Nowhere To Go But Up / The Sound of You / self released 2015

Joshua Bruneau / For Tomorrow / Bright Idea / Cellar Live 2014

Russell Malone / Amsterdam After Dark / Love Looks Good On You / HighNote 2015


Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson / Freebop / Snakeheads & Ladybugs / Tall Grass Records 2014

Ken Irwin
Host of Taintradio’s “Jubilation”
Host of WMUA’s Java Jazz
79 Harrison Ave
Greenfield, MA 01301

03/10 | Kip Hanrahan’s Surplus Value / History of the mic, Ep. 041 | Posted by Bob Rogers

41 Surplus Value / History of the mic 041
Tuesday 7PM EST; Fridays midnight-2am; archived show Saturdays 9am

Conjure Go To Jazz / Dualism (1) Live / Barbican (London)- 3/03 (unreleased)

Stuff Smith I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music Hot Swing Violin
Billy Bang with Andrew Cyrille, John Ore, Sun Ra Deep Purple A Tribute To Stuff Smith
Booker Little And His Quintet Featuring Max Roach Hazy Blues Out Front
Ornette Coleman Harlem’s Manhattan The Art Of The Improvisors
Bluesiana Triangle Life’s A One Way Ticket Bluesiana Triangle

Totico Y Sus Rumberos What’s Your Name? Totico Y Sus Rumberos
Steven Bernstein Habet Mishomayim Diaspora Soul
Fernando Saunders Live In Spain I Will Break Your Fall
Caju & Castanha Futebol no Inferno Professor de Embolada
Aruba Red Who Am I? Aruba Red

Goskel Kartel Rast Taksim Art Of Taksim
Udi Hrant Kenkulian Rast Taksim Udi Hrant
Le Piano dans la musique Arabe Taqsim Rast Le Piano dans la musique Arabe
Mounir Bachir Maqam Rast Récital Solo De Luth – Oud
Kudsi Erguner Faris (Dans Le Makam Rast) The sacred flute of the Whirling Dervishes
Movses Panossian Salasel (Rast) Kawala Taksim

Dinah Washington & Brook Benton Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) The Definitive Dinah Washington
Maurizio Pollini Debussy: Preludes, Book 1, L 117 – 6. Des Pas Sur La Neige 20th Century [Disc 6]
Don Pullen The Dancer Random Thoughts
Thelonious Monk Crepuscule With Nellie Criss-Cross
Jonathan Ragonese And Steve Rudolph All The Things You Are Ardent Marigolds
Harry Nilsson He’s Large Popeye
Billie Holliday East of the Sun (West of the Moon) Solitude

Except to point out that Sun Ra plays on “Deep Purple” on Billy’s tribute to Stuff Smith as he played on the original Stuff Smith recording decades earlier (hey, buddy, Thomas Stanley, was this Sunny’s last recording?), and also that Aruba Red MIGHT be answering Totico’s insistent questions at the beginning of the set, I don’t really have a lot to add in the margins of today’s show. Next week, though, I’m expecting to do a show called “Musician or Dog?”, yeah, referring to Machado de Assis, but not really, but there’ll be a lot said in the margins, I think. But then I also expected Spring to be here by now, so I’m not sure how much trust you can put in my expectations….

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03/07 | Barry Marshall-Everitt’s House of Mercy | Posted by Bob Rogers

Saturdays 7-10pm (Eastern); Thursdays 10am-1pm
Firstly we wish Townes Van Zandt a very happy 71st birthday and will be spinning a couple of tunes in the 2nd hour after our first session from Mike Ferrio’s latest offering from his Good Luck Mountain project ‘ Too ‘
This is the second album from this fine gathering of musicians from the north of New York Sate.
Session two is from Oxford’s finest The Dreaming Spires latest work ‘ Searching For The Supertruth ‘ and the Bennett brothers along with drummer Jamie Dawson lift the roof off the Snake Pit Studio with a full blown electric set.
Record of The Week takes us back to New York State about two hours south of Good Luck Mountain to the fertile musical town of Ithica where you will find Johnny Dowd making his dark dry thought provoking music. His new record ‘ That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse ‘ is another exceptional body of work. Along with Anna Coogan on vocals Wille B on drums and helping Johnny on guitars Mike Edmonson … go to create something very unique and very special.
hour one
Intro – Into The Red – Tammy Rogers
That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
White Dolomite – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
Neon Meate Dream Of An Octafish – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – ( Trout Mask Replica )
caddilac Hearse – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
Woke Up  The Morning – Alabama 3 – ( Exit On Cold Harbour Lane )
The Devil Don’t Bother Me – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
First The Was – Johnny Dowd – ( Wrong Side Of Memphis )
Sink Hole – Drive By Truckers – ( Decoration Day )
Empty Purse – – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
Your Enemy Cannot Harm You – Chicken Leg Weaver – ( Nowhere )
hour two
In session Good Luck Mountain
Teardrops – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
Highway Kind – Townes Van Zandt – ( High Low & In Between )
Still Looking For You – Townes Van Zandt – ( At My Window )
hour three
In session The Dreaming Spires
My Old Flame – Johnny Dowd – ( That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse )
Holy Word – The Barker Band – ( The Land We Hold Dear )
River Jordan – Lindsay Lou & The Flat Belly’s – ( Iona )
Still House – The Foghorn String Band – ( devil In The Seat )
In session next week Hannah Aldridge

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