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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.DOGONTRAK*

08/21 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc | Posted by Bob Rogers

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 8/22 & Tuesday 8/26

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’reREDBLUETM 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.MonkTraneLarge

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  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.WeirLarge

07/28 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers

Surely A Contender

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

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.SamsonDelarge

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