TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!
Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year
8:00 A.M. (Eastern)
Shelley Yoelin’s Jazz Workshop Septet – Wonder Bop – Secret Steps – Blue Jazz Productions – 2012
The Dave Lalama Big Band Moody’s Mood For Love The Hofstra Project – LalamaMusic – 2012
Yelena Eckemoff Trio – Dripping Icicles – Glass Song – L & H Production – 2013
Champian Fulton – Samba De Orfeu – Champian Sings And Swings – Sharpe Nine Records – 2013
The Jazz Professors – (The Home Of) Happy Feet – Do That Again – Flying Horse Records – 2012
Antonio Adolfo – Crystal Silence – Finas Misturas – Antonio Adolfo Music – 2013
Nicole Henry – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry LIVE – Banister Records – 2013
Wolff & Clark Expedition – Hummin’ – Wolff & Clark Expedition – Random Act Records – 2013
Ian Hendrickson-Smith – Park Avenue Petite – The Soul Of My Alto – Cellar Live Records – 2012
Russell Kirk And The Path – The Path Suite No. 4, Newark Ave. – To Journal Square – Inner Circle Music – 2012
NEXT Collective – Oceans – Cover Art – Concord Music Group – 2012
James Danderfer – Go Go Go – The Hummingbird Brigade – Reigning Parade – 2012
Molly Holm – Something Else – Permission – Rinny Zin Records – 2013
Brad Goode – Know What I’m Saying? – Chicago Red – Origin Records – 2013
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet – Closing Credits – In A World Of Mallets – Basin Street Records – 2013
Tom Wopat – I Won’t Dance – I’ve Got Your Number – LML Music – 2012
MSU Professors Of Jazz – Nueva York – Better Than Alright – MSU – 2013
Stan Bock & The New Tradition – Maria – Feelin’ It – OA2 Records – 2013
Nick Finzer – Eventide – Exposition – Outside In Music – 2013
Mike Prigodich – Nigel’s Theme (This One Goes To Eleven) – A Stitch In Time – Mexican Mocha Music – 2011
Ehud Asherie – Some Other Time – Lower East Side – Positone Records – 2013
Adina Even-Zohar – For The First Time (In A Long Time ) – For The First Time – Adina Even-Zohar – 2011
Rob Parton Big Band – Blue in Green – We’ll Be Together Again – Jazztech Records – 2012
Inbar Fridman – Day Dreamer – Time Quartet Project – Origin Records – 2013
Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet – When The Lady Sings – Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered – PAO Records – 2010
Melton Mustafa – Windstorm – The Traveling Man – Zaki Publishing, Inc. – 2012
North America Jazz Alliance – Only Trust Your Heart – The Montreal Sessions – Challenge Records – 2012
Wayne Shorter Quartet – Zero Gravity – Without A Net – Blue Note Records – 2013
Elias Haslanger – Strollin’ – Church On Monday – Cherrywood Records – 2012
Bill Peterson Trio – Mr. Wynton Kelly – Ruby Diamond – Summitt Records – 2013
Patty Peterson – Something – The Very Thought of You – Celebration Records – 2012
Terri Lyne Carrington – Wig Wise – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Concord Music Group – 2013
Jeremy Pelt – Prior Convictions – Water and Earth – Highnote Records – 2013
Kenny Blake Featuring Maria Shaheen – Begin the Beguine – Go Where The Road Leads – Summitt Records – 2013
John Stein – Lover – Bing Bang Boom! – Whaling City Sound – 2012
Joe Clark Big Band – Tenderly – Lush – Jazzed Media – 2013
Golly good gracious me, I’ve put together the second all-jazz show in two weeks—this would be Updoc, Friday 8PM and noon the following Tuesday, Brooklyn Approximate time—but honest, officer, I have a good excuse. I don’t know how it happened, but I’d never heard Clark Terry’s big band ballad album Clark After Dark until a couple of weeks ago on a radio station that will go nameless (WKCR) and it just bowled me over. We’re not talking Miles and Gil here: the charts sound like Nelson Riddle from 1959, and the record, Clark’s personal favorite, was made in ‘77 and came out the year after. I was a full-time jazz crrritic at the time and got everything, but I didn’t get that one, and then somehow missed it for another few decades. I love Clark Terry, and we all expect him to be warm and wonderful, but the beauty of his playing on this record is profound, and a real heart-melter. Not enough for you? How about Duke Ellington’s Blues in Orbit, also featuring Terry, and Terry with Monk, plus Terry with Mingus, four cuts from the band with Bob Brookmeyer and we take it out with Mumbles? The sweetest cat in the world and sounds like it, turned 93 in December, and still the only man on earth who can simultaneously play two brass instruments using only the strength of his lapels. You have to tune in for that. Bring your own valve oil.
Golly good gracious me, I’ve put together the second all-jazz show in two weeks—this would be Updoc, Friday 8PM and noon the following Tuesday, Brooklyn Approximate time—but honest, officer, I have a good excuse. I don’t know how it happened, but I’d never heard Clark Terry’s big band ballad album Clark After Dark until a couple of weeks ago on a radio station that will go nameless (WKCR) and it just bowled me over. We’re not talking Miles and Gil here: the charts sound like Nelson Riddle from 1959, and the record, Clark’s personal favorite, was made in ’77 and came out the year after. I was a full-time jazz crrritic at the time and got everything, but I didn’t get that one, and then somehow missed it for another few decades. I love Clark Terry, and we all expect him to be warm and wonderful, but the beauty of his playing on this record is profound, and a real heart-melter. Not enough for you? How about Duke Ellington’s Blues in Orbit, also featuring Terry, and Terry with Monk, plus Terry with Mingus, four cuts from the band with Bob Brookmeyer and we take it out with Mumbles? The sweetest cat in the world and sounds like it, turned 93 in December, and still the only man on earth who can simultaneously play two brass instruments using only the strength of his lapels. You have to tune in for that. Bring your own valve oil.
TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!
Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year
Elias Haslanger – Hi-Fly – Church On Monday – Cherrywood Records – 2012
North America Jazz Alliance – Charade – The Montreal Sessions – Challenge Records – 2012
UCF Jazz Ensemble I & Workshop – Giant Steps – The Blues Is Alright – Flying Horse Records – 2012
Roberta Donnay – Empty Bed Blues – A Little Sugar – Motema Music – 2012
Art Johnson & Marc Devine – Sea Blues – Blue Sud – Warrant Music/ITI Records – 2012
Ian Hendrickson-Smith – The End Of A Love Affair – The Soul Of My Alto – Cellar Live Records – 2012
Jessica Molaskey, Dave Frishberg – Do You Miss New York? – At The Algonquin – Arbors Records – 2011
Walter White & Small Medium @ Large – Thank You, Joe Martinez – Breaking Good – Brassjar Records – 2012
Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra – Electric Images Bloom – Nineteen-Eight Records – 2012
Terri Lyne Carrington – Backward Country Boy Blues – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Concord Music Group – 2013
Pancho Molina | Elias Meister – Samurai Tale – Open For Business – EMPM Records – 2012
Wayne Shorter Quartet – Orbits – Without A Net – Blue Note Records – 2013
Emy Tseng – California Dreamin’ – Sonho – Mei Music – 2013
James Danderfer – Joy In The Streets – The Hummingbird Brigade – Reigning Parade – 2012
Stockton Helbing – Cool Man Jack – Crazy Aquarius – Armored Records – 2012
Patricia Barber – Redshift – Smash – Concord Music Group – 2012
James Sanders – S.O.S. – Blue Violin – Amadeo Records – 2012
Russell Kirk And The Path – Willing (To Explore Metropolis) – To Journal Square – Inner Circle Music – 2012
Charles Flores – Back On The Wall – Impressions Of Graffiti – Dafnison Music – 2012
The Jazz Professors – The New Creole Love Call – Do That Again – Flying Horse Records – 2012
The Clayton Brothers – Simple Pleasures – The Gathering – Artist Share Records – 2012
Chris McNulty – One Less Bell To Answer – The Song That Sings You Here – Challenge Records – 2012
Lary Barilleau & The Latin Jazz Collective – Carla – Carmen’s Mambo – OA2 Records – 2013
Mimi Fox – Four On Six – Standards, Old & New – Origin Records – 2013
Jackie Ryan With John Clayton & Friends – I Loves You Porgy – Listen Here – Open Art Productions – 2013
Jim Pearce – In The Evening – You Are An Edgy Visionary Seer – Oak Avenue Publishing – 2013
Jawanza Kobie – A Good Day – Feels Better Than It Sounds – JKobie Music – 2013
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington – Folklike – Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Three – OA2 Records – 2012
UoU – Jali – Take The 7 Train – Tippin’ Records – 2012
Terry Klinefelter – Tunnel – Zingaro – Vectordisc – 2013
Monica Ramey And The Beegie Adair Trio – Change Partners – Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio – Adair Music Group – 2012
Paul Carr – Till There Was You – Standard Domain – PCJ Music – 2012
Jacob Fischer – West Coast Blues – Jacob Fischer: Guitarist – Arbors Records – 2012
Joan Watson-Jones – Have I Told You Lately – Quiet Conversations – Eye of Samantha Productions – 2012
Tizer – The Next Step – Downbeat – JLK Productions – 2012
Kevin Eubanks – M.I.N.D. – The Messenger – Mack Avenue Records – 2012
Opening theme: Art Enemble of Chicago: The Ninth Room; Tutankhamun (Black Lion)
Donald Byrd: Say You’re Mine; The Cat Walk (Blue Note)
John Coltrane: Black Pearls [title tune](Prestige)
Donald Byrd: Cristo Redentor; A New Perspective (Blue Note)
Walter Smith III: Working Title, Goodnight, Byus; III (Criss Cross)
Miles Davis: Directions, Spanish Key, I Fall in Love Too Easily, Masqualero, Miles Runs the Voodoo Down, No Blues, Nefertiti, Sanctuary, The Theme: Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969, Bootleg Series Vol. 2; Disc 2, 7/26/69 (Columbia Legacy)
Out theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago: Strawberry Mango; Coming Home Jamaica (WEA)
The 48th edition of RootsWorld Radio is a one hour performance by one of the most influential and long-lived ensembles in the Americas, Inti-Illimani. We will be hearing portions of their performance at the Regina Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield CT, recorded in October and originally broadcast on WPKN FM in CT. This was part of their 45th anniversary tour. RootsWorld Radio on taintradio, Wednesdays, 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays, 8am.
You can listen to full tracks from the following recording review on an archive edition of RootsWorld Radio:
Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou
Elen Music (elen-music-label.com/)
World music is not about expressing the world at large. How can one capture something that is forever changing? It is precisely the unpredictable intermingling diaspora of peoples, ideas, objects that makes this planet we call home the fascinating assemblage that it is. World music, then, is about forging a world in and of itself from the very stuff of our existence. At its best, it inhales human experience and pays its rewards through the ear. This is the truth of The Arch, an unparalleled collaboration that reinvigorates the postmodern soundscape in ways not felt since perhaps Deep Forest’s eponymous 1993 debut.
Recorded between 2006 and 2009, and boasting over 50 musicians* from four continents, The Arch is the brainchild of the late pan-cultural electronics wizard Hector Zazou (in what was to be his final recording) and producer Dimiter Panev, whose long standing advocacy for Bulgarian artists helped bring this project to fruition. The title is a mission statement, the album’s praxis duly symbolized. Beyond the building of bridges, it casts a heartfelt need for global community during an age when the term’s keystone has already begun to erode. And perhaps no ambassadors could mend it better in this regard than the Eva Quartet, whose tenure with Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares has instilled in them a sonic masonry like no other.
Bulgarian crossovers, while infrequent, are by no means new. An overlooked soundtrack (released 1989 on 4AD) by Philippe Eidel and Arnaud Devos for the film Bunker Palace Hotel featured cruder yet enchanting juxtapositions of synthesizers, classical instruments, and Les Voix Bulgares de L’ensemble Radio Sofia, while the collaboration between the Bulgarian Voices “Angelite” and Tuvan folk masters Huun-Huur-Tu, through the prism of pianist Misha Alperin’s Moscow Art Trio, produced the captivating Fly, Fly My Sadness (1995, Shanachie) and its less successful follow-up, Mountain Tale (1999, Zebra Acoustic Records). I was fortunate enough to experience the latter project live in Connecticut in 1997, and vividly remember the group’s cellular approach, whereby each culture occupied a block of time, intermingling only occasionally.
Yet as the Eva Quartet blossoms in the opening “Lazaritsa,” we encounter a total integration. We believe in what is being sung, even if in the absence of lyric translations we might not have the means to understand it. In so trusting their spirit, swept up by the echoing flute of Carlos Nunez amid Zazou’s lush digital spread, we see reflections of ourselves rising from the waters with new wings attached. Similarly evocative moments abound in all that follows.
Of the extensive guest list, Norwegian nu-jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and Japanese composer-pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto are the most distinct instrumentalists. The former’s extended singing in “Balno li ti e, sino ljo” recalls the classic work of Jon Hassell, while Sakamoto’s accents give traction to the same. Italian harpist Cecilia Chailly spins the tether from which a solo voice swings across a reverberant abyss. Others join that voice, at once ancestral and the same, meshing with American guitarist Bill Frisell’s electric ghosts. “Razvivay, Dóbro” gets us into more rhythmically savvy territory, exploiting the studio’s trickery for all the secrets it has to divulge. Piano riffs trade places with strings and samples, while lines from another trumpeter, Italy’s own Andrea Guzzoletti, pay homage to Molvær’s Khmer. Vocalist Daniel Spassov of Bulgaria makes a notable appearance alongside the quivering of Armenian duduk master Jivan Gasparyan.
Fans of Omar Faruk Tekbilek will feel right at home in “Planinsko” and “Dostoino Est.” Due in large part to the synergy of the Diva Reka Group, both volley between pointillist gestures and nomadic bowing from violinist Zoltan Lantos. Sounding more like a sarangi, his presence moves with spontaneity and flame. The second piece takes a 9th-century anonymous plainchant as its seed, and is a standout track for its evocative drama and clarity. The tessellated call and response of “Snoshti si, mamo, zamraknakh,” with its Arvo Pärt touches, is Zazou’s deepest statement. Another easy favorite is “Minka.” A memorable cameo on the kaval, in the hands of Kostadin Gentchev, allows that Eva rawness to ring out with a maternal, seamless blend. The coalescence achieved here as the mood shifts into an all-out jam is also wondrous. The final “Kadóna” takes our pains and reveries alike, cinches them in a drawstring bag made of twilight, and casts them into the pond where our childlike selves are forever reflected, dancing in the afterlife before they are born.
One can hardly attend to this album without upholding two appearances by the legendary Laurie Anderson. What begins as a Hildegard von Bingen-esque tract in “Gospodi, Pomiluy”also based on a 9th-century fragment, only now seen through a prism of Bollywood cinematicsfloats Anderson’s astute observations of gender inequality over an engaging beat and lilting strings. And in the title piece she unspools a haunting meditation on maternity and nature while ululations burn down the backdrop like lit steel wool. Both are prime examples of how the album uses words to express the unspeakable.
In this sense, voices remain supreme. It is a true delight to hear them so nakedly. In the deep Bulgarian flavors of “Yana,” for instance, they linger even when earthly instruments bleed into the foreground. Theirs is the world we have entered, for it has entered us. – Tyran Grillo
*The artist list includes Laurie Anderson (USA), Sofia String Quartet (Bulgaria), Bollywood String Orchestra (India), Roberto Cechetto (Italy), Cecilia Chailly (Italy), Kaushiki Charkaborty (India), David Coulter (UK), Diego Amador (Spain), Diva Reka Band (Bulgaria), Antoni Donchev (Bulgaria), Robert Fripp (UK), Bill Frisell (USA), Djiavan Gasparian (Armenia), Andrea Guzzoletti (Italy), Mehdi Haddab (Algeria), Dimiter Hristov (Bulgaria), Kostadin Kostadinov (Bulgaria), Radosvet Kukudov (Bulgaria), Zoltan Lantos (Hungary), Nils Petter Molvær (Norway), Carlos Nunez (Spain), Dobri Paliev (Bulgaria), Stoyan Pavlov (Bulgaria), Violeta Petkova (Bulgaria), Renaud Pion (France), Minna Raskinen (Finland), Bill Rieflin (USA), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan), Stefano Saletti (Italy), Daniel Spassov (Bulgaria), Janne Strömstedt (Sweden), and others.
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