Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday March 1, Tues. 3/5

Golly good gracious me, I’ve put together the second all-jazz show in two weeks—this would be Updoc,clarkwithhorns 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.

Updoc 222: Four Quintets + Jesus: 2/22/13

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)

Jazz Worldwide 003 Playlist (25 February+2 March 2013)

BBBB Kevin Harris Project Museum Volume 1 Kevin Harris kevinharrisproject.com 86851-3197-2
Surprises Ibrahim Maalouf Wind Ibrahim Maalouf Mi’ster Productions IBM4
Alejet Omar Sosa Eggun Omar Sosa Otá OTA1024
Toumani (Blues for Mick) Jussi Reijonen un Jussi Reijonen unmusic UNCD01
Camel Gallop Dániel Szabó Trio Meets Chris Potter Contribution Dániel Szabó Budapest Music Center BMC CD151
Wayfinder Chris Potter The Sirens Chris Potter ECM ECM 2258
The Sirens Chris Potter The Sirens Chris Potter ECM ECM 2258
Be Careful It’s My Heart Paul Motian-Chris Potter-Jason Moran Lost in a Dream Irving Berlin ECM ECM 2128
Ermutigung Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum Wolf Biermann ECM ECM 2233
I Am the Black Gold of the Sun The Decoders Volume 2 (Walk on By) Charles Stepney-Richard Rudolph Wax Poetics No #
Yeh Bati Koyita Samuel Yirga Guzo Samuel Yirga Real World CDRW190
El Alba Omar Sosa Eggun Omar Sosa Otá OTA1024
Salmo Maria Bethania with André Mehmari Oasis de Bethania Raphael Rabello-Paulo Cesar Pinheiro DiscMedi JBJ0091
Tres Clarinetes Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra Azul Pablo J. Flórez Curura Musique CUR-05012
Marioneta La Cumbiamba eNeYé Marioneta Sebastian Cruz lacumbiambany.com No #
Caravana Peregoyo y Su Combo Vacana Rey del Currulao Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol-Irving Mills Otrabanda OTB05
Alfonsina y el Mar Edmar Castaneda Cuarto de Colores Ariel Ramírez-Félix Luna edmarcastaneda.com No #
Quitapesares Edmar Castaneda with Gonzalo Rubalcaba Double Portion Edmar Castaneda Arpa y Voz No #
Media luna Edmar Castaneda Cuarto de Colores Edmar Castaneda edmarcastaneda.com No #

Vinyl Side of Midnight week of 2/25/13


Janiva Magness – I Won’t Cry; STRONGER FOR IT (Alligator Records)
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Song; RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY (Head’s Up)

Donny McCaslin – Henry; CASTING FOR GRAVITY (Green Leaf)
Rez Abbasi Trio – Rivalry; CONTINUOUS BEAT (Enja)

Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian – Gloria’s Step; FURTHER EXPLORATIONS (Concord)
Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Hot House; HOT HOUSE (Concord)

The Bad Plus – In Stitches; MADE POSSIBLE (E One)
Vijay Iyer Trio – Wildflower; ACCELERANDO (ACT)

Tone Science – 02/24/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc/The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc Julius Eastman Unjust Malaise
  Terminal Pharmacy Jim O'Rourke Terminal Pharmacy
  Release Levers Ballister Mechanisms
  Exit! part two Fire! Orchestra Exit!
  South The Dead C Patience
  untitled synthesizer solo Sun Ra The Paris Tapes: Live at Le Theater Du Chatelet 1971

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 2/22 & Tues 2/26

Gosh, it’s been ages since I’ve done an all-jazz show, but it happens on this week’s Updoc—miiesbyrdFriday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Birdland time—and it leads off with a belated tribute to Donald Byrd, who left this town a couple of weeks ago and took his trumpet with him. It ends with his hit, Cristo Redentor, and if the choral arrangement is a bit schlocky it’s a beautiful melody and Byrd plays it well enough for heaven. Then I catch up on someone I should have been hip to for years, the young tenorist Walter Smith III, playing with a young all-star cohort. Following that, well hey, I actually got my hands on a new release, if of old music: the legal release of bootlegs from the no longer quite so “lost” Miles Davis Quintet of 1969-70, the one with Wayne, Chick, Holland, and DeJohnette, probably MIles’ scorchingest band ever. An hour and four minutes long, and get ready to have your eyebrows broiled. Bring lots of lotion and a cooling drink.

Updoc 221: Old Folks at Home: 2/15/13

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Ninth Room; Tutankhamun (Black Lion)

Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity to the 10th Power; Without a Net (Blue Note)

Anthony Braxton/Northwest Creative Orchestra: No. 45; Eugene (1989) (Blue Note)

Duke Ellington: The Tattooed Bride, Jeep’s Blues; The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962) (Columbia/Legacy)

Wayne Shorter: Starry Night; Without a Net (Blue Note)

Toru Takemitsu/Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Ryusuke Numajiri: Autumn, I Hear the Water Dreaming; Orchestral Works III (Denon)

Charlie Haden: Ellen David; Closeness (A&M Horizon)

Charlie Haden/Hank Jones: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Down By the Riverside; Come Sunday (Verve)

Charlie Haden: For Turiya; Closeness (A&M Horizon)

Charlie Haden/Hank Jones: Come Sunday [title tune] (Verve)

Charlie Haden Family and Friends: Shenandoah; Rambling Boy (Decca)

Jazz Worldwide 002 Playlist (18+23 February 2013)

La pasionaria Jan Garbarek-Egberto Gismonti-Charlie Haden Magico: Carta de Amor Charlie Haden ECM ECM 2280/81 16:15
Modul 17 Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin Live Nik Bärtsch ECM ECM 2302/03 08:52
Indikon Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum Bobo Stenson-Anders Jormin-Jon Fält ECM ECM 2233 05:57
Tolli’s Dance Billy Hart-Ethan Iverson-Mark Turner-Ben Street All Our Reasons Billy Hart ECM ECM 2248 05:27
Woody ‘n’ You Ahmad Jamal Blue Moon Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Village JV570001 04:54
Kalimba Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio Across the Imaginary Divide Béla Fleck-Marcus Roberts Rounder 11661-9142-2 06:18
Old D Blues Paolo Fresu-Omar Sosa Alma Omar Sosa Otá OTA1023 06:30
Cabo de gata Niño Josele El Mar de Mi Ventana Niño Josele Warner Music Spain 25646-61587 03:39
La peregrinación Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum Ariel Ramírez ECM ECM 2233 08:18
Cobankat Elina Duni Quartet Matanë Malit Traditional Albanian ECM ECM 2277 05:13
Romance Steve Kuhn-Steve Swallow-Joey Baron Wisteria Dorival Caymmi ECM ECM 2257 04:28
As Rosas Não Falam Anat Cohen Claroscuro Cartola Anzic ANZ-0040 05:56
Quitapesares Edmar Castaneda with Gonzalo Rubalcaba Double Portion Edmar Castaneda Arpa y Voz No # 09:51
Oblivion Trio Garufa El Rumor de Tus Tangos Astor Piazzolla Garufa Records 6-91014 04:35
Equilibrium Benedikt Jahnel Trio Equilibrium Benedikt Jahnel ECM ECM 2251 09:34
Drop Me There Samuel Yirga Guzo Samuel Yirga Real World CDRW190 08:29

Monkey Mind – 02/18/2013

This week’s mix, more gentle than usual. That first cut is by Israel “Cachao” Lopez; guess the playlist generator doesn’t like quotes. Enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Al Fin Te Vi (Finally I Saw You) Israel Master Sessions Vol. 1
  Mr. Sandman Stephen Riley Hart-Beat
  Get Some of This Madhouse Best of Perception & Today Records
  Rolf Royce Tosca Hotel Costes vol. 6
  Dubbin' de Drughead Mutabaruka Muta in Dub
  King Slick Rick The Ruler's Back
  Flight of the Fly Paul Hanson Frolic in the Land of Plenty
  Zote Johnny Lytle Done It Again
  When That Man Is Dead and Gone Mildred Bailey The Rockin' Chair Lady (1931-1950)
  Try Your Wings Blossom Dearie Give Him the Ooh-la-la
  The Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It The First Time) Julia Lee Blowing the Fuse: 27 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1949
  How Wrong Can One Man Be/I Want Some More Colin Blunstone Ennismore/Journey
  Alright on the Night Lindisfarne Fog on the Tyne
  Tennessee Blues Ricky Skaggs/Tony Rice Essential Old-Time country Duet Recordings
  Iddan Hermond trad, Lena Willemark, Kirsten Braten-Berg, Per Gudmundson, Gunnar Stubseid, Ale Moller Suede/Norvege - Musique des vallees scandinaves
4pm The Monster Kenny Roby Memories & Birds
  When You Got A Good Friend Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
  Mo-Mo resonating tubes Damaindeh-Bau residents Sacred Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang Volume 1
  Black Root Rahsaan Roland Kirk Dog Years in the Fourth Ring
  Indonesha Phunke Assfalt 12"
  Come On Dutch Rhythm Combo Hotel Costes vol. 6
  Maggie's Farm Ben Sidran Dylan Different
  Just Want To See His Face The Blind Boys of Alabama Spirit of the Century
  51 Beers Claude King Hi-Tone Poppa: red Hot Rockabilly
  Riffin' Godz Godz 2
  New York Bullseye Shadows of Knight Back Door Men
  Forgot to Begat Druids of Stonehenge Creation
  What About Tomorrow? Sir Douglas Quintet 1+1=4
  Get Back In Line Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround

Tone Science – 02/17/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Pegasus Wayne Shorter Quartet Without a Net
  If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? Julius Eastman Unjust Malaise
  Adournia Akibar Gignor Songs for the North Country
  Trains and Boats and Planes Astrud Gilberto Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour
  A Life Worth Leaving Endless Boogie Full House Head
  Illuminations Sunny Murray Duo featuring Charles Gayle Illminators
  Shadow Boxer's Delight Living By Lanterns New Myth/Old Science