Rafi Zabor’s Updoc 6/28 & 7/2

Joshua Redman’s got a mostly-ballads album out, produced by Brad Mehldau and featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade accompanied by a string orchestra. Redman plays the hell out of everything and the record could give easy listening a good name, but heard straight through it’s much of a muchness, so on this week’s show—Updoc, josh8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Brooklyn Bridge Time—I distributed four tracks from it across the two-hour span and filled the gaps with things like Benjamin Britten’s Missa Brevis, four songs from Buika’s hot new album, some William Byrd played on a harpsichord that doesn’t sound like two skeletons doin’ the thing . . . The show skews British for some reason, and the serious piece at the end is Britten’s Cello Symphony as conducted by him and played by Rostropovich, which is about as unbeatable as you’d expect, but it’s two hours without a thesis or a theme, as far as I can, unless it has to do with the quality of the music and what I heard this week. Redman takes it out with a Last Glimpse of Gotham, and you can decide.

One Response to “Rafi Zabor’s Updoc 6/28 & 7/2”

  1. Great show. I particularly enjoyed the Byrd.