Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Aug. 30 & Sept. 3

When you hear a great symphonic recording, if you feel it you know it: easy. Trying to figure out why it’s so great may take some time. In Eugen Jochum’s 1964 recording of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic—which leads off this week’s Updoc, Friday at 9PM, noon next Tuesday, NY Philharmonic time—what struck me first of all was Jochum’s absolute conviction in the music, the sense that he knows what every note in the hourlong piece is doing there, then his grasp of such a potentially sprawling piece—left unfinished at the composer’s death in 1896—in all its deep continuity. Arguably, and pace Wilhelm Furtwängler, this is the greatest Bruckner recording ever made. Emotions are pitched to their extremes in the first movement, and you can hear a few things Mahler lifted: he was writing his Third at the time and had access to Bruckner’s score, begun in 1888. Played with two minds, or a bit of embarrassment, the pounding triple meter of the following scherzo can sound like a hundred elephants jumping up and down in unison, but Jochum takes it on without blinking or flinching, and puts it over. The last, radiant slow movement, from which Mahler clearly lifted elements in his Third and Ninth . . . well, Bruckner dedicated this symphony “To God the Beloved,” and there it is. (You can also hear where Leonard Bernstein got a piece of “Tonight.”) Its last measures are as poignant a farewell to life as Mahler ever penned, though shorter and without wringing of hands. It’s such a gobsmacking finish that a concluding fourth movement, honestly, would be redundant. The rest of the show? Well, it’s even got something by the Kinks, and for sheer beauty and bliss Charpentier’s Litanies de la Vierge. You could do worse than tune in, but why?

Tone Science – 08/25/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Four Pages of Robots (no. 30) Mary Halvorson Septet Illusionary Sea
  Naldjoriak Eliane Radigue Naldjoriak
  Celestial Power Henry Flynt You Are My Everlovin'/Celestial Power
  City Appearing Julia Holter Loud City Song

Down Mekkiko Way

This week Howling’s pleading not guilty to visiting ladies of the night but does admit to being in a hot bed! What with that,TV cop shows and moving continents it all adds up to another wonderful hour of blues and roots from Dicks porch!

tennessee_ernie_ford_1957Tennessee Ernie Ford – Weighed in at 16 Tons!




Shot-Gun Boogie

Tennessee Ernie Ford

16 Tons

Twenty Four Hours

Vance Kelly

Tell Me Why

Personal Manager

Albert King

Born Under A Bad Sign

Over The Horizon

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Bull Goose Rooster

Last Train To Midnight

The Mighty Bosscats

Ticket Of Life

Kind Hearted Woman

Wooden Horse

This Kind Of Trouble

The Plain Old Down Home Blues

T-Bone Walker

Low Down Blues

Trials, Troubles, Tribulations

Valerie June

Pushin’ against a Stone

Souba Souba

Vieux Faka Toure


Callin’ All Fools

Rick Estrin and The Nightcats

One Wrong Turn

Way Down In The Hole

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Spirit Of The Century

Searching the Desert for the Blues

Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell Vol. 2 (1931 – 1933)

John Henry

Taj Mahal

The Essential Taj Mahal

You Gotta Move

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Train I Ride

Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Nina Simone

Blue For You

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Aug. 23 & 28

Christian McBride’s new trio record with Christian Sands and Ulysses Owens Jr. is so good it relieves me of all worry about the contemporary jazz scene, and I’d already programmed it to lead the show—Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday, East Side Bagel time—and had put a Dexter Gordon set featuring Cedar Walton in the middle when the news of Walton’s passing came in. I reversed the order—Cedar is fantastic on the album, Generation, with Freddie, Buster and Billy too—and put his classics Mosaic and Ugetsu at the end. I heard Cedar Walton a lot growing up, close up in Al Heath’s trio at the Five Spot and then with Art Blakey and the Messengers, and have long been a grateful fan of his artistry and person. Playing him on the show’s not much payback but at least I can do it. Also in the middle, Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg—night and death and love and such—which Barbara Bonney sings the heaven and hell out of—and what I think is Einojuhani Rautavaara’s finest symphony, Angel of Light. I wish Cedar Walton no less than that, and in fact even better.cedar3

Tone Science – 08/18/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm On Ascending the Sin-Ping Tower Harry Partch 17 Lyrics of Li Po
  Mining for Gold POING Wach auf!
  In The Green Wild Julia Holter Loud City Song
  It's More Fun To Computer Kraftwerk Computer World
  Exacerbator Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack Cracked Refractions
  Weeping Mary Sam Amidon Bright Sunny South
  Ending Of Nerve In Recess Utriculi Jeremiah Cymerman In Memory of the Labyrinth System
  Not Yet Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  Flora Aya Nishina Flora
  Rotoscoping The Sleazy Listeners The Romance Is Over
  My Love Holds The Galaxy In Her Heart Richard Youngs Regions of the Old School
  The Mirror Like Sea Big Blood Radio Valkyrie 1905-1917
  Garden of the Heart Wadada Leo Smith Luminous Axis
  Dark Wind (for Violin and Cello) Group for Contemporary Music/Jacob Druckman String Quartets No. 2&3, Reflections on the Nature of Water, Dark Wind
  The Afternoon - After All Koch-Schutz-Studer with Shelley Hirsch Walking and Stumbling Through Sleep
  Butterfly Orbit Mary Halvorson Septet Illusionary Sea
  Love Me Tender The Residents The King and Eye

Everybody’s Ready !!

This week, Howling’s porch hosts jazz singers, cowboy poets, prison choirs and a certain Captain all joining in on the usual shenanigans of classic and contemporary blues and roots.


Dizzy Gillespie – Who said this was a blues show????




One Monkey Don’T Stop the Show

Sticks McGhee


Dont Cloud Up On Me

Lucky Peterson

I’m Ready

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

Chris Farlowe

Out of the Blue

I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

Floyd Dixon

Time Brings About A Change

Damn Your Eyes

Katie Bradley

She’s Ready

Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Live At My Fathers Place

Pain In My Heart

Otis Redding

Mystery Train  Soundtrack

I’ll Show You

Guy Clark

My Favourite Picture Of You

Mystery Train – Suite

John Lurie

Mystery Train  Soundtrack

Dizzy Gillespie

Kell Robertson

Outlaw Poetry

Pretty Eyed Baby

Dizzy Gillespie

The Ultimate Jazz Archive (Vol 32)

Have Mercy, Mr. Percy

Blind Arvella Gray

Blues From Maxwell Street, 1960 & 1965

I Know I Got Religion

Angola Vocal Group

Angola Prison Spirituals

End Of His Trail

Mark Pocket Goldberg

Off The Wire


J.J. Cale


Too Much Rock & Roll

Bex Marshall

Kitchen Table

I Cry, I Cry

Johnny Shines

Johnny Shines With Big Walter Horton

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, August 16 & 20

On their new record, That’s It!, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Band has moved on from the replication of traditional New Orleans jazz standards and practices to original compositions and styles of play that make them into a more total New Orleans heritage band. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Eastern Seaboard Time—starts off with the roarimg freight train of the title tune in a set that also inclues, let’s see, Christian McBride along with Hank Jones and also on his fine new trio album, something from the Goat Rodeo sessions, some Roma music, more Pres Hall, and ends with a stunning song in Yiddish sung by Lucette Van Den Berg you will just have to hear to believe. Then Wittold Lutoslawski and Krystian Zimmerman ask and answer in the affirmative the question: is it possible to compose a high modernist masterpiece piano concerto in the 1980s? There’s a Coltranish set, some of it from Chick Corea’s news CD with Ravi Coltrane in his father’s role, and some of it actually featuring his fatherl and finally Benjamin Britten’s orchestral Opus One, which shows what you can do if you’re a young genius stepping out in the sunlight and taking a breath.screen-shot-2013-08-15-at-25356-am

Jazz In The A.M. – 08/15/2013


Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

8:00 A.M. (Eastern)
Chick Corea – Legacy – The Vigil – Concord Music Group – 2013
Chester Thompson Trio – Windows – Approved – Joyful Noise Inc. – 2013
Paul Carlon – U.M.M.G. – La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing – ZOHO Records – 2013
Derrick Hodge – Holding Onto You – Live Today – Blue Note Records – 2013
Etienne Charles – Green Chimneys – Creole Soul – Culture Shock Music – 2013
Warren Wolf – Frankie and Johnny – Wolfgang – Mack Avenue Records – 2013
Gloria Estefan – They Can’t Take That Away From Me – The Standards – Crescent Moon Records – 2013
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Prelude to a Kiss – In the Spirit of Duke – Spartacus Records – 2013
Scott Neumann – Blues For RQ – Blessed – Origin Records – 2013

Steve Gadd Band – The Windup – Gadditude – BFM Jazz – 2013
Marko Djordjevic And Sveti – Something Beautiful – Something Beautiful (1709-2110) – Goalkeeper Records – 2013
David Ake – Dodge – Bridges – PosiTone Records – 2013
Ron Boustead – Everything Be Ok – Mosaic – Art-Rock Music – 2013
Tom Goehring – Bossa Nova Ova – A Reflected Journey – Mengli Music – 2013
The Mike LeDonne Trio – I Loves You Porgy – Speak – Cellar Live Records – 2013
Sacha Boutros – The Best Is Yet To Come – Sacha: NY After Dark – Diva Latina – 2013
Ethan Iverson & Lee Konitz – Blueberry Ice Cream – Costumes Are Mandatory – Highnote Records – 2013
Ryan Cohen – Arrival – The River – Motema Music – 2013

Gary Burton – Caminos – Guided Tour – Mack Avenue Records – 2013
David Chesky – Transcendental Tripping – Jazz In The New Harmonic – Chesky Records – 2013
Bill Frisell – A Beautiful View – Big Sur – OKeh – 2013
Lyn Stanley – You Go To My Head – Lost In Romance – A.T. Music – 2013
Glenn Cashman’s Southland Nonet – Vida Feliz – Music Without Borders – Primrose Lane Music – 2013
Tim Warfield – The Backwards Step – Eye Of The Beholder – Criss Cross Jazz – 2012
Robin McKelle – Cry Me A River – Mess Around – E1 Entertainment – 2010
Brandon Bernstein – You Go to My Head – But Beautiful – Jazz Collective Records – 2013
Jimmy Masters – Nothing For Certain – When Trees Speak – Jimmy Masters Music – 2013

Kenny Burrell – Bye Bye Blackbird – Special Requests (and other favorites) – Highnote Records – 2013
Joe Davidian Trio – Secret Love – Live At the Jazz Cave, Vol. One – Sonic Mirage Media – 2013
Pete McGuinness – 49th Street – Voice Like A Horn – Summitt Record – 2013
Agachiko – Four Women – Yes! – Accurate Records – 2013
Charnett Moffett – Hope – Spirit Of Sound – Motema Music – 2013
Tom Kennedy – Moanin’ – Just Play! – Capri Records – 2013
Mary Stallings – The Lamp is Low – But Beautiful – Highnote Records – 2013
Christian McBride Trio – East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) – Out Here – Mack Avenue Records – 2013
The Miami Saxophone Quartet – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Four Of A Kind – Fourtitude Records – 2013

Jazz In The A.M. – 08/14/2013


Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Emrah Kotan – A.J. – The New Anatolian Experience – Ojnue Records – 2013
Chester Thompson Trio – I’m Old Fashioned – Approved – Joyful Noise Inc. – 2013
Jerry Bergonzi – A Granny Winner – By Any Other Name – Savant Records – 2013
Alan Jones & Francois Theberg – Muted – Another View – Origin Records – 2013
Albare – Give Me 5 – The Road Ahead – Enja Records – 2013
Scott Neumann – Ama Dablam – Blessed – Origin Records – 2013
Andy Bey – S’Wonderful – The World According To Andy Bey – Highnote Records – 2013
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Jack the Bear – In the Spirit of Duke – Spartacus Records – 2013
Chucho Valdés- Afro Comanche – Border Free – Jazz Village – 2013

Steve Gadd Band Africa – Gadditude – BFM Jazz – 2013
Shan Kenner – Natural Selector – The Behavior Of Vibration – Guitar Lotus Recordings – 2013
The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra – Virna – Artistry: A Tribute To Stan Kenton – MaMa Records – 2013
Gloria Estefan – What A Wonderful World – The Standards – Crescent Moon Records – 2013
Christian McBride Trio – I Have Dreamed – Out Here – Mack Avenue Records – 2013
Chip Stephens – Skidoo – Relevancy – Capri Records – 2013
Dana Marcine – Meeting By Chance – So Unexpected – Dana Marcine – 2013
The Mike LeDonne Trio – Bleecker Street Theme – Speak – Cellar Live Records – 2013
Pat Metheny – Tharsis Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20 – Nonesuch Records – 2013

Mark Masters Ensemble – Bodhisattva – Everything You Did (The Music Of Walter Becker And Donal Fagen) – Capri Records – 2013
Jon Wirtz – Watching The World – Wake Up – Tourist – Jon Wirtz – 2013
Ryan Cohen – Arrival – The River – Motema Music – 2013
Mary Stallings – I Thought About You – But Beautiful – Highnote Records – 2013
The Miami Saxophone Quartet – Sophisticated Lady – Four Of A Kind – Fourtitude Records – 2013
Dan Musselman – Winter Solstice – Devotion – Dan Musselman – 2013
Eliane Elias – Everything Depends On You – I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) – Concord Music Group – 2013
Mike Wofford – I Waited For You – It’s Personal – Capri Records – 2013
David Murray Infinity Quartet – The Graduate – Be My Monster Love – Motema Music – 2013

Tim Warfield – The Undaunted – Eye Of The Beholder – Criss Cross Jazz – 2012
Glenn Cashman’s Southland Nonet – Cadenzas For Cadenas – Music Without Borders – Primrose Lane Music – 2013
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – That’s It! – That’s It! – Sony Music – 2013
Freddy Cole – I Saw Stars – This and That – Highnote Records – 2013
Michael Hackett – Screwball – New Point of View – Summitt Records – 2013
Bill Frisell – Highway 1 – Big Sur – OKeh – 2013
Davell Crawford – Stranger in My Own Home – My Gift to You – Basin Street Records – 2013
Jamie Breiwick – Safe and Sound – Spirits – Blue Jazz Productions – 2013
Etienne Charle – Creole – Creole Soul – Culture Shock Music – 2013

Tone Science – 08/11/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Scorpio Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Message
  Klangstück für Pierre (Dedicated to Pierre Favre) Günter Baby Sommer Dedications
  Bells for New Orleans Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  Neighborhood Daniel Wohl, Transit, So Percussion Corps Exquis
  Ghost Mirror Image White Out with Jim O'Rourke & William Winant China is Near
  The second snow queen (also Chelsea Hotel) Sheriffs of Nothingness A Winter's Night at the Crooked Forest
  Plow Nate Wooley Sextet (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship
  untitled (track 1) Joke Lanz, Shelley Hirsch Berlin + Brooklyn
  Executive Suites Nate Wooley Sextet (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship
  Dysfuctional foklore with Brian O. Sheriff of Nothingness A Winter's Night at the Crooked Forest
  Lost in Grey White Out with Jim O'Rourke & William Winant China is Near
  Ouverture Daniel Wohl, Transit Corps Exquis
  Would You Wear My Eyes? Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  A Letter to Paul (Dedicated to Paul Lovens) Günter Baby Sommer Dedications
  Law (Earthlings on Fire) David Bowie Earthling