Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri June 1 & Tues June 5

I know, three mid-century American Third Symphonies, all premiered by Koussevitsky and definitivised by Bernstein, it seems like a gimmick, but they relate. William Schuman’s postwar 3rd is full of imperial American thrust, a New York City of symphonies, skyscrapingly virtuosic; Roy Harris’ wonderful prewar 3rd takes somewhat Sibelian developmental strategies out into prairie air and cowboy light; and Aaron Copland’s 3rd is iconic Americana, incorporating the famous Fanfare for the Common Man into its last movement. Why, together they’re like . . . um, how about an American tapestry! Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic put their brand on this music’s flanks, and that’s who plays them for us on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lincoln Center time—with their original recordings of the first two and the update of the Copland. After that I wanted to give the conductor some, with one of Lenny’s best classical pieces, the Serenade based on Plato’s Symposium, a violin concerto in all but name, but it wouldn’t fit into the two-hour show and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story slotted right in, so we’ll have to Symposiate on some future Updoc. In the meantime, drop by and get all American if you’re in the mood.LargeFlagStripes

Tone Science – 05/25/2014

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Twirl A Parasol

Howling may be caught up in a funeral procession this week and failing as a film critic but the good news is summers coming to the porch  reuniting him with  old friends. No worries, basically it’s business as usual with loads of great blues hounds gathering to have a party on Taint.


Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – shake a tail feather baby!

Coffee Grindin’ Blues Lucille Bogan Vol. 1-1923-30 VIDEO
Got Love If You Want It Watermelon Slim The Wheel Man VIDEO
I’m Good For Nothing Jimmy Dawkins Fast Fingers VIDEO
Your Second Line Mark Harrison The World Outside VIDEO
Penny Drop Mambo Rob Heron And The Tea Pad Orchestra Talk About The Weather VIDEO
Letter To My Baby Big Bill Broonzy St. Louis Blues VIDEO
Bank Robbery Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker The Hot Spot VIDEO
That Lonesome Train That Took My Baby AwAy Charlie McCoy Jackson Stomp, The Charlie McCoy Story VIDEO
Palace Blues Curtis Jones Jackson Stomp, The Charlie McCoy Story VIDEO
Preachin’ Blues/Live So God Can Use You/You Got To Move Ian Siegal Man & Guitar VIDEO
Jesus Gonna Be Here Tom Waits Bone Machine VIDEO
Blood Red Blues Cee Cee James Blood Red New VIDEO
Seventh Son Willie Mabon Essential Blues Masters VIDEO
Came Up The Hard Way Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater West Side Strut VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 5/23 & Tuesday 5/27

One of the things that happened to me last week is that I started listening to Gil Evans and couldn’t stop—a phenomenon aficionados won’t need explained—and I thought, languidly enough and under the influence, Why not pass the experience along via Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Manhattan Sunset time. Gil Evans proposed the most credible and enjoyable alternative to the principal big band sound epitomised by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, evincing a lean toward the French impressionist pallettes of Debussy and Ravel, though if you want to parse this construction along black guy/white guy lines you’ll have to deal with Evans’ profound personal feeling for the blues, surely central to his unassailable greatness as a musician. Though seriously, if you bend an ear toward Deb and Rav, Gil sounds almost nothing like them apart from a predilection for pastel gentilesse. In fact, his alchemical voicings of wind intruments owes more to Ellinton and Strayhorn without, however—the best kind of learning—sounding anything like an imitation. Gil Evans loved some certain sounds and he was going to make them, no matter what; so let’s raise a cheer for the courage of a man so laid back we’d think any kind of martial tribute beyond him. After an hour’s worth of Gil, Updoc turns to an Art Blakey drum record featuring 80% of his Messengers plus Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones and Ray Barretto, then goes radically un-Gil, since Evans was the antithesis of anything mechanistic, with George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique, before relapsing into an Evans paradise and taking it out with Frank Sinatra. You could do worse than tune in, so why not try?LargeGil

Tone Science – 01/05/2014

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Tone Science – 02/16/2014

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Tone Science – 05/18/2014

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The Felicific Calculus

This week Howling’s deep into an 18th century measurement of happiness, relating 20th century philosophy on being prepared for a gig and giving a timeless perspective on blues entertainers. All in all, its another hour with the finest blueshounds in history being in the same place at the same time – Taint Radio!

The SpannsLucille & Otis Spann – Fashion never got in the way of blues

Nails In My Coffin Jerry Irby & His Texas Ranchers The Best Of Western Swing VIDEO
The Bottom of the River Walter Trout The Blues Came Callin’ VIDEO
Tell Me Why Buck 69 No Medicine Like The Blues VIDEO
99.9 Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Do Tell VIDEO
Mortal Coil Shuffle Ian Siegal Man & Guitar VIDEO
Sometimes I Wonder Otis Spann’s South Side Piano Chicago, The Blues Today! Vol. 1 VIDEO
Alone And Blue Little Milton That Kat Sure Could Play VIDEO
Cottonfield Blues Henry Thomas Ragtime Texas VIDEO
Jailhouse Blues Sleepy John Estes The Complete Recorded Works Vol 2 VIDEO
Baby what you want me to do  Katie Bradley & Dave Ferra  Katie Bradley & Dave Ferra (EP) VIDEO
Won’t Be Long Eli Cook Primitive Son VIDEO
Kind Hearted Woman Ramon Goose Acoustic Album VIDEO
How Good Love Could Be Big Joe Shelton I’d Never Let Her Down VIDEO
Everyday I Have The Blues Bobby King The Chicago Blues Box VIDEO
I’m Gonna Walk Outside Joe Louis Walker Hornet’s Nest VIDEO


Songs on Toast – 05/16/2014

Elijah (feat. Obrafour) 5:17 Sarkodie Sarkology
Bongo Tango 3:22 Roland Alphonso Ska Bonanza
Otachikpokpo 8:41 Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies Nigeria Afrobeat Special
Para Que Niegas? 4:17 Los Papines Los Papines
Thin Legs 1:59 Konono No.1 Assume Crash Position
Illuminati 2:47 Sarkodie Illuminati
Ti Machine 6:57 Les Animateurs Haiti Direct
Salty Dog 2:09 Marvin Phillips Jukebox Mambo
Double Bells 1:52 Gonga Sarki Birgui And Hamadjam Sarki Siyawa Africa And The Blues
Abidjan 4:52 Ray Barretto Hard Hands
Louisiana 2:09 Percy Mayfield Jukebox Mambo
Dirty Old Town 3:41 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album
Match Box 3:33 Bob Dylan and Friends Studio Sessions, 1969-1970
Mr. Tambourine Man 3:40 Brothers & Sisters Dylan’s Gospel
New Pony 4:39 Bob Dylan Street-Legal
Isn’t That So 3:15 Wilson Pickett Pickett In The Pocket
Mungua-Muanga 26:51 Orch Tout Puissant Zaire: Musiques Urbaines À Kinshasa
Certeza 1:25 3 Na Massa 3 Na Massa
Ole (Jaleos) 4:19 Paco De Lucía Almoraima
Chanson D’Hiver 2:27 Baden Powell Le Monde Musical De Baden Powell
Minha Mulher 4:46 Caetano Veloso Joia
Ashes 3:47 The Belle Brigade Just Because
Okra 4:51 Olu Dara In The World: From Natchez To New York
6feet 2:00 Sarkodie 6feet

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri May 16 & Tues May 20

Joe Wilder and Joe Newman were both born in 1922 and their trumpet sounds were so well-nigh ubiquitous on jazz dates, in big bands, behind star vocalists, on television and movie soundtracks that it’s small wonder workaday listeners often mistook one for the other. They didn’t sound that much alike, though their improvisations were similarly old-school in the sense that they never simply ran the changes but improvised melodically, with impeccable swing and brass-rich tone, and always hit the spot. Joe Wilder died last week at the age of 92; Joe Newman lived to be 70 years old, some of the best of those years spent with Count Basie. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon net Tuesday, Radio City time—features a set from each of them, bracketing music from newer cheeks of brass like Ambrose Akinmusire and Christian aTunde Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott): listen and learn. There’s also a revelatory, translucent Shostakovich 9th Symphony from Sergiu Celibidache, a set from the new Brian Blade Fellowship CD with nary a trumpet within earshot, and the show ends with Albert Ayler testifying from atop Zion Hill. Walls of Jericho, hold on best you can.Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 1.14.01 PM