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

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