Tone Science – 11/30/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Lazy Afternoon Among the Crocodiles Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio Lazy Afternoon Among the Crocodiles
  The Memory of Ourselves Thollem McDonas & Stefano Scodanibbio On Debussy's Piano And...
  Easel Joriit Dijkstra Music For Reeds and Electronics
  Waxman Nels Cline & Julian Lange Room
  Coast To Coast Andrwe Cyrille Ode To The Living Tree
  Duo II Julius Hemphill and Peter Kowald Live at Kassiopeia
  Drive Jimmy Giuffre New York Concerts
  Beast James Tenney Postal Pieces
  Xe Zs Xe
  Turiya and Ramakrishna Alice Coltrane Ptah, the El Daoud
  Sunder Tashi Dorji Tashi Dorji

Beyond the Groove Yard 11/30 &12/3

This episode: South African jazz & township jive
Hour One:
Abdullah Ibrahim  Tintinyana  Tintinyana  Kaz
Abdullah Ibrahim  Mountain of the Night  South Africa  Enja
Abdullah Ibrahim  Homecoming Song  African Marketplace  Elektra
Morris Goldberg Cewewal  Morris Goldberg Quartet  MVN
Hugh Masekela  Emavungweni  Uptownship RCA
Ojoyo  Spoles  Forward Motion  Ojoyo
Hugh Masekela  U-Dwi  The Americanization of Ooga Booga  MGM
Hugh Masekela & Dudu Pukwana  Nomali  Home is Where the Music Is  Verve
Hugh Masekela  Mandela  Hope  Triloka
Hour Two:
Chris McGregor  Andromeda  Brotherhood of Breath   Neon
Johnny Dyani Eyomzi  Witchdoctor’s Son  SteepleChase
Louis Moholo  You Ain’t Gonna Know Me Cos You Think You Know Me  Spirits Rejoice Ogun
Jazz Epistles  Blues for Hughie  Jazz in Africa  Camden
Miriam Makeba  Vukani  Eyes on Tomorrow  Polydor
Gideon Nxumalo  Home at Last/Having a Ball  Jazz Fantasia  Renown
African Jazz Pioneers  Hellfire  Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival  Intuition
West Nkosi  Up and Down  Rhythm of Healing  Earthworks
Spokes Mashiyane  Kwela Spokes  King of the Penny Whistle  Star Black
Sun Sounds Orchestra  Isangoma  Open the Doors  Eastlawn
George Klein
Beyond the Groove Yard
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Don’t Expect Perfection

This week Howling’s blues hounds are hiding behind pseudonyms, rejoicing in the death of white supremacists and getting into the vibe. If that wasn’t enough, Dick’s warning us to prepare for a pedant on the porch. All this, and you still get an hour of  some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Lonesome Sundown – “Of course thats my real name!!”

If Anybody Ask You Lonesome Sundown If Anybody Asks You VIDEO
I Can Read Your Mind Wayne Baker Brooks Tricks Up My Sleeves VIDEO
How Come You’re Still Here Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions VIDEO
Travelin’ To California Albert King Deep feeling VIDEO
That Fool Kelly’s Lot Don’t Give My Blues Away VIDEO
Florida Hurricane St. Louis Jimmy The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
Bilbo Is Dead Andrew Tibbs Blues & Rhythm Classics 1947 -1951 VIDEO
Samson and Delilah Reverend Gary Davis The Pedant Sessions VIDEO
Trying to Get Home Empire Roots Band Empire Roots Band VIDEO
Tell Me, Is There Still A Chance? Goree Carter Deep Feeling VIDEO
Stepchild Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll Time VIDEO
Chocolate To The Bone Barbecue Bob Chocolate To The Bone VIDEO
The Zombie C.W. Stoneking Gon’ Boogaloo VIDEO
They Call Me Mr Calhoun Vince Monroe Bluesin’ By The Bayou – Rough ‘n’ Tough VIDEO
Whatever I am (bonus track) Nina Simone Sings The Blues VIDEO
Vietcong Blues Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band Chicago, The Blues Today Vol 1 VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 28 & Tues Dec 2

Last week’s Updoc opened with a set featuring jazz newcomers who put out notable records in 2014. This week’s show—Friday at 8 and noon next Tuesday, Spanish Harlem time—expands the age bracket to accommodate new work by Brian Blade, Miguel Zenón, Pat Metheny, Oliver Lake, Tigran Hamasyan and the rebooted Preservation Hall Band. After that it’s Milton Babbitt’s perky and abstruse piece for jazzlike ensemble, All Set, originally premiered by Bill Evans and some hirelings in 1957, here performed to a fare-thee-well by Gil Rose’s formidable Boston Modern Orchetra Project with Lucy Shelton on piano, subsequently chased to Far Wells, Mill Valley by Charles Mingus. Branford Marsalis’ long evening with the Grateful Dead in 1990 has been around on bootlegs for years, but now it has gone legit on a Dead box set, and Updoc has selected the long jam on Dark Star as an example of how it went. The mix does not favor Marsalis, but if you squint your ears you should be able to make him out hardening his tone and asking John Coltrane for the loan of some alternate scales. He gets them. Once again we have induced Mr. Mozart to bat cleanup with one of his famous piano concertos, this one No. 25 as pitched by the nonpareil team of Argerich and Abbado. That’s all for this week, while I study up for the oncoming 50th anniversary of a Love Supreme, remembering what it was like to see and hear the universe broken wide open by four guys onstage at Birdland. I’m gradually coming around to the conclusion that music is a good thing to have around. Watch this space for further news.LandLarge

Tone Science – 11/16/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Cell Block Tyshawn Sorey That/Not
  Archiduc 3 Fred van Hove, Peter Jacquemyn, Damon Smith Burns Longer
  February The Thid (parts 1 & 2) Alan Cilva Celestrial Communication Orchestra Desert Mirage
  Aeriality (2011) for orchestra Anna Thorvaldsdottir Aerial
  Food Chain Dialogue Butch Morris Dust To Dust
  London February 3 Ashley Paul Heat Source
  Sun Control Chrome The Visitation
  Advance Upon The Real Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love

Tone Science – 11/23/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight ••/•••/••••/••••• Darius Jones featuring the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit The Oversoul Manual
  Information National Forest Pauline Oliveros, Timothy Hill, David Rothenberg Cicada Dream Band
  Another Walk In The Park Ashley Paul To Much Togethers
  Metal Machine Music part 1 Zeitkratzer Lou Reed Metal Machine Music
  Via Della Luve MEV United Patchwork
  Love Changes/Compassion/Our Souls Charles Gayle Our Souls
  Lush Life aka Glimpse Into Dream World Can't Private Time (part 2)
  Pyjamarama Lasse Marhaug & Bruce Russell Virginia Plane
  Botanica De Los Angeles Xiu Xiu Angel Guts: Red Classroom
  Root & Branch Alan Silva & Oluyemi Thomas Transmission
  War Criminals Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rose, Mikolaj Trzaska Magic

Gone All Frank Sinatra

This week Howlings getting corrected by the usual suspects, playing guessing games and eulogising over bacon sandwiches. What’s all this got to do with the blues? Only way is to listen – you know you’ll hear an hour of the first blues ‘n roots on the net.


John Lee “Whaddaya mean, theres another one?”
I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart Patsy Montana Country Gold Vol. 2 VIDEO
Cornbread Blues Harlis Sweetwater Band Put It in Dirt VIDEO
Graveyard Dead Blues EG Kight A New Day VIDEO
Lazy Blues Marcia Ball The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man VIDEO
Gone Too Long Charlie Musselwhite Juke Joint Chapel VIDEO
Don’t Worry Baby Dave Ferra Ain’t No Hand Me Down VIDEO
Like You Used To Do (Band) Neil Young Storytone VIDEO
03 – Give Me A Break Simon Kennedy Band Make Up Your Mind
Howl Away The Mojo Makers Devils Hands VIDEO
Down At The Depot John Lee Deep feeling VIDEO
Columbus, Mississippi Blues Bukka White 15 Country Blues Classics VIDEO
06_Three O’Clock Blues Gary Clark Jr. Live VIDEO
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town Ruth Brown Ms. B’s Blues VIDEO
Coming Home Today Dixie Peach Blues With Friends VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 21 & Tues Nov 25

There isn’t a single focus or overall theme on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, East Broadway Rundown time—but I think the music’s good enough to stop by for: first a set of jazz newcomers who recorded notable albums this year—Alfredo Rodriguez, Oran Etkin, Melissa Aldana et al—and then a kind of mournful song-set built around a performance of Jeff Buckley’s Grace—live on TV, four-piece band, no tricks and yes he could really sing like a soaring angel contemplating his oncoming death unbothered. The brackets are two of the stunningest melodies I know, Purcell’s Dido’s Lament and Buxtehude’s Klag-lied, and after a dazzle of D-minor Bach, Jacob Druckman and an orchestra wish Nor Spell Nor Charm trouble his friend Jan DeGaetani’s lully-lullay, and please annul her early death. Maybe the show does have a theme: Herbie Nichols is up next, and his successor Andrew Hill, then along comes maybe the most famous early death of all. I’ve been featuring Mozart piano concertos to close recent shows but this time I got distracted by the extraordinary brilliance of his String Quintet in D, the fifth of the six he composed, less famous than the G-minor but I think the stunner of the set: for most of its length it sounds like Beethoven’s Late Quartets decades before the fact. The canonical recording is by Grumiaux & Co. but I found even more to love in a recording by the Zukerman Chamber Players. I can’t say enough about the glories of this music, so I’ll let words fail and just hope you lend an ear.RichterBlueLarge

The Other Way Round

This week Howling’s knee deep in Pee Wees as he ponders a blues mans wealth and  finds out that everyones got the blues! As usual, Dicks talking absolute nonsense but in between does play an hour of some of the best blues ‘n roots music you’ll find on the net.


Jerry Lee Lewis ” The career in public relations was never going to work out!”

It’s A Lowdown Dirty Deal T-Bone Walker Midnight Blues VIDEO
All It Takes Doghouse Sam & His Magnatones Knock Knock VIDEO
I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water Billy Boy Arnold The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold VIDEO
Good Ol’ Diablo Half Deaf Clatch Eat Sleep Stomp Repeat VIDEO
I Got The Blues Kent Duchaine Broke & Lonely, Hungry & Homeless VIDEO
Blues Like Midnight Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll Time VIDEO
Everyday I Have The Blues Katie Bradley & Dudley Ross Anchor Baby Sessions VIDEO
I’ve Got The Feeling Baby “Pee Wee” Perham Dust My Rhythm & Blues
Bad Weather Blues Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers Emergency Situation VIDEO
Goin’ Back South C.W. Stoneking Gon’ Boogaloo VIDEO
I’m So Glad Rory Block Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James VIDEO
Blues A La King Alexis Korner Kornerstoned—Anthology 1954-1983 VIDEO
Just to Be with You Mud Morganfield For Pops VIDEO
Phone Call From My Baby Pee Wee Crayton Blues Guitar Magic VIDEO
Milk Cow Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Take Me Back to Tulsa VIDEO
Hipster Blues No.5 Otis Grand Hipster Blues VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 14 & Tues Nov 18

Sometime in the mid-1980s, when I was working on a profile of Jack DeJohnette, I got to watch Herbie Hancock in action at a recording session at the Power Station. It was an all-star Michael Brecker date, and Brecker, Jack, Charlie Haden, and Mike Stern or was it Pat Metheny did a lot of waiting around while Herbie showed up late, greeted everyone with his customary grace and politesse, dropped a Buddhist book on the control room table, then had to make a couple of long phone calls to the Coast. Pianist Don Grolnick was the producer, so he was able to take the band through the chart of the first tune, but then there was some more waiting around while Herbie disappeared to who-knows-where. Finally he ambled into the studio proper, took a first polite peek at the score on the Steinway’s music rack, and then the band hit the uptempo labyrinth of the tune. Herbie had the first solo and entered with a quick handful of notes, peeked at the score again, played a longer variation of his opening phrase and then sailed his thematic material into the heart of the music like a Cunard liner impersonating a cigarette boat. The whole band sprang to life and there were gasps in the control room. No one could quite believe the sudden wealth of inventiveness pullulating from the keybaord, and no I can’t play it for you on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Power Station time—because Grolnick, expecting a mere runthrough, didn’t turn the tape recorder on, thereby missing maybe 20 minutes of unrepeatable amazement. HH is much in evidence lately, with Harvard lectures and a new memoir and all, so the show presents a scattering of his music—he’s done so much it’s impossible to do more than that in two hours—with breaks for his worthy constituents Johann Sebastian Bach and Duke Ellington; and for a couple of funny Herbie Hancock stories I lacked the nerve to tell in full detail, but I trust you to get the pernt.HerbiieLarge