Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 2/27 & Tues 3/3

Clark Terry was welcome everywhere and I don’t think that will have changed now. The only difference, perhaps, is that the limits will be gone. Just to think of him is still to more than smile. To think of him in passing is to stop passing and to enter a an intermission of the heart. Updoc did an almost all Clark Terry show not too long back, and now that he has moved on to other venues at the age of 94, the show reprises some of that and adds a few new tunes, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York City Mumbletime. And then? Well, there was an article about the British composer Thomas Adès in the Times, his general stunningness and his influence on contemporary musicians of all kinds, so the show reprises what is evidently his signature work, his symphony in all but name, Asyla, and chases it with one song from mandolin wiz Chris Thile’s band The Punch Brotherss and one from Gabriel Kahane. This was to have been a longer segment of tribute and emulation, but CT’s departure intervened. In compensation there’s a song composed and sung by Joanna Wallfisch from her forthcoming CD The Origin of Adjustable Things. It stunned me with its intelligence and intimacy when I heard it on Bob Rogers’ show last week and it may well stun you now. The world just keeps on blossoming with fresh new work, doesn’t it, even before the rites of spring have begun to stir. While it’s still cold out, Updoc shivers to a finish with Jean Sibelius’ symphony in all but name, The Lemminkainen Suite (Four Legends from the Kalevala): our hero romps with the maidens of Saari, descends into the underworld, then joyoussly returns to hear Clark Terry and the Duke Ellington Orchestra puckishly lead the mortals up and down, up and down, in a dream of summer immune to mortal chill.ClarkAnd

Jazz Worldwide 072 23 February 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Father Time Ralph Towner-Wolfgang Muthspiel-Slava Grigoryan Travel Guide Ralph Towner ECM
Time Remembered Antonio Adolfo Finas Misturas Bill Evans AAM Music
Hard Times Bill Frisell Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones Stephen Foster Nonesuch
Time’s Marchin’ On Brother Jack McDuff Brotherly Love Brother Jack McDuff Concord Jazz
Cold Duck Time Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers Caliente con Soul! Eddie Harris Cubop
Soul Time Bobby Timmons Moanin’ Blues Bobby Timmons Prestige
Time and Time Again The Cookers Time and Time Again Billy Harper Motema
All the Time in the World John Fullbright From the Ground Up John Fullbright Blue Dirt
Time Is Marching On The Ravens Old Man River Oscar Hammerstein II Savoy Jazz
It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad “22” and Group Prison Songs: Historical Recordings From Parchman Farm 1947-1948 Vol. 1: Murderous Home Traditional Rounder
The Last Time Blind Boys of Alabama Spirit of the Century Traditional Real World
Thinking of Home Nadav Haber Quartet Addis Mist Nadav Habor New Perspectives
Returning Home Iro Haarla Quintet Vespers Iro Haarla ECM
Going Home Ike Quebec Bossa Nova Soul Samba Anton Dvorak Blue Note
Homecoming Night Ark Treasures Ara Dinkjian Traditional Crossroads
Some Roads Lead Home Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio Across the Imaginary Divide Béla Fleck Rounder
Home in Strange Places Pascal Le Boeuf Pascal’s Triangle Pascal Le Boeuf Nineteen Eight Records
At Home Tord Gustavsen Trio Being There Tord Gustavsen ECM
Home Colin Vallon Rruga Colin Vallon ECM
Back To Mi Home King Selewa and His Calypsonians Calypso Back To Mi Home King Selewa ARC
The House I Live In The Ravens Old Man River Earl Robinson-Abel Meeropol Savoy Jazz
I’m Going Home Earl Webb and Group Parchman Farm: Photographs & Field Recordings 1947–1959 Traditional Dust to Digital
Sad Meeting Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá

Tone Science – 02/22/2015

tone science 197

Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Astral Fluid on the Earth: Looking into the Universe/Emerging From the Cosmic Eternal Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Masashi Harada The Dance Project
  Oliver Messiaen’s Morning Conjugal Death Waltz/The Queen is Always Pregnant Susan Alcorn Concetration
  Heptane Icepick Hexane
  Ebony Fantasty William Parker Clarinet Trio Bob's Pink Cadillac
  Glove Etiquette/Diamon Urge Microkingdom Smooth Tendencies

Don’t Break Promises

After the last couple of weeks, things are back to normal on the porch which means, of course, that nothings normal. This week Howling back to providing information but not finding any, skipping continents for the roots and shedding a tear for a master. All in all the usual nonsense mixed up with an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots music you’ll find on the net.


David Maxwell – Genius – RIP

Boogie Woogie Blues Clarence Samuels The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
Walking Blues The KingmiXers Flyboy VIDEO
Skinny Woman Old Gray Mule Have Mercy VIDEO
She Brought Life Back to the Dead HowellDevine Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju VIDEO
King Of The Blues Steve Earle & The Dukes Terraplane VIDEO
Red Clay Halo Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator) VIDEO
Red Earth (Massane Cisse) Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth – A Malian Journey VIDEO
Boll Weevill Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues VIDEO
Movin’ On David Maxwell Blues In Other Colors VIDEO
Out Of Site Jim Keaveny Out Of Time VIDEO
The Day Big Tex Caught Fire Aaron Burton All Night Long VIDEO
Clean Up Woman Betty Wright Charlie Gillett’s Honky Tonk Volume 2 VIDEO
Stolen Love Miss Lavell I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
The Long Black Train Doug MacLeod Live at XM Radio VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. Feb 20 & Tues Feb 24

I’ll try to break it to you gently, but if you want to hear my impression of the dovecall of the European wood-pigeon you’ll have to wait until the end of the show—8-10PM Friday and noon to 2PM next Tuesday, NYC urban pigeon time—when I perform it, possibly in too low a key, in reference to the climactic theme of Sibelius’ 3rd Symphony, which in my opinion he lifted from a local Finnish specimen, without attribution. At least the Canadian TV Western, Bordertown, that lifted the opening theme from that same Sibelius symphony and orchestrated it in a manner suggesting Mike Post in his Rockford period had the good grace to say so in the credits. All three versions will be on offer toward the end on the show, which opens with the music of the late and well-loved Butch Morris. I’ve seen other musicians—Roscoe Mitchell and Karl Berger for two—lead large improvising ensembles in a manner approaching Morris’ ‘conduction’, but no one employed it as extensively or for that matter as internationally as he, shaping music out of the air of the moment with a highly cultivated vocabulary of gestures, with or without previously composed material offered into the whirlwind: a music that could play fast and loose even when it was slow and brooding. The show starts off with The Long Goodbye, not the John Williams tune wittily deployed in the Altman movie of that name, but Morris’ own memorial piece for pianist Don Pullen, and after some torch ballads, one of them featuring a Frank Sinatra at once definitive and phony, Butch Morris music resumes with his three-movement Conduction #31. After that you can sing along with Cecil Taylor and Max Roach until Sibelius skiis into the border town all the world’s music lives in, and sampled for you here.Butch

Jazz Worldwide 071 16 February 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Vesper Marshall Gilkes & the WDR Big Band Köln Marshall Gilkes Alternate Side
Vesper Iro Haarla Quintet Vespers Iro Haarla ECM
Noche y Día (Night and Day) Javier Colina Si Te Contara Cole Porter PLC-Resistencia
Noche de Carnaval Juan Carlos Cáceres Noche de Carnaval Juan Carlos Cáceres-Sergio Makaroff Mañana Music
Otra Noche en “La Viruta” Otros Aires Dos Miguel Di Genova-Diego Ramos-Omar Massa Pattaya Argent-Zoom
La Noche Daniel Melingo Linyera Daniel Melingo World Village
Noches Noches-La Luz Avishai Cohen Aurora Traditional Sephardic Blue Note
Somewhere in the Night Cal Tjader More Than Mambo Mack Gordon-Josef Myrow-Billy May-Milt Raskin Verve
Tomorrow Night Lonnie Johnson 1947-1948 Sam Coslow-Wilhelm Grosz Classics
You and the Night and the Music Fred Hersch Trio Floating Arthur Schwartz-Howard Dietz Palmetto
At Night Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá
A Love Lost Reprise Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá
Epiphany Justin Kauflin Dedication Justin Kauflin World Village
A Love Supreme-Exodus Rebel Tumbao Rebel Tumbao John Coltrane-Bob Marley Sacred Rhythm
Could You Be Loved Monty Alexander Goin’ Yard Bob Marley Telarc Jazz
The Lover of Beirut Anouar Brahem The Astounding Eyes of Rita Anouar Brahem ECM
Lover in Berlin Kari Bremnes Norwegian Mood Kari Bremnes Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Mystery of Love Randy Weston Ancient Future-Blue Guy Warren Mutable Music
Need to Be Loved Bluesiana Triangle Bluesiana Triangle Art Blakey-David “Fathead” Newman-Mac Rebennack Windham Hill
Do I Love You Dayna Kurtz Secret Canon Vol. 1 Floyd Dixon Kismet
You Don’t Know What Love Is Chet Baker Best of Chet Baker Sings Don Ray-Gene DePaul Pacific Jazz
A Love Lost Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá
Nothing But Love Leroy Young The Grandmaster Just Like That Leroy Young Stonetree

Songs on Toast – 01/09/2015

Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me Blake Mills 5:20 Heigh Ho
Careful Thompson 3:07 Family
Coffee Papa Mali 3:10 Do Your Thing
Gilgit Solo Flute David Lewiston 2:21 In Progress
Wibayuwa Aurelio Martinez 4:01 Lura Baya
Big Bright Street Hirth Martinez 3:19 Big Bright Street
Night Owl Blues Lovin’ Spoonful 3:01 Legends Of Guitar: Rock The 60s
Muévela Abelardo Carbonó y su Conjunto 3:45 El Maravilloso Mundo De
I’ll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) Roosevelt Graves 2:32 When I Reach That Heavenly Shore
Big Mamou Smiley Lewis 2:22 Rocks 1950-1958
Between the lines Mamou 3:35 Mamou
Fácil Baby (Foxy Lady) Los York’s 3:05 El Viaje: 1966-1974
Girl At The Bar Conway Twitty 2:32 I Love You More Today
Ngol Jimol Afrissippi 4:46 Fulani Journey
Dirty City Steve Winwood 7:44 Nine Lives
The Boat Man’s Cry Fore Thoughts 3:26 VA Pakistan: Folk and Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976
The Life Wendy & Lisa 4:07 Wendy & Lisa
It Ain’t Me, Babe Whitehorse 4:34 The Road To Massey Hall
Half Asleep Blake Mills 3:14 Heigh Ho
Black Ladder Patti Scialfa 2:15 Play It As It Lays
Little Girl Blue Nina Simone 4:15 Little Girl Blue
Lullaby (ingara and voice) The Sacred Drums Of Burundi 1:45 The Sacred Drums
Solitude Duke Ellington 5:33 Money Jungle
I’m Falling In Love Again Willie Nelson 3:28 Who’ll Buy My Memories
Highway Song (Stars Fall Out) Patty Griffin 3:13 American Kid
San Francisco Bay Blues Richie Havens 2:33 Mixed Bag
Annabelle Lee Bob Neuwirth 4:58 Back to the Front
Your Enemy Cannot Harm You Rev Edward W. Clayborn 3:00 The Guitar Evangelsts
What The Men Wanted The Women Was Sitting On Rev. Emmett Dickinson 3:01 When I Reach That Heavenly Shore:
La Valse Les Negresses Vertes 1:28 Grand Deballage: Best Of
Come In From The Cold Joni Mitchell 7:30 Night Ride Home

Ian Siegal vs The Blues Police (Part 2)

Ian’s still on the porch* this week rapping about his heroes, his guitars and his tattoos. He also picks the  playlist and finds time to pick up the guitar and get back to his roots. Absorbing and entertaining, this an hour for those out there who listen without prejudice.

* Actually on Barry Marshall Everitts porch to be precise!


Little Richard – “Yeeehaaaa!”

Get Rhythm Johnny Cash The Essential Johnny Cash VIDEO
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You Bob Dylan Live ’75 VIDEO
If I Needed You Townes Van Zandt Live AT The Old Quarter House VIDEO
Little Red Rooster (Excerpt) Rolling Stones Singles Collections – The London Years VIDEO
Rock Salt And Nails Buddy + Julie Miller Buddy + Julie Miller VIDEO
Long Gone Lonesome Blues Hank Williams Greatest Hits VIDEO
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Little Richard King Of Rock And Roll VIDEO
Talking To Jehovah (Excerpt) Kelly Joe Phelps Brother Sinner + The Whale VIDEO
Mortal Coil (Live) Ian Siegal Live On Dicks Porch VIDEO
New Theme Shouting Matches Grownass Man VIDEO
Feel Like Going Home Muddy Waters Muddy Waters  – Folk Singer VIDEO
Forty Four Howling Wolf w/ Hubert Sumlin Chess Masters VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc. Fri 2/13 & Tues 2/17

It is, it isn’t, it is, it’s not. Well, if it’s not another Lee Konitz show, how come there’s so much Lee Konitx in it—at 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Greenwich Village time—can you tell me that? Well, things sort of fell out that way because there were a couple of Konitz tracks I didn’t get to on last week’s real Lee Konitz show and I wanted to catch up. But then Konitz’s . . . um . . . aesthetic indeterminacy kicked off a number of associations and suggested interesting contrasts and—yes, okay, aesthetic whateveracy I said is probably not the ideal phease. I read an interview the other day in which Konitz said that he likes to come to a gig ready but not prepared—which is pretty much how I do this show—so why wouldn’t I go from Konitz the Saxophonitz on a ballad to the piercing music of Himalayan and Ladakhi double reeds? Natural high-mountain music, a world in which the veil of air is thin and the next world is just a breath away, whether via vision or a misstep on the scree. Besides, this music comes courtesy of my colleague Brian Cullman, who is curating the immense catalogue of David Lewiston’s extraordinary recordings of music from almost everywhere, and once we’ve travelled that far among the reeds, why not Akagündüz Kutbay, Djivan Gasparyan, Ornette Coleman visiting Joujouka, Paul Desmond, Iqbal Jogi, Julius Hemphill, Anthony Braxton, Branford Whatsisname, but how come I left out Bismillah Khan and what is Dutilleux’s 1st Symphony doing there? We’re lost in the stars. Big stars, little stars. Whisper not. Or whisper. Come as you are.RousseauFluteLg

Jazz Worldwide 070 9 February 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Tamba Joyce Moreno Raiz Luiz Eça Far Out
O morro não tem vez Joyce Moreno Raiz Antonio Carlos Jobim-Vinicius de Moraes Far Out
Berimbau Joyce and Tutty Moreno Samba-Jazz e Outras Bossas Baden Powell-Vinicius de Moraes Far Out
Nanã Jovino Santos Neto with Joyce Moreno Roda Carioca Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Adventure Music
Sabe quem Clara Moreno Meu Samba Torto Joyce Moreno Far Out
Pra que sambar Aline Morales Women of Brazil Aline Morales Putumayo
Borandá Edú Lobo and Maria Bethânia Edú e Bethania Edú Lobo Elenco
Só vendo que beleza Maria Bethânia and Omara Portuondo Omara Portuondo e Maria Bethânia Henricão-Rubens Campos Discmedi Blau
Lenha na quentura Ceumar Sons Do Brasil Dindinha Dante Ozzetti ARC Music
O coco do coco Leila Pinheiro Catavento e Girassol Guinga-Aldir Blanc EMI
A foto Flávia Coelho Women of Brazil Flávia Coelho-Jean Romain Lehr-Victor Vagh Putumayo
A gente merece ser feliz Jane Monheit The Heart of the Matter Ivan Lins Decca Emarcy
Canto pra Exú Virgínia Rodrigues Nós Traditional Hannibal
Mãe d’água Flávia Muniz e o Olho Mágico Descalços Sobre a Terra Attilia Santos Muniz-Flávia Muniz Elefant
Bate canela Mônica Salmaso Trampolim Traditional Blue Jackal
Love Parfait Cristina Braga Samba Jazz and Love Ricardo Medeiros-Bernardo Vilhena Enja
De Molen Ernesto Cervini Turboprop Joel Frahm Anzic
Stolen Moments Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson Impulse
Stolen Moments Turtle Island String Quartet Turtle Island String Quartet: A Windham Hill Retrospective Oliver Nelson Windham Hill
Stolen Moments Caribbean Jazz Project Afro Bop Alliance Oliver Nelson Heads Up
Four and Six Hank Jones Complete Original Trio Recordings Oliver Nelson Lone Hill Jazz
Moanin’ Bobby Timmons Moanin’ Blues Bobby Timmons Prestige
So Tired Art Blakey A Night in Tunisia Bobby Timmons Blue Note
Fleurette Africain Terri Lyne Carrington with Clark Terry Money Jungle Provocative in Blue Duke Ellington Concord Jazz
For Clark Justin Kauflin Dedication Justin Kauflin World Village