Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri May 15 & Tues May 19


When I was a wee child growing up, pianos frightened me. First there was their gleaming, toothy look, something that might chomp a wee child any minute, and then a sonic harshness due, as I would later understand, to the unnaturalness of evenly tempered tuning, its systematic unrelation to the true harmonic series that is a constituent principle of our universe even unto our trees and genes and bodies—a difficulty my ears would eventually overcome thanks to blues inflection and Rudy Van Gelder’s flattening of the piano sound on Blue Note and Impulse records, so that nowadays I can levitate to the sound of a well-played eighty-eight: Keith Jarrett, Steve Kuhn, Angela Hewitt, any number of wizards wielding their felt-tipped hammers on the copper-tinted carbon steel. Joe Zawinul even got a bent all funky sound out of the Fender Rhodes, though Jarrett couldn’t do it, for all the brilliance of his work with Miles, basically because he hated the technology. Kuhn, whose piano touch is more exquisite than almost anyone’s, did wondrous things in his brief foray into Fender country, before returning to proper piano radiance. It is a puzzlement. Bach is greatest when heard in the more natural Werckmeister-3 tuning for which he composed but comes out perfect almost no matter how, as when Angela Hewitt has a go at his Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue; and Mozart, who also composed for W-3, opens a window on the true sublime even when subjected to even tempering—try Anderszewski’s extreme interpretation of the stormborn C-minor concerto. Then check out how perfection sounds with its geometry bent all funny by Thelonious Monk. You can do all this, easy, on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8 PM and noon next Tuesday, Steinway showroom time—on taintradio dot Duck Dodgers in the 24th & ½ century, though watch out for Piano-Mouth, he might be hiding anywhere.

Jazz Worldwide 083 11 May 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Casablanca to L.A. New Orleans Klezmer Allstars Fresh Out the Past Jonathan Freilich Shanachie
L.A. Woman The Doors When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors John Densmore-Robby Krieger-Ray Manzarek-Jim Morrison DMC-Rhino
Night Comes Quick in L.A. Robin Williamson Trusting in the Rising Light Robin Williamson ECM
More Blues for Los Angeles Bill Frisell Gone, Just Like a Train Bill Frisell Nonesuch
Central Avenue Breakdown Lionel Hampton Greatest Hits Lionel Hampton RCA
In My Town Ry Cooder Chávez Ravine Ry Cooder Nonesuch-Perro Verde
Blues for Los Angeles Bill Frisell Gone, Just Like a Train Bill Frisell Nonesuch
Buscando paz O-Maya O-Maya Bill Artola-B. Quincy Griffin O-Maya (self release)
Dáme la luz Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá
Encarnações em Kodya Tiganá Santana Tempo & Magma Tiganá Santana Ajabu!
Djam Nkrel Pa Mi Elida Almeida Ora Doci Ora Margos Elida Almeida Lusafrica
Canto de Yansan Joyce Moreno Raiz Baden Powell-Ildasio Tavares Far Out
Eye of the Blackbird Omar Sosa and Adam Rudolph Pictures of Soul Omar Sosa-Adam Rudolph Otá
Bla Bla Bla Yerba Buena Follow Me Andres Levin Wrasse
Minimum Wage Lila Downs La Misteriosa en Paris Live à FIP Lila Downs-Paul Cohen World Village
The Story Rebel Tumbao Rebel Tumbao Matt Jenson Sacred Rhythm
Mentiroso O-Maya O-Maya Héctor Pérez O-Maya (self release)
Hipocresía Rubén Blades Tiempos Rubén Blades Epic
Masters of Greed Rebel Tumbao Rebel Tumbao Matt Jenson Sacred Rhythm
Profiles Ernest Ranglin Modern Answers to Old Problems Ernest Ranglin-Sylvia Tella Telarc Jazz
Angelitos Negros René Marie Voice of My Beautiful Country Andrés Eloy Blanco-Manuel Alvarez Maciste Motéma
Nothing Less Than Freedom O-Maya O-Maya Destani Wolf O-Maya (self release)
Could You Be Loved Monty Alexander Goin’ Yard Bob Marley Telarc Jazz
Nothing But Love Leroy Young The Grandmaster Just Like That Leroy Young Stonetree
Interludio VI Omar Sosa Eggun Omar Sosa Otá

Tone Science – 05/10/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Lost in Redding/Embraceable Me Tim Berne's Snakeoil You've Been Watching Me
  We Are The Walrus Robert Dick & Thomas Buckner Flutes & Voices
  Reflections on April 28th 1 Peter Kowald/Damon Smith Mirros Broken - But No Dust
  Synovial Joints parts I-IV Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance Synovial Joints
  Second Construction Herman Muntzing DeConstruct: 10 Solo Pieces
  Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues Bobby Bradford/John Carter Quintet Comin' On
  Bring Us Some Honest Food Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore Bring Us Some Honest Food
  Octavia's Dream George Lewis Sequel (for Lester Bowie)
  Space Voyage Harry Bertoia Sonambient: Recordings of Harry Bertoia

Shame On Me

This week Howling finds Muddy’s  lost harp player and a young keeper of the blues flame but still has a pedant on his trail! Same old stuff, which means this is an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net.


Forrest City Joe “who said harps sound better in the mouth?”

Now Listen Baby Good Rockin Sam (w/ Kid King’s Combo) The Excello Blues Story VIDEO
Hard Days Blues Cash Box Kings I-94 Blues VIDEO
Shake the hand Harrison Kennedy and Colin Linden This is from here VIDEO
Bad Luck Woman Blues Papa Charlie Jackson Papa Charlie Jackson Vol. 2 (1926 – 1928) VIDEO
I Got What It Takes but It Breaks My Heart to Give It Away Cary Moskovitz Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song VIDEO
Lonely Avenue (Featuring Andy Brown) Chris Foreman Now Is the Time VIDEO
Shades of Grace Big Dave Mclean Faded but Not Gone VIDEO
She Don’t Love Me That Way Forrest City Joe I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down VIDEO
Dirtiest Little Darling Blind Boy Paxton Dirtiest Little Darling / Railroad Bill – Single VIDEO
Last Kind Words Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn VIDEO
To Drink the Rain Malcolm Holcombe The RCA Sessions VIDEO
Quit My Drinkin’ Robert Garrett The Excello Blues Story VIDEO
Build a Cave Mr Honey Broadcasting the Blues VIDEO
Too Many Misses For Me Doug Macleod Exactly Like This VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri May 8 & Tues May 12


Even in the early days, when you could say, Okay those are his Bill Evans roots, now here come the chromatic extensions out of Paul Bley, soon we’ll have rolling blues and gospel with heavy borrowings from Abdullah Ibrahim, and this part tells us how much he’d like to play with Ornette Coleman, there was never any doubt that we were listening to anyone other than Keith Jarrett: everyone has to come from somewhere, but his signature was clear from the beginning. Now that he’s turning 70 on Friday—a very young and healthy looking 70—it’s not only clear that he has never stopped developing and refining his art since then but that he won’t be any crankier now than he was at 35. Keith, we love you anyway. Updoc goes almost but not quite all-Jarrett this week—8 PM on birthday Friday and noon next Tuesday, Delaware Water Gap time—with some choice trio tracks, early stuff from his stints with Art Blakey and Charles Lloyd, and large stretches of music from the two new CDs ECM has put out for the occasion: a superb solo piano set, one of his best ever, culled from a number of concerts played in 2014, and another disc with two major 20th-century piano concertos. Jarrett is surprisingly flatfooted on the Bartok 3rd, metronomic without lightness or lift, but he plays the hell out of Samuel Barber’s vastly American 1960 concerto, when I was surprised that with his small hands he could play it at all. The piece is owned by the massive John Browning, but I actually prefer Jarrett’s full-bodied but more modestly scaled outing for now. An astounding performance of Shostakovich’s darkly enigmatic 2nd Cello Concerto by Truls Mørk with Mariss Jansons and the LPO was meant to accompany the Bartok but takes a haircut from the Barber instead. Then it’s back to the KJ3 for the finish. I had a front-row seat at the Standards Trio’s first gig at the Vanguard, and when Jarrett came onstage with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette he whispered, so quietly that only they and I could hear him, “Let’s not play.” Oh Keith, let’s not stop.

Jazz Worldwide 082 4 May 2015

This week during the first hour, improvisatory sounds from Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nueva York; during the second hour, jazz from the Balkans, and from Armenia.

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Data Data Jorge Drexler Bailar en la Cueva Jorge Drexler Warner Music Spain
La Chuparrosa Cascada de Flores Radio Flor Traditional Mexico Ita Records
El Tucusito Eliana Cuevas Espejo Eliana Cuevas Alma
Rezos en Montegrande Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna Busco Paraíso Pascuala Ilabaca Brownie
In the Spirit of Baden Anat Cohen Luminosa Anat Cohen Anzic
Alma adentro María Márquez-Omar Sosa Princesa de la Naturaleza María Márquez-Omar Sosa Adventure Music
1492 Hip Hop Hoodíos Carne Masada Vélez-Fong-London-Sanchez-Norek Jazzheads
Herencia Judía Benjamin Lapidus Herencia Judía Benjamin Lapidus Tresero
Bla Bla Bla Yerba Buena Follow Me Andres Levin Wrasse
Maiden Voyage Gino Sitson VoiStrings Herbie Hancock Buda Musique
E & A Oded Lev-Ari Threading Oded Lev-Ari Anzic
Hoodoo Voodoo Kevin Stout and Brian Booth Color Country Kevin Stout Jazzed5
Ruzica Fake Orchestra Fake World Igor Leonardi GOGA Musica
Kjani Trima Elina Duni Quartet Matanë Malit Traditional Albanian ECM
Djelem Djelem Sandy Lopicic Orkestar Border Confusion Sandy Lopicic Network Medien
Tudorka Theodosii Spassov Trio The Fish Are Praying for Rain Theodosii Spassov Traditional Crossroads
White Walls Goran Ivanovic Group Goran Ivanovic Group Goran Ivanovic Balkan Song
Nostalgia Claudio Pontin-Stavros Pazarentsis Balkan Clarinet Summit Stavros Pazarentsis Piranha
Assyrian Women Mourners The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble-Levon Eskenian Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff Georges I. Gurdjieff ECM
Chinar Es Anja Lechner-François Couturier Moderato Cantabile Komitas Vardapet ECM New Series
Dance Vassilis Tsabropoulos-Anja Lechner Chants, Hymns and Dances Georges I. Gurdjieff ECM
Overnight Train Musaner Once Upon a Time Ara Sarkissian Lucent

Tone Science – 05/03/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Sequel, a Compostion for Cybernetic Improvisors (for Lester Bowie) George Lewis Sequel (for Lester Bowie)
  Rats and Mice The Shadow Ring Live in U.S.A.
  E5 Alan Tomlinson, Steve Beresford, Roger Turnger Trap Street
  Would You Wear My Eyes?/Nonaah Roscoe Mitchell/S.E.M. Ensemble Not Yet
  Soft Suicide At The Baths Henry Threadtgill Sextet When Was That?
  Sog For Christopher Joseph Jarman As If It Were The Seasons

2 Wheels And The Blues

This week Howling’s blues hounds include  a bluesman carrying on a family tradition, a 14 year old prodigy and a very tall hillbilly with a giant wedding cake. Meanwhile, there’s still room on the porch for a load of others and you’re guaranteed an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


The Meters – “Jagger wasn’t wrong”

Rattlesnakin’ Daddy Hawkshaw Hawkins After Hours: The King Records Story 1956-1959 VIDEO
Old Yellow Boy Little Freddie King Messin’ Around Tha Living Room VIDEO
Poor Boy (A Long Way From Home) Kris Dollimore All Grown Up VIDEO
Jimmy Lee Harrison Kennedy  + Colin Linden This is from here VIDEO
Little Red Rooster Matt Woosey While the Cat’s Away…. VIDEO
What’ch You Gonna Do? Junior Crudup Sure Love VIDEO
Ride Your Pony The Meters Funkify Your Life VIDEO
Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus Mississippi Fred McDowell Alan Lomax Sessions VIDEO
You’re Not Rich Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band So Delicious VIDEO
How Many More Years (Live) Vance Kelly Live At Kingston Mines VIDEO
All Around The World James Booker Classified: Remixed And Expanded VIDEO
Honest I Do The Pete Harris R&B All Stars Live at The Talking Heads VIDEO
I Paid My Dues Little Esther Phillips After Hours: The King Records Story 1956-1959 VIDEO
Honey Bee The Original Legends Of The Blues Stll Carrying The Flame VIDEO