Rafi Zabor’s Updoc , Fri Oct 9 & Tues Oct 13


Jon Irabagon has been tearing up the tenor saxphone in a number of styles the last few years. Updoc has some catching up to do and starts off this week’s show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Downtown time—with the opener of his new quartet record Behind the Sky and a selection from his Sonny Rollins mashup, Foxy, but that’s only a start. I want to lay hands on his new blues record too, and even get into his unlistenable noise stuff in weeks to come; and if I chased him with some Sonny Rollins, it’s not to put him in his place. Following that is a long track from Bill Dixon’s epochal 60s record Intents and Purposes, featuring a dark expansive sense of texture unique in that period, also some searing alto from the unjustly forgotten Robin Kenyatta. It would have been Dixon’s 90th birthday last week, had he lived that long. He’s still a powerful force and influence in some quarters of the music, and it’s easy to hear why. Meanwhile Phil Woods died the other day at the age of 84, and with more than five decades of his work to choose from it was hard to pick a couple of tracks, but I think I did okay. A ubiquitous sound on alto from his studio days in the 50s—how many movies of the period feature a lick of his unmistakable song?—he was a master improviser sometimes taken for granted simply because he played so well and was around for so long. No more. The show’s also got Eduard Tubin’s looming, wintry 8th Symphony, and a late Beethoven string quartet. Feel like joining?

3 Responses to “Rafi Zabor’s Updoc , Fri Oct 9 & Tues Oct 13”

  1. I missed one — the piece composed by Thelonious Monk, before the Beethoven quartet. Could you post what that was, please? Thx!

  2. Oska T.