Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 11/20 & Tues 11/24

LennyThe first time I arrived in Paris I came upstairs from the Metro at Saint-Michel and saw a big cathedral a block or so up the river and wondered if that could be Nôtre Dame. I was a nineteen year old Brooklyn College kid, and the first uncensored thought that tumbled through my mind was, No, couldn’t be, they wouldn’t leave it out on the street. As if, like, someone might steal its hubcaps. The idea that beauty could be a breathing part of life and not some restricted aesthetic or romantic category was new to me, and I tried to learn it, along with a lot of other things that summer. My idea was to finish school, avoid the Vietnam war, come back and be a great writer right away, but I wouldn’t live there for, oh, another twenty-five years. I didn’t learn everything Paris had to teach me but I gathered what I could. This week’s show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, six hours earlier than Louvre time—after last week’s slaughter, opens with a nostalgic set of French songs featuring Django, Montand, Brassens, Piaf and perhaps a few surprises before moving on to the looming, brooding, cataclysmic, hushed and roaring bulk of Hector Berlioz’ Requiem, the mad romantic sweep of which might just be enough to gather the present moment in its arms. In 1975 Leonard Bernstein conducted the Orchestre National de France at Les Invalides, where the piece premiered in 1837, with the extra brass players blowing the last trump from the upper galleries and the massive church acoustic doing what Berlioz intended. It’s a performance that, to my ears, speaks to the moment better than any other. A Paris friend of mine was given a free ticket to the Bataclan for last Friday night, but while working on a painting that morning he got some acrylic in his eye and experienced an outrageous reaction: his eye, face, head and body swelled up until he looked like the Elephant Man, and nothing helped. So he didn’t go to hear the music that night. It’s that close.

Michael Stone’s Jazz Worldwide 107 16 November 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
El Vito Rudy Smith What Pan Did for Me Pedro Iturralde Caprice
Chicken Dog Gerardo Núñez Travesía John Scofield ACT
Solo con verte Chano Domínguez Hecho a Mano Chano Domínguez Nuba
Tierra de las tres culturas Chema Vilchez Tierra de las Tres Culturas Chema Vilchez World Village
The Whirling Dervish Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela Hands Dave Holland Dare2 Records
Mi conga Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá
Comparito Diego Amador Piano Jondo Diego Amador World Village
From Within Michel Camilo with Tomatito Spain Again Michel Camilo Universal Spain
The Peacocks Niño Josele Paz: The Music of Bill Evans Jimmy Rowles Norte
Moon Over Gate 24 VW Brothers Muziek Marc van Wageningen Patois
Blue Moon Ahmad Jamal Blue Moon Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart Jazz Village
Moon River Afro-Peruvian Sextet with Gabriel Alegría Cuidad de los Reyes Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer Saponegro
No Moon at All Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden Jasmine David A. Mann-Redd Evans ECM
Moon River Bill Frisell Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer Nonesuch
Moon and Sand Stefano Battaglia Trio In the Morning Alec Wilder ECM
Moon on the Sky Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa Alma Omar Sosa Otá
Moon River Gábor Gadó Modern Dances for the Advanced in Age Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer Budapest Music Center
La luna de mi hija Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá

Tone Science – 11/15/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Kush Art Ensemble of Chicago The Alternative Express
  FF4 Peter Kowlad/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-Holm Fixed Flats
  De Profundis, for bayan Sofia Gubaidulina/Elsbeth Moser Seven Words, Ten Preludes, De Profundis
  Portrait of Robin Croziere Bob Cobbing Text-Sound Compositions: A Stockholm Festival
  Franz Biberkopf RöD/BLå Franz Biberkopf
  Late Metal Birgit Umher & Leonel Kaplan Stereo Trumpet

Beyond the Groove Yard – 11/15/2015

Beyond the Groove Yard 11/15/15 & 11/18/15, ep 051. Members of Astral Project leading their own sessions.

Hour One:
Steve Masakowski: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise Friends Nebula
Steve Masakowski: What it Was What it Was Blue Note
Steve Masakowski: This is New Live at Snug Harbor Marzian
David Torkanowsky: Steppin’ Out Steppin’ Out Rounder
Irma Thomas: Shelter in the Rain After the Rain Rounder
David Torkanowsky & George Porter Jr.: Big Chief Various Artists: The Sounds of New Orleans Vol. 28 WWOZ
James Singleton String Quartet: Lauren Z Gold Bug Crawl JS
Los Tres Amigos: Suede Shoes Moon and Sand Mirliton
Alvin “Red” Tyler: Graciously Graciously Rounder

Hour Two:
Johnny Vidacovich: Little Joe/Carnival Mystery Street Jamb Music
Johnny Vidacovich: Glass House Banks Street Record Chebasco
Johnny Vidacovich: Snowalkin’ Vidacovich Paw Maw
Johnny Vidacovich: Coffee (vocal/instrumental) Vidacovich Paw Maw
3Now4: Bulldog Run 3Now4 3Now4
3Now4: Greasy Luck Book of Spells 3Now4
3Now4: La Sirene Time Ebbing 3Now4
Tony Dagradi: Urban Disturbance Oasis Gramavision
Tony Dagradi: Awakening Sweet Remembrance Gramavision
Tony Dagradi: Code Blue Parading Mirliton
Tony Dagradi: The Whole Truth Gemini Rising Astral Music

George Klein
Beyond the Groove Yard
Sundays 2-4 pm ET, Wednesdays 5-7 am ET,
& Thursdays 4-6 pm ET
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Downhome With Howling Dick Ep. 128 (Runs In The Blood)

Apart from telling a few sad tales on the porch this time around, Howling’s convinced  he’s young enough to rock, admits he’s irritating to his wife and prepared to take on the blues police. What’s all this got to do with good music? Well listen and you’ll find, amongst the nonsense, an hour of damn fine blues, roots and all kind of things!


Lowell Fulson “West Coast and Seminal” 

Lonesome Desert Young Jessie Hit Git & Split  VIDEO
The Devil’s Vacation The Damned and Dirty Hoodoo Down VIDEO
Everybody Loves A Train Tom Jones Long Lost Suitcase VIDEO
Cold Wind Blowing Mark Cook Rebel Blues VIDEO
Bo Diddley Dez Murphy Blues Trio Callin’ VIDEO
Afraid To Trust Them Bill “Jazz” Gillum Fast Woman VIDEO
T&NO Blues Hattie Hart Blues Images Calendar Vol. 13 VIDEO
Lie to Me Sylvia Embry Troubles VIDEO
Don’t Drive Me Baby Lowell Fulson Complete Chess Masters VIDEO
Mopper’s Blues Steve Mann Steve Mann Alive and Pickin’ VIDEO
Write Me A Few Lines Michael Jerome Browne Sliding Delta VIDEO
My Sweet Love Ain’t Around Rhonda Vincent The Storm Still Rages VIDEO
Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door James Brown Messing With The Blues VIDEO
Let Me Down Slow Bobby Wilson The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968 VIDEO
The Dark End Of The Street James Carr You Got My Mind Messed Up VIDEO
I Miss My Baby In My Arms Duke Robillard The Acoustic Roots & Blues of Duke  Robbilard VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 11/13 & Tues 11/17


Roswell Rudd? 80th birthday? You’ve got to be kidding. Take a look at the man. Better, take a listen. It’s all there, the whole trombone. When he showed up in the NY clubs in the 60s—a Yale man who’d led a trad-jazz band there, and made his recording debut as Rozwell Ruddinski with the hoax Lithuanian Jazz Quintet—you were supposed to play that horn like J.J. Johnson, or try to, all fluent bebop; but with his roots in early jazz, and swing players like Sam Nanton and Vic Dickenson, Rudd overleapt the decades to land in the avant-garde with a Steve Lacy quartet that played Monk compositions only. Following Billy Higgins into a club that would let me in underage, I first heard him there, and I really didn’t get what he was up to. But one learns, and by now I can put together two hours of programming—on this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Bleecker St. Upstairs time—to feature him in a number of his roles and voices—outside, inside, several shouty shades of blue, even singing—and in a bunch of his partnerships: with Lacy, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, with musicians from Mali and Mongolia, and one track with Cecil Taylor and Clark Terry—you know that one? He definitely has a gift for friendship, and the key to all kinds of music. During the years when he was supposedly off the scene, I heard him opening a Woodstock restaurant with a terrific ‘Dixieland’ band he played a lot of hotel gigs with. Our show takes an intermission, with a superb French performance of Fauré’s Requiem, some Tibetan music and the third of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, in memoriam of my friend Maryam Steffen, now presumably enjoying a tour of the Bardos, with some sounds she especially liked. Meanwhile the Wizard of Roz plays on, and we love it.

Jazz Worldwide 106 9 November 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
Angel Eyes Afro Bop Alliance Angel Eyes Matt Dennis-Earl Brent Zoho
Angel Eyes George Freeman and Chico Freeman All in the Family Matt Dennis-Earl Brent Southport
Angel Eyes Rotem Sivan Trio A New Dance Matt Dennis-Earl Brent Fresh Sound New Talent
Desert Dance (Cleopatra Rhumba) Machito More Than Mambo Machito Verve
Dawn on the Desert Ghost Train Orchestra Book of Rhapsodies Charlie Shavers Accurate
Desertico Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet Desertico Paolo Fresu Otá
Desert Dub Eliyahu and the Qadim Ensemble Eastern Wind Eliyahu Sills Embarka
Desert Song Itamar Erez and the Adama Ensemble Desert Song Itamar Erez Magda
Desert Blues Nadav Haber Quartet Addis Mist Nadav Habor New Perspectives
Desert Passes Jeff Colella and Putter Smith Lotus Blossom Putter Smith American Jazz Institute
Woke Up in the Desert Marcin Wasilewski Trio Faithful Marcin Wasilewski ECM
Oh What a Beautiful Morning Ben Monder Amorphae Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II ECM
Suite for the Devil Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet Desertico Oscar Levant-Edward Heyman Otá
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler ECM
Peace of the Stars Szakcsi Lakatos Trio Na Dara! Szakcsi Lakatos Budapest Music Center
Stars Fell on Alabama Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Frank Perkins-Mitchell  Parish ECM
Stella by Starlight Michel Camilo Spain Again Ned Washington-Victor Jones Universal Spain
Turn Out the Stars Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian Further Explorations Bill Evans Concord Jazz
When You Wish Upon a Star New York Standard Quartet The New Straight Ahead Ned Washington-Leigh Harline Whirlwind
When We Live on the Stars Andy Sheppard, Michel Benita, Sebastian Rochford Trio Libero Andy Sheppard-Michel Benita-Sebastian Rochford ECM
Turn Out the Stars Niño Josele Paz: The Music of Bill Evans Bill Evans Norte

Beyond the Groove Yard – 11/08/2015

Beyond the Groove Yard 11/8/15 & 11/11/15, ep 050. A survey of Astral Project, the premier modern jazz band from New Orleans, plus selections from band members leading their own sessions.

Hour One:
Tony Dagradi: Les Deux Couleurs Lunar Eclipse Gramavision
Tony Dagradi & Astral Project: Parading Dreams of Love Rounder
Tony Dagradi Trio: Blue Monk Live at The Columns Turnipseed
Astral Project: Sidewalk Strut New Orleans LA AP
Astral Project: Vidacovich speaks to audience At Jazz Fest bootleg
Astral Project: Untitled At Jazz Fest bootleg
Astral Project: Foxy Roxy Voodoo Bop Compass
Steve Masakowski: I’ll Pass For Joe Compass
Astral Project: Carnival Elevado Compass

Hour Two:
Astral Project: Sombras en la Noche Live in Lafayette LA AP
3Now4: Weeping Gigolo Stomp Book of Spells 3Now4
Astral Project: Hymn Big Shot AP
Astral Project: Crescent City Big Shot AP
Astral Project: Cowboy Bill The Legend of Cowboy Bill AP
Astral Project: North Wind Blue Streak AP
Johnny Vidacovich: Blue Monday Banks Street Record Chebasco
Astral Project: Second Thoughts Various Artists: OZology Vol. 31 WWOZ
Astral Project: The Whole Truth Live in New Orleans AP

George Klein
Beyond the Groove Yard
Sundays 2-4 pm ET, Wednesdays 5-7 am ET,
& Thursdays 4-6 pm ET
taintradio.org Archived at RadioFreeAmsterdam.com
Produced in beautiful mid-town Ypsilanti MI

The New Edge – 11/06/2015

Here is the playlist for Show #538, the 11/3/15 edition of The New Edge, a two hour radio program airing:
Tue 2-4pm on WMBR www.wmbr.org & 88.1FM in Cambridge/Boston, MA, and
Fri 1-3am, Fri 2-4pm, Sun 7-9pm, Tue 2-4am, & Wed 8-10am on taintradio.org

The New Edge is devoted to creative and innovative instrumental music.

Complete playlists are available at wmbr.org/newedge

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Compagnie Christian Vieussens/Noche en Vela/CIRMA/Arc 96
Michael Jon Fink/From A Folio/Cold Blue/From A Folio
Julia Fischer/Sarasate/Decca/Sarasate: El Canto Del Ruisenor, Op. 29
NOW Ensemble/Dreamfall/New Amsterdam/Divine The Rest [John Supko]
yMusic/Beautiful Mechanical/New Amsterdam/Proven Badlands
Leon Fleisher/All the Things You Are/Bridge/Mompou: Prelude #6
The 442s/The 442s/The 442s/Great Blue C
The 442s/The 442s/The 442s/Chime
Joe Frawley/Satyrinae/Frawley/Satyrinae
Erik Friedlander/Illuminations/Skipstone/Invocation – Seshat
Erik Friedlander/Illuminations/Skipstone/Prelude – Scriptorium
Eugene Friesen/Sono Miho/(unknown)/Furusato Improv
Mamouru Fujieda/Patterns of Plants/Pinna Records/Patterns Of Plants, The 12th Collection: Pattern A
Peter Garland/After the Wars/Cold Blue/After the Wars: IV, A Snowy Morning
Green Isac/Passengers/Spotted Peccary/Fisher
Green Isac/Passengers/Spotted Peccary/Zakopane
Green Isac/Passengers/Spotted Peccary/Na Tariko
Howard Givens & Craig Padilla/Life Flows Water/Spotted Peccary/Life Flows Water
Wayne Horvitz/Some Places Are Forever Afternoon/Songlines/The Beautiful Wives

Ken Field kenfield.org
The New Edge
3 Ames St
Cambridge MA 02142 USA

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 11/6 & Tues 11/10

RoIt’s a small odd thing that I can play a string of old Blue Note records on the show without thinking twice, but when, say, ECM lays a bunch of new releases on me and they’re all fine and I run a twenty-five minute string on the air, why do I think, momentarily and without scratching them off the playlist, that maybe I’m shilling for a company and a house style? I should get away from that, because look at the lineup: John Cage and Morton Feldman played by an ensemble featuring Sarah Rothenberg and, especially, the great violist Kim Kashkashian; Armenian music from the 4th and 20th centuries played by Tigran Hamasyan and the Gurdjieff Ensemble, respectively; guitarist Ben Monder playing Oh What a Beautiful Morning backed up by Paul Motian in one of his last recordings . . . and I don’t play the Albanian singer Elina Duni till later. Thing is, it’s mostly still and limbless, nerveless music, and not wanting to limit transcendence to that which does not move—on this week’s show, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Broadway & 52nd St time—I ran to the shelter of some Blue Note Blakey backbeat hardbop with Wayne and Lee and Buhaina’s big boot behind and beneath and inside it; and then, just to present a contempoary ‘classical’ composer who also arrives alive and kicking, Christopher Rouse’s still pretty new 3rd Symphony. That said, Kashkashian’s intensity on Feldman’s famous Rothko Chapel—that’s another 25 minutes—will not soon leave me, or, I suspect, you, if you lend it your shell-like ear in all possible acuity and finesse. Vibration, duration, and time itself given something like a voice. Go figure.