Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri April 1 & Tues April 5

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What can I say? After welcoming the season in with three brilliant versions of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps over the last three weeks and now, finishing up with Stravinsky’s own 1960 recording—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall time—after doing a lot of close listening to all these versions, I have to ask myself: is there really anything of value that Messrs. Bernstein, Boulez, Svetlanov or any number of others can add to what the composer himself brought to the music? His performance used to sound a little hard and tight to me, constricted compared to Bernstein and the other showpiece versions that followed, but I don’t hear that anymore, while on the other hand is the somewhat saturnine Boulez really more detailed than the composer himself bringing out what he put in? Neither does Stravinsky’s performance lack any voltage of excitement. It’s got everything, along with a degree of authenticity no one else can supply. Listen in if you like, and see if you agree. In any case, the Sacre is great emough so that no performance can exhaust its possibilities. It’s the center of this virtually all-Stravinsky show—it opens with well-known Ornette Coleman and Charlie Parker quotes from the Sacre, and there’s also a Parker masterpiece in the midshow featuring what may be a Stravinsky variation—preceded by Bernstein’s exhilarating Petroushka, the ballet composed immediately before the Sacre, which may be Stravinsky’s most emotionally direct and open music, ever. The Sacre, though, remains his Citizen Kane, the work no one will let him live down, the work because of which he’s tasked with never having gone for broke again, for being brilliant and heartless and not sharing his soul with us throughout his neoclassical period—his late works are another story: taking up Schoenbergian dodecaphonics gave him an amazing boost of fresh greatness. We don’t go there this week, but we do have two major middle-period works: the deeply committed Symphony of Psalms—Shostakovich, for one, thought it the greatest work of the century’s greatest composer—in a stunning, maybe definitive performance led by John Eliot Gardiner, and the 1931 Violin Concerto played to a fare-thee-well by a great young Hillary Hahn. If you’re up for two hours of glittering genius-level dazzlement, this is the place.

Death Valley Radio Program 884

Death Valley Radio is a format-free program for the musically curious.

In this age of bland radio programming (both commercial and non-) and automated music services, DVR is still built by hand, non-algorithmically — one set at a time.

Death Valley Radio can be heard here at taintradio on Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM ET.

DVR program 884 features country songs, bluegrass style (Lynn Morris, Cindy Woolf, Alecia Nugent, Del McCoury, Michael Daves); acoustic melancholia (Richmond Fontaine, John Mellencamp, Sara Watkins, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings); a choral arrangement of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” as the setting for the Christian prayer “Agnus Dei.”; music composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner for Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu’s The Revenant; and guitarists Julian Lage, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Kevin Breit and Fred Frith. Also: new music from the nine-member Haitian ensemble Lakou Mizik and Cuban keyboardist Alfredo Rodríguez with Ibeyi.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Jazz Worldwide 126 28 March 2016

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label


Winter Always Turns to Spring Bill Frisell Ghost Town Bill Frisell Nonesuch
Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most Karrin Allyson ‘Round Midnight Fran Landesman-Tommy Wolf Concord Jazz
It Might as Well Be Spring Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein Verve-Polygram Jazz
They Say It’s Spring Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie Marty Clark-Bob Haymes Verve-Polygram Jazz
You Must Believe in Spring Frank Morgan with Hank Jones You Must Believe in Spring Michel Legrand-Alan Bergman-Marilyn Bergman-Jacques Demy Antilles
Echo of Spring (K.D.’s Cab Ride) Kenny Dorham Afro-Cuban Kenny Dorham Blue Note
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year Rahsaan Roland Kirk Roland Kirk’s Finest Hour Frank Loesser Verve
Younger Than Springtime Art Farmer Quartet The Complete Argo-Mercury Jazztet Sessions Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein Mosaic
Joy Spring Jens Wendelboe Big Band Fresh Heat Clifford Brown Rosa
A Fine Spring Morning Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie Bob Haymes Verve-Polygram Jazz
April Come She Will Karrin Allyson ‘Round Midnight Paul Simon Concord Jazz
It Is Always Spring Mary Lou Williams with Leon Thomas Mary Lou’s Mass Leon Thomas Smithsonian Folkways
The Wein Machine Anat Cohen Luminosa Anat Cohen Anzic
Salt Song Dave Stryker Messin’ with Mr. T Milton Nascimento Strikezone
Vera Cruz Trio Da Paz Brasil from the Inside Milton Nascimento Concord Picante
Congo Angola Bahia Tiganá Santana Tempo & Magma Tiganá Santana Ajabu!
Gira Girou Duke Pearson with Flora Purim Mosaic Select: Duke Pearson Milton Nascimento Mosaic Select
Cais Anat Cohen Luminosa Milton Nascimento Anzic
Milagre Dos Peixes Jan Garbarek Group Dresden: In Concert Milton Nascimento ECM
4U Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá

Tone Science – 03/27/2016

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Kick Out The Chair Skylar Gudasz Oleander
  Mass/Even the Vowels Kim Kyhr & Jenny Hval/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra In the End His Voice Will Be The Sound Of Paper
 
  Voice of America, part 2 Fred Frith, Bob Ostertag, Phil Minton Voice of America
  Circling Sloth Racket Triptych
 
  As Tranquil As An Apple/Rust and Comet Chris Abrahams Fluid to the Influence
  Boom Goes The Moon Joshua Ambrams Quartet Unknown Known
 
  Improvisation 2 VAP Roscoe Mitchell & Thomas Buckner 8 O'Clock: Two Improvisations
 
  Ocean Mysteries Harry Bertoia Sonambinet: Recordings of Harry Bertoia

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 3/25 & Tues 3/29

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I missed Cecil Taylor’s 87th birthday by almost two weeks—oops, but isn’t it fine to see so many jazz lives run at length rather than surrender prematurely to the rigors of the trail? The great Ernestine Anderson just left town at a comparable age, so that her midway intermission from the scene now seems but a brief pause in a majestic career; so, beginning with her, welcome to a Catchup Ball Special on this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Washington Square Park, Northwest Corner time. With the onset of spring and the wealth of gesture Taylor derived—especially once he discarded set tempos and made his phrasing itself the muscle of his music—from the birdsong piano works of Olivier Messiaen, I thought I’d start off with an early example of the French master’s practice before opening the gate to Taylor’s solo-piano Garden and a quartet Unit piece. That led me to realize that I’d been listening to Messiaen all wrong for years, and that my disinclination to incline his way had to do not only with an incompatability in my preference in tone-colors but a hankering for high-modernist developmental logic that was increasingly alien to his work: never moreso than in his late, open-form, American-outdoorsy From the Canyon to the Stars, a piece that strikes me now as sufficiently plumb wonderful to excerpt on the show. As for the rest of it, Yevgeny Svetlanov conducts the USSR Symphony Orchestra in this week’s rendering of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, and what strikes me most about it is not some obvious Russianness but Svetlanov’s fluent sense of tempo—the rhythmic shifts feel breath-natural, with no sacrifice of precision—and his delineation of individual voices in the orchestra: we all know that Soviet ensembles either lack or didn’t try for the sectional creaminess of the capitalist competition, but the strandiness of the brass and especially the strings and woodwinds here seem an intentional branching back to the music’s folk roots. Stravinsky always denied that there were old Russian melodies in the Sacre, but he was lying through his dentures; Svetlanov doesn’t put up any billboards of peasant life, but he gets at something central I haven’t heard before. Stravinsky said that there “isn’t any room for soul-searching in the Sacre”. This performance doesn’t search but, springlike, finds it in the natural course of things and keeps going deeper.

Jazz In The A.M. – 03/24/2016 – Ep. 313

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon
Keith Brown – Capt’n Kirk – The Journey – Space Time Records – 2015
Darren English – Pledge For Peace – Imagine Nation – Hot Shoe Records – 2016
Melissa Aldana – Obstacles – Back Home – Word Of Mouth Music – 2016
Darren English – Skylark – Imagine Nation – Hot Shoe Records – 2016
Lonnie Smith – Talk About This – Evolution – Blue Note Records – 2016
Peter Horvath – Escape from Oakland – Absolute Reality – Foreign Matter Records – 2016
Al Strong – Fond of You – LoveStrong, Vol. 1 – Al Strong Music – 2016
Carlos Vega – In Other Words – Bird’s Ticket – Origin Records – 2016

1:00
Jae Sinnett – Whispering Souls – Zero To 60 – J-Nett Music – 2015
Larry Young – Beyond All Limits – Larry Young In Paris : The Ortf Recordings – Resonance Records – 2016
Herlin Riley – The Crossbar – New Direction – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Dena Derose – United – United – HighNote Records – 2016
Ed Cherry – Little Girl Big Girl – Soul Tree – PosiTone Records – 2016
Danny Mixon – Up Jumped Spring – Pass It On – Danny Mixon – 2015
Joe Chambers – Epistrophy – Landscapes – Savant Records – 2016
Guilherme Dias Gomes – Soul Blues – Leste – Guilherme Dias Gomes – 2016
Champian Fulton – Midnight Stroll – After Dark – Gut String Records – 2015

Avery Sharpe – Miss Nubin – Sharpe Meets Tharpe – JKNM – 2015
Chris Ziemba – Little T – Manhattan Lullaby – Outside In Music – 2016
Matt Kane And The Kansas City Generations Sextet – Wheel Within A Wheel – Acknowledgement – Bounce-Step – 2015
Matt Parker Trio – I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) – Present Time – Bkyn – 2015
Axel Tosca Laugart – One for Grew – Axel Tosca Laugart – AlFi Records – 2016
Willie Jones III – Dear Blue – Groundwork – WJ3 – 2015
Nancy Harms – Prelude To A Kiss – Ellington At Night – Gazelle Records – 2016
Jim Rotondi – Biru Kirusai – Dark Blue – Smoke Sessions Records – 2016
Renee Rosnes – So Simple a Beginning – Written in the Rocks – Smoke Sessions Records – 2016

3:00
Freddie Hendri – The Journey Man – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016
The Clayton Brothers – Bass In The Cracks – Soul Brothers – Artist Share – 2016
Brian Bromberg – Bernie’s Bop – Full Circle – Artistry Music – 2016
Malou Beauvoir – Loverman – Is This Love – Panthera Music Int’l – 2016
Richard Howell – Guardian Of The Groove – Burkina – Audio Emissary Records – 2016
Henry Robinett – Sprung – I Have Known Mountains – Nefertiti Records – 2015
Kenny Barron Trio – Bud Like – Book Of Intuition – Impulse – 2016
Joe Chambers – Ecaroh – Landscapes – Savant Records – 2016
Ken Peplowski – When October Goes – Enrapture – Capri – 2016

Jazz In The A.M. – 03/17/2016 – Ep. 312

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon
Jim Rotondi – Biru Kirusai – Dark Blue – Smoke Sessions Records – 2016
David Sills/Mike Scott Quarte – Along Came Betty – First Set – Jazz Collective Records – 2015
Bill O’Connell – Heart Beat – Heart Beat – Savant – 2016
Dena Derose United United HighNote Records 2016
Peter Horvath – Escape from Oakland – Absolute Reality – Foreign Matter Records – 2016
Danny Mixon – The Sample Way – Pass It On – Danny Mixon – 2015
Nancy Harms – Rocks In My Bed – Ellington At Night – Gazelle Records – 2016
Willie Jones III – Toku Do – Groundwork – WJ3 – 2015
Curtis Robinson – What’s Going On – Dancin’ In The Streets – Curtis Robinson – 2015

1:00
Joe Chambers – Epistrophy – Landscapes – Savant Records – 2016
Bob Kenmotsu – Rcb3 – I’m In Love With You – Rodoken Music – 2015
Fahir Atakoğlu – Sync-Op – Live At Umbria Jazz – Far & Here – 2015
Laura Perlman – My Foolish Heart – Precious Moments – Miles High Records – 2016
Jae Sinnett – Never Let Me Go – Zero To 60 – J-Nett Music – 2015
Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, Eddie Metz – Sunset And The Mockingbird – Strictly Confidential – Arbors Records Inc – 2015
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – You Are So Beautiful – I Long To See You – Blue Note – 2016
Erena Terakubo – On A Misty Night – A Time For Love – Cellar Live – 2016
Christian Tamburr – Summertime – People Talk – Christian Tamburr – 2015

2:00
Adison Evans – Dropbear Boogaloo – Hero – Aditone Records – 2016
Herlin Riley – New Direction – New Direction – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Laurence Hobgood Trio – If It’s Magic Honor Thy Fathers – Circumstantial – 2016
Malou Beauvoir – You’ve Changed – Is This Love – Panthera Music Int’l – 2016
Freddie Hendrix – St. Peter’s Walk – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016
Jeff Coffin With Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band – Fruitcake – The Inside Of The Outside – Ear Up Records – 2015
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me – Do Or Die – Ed Fast – 2015
Ed Cherry – Little Sunflower – Soul Tree – PosiTone Records – 2016
Jaimeo Brown Trancendence – For Mama Lucy – Work Songs – Motema Music – 2016

3:00
Logan Richardson – Mind Free – Shift – Blue Note Records – 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Talk About This – Evolution – Blue Note Records – 2016
Alfredo Rodríguez – Yemaya – Tocororo – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Wendy Pedersen & Jim Gasior – If I Should Lose Youif Ever I Would Leave You – We Two – Jimmy G’s House Of Sound – 2016
Groove Legacy – H-town Hipster – Groove Legacy – Far & Here – 2015
Al Strong – Ci’s Blues – LoveStrong, Vol. 1 – Al Strong Music – 2016
Champian Fulton – Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home – After Dark – Gut String Records – 2015
Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra – Willow Weep For Me – All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard – Resonance – 2016
Hendrik Meurkens – Up Jumped Spring – Harmonicus Rex – Height Advantage – 2016

Jazz In The A.M. – 03/10/2016 – Ep. 311

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon
Adison Evans – Dropbear Boogaloo – Hero – Aditone Records – 2016
Herlin Riley – New Direction – New Direction – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Laurence Hobgood Trio – If It’s Magic Honor Thy Fathers – Circumstantial – 2016
Malou Beauvoir – You’ve Changed – Is This Love – Panthera Music Int’l – 2016
Freddie Hendrix – St. Peter’s Walk – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016
Jeff Coffin With Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band – Fruitcake – The Inside Of The Outside – Ear Up Records – 2015
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me – Do Or Die – Ed Fast – 2015
Ed Cherry – Little Sunflower – Soul Tree – PosiTone Records – 2016
Jaimeo Brown Trancendence – For Mama Lucy – Work Songs – Motema Music – 2016

1:00
Logan Richardson – Mind Free – Shift – Blue Note Records – 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Talk About This – Evolution – Blue Note Records – 2016
Alfredo Rodríguez – Yemaya – Tocororo – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Wendy Pedersen & Jim Gasior – If I Should Lose Youif Ever I Would Leave You – We Two – Jimmy G’s House Of Sound – 2016
Groove Legacy – H-town Hipster – Groove Legacy – Far & Here – 2015
Al Strong – Ci’s Blues – LoveStrong, Vol. 1 – Al Strong Music – 2016
Champian Fulton – Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home – After Dark – Gut String Records – 2015
Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra – Willow Weep For Me – All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard – Resonance – 2016
Hendrik Meurkens – Up Jumped Spring – Harmonicus Rex – Height Advantage – 2016

2:00
Jae Sinnett – Zero To 60 – Zero To 60 – J-Nett Music – 2015
Renee Rosnes – Goodbye Mumbai – Written in the Rocks – Smoke Sessions Records – 2016
Carlos Vega – A Confluence in Chi-Town – Bird’s Ticket – Origin Records – 2016
Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, Eddie Metz – A Brush With Bunji – Strictly Confidential – Arbors Records Inc – 2015
Marlene VerPlanck – I Want To Talk About You – The Mood I’m In – Audiophile Records – 2015
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – You Are So Beautiful – I Long To See You — Blue Note – 2016
The 14 Jazz Orchestra Ummg Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy Dabon Music 2015
Laurin Talese – Forgive And Forget – An Invitation – Bassic Black Entertainment – 2015
Freddie Hendrix – Hub Tones – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016
Adison Evans – Dropbear Boogaloo – Hero – Aditone Records – 2016

4:00
Bob Kenmotsu – Bk Blues – I’m In Love With You – Rodoken Music – 2015
Jon Davis – The Peacocks – Changes Over Time – PosiTone Records – 2016
Joseph Howell – The Midnight Sun – Time Made to Swing – Summit Records – 2016
Laura Perlman – On The Street Where You Live – Precious Moments – Miles High Records – 2016
Bill Stewart – Happy Walk – Space Squid – Pirouet Records – 2016
Fahir Atakoğlu – Aheste – Live At Umbria Jazz – Far & Here – 2015
Lyn Stanley – More Than You Know – Interludes – A T Music – 2015
Michael Brothers Quartet – Katrina Ballerina – Reunion – Girod Records – 2016
Christian Tamburr – Summertime – People Talk – Christian Tamburr – 2015

Jazz In The A.M. – 03/03/2016 – Ep. 310

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon
Bob Kenmotsu – Bk Blues – I’m In Love With You – Rodoken Music – 2015
Jeff Coffin With Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band – Tall And Lanky – The Inside Of The Outside – Ear Up Records – 2015
Gabriel Mervine – Little Dancer – People – Synergy Music – 2015
Alfredo Rodríguez – Tocororo – Tocororo – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Groove Legacy – The Know It All – Groove Legacy – Far & Here – 2015
Roxy Coss – Don’t Cross the Coss – Restless Idealism – Origin Records – 2016
Laura Perlman – My Favorite Things – Precious Moments – Miles High Records – 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Straight No Chaser – Evolution – Blue Note Records – 2016
Freddie Hendrix – Hub Tones – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016

1:00
Herlin Riley – Hiccup Smooth – New Direction – Mack Avenue Records – 2016
Curtis Robinson – What’s Going – Dancin’ In The Streets – Curtis Robinson – 2015
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Sombrero Sam – I Long To See You – Blue Note – 2016
Champian Fulton – Blue Skies – After Dark – Gut String Records – 2015
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop – The Jody Grind – Do Or Die – Ed Fast – 2015
Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra – Big Dipper – All My Yesterdays: 1966 Recordings Village Vanguard Resonance – 2016
Nancy Harms – I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) – Ellington At Night – Gazelle Records – 2016
Bill O’Connell – Wake Up – Heart Beat – Savant – 2016
Fahir Atakoğlu – Saturday – Live At Umbria Jazz – Far & Here – 2015

2:00
Hendrik Meurkens – Slidin’ – Harmonicus Rex – Height Advantage – 2016
Ed Cherry – A New Blue – Soul Tree – PosiTone Records – 2016
Jeremy Pelt – Dream Dancing – #Jiveculture – HighNote Records – 2016
Malou Beauvoir – Harlem Blues – Is This Love – Panthera Music Int’l – 2016
Danny Mixon – Up Jumped Spring – Pass It On – Danny Mixon – 2015
Freddie Hendrix – Invitation – Jersey Cat – Sunnyside Records – 2016
Tom Lellis – Dawn Of The New World – The Flow – Beamtide Music – 2016
The 14 Jazz Orchestra – UMMG – Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy – Dabon Music – 2015
Herlin Riley – The Crossbar – New Direction – Mack Avenue Records – 2016

3:00
Jae Sinnett – Never Let Me Go – Zero To 60 – J-Nett Music – 2015
Willie Jones III – Hindsight – Groundwork – WJ3 – 2015
Renee Rosnes – Deep in the Blue (Tiktaalik) – Written in the Rocks – Smoke Sessions Records – 2016
Wendy Pedersen & Jim Gasior – The Late Late Show – We Two – Jimmy G’s House Of Sound – 2016
Greg Abate & Phil Woods With The Tim Ray Trio – Moonlight In Vermont – Kindred Spirits Live At Chan’s – Whaling City Sound – 2015
Ark Ovrutski Quintet – Tom Thumb – Intersection – Origin Records – 2016
Nicolas Bearde – I Want to Talk About You – Invitation – Right Groove Records – 2016
Jon Davis – Waltz For U – Changes Over Time – PosiTone Records – 2016
Avishai Cohen – Quiescence – Into The Silence – ECM – 2016

Death Valley Radio Program 883

Death Valley Radio is a format-free program for the musically curious.

In this age of bland radio programming (both commercial and non-) and automated music services, DVR is still built by hand, non-algorithmically — one set at a time.

Death Valley Radio can be heard here at taintradio on Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM ET.

DVR program 883 features Punch Brothers’ slightly skewed take on the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus; more train songs (Bukka White with Washboard Sam, Robert Johnson, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters); sad memories (Uncle Tupelo, Richmond Fontaine, Funeral Bonsai Wedding); back stabbers (Son House, the Undisputed Truth, the O’Jays); Eric Hofbauer’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”; and new music from Michael Daves, Bilal, Frostlake and Mavis Staples.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.