Hooked On The Wire

This week Howling’s sitting up all night in front of the TV, returning quickly to a couple of new arrivals and enjoying an ivory tinkler! What does all this mean? Who knows? Who cares? It’s all a great excuse to listen on Taint to an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net.


Don Walser – The yodelling cowboy – “well who said it was a blues show??”

Shotgun Boogie Don Walser Rolling Stone from Texas VIDEO
Moonshine Joe Mick Simpson Playing the Losing Hand VIDEO
Love The Way You Roll Alexis P Suter Band Love The Way You Roll VIDEO
Everyday I Have The Blues Pinetop Perkins Down In Mississippi VIDEO
Shuffle St The Bella Reunion Introducing…The Bella Reunion VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole Aidan Miller Aidan Miller VIDEO
Let Your Love Shine Rachelle Coba Mother Blues VIDEO
Never Give Up TJ Norton TJ & The Suitcase VIDEO
Mellow Down Easy Arsen Shomakhov Dynamic VIDEO
Let Your Woman Have Her Way Elvin Bishop Can’t Even Do Wrong Right VIDEO
Bad Thing Carolyn Fe Blues Collective Bad Taboo VIDEO
Midnight Hours Journey Johnny Ace Dust My Rhythm & Blues VIDEO
Knockin’ A Jug Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No3 VIDEO
Moanin’ Gregory Porter, Great Voices of Harlem VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 8/29 & Tuesday 9/2

I end up doing more memorial shows than is comfortable, but it’s happening in the jazz world: a magnificent generation in its seventies and eighties is filing out of the room—we keep tremulously awaiting Who’s Next—so it’s a pleasure to report on someone who didn’t die. Despite a Farewell To note on Facebook, the cellist Abdul Wadud is still bowing and plucking among us. I programmed Dogon A.D., the Julius Hemphill classic to which Wadud contributed so much, anyway, and followed it up with another classic of that jazz generation, the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s People in Sorrow, which I’d almost programmed on Malachi Favors’ birthday, and mine, the week before. Both pieces were recorded during the period in which Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns declared jazz to have been dead. These are some fine zombies. From there this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Doggone Brooklyn time—moves on to Bartok’s sonata for solo violin, its daddy the Bach chaconne, and Beethoven’s always disturbing Grosse Fuge, but herewith Updoc breaks new ground: my deejay announcements were made while lying on the floor of an overbooked Amtrak train headed for NY from RI, and then later from a seat, with side-commentary provided by two guys from Luxembourg and a lady from New Rochelle—and this in the quiet car! For the past few months, Kip Hanrahan has been doing the most adventurous show on taintradio or for that matter anywhere, but has he done this? There were people stepping on me, when the show must go on. Yo, Kip: this is a thrown gauntlet, man. I have raised the ante. Your move.DOGONTRAK*

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 8/22 & Tuesday 8/26

Not much thesis left—Monk’s harmony plus arpeggiating tenorist equals sheets of sound—in this week’s Thelonious Monk-John Coltrane followup show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Five Spot time—but I did want to get to some of the live tracks from Carnegie Hall and the Five Spot that didn’t air last week. The atmosphere gets very complex and crowded with those guys playing together, and last week I skipped to later Trane and a Mozart concerto for a breath of different air. This week I wanted to hear women sing: Nellie McKay, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Shiela Jordan, Laurie Anderson, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Stacey Kent, Abbey Lincoln and of course Lady Day, among others still. Miles Davis drops in too, and so might you. You’reREDBLUETM most welcome.

Jazz In The A.M. – 08/21/2014 – Ep. 236


Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Bobby Hutcherson – Teddy – Enjoy The View – Blue Note – 2014
Jimmy Cobb – Amsterdam After Dark – The Original Mob – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Cyrus Chestnut – Two Heartbeats – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Diva – All My Tomorrows – A Swingin’ Life – MCG Jazz – 2014
Joe Magnarelli – In Walked Lila – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Steve Khan – Never Let Me Go – Subtext – Tone Center – 2014
Dee Alexander – Soul Serenade – Songs My Mother Loves – Bluejazz Records – 2014
Bobby Broom – Oh, Lady Be Good – My Shining Hour – Origin Records – 2014
Alex Garcia’s Afromantra – 11:11 Spirit – This Side Of Mestizaje – AfroMantra Music – 2014

Orrin Evans – Simply Green – Liberation Blues – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
The Oliver Gannon Quartet – Chi Chi – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Hendrick Meurkens/Misha Tsiganov – Norwegian Wood – Junity – HMS – 2014
Freda Payne – Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most – Come Back to Me Love – Artistry Music – 2014
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – Embraceable You – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
Elio Villanca – Caribbean Tinge – Cofradias – Caribbean Tinge – Motema Music – 2014
Barbara Morrison – I Didn’t Know What Time It Was – I Love You, Yes I Do – Savant Records – 2014
Fred Hersch Trio – Home Fries – Floating – Palmetto Records – 2014
Anthony Branker – Forward – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014

Joshua Redman – Soul Dance – Trios Live – Nonesuch – 2014
The Sean Jones Quartet – New Journey – Im·pro·vise Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo – Woody ‘N’ You – Duologue – MCG Jazz – 2014
Gregory Porter – Black Nile – Water – Motema Music – 2010
Walter White – Bye, Bye, Blackbird – Most Triumphant – Summit Records – 2014
Wayne Coniglio/Scott Whitfield – Beatrice – Fast Friends – Summit Records – 2014
Cyrille Aimee – Caravan – It’s a Good Day – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Helen Sung – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Anthem For A New Day – Concord Music Group – 2014
Chris Greco – In Your Own Sweet Way – Standards, Vol. 1 – GWSFourwinds Records – 2014

Ralph Bowen – You Don’t Know What Love Is – Standard Deviation – PosiTone Records – 2014
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein – Dixie Walker – Viper’s Drag – Impulse – 2014
Jae Sinnett – Sunny – Subject to Change – J-Net Music – 2014
Brenda Earle Stokes – Everything I Love – Right About Now – Alsheneeds Music – 2014
David Ullmann 8 Ocelot – Corduroy – Little Sky Records – 2014
Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – Idris – Big Boss – Zoho – 2014
Laurie Antonioli – People’s Parties – Songs Of Shadow, Songs Of Light – Origin Records – 2014
Tommy Smith – I Apologise – Whispering Of The Stars – Spartacus Records – 2014
Tony Kadleck Big Band – African Skies – Around The Horn – Anthony Kadleck – 2014

Jazz In The A.M. – 08/14/2014 – Ep. 235


Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – Blues Skies – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
Cyrus Chestnut – Pocket Full Of Blues – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – Tickle – Mother’s Touch – PosiTone Records – 2014
Dee Alexander – Lonesome Lover – Songs My Mother Loves – Bluejazz Records – 2014
Adrian Cunningham – Scoot – Ain’t That Right! The Music Of Neal Hefti – Arbors Records – 2014
The Bill Warfield Big Band – Theme For Malcolm – Trumpet Story – Planet Arts – 2014
Gregory Porter, Donald Smith, Mansur Scott, Paul Zauner´s Blue Brass – Days of Wine and Roses – Great Voices of Harlem – PAO Records – 2014
Louis Hayes – Shape Shifting – Return Of The Jazz Communicators – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Hendrick Meurkens I Misha Tsiganov – West Coast Blues – Junity – HMS – 2014

The Oliver Gannon Quartet – Come Rain Or Come Shine – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Craig Wuepper – A Little Monkish Music, Please! – Storytelling – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Joe Magnarelli – Miles’ Mode – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Barbara Morrison – Canadian Sunset – I Love You, Yes I Do – Savant Records – 2014
Gerald Beckett – Tempus Fugit – The Messenger – Summit Records – 2014
Jaki Byard – All the Things You Are – The Late Show – An Evening With Jaki Byard – Highnote Records – 2014
Barbara Ween – Out Of This World – Detour Ahead – Barbara Ween – 2013
Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – In The Grass – Big Boss – Zoho – 2014
The Sean Jones Quartet – I Don’t Give a Damn Blues – Im·pro·vise – Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014

Ralph Bowen – You Stepped out of a Dream – Standard Deviation – PosiTone Records – 2014
Steve Khan – Blue Subtext – Subtext – Tone Center – 2014
Anthony Branker – If We Must Die – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014
Rodney Whitake – Mr. Magic – When We Find Ourselves Alone – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein Dixie Walker Viper’s Drag Impulse 2014
Bob Mamet Take The A Train (Featuring Paul Wertico & Larry Gray) London House Blues Bluejazz 2014
Freda Payne I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water Come Back to Me Love Artistry Music 2014
Bobby Broom The Jitterbug Waltz My Shining Hour Origin Records 2014
Holly Hofmann Jack of Hearts Low Life Capri Records 2014

Craig Scott Quintet – Groovin’ High – Introducing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Mimi Jones Band – Speedbump – Balance – Hot Tones Music – 2013
Chris Greco – Mood Indigo – Standards, Vol. 1 – GWSFourwinds Records – 2014
Cyrille Aimée – Young at Heart – It’s a Good Day – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Fred Hersch Trio – Autumn Haze – Floating – Palmetto Records – 2014
Steve Kaldestad With The Mike LeDonne Trio – Blues Straight Up – Straight Up – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Gregory Porter – But Beautiful – Water – Motema Music – 2010
Helen Sung – Hope Springs Eternally – Anthem For A New Day – Concord Music Group – 2014
Diva – Nothin’ – A Swingin’ Life – MCG Jazz – 2014

Not In Mississippi

This week Howlings moving continents, going for originals and getting a “folkie” on the porch. If you like your blues ‘n roots music varied and cool, Taint’s obviously the right place to park your butt!


Sean Rowe – “tuff to sell real estate like this”

Driving This Highway Howlin’ Wolf Sings The Blues VIDEO
Growing Pains The Snyders Growing Pains VIDEO
Shine my Diamond Ring Sean Rowe Madman VIDEO
Groove In G Playing For Change Songs Around The World Vol. 2 VIDEO
Dioungo Diabel Cissokho/Ramon Goose Mansana Blues VIDEO
1952 Vincent Black Lightning Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics VIDEO
Baby Please Don’t Go Roy Rogers Blues On The Range VIDEO
Call me the breeze J.J. Cale Naturally VIDEO
Hometown Blues [Live] Steve Earle Live In Nashville, 1995 VIDEO
Heartattack and Vine Tom Waits Heartattack & Vine VIDEO
Groundhog Blues Ian Siegal Swagger VIDEO
Sho’ Nuff I Do Elmore James & His Broomdusters Dust My Rhythm & Blues The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55 VIDEO
Too Many Tears Roy Lee Johnson When A Guitar Plays The Blues VIDEO
St James Infirmary Big Bad Wolf Reverbnation VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 8/15 & Tues. 8/19

There’s a general notion that when John Coltrane kicked his heroin habit in the spring of 1957 he pretty much turned into Superman, and that notion is generally correct; but while working on a book project, with discography in hand and music in ear, I’ve done a lot of close, nerdic listening and come up with some interpretative detail, and I wanted to air some of my Tranespotting’s results on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Five Spot time. The upshot is that Trane’s epochal six-month gig with Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot was crucial to everything he would play in the future: hardly earthshaking news—my friend Mike Zwerin was there almost every night and told me that ‘everybody’ knew this was the biggest thing to happen in jazz since Bird—but there’s always something new to learn about an event of such scope. You can tell from Coltrane’s first recording after getting well—his eponymous leader date for Prestige—that he’s no longer a brilliant but somehow impaired player: his sound has doubled in strength and his lines don’t break when they head for the sky; but a couple of months later he’s in trouble and faltering on the great Monk’s Music “little red wagon” date, and there’s the rumor that Monk’s callout “Coltrane, Coltrane!” was meant to pull the relapsed junkie from his nod to the microphone; but I side with producer Orrin Keepnews, who said that Monk was making sure of the solo order. What happens to Trane on Epistrophy and Well You Needn’t is Monk showing him how much he still had to learn, and Monk throws a wealth of inconvenient chordal architecture at the tenorist to prove it. How quickly Coltrane assimilated the lesson led to the complexification of his already arpeggiated style and to those famous sheets of sound. Tune in and see how; though don’t worry, I’ll keep the chatter brief and let your ears find their way (the book pages look like something by David Foster Wallace). Anyway, after a lot of Coltrane intensity we cool off with a Mozart piano concerto and then join John Coltrane, appropriately, in saying Dear Lord.MonkTraneLarge

After The Larmer

This week Howling’s back on the porch at Taint after a festival bringing with him a remixed classic, a couple of eternal travellers and a visit from the blues police. Sure nuff, this the place to find an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.

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Little By Little Junior Wells Breezy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Chicago Rock & Roll VIDEO
Shakedown Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Do Tell VIDEO
Jezebel Marcus Bonfanti Shake The Walls VIDEO
Soleil Rob Heron And The Tea Pad Orchestra Talk About The Weather VIDEO
You’ve Changed Dave + Phil Alvin Common Ground: the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy VIDEO
Got to Move Your Baby Lightnin’ Hopkins Electro Blues Vol.1 VIDEO
Cryin’ At Daybreak (Ft. Howlin’ Wolf) Swing Republic Electro Blues Vol.1 VIDEO
Mr. Devil Blues Joe Williams Peabody Blues VIDEO
Minglewood Blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers R. Crumb’s Heroes Of Blues, Jazz & Country VIDEO
How Long Blues The Perch Creek Family Jugband Tall Tales VIDEO
I Want To Be Happy Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective Dug Deep, Found Steel VIDEO
I Wanna Ramble Jerimiah Marques Down By The River VIDEO
Watching the Weather Truckstop Honeymoon The Madness of Happiness VIDEO
Underground Corey Harris Fulton Blues VIDEO
Just Got Some Willie Mabon Breezy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Chicago Rock & Roll VIDEO
Hard Times Chad Strenz Shake-Down VIDEO


This week Howlings pondering on the efficacy of substances, a loss to medical science and a  a girls night out. As you can guess, its the usual Taint shenanigans interspersed with some of the finest blues and roots on the net


Tom Jones – “You can take the boy out of Wales”

Man With The Blues Willie Nelson Country Music VIDEO
Morning Train Giles Corey Stoned Soul VIDEO
I Ain’t From Mississippi Bill Blue Mojolation VIDEO
Terms Of My Surrender John Hiatt Terms Of My Surrender VIDEO
T’aint Nobody’s Business Eric Ranzoni The Blues Of Eric Rannzoni VIDEO
Absinthe Otis Taylor Recapturing The Banjo VIDEO
Misery Brick Fields Go Ahead and Sang the Blues VIDEO
Did Trouble Me Tom Jones Praise & Blame VIDEO
Too Much Stuff Guy Tortora Prodigal Songs VIDEO
Vicksburg Blues Little Brother Montgomery The Paramount Masters VIDEO
New Highway 51 Tommy McClennan Best Of Tommy McClennan VIDEO
Blues Never Die Lurrie Bell Lurrie Bell VIDEO
You Win Again Sammy Blue A Blues Odyssey VIDEO
Don’t Pass Me By Sean Costello Sean Costello VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 8/1 & Tuesday 8/5

One of the things I like best about Judith Weir’s music is that there’s only music in it: no dogma, no extraneous rhetorical gestures, no showy displays of compositional chops . . . you know what I mean: she’s pared it down to the essential, purely musical statement and that’s aplenty. I’m reminded of Sibelius’ claim to be providing pure spring water; Weir is in the same business. The sixty-year-old composer, raised in England but of Scottish origin, was recently made Master of the Queen’s Music—the musical equivalent of Poet Laureate—the first woman to hold that position, so this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Niagara Falls time— celebrates her with three pieces: a piano concerto, a string quartet, and her wonderful orchestral composition The Welcome Arrival of Rain. The rest of the show falls in line with modern melodic mostly non-abrasive music like Orion and the Pleiades by Takemitsu, Zemlinsky’s Sinfonietta, and the papa-daddy of the idiom, Jeux by Claude Debusssy—cooling summer music, it seems to me; in any case the kind of thing I’ve wanted to listen to this week. Come by for a sip if you like.WeirLarge