The 10th Floor

This week, Howling’s examining classic rock ‘n roll behaviour, describing a man missing his piano and warns of the approach of a pedant! Sounds exciting? No? Don’t worry, theres still an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots to keep you happy.


Peetie Wheatstraw ” Couldn’t find a piano?”

Mean And Evil Baby Tom Archia The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
Small World Baby The Stumble The World Is Tough VIDEO
03 Taildraggin’ Woman The Blues Spiders All My Fault VIDEO
Six Three 0 Robert Nighthawk The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
I’m Not Signifying The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street [Extras] VIDEO
12 Hot Chicken 032714 Don Flemons Prospect Hill HiFi VIDEO
Handful Of Arrows Kelly Joe Phelps Tunesmith Retrofit VIDEO
Got To Move Fleetwood Mac Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac VIDEO
Ramblin’ Blues Roy Rogers Blues On The Range VIDEO
Bad Liquor Blues Scrapper Blackwell Alcohol Coke & Gin VIDEO
Devil’s Son-in-Law Peetie Wheatstraw The Devil’s Son-in-Law VIDEO
Lost Mind Jeff Golub Blues For You VIDEO
Judgement Day Aki Kumar Don’t Hold Back VIDEO
That’s All Right Louis Myers Complete recordings 1956-71 VIDEO

Updoc Friday Dec. 19 & Tuesday Dec. 23

Although I’m ethnically and essentially Jewish and by informal inclination Sufi, when I scan civilizations as currently on offer I am grateful to have been born into a culture of predominantly Christian heritage and conformation rather than, say, the atavistic Muslim world or Israel as it seems determined to become. Yes, I am the grateful inheritor of a culture rich in individual privilege declining into lethal inanity, of once-functioning democratic institutions, a perforated barrier between church and state that originated in a subtly poised distinction between God and Caesar way back when, a fraying bill of human rights even including those, sometimes, of minorities, though we’d better not crack wise to to the police or make any sudden moves even if we’re ofays; where the rich eat the heart out of the rest of us and we don’t behead our infidels on TV but play War of the Worlds Martians in real life from a distance, without mussing our hair, though we’re free betweentimes to fret about filling village skies with fear 365/12/52/24/7 and blowing up the neighbors . . . So, while the seas rise and the beautiful species die as we roll over them in our sleep, here’s to Christmas and its birth of hope despite all. You think I’m being ironic about this? I’m not being ironic about this. True, Updoc would rather be living in Paris or Istanbul but the Brooklyn that shielded my family from the Holocaust will do, and the season’s music—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Bloomingdales’ window time—will feature Bach, the Eastern churches, maybe a couple of blues for humanity, wishing all well and hoping that grace may find us out.TRIBUTE

Jazz Worldwide 062 15 December 2014

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Experience The Touré-Raichel Collective The Tel Aviv Session Vieux Farka Touré-Idan Raichel Cumbancha
Le Silence de l’Exode 2 Yom Le Silence de l’Exode Yom Buda Musique
Yemen Suite Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema
Hodu The Touré-Raichel Collective The Paris Session Idan Raichel-Vieux Farka Touré Cumbancha
Shirim Ad Kan Oran Etkin Gathering Light Traditional Motema
The Astounding Eyes of Rita Anouar Brahem The Astounding Eyes of Rita Anouar Brahem ECM
Black Ice Tribecastan Strange Cousin Jeff Greene-John Kruth Evergreene
Mundau by Day Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble Back to the Woods Uri Sharlin Folk Dune
Ararat Prayer Stefano Battaglia The River of Anyder Stefano Battaglia ECM
Rio Part XIV Keith Jarrett Rio Keith Jarrett ECM
Ko Kuma Magni Kassé Mady Diabaté Kiriké Kassé Mady Diabaté Six Degrees
Avishkes Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema
Wise One John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song John Coltrane ECM
Bounce Jacob Young Forever Young Jacob Young ECM
Largo Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder Spark of Life Grazyna Bacewicz ECM
Alphabet Town Toby Koenigsberg Trio Drift Elliott Smith Ninjazz Records
Before You Know It Ezra Weiss Sextet Before You Know It Exra Weiss Roark Records
Kudzu Frank Kimbrough Quartet Frank Kimbrough Quartet Frank Kimbrough Palmetto

A Pink Suit And Fedora

This week Howling’s joined on the porch by Jonathan Townsend of The King Biscuit Boys in putting together a playlist based around yet another blues vice – the demon drink. For an hour they try to stay stay sober whilst talking about feuding duo’s, outlandish outfits and what to listen to whilst sipping whiskey. Oh, and in-between that,  they spin an hour of alcohol soaked blues ‘n roots.


Bukka White – “Now, here did I put my sombrero?”

I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams  Hank Williams Jr. Old School New Rules VIDEO
Sloppy Drunk Jimmy Rogers Chicago Bound VIDEO
Too Drunk To Drive Drunk Joe Louis Walker Hellfire VIDEO
Bay Rum Blues Lee Bates & Billy Newton Nothing But Trouble VIDEO
Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Johnny Otis The New Johnny Otis Show VIDEO
Drinkin’ Blues Johnny Winter Nothin’ But the Blues VIDEO
Whiskey headed woman No 2 Canned Heat Boogie with Canned Heat VIDEO
Bootlegger Blues Mississippi Shieks The Music Of Prohibition VIDEO
20% Alcohol J.B. Hutto Hawk Squat VIDEO
Lemonade Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets  This is Black Top VIDEO
Oo-oo-ee The Blues Band Brand Loyalty VIDEO
Good Gin Blues Bukka White The Panama Limited VIDEO
Let Me Go Home, Whiskey Amos Milburn R&B Hits Of 1953 V1 VIDEO
Bad Bad Whiskey (Bonus Track) Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites VIDEO
Tanqueray Johnnie Johnson Johnnie B. Bad VIDEO
Drinking By Myself William Clarke Blowin’ Like Hell VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 12/12 &Tues 12/16

There’s probably no surer way to scotch the chances of any contemporary mortal twelve-piece jazz ensemble than by playing an Ellington masterpiece immediately before it, but somehow five pieces selected from Marcus Roberts’ two-CD suite Romance, Swing, and the Blues, played by the dozen members of his Modern Jazz Generation, half students and half young lions, do just fine after fifteen minutes of Ellington at his finest on this week’s Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Upper Broadway time. Roberts composed it in 1993 for the Lincoln Center big band but recorded it only this year, aided by a Kickstart, and Updoc’s selections steer clear of occasional Wyntonisms and even some Dukish pastiche to show off a fine ensemble playing fresh music, with special kudos to tenorist Stephen Riley, whose velvet fog fares better in a large group than at the head of a quartet, and bassist Rodney Jordan, who does even more than a fine Jason Marsalis to keep the swing coming. After that Miguel Zenón’s big band survives yet another sophisticated cloud of Ellington and then we see how Cecil Taylor’s obsessively structured units fare in the arena. Finally a youngster name of Bach provides a Partita for a few pianists to try their hand at until an oldster name of Gould deploys enough absurdist virtuosity to make me laugh out loud almost every time. And happy birthday Kip.MarcusDuke

Jazz Worldwide 061 8 December 2014

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
Take Me Back Keith Jarrett-Charlie Haden-Paul Motian Hamburg ’72 Keith Jarrett ECM
Lord Give Me Wings Ezra Weiss Sextet Before You Know It [Bonus] Ezra Weiss Roark Records
Afternoon in Paris Frank Kimbrough Quartet Frank Kimbrough Quartet John Lewis Palmetto
Glow Tord Gustavsen Quartet Extended Circle Tord Gustavsen ECM
Beauty Jacob Young Forever Young Jacob Young ECM
Easy Healing Stefano Bollani Joy in Spite of Everything Stefano Bollani ECM
Canción y Danza Anja Lechner-François Couturier Moderato Cantabile Federico Mompou ECM New Series
Bedouin Roots Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema
Humility Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá
Speak Low Delfeayo Marsalis The Last Southern Gentlemen Kurt Weill Troubadour Jass
Tristezze di Fra’ Martino Gianluigi Trovesi-Gianni Coscia Round About Weill Traditional ECM
Trouble Man Frank Kimbrough Quartet Frank Kimbrough Quartet Kurt Weill Palmetto
My Ship Keith Jarrett-Charlie Haden Last Dance Kurt Weill ECM
December Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum Anders Jormin ECM
December Blue Duke Ellington Piano Reflections Duke Ellington Capitol Jazz
Autumn Confirmation Adam Smale Out of the Blue Adam Smale Ropeadope
Autumn Leaves Julian Lage Group Gladwell Jacques Prévert-Johnny Mercer-Joseph Kosma Emarcy
Autumn Leaves Ahmad Jamal Legendary OKEH & Epic Recordings Jacques Prévert-Johnny Mercer-Joseph Kosma Epic-Legacy
Autumn Digging Dance Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Third River Rangoon Brian O’Neill Tiki Jazz
Autumn Leaves Edmar Castaneda Cuarto de Colores Jacques Prévert-Johnny Mercer-Joseph Kosma
Two Sides of Autumn Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá
Autumn Flowers Omar Sosa Calma Omar Sosa Otá

My Humble Opinion

This week Howlings telling tales of escaping the plantation, recounting all night parties in record shops and imagining a serious night out!. He’s also spinning an hour of serious blues ‘n roots.


Blind Willie McTell  -“Is it me or can you smell smoke?”

Lollipop Mama Clarence Samuels The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
Play The Blues With Feeling Eddie Martin Blues Took Me By The Hand Volume 2: The Electric Sessions VIDEO
Twelve Gates to the City Empire Roots Band Music from “Harlem Street Singer” VIDEO
What Makes These Things Happen to Me Eddie Boyd Rockin’ This House – Chicago Blues Piano – 1946-53 VIDEO
Treat Me Like I Treat You Memphis Slim Blues From Dolphins Of Hollywood VIDEO
Hang on St. Christopher Tom Waits Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years VIDEO
Sunny Could Lick All Them Cats Chuck E. Weiss Extremely Cool VIDEO
Goin Down Slow Tom Jones & Jeff Beck Red White & Blues VIDEO
I Want To Drive My Car Neil Young Storytone (Acoustic Disc) VIDEO
Yard Man Luther Dickinson Rock ‘n Roll Blues VIDEO
Don’t Waste My Time Grady Champion Bootleg Whiskey VIDEO
Dusty Road Mark “The Muleman” Massey Mississippi Lockdown VIDEO
Dying Gambler Blind Willie McTell High Rollers – Vintage Gambling Songs - VIDEO
Sittin’ Drinkin’ And Thinkin’ Little Junior Parker I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
Don’t Leave Me My Dear Champion Jack Dupree Me And My Mule VIDEO
10 Dollar Bill Otis Taylor Contraband VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Dec 5 & Tues Dec 9

The 50th anniversary of the recording of A Love Supreme will ring its bell during the Tuesday rebroadcast of this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Van Gelder Studio time—but we’ll get a jump on it Friday night, playing the entire album buttressed by other Coltrane recordings from the period, some of them on the rare side. Since John Coltrane has had a greater effect on me than any artist in any medium, I try to say a few things about him on the show. For this promo I consulted the Brooklyn Oracle, and this is what She said: “Just as with Bach who, especially but not exclusively in his solo keyboard pieces, seems to be approaching all possible musical sounds and possibilities as a single sphere, visible and palpable to him, from which he then articulates any one of a probable infinity of its detailings, the part thereby suggesting the whole and the demonstration implying metaphysically the relationship between the primordial Unity of Being with any one of its infinite possible instancings; so John Coltrane, addressing the identical situation from within his stance as an artist seems in his most furious arpeggiations to be tearing from the face of that primordial sphere a skein of notes likewise suggesting the whole, this time not as a demonstration of radiant cosmic order but as revelation written in letters of fire. I don’t mean to suggest that these are the only two alternatives available to a divinely inspired artist, properly so-called, but they indicate a range of possibilities and impart a sense of scale.” She added that the music will supply any explanation needed.TraneSupreme

Beyond the Groove Yard 11/30 &12/3

This episode: South African jazz & township jive
Hour One:
Abdullah Ibrahim  Tintinyana  Tintinyana  Kaz
Abdullah Ibrahim  Mountain of the Night  South Africa  Enja
Abdullah Ibrahim  Homecoming Song  African Marketplace  Elektra
Morris Goldberg Cewewal  Morris Goldberg Quartet  MVN
Hugh Masekela  Emavungweni  Uptownship RCA
Ojoyo  Spoles  Forward Motion  Ojoyo
Hugh Masekela  U-Dwi  The Americanization of Ooga Booga  MGM
Hugh Masekela & Dudu Pukwana  Nomali  Home is Where the Music Is  Verve
Hugh Masekela  Mandela  Hope  Triloka
Hour Two:
Chris McGregor  Andromeda  Brotherhood of Breath   Neon
Johnny Dyani Eyomzi  Witchdoctor’s Son  SteepleChase
Louis Moholo  You Ain’t Gonna Know Me Cos You Think You Know Me  Spirits Rejoice Ogun
Jazz Epistles  Blues for Hughie  Jazz in Africa  Camden
Miriam Makeba  Vukani  Eyes on Tomorrow  Polydor
Gideon Nxumalo  Home at Last/Having a Ball  Jazz Fantasia  Renown
African Jazz Pioneers  Hellfire  Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival  Intuition
West Nkosi  Up and Down  Rhythm of Healing  Earthworks
Spokes Mashiyane  Kwela Spokes  King of the Penny Whistle  Star Black
Sun Sounds Orchestra  Isangoma  Open the Doors  Eastlawn
George Klein
Beyond the Groove Yard
Sundays 2-4 pm ET & Wednesdays 5-7 am ET
Produced in beautiful mid-town Ypsilanti MI

Don’t Expect Perfection

This week Howling’s blues hounds are hiding behind pseudonyms, rejoicing in the death of white supremacists and getting into the vibe. If that wasn’t enough, Dick’s warning us to prepare for a pedant on the porch. All this, and you still get an hour of  some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Lonesome Sundown – “Of course thats my real name!!”

If Anybody Ask You Lonesome Sundown If Anybody Asks You VIDEO
I Can Read Your Mind Wayne Baker Brooks Tricks Up My Sleeves VIDEO
How Come You’re Still Here Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions VIDEO
Travelin’ To California Albert King Deep feeling VIDEO
That Fool Kelly’s Lot Don’t Give My Blues Away VIDEO
Florida Hurricane St. Louis Jimmy The Aristocrat Blues Story VIDEO
Bilbo Is Dead Andrew Tibbs Blues & Rhythm Classics 1947 -1951 VIDEO
Samson and Delilah Reverend Gary Davis The Pedant Sessions VIDEO
Trying to Get Home Empire Roots Band Empire Roots Band VIDEO
Tell Me, Is There Still A Chance? Goree Carter Deep Feeling VIDEO
Stepchild Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll Time VIDEO
Chocolate To The Bone Barbecue Bob Chocolate To The Bone VIDEO
The Zombie C.W. Stoneking Gon’ Boogaloo VIDEO
They Call Me Mr Calhoun Vince Monroe Bluesin’ By The Bayou – Rough ‘n’ Tough VIDEO
Whatever I am (bonus track) Nina Simone Sings The Blues VIDEO
Vietcong Blues Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band Chicago, The Blues Today Vol 1 VIDEO