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!

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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

Evergreen

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

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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

Jazz In The A.M. – 07/31/2014 – Ep. 234

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Adrian Cunningham – Girl Talk – Ain’t That Right! The Music Of Neal Hefti – Arbors Records – 2014
Hendrick Meurkens I Misha Tsiganov Pent Up House Junity HMS 2014
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – Giant Steps – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
Rebecca Kilgore – Goldfinger – I Like Men – Arbors Records – 2014
Louis Hayes – Soul-Leo – Return Of The Jazz Communicators – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Jimmy Cobb – Sunday in New York – The Original Mob – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Gregory Porter – Magic Cup – Water – Motema Music – 2010
Joe Magnarelli – Third Set – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Shirazette Tinnin – Her Powerful Locs – Humility: Purity of My Soul – Hot Tones Music – 2014

1:00
Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – Dita – Mother’s Touch – PosiTone Records – 2014
Theo Croker – The Fundamentals – AfroPhysicist – Sony Masterworks – 2014
Holly Hofmann – Make Me Rainbows – Low Life – Capri Records – 2014
Diva – Blackberry Winter – A Swingin’ Life – MCG Jazz – 2014
Helen Sung – Never Let Me Go – Anthem For A New Day – Concord Music Group – 2014
Elio Villafranca – Two To Tango – Caribbean Ting – Motema Music – 2014
Dee Alexander – Softly As In A Morning Sunrise – Songs My Mother Loves – Bluejazz Records – 2014
Anthony Branke – Hope – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014
The Oliver Gannon Quartet – How Deep Is The Ocean – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live Records – 2014

2:00
The Sean Jones Quartet – 60th & Broadway – Im·pro·vise Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Steve Kaldestad With The Mike LeDonne Trio – Blues Straight Up – Straight Up – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Jaki Byard – For All We Know The Late Show/An Evening With Jaki Byard – Highnote Records – 2014
Gregory Porter – Water Under Bridges – Liquid Spirit – Blue Note Records – 2013
Cyrus Chestnut – Bag’s Groove – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Mike LeDonne – I Love Every Little Thing About You – I Love Music – Savant Records – 2014
Freda Payne – Haven’t We Met – Come Back to Me Love – Artistry Music – 2014
David Weiss – MJ – When Words Fail – Motema Music – 2014
Bobby Hutcherson – Montara – Enjoy The View – Blue Note – 2014

3:00
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein – Viper’s Drag – Viper’s Drag – Impulse – 2014
Craig Scott Quintet – Corner Table – Introducing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Gerald Beckett – Searching the Unknown – The Messenger – Summit Records – 2014
Bossa Nova Sinfonico – Corcovado – Bossa Nova Sinfonico – National Center Of Music – 2014
Steve Khan – Bird Food – Subtext – Tone Center – 2014
Bob Mamet – Someday My Prince Will Come – London House Blues – Bluejazz – 2014
Barbara Morrison – I Didn’t Know What Time It Was – I Love You, Yes I Do – Savant Records – 2014
Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – Big Boss – Big Boss – Zoho – 2014
Joshua Redman – Never Let Me Go – Trios Live – Nonesuch – 2014

Surely A Contender

This week Howling has a senior moment, comes across a lot of B’s and laments over an icons diet. If none of this makes any sense it really doesn’t matter because this is Taint and thrown in the nonsense is an hour of the finest blues and roots on the net

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Doc MacLean – “Doesn’t sing American Pie”

The Backlash Blues Nina Simone Blue For You VIDEO
Do You Know What I Think? Allison Burnside Express Allison Burnside Express VIDEO
You Don’t Know Kirk Fletcher Shades of Blue VIDEO
Changing Love Clarence Jolly Double Trouble The Cobra Records Story 1 VIDEO
Short Dress Woman Muddy Waters Muddy Waters Folk Singer VIDEO
East St. Louis Blues Sid Selvidge The Cold Of The Morning VIDEO
Down Moses The Ebony 3 Vocal Trio Les Plus Beaux Gospels VIDEO
Blue Day Ira Walker Mixposure VIDEO
15_Minute_Blues Richard Townend Seven Sins VIDEO
Charley James’ Blues Doc MacLean Narrow House VIDEO
Who’s Crying Now B.B. & The Blues Shacks Businessmen VIDEO
Don’t Want to See You Go Stacy Puckett Masters of the Cigar Box Guitar VIDEO
Rock And Roll Doctor Little Feat Feats Don’t Fail Me Now VIDEO
Drinkin’ Woman St. Louis Jimmy I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
The Freeze Fenton & The Castle Rockers I Pity The Fool – The Duke Records Story VIDEO
Just a Memory John Mayall A Special Life VIDEO

 

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri July 25 & Tues July 29

The famous jazz version of Victor Young’s Delilah, love theme from CB DeMille’s wonderfully schlocky Samson and Delilah—Hedy Lamarr was a wiz with torpedo guidance systems but took forever to figure out the haircut gimmick—was by the Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet, but John Coltrane performed it in Copenhagen on November 20 1961 with his quartet plus Eric Dolphy, and Trane was in astonishing form on soprano that night, much in the style of The Promise, but longer and maybe more electrifying. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Radio City time—also anniversaries a towering Naima from Antibes in July, 1965. Otherwise the show hasn’t finished saying farewell to Charlie Haden, and there are tracks featuring Ornette Coleman, Shirley Horn, and Pat Metheny, plus two more ballads from the recently released album of duets with Keith Jarrett. The show opens with a change of pace: a brilliant CPE Bach piano sonata that seems situated midway between his dad’s music and that of Haydn, and closes with some new Willie Nelson and then a Charlie Haden vocal for which I should probably be arrested. If you have tears, prepare, you know, and please don’t call the cops.SamsonDelarge

Jazz In The A.M. – 07/24/2014 – Ep. 233

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Louis Hayes – Village Greene – Return Of The Jazz Communicators – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
The Oliver Gannon Quartet – Love For Sale – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Holly Hofmann – Jack of Hearts – Low Life – Capri Records – 2014
Diva – Blues Medley [Goin' To Chicago Blues; Kansas City; Every Day I Have The Blues] – A Swingin’ Life – MCG Jazz – 2014
Bobby Hutcherson – You – Enjoy The View – Blue Note – 2014
Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band – Narnian Dance – Time Management – Summit Records – 2014
Dee Alexander – Peridido – Songs My Mother Loves – Bluejazz Records – 2014
Chris Greco – Yes and No – Standards, Vol. 1 – GWSFourwinds Records – 2014
Cyrus Chestnut – Giant Steps – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014

1:00
The Sean Jones Quartet – New Journey – Im·pro·vise Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Mike LeDonne – Blues for Ball – I Love Music – Savant Records – 2014
Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – Explain It to Me – Mother’s Touch – PosiTone Records – 2014
Freda Payne – Midnight Sun – Come Back to Me Love – Artistry Music – 2014
Ark Ovrutski – Milestones – 44:33 – Zoho – 2014
Adrian Cunningham – Barefoot In The Park – Ain’t That Right! The Music Of Neal Hefti – Arbors Records – 2014
Barbara Morrison – Blow Top Blues – I Love You, Yes I Do – Savant Records – 2014
Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – Sunday Mornin’ – Big Boss – Zoho – 2014
Jerry Bergonzi – Dream Step – Intersecting Lines – Savant Records – 2014

2:00
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
Joshua Redman – Soul Dance – Trios Live – Nonesuch – 2014
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein – Wolverine Blues – Viper’s Drag – Impulse – 2014
Dena Derose – Sunday in New York – We Won’t Forget You…An Homage to Shirley Horn – Highnote Records – 2014
David Weiss – The Intrepid Hub – When Words Fail – Motema Music – 2014
Ralph Bowen – You Don’t Know What Love Is – Standard Deviation – PosiTone Records – 2014
Barbara Ween – Bernie’s Tune – Detour Ahead – Barbara Ween – 2013
Joe Magnarelli – In Walked Lila – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Jimmy Cobb – Minor Blues – The Original Mob – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014

3:00
Hendrick Meurkens/Misha Tsiganov – West Coast Blues – Junity – HMS – 2014
Gerald Beckett – Bittersweet – The Messenger – Summit Records – 2014
Elio Villafranca – Last Train To Paris – Caribbean Ting – Motema Music – 2014
Theo Croker – Moody’s Mood for Love – AfroPhysicist – Sony Masterworks – 2014
Anthony Branker – Slave States – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014
Steve Khan – Never Let Me Go – Subtext – Tone Center – 2014
Brenda Earle Stokes – Got the Time – Right About No – Alsheneeds Music – 2014
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – You’re My Everything – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Concord Music Group – 2014
Todd Bishop Group – Ventimiglia – Travelogue – Origin Records – 2014

RootsWorld Radio: Wednesday at 5:00 PM

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On the 112th edition of RootsWorld Radio, join Cliff Furnald for a musical trip around the planet. We’ll start with some 70s roots-pop music from Algeria, hear some brand new jazz from Morocco, some Nordic roots, a bit of American-African fusion and a NYC klezmer experiment, a return visit to a Persian artist and a new recording by a father and son kora duet. Artists will include Bellamou & Benfissa, Zebrina, Les Abranis, Oum, NID, Imaginary Homeland, Habbadam, Marjan Vahdat, and Toumani & Sidiki Diabate.

More info at www.RootsWorld.org