Rafi Zabor’s Updoc Fri 10/31 & Tues 11/4

When Jack Bruce died at the age of 71 the other day, the grief and praise were equilateral—I didn’t hear sectarian sniffing about rock thisaway and jazz thataway from anyone anywhere: seems he was loved in all departments for his rock heldentenor, his bravura bassplaying in any number of idioms; and that indicates general recognition of the power of music pouring out of the man. Next week Kip Hanrahan, who worked with Jack on a number of projects over a thirty-year span, will clock in with a show more deeply felt and informed than anything I can provide, but I thought I’d get a memorial set in anyway—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, off-Broadway time. There’s some Cream and Lifetime but more than half of it scattershots Jack’s work with Hanrahan. There was not much precedent for the singing Kip asked Jack to do—unrhymed poetry of extreme intelligence, powerfully sexual, political and confessional while also lifting the lid on minds and souls all over the modern world, plus Latin percussion as not heard before, plus advanced jazz musicians finding their freedom in the mix—but Jack absolutely nailed it, then lifted it skyward. Sorry Kip but I have to say it: overall it’s one of the major accomplishments of modern American music. (And for my Mistake of the Week I kept saying Belfast instead of Glasgow.) Then it’s okay to present the brilliant young pianist Igor Levit taking leave of late Beethoven for Bach’s Partitas; he was Schnabelescent with LvB and I hear Lipatti this time out; but the cat can play and it’s a pleasure to hear a Bach pianist who doesn’t try to sound like Gould. Then two more from Branford at Grace Cathedral, chased though not chastened by Trane, and last another Mozart piano concerto, in which apparent thematic simplicity yields a dialogue of beauty and grace that is balm from Gilead and if you tilt your head just right will tell you everything you need to know.JackLast

Jazz Worldwide 27 October 2014

Title Artist Album Composer Label
Night Train King Curtis The Best of King Curtis Jimmy Forrest-Lewis Simpkins-Oscar Washington Capitol Jazz
Night Train to Beirut Va Fan Fahre Al Wa’debt Michael de Schryver Zephyrus
Overnight Train Musaner Once Upon a Time Ara Sarkissian Lucent
Take the A Train Michel Petrucciani Promenade with Duke Billy Strayhorn Blue Note
Take the A Train Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel Billy Strayhorn Tiki Jazz
Take the A Train Paul Carlon La Rumba Is a Lovesome Thing A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn Billy Strayhorn Zoho
Subway Harry Poncho Sánchez Afro-Cuban Fantasy David Torres Concord Picante
2:19 John Hammond Wicked Grin Tom Waits-Kathleen Brennan Virgin
The Train and the River Sam Decker, Will Graefe and Nate Therrien Artifacts: Great Performances from 40 Years of Jazz at NEC Jimmy Guiffre NE Conservatory
Night Train to You Marcin Wasilewski Trio Faithful Marcin Wasilewski ECM
Stop This Train Romain Collin The Calling John Mayer Palmetto
Gone, Just Like a Train Bill Frisell Gone, Just Like a Train Bill Frisell Nonesuch
Le Silence de l’Exode 9 Yom Le Silence de l’Exode Yom Buda Musique
Night Swim Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble Back to the Woods Uri Sharlin Folk Dune
Gnawa Stop Roberto Fonseca Yo R. Hierrezuelo Jazz Village
Yar Ali Arifa Beyond Babylon Sjahin During Mundus
A Woman’s Song Ayelet Rose Gottlieb Roadsides Ayelet Rose Gottlieb Arogole Music
Yerushalaim Ben-Canar Nedudai Ben-Canar Orange World
Dreaming Hijaz Dunes Moufadhel Adhoum Zephyrus
Cuando El Rey Nimrod Jim Guttmann Bessarabian Breakdown Traditional Sephardic Kleztone
Mr Lee 2-Be Water My Friend Karim Baggili Quartet Cuatro con Cuatro Karim Baggili Home Records
Yafa Reem Kelani Sprinting Gazelle Reem Kelani Fuse
Bedouin Roots Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema

I Can’t Help You

This week on Taint Howling’s having happy accidents, promoting the mandolin and admiring an ageing troubadour. Whats this got to do with anything? Well, he doesn’t know either! But don’t worry, Dick’s porch is always the right place to be for an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.

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 Ike Turner – “No poster boy for womens lib”

Never No Mo’ Blues Tommy Duncan & His Western All Stars Western Swingin’ VIDEO
Head Holes Lonesome Shack More Primitive VIDEO
Elmo’s Blues Catfish Hodge Band Eyewitness Blues (60 Minute Edition) VIDEO
I’m Lonesome Baby Ike Turner & His Kings OF Rhythm That Kat Sure Could Play!: 1951 To 1957 VIDEO
Feel So Good (fs / Take 4) Jimmy Thomas Ike Turner Studio Productions: 1963-65 VIDEO
God Came to Claim My Soul Cal Williams Jr Little Black Crow VIDEO
Same Old Blues Matt Woosey Wildest Dreams VIDEO
ABC Blues Walter Brown & Jay McShann & Orchestra Boogie Uproar – Gems From The Peacock Vaults VIDEO
Let’s Talk About Jesus The Bells Of Joy Boogie Uproar – Gems From The Peacock Vaults VIDEO
Burning Fire Gerry Hundt Since Way Back VIDEO
Rude Dawg Lara & The Bluz Dawgz Devil Moon VIDEO
I Believe R.L. Burnside Mississippi Hill Country Blues VIDEO
Alabama Women Dave Ray Legacy VIDEO
That’s All Right Steve Freund Set Me Free VIDEO
Hard Times John Hammond Jr Timeless VIDEO
Caress Me Baby Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughn On The Jimmy Reed Highway VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 10/24 & Tues 10/28

I have the feeling I’m behind the curve on this one, and that a lot of my listeners have heard Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, before I did; but at least once I heard his new album, some kind of funky tour of the Bardos called You’re Dead, I put a bunch of it on the first available Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday. It’s his sixth record, he’s 31 years old and is related to the Coltrane family, and he composes, plays, assembles, mixes, and yes, raps, gets Herbie Hancock to collaborate, and doesn’t sound much like anyone else out there. I know, doesn’t sound like Updoc’s usual fare, and that’s good, even if after it we get onto Christopher Rouse’s pull-no-punches Concerto Per Corde, a 1990 an orchestral recomposition of his 2nd String Quartet, and then there’s a mostly ballad jazz set featuring Branford Marsalis live and unaccompanied at SF’s Grace Cathedral, more Haden-Hall and Barron-Holland duets, and before Carl Nielsen’s imposing 5th Symphony rattles the rafters with echoes of war—it premiered in 1920, when the echoes hadn’t faded—and sounds the prayerful longing for peace that drew many composers at the time, darkly though not entirely without hope. After that Sonny Rollins and Philly Joe Jones trade witticisms that provide a smile at the exit.BardoArmLarge

Jazz Worldwide 057 20 October 2014

Song Artist Album Composer Label
Wise One Afro-Semitic Experience Jazz Souls on Fire John Coltrane Reckless DC Music
Shirim Ad Kan Oran Etkin Gathering Light Traditional Motema
Easy Healing Stefano Bollani Joy in Spite of Everything Stefano Bollani ECM
Farewell Mulgrew The Cookers Time and Time Again George Cables Motema
Chinar Es Anja Lechner-François Couturier Moderato Cantabile Komitas Vardapet ECM New Series
Le Parfum de l’Éxil Louis Sclavis Quartet Silk and Salt Melodies Louis Sclavis ECM
Tenebroso Antonio Adolfo Rio Choro Jazz Ernesto Nazareth AAM Music
Avishkes Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema
Strung Out Again Toby Koenigsberg Trio Drift Elliott Smith Ninjazz Records
Wise One John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song John Coltrane ECM
New Start Adam Smale Out of the Blue Adam Smale Ropeadope
Blue in Green Mostly Other People Do the Killing Blue Miles Davis-Bill Evans Hot Cup Records
Where Can I Go Without You Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden Jasmine Peggy Lee-Victor Young ECM
Senhorina Charlie Dennard From Brazil to New Orleans Guinga-Paulo Cesar Pinheiro www.charliedennard.com
Join Us Jackson The North, feat. Romain Collin Slow Down (This Isn’t the Mainland) Christina Courtin Dowsett Records
Bounce Jacob Young Forever Young Jacob Young ECM
Largo Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder Spark of Life Grazyna Bacewicz ECM
Ghost Dance Matt Slocum Black Elk’s Dream Matt Slocum Chandra

Whilst We Swim In Muddy Waters

This week Howling’s drowning on the porch, relenting on previous decisions and revealing whats wrong with the world. In between all this monesense he plays some of the best blues ‘n roots you’ll hear on the net.

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Lonesome Shack – Blues “down to the bone”

New Blue Black And Evil Blues Alice Moore Black,Brown And Beige VIDEO
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ Preston Shannon Dust My Broom VIDEO
I Got My Mojo Working Katie Bradley & Dudley Ross Anchor Baby Sessions VIDEO
O’ Mary Don’t You Weep Kat Danser Baptized by the Mud VIDEO
Crossing Muddy Waters John Hiatt Here To Stay VIDEO
My Butcher Man Memphis Minnie The Essential Recordings VIDEO
Drive My Car Catfish Hodge Bare Necessities VIDEO
More Primitive Lonesome Shack More Primitive VIDEO
Hambone Blues Mighty Mo Rodgers Redneck Blues VIDEO
10 Death Letter Bert Deivert Kid Man Blues VIDEO
Love In Vain Nigel Mooney All My Love Is In Vain VIDEO
Release and Be Free Kelley Hunt The Beautiful Bones VIDEO
Brown Skin Butterball Mel Walker Black,Brown And Beige VIDEO
You Are Still The One Guitar Ray & The Gamblers Poorman Blues VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 10/17 & Tues 10/21

When the temperature outside cools down, the body may seek escape southward but the soul, it seems to me, orients itself to the north and begins to contemplate the areas of human experience corresponding to the cold and hard; at least that’s what happens to my listening habits, and this week I got as far as Finland, that nation of a mere 5.3 million souls contributing a disproportionate wealth of sound to first-rate modern ‘classical’ music. First Finn up on this week’s show—8PM on Friday and noon next Tuesday, NY Rangers icetime—is Kajia Saariaho’s Oltra Mar (Across the Sea) with its ice-crystal textures wrought in orchestra and chorus. Later on there’s Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto, which proceeds from icy altitudes toward melodic shelter, and in between the two youngsters the Papadaddy of Finnish music: Jean Sibelius represented by a towering performance of his tone poem The Oceanides. But that’s not all, folks: there’s jazz and more: newly released tracks of duet performances by Charlie Haden and Jim Hall in concert and by Kenny Barron and Dave Holland in the studio begin and end the show, with interstitial stuffing from Jason Moran’s newish tribute album to Fats Waller, the haunting though unhaunted voice of Aoife O’Donovan has me in its spell, twice, and then there’s some new Prince with his shadowband 3rdEyeGirl. You can’t ask for more than that, and if you can, I’d need more than two hours to answer you, so please set yourself down and take what you can get, with the blessing.RockSibLarger

Nice Work

This week, Howling’s  talking about sibling loyalty and  the first rock n roll star whilst he declines help from a couple of friends and accepts it from another. Sounds busy on the porch but don’t worry, he still plays an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots  you’ll find on the net

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Memphis Jug Band – “It doesn’t get better than this”
Tennessee Border Hank Williams Jack White’s Blues VIDEO
Ghosts Of Mississippi Iko-Iko Bullets In The Bonfire Vol 1 VIDEO
You Better Watch Yourself The Mannish Boys Wrapped Up and Ready VIDEO
Long Way From Home (acoustic) Katie Bradley & Dudley Ross Anchor Baby Sessions VIDEO
Cadillac Blues Tullie Brae Everything Turns Blue VIDEO
Evolution Of The Blues Terrie Odabi Evolution Of The Blues VIDEO
Me And My Chauffeur Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke Restless VIDEO
I Don’t Know Willie Mabon/Slim Willis/Otis Spann I Blueskvarter – Chicago 1964 VIDEO
One Monkey Big Town Playboys Roll The Dice VIDEO
Catfish Blues Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Alone And Acoustic VIDEO
Work Song Gregory Porter Be Good VIDEO
Move That Thing The Memphis Jug Band Memphis Jug Band (1927-1930) VIDEO
Stealin, Stealin The King Biscuit Boys All in a days work VIDEO
Home Again Poplar Jake No More Sygnifyin’ VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Oct 10 & Tues Oct 14

There are moments of high drama in Mozart, but apart from the operas his is most often a music of unbounded felicity, and in rounding off recent shows with his piano concertos I felt that I was soothing any breasts the preceding music may have savaged; but then I heard from a great listener and musician whose name I will not mention—Kip Hanrahan—asking Mozart? Bach and Beethoven, sure, but Mozart? Then he rummaged through the adjectives I’d left behind looking for an answer. When I was a lad of twenty-and I was a Trane-Mingus-Stravinsky-Bartok kind of guy who likewise wondered why Mozart’s pretty music, diminutive between Bach’s all-encompassing polyphony and Beethoven’s revolutionary breaking of chains, should be so revered. Then I read Robert Stone’s novel A Hall of Mirrors, starring an alcoholic ex-classical clarinetist, and decided that if someone hip as Stone loved Mozart that much there must be something to it, and I resolved to study classical music until I figured out what it was. On this week’s show—Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall time—I read aloud a gorgeous passage about Mozart from Stone’s novel, followed by the piece in question, the Clarinet Quintet, hoping to persuade anyone out there that in this heavy world transcendent bliss is something not lightly to be refused. Having set a pattern, I then read aloud a stunning passage from Thomas Powers’ recent, uneven novel Orfeo depicting the premiere performance of Messiaen’s Quartet For the End of Time in a Nazi POW camp, also featuring a clarinet (Richard Stoltzman, in place of Sabine Meyer on the Mozart). That should answer all relevant questions except for one thing: I framed and intermissed the show with Duke Ellington tunes featuring Barney Bigard, Jimmy Hamilton and Russell Procope, and even the immortals know there’s nothing else even close to good as that.EndM

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 10/4 & Tues 10/8

300 is a totemic number because we have ten fingers and three hands and drive Chryslers and Mercedes, but that doesn’t mean the 300th iteration of Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Chrysler Building time—has any special significance, though I felt compelled to do some especially subtle and intricate programming for the event, then decided Naah, why not just play some music that means a lot to be, my sort of fallback kit, music central to my experience of everything; so the show starts with the tune that opened the first Updoc several centuries ago: the speedstreak 14-minute Sonny Rollins version of 52nd Street Theme played by the trio that was my first experience of hearing Sonny Rollins live, at the Five Spot in 1964. A year later, though you won’t have to wait that long, the John Coltrane Qyartet played a version of Impressions at the Half Note across town—is this the most intense music played by anyone anywhere ever? A searing Mravinsky reading of the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony does not ease things up much, and Miles Davis keeps most of the pressure up. The rest of the show is Beethoven’s 13th String Quartet with the Grosse Fuge finale, as played by the Takacs Quartet, and although pressed for time I air a bit of my interpretation of the piece in the intro. It’s revolutionary, but fortunately Beethoven is deaf. All this music stands by me, and will sit beside you nicely, I believe.300Movie2