Thank You Houston

This week Howling is getting lost in translation, tracing lines of royalty and telling tales of lost limbs. As usual, its a load of nonsense mixed up with an hour of great blues ‘n roots

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The Reverend Shawn Amos

The Reverend Shawn Amos – “Big in the boardroom”

Howlin’ Dog Blues Casey Bill Weldon Casey Bill Weldon Vol. 1 1935-1936 VIDEO
No More Sygnifyin’ Poplar Jake No more Sygnifyin’ VIDEO
Something Inside of Me Shawn Amos The Reverend Tells It VIDEO
Must Have Been The Devil Otis Spann The Blues Never Die VIDEO
Since You Came Along Tina Bednoff & The Cocktailers Tina Bednoff & The Cocktailers VIDEO
Ball And Chain Blues Peg Leg Howell Atlanta Blues VIDEO
Big Fat Mama Blues Houston Stackhouse George Mitchell Collection VIDEO
All Night Long Jimmy “Duck” Holmes All Night Long VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole Blue Mule Enter The Mule VIDEO
Corner of Heartache and Pain Vaneese Thomas Blues for My Father VIDEO
24 Hours Marion James Essence VIDEO
Don’t Leave Me The Canton Spirituals Keep Knocking VIDEO
Please Come Back to Me Robbie Hill &The Blue 62’s Price to Pay VIDEO
10 Too Much Weekend Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ Decisions VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 9/19 & Tuesday 9/23

Okay, I flunked Collage but aced Music Appreciation. And Glenn Gould sang funny, as catching the start of this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall time—will confirm as he croons, with piano accompaniment, while working out his interpretation of Bach’s Partita No. 2; but then he finds his way, the voice desists, and awe might be an apt response to what happens then. This tracklet is followed by Gould’s classic studio recording of the piece, and this is succeeded by an exceptionally lo-fi recording of the John Coltrane Quartet—pre-Elvin Jones, with Pete LaRoca on drums—working out its interpretation in a Philly nightclub of My Favorite Things a few months before the famous recording. Five years later the classic Quartet was playing Afro-Blue in Paris, and by the miracle of modern bootlegging we can listen in; and I didn’t mean to make things difficult for the Charles Lloyd Quartet by playing a concert clip of theirs right after: Lloyd is in more bustling, brawling form than usual, and Keith Jarrett, after a dauntingly virtuoso start of his solo . . . well, I say it in the intro on the show. Meanwhile the great pianist Leon Fleisher, having recovered the use of this right hand after decades of a debilitating nerve disorder, doesn’t have to play left-hand-only anymore, but his recent such recording of a piano transcription Bach’s solo violin Chaconne inspires a different but no less powerful awe than the dazzling Mr. Gould; after which Updoc’s perusal of the Mozart piano concertos takes up Annie Fischer’s performance of No. 20 in D-minor. You want to know what dark and stormy sounded like before Beethoven and the Romantics? The great melodist Mozart finds no better way to begin this concerto than with a series of deep orchestral grunts. After the resolution, we are lost in the stars with Kurt Weill and Heather Masse and Dick Hyman and nuff said.TraneMozartBach

Wahoo Indeed

This week Howling’s reminiscing over departed bluesmen, buying vinyl and childhood TV,- none of which gets in the way of an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.

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Mr Ed – “A horse on a blues show??

That Man Nappy Brown Night Time Is The Right Time VIDEO
Killing Floor Johnny Winter Step Back VIDEO
Don’t You Hear Me Crying For You John Primer You Can Make It If You Try VIDEO
Second Coming Ruthie Foster Promise of a Brand New Day VIDEO
Reason For Love Emmett Wheatfall Them Poetry Blues VIDEO
It Hurts Me Too Erja Lyytinen The Sky Is Crying VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole Pete Pritchard Beat The Blues VIDEO
He’ll Do The Same Thing To You Eden Brent Mississippi Number One VIDEO
World Blues Larry Lampkin The Blues Is Real VIDEO
I’m Goin’ Away Baby Smoky Babe Way Back in the Country Blues VIDEO
Wati Si Sasekahipahpa Americo Valenti Opika Pende VIDEO
Mississippi Got Me TJ Norton TJ & The Suitcase VIDEO
Easy Come, Easy Go Seth Walker Sky Still Blue VIDEO
Hey Warden Orange Jefferson Texas Harmonica Rumble VIDEO

Go To My Grave

This week, Howling giving advice on collecting music, recounting tales of high stepping Irishmen and playing the best tribute act in the blues. Another busy week on the porch at Taint with an hour of the finest blues and roots music on the net.

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Omar Little – “Oh Indeed”

Brave Son Of America C.W.  Stoneking Jungle Blues VIDEO
Boogie Man Kenny Wayne Shepherd Goin’ Home VIDEO
I Just Want to Make Love to You Mud Morganfield For Pops VIDEO
Grinnin’ In Your Face Brooks Williams Baby O! VIDEO
Hill Country Rain Half Deaf Clatch The Blues Continuum VIDEO
05 Georgia 032714 Dom Flemons Prospect Hill HiFi VIDEO
Way Down in the Hole Lurrie Bell The Devil Ain’t Got No Music VIDEO
I’m Sitting on Top of the World Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley Original Folkways Recordings 1960 – 1962 VIDEO
Caravan Van Morrison Moondance (Remastered + Expanded) VIDEO
Leave The City Devon Allman Ragged & Dirty VIDEO
La Belle De La Louisianne Eddy Raven Honky Tonk Charlie Gillett’s Radio Picks VIDEO
Low Down Dirty Shame Blues Moanin’ Bernice Edwards Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No3 VIDEO
Motherless Chile Blues Barbecue Bob Chocolate To The Bone VIDEO
Singing in Chains My Baby My Baby Loves Voodoo VIDEO
Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City Chris Farlowe Out of the Blue VIDEO
Pearl River Mike Zito Songs from the Road VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 9/5 & Tues. 9/9

The photo has nothing to do with the music; I just felt like looking at it. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lower East Side time—features a lot of music one correspondent has written to say she finds it hard to understand without context, but I like Wadada Leo Smith’s ambitious new Great Lakes Suite, without understanding what it has to do with the Lakes individually or all together. Smith’s heraldic trumpet in a band featuring Henry Threadgill, John Lindberg, and a drummer named DeJohnette is enough setup for me. A friend recently sent me back to John Coltrane’s Concert in Japan and he was right: Yamaha’s gift of two alto saxophones put a less lethal weapon in Pharoah Sanders’ hands and give Trane a new wing to soar on: Peace on Earth is Coltrane at his most rapturously and romantically hymnful. Lately I’ve been changing the pace with Mozart piano concertos, especially since coming upon the series by Mitsuko Uchida, Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra, who this week deliver bliss upon bliss on one of the two concertos Mozart composed in the minor mode. Some avant-garde free-jazz types find Mozart the difficult one to get—all that beauty and elegance and mercy and poignancy and wit—but they can get him here. Marilyn Crispell in duet with Louis Moholo and the Art Ensemble in both whispering and screaming mode round out the show and this text is long enough. Hello, I must be going.MarxCrop

Jazz In The A.M. – 09/04/2014 – Ep. 238

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
Adam Schroeder – A Hawkeye, A Hoosier, & Two Cali Cats – Let’s – Capri Records – 2014
Mack Avenue SuperBand – Two Bass Hit – Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2013 – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Cyrus Chestnut – Chelsea Bridge – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Nancy Kelly – Come Back To Me – B That Way – BlueBay Records – 2014
The Sean Jones Quartet – Dr. Jekyll – Im·pro·vise Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Wayne Coniglio/Scott Whitfield – Beatrice – Fast Friends – Summit Records – 2014
Ellynne Rey – Soul Eyes – A Little Bit Of Moonlight – Ellynne Rey – 2014
Paul Carr – But Beautiful – B3 Sessions (DC – NY) – PCJ Music – 2014
Michael Carvin Experience – Autumn Leaves – Flash Forward – Motema Music – 2014

1:00
Orrin Evans – Devil Eyes – Liberation Blues – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo – Caravan – Duologue – MCG Jazz – 2014
Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra – Passing Giants – Travel Notes – Blujazz Productions – 2014
Diva – Wonder Why – A Swingin’ Lif – MCG Jazz – 2014
Michael Dease – I’m Glad There Is You – Relentless – PosiTone Records – 2014
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – Black And Tan Fantasy – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
Cyrille Aimée – Young at Heart – It’s a Good Day – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – M&M – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Concord Music Group – 2014
Larry Goldings – Roach – Ramshackle Serenade – Pirquet Records – 2014

2:00
Akiko – It’s Easy To Remember – Commencement – AT Records – 2014
Anthony Branke – Hope – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014
Jimmy Cobb – Nobody Else But Me – The Original Mob – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Rebecca Kilgore – Goldfinger – I Like Men – Arbors Records – 2014
Bob Stewart Connections – Jump Monk – Mind The Gap – Sunnyside Communications – 2014
Bobby Broom – The Jitterbug Waltz – My Shining Hour – Origin Records – 2014
Donald Smith,Paul Zauner´s Blue Bras – My One and Only Love – Great Voices of Harlem – PAO Records – 2014
Jae Sinnett – Sunny – Subject to Change – J-Net Music – 2014
Ark Ovrutski – Up – 44:33 – Zoho – 2014

3:00
Mike Longo Tri – Love For Sale – Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson – CAP – 2014
Tom Harrell – Sunday – Trip – Highnote Records – 2014
Mark Elf – Time on My Hands – Mark Elf Returns 2014 – Jen Bay Records, Inc. – 2014
Freda Payne – Midnight Sun – Come Back to Me Love – Artistry Music – 2014
Rodney Whitaker – Invitation – When We Find Ourselves Alone – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Joe Magnarelli – You Go to My Head – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Dara Tucker – The Sun Suite (See You in the Sun) – The Sun Season – Watchman Music – 2014
Yelena Eckemoff – Pep – A Touch of Radiance – Yelena Eckemoff – 2014
Fred Hersch Trio – Let’s Cool One – Floating – Palmetto Records – 2014

Jazz In The A.M. – 08/28/2014 – Ep. 237

TODAY’S MUSIC – RIGHT NOW!

Artist – Song Title – CD Title – Label – Year

Noon (Eastern)
The Oliver Gannon Quartet – The Touch Of Your Lips – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Joe Magnarelli – You Go to My Head – Lookin’ Up! – PosiTone Records – 2014
Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – Big Boss – Big Boss – Zoho – 2014
Nancy Kelly – Don’t Go To Strangers – B That Way – BlueBay Records – 2014
Mack Avenue SuperBand – Of Mars And Venus – Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2013 – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Orrin Evans – A Lil’ D.A.B. A Do Ya – Liberation Blues – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Diva – Blues Medley – A Swingin’ Life – MCG Jazz – 2014
Mark Elf – Titillating – Mark Elf Returns 2014 – Jen Bay Records, Inc. – 2014
Tom Harrell – Coastline – Trip – Highnote Records – 2014

1:00
Walter White – The Beehive – Most Triumphant – Summit Records – 2014
Michael Carvin Experience – You Stepped Out Of A Dream – Flash Forward – Motema Music – 2014
Mike Longo Trio – I Remember You – Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson – CAP – 2014
Dee Alexander – As Long As You’re Living – Songs My Mother Loves – Bluejazz Records – 2014
Andreas Varady – Nuages – Andreas Varady – Verve Music Group – 2014
Chris Greco – Bye-Ya – Standards, Vol. 1 – GWSFourwinds Records – 2014
Freda Payne – You’d Be so Nice to Come Home To – Come Back to Me Love – Artistry Music – 2014
Marcus Roberts Trio With Wynton Marsalis – East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) – Together Again: Live In Concert – J-Masters Records – 2013
The Sean Jones Quartet – New Journey – Im·pro·vise Never Before Seen – Mack Avenue Records – 2014

2:00
Craig Scott Quintet – Corner Table – Introducing – Cellar Live Records – 2014
Hendrick Meurkens/Misha Tsiganov – Blackbird – Junity – HMS – 2014
Cyrus Chestnut – Bag’s Groove – Midnight Melodies – Smoke Sessions Records – 2014
Cyrille Aimee – Tricotism – It’s a Good Day – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein – Gimmie A Pigfoot – Viper’s Drag – Impulse – 2014
Jae Sinnett – Subject to Change – Subject to Change – J-Net Music – 2014
Kiki Ebsen – St. Louis Blues – Scarecrow Sessions – Painted Pony Media – 2014
Larry Goldings – Sweet and Lovely – Ramshackle Serenade – Pirquet Records – 2014
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Ask Me Now – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Concord Music Group – 2014

3:00
Kevin Hildebrandt – The Fly – Tolerance – Chicken Coup Records – 2014
Cedar Walton – Midnight Waltz – Reliving the Moment – Highnote Records – 2014
Wayne Coniglio/Scott Whitfield – Bernie’s Tune – Fast Friends – Summit Records – 2014
Laurie Antonioli – Both Sides Now – Songs Of Shadow, Songs Of Light – Origin Records – 2014
Bobby Broom – Sweet Georgia Brown – My Shining Hour – Origin Records – 2014
Rodney Whitaker – When You Played With Roy – When We Find Ourselves Alone – Mack Avenue Records – 2014
Melanie De Biasio – Sweet Darling Pain – No Deal – PIAS Entertainment Group – 2013
Anthony Branker – Slave States – The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite – Origin Records – 2014
Elio Villafranca – Sunday Stomp At Congo Square – Caribbean Tinge – Motema Music – 2014

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.

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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.