Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/25 & Tues 4/29

For the second time this month Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Fillmore East time—starts off with two rarities from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane followed by a track from the recent unedited reissue of Miles Davis live at the Fillmore East in 1970, this time an epic version of Bitches Brew; after which the show gives up all pretense of thematic continuity while maintaining, I hope, the show’s (I hope) usually high standards with Schnittke’s 2nd String Quartet performed in American-powerhouse mode by the Kronos, some new Ambrose Akinmusire, some older Jesse Winchester, and a much older Ballade in F Minor by Chopin. The big finish arrives via Christopher Rouse’s Third Symphony played by the NY Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert: a piece that begins assaultively but shows its big heart before it’s over. Rouse’s Requiem will be premiered on May 6th at Carnegie by the same ensemble, and if you can’t get there you might bend an ear toward WQXR, online or through the air, in the interest of catching a broadcast of it before too long. Rouse is one of our great composers, and his Requiem should be a whopper.
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In Many Tongues

The cast on Howling’s porch at Taint this week include a 70′s disco diva, a genius, a bandleader in white suit and top hat along with someone smuggled out of Africa in the boot of  a car. Altogether a wonderful collection of hot blues hounds and cool jazz cats making an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots music you’ll find on the net.

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Glenn Wells –  trying to work out how to play this on an iPod

Hot Town Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orch. Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard’s Treasure Trove VIDEO
Give and Take Fran McGillivray Band Some Luck VIDEO
Exile Geoffrey Oryema Exile VIDEO
I’ve got my brand on you Muddy Waters Muddy waters at Newport 1960 VIDEO
Fat Grey Cloud (Live) Mike Bloomfield From His Head To His Heart To His Hands VIDEO
She’s a Fool, She Ain’t Got No Sense Emmett Murray Drop On Down in Florida VIDEO
Sinner’s Prayer Ray Charles Blues + Jazz [ VIDEO
Blues In A Flat Red Norvo The Sunny Side Of Things VIDEO
Swaziland (South Africa) Transvaal Rockin’ Jazz Stars Opika Pende VIDEO
Rev James Howlin’ Smurf VIDEO
Butcher In Town Malcolm Holcombe Down The River VIDEO
Rainbow 71 Lolwattta Holloway Bad, Bad Whiskey VIDEO
Write Me A Letter Glenn Wells & The Blends On Bended Knee VIDEO
Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me Hal Willner Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus VIDEO

 

 

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/18 & Tues 4/22

How do you follow the opening choruses of Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions? If you’re doing an Easter-Passover show like Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, East New York time—you turn to Soeur Marie Keyrouz keening the Easter music of the Oriental churches, John Coltrane soliloquizing Love, Elijah the prophet between sips of everyone’s seder wine, Jesse Winchester being Quiet About It, and Robeson and Mingus meditating on Moses; after which Poulenc’s spare, austere Stabat Mater commands the space until the Gloria from the Missa Solemnis sends a skyrocket straight to heaven. The show ends with the last two movements of the B Minor Mass. If that’s the kind of thing you want to listen to this time of year, this is where you’ll find it.
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A Pup In The Post

There’s a regal procession on the porch this week as Howling opens surprise packages, reminisces about school days, DIY  and  the roots of psychedelic pop. Its amazing he still finds time to play an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net – but he does. Well, it is TAINT isn’t it!

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Pink Anderson “One day son, there gonna be flying pigs!”

TRACK ARTIST ALBUM VIDEO
Did You Ever Love A Woman B.B. King Singin’ The Blues VIDEO
Yonder Wall Freddie King King of the Blues VIDEO
Down Don’t Bother Me Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign VIDEO
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright T-Model Ford Bad Man VIDEO
The Things I Used To Do Thomas Ford Breaking Everything But Even VIDEO
Church, I’m Fully Saved To-day Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Masters VIDEO
In My Time of Dying Shane Speal 12 Stones VIDEO
Face In The Crowd The Bluesbenders Mayfield VIDEO
Yes I Know Sugar Boy and the Sinners All You Can Eat VIDEO
Baby Please Don’t Go Big Joe Williams All The Masterpieces VIDEO
Everyday In The Week Blues Pink Anderson East Coast Blues VIDEO
Land Of The Crossroads Mick Kolassa Michissippi Mick VIDEO
Have Mercy Baby Jelly Roll Kings Not The Same Old Blues Crap VIDEO
Mislead Mother Roosevelt Sykes The Honeydripper VIDEO
Messin’ Around Memphis Slim Rockin’ This House  – 1946-53 VIDEO
Elvis Presley John Ginty / Albert Castiglia Bad News Travels VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/11 & Tues 4/15

Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic recorded what is probably the dominant modern interpretation of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps in one session in Brooklyn at the Hotel St. George in January 1958—just listen to how closely the contemporary go-to recording by Valery Gergiev follows it—and it’s probably still the most exciting version on record (if you want something different, try Fischer/Budapest). No orchestra had sounded anything like Lenny’s Phil—so vigorous and American and bursting with muscle—and Stravinsky himself said “Wow!” when he hard them play his piece (though of course, it being Igor, his single syllable was not unironic). The recording was remastered a couple of years ago, reissued with Gray Foy’s wonderful cover art, and it strips away reverb and reveals fresh detail, perhaps at the price of some harshness. I would have used it on the show—Updoc, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Hotel St. George time—but the version I have access to had little quarter-second gaps between the fourteen tracks, so I went with the 1993 digitation, which still rocks the house just fine. For the rest of the show I rounded up some usual suspects: seasonal tunes you’d expect from Miles and Brownie, Sarah Vaughan and Julie London both hung up the most, Bill Evans, Astor Piazzolla, Django . . . Then back to Lenny and the Phil, appropriately manic fit to burst on Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. It’s been a long tall bitch of a winter here in New York and the new season needs all the boosterism it can get.GrayFoyLarge

Normal Service Resumed

This week there’s a lot of tears on the porch but Howling’s quoting Dylan, examining guitar styles and checking out soundtracks to keep everyone happy. He’s also playing  an hour of great music on Taint -so if you’re kinda partial to some quality blues ‘n roots, why not join in on the fun?

And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at howlingdick@gmail.com – he’ll thank you!

 

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Jimmy Reed – Never mind the guitar, look at them shoes!

TRACK ARTIST ALBUM  
Boogie In The Dark Jimmy Reed Live At Carnegie Hall VIDEO
Baby Please Set a Date Erja Lyytinen The Sky Is Crying VIDEO
Please Don’t Dog Me Shawn Holt And The Teardrops Daddy Told Me VIDEO
Guess I’m A Fool Ann Rabson With Bob Margolin Not Alone VIDEO
Cadillac Blues Tullie Brae Tullie Brae VIDEO
He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime) Trixie Smith Trixie Smith Vol. 2 1925-1929 VIDEO
Going Down Slow Speckled Red Dirty Dozens VIDEO
Hard Times Now Mark Harrison The World Outside VIDEO
05 Down the Line Nico Backton & Wizards Of Blues Down The Line VIDEO
Glory Glory Hallelujah Mississippi John Hurt D.C. Blues: Library of Congress Recordings VIDEO
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehova Kelly Joe Phelps Brother Sinner & The Whale VIDEO
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Tabby Thomas Going To New Orleans VIDEO
I’ll Drown In My Tears Johnny Winter Johnny Winter VIDEO
Hoochie Coochie Man Willie Dixon Quiet Knight (Bootleg) VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/4 & Tues 4/8

This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday—starts out with a trinity and ends up pentagonal; first some Sonny Rollins left out of last week’s love fest, then the most intense bootleg recording of the John Coltrane Quartet with Eric Dolphy I’ve ever heard—an Impressions that must have had a pentecostal flame bright above it for the horns to be speaking in tongues like that—and finishing with a cut from the new Miles Davis release of the complete concerts from the Fillmore East in 1970. After that it was advisable to dial things down a bit, with Tore Takemitsu’s orchestral piece A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden, a pause for breath and a sip of water. After that a few French songs, a Gypsy improv, and Tony Bennett wandering the Street of Dreams. More Takemitsu, this time on traditional Japanese instruments, until Branford Marsalis restores our heartbeats with The Flaming Sword. This might be one of the rites of spring. Tu-wit, tu-wu.Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 4.14.11 AM

The Pea With Talent

This week Howlings saluting and praising 60′s pop stars , confessing to bad impersonations, sending out prizes to listeners and admitting to enjoying a bit of over modulation! Once again folks, it time to gather on Dick’s porch here on Taint for another hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.

And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at howlingdick@gmail.com – he’ll probably thank you!

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Chuck E Weiss – “We’re all in love with Chuck”

TRACK ARTIST ALBUM  
St James Infirmary King Oliver The Legendary King Oliver VIDEO
Stormy Monday Blues Manfred Mann Groovin’ With the Manfreds (R & B Album) VIDEO
Hound Dog James Booker Classified: Remixed And Expanded VIDEO
Bourbon Street Malaya Blue Bourbon Street VIDEO
Naptown Blues Chuck Leavell Back to the Woods VIDEO
Cat Squirrel (Mississippi Blues) Doctor Ross The Memphis Cuts 1953-1956 (Remastered) VIDEO
Boston Blackie Chuck E. Weiss Red Beans and Weiss VIDEO
Tailor Made Babe Big Joe Williams Piney Woods Blues VIDEO
Drop Down Mama John Hammond Timeless VIDEO
Worried Blues Rachelle Coba Mother Blues VIDEO
Pinetop’s Last Blues Pinetop Perkins How Long VIDEO
The Letter Mick Kolassa Michissippi Mick VIDEO
Shed So Many Tears Elton Anderson On Bended Knee: The Birth Of Swamp Pop VIDEO
Pure Religion Sister Rosetta Tharpe Volume 2 – 1942-1944 VIDEO
Miss Maybelle R.L. Burnside Mississippi Hill Country Blues VIDEO
Sad News Savoy Brown Goin’ to the Delta VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 3/28 & 4/1

Sonny Rollins’ Roadshows Vol. 3 is coming out in the first week of May, but for some of us the anticipation is too much to bear, so this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday, East Broadway Rundown time—is another Sonny Rollins love-fest. But wait: I didn’t go to the record collection but trawled through concert videos and bootlegs for terrific lesser-known material, and found it. Most of the concerts are from the ‘80s, with bands of varying quality but Sonny radiantly melodious, and there’s a 22-minute St. Thomas from the quartet with Ornettists Don Cherry and Billy Higgins, an outtake from the 1962 live date that yielded Our Man in Jazz: Sonny more staggeringly formidable, less grandly joyful than he would be twenty years on, but you’ll feel plenty of glow nonetheless. Since even Sonny Rollins needs a break from Sonny Rollins now and then, Updoc takes one with the Mt. Everest of piano sonatas, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier, the power tool he used to break through to his late-period music. It’s played for us by the phenomenal youngster Igor Levit, who has the whole gigantic thing working in all its parts. Then back to Rollins playing The Tennessee Waltz, engulfing the melody in his bear-hug, undaunted by obvious sentiment and arcane technicalities alike: he’s as broad as a mountain range, as fine as sunlight, and an apparently endless source of deep-delved joy.SonnyPic

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 3/28 & Tuesday Fools

Sonny Rollins’ Roadshow Vol. 3 is coming out in the first week of May, but for some of us the anticipation is too much to bear, so this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, no foolin’—, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, East Broadway Rundown time—SonnyPic—is another Sonny Rollins love-fest. But wait: I didn’t go to the record collection but trawled through concert videos and bootlegs for terrific lesser-known material, and found it. Most of the concerts are from the ‘80s, with bands of varying quality but Sonny radiant, and there’s a 22-minute St. Thomas from the quartet with Ornettists Don Cherry and Billy Higgins, an outtake from the sessions that yielded Our Man in Jazz: Sonny more staggeringly formidable, less grandly joyful than he would be twenty years on, but you’ll feel plenty of glow nonetheless. Since even Sonny Rollins needs a break from Sonny Rollins now and then, Updoc takes one with the Mt. Everest of piano sonatas, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier, the rock drill he used to break through to his late period music, as played by the phenomenal youngster Igor Levit, who has the whole gigantic thing working in all its parts. Then back to Rollins playing The Tennessee Waltz, embracing the melody in his bear-hug, undaunted by obvious sentiment and arcane technicalities alike: he’s as broad as a mountain range, as fine as sunlight, and an apparently endless source of deep-delved joy.