A Better Class Of Malarkey

This week Howling’s getting nostalgic as he almost reaches 100 shows and decides to stand back and let the music do the talking. Don’t worry, theres still lots of nonsense amongst the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net.

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Muddy – “Well, of course he’d be on this show”

Hip-Shakin’ J.B. Hutto & His Hawks With Sunnyland Slim Hawk Squat VIDEO
One Step Closer Mark Cook Backwoods Chaos VIDEO
Bright Light Petunia & the Vipers Petunia & The Vipers VIDEO
Cocaine Habit Blues Memphis Jug Band The Best Of The Memphis Jug Band VIDEO
The Zombie C.W. Stoneking Gon’ Boogaloo VIDEO
Then We’ll Need That True Religion Reverend Edward Clayborn …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces VIDEO
Bite Me Bex Marshall The House Of Mercy VIDEO
I’ve Been Converted Kelly Joe Phelps Brother Sinner & The Whale VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole The Blind Boys Of Alabama Spirit Of The Century VIDEO
I’m A King Bee Watermelon Slim & The Workers Bull Goose Rooster VIDEO
Good Morning Little School Girl Muddy Waters Muddy Waters Folk Singer VIDEO
Be Careful With My Baby Katie Bradley She’s Ready VIDEO
Blind Man Little Milton Stand By Me VIDEO
Blues For Mama Nina Simone Blue For You VIDEO
T’aint Nobody’s Business Ian Siegal Man & Guitar VIDEO

Updoc 316: Rollin’ Kirk, 1/30/15

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Nice Guys: Nice Guys

Roland Kirk: I’ve Got Your Number: “Rahsaan” The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk

Charles Mingus: Eccusiastics: Passions of a Man

Roland Kirk: Rip, Rig and Panic (title tune)

Roland Kirk: A Quote from Clifford Brown: I Talk With the Spritis

Roland Kirk: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square: “Rahsaan” The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk


Jean Sibelius/Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vânska: Symphony No. 4: Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Lee Konitz: Blues for Bird: Charlie Parker Memorial Concert

Uri Caine: Raindrop Prelude: Callithump

Barry Guy/Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton: Ithaca (title tune)

Ra-Kalam Bob Moses/David Liebman: Prayer Song (From the Great Hall): Music from a Parallel Dimension

Matana Roberts: Was the Sacred Day: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile


Out theme: Uri Caine: Two Blue Eyes: The Drummer Boy

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Jan 30 & Tues Feb 3

Without a doubt, the carnivalesque aspects of Roland Kirk’s presentation—playing two or three horns simultaneously, singing through his flute while sometimes accompanying himself on nose flute, punctuating the end of a solo with his siren, and not incidentally his blindness—had a lot to do with his popularity when he hit the scene in the 1960s, but he wouldn’t have lasted if he hadn’t been such a great and fearless example of a jazz musician who dared all limits down and could blow the bell off any of his horns even when he played them one at a time. I used to see him at the Five Spot when he rotated long gigs with Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins in his pre-Rahsaan days, before he changed his wildly original but still fairly straight jazz idiom into something more theatrical still, and I found programming about 45 minutes of this music on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Five Spot time—a bout of pure listening pleasure. The pace changes with Sibelius’ 4th Symphony. I’ve been programming the wintry music of Allan Petterson lately, and it seemed time to head for the season’s frozen heart, this time in Osmo Vänskä’s re-recording of it with the Minnesota Orchestra: having done it definitively, once, with the Lahti Orch, he tried to give it something extra this time, and he succeeded. I know the piece well, and seem to be hearing passages that had never crossed my ears before. Updoc chases it with the stunning Lee Konitz Blues for Bird I couldn’t get hold of last week, and chases that with music from Uri Caine, Marilyn Crispell in virtuoso thunder-mode, free improv from Dave Liebman and Bob Moses, and goes to church for a minute with a pentecostal Matana Roberts. The first time I played drums in front of an audience was opposite Roland Kirk’s quartet on a Monday ‘talent night’ at the Village Vanguard, and I remember the noise getting a lot more joyful when he joined us at the end. The tune was Well, You Needn’t, but I was oh so glad we did.RolandKirk

Jazz Worldwide 068 26 January 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
The Other Side of Town Julian Joseph The Language of Truth Curtis Mayfield Atlantic Jazz
Foreclosure Jimmy Bosch ¡A Millon! Jimmy Bosch JRGR Records
The Story Rebel Tumbao Rebel Tumbao Matt Jenson Sacred Rhythm
1492 Hip Hop Hoodíos Carne Masada Vélez-Fong-London-Sanchez-Norek Jazzheads
Suite for the Americas Part II Danilo Pérez Motherland Danilo Pérez Verve
Buscando América Rubén Blades Buscando America Rubén Blades Elektra
America the Beautiful René Marie Voice of My Beautiful Country Samuel A. Ward-Katharine Lee Bates Motéma
An American Tune Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway The Brill Building Project Paul Simon Concord Jazz
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 Sam Cooke ABKCO
A Change Is Gonna Come Anat Cohen Notes from the Village Sam Cooke Anzic
Is This America? Matt Slocum Black Elk’s Dream Pat Metheny Chandra
A Change Is Gonna Come Bill Frisell History Mystery Sam Cooke Nonesuch
Distant Sounds of Change Oran Etkin Gathering Light Oran Etkin Motema
You Have Changed My Life Jane Bunnett Radio Guantánamo Jane Bunnett Blue Note
Comme Tu As Changé Maurice El Médioni and Roberto Rodríguez Descarga Oriental Maurice El Médioni Piranha
The Tide Has Changed Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble The Tide Has Changed Gilad Atzmon World Village
You’ve Changed Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran Hagar’s Song Carl Fischer ECM
Things Have Changed Curtis Stigers Let’s Go Out Tonight Bob Dylan Concord Jazz
I Know I’ve Been Changed John Hammond Wicked Grin Traditional Virgin
Shalom Rebbe Soul Change the World with a Sound Rebbe Soul 33rd Street
Benséma (Change) Afrocubism Afrocubism Kasse Mady Diabaté World Circuit

Almost Fluent In English

This week Howling examines a record companies bad business plan, ponders on the Norwegian mafia and has to rely on a talking horse! So there you go… the usual rubbish mixed with an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


 J.W.Warren – “another bad investment”

Wrong Road Blues Tommy Duncan & His Western All Stars That Devilin’ Tune VIDEO
I Need A Woman Joachim Tinderholt You Gotta Do More VIDEO
Selfish Man Jim Liban & The Joel Paterson Trio I Say What I Mean VIDEO
House in the Field HowellDevine Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju VIDEO
Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing Chris Isaak LIlyhammer VIDEO
Jack, That Cat Was Clean Dr Horse Get On The Right Track: Compilation VIDEO
Daddy Rollin’ Stone Otis Blackwell Get On The Right Track: Compilation VIDEO
Hoboing Into Hollywood J.W. Warren The George Mitchell Collection VIDEO
You Hurt Me (Featuring Tia Carroll) Igor Prado Band Blues & Soul Sessions VIDEO
Bring Her Back to Me Big Boy Bloater Loopy VIDEO
One Mo’s Blues Raphael Wressnig True Blue VIDEO
Pink dream cadillac Eric Bibb Blues people VIDEO
Blues Can’t Even Find Me John Hiatt Here To Stay VIDEO
Temporary Ian Siegal One Night In Amstrerdam VIDEO

Updoc 314: “The Barronetcy” 1/23/15

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Ninth Room, Tutankhamun

Dizzy Gillespie: The Cup Bearers; Something Old, Something New

Charlie Haden/Kenny Barron: Body and Soul; Night and the City

Freddie Hubbard: Take it to the Ozone; Super Blue

Kenny Barron/Dave Holland: In Your Arms; The Art of Conversation

Kenny Barron: One Finger Snap; Wanton Spirit

Charlie Haden Quartet West/Shirley Horn: Lonely Town; The Art of the Song

Allan Pettersson/Nörkopping Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam; Symphony No. 8

Dewey Redman/Cecil Taylor/Elvin Jones: Nine; Momentum Space

Elvin Jones: Anthropology; Dear John C.

The New Elvin Jones Trio: Village Greene: Puttin’ it Together

Out theme: Louis Hayes: Village Greene: Return of the Jazz Communicators

Updoc 314: Wayfaring Dukish: 1/16 & 1/20/2015

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago – Nice Guys (title tune)

Duke Elllington – Toot Suite – Ellington Jazz Party

Allan Pettersson/Nörkopping Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam – Symphony no. 7 (title tune)

John Coltrane – Sun Ship (multiple takes) – Sun Ship

Claude Debussy/Cleveland Orchestra/Pierre Boulez/Franklin Cohen – Clarinet Rhapsodie – La Mer

Bobby Lapointe – La Framboise – Tirez sur le Pianiste

Duke Ellington – A Tone Parallel to Harlem – Ellington Uptown

Out theme: Charlie Haden – Wayfaring Stranger – The Art of the Song

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Jan 23 & Tues Jan 27

Time flies when you’re having fun. At the party after the great Charlie Haden memorial concert I found myself telling Lee Konitz about the unaccompanied alto solo he’d played at a star-studded Charlie Parker memorial comcert—Gillespie, Stitt, JJ, a tragic Bud Powell very near the end—at Carnegie Hall in 1965. It was the knockout piece that night and I remembered it well enough to sort of sing the opening. Konitz didn’t recall it, but was struck that I was telling him about a solo he’d played fifty years ago, and that is pretty strange. I wish I had a copy I could play on the show; it was on an LP once. Anyone out there have one? Kenny Barron played at the Haden concert too, and I remembered first hearing him in 1963 with Dizzy Gillespie’s classic band of the period, not yet 20 years old and right up there with Dizzy and James Moody. I was underage at Birdland myself and have got a digital copy of some of that, which leads off this week’s show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall Tardis time—and a long Kenny Barron set. He is something like the Tommy Flanagan de nos jours, invincibly brilliant no matter the setting, a paragon of invention and a summitry of taste. That decants us into Allan Petterson’s 8th Symphony, following last week’s 7th: another obsessive troll through layers of light and dark, accompanied by the sound of a distant hammer. Elvin Jones to the rescue with his skyful of thunder and blaze, a wealth of invention overstorming Cecil Taylor, a trio, and a bebopping quartet. Check out Kenny Barron, though, back in ’63, taking his solo after Gillespie and Moody, showing off his incredible chops without seeming to, unassumingly brilliant and sly. Some things never get old, only better, and Kenny Barron is one of them for sure.DaveKenCharlieLarge

This Mortal Coil

This week Dick’s surrounded  by academics, collectors, raucous ladies and a good ‘ol grandpa! All this means theres a party on the porch with an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Bettye Lavette ” A slow starter”

Have You Seen My Baby? Choker Campbell Right Now: Atlantic Deep Cuts VIDEO
No More Alcohol Jim Liban & The Joel Paterson Trio I Say What I Mean VIDEO
Hard Way Big Harp George Chromaticism VIDEO
Black Mattie Teddy Williams George Mitchell Collection VIDEO
Big Road Blues Houston Stackhouse George Mitchell Collection VIDEO
Scratch the Kitty Liz Mandville Greeson Red Top VIDEO
I’m In Deep Altered Five Blues Band Cryin’ Mercy VIDEO
Getting My Divorce Eddie Boyd Rockin’ This House – 1946-53 VIDEO
Feel So Worried Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson The Sun Blues Story VIDEO
Let Me Tangle In Your Patato Vines Orville Johnson A Tribute To James “Yank” Rachell VIDEO
Last Fair Deal Dave Ray Legacy VIDEO
I Don’t Know Mississippi Heat Warning Shot VIDEO
The Sun Is Shining Rusty Jacks Holler ‘n’ Howl VIDEO
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Danny White Cracking The Cosimo Code VIDEO
My Man – He’s A Lovin’ Man Bettye LaVette Right Now: Atlantic Deep Cuts VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole Hans Theessink Jedermann Remixed – The Soundtrack VIDEO


Jazz Worldwide 067 19 January 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
The Other Side of Town Julian Joseph The Language of Truth Curtis Mayfield Atlantic Jazz
Fio de Prumo (Padê Onã) Criolo Convoque Seu Buda Criolo-Douglas Germano Stern’s Brasil
Casa de Papelão Criolo Convoque Seu Buda Criolo-Daniel Ganjaman-Marcelo Cabral-Guilherme Held Stern’s Brasil
The Windup Ernesto Cervini Turboprop Keith Jarrett Anzic
Some Echoes Gary Burton Throb Mike Gibbs Rhino
I Keith Jarrett No End Keith Jarrett ECM
Kasserine Anouar Brahem Souvenance Anouar Brahem ECM
The Lover of Beirut Anouar Brahem The Astounding Eyes of Rita Anouar Brahem ECM
Paris Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble Songs of the Metropolis Gilad Atzmon World Village
Waves of Kalalau Todd Isler Soul Drums Todd Isler Takadimi Tunes
Vashkar Carla Bley with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow Trios Carla Bley ECM
Yemen Suite Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motema
Sefarad Third World Love Songs and Portraits Omer Avital Anzic
La jungla Harold López-Nussa Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound 2 Harold López-Nussa Brownswood
Saudade Harold López-Nussa Herencia Harold López-Nussa World Village
New Day Harold López-Nussa New Day Harold López-Nussa and Mayquel González Jazz Village
Iyade Omar Sosa Real Live Omar Sosa Otá
Sun Shower Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá