Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 7/31 & Tues 8/4


How to beat the heat and keep it musical? Well, there’s Miles and Gil’s cooling version of Summertime, but that’s just an introduction—of this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York oven time. Or you could go the other way entirely: Claude Debussy seemed to sustain the humid heat of his late-August birthday through his too-short lifetime’s wonderworks, up to and including the last sonatas he composed during the Great War and the onset of his cancer. The violin and cello sonatas sound like composed improvisation, in deeply expressive though still graceful performances by contemporary, mostly French virtuosi. In between them the show sets the burning, icy blade of the Miles Davis Quintet’s Newport set from the summer of ’67: beset by a hyper-aggressive Tony Williams, Miles seems halfway between linear improvisation and the blastier style he’d bring to his forthcoming electric bands, while Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Ron Carter perform their accustomed calisthentic miracles. If that doesn’t sound like two hours on its own, you’re right. Tune in for a handful of jazz surprises while you wonder if it’s time for another cooling draught and if perhaps there should be a sprig of mint in it.

Jazz Worldwide 095 27 July 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
In the Morning Stefano Battaglia Trio In the Morning Alec Wilder ECM
When I Am Dead My Dearest Stefano Battaglia Trio In the Morning Alec Wilder ECM
The Impossibility of Silence Andy Sheppard Quartet Surrounded by Sea Andy Sheppard ECM
Vignette Gary Peacock Trio Now This Gary Peacock ECM
Lost Mathias Eick Midwest Mathias Eick ECM
Home Maria Schneider Orchestra The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Artist Share
Vesper Marshall Gilkes & the WDR Big Band Köln Marshall Gilkes Alternate Side
Old Afro a Baba Omar Sosa Ilé Omar Sosa Otá
Lament Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá
Mahini Mei Bolo Bolo Ali Farka Toure bolomusic.org
I Climbed The Top Of The Mountain Checkpoint 303 The Iqrit Files Traditional Palestinian Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Israelites Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin Rocksteady Desmond Dekker Telarc Jazz
Exodus Monty Alexander Goin’ Yard Ernest Gold-Bob Marley Telarc Jazz
In 1948 Checkpoint 303 The Iqrit Files Traditional Palestinian Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Shalom Aleichem Avishai Cohen Aurora Traditional Jewish Blue Note
Viva la Guantanamera Hip Hop Hoodíos Carne Masada Hip Hop Hoodíos Jazzheads
Nothing Less Than Freedom O-Maya O-Maya Destani Wolf O-Maya (self release)
And So Have We Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble The Tide Has Changed Gilad Atzmon World Village
My Homeland Checkpoint 303 The Iqrit Files Traditional Palestinian Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Buscando Paz O-Maya O-Maya Bill Artola-B. Quincy Griffin O-Maya (self release)
Interludio II Omar Sosa Eggun Omar Sosa Otá

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 7/24 & Tues 7/28


When I hear that level of intimacy and daring I simply cannot turn aside: Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, recorded live in Tokyo in 2005, something Charlie wanted released before he split but here it is now, live as you can get it. So I lead this week’s show off with one track—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Miso time—and play two more, about half the album altogether, which is called Tokyo Adagio, and though it features other tempos too, all my picks are slow. Get ready to have your breath taken away and given back all different. Along with those selections there are exhalations from any number of brotherhoods of breath, mostly issuing from saxophones—Dudu Pukwana, Lee Konitz & Jimmy Giuffre together, Trane, Joe, Bartz, and who am I leaving out? Tune in for the answer, along with two classical ferocities—another Bartok string quartet and Stravinsky responding to World War Two with an orchestra and lots of bite and ice—and I hope a welcome change of mental weather.

Downhome With Howling Dick Ep123 (My Cunning Plan

In the last of the present series Howling crams in a few guitar heroes, reveals a singer named after his address and finds a way to get Cliff Richard onto the porch. He may be disappearing for the summer but he’s leaving you with an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net

maxresdefaultThe Memphis Jug Band – “Brilliant, by any name!”

Sugar Pudding Memphis Jug Band Walk Right In VIDEO
Walking With The Wolf The Kentucky Headhunters With Johnnie Johnson Meet Me In Bluesland VIDEO
Trouble Muddy Waters Brass And The Blues VIDEO
Lord Have Mercy When I Come to Die Tom Feldmann Delta Blues & Spirituals VIDEO
Whoopee Blues King Solomon Hill The Paramount Masters VIDEO
Hobo Blues Cash Box Kings Holding Court VIDEO
Set Me Free Bernard Allison In the Mix VIDEO
Lovey Dovey (Featuring Jr. Watson) Johnny Tanner Juke Joint Rambler VIDEO
Hawk Squat (Alternate) J.B. Hutto Hawk Squat VIDEO
Hard Times (Come Again No More) Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions VIDEO
She Never Could Resist A Winding Road Richard Thompson Still VIDEO
Drown In My Own Tears Ray Charles Step Right Up VIDEO
I’ll Always Love You Floyd Dixon Marshall Texas Is My Home VIDEO
Sweet Virginia Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc Fri. 7/17 & Tues. 7/21


While scanning for traces of thematic continuity in this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lincoln Center time—I came upon strands of social consciousness intersecting flows of pure aesthetic pleasure, and that was, like, really okay with me. So opening with Jeff Tain Watts’ new version of Driva Man when we aired the classic Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln version last week, and chasing that with selections from Stanley Cowell’s impressive solo piano suite Juneteenth, then pursuing that with the jailhouse hopes and stresses making up the text of Frederic Rjewski’s classic Coming Together, did not seem at all discordant, except where appropriate, as was music from James P. Johnson, Bessie Smith, Artur Schnabel playing that Beethoven cat, Julius Hemphill, Arthur Blythe, a Bartok string quartet, or a pointillistic deconstruction of all the things Masabumi Kikuchi was and might still be after his lamented death the other day. Meanwhile, the saxophone-stream had been heading, unobserved, for a conclusion more radical than anything in the preceding proceedings. Roscoe Mitchell’s records for the Nessa label tend to be long-considered projects meticulously brought off—the epochal Nonaah is a good example—but this time Mitchell and his quartet played a memorial concert for Chicago’s own Fred Anderson and it seemed to hit the spot as is. A piece of it takes up the last quarter-hour of the show, and while it may send casual listeners reaching for the button, those who stay on and really listen may enjoy a revelatory ride.

Downhome With Howling Dick (Ep122-In The Pantheon Of Giants)

This week Howling’s explaining the Ashes, proving a cure for insomnia and NOT getting his handkerchief out. What does this all mean? Its just a load of nonsense but in-between he does play and hour of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll probably come across on the net.


Rev Gary Davis “Hey, is that Rory Block?”

I Guess You’re satisfied Roosevelt Antrim I’m Pretty Good At It (1937-1953) VIDEO
Roadhouse Rosie Dave Hunt Whiskey and Demons VIDEO
Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down Tommy Castro Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down VIDEO
If I Had A Hammer Ruthie Foster Let It Burn VIDEO
Way Down In The Hole Sean Taylor & Danny Thompson Live @ Hebridean Celtic Festival 2014 VIDEO
Lo, I Be With You Always Reverend Gary Davis The Pedant Sessions VIDEO
Sigh Of The Whipperpool Catfish Keith Put On A Buzz VIDEO
Grooving Together EB Davis Superband Live At The A-Trane Berlin VIDEO
Seventh Son (Dixon) Mike Vernon Just A Little Bit VIDEO
Deepest Shade of Blue Poppa Dawg What You Got VIDEO
Close to Home Greg Izor & the Box Kickers Close to Home VIDEO
Skinny Mama Big Joe Williams All The Masterpieces VIDEO
I’ve Got You In The Palm Of My Hand Mike Bloomfield From His Head To His Heart To His Hands VIDEO
Crossroads Blues Terry Evans & Hans Theessink True and Blue VIDEO

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 7/10 & Tues. 7/14


When the weather gets warm and humid a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of Debussy, and so does mine, though I also want to fit in some Sonny Rollins and Max Roach and get to pianist Aaron Diehl’s new record at some length and depth—and if I can’t do that, then what’s an Updoc for? Clock in for this week’s thrilling episode—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Catskill Mountains Aquifer time—to find out if a French composer who seems to have sustained the moist heat of his late-August birthday almost througout his oeuvre and opera can languish cheek by jowl alongside the best that modern saxophony can offer. Pelléas, Melisande, Oscar Pettfiord, Newk, big waves coming in not like washerwomen trudging home from work but like news from the Great Beyond—not to mention Archie Shepp. Okay, let’s mention Archie Shepp, and in his young prime too. All these wonders can be yours if you’re still able to operate your hands in this heat. Push the button, Max, and a joyeux quatorze on top.

Downhome With Howling Dick (121 – Hens Teeth)

This week Howling’s comparing divorce settlements, reminiscing about street markets and wondering about hats. Regular listeners know that amongst all this nonsense you can be sure to hear an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Gene Vincent ” The Navy’s loss”

V-8 Blues The Three Tobacco Tags  Hillbilly Blues.1929-1947. VIDEO
Get Ya in da Mood Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip Ain’t Bad Yet VIDEO
Yes, I’m Standing T-Model Ford Bad Man VIDEO
What Is The Soul Of A Man Guy Tortora Bluesman In A Boneyard VIDEO
Turning My Back Last Chance Saloon Last Chance Saloon VIDEO
Good Mornin’ Little Schoolgirl King David Blues From Maxwell Street, 1960 & 1965 VIDEO
Cat Man Gene Vincent Best Of Gene Vincent VIDEO
Musical Genocide Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit VIDEO
Moondance (Take 22) Van Morrison Moondance VIDEO
Trouble in Mind Paul Jones Suddenly I Like It VIDEO
Moma Sean Taylor The Only Good Addiction Is Love VIDEO
Flesh Crawling Blues George Davis God Don’t Like It VIDEO
My Love Is Real Little Joe Hinton Deep Soul Moments VIDEO
How Long Blues Pinetop Perkins How Long VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri July 3 & Tues July 7


July 3rd is Kafka’s birthday, and Janacek’s, and in nearer times the birthday of two women I have loved, so it’s much easier to do another Fourth of July show instead, but make it a little different this time, beneath the Skies of You Know Who’s Got the Biggest Air Force. Usually, this time of year, I’ve gone for a degree of celebration and uplift that seems kind of innocuous, here in the Age of Hanrahan, despite the excellence and Americanism of the music: Louis Armstrong, Charles Ives, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, and other iconic presences. This year—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Statue of Liberty time—I’ve let some darker music in, made a few acidulous remarks about the screwing we’ve all had from globalized capital, amid other entertainments, and seem to have forgotten to slip in Marion Williams’ version of How I Got Over. We’ve had a couple of lucky days at the Supreme Court lately, but is anyone really getting over? There’s still plenty of Pops, Ornette, Bird, and Ives—including the overwhelming apotheosis of his 4th Symphony, premiered more than a decade after the insurance executive and part-time composer’s death—just as there’s still plenty to celebrate around here while the unsustainable population of seven billion heads for the ten-figure mark and all the other life forms, except the ones we eat or eat us, plummet toward extinction. I intend to have a good time anyway, eating charred animal pieces, drinking too much, and watching other people blow shit up. How about you?

Sorry Annie

This week Howling’s  making choices, struggling with his Spanish and reminiscing about friends bathrooms. Unbelievably amongst all this nonsense he happens to play an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


Kokomo Arnold – “Anyone would do!!”

Aloha ‘Oe Blues David Burrows Legends Of The Hawaiian Steel Guitar VIDEO
Nadine RG Band 21.12 – live at Teatro Del Pane VIDEO
Lonely Nights Paul Jones Suddenly I Like It VIDEO
Evil Companion Charlie Parr Stumpjumper VIDEO
Lay On the Cold Ground Cal Williams Jr Little Black Crow VIDEO
Milk Cow Blues Kokomo Arnold Uncut 2009/08: Woke Up This Morning VIDEO
Tienes Mi Alma En Tus Manos Sean Taylor The Only Good Addiction Is Love VIDEO
When You’ve Got A Good Friend Scott Ainslie You Better Lie Down VIDEO
Whiskey and Demons Dave Hunt Whiskey and Demons VIDEO
River Jordan Jo-Ann Kelly Do It & More VIDEO
Geronimo’s Cadillac Michael Murphey Geronimo’s Cadillac VIDEO
Mood Indigo The Boswell Sisters Nothing Was Sweeter Than The Boswell Sisters VIDEO
She’s Just Right For Me Babs Gonzales Rhythm & Blues 200-10 VIDEO
You Made Me  A Fool Rob Berry Blues ‘n Boxes VIDEO