Paco de Lucia could bring his duende to jam with jazz musicians and make his flamenco as nuevo as he damn well pleased because his command of the traditional idiom was well-nigh absolute: he had the wealth of technique needed to both express and contain the wealth of passional fire without which flamenco has no reason for being. Only great power can keep the music from exploding, and only great artistry keep it alive. Paco de Lucia was able to keep himself alive until last week, and all Updoc can do is play some of his music in tribute—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Nueva York time. Gustav Mahler died a hundred times in his songs and symphonies, never more calamitously than in his Sixth, but there is also a lot of light—lucia—in the live performance of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. There is even a kind of triumph that is not death’s but life’s; and an old partisan of Jascha Horenstein has to admit that Abbado’s Lucerne Mahler symphonies constitute the finest such cycle he has ever heard. Actually, I wanted to program the Lucerne Seventh this week but couldn’t find a version with good audio, or one of the Third; but this Sixth is so much more than a machine to grind down human hope that it will do just fine and won’t harm a soul. Like the departed Paco, it is now and forever of the Light.
Paco de Lucia could bring his duende to jam with jazz musicians and make his flamenco as nuevo as he damn well pleased because his command of the traditional idiom was well-night absolute: he had the wealth of technique needed to both express and contain the wealth of passional fire without which flamenco has no reason for being. Only great power can keep the music from exploding, and only great artistry keep it alive. Paco de Lucia was able to keep himself alive until last week, and all Updoc can do is play some of his music in tribute—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Nueva Yorktime. Gustav Mahler died a hundred times in his songs and symphonies, never more calamitously than in his Sixth, but there is also a lot of light—lucia—in the live performance of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. There is even a kind of triumph that is not death’s but life’s; and an old partisan of Jascha Horenstein has to admit that Abbado’s Lucerne Mahler symphonies constitute the finest such cycle he has ever heard. Actually, I wanted to program the Lucerne Seventh this week but couldn’t find a version with good audio, or one of the Third; but this Sixth is so much more than a machine to grind down human hope that it will do just fine and won’t harm a soul. Like the departed Paco, it is now and forever of the Light.
|Five Long Years||Ike & Tina Turner||Bold Soul Sister: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings||Hip-O/MCA|
|Bouncin’ and Breakin’||Big Time Sarah and the BTS Express||Blues in the Year One-D-One||Delmark|
|You Get What You Deserve||Holland K. Smith||Cobalt||EllerSoul|
|Let It Shine Always||Toronzo Cannon||John the Conquer Root||Delmark|
|In the Mood for You||Rhythm Rockets||She Swings Blue: The Joint Is Jumpin’||Brother Raccoon|
|I Heard Somebody Call||David Maxwell||Preachin’ the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell||Telarc|
|You Put It on Me||Lonnie Brooks||Live at Pepper’s 1968||Black Top|
|You’ll Need Another Favor||Larry Davis||Sooner or Later||Bullseye|
|Stormy Blues||Billie Holiday||It’s All About the Blues||AAO Music|
|It’s All Over Now||Bobby Womack/The Valentinos||Sam Cooke’s SAR Records Story, 1959-1965||ABKCO Records|
|Shake ‘Em on Down||Bo Carter||Bo Carter: The Essential||Classic Blues|
|Penitentiary Blues||Little Milton||Back to Back||Malaco|
|One Foot in the Blues||Johnny Adams||There Is Always One More Time||Rounder|
Howling’s real busy this week calculating time , dissin’ record company awards and trying to work out how you play blues on a computer. It is. of course, another chance for blues hounds to gather on his porch for an hour of the coolest music on the net!
JB Hutto – far too cool for a Grammy!
|Milk Cow Blues||Kokomo Arnold||Woke Up This Morning||VIDEO|
|Preachin’ Blues||Dave Arcari & The Hellsinki Hellraisers||Whiskey In My Blood||VIDEO|
|Hard Road||Gerry Hundt||Since Way Back||VIDEO|
|Hound Dog Blues||Tom Doughty||Have A Taste Of This||VIDEO|
|Don’t Mess With My Man||Kyla Brox||Live…At Last||VIDEO|
|Original Stack O’Lee Blues||Long ‘Cleve’ Reed||Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice||VIDEO|
|Boogie Chillen’||Robert Belfour||The Spirit Lives On||VIDEO|
|Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham County||Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three||Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham||VIDEO|
|Evil||John Primer||Magic Blues – Chicago Blues Session||VIDEO|
|No Place To Go||Howlin’ Wolf||Moanin’ In The Moonlight||VIDEO|
|Wild Wild Women||JB Hutto & The Hawks||VIDEO|
|Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You From||Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson||Honky Tonk For Texas||VIDEO|
|Would You, Baby||Johnny “Big Moose” Walker||Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2||VIDEO|
|Destitution Blues||Sunday Wilde||He Digs Me||VIDEO|
|Mean Black Snake [||Johnny Young||The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions||VIDEO|
Some of the old Romanov Tsars were so heavily into Sonny and Trane that they couldn’t abide Stan Getz at all, but most of us keep a warm place in our hearts for the man whose name, allegedly, was Dizzy Gillespie’s two-word answer to the question Can an evil person make beautiful music? I myself was present at a Birdland table Getz visited to chat with John Coltrane, who, after Getz was modest about his own playing—“I’m not doing much, John, what are you doing here?”—told him, “I always love what you do.” Then Alice Coltrane poked Getz in the belly and told him he was getting fatter. Everyone in the club was staring our way. I was eighteen years old, there by chance and speechless, and didn’t see any Romanov tsars or usurpers, but can offer on this week’s show—Updoc, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Birdland offstage table time—a suite from the Eddie Sauter-Stan Getz score for the cult classic film Mickey One, also Stokowski’s orchestral suite from Moussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Christopher Rouse’s Oboe Concerto, some small band Getz and a Terry Riley piano suggestion that we should be kind to each other. Including saxophone players and Russians and the rest of us.
|I Am the Blues||Big Daddy Kinsey||I Am the Blues||Verve|
|The Hit||Little Mike and the Tornadoes||Forgive Me||ELROB Records|
|Use What You’ve Got||Freddie King||The Very Best of Freddy King, Vol. 3||Collectables|
|Tramp||Carla Thomas and Otis Redding||The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968||Atlantic|
|Mojo Hand||Lightnin’ Hopkins||Lightnin’!||Arhoolie|
|Slow Down||Cassandra Wilson||Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Soul of a Man||Columbia|
|Honeysuckle Rose||Roosevelt Sykes||The Original Honeydripper||Blind Pig|
|I’m Just a Natural Man||Aron Burton||Aron Burton Live||Earwig|
|Woman Trouble||Tad Robinson||Did You Ever Wonder||Severn|
|Big Road Blues||Houston Stackhouse||Masters of the Modern Blues||Testament|
|Slam Hammer||Johnny Young and his Chicago Blues Band||Chicago Blues||Arhoolie|
|Rock Me Baby||Luther Allison||Bad News Is Coming||Motown|
|Mercedes Benz||Taj Mahal||Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep||House of Blues|
|Crawling King Snake||Tab Benoit||Live: Swampland Jam||Vanguard|
|Only a Dream||Solomon Burke||Don’t Give Up on Me||Fat Possum|
|Little Girl||Earl King||Earl’s Pearls||Westside|
This week Howling’s telling tales of drunks, posting embarrassing videos and wishing he was a better guitar player. In between all this fun on the porch , he’s also playing the wildest selection of blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net.
And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at firstname.lastname@example.org – he’ll thank you!
Merle Travis – on a blues show with THAT hat???
|Broad Minded||The Louvin Brothers||The Family Who Prays||VIDEO|
|Hound Dog||Robin Trower||Roots And Branches||VIDEO|
|Death Letter Jubilee||The Delta Saints||Death Letter Jubilee||VIDEO|
|Stolen Apple Jelly||Blues Duo||Canned Heat||VIDEO|
|What Man Have Done||Corey Harris & Henry Butler||Vü-Dü Menz||VIDEO|
|Slippin’ And Slidin’ Up Through The Golden Street||Julius Daniels||The Heart Of Blues (Vol 1)||VIDEO|
|Poor Bob’s Blues||Robert Pete Williams||Poor Bob’s Blues||VIDEO|
|Time Brings About A Change||Roomful Of Blues||Hook, Line & Sinker||VIDEO|
|Hard Time||Albert Castiglia||Solid Ground||VIDEO|
|It’s Getting Foggy||Floyd Dixon||Cow Town Blues||VIDEO|
|Blues is Killing Me||William Clarke||The Hard Way||VIDEO|
|Sixteen Tons||Black Tongued Bells||Every Tongue Has A tale To Tell||VIDEO|
|Cocaine Blues||Merle Travis||Oh Brother Can You Spare A Dime||VIDEO|
|Last Chance Saloon||Climax Blues Band||The Official Bootleg||VIDEO|
All right, Sid Caesar’s Cool Cees and Progress Hornsby sketches weren’t the hippest jazz humor ever, but he played tenor well enough to have toured with Claude Thornhill and he was doing jazz humor on mainstream television in its early Golden Age—sometimes even working in a drug reference: “I think I might be in daanger.” Larry Gelbart wrote the sketches with Sid, and when a mother with a nearsighted child wrote to complain about Cool Cees’ mockable bottle-thick glasses, they changed his name to the unimprovable Progress Hornsby. Okay, Sid Caesar in various guises accounts for less than ten minutes of this week’s show—that would be Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Birdland time—and you will laugh out loud. I grew up on his comedy and still love him like the kid I was at the time. Otherwise this week, seasonal Vivaldi, Sylvie Courvoisier, Kip Hanrahan, Astor Piazzola, two raucous cuts from Pat Metheny’s new Unity Band CD, and a stunning French horn concerto by Thea Musgrave. And as always, hail Caesar, and this time, farewell.
This week Howling’s handing out bad chat lines, recounting his schooldays and getting a bit of burlesque onto the porch which all means that you’re in the right place for yet another an hour of the most superb blues ‘n roots you can find on the net.
And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at email@example.com – he’ll thank ya!
May have been “Lazy” Lester - but no slouch on harp!
|He Went In Like A Lion (But Went Out Like A Lamb)||The Carolina Buddies||Baby, How Can It Be?||VIDEO|
|Woke Up This Morning||Matt Woosey Band||On The Waggon||VIDEO|
|Who’s That Man I Saw||The Grey Goose Blues Band||Hunted||VIDEO|
|I’m a Man||Lazy Lester||Best Of Alligator Harp Players||VIDEO|
|Boogie Woogie Baby (Boogie Woogie Boogie)||Jim Lockhart||The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Volume 3|
|My Daddy Rocks Me||Jolie Goodnight||Say Goodnight Gracey||VIDEO|
|It’s My Own Fault||Otis Rush Blues Band||Chicago, The Blues Today!||VIDEO|
|If I Call You Mama||Luke Jordan||A Richer Tradition||VIDEO|
|Jones||Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated||Red Hot From Alex||VIDEO|
|Model T Boogie||James Tisdom||Juke Joint Blues 2||VIDEO|
|No Place To Go||Fleetwood Mac||Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac||VIDEO|
|Blues All Over||Eden Brent||Ain’t Got No Troubles||VIDEO|
|If I Couldn’t Say A Word||Lamar Nelson||Sacred Steel|
|Good Morning Little Schoolgirl||Taj Mahal||The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal||VIDEO|
The major obstacle to the great Jean Sibelius-Stephen Riley saxophone concerto project seems to have been the fact, contrary to the photographic evidence, that they were never at any point alive at the same time, so Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Astral Fluxtime—has had to settle for a couple of tracks from Riley’s brilliant new album, Lover, and a performance of the Sibelius Fifth Symphony with that old darling Herbert Von Karajan conducting Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a better performance of the piece than he ever managed with his hometown Berliners. What else we got? Danilo Perez’s new Panama 500 album, a knockout Azeri jazz pianist, Simone Dinnerstein’s superlative new recording of Bach’s two and three part Inventions, Bartok at his most celestial, and to set an impeccable seal atop the whole, Ben Webster. Hard to find a better beast than that, this tough winter. You really must go? Baby, it’s cold outside.