This time out Howlings going back to Chicago, dabbling in Tibetan Buddhism and talking about a good decision. Don’t’t be put off by his nonsense though, because remember folks there’s an hour of cracking blues and roots music on the porch.
Peg Leg Sam – “No Teen Idol”
This week Howling reveals that he’s never been hit by a train, that he’s never been shot and that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about! Whats all this got to do with good music? Well listen and amongst the nonsense is an hour of damn fine blues, roots and all kind of things!
Count Basie -” before the sailor hat”
This week Howlings back in the saddle again reminiscing about Soho haunts, questioning the test of time and giving out personal guarantees. You see, its still the same old madness on the porch – so thank the Lord he still plays over an hour of some of the finest blues and roots on the net.
And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at firstname.lastname@example.org – he’ll thank ya!
Reverend Robert Wilkins – Another Prodigal Son
This week, Howling’s talking about sibling loyalty and the first rock n roll star whilst he declines help from a couple of friends and accepts it from another. Sounds busy on the porch but don’t worry, he still plays an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net
Memphis Jug Band – “It doesn’t get better than this”
This week, both sides of a 1973 Desto Records LP I found buried in a nearby record shop, plus a couple of short extras.
First, side one: Benjamin Lees’ Sonata #2 for Violin and Piano, which hits that perfect sweet spot between non-serialist avant and traditional classical. Lees died in 2010 but his official site has lots of interesting info.
Second up is the final movement of the Piano Quintet by British “light music” composer Margot Wright, from this collection of works spanning her long 20th century career. The liner notes aren’t exact but the quintet appears to be from the early 1930s; the finale is delicious. Performed by the all-female Camilli Quartet with Frank Mol on piano.
Next, the 3rd movement from Paul Hindemith’s 1939 Sonata for Horn, written when Hindemith was in Swiss exile just after he’d been condemned by Nazi officials for his “degenerate” music.
Finally, side two of the Desto LP: Ned Rorem’s 1972 composition for violin and piano, Night Music, performed by the married team of Earl Carlyss and Ann Scheinn in an auditorium at the Library of Congress in 1973. Written as a complement to Day Music from a few months earlier, it’s divided into 8 sections with titles like “Mosquitoes and Earthworms,” “Epeira Sclopetaria” and “Gnats.”
Interesting side note: I’d never heard of Desto Records, so nosed around online. Turns out it was an indie label in existence from the mid-60s to mid-70s, releasing over 150 records focused mainly on non-mainstream classical recordings. A 1970 Billboard article, “Desto to Releases Boxes of Music by Black Composers”, and another from a few years later, “Desto in High Via Low Overhead”, are neat snapshots into the label’s history (…proving that a small classical manufacturer can survive and prosper among the biggies if it is carefully managed and takes full advantage of opportunities), and into the fundraising and commissioning practices of the time.
Digging a bit deeper we find that Desto was started by Horace Grennell, who also happens to be the person behind Young People’s Records and the Children’s Record Guild in the late 1940s, “the first commercially significant record clubs in the world,” with over 100,000 members in the immediate post-WWII era. That’s according to the book Revolutionizing Children’s Records: The Young People’s Records and Children’s Record Guild Series, 1946-1977, which I’m happy to note just arrived via inter-library loan. The book’s official site explains, “these two labels intersected important developments in the histories of mass marketing, recording technology, educational philosophy, folk music, contemporary composition, and Cold War politics,” with blog posts noting connections to the Folkways label, Groucho Marx and more. Looks great, can’t wait to dive in.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s music, and hope you find some of the links interesting.
The inaugural edition of Jazz Worldwide on taintradio will cover recent recordings by Jan Garbarek-Egberto Gismonti-Charlie Haden; the Bobo Stenson Trio; and Ethiopian pianist and composer Samuel Yirga. We shall then turn to Spain, where we’ll audition jazz-inflected flamenco (or is it the other way around?) by Michel Camilo with Tomatito, Juan de Lerida, Gerardo Núñez, Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela, José Luis Montón, Chema Vilchez, Chano Domínguez, and Niño Josele. Join your host, Michael Stone, on Jazz Worldwide, airing Mondays, 5:00-7:00 pm Eastern, and repeating the following Saturday from noon to 2:00 pm Eastern.
Opening theme: Archie Shepp: You’re What This Day is All About; The Magic of Ju-Ju (Impulse)
1. Roy Haynes: All the Bars Are Open: Roy-alty (Dreyfus)
2. Sarah Vaughan: Shulie-a-Bop; The Ultimate Sarah Vaughan (Verve)
3. Roy Haynes: Equipoise: Roy-alty (Dreyfus)
4. Pat Metheny: All the Things You Are; Question and Answer (Nonesuch)
5. Roy Haynes: Moon Ray; Out of the Afternoon (Impulse)
6. Roy Haynes: Passion Dance: Roy-alty (Dreyfus)
7. Roy Haynes: Raoul; Out of the Afternoon (Impulse)
8. Clifford Brown: Laura; Clifford Brown With Strings (Emarcy/Verve)
9. Clifford Brown/Max Roach: Delilah; The Emarcy Master Takes (Hip-o-Select)
10. Clifford Brown: Stardust; Clifford Brown With Strings (Emarcy/Verve)
11. Clifford Brown/Max Roach: Joy Spring; The Emarcy Master Takes (Hip-o-Select)
12. Elliott Carter/Ole Böhn/London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen:Violin Concerto; American Classics (EMI)
13. Kronos Quartet/Alim & Fargana Qasimov/Homayum Sakhi: Kohlen Atım; Rainbow – Music of Central Asia Vol, 8 (Smithsonian Folkways)
14. Olivier Messiaen/Peter Serkin: Je dors, mais mon coeur veille; Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jésus (RCA)
Out theme; Art Ensemble of Chicago: Strawberry Mango; Coming Home Jamaica (WB)