Nice Work

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”
Tennessee Border Hank Williams Jack White’s Blues VIDEO
Ghosts Of Mississippi Iko-Iko Bullets In The Bonfire Vol 1 VIDEO
You Better Watch Yourself The Mannish Boys Wrapped Up and Ready VIDEO
Long Way From Home (acoustic) Katie Bradley & Dudley Ross Anchor Baby Sessions VIDEO
Cadillac Blues Tullie Brae Everything Turns Blue VIDEO
Evolution Of The Blues Terrie Odabi Evolution Of The Blues VIDEO
Me And My Chauffeur Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke Restless VIDEO
I Don’t Know Willie Mabon/Slim Willis/Otis Spann I Blueskvarter – Chicago 1964 VIDEO
One Monkey Big Town Playboys Roll The Dice VIDEO
Catfish Blues Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Alone And Acoustic VIDEO
Work Song Gregory Porter Be Good VIDEO
Move That Thing The Memphis Jug Band Memphis Jug Band (1927-1930) VIDEO
Stealin, Stealin The King Biscuit Boys All in a days work VIDEO
Home Again Poplar Jake No More Sygnifyin’ VIDEO

The Spark

The Spark starts.

B.P.R.D. – Benjamin Lees, Margot Wright, Paul Hindemith, Ned Rorem

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.

Inaugural edition of Jazz Worldwide on

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.

Updoc 158: Royal Tea: 11/11/11

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)

Monkey Mind – 03/21/2011

The Cymande, late 70s Van, Andrew Hill, Atomic Rooster and early UB40 are particularly rocking my worldview these days. A gorgeous 13 minutes of spare, groovy Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ends the set, with a great unknown Floaters cut as the palate cleanser. Hope you enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Guajira Sicodelica Los Destellos This LP Crashes Hard Drives
  Ayenye Mongo Santamaria Afro-Roots
  Yabis Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars Nigeria 70-Lagos Jump
  The Message Cymande The Message
  The Window The Apple Juice Kid plus +
  Everybody Loves My Baby Melvin Jackson Funky Skull
  Wake Up Everybody Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes All Their Greatest Hits!
  You Make Me Feel So Free Van Morrison Into the Music
  All The Way Down Esther Phillips Capricorn Princess
  Off Duty Trip The Raincoats The Raincoats
  Spare Me From the Mold Gossip Music for Men
  Touch Me Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
  Illusion Andrew Hill/Sam Rivers The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions
4pm Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver) Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
  I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home David Frizzell The Family's Fine, But This One's All Mine!
  Fish Walk Harvey Mandel Shangrenade
  Tomorrow Night Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You
  I'm So Sorry Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain
  Hair of the Dog Green On Red Green on Red
  A Patricia Los Destellos The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
  Reclamo Mistico Armando Garzon Boleros
  Napoleon Solo Lyn Taitt & the Jets Let's Do Rocksteady: The Story of Rocksteady 1966-68
  Signing Off UB40 Signing Off
  Traditional Qawwali by Hazrat Amir Khusrau Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Live in London December 14, 1989, Vol. III
  Floaters Anything That Keeps You Satisfied Magic

Monkey Mind – 09/06/2010

Another scattered selection. Hope you enjoy. For what it’s worth, that Simple Gifts CD of Shaker vocal pieces is wonderful stuff, and has me doing something I usually don’t like to do: read large sections of a book online. In this case it’s a sharp, informative history of the Shakers, The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers, available at Google Books. The early chapters are so good I’m not even bothered by the occasional unavailable pages. I had no idea the Shakers were such punks. Lunatic fanatic punks, but still. (Oh, and reverse the song/artist names for the 2nd cut; the band is Frou Frou.)

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Radio Mellotron Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich
  Frou Frou Maddening Shroud Details
  Rides Organos The Limbs EP
  Wurlitzer Jukebox Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth
  Walking on Sunshine Rocker's Revenge The Perfect Beats: New York Electro Hip-Hop + Underground Dance Classics 1980-1985, Vol. 1
  N.E.S.T.A. 75 Antibalas Talkatif
  Congoman The Congos Heart of the Congos
  God Is Great Billy Preston I Wrote A Simple Song
  Father James' Song Shakers of Sabbathday Lake Simple Gifts: Shaker Chants and Spirituals
  Face to Face That I Shall Know Him Joseph Spence The Complete Folkways Recordings 1958
  Salvador Egberto Gismonti Solo
  Crystal Illusions Edu Lobo Sergio Mendes presents Lobo
  What Do You Do When Love Dies Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis
  Come Back and Shake me Clodack Rodgers
  It's Her Turn to Live Smokey Robinson Pure Smokey
4pm Bulldozers and Dirt Drive By Truckers Pizza Deliverance
  Til the Day i Die The Vern Williams Band Bluegrass from the Gold Country
  Every Woman I Know (Is Crazy 'Bout An Automobile) Al Vance Crazy 'Bout An Automobile
  Another World Richard Hell & the Voidoids Blank Generation
  Kiss Your Killer No Knife ...drunk on the moon...
  Down Jawbreaker Unfun
  Brand - New - Life Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth
  Hammond Song The Roches The Roches
  Fool Donavon Frankenreiter Move By Yourself
  Bad News Bad Times Marion Williams Gospel Now
  Lucifer Junior Murvin Police and Thieves
  Love Money T.W. Funkmasters The Perfect Beats: New York Electro Hip-Hop + Underground Dance Classics 1980-1985, Vol. 1
  Mass Producing Hate Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich
  We Need Order The Chi-lites Best of
  I Don't Blame You At All Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Anthology

FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X Interviews Michael Hill’s Blues Mob

Greetings, music lovers!  This is your host and producer of FWNR-X -Bruce Mack and I just wanted to let you know I did an interview last night with Michael Hill’s Blues Mob and it will be featured in hour 2 of episode 6 (7/16/09 and 7/19/09) and runs about 50 minutes, followed by a couple of the bands songs.  Guitarist/vocalist/composer-Michael Hill, drummer/vocalist-Bill McClellan and bassist/vocalist-Mike Griot are great musicians and performers and longtime friends of mine who I have the honor of getting some inside scoop on their current and future projects and upcoming performances in South Orange, New Jersey at Baird Park.   So please join us if you would like to get acquainted with this contemporary Blues band.

Some journalistic wisdom:

“Hill writes songs that make other young musicians seem ignorant of the real world in which we all live … Hill is truly the bluesman piloting the music into the next century.”
— Blues Revue

“Hill writes songs that make most of his peers seem either empty-headed or self-obsessed. As a singer, writer and most impressively as a guitarist, he celebrates the blues form without being shackled to it, creating a sound that’s referential and relevant at the same time. Alternately scorching and soaring solos.”
-Washington Post

“Forward-thinking Michael Hill nods to rock, reggae and New York soul. He takes chances, stretching boundaries with supple, super-charged solos … Kick-ass and world-class.”
— Guitar Player

So please join me for my first artist interview feature.

All the best, B.


FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X is here.

Songs on Toast – 05/29/2009


Time Song Artist Album
10pm Workin' For The Man Roy Orbison For The Lonely
  Big Boss Man The Holmes Brothers Simple Truths
  The Working Man Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival
  I Got A Gig Hayes Carll Trouble In Mind
  We Gotta Get Out Of This Place The Animals Retrospective
  Everybody Works At My House Jesse Fuller Brother Lowdown
  Hustlin' And Bustlin' For Baby Louis Armstrong Complete RCA-Victor Recordings (Disc 1)
  've Been Working Van Morrison His Band and the Street Choir
  Blue Monday Fats Domino They Call Me The Fat Man
  P**s Factory Patti Smith Land (1975-2002)
  Working In A Coalmine Lee Dorsey Wheelin' & Dealin'
  Work Song Bobby Darin Seeing Is Believing
  The Worst Job... Derek & Clive Derek & Clive
  Hard Times Baby Huey & The Babysitters What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves
  Mr. Bossman Linval Thompson Six Babylon
  Hard Working Man Captain Beefheart If You Got Ears
  Yes Sir, No Sir The Kinks Arthur or the decline and fall of the British Empire
  1891 Blind Blake Goombay Rock
  Factory Girl The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
11pm Work For Your Money Howlin' Wolf The Chess Box
  I Asked The Bossman Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand: The Anthology
  Bookstore Rap Neil Young Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968
  Working Man's Blues Lonnie Johnson All Time Blues Greats
  Work Scott H. Biram Graveyard Shift
  Pay Day Mississippi John Hurt The Complete Studio Recordings
  Working Man Blues Blind Boy Fuller Blind Boy Fuller Vol. 3 1937
  Cost Of Living Nar Freetown Ebenezer Calender And His Maringer Band Marvellous Boy
  Gotta Get A Job Fats Domino The First King Of Rock And Roll Volume 1
  Unwanted Workers Firesign Theatre All Things Firesign
  Working Man Blues Merle Haggard Choice Country Cuts
  Ramblin' Blues/Workin' Man Mickey Newbury home demo
  Get Back In Line The Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround
  Heigh Ho Louis Armstrong Disney Songs
  Pay Day Blues Herb Jeffries The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again)
  Midnight Shift Buddy Holly The Definitive Collection
  Sixteen Tons Tennessee Ernie Ford Hotdogs, Hits And Happy Days
  Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed The Very Best Of Jimmy Reed