This week’s Updoc: “B&B” Feb. 1&5

There is a button concealed somewhere on my person, and if you push it you will hear a recording of me saying something on the order of “Bach and Bird are the two greatest pure musical intellects of all time,” but in fact I don’t have a Genius-O-Meter and I’m talking out the back of my neck. Nonetheless, whenever I play some Bach or Charlie Parker—as I do on this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and again at noon on Tuesday, Coney Island of the Mind time—it’s hard to listen to anyone but the other guy without feeling that I’ve taken a tumble a few levels down. Bachwise on the show there are a Sonata and a French Suite, both in the austere key of D-minor, which we later brighten up with the first Partita—all pianoed for us by Angela Hewitt—and Birdwise it’s a scattering of some familiar gems; but I also experimented with following up Bach with Bechet and, behold, it worked. Duke Ellington drops by and so does Brother Joe May, “The Thunderbolt of the Midwest.” You are invited to touch that dial, but whatever you do, don’t push that button.

Updoc 218: 3 Genies: 1/25/13

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Ninth Room; Tutankhamun (Black Lion)

Igor Stravinsky/SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra/Michael Gielen: Agon; Canticum Sacrum – Agon – Requiem Canticles (Hänssler)

Cecil Taylor: 3 Phasis (New World)

Igor Stravinsky/Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus/Valery Gergiev: Les Noces; Oedipus Rex – Les Noces (Mariinsky)

John Coltrane: Alabama; Coltrane Live at Birdland (Impulse)

Tone Science – 01/27/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Far Wells, Mill Valley Charles Mingus Mingus Dynasty
  That's True, That's True Jimmy Giuffre 3 Flight, Bremene 1961
  Waiting is Forbidden Rudresh Mahanthappa Gamak
  Tiresian Symmetry Jason Robinson Tiresian Symmetry
  Torn Thomas Heberer's Clarino Klippe
  Anglewise Blind Nate Wooley / Scott R. Looney / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter Scowl
  When the Fire Hits the Forest Fontanelle Vitamin F
  No Control David Bowie Outside
  Electrocutioner The Residents Duck Stab / Buster and Glen
  Debrief and Defect Algernon Ghost Surveillance
  Old Smokey Tony Malaby's Apparitions Voladores
  Upon A Fallen Tree Okkyung Lee Noisy Love Songs
  West World Pop. 1280 The Horror
  How the West Was Won Pipe 1997
  And At Last Jessica Pavone Hope Dawson is Missing
  Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No. 4: II-III Glenn Gould w/ Vladimir Golschmann and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra J.S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 2

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc: 3 Genies: 1/25/13

Listening to Igor Stravinsky’s Agon, written in his 70s, you hear the same scrawny little guy filled with brilliant fire who wrote Petrushka and the Sacre forty-some years earlier, though wintered down to an old man’s final sense of things. This week’s Updoc—8PM Friday, then noon next Tuesday, NY winter time—starts off with this spare, sere, sometimes twelve-tone masterwork before meeting up with Cecil Taylor in 1978 for 3 Phasis. His nearly lifelong collaborator Jimmy Lyons is along with his touch of Bird, I kind of wish Raphé Malik’s trumpet weren’t there to dominate the group improvs, but behind it all the mighty Ronald Shannon Jackson provides enormous architectonic lift on drums, and down the line shoulders the whole free-form assemblage into the strongest shuffle since at least Art Blakey, while Taylor’s succinct rhythmic-thematic clusters memorably chapter up the improvs. Stravinsky’s back with Les Noces, from about 1920, his last big savage-Russian score before departing for the pleasantry of his neoclassical period. Stravinsky said that music couldn’t mean anything, it was just an arrangement of notes in time—he also said there were no Russian folk motifs in the Sacre: ha!—but John Coltrane is our own great riposte to that. We’ve just been through a great re-inauguration with many invocations of the Reverend Martin Luther King, and Trane’s Alabama echoes King’s cadences in memory of four young girls murdered in an American church for being black. Bring your ears wide open.

Tone Science – 01/20/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Rothko Sideways Spaceways Inc. Version Soul
  Working on the Building Rev. Louis Overstreet An Evening with Rev
  Death Blues Death Blues 2012-09-06 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
  Manto (Giacinto Scelsi) Geneviève Strosser György Ligeti - Sonata for Viola
  Peace Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
  The Seer Swans The Seer
  Galactic Ice Skeleton Rob Mazurek Octet Skull Sessions
  Yowns / Mauhn Ken Filliano / Steve Adams The Other Side of This

Songs on Toast – 01/18/2013

Bird Town 2:43 David Thomas Variations On A Theme
My Pigeon Gone Wild 2:42 Blind Blake Goombay Rock
Cuckoo Bird 2:41 The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back: The Everlys On Warner Bros
Lover Bird 2:19 Ella Johnson Swing Me
Pretty Flamingo 2:26 Manfred Mann Pretty Flamingo
Little Bird 2:40 The Beau Brummels Bradley’s Barn
Gonna Find Me A Bluebird 2:41 Steve Young Rock Salt And Nails
Little Bird 4:41 Jerry Jeff Walker Mr. Bojangles
The Bird That I Held In My Hand T-Bone Burnett T Bone Burnett
God’s Little Birds 2:52 Sister O M Terrell The Gospel Tradition
The White Dove 3:14 Stanley Brothers Columbia Recordings
And Your Bird Can Sing 2:02 The Beatles Revolver
Murder of Birds (Acoustic) 4:33 Jesca Hoop Kismet
Invisible World 1:26 Steve Gorn Wings & Shadows
Birdsong 4:57 Danielle Gasparro birdsong P
Fickle Dove 3:28 Madeleine Peyroux Standing On the Rooftop
Turtle Dove 2:57 Tia Blake Folksongs & Ballads
Birds 2:17 Neil Young Sugar Mountain – Live At Canterbury House
Who Knows Where the Time Goes Fairport Convention No More Sad Refrains-The Anthology
Pour Les Oiseaux (variation 2) Sylvain Chauveau Des Plumes Dans La Tête
Hundreds Of Sparrows 2:29 Sparklehorse Good Morning Spider
Mockingbird 3:52 Hayward Williams Cotton Bell
Bird of Cuzco 2:48 Nina Nastasia On Leaving
Little Birdie 3:09 The Cox Family Beyond The City
Little Birds 4:52 Sean Costello We Can Get Together
Poisoning Pigeons In The Park Tom Lehrer Songs of tom Lehrer
That’s What The Birdie Sang To Me Fats Waller Last Testament, His Final Recordings
Hummingbird 4:02 Leon Russell Leon Russell
Bluebird 3:28 Bonnie Raitt Live in the Rainbow Room, Phila – 1972
Little Wing 3:25 Jimi Hendrix Axis Outtakes
Surfin’ Bird 2:23 The Trash Men Grandson Of Frat Rock
Blue Bird 2:50 Howlin Wolf Sun Recordings
Bye Bye Bird 2:35 Sonny Boy Williamson Sonny Boy Williamson: His Best
Bird Without A Feather 3:09 R.L. Burnside A Bothered Mind
Chicky-Mo, Craney-Crow 2:31 Louis Jordan Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Vol #4
Petites esquisses d’oiseaux: Olivier Messiaen Messiaen: Complete Bird Music For Piano Solo
Bye Bye Blackbird 3:04 Peggy Lee Black Coffee
My Singing Bird 4:04 McPeake Family The McPeake Family of Belfast

Updoc – 01/18/2013

UPDOC 217: Más Que un Poco Loco: 1/18/13

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Ninth Room; Tutankhamun (Black Lion)

Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco: The Amazing Bud Powell (Blue Note)
Anthony Braxton: Piece 3; Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (Arista Novus/Mosaic)
Tyondai Braxton/Wordless Music Orchestra: Platinum Rows; Central Market (Warp)
Hans Werner Henze/London Symphony Orchestra: Symphony No. 5; Henze: Symphonies 1 – 6 (DGG)
Anthony Braxton: Piece 1; Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (Arista Novus/Mosaic)
Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie/Bud Powell/Charles Mingus/Max Roach: Hot House; Jazz at Massey Hall (Debut/Fantasy/Prestige)
Bud Powell: A Night in Tunisia: The Amazing Bud Powell (Blue Note)
Hans Werner Henze/London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen: Undine [title tune: a selection] DGG
Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco; Birdland 1953 – The Complete Trio Recordings (Fresh Sound)

Songs on Toast – 01/11/2013


The Guitar 4:03 Guy Clark Somedays The Song Writes You
Acoustic Guitar 2:38 The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs Volume 3
While My Acoustic Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles White Album Alternates, Outtakes
Spanish Guitar 5:02 Gene Clark White Light
Six Strings Down 4:25 Jimmie Vaughan Strange Pleasure
Steel Strings 3:40 Peter Case The Case Files
I’ll Keep My Old Guitar 2:33 Adolph Hofner & His Texans Tobacco State Swing
Get Away 2:09 Ry Cooder Performance
Ragtime Blue Guitar 2:49 Steve Young Seven Bridges Road
Steel Guitar 4:08 Danny O’Keefe Danny O’Keefe Classics
this old guitar 5:33 Neil Young Prairie Wind
Mama Guitar 2:31 Andy Griffith Yesterdays Gold Vol. 4
I’m Gonna Sit On The Porch And Pick On My Old Guitar 3:01 Johnny Cash The Essential Johnny Cash (1955-1983)
Year That Clayton Delaney Died Tom T. Hall Ultimate Collection
Electric Guitar 4:43 Chris Rea Blue Guitars – Album 4:
Electric Guitars 3:37 Prefab Sprout Andromeda Heights
Ghost in My Guitar 4:12 Delta Moon Hell Bound Train
Red Guitar 1:48 Loudon Wainwright III Album III
Ma guitare et mon pays 7:02 Line Monty Trésors de la chanson Judéo-Arabe
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Delmore Brothers Brown’s Ferry Blues
Blue Guitar 2:55 Tanya Tucker Soon
Swingin’ On The Strings 2:38 The Ink Spots The Human Orchestra
Guitar, Guitar 2:48 Jake & The Family Jewels A Lick & A Promise
Forest Song Guitar 1:48 Leni Stern Africa
Guitar Lovin’ Man 2:44 John Lee Hooker Don’t Turn Me From Your Door
Have Guitar Will Travell 2:03 Scotty Moore Trio Legends Of The Guitar
Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man Johnny Cash The Man in Black: 1963-1969
I’m a Guitar King 3:18 Dion Son of Skip James
Me, My Guitar And The Blues Chris Thomas King Me, My Guitar And The Blues
Black Guitar 4:26 Larry John Mcnally Dandelion
Blue Songs On a Red Guitar 3:30 Fil Campbell Dreaming
Guitar Man 4:00 J.J. Cale Guitar Man
Blue Guitar 6:09 Cowboy Junkies Miles From Our Home
Life By The Drop 2:27 Stevie Ray Vaughan The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Tone Science – 01/13/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm The Spoke and The Horse Trapist The Golden Years
  9 Movements for String Quartet Arditti Quartet Harrison Birtwistle: Complete String Quartets
  Black Herman 8 Bold Souls Sideshow
  Meditation in White Sound Halim El-Dabh Crossing into the Ether
  Outsider Blues Wooden Wand Blood Oaths of the New Blues
  Mercury Machine Magda Mayas / Tony Buck Gold
  Sour Diesel Tony Malaby's Apparitions Voladores
  Khan! No BS Brass! No BS Brass!
  Flutter (Alex Mincek) Mariel Roberts Nonextraneous Sounds

Tone Science – 01/06/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Three Shades, Foreshadows (Andy Akiho) Mariel Roberts Nonextraneous Sounds
  Egg John Butcher Bell Trove Spools
  Sonata Pour Alto Geneviève Strosser György Ligeti: Sonata for Viola
  Congo Square Dances / Saints and Sinners Joe McPhee, Michael Zerang Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite)
  Holiness Dance Rev. Louis Overstreet An Evening with Rev. Louis Overstreet, His Guitar, His Four Sons, and the Congregation of......
  The Cage Theo Bleckmann and Kneebody Twelve Songs by Charles Ives
  Styrofoam & Grief Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant Sister Phantom Owl Fish
  Nite Flights David Bowie Black Tie White Noise
  Plutonium Jessica Pavone Hope Dawson is Missing
  Pent Ingebrigt Håker Flaten New York Quartet Now Is
  Streichquartet (1905) Emerson Quartet Complete Webern
  Harrison Carries the Coffin Out Kidd Jordan On Fire