Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Aug. 30 & Sept. 3

When you hear a great symphonic recording, if you feel it you know it: easy. Trying to figure out why it’s so great may take some time. In Eugen Jochum’s 1964 recording of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic—which leads off this week’s Updoc, Friday at 9PM, noon next Tuesday, NY Philharmonic time—what struck me first of all was Jochum’s absolute conviction in the music, the sense that he knows what every note in the hourlong piece is doing there, then his grasp of such a potentially sprawling piece—left unfinished at the composer’s death in 1896—in all its deep continuity. Arguably, and pace Wilhelm Furtwängler, this is the greatest Bruckner recording ever made. Emotions are pitched to their extremes in the first movement, and you can hear a few things Mahler lifted: he was writing his Third at the time and had access to Bruckner’s score, begun in 1888. Played with two minds, or a bit of embarrassment, the pounding triple meter of the following scherzo can sound like a hundred elephants jumping up and down in unison, but Jochum takes it on without blinking or flinching, and puts it over. The last, radiant slow movement, from which Mahler clearly lifted elements in his Third and Ninth . . . well, Bruckner dedicated this symphony “To God the Beloved,” and there it is. (You can also hear where Leonard Bernstein got a piece of “Tonight.”) Its last measures are as poignant a farewell to life as Mahler ever penned, though shorter and without wringing of hands. It’s such a gobsmacking finish that a concluding fourth movement, honestly, would be redundant. The rest of the show? Well, it’s even got something by the Kinks, and for sheer beauty and bliss Charpentier’s Litanies de la Vierge. You could do worse than tune in, but why?

Tone Science – 08/25/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Four Pages of Robots (no. 30) Mary Halvorson Septet Illusionary Sea
  Naldjoriak Eliane Radigue Naldjoriak
  Celestial Power Henry Flynt You Are My Everlovin'/Celestial Power
  City Appearing Julia Holter Loud City Song

Down Mekkiko Way

This week Howling’s pleading not guilty to visiting ladies of the night but does admit to being in a hot bed! What with that,TV cop shows and moving continents it all adds up to another wonderful hour of blues and roots from Dicks porch!

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Shot-Gun Boogie

Tennessee Ernie Ford

16 Tons

Twenty Four Hours

Vance Kelly

Tell Me Why

Personal Manager

Albert King

Born Under A Bad Sign

Over The Horizon

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Bull Goose Rooster

Last Train To Midnight

The Mighty Bosscats

Ticket Of Life

Kind Hearted Woman

Wooden Horse

This Kind Of Trouble

The Plain Old Down Home Blues

T-Bone Walker

Low Down Blues

Trials, Troubles, Tribulations

Valerie June

Pushin’ against a Stone

Souba Souba

Vieux Faka Toure


Callin’ All Fools

Rick Estrin and The Nightcats

One Wrong Turn

Way Down In The Hole

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Spirit Of The Century

Searching the Desert for the Blues

Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell Vol. 2 (1931 – 1933)

John Henry

Taj Mahal

The Essential Taj Mahal

You Gotta Move

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Train I Ride

Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Nina Simone

Blue For You

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Aug. 23 & 28

Christian McBride’s new trio record with Christian Sands and Ulysses Owens Jr. is so good it relieves me of all worry about the contemporary jazz scene, and I’d already programmed it to lead the show—Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday, East Side Bagel time—and had put a Dexter Gordon set featuring Cedar Walton in the middle when the news of Walton’s passing came in. I reversed the order—Cedar is fantastic on the album, Generation, with Freddie, Buster and Billy too—and put his classics Mosaic and Ugetsu at the end. I heard Cedar Walton a lot growing up, close up in Al Heath’s trio at the Five Spot and then with Art Blakey and the Messengers, and have long been a grateful fan of his artistry and person. Playing him on the show’s not much payback but at least I can do it. Also in the middle, Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg—night and death and love and such—which Barbara Bonney sings the heaven and hell out of—and what I think is Einojuhani Rautavaara’s finest symphony, Angel of Light. I wish Cedar Walton no less than that, and in fact even better.cedar3

Tone Science – 08/18/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm On Ascending the Sin-Ping Tower Harry Partch 17 Lyrics of Li Po
  Mining for Gold POING Wach auf!
  In The Green Wild Julia Holter Loud City Song
  It's More Fun To Computer Kraftwerk Computer World
  Exacerbator Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack Cracked Refractions
  Weeping Mary Sam Amidon Bright Sunny South
  Ending Of Nerve In Recess Utriculi Jeremiah Cymerman In Memory of the Labyrinth System
  Not Yet Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  Flora Aya Nishina Flora
  Rotoscoping The Sleazy Listeners The Romance Is Over
  My Love Holds The Galaxy In Her Heart Richard Youngs Regions of the Old School
  The Mirror Like Sea Big Blood Radio Valkyrie 1905-1917
  Garden of the Heart Wadada Leo Smith Luminous Axis
  Dark Wind (for Violin and Cello) Group for Contemporary Music/Jacob Druckman String Quartets No. 2&3, Reflections on the Nature of Water, Dark Wind
  The Afternoon - After All Koch-Schutz-Studer with Shelley Hirsch Walking and Stumbling Through Sleep
  Butterfly Orbit Mary Halvorson Septet Illusionary Sea
  Love Me Tender The Residents The King and Eye

Everybody’s Ready !!

This week, Howling’s porch hosts jazz singers, cowboy poets, prison choirs and a certain Captain all joining in on the usual shenanigans of classic and contemporary blues and roots.


Dizzy Gillespie – Who said this was a blues show????




One Monkey Don’T Stop the Show

Sticks McGhee


Dont Cloud Up On Me

Lucky Peterson

I’m Ready

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

Chris Farlowe

Out of the Blue

I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

Floyd Dixon

Time Brings About A Change

Damn Your Eyes

Katie Bradley

She’s Ready

Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Live At My Fathers Place

Pain In My Heart

Otis Redding

Mystery Train  Soundtrack

I’ll Show You

Guy Clark

My Favourite Picture Of You

Mystery Train – Suite

John Lurie

Mystery Train  Soundtrack

Dizzy Gillespie

Kell Robertson

Outlaw Poetry

Pretty Eyed Baby

Dizzy Gillespie

The Ultimate Jazz Archive (Vol 32)

Have Mercy, Mr. Percy

Blind Arvella Gray

Blues From Maxwell Street, 1960 & 1965

I Know I Got Religion

Angola Vocal Group

Angola Prison Spirituals

End Of His Trail

Mark Pocket Goldberg

Off The Wire


J.J. Cale


Too Much Rock & Roll

Bex Marshall

Kitchen Table

I Cry, I Cry

Johnny Shines

Johnny Shines With Big Walter Horton

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, August 16 & 20

On their new record, That’s It!, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Band has moved on from the replication of traditional New Orleans jazz standards and practices to original compositions and styles of play that make them into a more total New Orleans heritage band. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Eastern Seaboard Time—starts off with the roarimg freight train of the title tune in a set that also inclues, let’s see, Christian McBride along with Hank Jones and also on his fine new trio album, something from the Goat Rodeo sessions, some Roma music, more Pres Hall, and ends with a stunning song in Yiddish sung by Lucette Van Den Berg you will just have to hear to believe. Then Wittold Lutoslawski and Krystian Zimmerman ask and answer in the affirmative the question: is it possible to compose a high modernist masterpiece piano concerto in the 1980s? There’s a Coltranish set, some of it from Chick Corea’s news CD with Ravi Coltrane in his father’s role, and some of it actually featuring his fatherl and finally Benjamin Britten’s orchestral Opus One, which shows what you can do if you’re a young genius stepping out in the sunlight and taking a breath.screen-shot-2013-08-15-at-25356-am

Tone Science – 08/11/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
8pm Scorpio Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Message
  Klangstück für Pierre (Dedicated to Pierre Favre) Günter Baby Sommer Dedications
  Bells for New Orleans Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  Neighborhood Daniel Wohl, Transit, So Percussion Corps Exquis
  Ghost Mirror Image White Out with Jim O'Rourke & William Winant China is Near
  The second snow queen (also Chelsea Hotel) Sheriffs of Nothingness A Winter's Night at the Crooked Forest
  Plow Nate Wooley Sextet (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship
  untitled (track 1) Joke Lanz, Shelley Hirsch Berlin + Brooklyn
  Executive Suites Nate Wooley Sextet (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship
  Dysfuctional foklore with Brian O. Sheriff of Nothingness A Winter's Night at the Crooked Forest
  Lost in Grey White Out with Jim O'Rourke & William Winant China is Near
  Ouverture Daniel Wohl, Transit Corps Exquis
  Would You Wear My Eyes? Roscoe Mitchell Not Yet
  A Letter to Paul (Dedicated to Paul Lovens) Günter Baby Sommer Dedications
  Law (Earthlings on Fire) David Bowie Earthling

Backwards and Forwards

Howling reveals family secrets, finds some new friends in Arkansas  and ends up where he began.

Yes folks, yet another surreal hour on the porch with your old friend Dick playing great blues ‘n roots.

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What’cha Gonna Do?

Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Rockin’ and Driftin’

Vigilante Man

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Bull Goose Rooster

Crazy Mamma

Wooden Horse

This Kind Of Trouble

Evil (Is Going On)

Howlin’ Wolf

Moanin’ In The Moonlight

When You Got A True Friend

Bert Deivert

Takin’Sams Advice

Jelly Jelly

The Allman Brothers Band

Brothers and Sisters

Detroit Special

Big Bill Broonzy

Yonder Come The Blues

Fannie Mae

King David

Blues From Maxwell Street, 1960 & 1965

My Heavy Load

Big Mama Thornton

Ball N’ Chain

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Jerry Lee Lewis

Mean Old Man

Brand New High Sheriff Blues

Ian Siegal

The Dust

I Just Want To Make Love To You

Van Morrison

It’s Too Late To Stop Now


Brick Fields

Gospel Blue

Going Down Slow (live)

Muddy Waters

The Chess Box

Martian Gardens – 08/05/2013

Please see the Martian Gardens blog for complete playlist and links.

Time Song Artist Album
9am Journey to the End of Night (1-4) Morton Feldman Voices & Instruments
  Workers Union (L. Andriessen) Orkest De Volharding The Minimalists
  Electrolytes in the Brine Normal Love Survival Tricks
  Funeral Bells for Harry Partch Anne LeBaron 1,2,4,3
  Seahorse Elizabeth Brown Mirage
10am Dark Brother (H. Partch) Newband Harry Partch/Dean Drummond
  Windsong Harry Partch The Harry Partch Collection Volume 3
  Autumn Noah Creshevsky The Four Seasons
  Interlude 2 Noah Creshevsky The Four Seasons
  Alef Bet Gimel Shofar Alvin Curran Shofar Rags
  Mango Tango Alvin Curran Toto Angelica
  Sotto Voce Alvin Curran Toto Angelica
  WOOSH William Price Electronic Masters Vol. 2 [Var.]
11am You Can Hear a Pin Drop Robert Scott Thompson Play is the Supreme Bricoleur
  Rituel Violet Jorge Antunes In Defense of the Machine
  Push & Pull Martin Bédard Topographies
  Epitaffio No. 3: Memento Luigi Nono Como Una Ola De Fuerza Y Luz