Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 1/31 & Tuesday 2/4

Updoc was glad to hear that Terry Lyne Carrington won a Grammy, at that strange and unpredictable event, for her variations on the Ellington-Mingus-Roach classic Money Jungle, not only because a Grammy will likely help her get through the undergrowth, but for purely musical reasons too; so the show—Friday 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Wall Street time—toggles back and forth between the original and the tribute, with stops en route for Blue Mitchell, François Couperin, Jason Marsalis, Jane Ira Bloom . . . Continuing last week’s tribute to Claudio Abbado, his irresistible conduction of Schumann’s Second Symphony is also on board and, in recognition of the Arctic Effing Vortex, Robert Spano and the Altlanta Orchestra beat the traffic freeze to deliver a really notable performance of Jean Sibelius’s late evocation of the northern Finnish forests, Tapiola. That is not a pudding, but it’s a fine accompaniment to the big chill, which is easing off a bit here in NYC and I hope chez vous too.Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 11.05.59 AM

Tone Science – 01/26/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Farmer in the City Scott Walker Tilt
  Asshole Wanna-be Gate Lounge
  Dadaist Flu Matt Mitchell Fiction
  Duop Flight Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder Trio and Duo in New Orleans
  Keep Breathing Loren Connors & Susan Langille I Wish I Didn't Dream
  Time Travel Dave Douglas Time Travel
  English Flesh Hey Colossus Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo
  Line To Create Madness Thumbscrew Thumbscrew
  The Future Is So Different Today Richard Youngs Summer Through My Mind
  De Volharding Orkest de Volharding/Louis Andriessen May 12, 1972 Carré Amsterdam
  Kick Back Stomp Leroy Jenkins Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival of America
  This Building Is On Fire DKV Schl8hof

Songs on Toast – 01/18/2014

I Shall Be Released 4:09 James Govan Wanted: The Fame Recordings
Joolaa 3:39 Alif Dakamerap
Anger 4:05 Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear
Nobody’s Fault But Mine 3:00 Nina Simone The Soul Of Nina Simone
Lado 4:13 Mamani Keita Yelema
Mosera 2:51 Lala Njava Malagasy Blues Song
Look At the People 3:00 Skip James Vanguard Visionaries
It’s Jesus, Y’All 2:53 Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers I Heard The Angels Singing
Arrebol 3:57 Congregacion Congregacion Viene…
La Nostra Città 1:44 Gianmaria Testa Da Questa Parte Del Mare
Caminos Verdes 2:59 Ruben Blades Buscando America
Cuidad De Caliban 6:05 Juan-carlos Formell Johnny’s Dream Club
Let’s Have Another Cigarette Tommy Womack Now What
How Come You Treat Me So Bad Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Kings & Queens
Gospel Train 2:20 The Jones Brothers The Sun Records Collection
Never Is A Real Long Time 3:02 Anders Osborne Three Free Amigos
Come Back Baby 3:39 Jenni Muldaur Sing Me The Songs: Celebrating Kate McGarrigle
The Long Way Home 3:17 Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread
Chances Are 3:52 Hayes Carll KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)
Pot Head Blues 2:18 Tommy Womack Now What
Michigan 5:31 The Milk Carton Kids Prologue
Roving Gambler 3:42 The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
Don’t Drive Your Children Away The Fairfield Four I Heard The Angels Singing
Love Deep Down In Your Heart Gospel Five Singers I Heard The Angels Singing
If I Can’t Have You 3:02 Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Kings & Queens
Play Girl 2:05 Smiley Lewis Rocks
You Are My Sunshine 1:24 Ran Blake Driftwoods
You Are My Sunshine 3:24 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash The Dylan-Cash Sessions, 1969
Rocking Chair Daddy 2:37 Harmonica Frank Floyd The Missing Link
You Are My Sunshine 2:13 Mississippi John Hurt The Library Of Congress Recordings
Love Is Everywhere I Go 2:04 Sam Phillips Fan Dance
Satisfied With Him 2:29 Spiritual Five I Heard The Angels Singing
If You Need Oil 2:59 Randy Newman 12 Songs
Nobody’s Fault But Mine 3:37 Paul Butterfield’s Better Days Better Days
Sunflower River Blues 3:22 John Fahey The Best Of John Fahey

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 1/24 & Tues 1/28

Claudio Abbado, who moved on to other worlds at the age of 80 just the other day, had an illustrious international conducting career for decades, and one might have thought the climax of it would be his assumption of the leadership of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1989 but 1) Herbert von Karajan was a hard act to follow, and 2) Abbado seemed to do his best music-making after quitting the Berliners’ active leadership for reasons of health. After surviving radical cancer surgery, he conducted a number of orchestras superbly, most of all the Lucerne Festival Orchestra he’d assembled around the nucleus of his Mahler Youth Orchestra by adding to it scads of international star soloists and section members. His live Lucerne recording of the Mahler 9th takes up most of the airspace on this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Philharmonic time—and should stun everyone who listens to it. Abbado’s Lucerne Mahler cycle is one for the ages, and may never be surpassed: it’s on DVD and Blu-ray, not CD, and it’s up on youtube again: catch it while you can. Updoc is audio only, but we also have a Mozart piano concerto with Abbado and Pires, and only a very few words about a man who was well-loved both musically and personally, and who achieved miracles with that Swiss-based orchestra, until just the other day. AbbadoExult

Martian Gardens – 01/22/2014


Daniel Goode: Annbling
New World Records/2014
The Flexible Orchestra, Tara Simoncic, conductor; recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, May 22, 2013; composition years: 2006, revised 2007; time: 22:53

Lou Harrison: Suite No. 1
a. Avalokiteshvara (2:20)
b. Music for Bill & Me (3:48)
c. Sonata in Am (3:07)
d. Tandy’s Tango (3:19)
e. Sonata in Ishartum (1:31)
Por Gitaro
Mode Records/2008
guitars, National Steel Guitar: John Schneider; percussion: J.T. Troy, Gene Sterling (Just Strings group); recorded at Harrison House, Joshua Tree, California, July 5, 2004; composition years: 1972, 1992; total time: 13:05

Lou Harrison: Song of Quetzalcoatl
Drums Along the Pacific
New Albion Records/2003
William Winant Percussion Group (5 glasses, 5 woodblocks, 5 dragon’s mouths, sistrums: William Winant; 5 cowbells, 5 suspended and muted brake drums, wooden rattle: Todd Manley; snare drum, guiro, windglass, triangle, gong, tam-tam: David Rosenthal; 5 tom-toms, contrabass drum: Daniel Kennedy); recorded at Bay Records, Berkeley, California, August 1993; composition year: 1941; time: 6:32

Harry Partch: Ring Around the Moon — A Dance for Here and Now
a. Phase One: Well, bless my soul! (Well, bless my soul!) (2:48)
b. Phase Two: One, two, three, four — X,Y, Zee (2:12)
c. Phase Three: Shake hands now, boys,
and at the sound of the bell come out fighting! (2:55)
d. Phase Four: Mumbo jumbo, hocus pocus, hoit toity…(Look out! He’s Got a gun!) (1:26)
[Movement II from Plectra and Percussion Dances —
Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater]
The Harry Partch Collection Volume 1
New World Records/2004 (orig. CRI/1997)
Gate Five Ensemble (Sausalito), conductor: Horace Schwartz; recorded in Sausalito, California, 1953 (Instrumentation for Ring Around the Moon: Intoned speaking voice, Adapted Guitar II, Kithara, Harmonic Canon, Chromelodeon I, Chromelodeon Sub-bass, Cloud-Chamber Bowls, Marimba Eroica, Diamond Marimba, Bass Marimba), composition year: 1952; time: 9:21

Harry Partch: June 15 — Harrington Ranch, San Joaquin Delta
Bitter Music
Bridge Records/2012
narration: John Schneider; recorded at Second Story Studios, Venice, California, summer 2010; Bitter Music, Harry Partch’s hobo diary, written in 1935; excerpt time: 9:46

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest
Ensemble Music 3
Mode Records/2013
(for piano & ensemble) International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), conductor: Steven Schick; piano: Cory Smythe (ICE); recorded at Conrad Prebys Hall, University of California San Diego, January 2010; composition year: 1979; time: 12:11

Yvar Mikhashoff: Suicide in an Airplane (L. Ornstein)
Panorama of American Piano Music
from Antheil to Zappa 1911 to 1991
Mode Records/2013
composer: Leo Ornstein; piano: Yvar Mikhashoff; recorded at Slee Hall, SUNY Buffalo, 1991-1992; composition year: 1916; time: 4:42

Mary Ellen Childs: from Wreck
a. First Wave (part 1) (2:04)
b. First Wave (part 2) (3:26)
Innova Recordings/2013
clarinets: Pat O’Keefe; violin: Laura Harada; cellos: Michelle Kinney, Jacqueline Ultan; percussion: Peter O’Gorman; recorded at Wild Sound Studio, Minneapolis, 2011; composition year: 2011; total time: 5:30

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay: Le tombeau des fondeurs
La marée
empreintes DIGITALes/2013
(for piano Baschet-Malbos, processing, interactive system, and tape) piano Baschet-Malbos: Sarah Nicholls, electroacoustic music realized at the composer’s studio and the studios of the University of Huddersfield, UK, 2008; piano Beschet-Malbos recorded at Studio 4’33”, Paris, November 24 and 25, 2012; time: 17:02

Dead Voices On Air: Castered Carts
Piss Frond
Invisible Records/1999
electronic music: Mark Spybey, Darryl Neduorf; vocals: Tracy “Sugarpill” Pillsworth; recorded at Miller Block studio, Vancouver, BC, 1998; time: 3:53

Åke Parmerud: Substring Bridge
Cultures électroniques 18 — Bourges 2005 [various artists]
Mnemosyne Musique Media/2005
(for interactive guitar and computer) guitar: Mats Bergström; realized at the Swedish Institute for National Concerts (IRK), Stockholm, 2002; time: 8:53

Juan Blanco: Espacios V
Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time)
Innova Recordings/2013
electronic music: Juan Blanco; saxophones: Neil Leonard; recorded at the Laboratorio Nacional de Música Electroacústica, Havana, 1993; composition year: 1993; time: 11:41

Ken Thomson: Perpetual
a. Underlying (6:21)
b. Bad Idea (4:18)*
c. Don Pullen says it’s OK (4:42)*
Cantaloupe Music/2013
The JACK Quartet; bass clarinet: Ken Thomson; recorded at Flux Studios, New York City, August 2012; composition year: 2010; time: 6:21
* TAINT Radio version only

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Tone Science – 01/19/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Money Is Flesh Swans Public Castration Is A Good DIea
  Le Voyage Paul Motian Trio Le Voyage
  Bears Uncaged / Kari Wins The Show Shoppers You Shot Me, And I Woke Up In My Next Life
  Side One Jojo Hiroshige, Paal Nilssen-Love, Pika, Lasse Marhaug Osaka Fortune
  Amalthea Is Red / Elara Beneath The Undergroundf / Pasiphae Gives Birth To The Minotaur Rob Mazurek & Exploding Star Orchestra featuring Roscoe Mitchell Matter Anti-Matter
  Becoming Unknown Keeril Makan/International Contemporary Ensemble Afterglow
  The Song Of Windmill's Ghost Lubomyr Melnyk Windmills
  Lo Haze Jonathan Finylason & Sicilian Defense Moment and the Message
  The Moon Frank Wright Frank Wright TRio

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Hangman’s Boogie Cowboy Copas Outlaw Blues, Murder Ballads & Prison Songs VIDEO
Young Woman, Old Fashioned Ways Lightnin’ Malcolm Rough Out There VIDEO
Howlin´ These Blues Jo’ Buddy & Down Home King III Whole Lotta Things To Do VIDEO
Mean Mistreater Chuck Leavell Back to the Woods VIDEO
I Think I’ll Call It Morning Gil Scott-Heron The Revolution Begins – The Flying Dutchman Masters VIDEO
This Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe VIDEO
When I Stand Before The King Blind Joe Taggart The History Of Black Gospel VIDEO
I’m Dangerous Sugaray Rayford Dangerous VIDEO
My Baby’s Sweeter Sue Foley Big City Blues VIDEO
The Way I Walk Jack Scott Honky Tonk Charlie Gillett’s Radio Picks VIDEO
Don’t Start Cryin’ Now Slim Harpo The Best Of Slim Harpo VIDEO
All My Kids Is Ugly Harmonica Shah Havin’ Nothin’ Don’t Bother Me VIDEO
Key To The Highway Warner Williams With Jay Summerour Blues Highway VIDEO
Cheatin’ Man’s Woman Mark Cook Backwoods Chaos VIDEO

Songs on Toast – 01/17/2014

Piskadó 4:10 Kuenta I Tambú E Kalakuna
Chicken In The Corn 3:11 Brushy One String Destiny
Funky Girl on Motherless B’way Melvin Van Peebles Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Le An Moun Ka Dwe Ou 3:17 Marcé & Toumpak Pé Epi Kouté
Zunta Zunta 1:04 Kuenta I Tambú Tambutronic
Creole Mardi Gras 3:22 Pine Leaf Boys Blues De Musicien
Giam Blow 7:07 The Semi Colon Ndia Egbuo Ndia
Ngol Jimol 4:46 Afrissippi Fulani Journey
Soa Gnanay 4:26 Lala Njava Malagasy Blues Song
Dialogo 2:54 Tiganá Santana The Invention Of Colour
Mama Kalunga 4:51 Tiganá Santana The Invention Of Colour
Kobon Lerai 5:19 Mammane Sani La Musique Electronique du Niger
Makam Segah 1/2 6:40 Talip Özkan Turquie : L’art Du Tanbur
Raga Bhairavi 5:16 Abdul Lateef Khan Sarangi
Snake Eyes 2:38 The Milk Carton Kids The Ash & Clay
Allelouya 2:56 Laurence Revey Le Creux Des Fees
One More Chance With You 2:48 Little Walter Rock Bottom
Move Your Hand, Baby 2:29 Crown Prince Waterford Rhythm’n’blues Nasty
Troubled Mind 2:47 Dion Bronx Blues:
La tua voce 3:01 Gianmaria Testa Lampo
Lord Shine On Me 1:46 Chosen Gospel Singers I Heard The Angels Singing
Someone To Watch Over Me Rahsaan Roland Kirk Domino
I Was Young When I Left Home Antony With Bryce Dessner Dark Was The Night
I Told Jesus 6:10 Roberta Flack First Take
He Said He Would 2:11 Sister Wynona Carr Dragnet For Jesus
I’ve Got Heaven On My Mind 3:17 Blair Gospel Singers I Heard The Angels Singing
Shortyville 4:23 Trombone Shorty Say That To Say This
Ella 5:03 Roberto Poveda Son Electrico
Boom Bam Deng 3:56 Brushy One String Destiny

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 1/17 & Tues. 1/21

On this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Broadway time—I’ve taken advantage of the season to raid the ten-best lists of a number of jazz critics to the tune of Cecile McLorin Salvant, Eric Revis, Matthew Shipp, Aaron Diehl and some others, but thought it would be best to start out startling you with some music that startled me when I first heard it: Grá agus Bás—what?—by Donnacha Dennehy—who? Grá etc. means Love and Death in Gaelic, Dennehy’s an Irish composer born in 1970, and while his orchestration betrays traces of American minimalism the striking thing is the unexpectedly full-throated Irish traditional voice of Iarla O’Lionárd brilliantly set against the bowing and piping of the Crash Ensemble under Alan Pierson. It’s enough to stand you up or make all fall down, and it will be ringing in the chambers of your memory through the ten-best jazz stuff, and some Saariaho songs, and Buddy Bolden’s Blues: a dream you may not step out of even when Braxton plays the tune of that name in duet with Dave Holland. So wind up the family cyclotron, sit yourself down a spell, and a warming drink will not go amiss this time of year.GraCrashEns

Tone Science – 01/12/2014

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Coffee Beans Moondog Moondog 2
  Invisible Rules Sunny Murray Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)
  I-IV Perfect Pussy I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling
  Radio Stars Kraftwerk Radio-Activity
  Mercury Songbirds International Contemporary Ensemble/Keeril Makan Afterglow
  Perpetual I-III Ken Thomson with JACK Quartet Thaw
  Elastic - Chicago Mikołaj Trzaska, Devin Hoff, Michael Zerang Sleepless in Chicago
  Way Out West Ikue Mori / Maja S.K. Ratkje Scrumptious Sabotage
  Smothering Instinct / Barely Regal Cellular Chaos Cellular Chaos
  Scratch There Jooklo Duo with Bill Nace Scratch
  Lithonia / Some Day Circuits Des Yeux Overdue
8pm The Ship Is At The Landing Babe Stovall Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music