Tone Science – 04/12/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Together Alone TogetheToger Alone - Joseph Jarman, Anthnoy Braxtonr Alone Together Alone
  Hepatica Nobilis Spuk Adventura Botanica
  Nettles Jaap Blonk & Machinefabriek Deep Fried
  Nerves Hans Anliker, Hans Burgener, Michael Lytle, Martin Schütz Arnold Bombs and Fireflys
  At FOrtune's Aims/Let Me Kiss Your Hand Pscal Niggenkemper Look With Thine Ears
  36 Mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp Theater of the Voices Litany for the Whale
  Apocalypse 1-4 Tod Dockstader Apocalypse
  Remembering Tashi Dorji Blue Twelve
  As If It Were The Seasons/Song To Make the Sun Come Up Joseph Jarman As It Were The Seasons
  Crirythme pour un Double Anniversaire Francois Dufrene Oeuvre Désintégrale

Jack Daniel’s Coming

This week Howling’s travelling so he’s dug into the archives and pulled out an interview with one of his mentors Paul Jones in which we hear amongst other anecdotes, stories of double crossing, the art of maracas and how PP Pond was almost the lead singer of the Rolling Stones. If that isn’t fascinating enough, the conversation is sprinkled with classic Manfreds tunes and some of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net.


PP POND – “No money in the blues Brian”

Work Song Oscar Brown Jr. Tells It Like It Is & In A New Mood VIDEO
Without You Manfred Mann The 5 Faces Of Manfred Mann VIDEO
I’m Your Kingpin Manfred Mann The 5 Faces Of Manfred Mann VIDEO
Double Crossing Time John Mayall Bluesbreakers VIDEO
Smokestack Lightnin’ Howlin’ Wolf Moanin’ In The Moonlight VIDEO
Bring It To Jerome Bo Diddley Bo Diddley VIDEO
Let’s Go Get Stoned Manfred Mann The 5 Faces Of Manfred Mann VIDEO
I Put a Spell On You Manfred Mann The 5 Faces Of Manfred Mann VIDEO
I’ve got my mojo working Muddy Waters Muddy waters at Newport 1960 VIDEO
I Can’t Quit You Baby Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I VIDEO
Red House (Live) The Jimi Hendrix Experience Stages (Disc 2) Paris ’68 VIDEO
Sonny Boy Williamson Paul Jones & Jack Bruce Blowing The Blues – A History Of Blues Harmonica 1926-2002 VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/10 & Tues 4/14

MahSibUpdoc’s ace programmer decided to take the week off, sort of. Well, when you program a complete Mahler symphony, especially his longest, you’ve pretty much got your two-hour slot aced for the week—not that that was his motivation! No, his ear got hooked by last week’s alternation of Mahler’s 3rd excerpts and bebop alto: those selections were from Jascha Horenstein’s great version; this time he’s moved on to Claudio Abbado’s radiant conduction of his last, greatest orchestra, the Lucerne Festival guys and gals with whom he Blu-rayed probably the finest Mahler cycle anyone has achieved. Check this vast, nutty, pantheistic extravaganza out Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, six-hours-behind-Lake-Lucerne time: really, it’s pure entertainment, and the programmer has left a lot of explaining for the annotator to do, so if you enjoy classic radio-baritone announcing there’ll be plenty of it. He has to link the Mahler with the finisher, Sibelius’ last symphony, the 7th, in a live performance of Simon Rattle with the Royal Copenhagen (Konigslige Kapel) bunch, and he goes the “the two symphonies lift adjacent phrases from the last movement of the Brahms 1st” route, which really doesn’t tell us much, so he fills in with the better-known meeting of the two composers in 1907, when Mahler, having just finished his Symphony of a Thousand, spoke of wanting to include the whole world, and Sibelius, having recently completed a 3rd Symphony in which he pared away received romantic rhetoric and set sail for the eventual destination of the one-movement 7th, finished his drink and grumbled about the concentration of thematic material. It works both ways, especially in performances like these. Next week we’ll make with the bebop, once these polarised apotheoses of the symphony are digested. (Repeat that clause three times fast and call me in the morning.)

Jazz Worldwide 078 6 April 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Name Record Label
Dark Eyes (Orchi Chyornye) Jim Guttmann Bessarabian Breakdown Traditional Kleztone
Dark Eyes Federico Britos Hot Club of the Americas Traditional 3 Knocks
Bireli’s Waltz Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia Devil’s Tale Adrian Raso Asphalt Tango
Sur la croisette Bireli Lagrene To Bi or Not to Bi Bireli Lagrene Dreyfus Jazz
Nuages Raphaël Faÿs Jazz Hot The Gypsy Way Django Reinhardt Mandala
Minor Swing Stéphane Grappelli At the Winery Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli Concord Jazz
Tears Gypsy Dream featuring Ferenc Gypsy Dream Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli Mesa Bluemoon
Tears Federico Britos Hot Club of the Americas Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli 3 Knocks
Django’s Tiger Duo Mosïk Johann Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli
Rythme Futur Django’s Tiger Romane Djangovision Django Reinhardt Iris Musique
Django Szakcsi Lakatos Trio Na Dara! John Lewis Budapest Music Center
Passion Romane Impair and Valse Romane Iris Musique
Salam Salem Gino Sitson VoiStrings Gino Sitson Buda Musique
Encarnações em Kodya Tiganá Santana Tempo & Magma Tiganá Santana Ajabu!
Retrato em Branco e Preto Jean Luc Fillon Aquarela Outros Choros do Brazil Antonio Carlos Jobim Buda Musique
Este Seu Olhar-Promessas Eliane Elias Made in Brasil Antonio Carlos Jobim Concord
Iberia Ken Hatfield Phoenix Rising Ken Hatfield Arthur Circle
Funkissimo Ken Hatfield Trio The Surrealist Table Ken Hatfield Arthur Circle
Bachiao Anat Cohen Luminosa Romero Lubambo Anzic
Salt Song Dave Stryker Messin’ with Mr. T Milton Nascimento Strikezone
Lilia Anat Cohen Luminosa Milton Nascimento Anzic
Guajira en F Buena Vista Social Club Lost and Found Alegre All Stars World Circuit
Muloloki Tiganá Santana Tempo & Magma Tiganá Santana Ajabu!
Tea Break Mark Weinstein and Omar Sosa Tales from the Earth Mark Weinstein-Omar Sosa Otá

Tone Science – 04/5/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Firestorm Diedre Murray/Fred Hopkins Firestorm
  Trifolium Montanum Spunk Adventura Botanica
  The Storytellers: Uncommon Ground/Signs of Life/The BLack Rose/Big Spirit People Michael Formanek Low Profile
  Quatermass: Song and Lament/Tango/Parade/Flight/Second Song Tod Dockstader Quatermass
  Part II John Edwards, Mark Sanders, John Tilbury A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder

Getting Ugly

This week Howling’s joined once again on the porch by Jonathan Townsend of  the King Biscuit Boys as they take to the railways with an hour of train songs. Along the way they find a man who walks the walk, discover a new theme tune and come across a gospel gem  by accident. In-between that nonsense they also play some of the finest blues ‘n roots music on the net.


The Delmore Brothers – “love those shirts”

That Lonesome Train That Took My Baby Awy Charlie McCoy Jackson Stomp, The Charlie McCoy Story VIDEO
If Love Was a Train Michelle Shocked Mercury Poise: 1988-1995 VIDEO
Downbound train Chuck Berry Chuck Berry – Chessmaster VIDEO
Station Door Blues Emily Druce New Day VIDEO
Hear My Train Comin’ (Acoustic) Jimi Hendrix Blues VIDEO
Gospel Train The Wright Brothers The History Of Black Gospel VIDEO
The Lord’s Gospel Train Sister Mary Deloatch Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 VIDEO
Evening Train Chuck Leavell Back to the Woods VIDEO
02:19 John Hammond. Wicked Grin VIDEO
Steel Truckin’ Man Danny Adler Better Make a Move VIDEO
Goodbye Train Big Sugar Big Sugar VIDEO
Blue Railroad Train Delmore Brothers Brown’s Ferry Blues VIDEO
Mystery Train Pt II [Live] Steve Earle Live In Nashville, 1995 VIDEO
Special Streamline Tom Feldmann Lone Wolf Blues VIDEO
Morning Train Giles Corey Stoned Soul VIDEO
Train to Nowhere Savoy Brown The Blues Scene VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 4/2 & Tuesday 4/6

MahlCrisIt’s a good thing the show is called Updoc, because I have no thematic rationalization for spending over an hour of this week’s installment—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Midtown Manhattan time—alternating bluesy burning alto saxophonists like Charles McPherson, Sonny Criss, Jackie McLean, Oliver Lake and John Carter with nearly tempoless songs by Gustav Mahler, apart from whim and a hankering to alternate two kinds of intensity, the intensely motional and the still. But anyone attempting to find a plot in it shall be shot. As for Roscoe Mitchell’s nearly nonexistent bass recorder piece called, of all things, This, from Jack DeJohnette’s season-defining CD Made in Chicago, well, all I can say is that it’s there too. The rest of the show is taken up with the slow last movement of Mahler’s expansive Third Symphony, an exalted hymn to nature and God that actually achieves an appropriate sublimity. I obsessed over finding the right performance and ended where I began, with Jascha Horenstein’s still unsurpassed recording from the early ‘70s. One contender, inevitably, was Claudio Abbado’s much more recent and far higher-fi performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, one surprise of which is that it was 39 minutes long as compared with Horenstein’s 23: the surprise being that Abbado, at nearly twice Horenstein’s length, doesn’t sound any slower at all; and I understood this as a tribute to Horenstein’s mastery of tempo, in which he seems to be moving forward and holding back at the same time, which is an indication of the kinds of magic that can be achieved at the summit of the orchestra conductor’s art. The real difference between the Horenstein and Abbado interpretations is that Abbado delivers a more humanly expressive sublimity and Horenstein something more like heaven itself; and this is fitting, since Mahler, who was a control freak in his lifetime, said that after he was gone he’d like it if people conducted his music as they saw fit, anyway they saw it. May a thousand adagios bloom, in an infinite spiritual springtime, and may it please.