Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 7/31 & Tues 8/4


How to beat the heat and keep it musical? Well, there’s Miles and Gil’s cooling version of Summertime, but that’s just an introduction—of this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York oven time. Or you could go the other way entirely: Claude Debussy seemed to sustain the humid heat of his late-August birthday through his too-short lifetime’s wonderworks, up to and including the last sonatas he composed during the Great War and the onset of his cancer. The violin and cello sonatas sound like composed improvisation, in deeply expressive though still graceful performances by contemporary, mostly French virtuosi. In between them the show sets the burning, icy blade of the Miles Davis Quintet’s Newport set from the summer of ’67: beset by a hyper-aggressive Tony Williams, Miles seems halfway between linear improvisation and the blastier style he’d bring to his forthcoming electric bands, while Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Ron Carter perform their accustomed calisthentic miracles. If that doesn’t sound like two hours on its own, you’re right. Tune in for a handful of jazz surprises while you wonder if it’s time for another cooling draught and if perhaps there should be a sprig of mint in it.

Jazz Worldwide 094 27 July 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
Iptidadan Yol Sorarsan Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico Songs of Thessaloniki Traditional Turkish ECM
Mahini Mei Bolo Bolo Ali Farka Toure bolomusic.org
January Anouar Brahem Souvenance Anouar Brahem ECM
Alaap Shankar Tucker Filament Shankar Tucker shankartucker.com
Simple Joys Arun Ramamurthy Trio Carnatic Jazz Muthiah Bhagavathar arunramamurthy.com
Dreams of a Dying City Rabih Abou-Khalil Hungry People Rabih Abou-Khalil World Village
Yemen Suite Omer Avital New Song Omer Avital Motéma
Doubts Ibrahim Maalouf Wind Ibrahim Maalouf Mi’ster Productions
El Chaabi Trio Ifriqiya Petite Planète Didier Fréboeuf World Village
Old Man River The Ravens Old Man River Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II Savoy Jazz
Deep River Archie Shepp and Horace Parlan Goin’ Home Traditional SteepleChase
Down by the Riverside Charlie Haden and Hank Jones Come Sunday Traditional Emarcy
Moon River Gábor Gadó Modern Dances for the Advanced in Age Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer Budapest Music Center
Moon River Bill Frisell Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer Nonesuch
The River of Anyder Stefano Battaglia Trio The River of Anyder Stefano Battaglia ECM
Third River Rangoon Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Third River Rangoon Brian O’Neill Tiki Jazz
Me’ever Lanahar (Across the River) Yair Dalal Perfume Road Yair Dalal Magda
River Crossing Mark Weinstein and Omar Sosa Tales from the Earth Mark Weinstein-Omar Sosa Otá
My River Runs to You Susanne Abbuehl The Gift Susanne Abbuehl-Emily Dickinson ECM
River Chanty Julia Hülsmann Quartet A Clear Midnight Kurt Weill ECM

Tone Science – 07/26/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Quartetto per acchi opus 1 György Kurtág/Arditti String Quartet Gubaidulina, Kurtag, Lutoslawski - String Quartets
  Aglais for solo violin Maya Homburger Aglais
  Cloudstreams/Bellweathers Chris Brown Rogue Waves
  I Have Crossed By The Grace Of The Boatman Barry Guy Symmetries
  Naldjorlak III parts 1-3 Eliane Radigue Naldorlak I II III
  No hay caminos, hay que caminar....Andrej Tarkovskij Luciano Berion/Ensemble Anton Webern Wien Modern II: Hommage à Tarkovsky
  untitled Sophie Angel/Phil Minton Tatsing

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 7/24 & Tues 7/28


When I hear that level of intimacy and daring I simply cannot turn aside: Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, recorded live in Tokyo in 2005, something Charlie wanted released before he split but here it is now, live as you can get it. So I lead this week’s show off with one track—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Miso time—and play two more, about half the album altogether, which is called Tokyo Adagio, and though it features other tempos too, all my picks are slow. Get ready to have your breath taken away and given back all different. Along with those selections there are exhalations from any number of brotherhoods of breath, mostly issuing from saxophones—Dudu Pukwana, Lee Konitz & Jimmy Giuffre together, Trane, Joe, Bartz, and who am I leaving out? Tune in for the answer, along with two classical ferocities—another Bartok string quartet and Stravinsky responding to World War Two with an orchestra and lots of bite and ice—and I hope a welcome change of mental weather.

Jazz Worldwide 093 20 July 2015

An hour devoted to Brazilian composer Moacir Santos (1926-2006), followed by a jazz disquisition on night.

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
Nanã Muiza Adnet As Canções de Moacir Santos Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Adventure Music
Nanã Leo Gandelman Perolas Negras-Black Pearls Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Mercury
Nanã Sonzeira Brasil Bam Bam Bam Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Brownswood
Nanã Jovino Santos Neto with Joyce Moreno Roda Carioca Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Adventure Music
Nanã (Coisa No. 5) Moacir Santos Ouro Negro Moacir Santos-Mario Telles Adventure Music
Triste de quem Cristina Braga Samba Jazz and Love Moacir Santos-Vinicius de Moraes Enja
Outra coisa Moacir Santos Choros & Alegria Moacir Santos Adventure Music
Anon Moacir Santos Ouro Negro Moacir Santos Adventure Music
April Child Muiza Adnet As Canções de Moacir Santos Moacir Santos-Nei Lopes Adventure Music
Maracatu, nação do amor (April Child) Moacir Santos Ouro Negro Moacir Santos-Nei Lopes Adventure Music
Lemurianos Moacir Santos Choros & Alegria Moacir Santos Adventure Music
Felipe Moacir Santos Choros & Alegria Moacir Santos Adventure Music
Felipe Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani The Third Man Moacir Santos ECM
A Night in Tunisia Turtle Island String Quartet Danzón Dizzy Gillespie; Frank Paparelli Koch
A Night in Tunisia Conga Kings Jazz Descargas Dizzy Gillespie; Frank Paparelli Chesky
Somewhere in the Night Cal Tjader More Than Mambo Mack Gordon-Josef Myrow-Billy May-Milt Raskin Verve
Tomorrow Night Lonnie Johnson 1947-1948 Sam Coslow-Wilhelm Grosz Classics
Mundaú by Night Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble Back to the Woods Rich Stein-Uri Sharlin Folk Dune
Night Drive Adam Smale Out of the Blue Adam Smale Ropeadope
One Thousand and One Nights Marc Johnson and Eliane Elias Swept Away Eliane Elias ECM
The Wandering Night Omar Sosa and Adam Rudolph Pictures of Soul Omar Sosa-Adam Rudolph Otá
Night of the Four Songs Omar Sosa Across the Divide: A Tale of Rhythm and Ancestry Traditional Half Note
At Night Omar Sosa Senses Omar Sosa Otá
Hymn No. 8 Night Procession Anja Lechner-François Couturier Moderato Cantabile Georges Gurdjieff ECM New Series

Tone Science – 07/19/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Temple 1 Seijiro Murayam/Jean-Luc Guionnet Mishima, Day & Night
  Whether Or Why Not Barry Guy Symmetries
  Eppilogue from the ballet Peer Gynt (For cello, piano, tape) Alfred Schnittke Complete Works for Cello and Piano
  By Way of Odessa Joshua Abrams Magnetoception
  Current Trens in Racisim in Moder America part one Butch Morris Current Trends in Racism in Modern American
  Le Loriot (Oriolus Oriolus) Olivier Messiaen/Martin Zhen Catalogu d'Oiseaux

Downhome With Howling Dick Ep123 (My Cunning Plan

In the last of the present series Howling crams in a few guitar heroes, reveals a singer named after his address and finds a way to get Cliff Richard onto the porch. He may be disappearing for the summer but he’s leaving you with an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots you’ll find on the net

maxresdefaultThe Memphis Jug Band – “Brilliant, by any name!”

Sugar Pudding Memphis Jug Band Walk Right In VIDEO
Walking With The Wolf The Kentucky Headhunters With Johnnie Johnson Meet Me In Bluesland VIDEO
Trouble Muddy Waters Brass And The Blues VIDEO
Lord Have Mercy When I Come to Die Tom Feldmann Delta Blues & Spirituals VIDEO
Whoopee Blues King Solomon Hill The Paramount Masters VIDEO
Hobo Blues Cash Box Kings Holding Court VIDEO
Set Me Free Bernard Allison In the Mix VIDEO
Lovey Dovey (Featuring Jr. Watson) Johnny Tanner Juke Joint Rambler VIDEO
Hawk Squat (Alternate) J.B. Hutto Hawk Squat VIDEO
Hard Times (Come Again No More) Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions VIDEO
She Never Could Resist A Winding Road Richard Thompson Still VIDEO
Drown In My Own Tears Ray Charles Step Right Up VIDEO
I’ll Always Love You Floyd Dixon Marshall Texas Is My Home VIDEO
Sweet Virginia Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc Fri. 7/17 & Tues. 7/21


While scanning for traces of thematic continuity in this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lincoln Center time—I came upon strands of social consciousness intersecting flows of pure aesthetic pleasure, and that was, like, really okay with me. So opening with Jeff Tain Watts’ new version of Driva Man when we aired the classic Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln version last week, and chasing that with selections from Stanley Cowell’s impressive solo piano suite Juneteenth, then pursuing that with the jailhouse hopes and stresses making up the text of Frederic Rjewski’s classic Coming Together, did not seem at all discordant, except where appropriate, as was music from James P. Johnson, Bessie Smith, Artur Schnabel playing that Beethoven cat, Julius Hemphill, Arthur Blythe, a Bartok string quartet, or a pointillistic deconstruction of all the things Masabumi Kikuchi was and might still be after his lamented death the other day. Meanwhile, the saxophone-stream had been heading, unobserved, for a conclusion more radical than anything in the preceding proceedings. Roscoe Mitchell’s records for the Nessa label tend to be long-considered projects meticulously brought off—the epochal Nonaah is a good example—but this time Mitchell and his quartet played a memorial concert for Chicago’s own Fred Anderson and it seemed to hit the spot as is. A piece of it takes up the last quarter-hour of the show, and while it may send casual listeners reaching for the button, those who stay on and really listen may enjoy a revelatory ride.

Jazz Worldwide 092 13 July 2015

Song Title Artist Album Title Composer Record Label
Ma Blues Joey Alexander My Favorite Things Joey Alexander Motéma
Slow Drag Bret Higgins Atlas Revolt Bret Higgins Tzadik
Exit Strategy Mark McGrain In for the Out Mark McGrain Immersion
Beats and Bounce Manu Katché Manu Katché Manu Katché ECM
Dark Blue George Freeman and Chico Freeman All in the Family Chico Freeman Southport
Latina Bonita George Freeman and Chico Freeman All in the Family Chico Freeman Southport
Drama Daymé Arocena Nueva Era Daymé Arocena Brownswood
Rezos en Montegrande Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna Busco Paraíso Pascuala Ilabaca Brownie
Para Comigo Mart’nalia Women of Brazil Paulinho Black-Mart’nalia Putumayo
Home Maria Schneider Orchestra The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Artist Share
Crystal Silence Chick Corea Return to Forever Chick Corea-Neville Potter ECM
Le Silence de l’Exode 9 Yom Le Silence de l’Exode Yom Buda Musique
Of Song and Silence Night Ark Treasures Sid Clark-Ara Dinkjian Traditional Crossroads
Infinite Silence Claudio Scolari Colors of Red Island Claudio Scolari-Daniele Cavalca Principal Records
Sacred Silence Benedikt Jahnel Trio Equilibrium Benedikt Jahnel ECM
Crystal Silence Antonio Adolfo Finas Misturas Chick Corea-Neville Potter Antonio Adolfo Music
Game of Silence Giovanni Guidi Trio This Is the Day Giovanni Guidi ECM
The Impossibility of Silence Andy Sheppard Quartet Surrounded by Sea Andy Sheppard ECM

Tone Science – 07/12/2015

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight So sei es (So be it) Sofia Gubaidulina/Nurit Stark, Alexander Suslin, Cedric Pescia, Taiko Saito In Memoriam: Chamber Works
  Galaverna Tiziana Bertoncini, Thomas Lehn Horsky Park
  Improvisation VII Katharina Weber, Barry Guy, Baits Nill Games and Improvsiations, Hommage À György Kurtág
  4th & 5th Movements Joe McPhee & John Snyder To Be Continued
  W.W. (Dedicated to Wilbur Ware) Muhal Richard Abrams and Malachi Favors Sightsong
  Reader, listen: Harmony Series no. 10 Michael Pisaro/Tom Chant, Angharad Davies, Benedict Dre & John Edwards Decentered
  Mobiles for violin solo (1995) I-II Victor Suslin/Nurit Stark In Memoriam: Chamber Works
  9/9/99 with Cards Roscoe Mitchell/Eclipse Quartet Not Yet
  Parlour Games (1988) Meredth Monk/Ursula Oppens and Bruce BRubaker Piano Songs
  A Story of This World Circuit Des Yeux In Plain Speech