4/24 Podcast Wednesday, Apr 25 2007 

Skip the 10 minutes or so of noise music and silence… and wait for Monk. Here’s the podcast

John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk Live 1957
The Thelonious Monk Quartet w/ John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Rec: 1957, Blue Note 2005)

Thelonious Monk (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Ahmed Abdul Malik (bass), Shadow Wilson (drums)

Monk’s Mood

Crepuscule with Nellie

Sam Rivers Fuschia Swing Song

Sam Rivers – Fuchia Swing Song (Blue Note, 1964)

Sam Rivers (tenor sax), Jaki Byard (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums)

Fuchsia Swing Song

Downstairs Blues Upstairs

Charles Mingus UCLA 1965

Charles Mingus – At UCLA 1965 (Sue Mingus Music, 2006)

Charles Mingus (bass, piano), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), Charles McPherson (alto saxophone), Julius Watkins (french horn), Howard Johnson (tuba), Dannie Richmond (drums).

Ode to Bird and Dizzy

Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too

David S. Ware Go See The World

David S. Ware Quartet – Go See The World (Columbia, 1998)

David S. Ware (tenor sax), Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass), Susie Ibarra (drums)

Mikuro’s Blues

The Way We Were

John Lee Hooker Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954

John Lee Hooker – The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954 (Virgin, 1993)

feat. Eddie Kirkland on 2nd guitar

Boogie Chillen

Sally Mae

Miles Davis at the Blackhawk

Miles Davis in Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (Columbia, 2001)

Miles Davis (trumpet), Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers(bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise

If I Were A Bell


3/27 Podcast Wednesday, Apr 18 2007 

Here is a broadcast that I hadn’t had time to turn into a podcast. Skip ahead a few minutes until you hear a sax.

Steve Lacy Plays Monk
Steve Lacy – Steve Lacy Plays Monk (BYG).

Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Aldo Romano (drums), Michel Graillier (piano), Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark (bass)

Friday The Thirteenth / Pearl Street

Sun Ra Nothing Is

 Sun Ra – Nothing Is (1966, ESP Disk)

Sun Ra Arkestra featuring: Ali Hassan (trombone), Teddy Nance (tombone), Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, piccolo, oboe), John Gilmore (tenor sax), Pat Patrick (baritone sax, flute), Robert Cummings (baritone clarinet), James Jackson (flute, log drums), Ronnie Boykins (bass, tuba), Clifford Jarvis (drums), Carl Nimrod aka Carl S. Malone/Nimrod Hunt (sun horn, gong)

Exotic Rainforest /Shadow World / Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space

An Anthology of noise & electronic music

 An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music Volume 1 (Sub Rosa)

Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad and John Cale – Trance #2

John Cage – Rozart Mix

Harry Partch Collection Volume 1

Harry Partch – Harry Partch Collection Volume 1 (New World Records)

Ulysses at the Edge

Art Ensemble of Chicago Urban Bushmen

The Art Ensemble of Chicago  – Urban Bushmen

Joseph Jarman (reeds), Roscoe Mitchell (reeds), Lester Bowie (trumpet), Don Moye (drums), Malachi Favors (bass)

Urban Magic

David S. Ware Wisdom of Uncertainty

David S. Ware Quartet – Wisdom of Uncertainty

David S. Ware  (tenor sax), William Parker (bass), Susi Ibarra (drums), Matthew Shipp (piano)

Sunbows Rainsets Blue

Yusef Lateef African American Epic Suite

Yusef Lateef – The African-American Epic Suite

African as Non-American

Fela Kuti Documentary Sunday, Apr 15 2007 

I’ve noticed that a lot of the activity on music blogs is posting videos from youtube. This seems to make sense since there is so much crap to slog through on youtube that a lot of gems go unnoticed. This is my favorite music related video that I have found so far. Enjoy…

Belated Concerts Picks (Two Days Ago to April 20th) Friday, Apr 13 2007 

Here are my belated picks for jazz in Philly this month:

Calvin Weston’s Big Tree
Calvin Weston (drums, trumpet); Elliott Levin (reeds); Tom Spiker (bass); Brian Marsella (keyboards)
daniel peterson, woodwinds; mike barber, bass; toshi makihara, drums
Grass Hair Duo
zachariah leeds, drums; heath watts, soprano saxophone
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Apr 11 (Wed) — 8 pm — Free

Calvin Weston’s Big Tree

I’ve never gotten the chance to see this group, but they’ve built up quite a rep. here in Philly. And what better time to check ’em out than a free show with a big lineup…

Avishai Cohen
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apr 13 — 5:45-6:45 & 7:15-8:15 pm — $12 (free for members, students $8)

Avishai Cohen

Cohen will be touring in support of his upcoming CD/DVD release, As Is…Live at The Blue Note (HalfNote/RazDaz Records). I find that most of the performances put on at the PMA are subpar. Even ones that look promising (I saw Dave Burrell there last year) tend to be overly smoothed out. But if you’re a member, or were thinking of visiting the museum anyway, you might as well throw in some jazz by a well respected artist.

Peter Brötzmann, saxophones & clarinets; Marino Pliakas, guitar; Michael Wertmüller, drums
Community Education Center [CEC], 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia
Apr 14 (Sat) — 8 pm — $12

Peter Brotzmann

This is an ars nova workshop production, which is always a good sign. And if you’re not spooked out by free jazz, this is probably my top pick for the month. Brötzmann has been playing his own unique free music since the late 1960s. Many of the recordings of his that we have up in the station would make you think that he is nothing but a wailer, using his horns to make expressive noise on solo and ensemble recordings. But the two times I have seen him live, you get something totally different. When you can see the man at his craft, walking up and down the stage swinging his horn like an R&B crooner, you get a very different sense of the music. When you see it live, the soul comes out.

Voltage Spooks

Voltage Spooks: keith rowe, electronics; rick reed, electronics; michael haleta, electronics
+ a panel discussion with Rowe, Jon Abbey (Erstwhile Records) and Brian Olewnick (current Rowe biographer)

Slought Foundation— 4017 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Apr 14 (Sat) — 8 pm (discussion at 7pm ) — $10

Keith Rowe

I’ve never heard of Voltage Spooks and there’s not a whole lot of information on the web. But we do have a couple of Keith Rowe’s albums up at the station and they’re interesting, avant-garde electronic stuff that would probably be a lot more interesting if you saw it live. For music as noise, it always comes together better if you can see it being created. And the Slought Foundation is a great way to catch a show…

Horns of Hathor
— Horns of Hathor: Pauline Oliveros, electronics/accordian; Ione, voice
— with special guests Roscoe Mitchell, reeds; Samir Chatterjee, tabla
— SoundExchange_2007
— an ars nova workshop and American Composers Forum presentation
— Studio Theatre, 3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Apr 20 (Fri) — 8 pm

Roscoe Mitchell

Everything I can find about Horns of Hathor makes them seem pretty far out there, with accordion, spoken word and G-d knows what else. But if they’ve got Roscoe Mitchell, the damn near legendary saxophonist of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, then they must be doing something right. At the very least it’ll be a trip.

4/10/07 Podcast Wednesday, Apr 11 2007 

Here’s the 4/10/07 Podcast

Ghana Soundz

Ebo Taylor – Heaven

African Brothers – Self Reliance


Los Exagerados – Panama Esta Bueno y…Ma

The Exciters – Exciters Theme

Bush y Sus Magnificos

The In-Kraut

Freddy Brock: Beat It

France Gall: Hippie Hippie

Goodbye, Babylon

Mahalia Jackson – God’s Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares

Rev. Gary Davis – I Belong to the Band – Hallelujah!

Thelonious Monk Meets Gerry Mulligan

Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan – Sweet and Lovely

Coleman Hawkins - Wrapped Tight

Coleman Hawkins – Out of Nowhere

The Genius of Bud Powell

Bud Powell – Tea For Two

Bud Powell – Hallelujah

Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues

Charley Patton – I Shall Not Be Moved

Charley Patton – Going to Move to Alabama

Mississippi Sheiks – Sittin’ on Top of the World

Howlin’ Wolf – Forty-Four

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five – Skip The Gutter

Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five – West End Blues

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso – Tropicalia

Caetano Veloso – Clarice

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor – With (Exit)

3/06/07 Podcast Tuesday, Mar 27 2007 

Here’s the 3/06/07 Podcast

Skip ahead a few minutes to get to my show…

Corea, Complete Is Sessions

Chick Corea – Song of the Wind – The Complete Is Sessions

Woody Shaw – (tp), Hubert Laws – (fl, piccolo), Bennie Maupin – (ts), Chick Corea – (p, electric piano), Dave Holland – (b), Jack DeJohnette – (d), Horace Arnold – (d, perc.)

Alice Coltrane, Lord of Lords

Alice Coltrane – Going Home – Lord of Lords

Alice Coltrane – (p, harp), Charlie Haden – (b), Ben Riley (d), + String Orchestra

S. Ware, Freedom Suite

David S. Ware Quartet – Interlude – Freedom Suite

David S. Ware – (ts), Matthew Shipp – (p), Guillermo E. Brown (d), William Parker (b)

Fela Kuti Zombie

Fela Kuti and Africa ’70 – Mr. Follow Follow – Zombie

Lester Young, Complete

Lester Young – Our Love is Here to Stay + All of Me

Count Basie, Decca

Count Basie – Swinging at the Daisy Chain + One O’clock Jump


Sonic Youth – Anagrama – SYR 1

2/27/07 Podcast Wednesday, Mar 7 2007 

Skip ahead a few minutes to the show’s intro….Harlem Homecoming by the Harlem Arts Ensemble. Then enjoy…

Here’s the 2/27/07 Podcast

Lou’siana Low Down Blues – Bessie Smith – 1923-1924 (Classics)

Moonshine Blues


Lester Young – I Can’t Get Started – Complete Savoy Recording (Savoy Fast B Flat Blues


Eric Dolphy and Ken McIntyre – Head Shakin’ – Looking Ahead (Prestige Records)


Gato Barbieri – Encontros – Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (Impulse!)


The Art Ensemble of Chicago – Barnyard Scuffel Shuffel – Fanfare for the Warriors (Koch Jazz, re-released by Three Men With Birds)


Jimi Hendrix – Nine to the Universe – Nine to the Universe (Reprise)


The Beatles – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away – Help [US] ( Capitol)


Miriam Makeba – The Click Song – Miriam Makeba (RCA Victor)


Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) – Everything is Everything (Atlantic)

And NOW, for something Old, something New, and a German Drinking Song!…


Louisiana Red – I am Louisiana Red – Louisiana Red Sings the Blues (Atlantic)



Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Sortie – Indestructible – (Blue Note)

Podcast: 2/7/07 Tuesday, Feb 13 2007 

Here’s the 2/7/07 Podcast

You have to skip a few minutes in to get to my show. The show before mine is noise music, so once the pain stops and the flutes start you know you’ve entered The Silent Way.

Harlem Homecoming

Salim Washington and the Harlem Arts Ensemble – Harlem Homecoming (UJam Records) – Morning is the Time for Miracles

Salim Washington – Tenor Sax, Flute, Oboe, Vocals; Kuumba Frank Lacy – Trombone, Fluegelhorn; Waldron Ricks – Trumpet; Melanie Dyer – Viola; Kurtis Rivers and Henry Cook – Reeds and Woodwinds; Rumas Barrett – Percussion; Donald Smith – Piano; Andy McCloud and Steve Neil – Bass; Malik Washington, Mark Johnson and Taru Alexander – Drum; Aaron Johnson – Tuba

S.E. Rogie
S.E. Rogie – The 60’s Sound – Please Go Easy With Me & Man Stupid Being

Barrelhouse Piano

Dan Stewart – Down in Black Bottom (Yazoo) – New Orleans Blues

Before The Blues (Volume 2)

Memphis Jug Band – Before The Blues Volume 2 (Yazoo) – K.C. Moan

Ghetto Lights

Bobby Hutcherson – Dialogue (Blue Note) – Ghetto Lights

Bobby Hutcherson – Vibes; Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet; Sam Rivers – Saxophone and Flute; Andrew Hill – Piano; Richard Davis – Bass; Joe Chambers – Drums

Critical Mass

Dave Holland Quintet – Critical Mass (Sunnyside / Dare2) – Secret Garden

Dave Holland – Bass; Chris Potter – Saxophones; Robin Eubanks – Trombon; Steve Nelson – Vibes; Nate Smith – Drums
Conference of the Birds

Dave Holland Quartet – Conference of the Birds (ECM) – Conference of the Birds

Dave Holland – Bass; Sam Rivers – Saxophones and Flute; Anthony Braxton – Saxophones and Flute; Barry Altschul – Drums


The David S. Ware Quartet – BalladWare (Thirsty Ear) – Godspelized

David S. Ware – Tenor Saxophone; Mathew Shipp – Piano; William Parker – Bass; Guillermo E. Brown – Drums

Sam Rivers

Sam Rivers – Involution (Blue Notes) – Paean

Sam Rivers – Tenor Saxophone and Flute; James Spaulding – Trumpet; Donald Byrd – Trombone; Julian Priester – Bass; Steve Ellington – Drums

The Black Angel

Freddie Hubbard – The Black Angel (Atlantic) – Gittin’ Down

Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet; James Spaulding – Alto Saxophone and Flute; Kenny Barron – Electric Piano; Reggie Workman – Bass; Carlos “Patato” Valdes – Percussion; Louis Hayes – Drums

Hope Scope

David Murray Octet – Hope Scope (Black Saint) – Lester

David Murray – Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet; Hugh Ragin – Trumpet; Rasul Siddik – Trumpet; Craig Harris – Trombone; James Spaulding – Alto Saxophone and Flute; Dave Burrell – Piano; Wilber Morris – Bass; Ralph Peterson, Jr. – Drums

Water Babies

Miles Davis – Water Babies (Columbia) – Dual Mr. Tillman

Miles Davis – Trumpet; Herbie Hancock – Electric Piano; Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone; Ron Carter – Bass; Anthony Williams – Drums

Ethiopiques 3

Alemayehu Ashete – Ethiopiques Volume 3 (Buda Musique) – Tèy Geryèlèshem & Tèmèlès

World Saxophone Quartet

World Saxophone Quartet – Plays Duke Ellington (Elektra / Nonesuch) –

Take The “A” Train

Oliver Lake – Alto Saxophone; Julius Hemphill – Alto Saxophone; David Murray – Tenor Saxophone; Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone

A Musical Romance

Billie Holiday & Lester Young – A Musical Romance (Columbia / Legacy) – Mean to Me

Crimes Blues

King Oliver – Riverside Blues (Past Perfect) – Crimes Blues

Breaking Point

Freddie Hubbard – Breaking Point (Blue Note) – Breaking Point

James Spaulding – Alto Saxophone and Flute; Ronnie Mathews – Pianist; Eddie Khan – Bassist; Joe Chambers – Drums

The David S. Ware Unit: One Hell of Shows ‘Acomin Tuesday, Dec 26 2006 

David S. Ware Unit
David S. Ware Unit: (world premiere) David S. Ware (tenor sax), Mat Maneri (viola, violin), Henry Grimes (bass) and Whit Dickey (percussion)
— Seraphic Light: Celebrating John Coltrane’s 80th Birthday
— an ars nova workshop and International House Philadelphia production
International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia — 8 pm
Jan 12 (Fri)

Podcast: 11/01/06 Thursday, Dec 7 2006 

Here’s the 11/01/06 Podcast

Once again you gotta skip a few minutes to get to the start.


Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers – I’m gonna build on that shore

Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers – I’ll Come Running Back to You

Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers – Touch the Hem of his Garmet


Joe McPhee and the Contemporary Improvisational Ensemble – Windy City Head Stomping Blues (Live at the Holy Cross Monastary, 1968. Underground Railroad. Atavistic Music)

mathew shipp

Mathew Shipp String Trio (+ Mat Maneri [violin], William Parker [bass]) – Waltz (Expansion, Powe, Release. hatOLOGY)


Max Roach – Garvey’s Ghost (Percussion, Bitter Sweet. Impulse! 1961)

Max Roach – Man From South Africa (Percussion, Bitter Sweet. Impulse! 1961)


Hugh Masekela – U, Dwi (Grrr, Mercury, 1965)

Hugh Masekela – Zuul and the Mexican (Grrr, Mercury, 1965)

Hugh Masekela – Emavungweni (Grrr, Mercury, 1965)


Archie Shepp and Grachan Moncur III – New Africa (The Way Ahead, Impulse! 1968)

Archie Shepp – Damn if I know the Stroller (The Way Ahead, Impulse! 1968)



Carnival Skin (Eisenbeil/Kugel/Robinson/Evans/Greene) -Iono (Nemu, 2006)


Hilmar Jensson – Grinning – (Songlines, 2004)


Charlie Parker – Max Makin’ Wax

Charlie Parker – Donna Lee

Charlie Parker – Ornithology

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