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)