Friday, July 2nd, 2004 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Starting a new quarter with DJ Popcorn before me (conventional jazz and
blues) and my prog-loving buddy Ragnar of Ravensfjord afterwards.
I'll probably have an extra 10-15 minutes after the 6:00 hour and
plan to fill it with pop/rock stuff.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* John Abercrombie -- "Dansir" -- Class Trip (ECM, 2004)
I've always associated guitarist Abercrombie with "soft," friendly jazz, and
this certainly fits that bill, but the album gets more adventurous
and wandering than I'd expected. He's got an all-star avant-jazz cast
on here: Joey Baron (drums), Marc Johnson (bass), Mark Feldman (violin).
* Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble -- "Memory/Vision" [excerpt of Track 1] -- Memory/Vision (ECM, 2004)
Eric Boeren 4tet -- "Free/EB" -- Joy of a Toy (BVHaast, 1999)
* Noertker's Moxie -- "Telephone Grilled Sardines at the End of September" -- Sketches of Catalonia, vol. 1: Dali (Edgetone, 2004)
Nice stuff from local bassis Bill Noertker, who performs frequently
as part of the monthy SIMM music shows in San Francisco (see
calendar listings for details). As DJ Ben puts it, "Good modern bop ...
reminds me a lot of something you might hear on CIMP" (CIMP being an
independent label specializing in free jazz).
* Rara Avis -- "Dust" -- Rara Avis (Generate, 2003)
* Lunchbox -- "Crispy Duck" -- Anyways (The Agriculture, 2004)
* Rich West -- "Tribology" -- Bedouin Hornbook (pfMentum, 2004)
* Gary Windo -- "Standfast" -- Anglo American (Cuneiforn, 2004; recorded 1971)
Windo was a saxophonist best known for playing with NRBQ. This is
a retrospective of his work, collecting live tracks from various bands
mostly from the '70s. A couple tracks feature NRBQ as his backing band.
Windo could really blow, as shown on this track -- madly scattered free
jazz with an electric-bass fusion touch.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Glenn Branca -- "Bad Smells" [excerpt] -- Lesson No. 1 (Acute, 2004; orig. released 1982)
Five guitars including thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, of (soon-to-be) Sonic Youth fame. Plus bass
and drums. A mad stomp, very rhythmic and rocking.
* Frank Kimbrough -- "Kid Stuff" -- Lullabluebye (Palmetto, 2004)
* The Vandermark 5 -- "Knock Yourself Out" -- Elements of Style ... Exercises in Surprise (Atavistic, 2004)
*! Elf Power -- "Never Believe" -- Walking with the Beggar Boys (Orange Twin, 2004)
* Craig Taborn -- "Stalagmite" -- Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004)
* Kenny Wheeler -- "Causes Are Events" -- Song for Someone (Psi, 2004; recorded 1973)
* Dave Rempis Quartet -- "Out of Season, Part II" -- Out of Season (482 Music, 2004)
* Wimme -- "Rudni" ["The Ice Hole"] -- Gapmu [Instinct] (NorthSide, 2003)
* Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguy -- "Pangolin" -- 10 Compositions de Jean Derome (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2004)
* Baby Dodds -- "Spooky Drums No. 2" -- Talking and Drum Solos (Atavistic/Unheard, 2004; orig. released 1946)
Archival recordings made by historian Fred Ramsey. Baby Dodds was
the original jazz drummer, backing up the likes of King Oliver and
Jelly Roll Morton, and this 1946 recording captures both his drumming and,
through interviews, his memory. Includes some amazing drum solos on par
with what you hear from today's drummers. The album also includes a
couple of marching bands playing the proto-jazz that existed in the
War days -- again, this was an attempt by Ramsey to record bits of
history that would otherwise be forgotten.
* Burton Greene -- "12,733 Shopping Malls" -- Live at Grasland (Drimala, 2004)
* ROVA::Orchestrova -- "An Alligator in Your Wallet" -- An Alligator in Your Wallet (East Works Entertainment, 2004)
! Eugene Chadbourne/Paul Lovens -- "Marlon Brando" -- Young at Heart/Forgiven (Leo, 2000)
Not really a song, this is a snippet of the Marlon Brando
recorded without his knowledge as he proceeds to rag on Burt Reynolds
(for reasons that aren't that bad, actually). This 2-CD set is sprinkled
with snippets like that. Most tracks have Chadbourne and Lovens doing
random rock and country covers, like this Willie Nelson tune:
! Eugene Chadbourne/Paul Lovens -- "Me and Paul" -- Young at Heart/Forgiven (Leo, 2000)
* Steuart Liebig and The Mentones -- "Graveyard" -- Locustland (pfMentum, 2004)
This track fit beautifully following the Chadbourne avant-country
sound! Locustland is a rockin' little record, loud fast jazz-rock
with twinges of honky-tonky and roadhouse blues. Nice stuff.
* Charnett Moffett -- "Numbers" -- For the Love of Peace (Piadrum, 2004)
Eric Dolphy -- "The Meeting" -- The Berlin Concerts (Inner City, 1978; recorded 1961)
* MTKJ Quartet -- "Like That, She's Gone" [excerpt] -- Making Room for Spaces (Nine Winds, 2004)
John Shiurba 5x5 -- "1.1.1" -- 1.1=M (Unlimited Sedition, 2004)
Featuring Matthew Sperry on bass, and he's the "M" in the title.
Matthew was killed in an auto accident last year, and the Bay Area
improv community still mourns his loss. Played this one to note a
tribute to Matthew being performed tonight in San Francisco, at the
* Masada Guitars (Bill Frisell performing) -- "Kisofim" -- Masada Guitars (Tzadik, 2004)
"Unlimited Sedition" is the composed-music spinoff of Shiurba's "Limited Sedition" label,
the latter having been founded to document improvisations.
The label is also selling a memorial series of Matthew's recorded
performances, with all proceeds going to his wife and daughter. For
more information, see
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.