Friday, April 15th, 2005 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Tax day ...
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Ben Yarmolinski -- "April 15th"/"Filling in the Form" -- April 15th Blues (Composers Recordings Inc., 1999)
This CD is a 30-minute operetta about two lonely hearts who find
love on tax day. The songs are in that "stage musical" motif, light and
bouncy. eThese (tracks feature heroine Jane Q. Public waking up in a panic
as she realizes it's April 15 and her taxes still aren't done.
* Denys Baptiste -- "I Have a Dream" -- Let Freedom Ring! (Dune, 2004)
* Andy Scherrer -- "If You're Not Part of the SOlution, You're Part of the Problem" -- Serenity: A Tribute to Joe Henderson (Unit, 2004)
One of the Joe Henderson compositions on this tribute CD, which
takes a straight-ahead approach to replicating Henderson's sound.
* Cooper-Moore and Assif Tsahar -- "Tribes Gathering" -- Tells Untold (Hopscotch, 2004)
One of several nice little jams on this disk, the second duo
CD released by these guys. The improvistions on the CD are all over
the map, with some abstract, harsh sounds and plenty of more relaxed,
* Lisle Ellis, Marco Eneidi, Peter Valsamis -- "Dreamt Up Blues #6 Part 2" -- American Roadwork (CIMP, 2004)
* Seth Misterka, Chris Dalhgren, Jeff Arnal -- "Red" -- Red (Generate, 2005)
Nice 15-minute improvisation of sax, bass, and drums, released
as a 3-inch CD single. Each copy comes in a unique hand-painted cover.
Clever idea, and it's a nice improv to boot, chaotic but with a definite
flow, the kind of piece you can really lose yourself in.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
*! Amy X. Neuburg -- "Residue" -- Residue (Other Minds, 2004)
A capella piece of overlapping vocal loops that builds up to
an energetic chant.
John Coltrane -- "Amen" -- Sun Ship (Impulse! 1995; orig. released 1965)
* Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana -- "Dal Genyo" -- Climbing the Banyan Tree (Clean Feed, 2004)
* Joe Giardullo and Carlos Zingaro -- "per.plexo" -- Falling Water (Drimala, 2004)
* Toychestra and Fred Frith -- "Fellini" -- What Leave Behind (SK, 2004)
A 25-minute concerto for toy instruments and guitar, written by
Bay Area composer Dan Plonsey.
Cool stuff that combines the absurdity of the toys with menacing swirls
of guitar (and even some menacing toy noises). Toychestra, a five-woman
band that plays toy instruments, performed this piece with Frith a few
times in the Bay Area before recording it; I got to see one of those
shows, and it was pretty cool. Frith even gets a cadenza, in the fourth
movement I think.
* Kaiser/Diaz-Infante Sextet -- "Suite Solutio" Parts I-V -- The Alchemical Mass/Suite Solutio (pfMentum, 2004)
Jazz-improv suite from the team of Jeff Kaiser (trumpet) and
Ernesto Diaz-Infante (prepared acoustic guitar). It's paired with
Kaiser's "Alchemical Mass," a suite for his 18-piece Ockodektet and a
choir. Anyway, I thought it would be good to give "Suite Solutio" a full
playing at some point, and today seemed right. Not sure I can do the
same for Kaiser's suite, as it's close to 35 minutes, but we'll see.
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Lowbelly -- "So Little Current" -- The Letter L (Fort Hazel, 2003)
* Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Tom Rainey -- "Alleys of North America" -- Out Trios Volume 3 (Atavistic, 2004)
Part of Atavistic's continuing series of abstract trio improvs.
Lots of noisy Nels guitar to be had on this CD. This track is one of the
quieter ones, beginning and ending with a quiet piano riff that
gives it the "completeness" of a composed work. Big guitar noise in the middle.
Anthony Braxton -- "Composition No. 77B" -- Solo (Milano) 1979 (Golden Years of New Jazz, 2003; recorded (duh) 1979)
Saxophone pieces that carry a jazz swing to them but
revel in the freedom of solo performance.
This is years before Braxton would dive into the more geometric sound of his Ghost Trace Musics.
* Max Nagl, Steven Bernstein, Noel Akchote, Bradley Jones -- "Monx" -- Big Four (Hatology, 2002)
* The Abstractions -- "Who Killed Desiree Brown?" -- Novo Navigatio (Pax and Edgetone, 2004)
Vocals -- in an insane/rambling kind of singing and speaking -- with a
busy noisy burble in the background. Actually one of the tamer tracks from
this Bay Area group, which is prone to Naked City-esque bursts of noise
* Machine and the Synergetic Nuts -- "Stum" -- Leap Second Neutral (Cuneiform, 2005)
A nice follow-up to the Abstractions... speedy jazz/fusion with
heavy prog-rock influence. Fun stuff from an (apparently) Japanese band.
Grand Ulena -- "Total Joplin" -- Gateway to Dignity (Family Vineyard, 2003)
Continuing the noisy stuff with a rumbling math-rock track.
* Happy Apple -- "See Sun Spot Run" -- The Peace Betweeen Our Companies (Sunnyside, 2005)
... And ending the rock-minded theme with these guys, a jazz trio with
rock attitude and volume level. This 12-minute track starts out as a nice break
(loud drum thumps, but sparse overall) and develops into some aggressive
* Thollem/Rivera -- "If You Fall to Your Death" -- I'll Meet You Halfway out in the Middle of It All (self-released, 2004)
* Jason Moran -- "Gangsterism on the Rise" -- Same Mother (Blue Note, 2005)
* Gary Noland -- "Effete Stinkopations" -- 24 Postludes for Piano (North Pacific Music, 2004)
Modern classical piano pieces, although this one is more a
good-natured trad-jazz romp.
! Lonnie Brooks -- "Sweet Home Chicago" -- Sweet Home Chicago (Evidence, 1992)
Played this to promote DJ
Fo's show, "No Cover, No Minimum," which for the rest of the spring will be featuring an hour of
recordings from the 2004 Chicago Jazz/Blues Festival. That'll be 7-8 a.m. Pacific time, the middle hour of Fo's show, on Fridays, through July 8, 2005.
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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