Friday, September 2nd, 2005 ... 2:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Starting a bit early due to a Stanford volleyball
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Yves Francois -- "Mecca Flat Blues" -- Blues for Hawk (Delmark, 2005; recorded 1981)
A CD of early '80s recordings meant to highlight two underrecognized
saxophonists: Franz Jackson and Eddie Johnson. Francois
played trumpet and organized the sessions. Both had made their names
in the '50s but were rarely recorded over the decades. The CD runs
through several traditional jazz styles, with dashes of ragtime,
New Orleans, swing, and big heaps of blues thrown in everywhere. This is
one of the N'Awlins tracks, brought to mind because of the
Hurricane Katrina disaster ... not that my playing CDs on the air is
going to do those folks much good.
* Alex Candelaria Quartet -- "Yeahway" -- Yeahway (Evander, 2005)
Local guitarist. I really liked Alex's first CD, Staircase,
which featured lots of tangly fast jazz guitar. Here, he's showing a
different side, dishing out some loungy tracks, mostly covers from the
likes of Cedar Walton and Frank Foster, plus a couple originals. I liked
the first CD more, I have to admit, but I can appreciate what he's doing
here. Bassist is Jon Evans, who tours with Tori Amos.
-- 3:00 p.m. --
Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven -- "Writhe" -- Gurney to the Lincoln Center of Your Mind (Rastascan, 1998)
Graham's music is a wonderful jazz jumble. His late '90s CD are
local treasures, and it's a crime that folks haven't heard them.
* Brad Dutz/John Holmes -- "Croquets" -- My Bongo (pfMentum, 2004)
Percussion duets -- but don't get scared! That includes tuned
percussion (marimba, xylophone, etc.), so the CD includes a couple of
honest-to-goodness composed melodies, including this one. Brad is an
active L.A.-area musician who cranks out a CD like this every few years --
Rob Brown Trio -- "Hex-Key" -- High Wire (Soul Note, 1996)
With Brown on alto sax, William Parker on bass, Jackson Krall on
drums. This track is a healthy free-jazz workout; the CD also includes
some slow, exploratory pieces.
* Mark Dresser and Denman Maroney -- "Aperitivo" -- Time Changes (Cryptogramophone, 2005)
Interesting disk that draws heavily from "regular" jazz forms
but puts them in an open and free-ranging environment. This track is a
lightly loungy bit, with Maroney sticking to conventional cocktail-jazz
sounds but ranging all over the place in his choice of notes -- like an
avant-garde spy. Wordless vocals from Alexandra Montano add to the effect.
* Natto Quartet -- "Kuri-Ae" -- Thousand Oaks (482 Music, 2005)
* Andy Haas/Don Fiorino -- "Pharoah in the Age of Hypocrisy" -- Death Don't Have no Mercy (Resonant, 2005)
Fiorino plays guitars and guitar-like things (dobro, lotar, banjo),
laying down low-key, rootsy/earthy jam rhythms. Quiet but fast-pulsing
stuff, easy to get into. Atop that, Haas drops saxophone, electronics, flute
-- whatever. So you get a mix of roots-music guitar and avant-jazz
playing. Sometimes it's all quite mellow, sometimes fierce. "Contrast"
concepts like this don't always work, but I liked this CD quite a lot.
* Vijay Iyer -- "Cardio" -- Reimagining (Savoy Jazz, 2005)
Deceptively straightforward jazz with a coolly assertive theme
and lots of agile dissonance packed into Vijay's piano solo. This CD is
so cool, albeit in a calm-toned mainstream setting. This will probably
be one of my top 10 CDs for the year -- but I can't wait to get
the band Fieldwork on the air; their new CD on
which features Vijay
in a more "out there" setting, is awaiting its turn in rotation.
* Bjorn Wennas -- "Song 2" -- Static (Beartones, 2005)
Guitar tracks that have an accessible sound but don't follow the
mainstream "guitar-jazz" model. This one, for example, has a serious
artsy/bebop feel, with a bouncing lead line done up in unison by guitar
and female vocal. Some of the other tracks get into more straight-jazz
territory and aren't as intriguing.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Joelle Leandre/India Cooke -- "Firedance 7" -- Firedance (Red Toucan, 2005)
* Gebhard Ullmann/Steve Swell 4tet -- "Seven 9-8" -- V/A: CIMPosium Volume 15 (CIMP, 2005)
* Alex Cline, Kaoru, Miya Masaoka, G.E. Stinson -- "Robot Mundra" [excerpt] -- Cloud Plate (Cryptogramophone, 2005)
Shimmering abstract sounds, lots of electronics tricks (some generated
by Masaoka's koto, no doubt.
* Wadada Leo Smith, Walter Quintus, Katya Quintus, Miroslav Tadic, Mark Nauseef -- "Rivers of Swans" -- Snakish (Leo Records, 2005)
Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet is featured amid dark, swirling masses of
electronics. Deep, atmospheric stuff, like a bleak landscape
(I'm thinking of artist Yves Tanguy
when I say that).
! RL Burnside -- "Georgia Women" -- Mr. Wizard (Fat Possum, 1997)
The eclectic bluesman passed away yesterday, of unknown causes --
but being 79, it's a good bet he died of, well, being 79. I didn't know
much about him, other than the fact that his CDs were getting good
airplay here. Turns out he was a colorful character, more than a little
risque in some of his songs and even his album covers! Figured I had to
play something in his honor.
* John Surman -- "Out and About" -- Way Back When (Cuneiform, 2005; recorded 1969)
This track is a fast-boogying one, with his grandson Cedric Burnside
on drums. The album cover is an incongruously D&D-looking affair; it's
partly covered up by the requisite KZSU notes but looks like a cartoon
of RL in a wizard's hat accompanied by a mean-looking, busty blonde warrior
chick wearing (of course) a leopard-skin bikini.
'60s jam with a bit of a "Bitches Brew" sound. This -- and the
next track -- seemed like a nice
follow-up to RL, who got me in a bit of a rocking mood.
Miles Davis -- "Right Off" -- A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1992; orig. released 1970)
* Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio -- "Where Do You Want to Go?" -- Live at the River East Art Center (Delmark, 2005)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
Banyan -- "What's Left of Autumn" -- Banyan (CyberOctave, 1997)
Miles Davis -- "All Blues" -- Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959)
Not the usual fare for my show. The deal was, we got tickets to
give away for the Monterey Jazz Festival,
and we were asked to make the giveaway a bit dramatic -- you know, something
more than just "first caller gets 'em." So I challenged listeners
to identify the Miles track I was playing -- but I wanted to make it
reasonably easy, to make sure somebody won the tix. It worked: The winner called in
before the main theme had even started.
* Common Ground -- "You Do It" -- High Voltage (Delmark, 2005)
* Tim Brady -- "Playing Guitar: Symphony #1" [3rd and 4th tracks] -- Playing Guitar: Symphony #1 (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2005)
* Evan Parker and September Winds -- "Horn Choir" -- Short Stories (Leo Records, 2005)
* Blaise Siwula and Mike Khoury -- [untitled track #4] -- Eight Duets 2002-2003 (Detroit Improvisation, 2005)
* Tholem/Rivera -- "Phasing Out, Sliding Down" -- (Edgetone, 2005)
Andy McWain Quartet -- "Thorn Tea Jar" [first version] -- Starfish (Fuller Street, 2002)
One of those gems I'll play vigorously, then forget once it's out
of rotation. McWain, a pianist, teamed up with saxophonist Assif
Tsahar and others for this disk, a nicely rich palette of jazz pieces
with plenty of freedom.
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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