Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 ... 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Post-Labor-Day sub for DJ Ben, who spins stuff similar to what I do on
my show. Of course, day-job duty calls during these hours, so I had to
stick to long tracks.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Kalaparush and the Light meet Adam Lane -- "Suite for My Mother" -- Paths to Glory (CIMP, 2004)
Nice CD coupling Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre's sax-drums-tuba trio with
Adam Lane's rich, dextrous bass sound. Adam's own CDs on CIMP have
gotten high acclaim from critics and are well worth seeking out.
* Paul Dunmall, Paul Lytton, Stevie Wishart -- "Nothing To Do with Shells" -- In Your Shell Like (Emanem, 2005)
Actually, this track doesn't include Wishart, who plays the hurdy-gurdy,
nor does it include Dunmall's border bagpipes. The two instruments
combine for some interesting sounds elsewhere on this CD. This particular
track is a more straightforward sax-drums improv, 15 minutes long.
* John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Tino Tracanna, Paolino Dalla Prta, Massimo Manzi -- "The Queen Ra" -- Big Chief Dreaming (Soul Note, 2005)
-- 10:00 a.m. --
* Graham Collier -- "Workpoints" -- Workpoints (Cuneiform, 2005; recorded 1968)
Archival session recorded with a 12-person band including Kenny Wheeler
and John Surman. This is a free jazz session combined with Colliers
chamber-like compositional segments. Lots of horns, with some vibes for
color. Really nice stuff that shows the rich '60s jazz alongside
passages of the abstract improv that was being pioneered over there in
* Frank Wright -- "Train Stop" -- The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings (ESP-Disk, 2005; orig. released 1967)
Workpoints is a two-CD set; the first CD is a
1968 recordeing featuring this 49-minute suite. The second CD, from
1975, features an electric piano and has more of a "Bitches Brew" sound.
From a nice 2-CD set that includes interviews with Frank and with
ESP-Disk founder Bernard Stollman. Of particular interest in the interviews
are passages about the dearth of opportunities in America. Wright, like
many others, had to travel to Europe, but there found plenty of work.
* David Taylor/Steve Swell Quintet -- "ETA - Now" -- V/A: CIMPosium Volume 15 (CIMP, 2005)
-- 11:00 a.m. --
* GUSH (Mats Gustafsson, Sten Sandell, Raymond Strid) -- "Rhomb" -- Norrkoping (Atavistic, 2005)
A nice athletic workout featuring Gustafsson's punk-energy free sax
alongside Sandell's more reserved piano, with Strid on drums. Powerful
* Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio with special guest Billy Bang -- "Big M" -- Live at the River East Center (Delmark, 2005)
-- noon --
* Evan Parker and September Winds -- "Ungezeifer" -- Short Stories (Leo Records, 2005)
* Greg Burk Trio -- "Truth Be Bold" -- Nothing, Knowing (482 Music, 2005)
Very nice piano trio with roots in the jazz tradition but lots of
freedom and adventure. Often reminiscent of stuff you'd find on the
ECM label: accessible
but wide open. I really like this track, a 19-minute piece that
includes some sustained high-energy jamming.
* = 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.