Friday, September 16th, 2005 ... 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Fo was out of town for his Friday a.m. show, "No Cover, No Minimum," and
I had hoped to come in early to sub for him. But then I took the late-evening
shift yesterday, and I was too wiped out to
get up early. I did manage to get to the station in time to get a little
bit on the air.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
-- 8:30 a.m. --
* Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio with special guest Billy Bang -- "Big M" -- Live at the River East Art Center (Delmark, 2005)
* Big Neighborhood -- "Manic" -- Neighbors (Origin, 2005)
-- (End of morning shift) --
-- 3:00 p.m. --
* 3 Quiet Men -- "Trump'n'drum'n'bass" -- Trump'n'drum'n'bass (CMC, 2005)
Wacky Italian trio: trumpet, drum, and bass, as you might infer.
Quick cartoony quips full of jazz, improv, rock, and European hipness.
This is one of those CDs that just came over the transom, and it was
a fun discovery.
* Harris Eisenstadt Quintet -- "Mwindo" -- Jajolu (CIMP, 2005)
From versatile drummer Eisenstadt, a horn-packed CD that dwells
on minimalist themes -- not quiet ones, but "minimalist" as in,
riding a simple phrase or even one note for lengthy periods. Think
Philip Glass in a freer, more energetic context. Here's the cool part:
the band is four horns plus Eisenstadt on drums. No chord instruments.
So, he's got the horns punching out these patterns of notes, creating
one big field of music. And then the dive into some soulful free-jazzy
soloing, of course. Big and bright sound, admittedly stiff at times
but very nice.
* Alex Candelaria Quartet -- "Fantasy in D" -- Yeahway (Evander, 2005)
* Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia -- "Alabama Song" -- Round About Weill (ECM, 2005)
Amy X. Neuburg and Men -- "Alabama Song" -- Sports! Chips! Booty! (Racer, 1999)
Two versions of the Kurt Weill classic that most scrubs (me included)
know only because The Doors covered it. Both bands goof around with the
song a bit. Trovesi and Coscia do a very Euro-sidewalk-cafe version with
clarinet and accordion, keeping the pace light and tricky for the verses,
then getting all melodramatic for the "mooooon of Alabaaaamaaaaa" part.
Noertker's Moxie -- "Portrait of My Dead Brother" -- Sketches of Catalonia: Vol. 1 (Edgetone, 2003)
Neuburg and her former band are awesomely quirky, mixing avant-rock with
cabaret music. Sports! is a favorite of mine. Amy and
guitarist Herb Heinz were kind enough to be guests on my show
once, back when I didn't notice I was misspelling her name repeatedly.
Local jazz project headed by bassist William Noertker, with compositions
that launch from the '60s jazz tradition. This one's a peaceful flute-led
* Frank Wright -- "Jerry" -- The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings (ESP-Disk, 2005; orig. released 1965)
Gritty, gutty free jazz from the '60s. This put me in the mood
for more of the same, so I dug up an Ornette track ... but with the top
of the hour coming up, I had to find something shorter than "Doughnut,"
my selected target. We have to play a station ID near the top of each
hour, and while I could just play the ID over the song, I try to avoid
The Treehouse Project -- "The Cocktail Party Effect" -- V/A: Document Chicago (482 Music, 2003)
This fit the bill nicely. Fast and manic and avant but with
composing that swings a bit.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
Ornette Coleman -- "Doughnut" -- Town Hall, 1962 (ESP-Disk, 1964?)
Actually played on the ZYX-Music CD release of this album. ZYX was
one of a few outfits that licensed the music from ESP-Disk over the
years. ESP founder Bernard Stollman is back in control of the catalogue,
putting out rereleases like this one.
* John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble -- "Weiji" -- A Blessing (, 2005)
Large band that combines the crystalline chamber-jazz leanings of
Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet with the power and bombast of, well,
having a large band. This is the big energy burst of the CD. Some
tracks are louder, and one in particular might be faster -- but neither
are as loud and fast and forceful as this. The title track is
a whole other setting -- slow, airy, comforting, a 16-minute unfolding
sunrise. You'll probably see me repeat that metaphor when I play that
*! Mirah with the Black Cat Orchestra -- "Dear Landlord" -- To All We Stretch the Open Arm (Yoyo, 2005)
* Vijay Iyer -- "Phalanx" -- (Savoy Jazz, 2005)
Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet with The Ojai Camerata -- "Introitus" [Part 1 of "The Alchemical Mass"] -- The Alchemical Mass (pfMentum, 2004)
Big, crashing large-ensemble piece with choir, the latest project from
Kaiser's 17-piece band. I prefaced this one by reading from the review
to Noise magazine, an excellent quarterly out of Vermont that
covers avant-jazz as well as experimental rock and forward-thinking hip-hop.
Reading the reviews on-air is something I'd like to do more of; it paints
some context for listeners, which I think is particularly key for these
lesser-heard kinds of musics.
* Evan Parker and September Winds -- "Woodbones 1-4" -- Short Stories (Leo Records, 2005)
* Anthony Braxton and Milo Fine -- "Part 8" -- Shadow Company (Emanem, 2005)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Ricci Rucker -- "Tension and Release (The Journey to Fuga)" -- Fuga (Alpha Pup, 2005)
* Yuma Nora -- "Garnet Radon" -- Jewels in the Snakepit (Not Not Fun, 2005)
Avant-jazz/noise craziness. One KZSU DJ likens this track, in
particular, to Sun Ra's "Kohoutek" concert.
* Wadada Leo Smith, Walter Quintus, Katya Quintus, Miroslav Tadic, Mark Nauseef -- "Cosmoil" -- Snakish (Leo Records, 2005)
Gregg Bendian -- "Debacle" -- Interzone (Atavistic, 2005; orig. released on (Eremite, 1996)
Vibraphone-led quartet with Nels Cline on guitar. Lots of quick-footed
jazzy playing with occasional touches of Gentle Giant prog rock.
We have the original CD in our library. I've put it in our "reanimation"
pile due to its reissue on Atavistic. "Reanimation" is a group of
archival CDs and reissues that we want to highlight for fellow DJs.
Joe Morris Quartet -- "Radiant Flux" -- A Cloud of Black Birds (AUM Fidelity, 1998)
* Greg Burk Trio -- "Blink To Be" -- Nothing, Knowing (482 Music, 2005)
The Lost Trio -- "Strange" -- Remembrance of Songs Past (Evander, 1999)
Nice cover of a Mel Tillis/Fred Burch tune.
This CD is an amalgam of jazz covers (Ornette, Billy Strayhorn, Monk)
and country tunes like this one, done up in a light jazzy style. The
trio has been a nice vehicle for Phillip Greenlief's sax playing over
the years. They're still active and play around town quite frequently;
it's a CD I should spin more frequently.
* GUSH (Mats Gustafsson, Sten Sandell, Raymond Strid) -- "Sava" -- Norrkoping (Atavistic, 2005)
-- 6:00 p.m. --
* Thollem/Rivera (featuring pianist Thollem McDonas) -- "Waves, Webs, Indigena" -- Everything's Going Everywhere (Edgetone, 2005)
* Enrico Rava -- "Happiness Is To Win a Big Prize in Cash" -- (Cam Jazz, 2005)
Happy, poppy, very '50s-sounding piece. It's characteristic of this
CD. From what I've heard, Rava's more recent career has been focusing
on his old jazz influences, as opposed to some of the spacier, more
expansive work he tried on his old
ECM records. It
could be that I'm not remembering his old (or new) stuff in enough
Tina Marsh and CO2 [Creative Opportunity Orchestra] -- "Milky Way Dreaming" -- Worldwide (Creop Muse, 1998)
A real treat from my early days at KZSU (these shows the past couple of
days are really pulling at that theme). The CO2 is a modern big band,
very accessible stuff but with members unafraid of the occasional
free improv or wild solo. Based in Austin, TX, they're the kind of DIY group that
gets to record only rarely and tours even more rarely. One such occasion
came in 1998, and I was lucky enough to catch them at Beanbender's
in Berkeley. Marvelous stuff.
! Geddy Lee -- "My Favorite Headache" -- My Favorite Headache (Atlantic, 2000)
This particular track is a nice suite: celestial spoken-word above
floaty abstract improv; fast swingy straight jazz; and a mellow,
flowing groove, with Marsh singing a calming, wordless melody.
Really nice stuff. The principal CO2 organizers seem to have moved on
to other things -- it's tough to organize, rehearse, and record a
fundless big band, after all -- but they've left behind a couple of
Some rock to lead into the sports broadcast. I might start doing
this regularly; it's fun. This CD, by the way, is actually a two-man
affair, with songs written by Lee and Ben Mink, a multi-instrumentalist
who's played violin on some of Rush's albums.
* = 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.