Friday, October 7th, 2005 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Thollem/Rivera -- "Phasing Out, Sliding Down" -- Everything's Going Everywhere (Edgetone, 2005)
* Greg Burk Trio -- "Borneo Dreaming" -- Nothing, Knowing (482 Music, 2005)
* Anthony Braxton and Milo Fine -- "Part 7" -- Shadow Company (Emanem, 2005)
* Brad Dutz and John Holmes -- "Tribute to Elvin" -- My Bongo (pfMentum, 2005)
Like the title says, a tribute to Elvin Jones, an unaccompanied
six-minute solo on the drum kit (I think it's just Dutz on this track,
no Holmes). Nice stuff in a tasty jazzy vein. The rest of the CD, by
the way, consists of various percussion duos, featuring xylophones,
maribmas, and the like, for a perky sound. Some nice compositions and
lots of improvisation.
* John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble -- "Folkmoot" -- A Blessing (OmniTone, 2005)
Big and loud! Hollenbeck is the leader of the Claudia Quintet,
which can get loud themselves but is more of what I've pigeonholed
(unfairly) as chamber jazz. The Large Ensemble treads a lot of the same
turf, including the minimalist-inspired pecking at the start of this
track, but they do it in a grand fashion with the volume cranked up.
Hollenbeck also veers into what sound more like traditional big-band
forms, letting the horns blare away at tight jazz riffs. Interestingly,
the opening track is a 16-minute meditation, placid, gradually building
and unfolding like a sunrise.
* Joe Giardullo -- "Not Good" -- No Work Today (Drimala, 2005)
A solo soprano saxophone tribute to Steve Lacy, who was famous
for that format. Giardullo spins several original improvs, usually
starting with the bouncy Monk-like atmosphere Lacy favored. Couple of
Lacy covers on here as well, and liner notes that do a nice job explaining the
challenges of solo performance.
* Trio X (Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen) -- "Triple Play" -- The Sugar Hill Suite (CIMP, 2005)
Haven't had a chance to hear this all the way through yet, but it's
great to see these guys still convene. Nice free-form jazz often
rooted in bluesy sax from McPhee.
Noertker's Moxie -- "Galatea of the Spheres" -- Sketches of Catalonia Vol. 1 (Edgetone, 2005)
A swingy, early-bop-minded band led by local bassist Bill Noertker.
They've been playing quite frequently for the SIMM series, a regular set of
shows at the Musicians Union Hall in downtown San Francisco (116 9th St.
near Mission). According to calendar info for the upcoming Oct. 9 show,
Noertker has another band, The Jugglers, that does electric funky stuff
a la The Meters, Fela Kuti, or electric Miles Davis. Here's hoping
they put out a CD.
* Fredeik Soegaard and Hasse Poulsen -- [untitled track 4] -- ... And
We Also Caught a Fish (Leo Records, 2005)
Duets of guitars and guitar effects, combining shimmery ambient stuff
with occasional metal-like licks and screeches. Ragnar of Ravensfjord, our
resident patron of both metal and Norweigan music, went ape over this.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Greg Osby -- "Mob Job" -- Channel Three (Blue Note, 2005)
* David Liebman and Ellery Eskelin -- "You Call It" -- Different but the Same (Hatology, 2005)
* Frogtoboggan -- "Loose Canon" -- (Anticlock, 2005)
Weird faux-classical stuff with a woodwind trio at its core, but a
brash and avant-garde sound. Operatic vocals grace some tracks, and
then there's this one, with a male spoken rant about "life forms" in a
regal but insane posture. Very cool. I love tossing stuff like this
into the mix.
* Modular Set -- "Out to Brunch" -- Beached on the Half Landing (Howells Transmitter, 2005)
* Modular Set -- "Tight Pool" -- Beached on the Half Landing (Howells Transmitter, 2005)
OK, so one of our own DJs is in this band. They're still legitimately
good and worthy of airplay. Instrumental stuff somewhere between
improv, free jazz, prog, and drone. The band members switch off on
guitar, keys, drums, and the occasional sax or violin or cornet. Lots
of guitar effects and pedals, also lots of loops. Overall effect is spacey
but rocking, even catchy, and very compelling. Played a couple tracks
to announce the CD release party, which is tomorrow night at
the Hotel Utah in San Francisco.
* Charming Hostess -- "What Will You Remember" -- Sarajevo Blues (Tzadik, 2004)
Sam Rivers, Adam Rudolph, Harris Eisenstadt -- "Capacious" -- Vista (Meta, 2004)
Michael Formanek -- "Diesel Shortbread" -- Am I Bothering You? (Screwgun, 1998)
Solo bass! But these are compositions, not just free improvs, which
helps with the attention-span factor. Nice stuff.
* 3 Quiet Men -- "A Volte Cullando...(absinth)" -- Trump'n'drum'n'bass (CMC, 2005)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
Emily Hay -- "Crooked Hopscotch" -- Like Minds (pfMentum, 2004)
Positive Knowledge featuring Oluyemi Thomas and Ijeoma Thomas -- "Secrets of Imperfection" -- Live in New York (Edgetone, 2003)
The Joel Futterman/Ike Levin Duo -- "Night Owl" -- The Present Gift (IML, now called Charles Lester Music, 2001)
Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet/sax) and Ike Levin (sax) are performing
a duo set on Oct. 13 at the Luggage Store Gallery, so I figured I'd play a
selection featuring each of them.
Fred Frith -- "Lelekovice" (String Quartet No. 1), Movements 4, 9, 8, and 5 -- Quartets (RecRec, 1995)
Selections from this piece will be performed at Mills College tonight by
Quartet San Francisco. Decided to have some fun here. The other selection
on this CD is an electric guitar quartet with movements intended to be
played in random order. So, I used random.org
to help me pick a random sequence of movements here. It worked surprisingly
well, starting with the spiky aggression of the 4th movement followed by the
smooth, gentle waves of the 9th movement -- following that classical
patter of fast/slow/fast. Probably should have ended it after the 8th
movement played, but oh well.
* Kahil El'Zabar Ritual Trio with Billy Bang -- "Big M" -- Live at the River East Art Center (Delmark, 2005)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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