Friday, October 21st, 2005 ... 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Show ended an hour early due to a special on Daniel Pearl, the reporter
killed in Pakistan in 2002. Pearl was a Stanford student and even a
KZSU DJ, so we thought today (an official alumni reunion day) would be
a good time to invite his friends to talk on-air about him and spin
some music of his, too.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* The Claudia Quintet -- "Two Teachers" -- Semi-Formal (Cuneiform, 2005)
Nice artsy stuff, as with their previous albums, led by a cool
vibraphone and Chris Speed's wandering clarinet. This particular track
features an awesome, knotty solo on accordion by Ted Reichman.
* Harris Eisenstadt Quintet -- "Jumpin' In (Take 2)" -- Jabolu (CIMP, 2004)
Go-Go Fightmaster -- "Buffy Is Dead" -- Go-Go Fightmaster (ADBSound/Pax, 2003)
Fun track that features lots of angry, quasi-metal guitar. On my
review for the station I called it, "jazz meets Black Sabbath." Local
band with Aaron Bennett on sax, John Finkbeiner on guitar, Adam Lane
(since moved to NYC) on bass, and Vijay Anderson on drums. Really cool stuff.
* Jenny Scheinman -- "Moe Hawk" -- 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone, 2005)
Scheinman has become Bill Frisell's violinist since leaving the
Bay Area for New York, and this album seems to show a big Frisell
influence. It's got a lot of pastoral melodies to it, and I think the
"12 Songs" moniker refers to an emphasis on songwriting (the instrumental
kind, anyway) as opposed to using the composition as an improvising
vehicle, as jazz normally does. Nice stuff, a bit different ... and
Frisell is part of the band, too.
* Khan Jamal Quintet -- "Sonny's Back, Part 1 and Part 2" -- Black Awareness (CIMP, 2005)
* Modular Set -- "Clown Car" -- Beached on the Half Landing (Howells Transmitter, 2005)
A short bit comprising cute warbly noises. Thought it was a nice
punctuation mark to the swingy jazz of Khan Jamal's track.
* Fieldwork -- "Headlong" -- Simulated Progress (Pi Recordings, 2005)
* Ikue Mori -- "Possession" -- Myrninerest (Tzadik, 2005)
Wow -- a busy, flowery bustle of sounds.
* Andy Haas and Don Fiorino -- "Come Marching Home" -- Death Don't Have No Mercy (Resonant, 2005)
Sax and banjo, improvising in a sort-of-traditional-folk motif but
with weird electronics and distortion, making it a nice fit with
Ikue Mori. I've commented on this CD before; I really like what these
guys have done with, basically, perverting rootsy guitar music.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* James Finn -- "Stone Birds' Northward Helix" -- Opening the Gates (Cadence Jazz, 2005)
* M.O.B. Trio -- "Suspicion" -- Quite Live in Brooklyn (OmniTone, 2005)
* Greg Burk Trio -- "Look to the Neutrino" -- Nothing, Knowing (482 Music, 2005)
Cory Combs -- "Crossing Currents" -- Postcards from California (self-released, 2003)
* Avram Fefer and Michael Bisio -- "City Life/Tipping Point" -- Painting Breath, Stoking Fire (CIMP, 2005)
Nice sax/bass duets that get gutsy, energetic, and even raucous.
Which was a surprise -- you see the duet personnel on some of these
disks, and you expect carefully carved improvisations, quiet and studious.
(Well, I do, anyway.)
Marc Ducret -- "Lust" -- L'ombra di Verdi (Screwgun, 1999)
Graham Connah's Jettison Slinky -- "The Band Is Over but the T-Shirt Lives On" -- Because of Wayne/The Only Song We Know (Evander, 2001)
A swirly, rockin' piece -- like Osric Tentacles meets surf music? --
that I always thought would be great backdrop for sports highlights.
I hope Graham doesn't take that as an insult; I think his stuff is
fantastic and underexposed. Anyway, by this point in the show I was
sticking to longer and more accessible tracks (even the Marc Ducret,
relatively speaking) to keep the audience around for the Daniel Pearl
special and to give those folks time to set up, test the mics,
Steve Coleman and Five Elements -- "9 to 5" -- Resistance Is Futile (Label Bleu, 2002)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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