Friday, January 20th, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* The Vandermark 5 -- "Burn Nostalgia" -- The Color of Memory (Atavistic, 2005)
Excellent 2-CD set from saxophonist Ken Vandermark's centerpiece
project. The CD reflects his musical directions: Some nods to '50s
cool jazz, some bright, accessible pieces in the early "free jazz"
kind of mode, and some deep-digging experimental tracks. Cool stuff.
* Andrew Bishop -- "Cleaver's Loops" -- Time and Imaginary Time (Envoi, 2005)
The band has another release out -- a TWELVE-CD box set documenting a
two-week stay at a club in Poland. Sounds very intriguing (but
* Baptiste Trotignon and David El-Malek -- "Nir-hein" -- V/A: French Jazz Essentials (Bureau Export de la Musique Francaise, 2005)
A straight-jazz piece from this compilation of modern French
artists. This one's got a fast, breezy sound, kind of mellow.
* James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Ali Jackson, Reginald Veal -- "My First Mine" -- Gold Sounds (Brown Brothers, 2005)
Another track from the set of jazzy Pavement covers. This one's fun.
They start with a bluesy New Orleans upbeat sound. Halfway through they
shift into this NOLA stomp mode with lots of musical goofing around.
Great stuff with James Carter (sax) throwing in all kinds of tricks.
David S. Ware -- "East Broadway Run Down" -- Third Ear Recitation (Disk Union, 1993)
From Ware's quartet with Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker
(bass), and Whit Dickey (drums). Fast and scrabbly, like you'd
expect, with a killer high-voltage piano solo out of Shipp.
* MTKJ Quartet -- "Swim Swim Swim, Eat Eat Eat" -- Day of the Race (Nine Winds, 2005)
Bheki Mseleku -- "C-Ton (Planet Earth)" -- Timelessness (Verve, 1994)
Yet again, a nice discovery while digging through the KZSU library.
Mseleku is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and quite a good one;
Verve brought in guests like Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, and
Pharoah Snaders to help him out on various tracks. This particular one
features some agile flute, nicely textured. Great straight jazz;
now I'm going to have to surf around and see if Mseleku is still
out there making music.
* Tim Crowther, Steve Franklin, Tony Marsh -- "Discomfort Zone" -- Amherst Dislodged (Slam Productions, 2005)
* Agusti Fernandez and Mats Gustafsson -- "Critical Mass 3" -- Critical Mass (Psi, 2005)
* Garage a Trois -- "Etienne" -- Outre Mer [soundtrack] (Telarc, 2005)
* Wayne Peet Quartet -- "Five Swirls" [excerpt] -- Wayne Peet Quartet (pfMentum, 2005)
I classified this as "jazz" for the station, but it's really
psych-guitar jamming that gets into untethered noisy improv in spaces.
No wonder -- Nels Cline is on here, as is G.E. Stinson, a lesser-known
but equally out-there guitarist. Peet plays organ, lending a surfy
psych sound to the whole thing. This particular track starts out
with a choppy, almost funky sound fronted by noisy guitars; I played
that segment but left out the longer, buzzy, spacey segment that makes
up most of the track. Cheap, I know; I'll play the whole thing another
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Jeremy Pelt -- "Scorpio" -- Identity (MaxJazz, 2005)
Mostly mellow straight album from trumpeter Pelt. This track really
stands out, though -- 11 minutes backed by a cool bass riff, led by swirly
electronics coloring the flugelhorn solo. Electric piano as well, for
those inescapable '70s-Miles comparisons. Things get less adventurous
elsewhere on the CD, but it's all good stuff.
* On Ensemble -- "Zeecha" -- Dust and Sand (self-released, 2005)
Agile drums in an almost African beat -- very different for a group
that's centered on Japanese taiko drumming. This whole CD is like
that -- lots of unexpected elements. Very cool.
* The Gift (William Hooker, Jason Hwang, Roy Campbell) -- "The Gift" [excerpt] -- The Gift Bmadish, 2005)
Another spin for this hour-long track (technically untitled, I guess).
Picked a middle excerpt that starts soft, with the only few minutes of
Campbell's flute playing. It shifts suddenly with a breakneck drum
solo from Hooker that dives into sparks-flying trumpet from Campbell
and pedal-effects violin from Hwang, sounding a lot like a jamming
Patrick Cress' Telepathy -- "Assumptionists" -- Meditation, Realization (Odd Shaped Case, 2005)
A slower one this time, from this really nice local CD. Lots of
free-jazz ideas and Klezmer scales on the disk in general.
* Thollem McDonas -- "Through Confusion Comes Understanding" -- Solo Piano (Pax, 2005)
Eliane Radigue -- "Kyema, Intermediate States" [excerpt] -- Kyema, Intermediate States (Xi, 1991)
Eliane Radigue -- "Koume" -- Trilogie de la Mort (Xi, 1998)
Long, subtle electronics drones from a pioneer of the art form.
Played these to note Radigue's first acoustic composition, "Naldjorlak,"
a 65-minute piece for solo cello. Charles Curtis will be performing it
tomorrow night at Mills
College in Oakland.
-- 5:00 p.m. --
Charles Curtis -- [track "A," featuring cello, and track "C,"
sine-wave drones, played simultaneously -- excerpt] -- Ultra White Violet Light/Sleep (Squealer, 2000)
Speak of the devil. This is a 2-CD set, two tracks on each CD.
The four tracks combine to form one piece, and the idea is that YOU
decide which tracks to play, creating your own sound sculpture.
Fun idea, although I think this is the first time I actually
tried it on-air.
* Antoine Berthiaume, Quentin SirJacq, Norman Teale -- "Kawaidski" -- Leaves and Snows (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2005)
A variety of experiments with guitar, piano, electronics, and
percussion. This particular track is a short, catchy one, with a
beat (!) driven by guitar. "Reminiscent of Rod Poole's just-intonation
playing," according to new KZSU DJ Ben W.
* Alexander von Schlippenbach, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Tony Bianco -- "Leviathan" [excerpt] -- Vesuvius (Slam Productions, 2005)
A nice grumbly excerpt, starting low-key and blossoming into
fierce sax/piano playing. Then it quiets down for a calmer phase -- and
did so just in time for the KZSU Concert Calendar, which I was due to
read over the air at 5:30. Kismet.
Modular Set -- "Tight Pool" -- Beached on the Half Landing (Howells Transmitter, 2005)
Cool spacey-rock band that includes KZSU's own Baud of Euphony.
They're playing Sunday night, Jan. 22, at The Make-Out Room in
San Francisco -- a show that will include a composition the band
did for the late Derek Bailey.
Derek Bailey -- "Let's Hope We're All in the Right Place" -- Lace (Emanem, 1996; recorded 1989)
A Bailey guitar solo that gets unusually melodic and rhythmic in
some of the early parts. Well, relatively so, anyway.
* Kevin Bujo Jones -- "New Nation" -- Tenth World (Motema, 2005)
* Gregg August -- "Melody in Black and Grey" -- Late August (Iacuessa, 2005)
Contemporary big-band stuff ... except the band is only eight or
nine people, so I don't think you can officially call it a big band.
Some nice composing and tight energy, with a Latin lilt to many of the
pieces. And the requisite big loud horns, of course. Nice.
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
-- Go back to Memory Select playlists.
-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.