Friday, February 3rd, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
Compressed show due to Stanford baseball -- every show in February will
be that way. Finally got to air an interview with Ali Tabatabai of local
Operetta about their 3 Drops of Blood show.
It's been a
quarterly event, and Ali and I have missed crossing paths each of the
last two quarters, so you could say the interview was 6 months in the
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* MTKJ Quartet -- "Attack of the Eye People" -- Day of the Race (Nine Winds, 2005)
This one's got a nice fast start, with a confusing, spiky theme.
Great head-spinning jazz from an adventurous but overall accessible,
even swinging, SoCal group.
* The Vandermark 5 -- "That Was Now" -- The Color of Memory (Atavistic, 2005)
The opener for this 2-CD set. Combines lots of V5 elements: the
bright free-jazz feel, Vandermark's ability to overblow and squawk on
sax, and abstract, spacious experimenting. Kind of a schizo piece,
i love it. (And the following track is a solid straightforward
swingy one, showing they can do that too.)
Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet -- "Big Bottom" -- Agrippa's 3 Books (self-released, 2005)
The obvious "hit single" track, a cover of Spinal Tap. Yeah, I played
this last week as well, when we were previewing 3 Drops of Blood.
Its ear-catching ability is something you can't ignore when you're trying
to get folks' attention on the radio.
Nanos Operetta -- "Those Not in Our Circle Are Blind to Our Venture" -- demo EP (self-released, 2005)
These guys are fantastic, by the way. Finally got a chance to sit down
and listen to long sections of the CD -- they're not a schtick band, for
sure. They're adept and agile on the bass clarinets (a difficult
instrument, I'm told). We'll be adding this one to rotation soon.
* Hard Cell with Tim Berne -- "Brokelyn" -- Feign (Screwgun, 2005)
Still loving this one, which pairs Berne's herky-jerky composing with
an acoustic piano, a novel sound for him. Great group dynamic, as you'd
expect considering these guys have performed together for so long. This
track starts quiet and builds into a stormy, dark, tangly space -- really
* Wayne Peet Quartet -- "Five Doors" [excerpt] -- Wayne Peet Quartet (pfMentum, 2005)
* The Gift: Roy Campbell, William Hooker, Jason Hwang -- [untitled track 1; final 10 minutes] -- The Gift: Live at Sangha (Bmadish, 2005)
Played the closing section of this 60-minute improv. Not the most
fiery segment but still quite intriguing, as you hear the glowing embers
as things settle down... Campbell still throwing heat with his trumpet ...
Hooker tossing out subtle but insistent drum rolls.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Enrico Rava -- "Fantasm" -- Tati (ECM, 2005)
Interview with Ali Tabatabai of Nanos Operetta, part 1
Nanos Operetta -- "The Butcher" -- demo EP (self-released, 2005)
Interview with Ali Tabatabai of Nanos Operetta, part 2
Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet -- "Cause and Effect" -- Agrippa's 3 Books (Zeroth Law, 2005)
* Thollem McDonas -- "Ancient Futures" -- Solo Piano (Pax, 2005)
* Donald Harrison, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham -- "Harrisburg Address" -- New York Cool (Half Note, 2005)
Decent straightahead date with sax, bass, drums. I especially liked
Ron Carter's bass solos on tracks like this one, full of double-stops and
* Tim Crowther, Steve Franklin, Tony Marsh -- "Discomfort Zone" -- Amherst Dislodged (Slam, 2005)
* = 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.