Friday, May 19th, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
I don't often give away tickets on the show -- it's one more complication
in what's often an already stressful afternoon, and much of the music
in question doesn't jibe well with my show, even given the wide
parameters I set for myself (I'll spin bluegrass occasionally, for example,
but I can't do it every week; the gimmick would get old).
Really, we're supposed to do one giveaway per show, so it's a bit
irresponsible of me.
Anyway, had two opportunities to give tix for shows I really
care about: William Parker, making a rare west-coast appearance
at Yoshi's with his
quartet, and John
William Gordon, local guitarist playing at the
this coming Sunday, the 21st.
The giveaways, though, add just enough extra work to make it difficult
for me to type this playlist (plus comments) in real time; hence, the
typing here didn't get done til July. That's why a couple of CDs say
"Further discussion here" instead of "previously noted" -- they're
linked to a future playlist, completed before this one, where I bothered
to type in some commentary.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Dave Douglas -- "Tim Bits" -- Meaning and Mystery (Greenleaf, 2006)
Another album deeply inspired by Miles Davis' electric period, with
Fender Rhodes piano all over (played by Uri Caine) and an overall
warmness. Nice stuff. Maybe a bit too relaxed; DJ Ben says it's
"'pleasant' rather than 'exciting,'" and I think he's got a point.
It's a good listen nonetheless, and of course it's great seeing
Douglas continue with this Greenleaf label.
William Parker -- "Purple" -- O'Neal's Porch (Centering, 2000; later
rereleased on (AUM Fidelity)
Which reminds me.
I should try to drag out that
Kneebody CD from a year or so back;
that was a really interesting one.
Bassist William Parker is a fixture of the NYC free-jazz scene.
He's part of the downtown jazz generation that came up in the '80s,
playing with folks like Ellen Christi and later joining other young
out-jazz guys like Matthew Shipp. He made his name in the early '90s
doing sideman work for just about everybody... David S. Ware comes
to mind, but Parker was really all over the place. After I got to KZSU
in 1998, it seemed like every week we'd get a new CD with
William Parker somewhere on it.
* Edsel Gomez -- "Ladybug" -- Cubist Music (Zoho, 2006)
William Parker Quartet -- "Groove" -- Sound Unity (AUM Fidelity, 2005)
During all that time, Parker was composing and writing poetry, and he's
put out an amazing body of work. Even early on he dabbled in
modern-classical kinds of forms (coincidentally, I recently aired
some of that) and built up a big-band, the Little Huey Creative
Music Orchestra, that performs excellent large-canvas pieces
richly steeped in the jazz experience. Sadly, the economics of jazz
means Little Huey can't convene all that often.
Anyway, Parker also has been putting out quartet CDs occasionally,
with some of his most accessible work. I don't mean that like a
backhanded complement; it's good stuff, recalling what was initially
called "free jazz" in the '60s, the Ornette Coleman kinds of stuff
that sounds so normal today. This CD and the Sound Unity
disk, below, are representative of that. Great stuff.
* Ellen Burr -- "Senbazuru" -- Duos (pfMentum, 2006)
Arguably classical, these are pieces performed with graphical scores
and John Cage-like instructions that include some randomness. Burr plays
flute on all tracks (solo on two of the seven pieces), teaming up with
other woodwinds, or drums, or bass, and usually coming out with an
unavoidably abstract-jazz sound.
This track pairs her with prepared bass -- that is, a bass with (probably)
wood blocks/sticks in the strings, tapped for a percussive sound.
Very cool. Other tracks get into more intellectual, modern-classical
territory, a bit more cerebral. Nice listening all around.
* Calvin Keys -- "Proceed with Caution '06" -- Vertical Clearance (Wide Hive, 2006)
* Zimbabwe Nkenya -- "Africa in Effect" -- Zimbabwe Nkenya and the New Jazz (High Mayhem, 2006)
* Andy McWain, Albey Balgochian, Laurence Cook -- "The Window of Views" -- Vigil (Fuller Street, 2006)
* John William Gordon -- "Distillery" -- John William Gordon (self-released, 2005)
* Peter Brotzmann and Han Bennik -- "Nr. 11" -- Schwarzwaldfahrt (Atavistic, 2006; orig. released 1977)
* Steve Dalchinksy and Matthew Shipp -- "Trust Fund Babies (Excerpt #1)" -- Phenomena of Interference (Hopscotch, 2005)
* John William Gordon -- "Belly's Bounce" -- John William Gordon (self-released, 2005)
* Lucien Dubuis Trio -- "Bouillie de Carottes" -- Tovorak (Tovorak, 2006)
* Dom Minasi -- "The Seduction" -- The Vampire's Revenge (CDM, 2006)
*! Al Perry -- "Devils Again" -- V/A: 8. Bombardiranje New Yorka (Slusaj Najglasnije!, 2006)
One of those gold nuggets that just shows up on the doorstep one
day, this is the latest in a series of compilations coming to us from a
guy in Croatia. There's some Croatian rock on each disk, but also U.S.
artists -- Perry is from Tuscon, Ariz., the home of our former music
director, who's become one of the champions of these compilations.
"Strong undercurrent of swamp blues low fi rock," he notes on his
review written for the station.
* = 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.