Friday, June 23rd, 2006 ... 3:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM

Returning after a week in Hawaii: Eight days without touching a computer. Everybody needs to do that once in a while (seriously).

Can't say I got a lot of avant-jazz discoveries out of Kauai, not that I expected any. I did encounter Denny Rouse, an old jazz cat who's played with the likes of Stevie Wonder but also has real bebop credentials from Art Blakey's band. He plays solo Sunday shows at the Smalltown Coffee in Kapa'a, soloing against a CD recording of piano/bass/drums. He's good, and he tosses out some interesting ideas in his solos. Overcharges for his CDs too, but you know ... jazz is a hard way to make a living, and jazz on Kauai, where housing costs are through the roof for exactly the same reasons as Silicon Valley's, has got to be even harder. So, I just went with it; if Denny can get away with sticking it to tourists, good for him. (Note to musicians: I'll be a lot less mellow about this now that I'm off the island!)


Steve Coleman and Five Elements -- "Alt-Shift-Return" -- The Tao of Mad Phat Fringe Zones (Novus, 1993)

* Charlie Hunter Trio -- "Swamba Redux" -- Copperopolis (Ropeadope, 2006)

* Cooper-Moore -- "Duo Take 11" -- Outtakes 1978 (Hopscotch, 2005) * Gianluca Petrella -- "The Middleman" -- Indigo4 (Blue Note, 2005) * Ben Goldberg Quintet -- "I Before E Before I" -- The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact (Cryptogramophone, 2006) * Grismore/Scea Group -- "Cletus N'gugu" -- Well Behaved Fish (Accurate, 2006) * Roland Ramanan -- "Bloom's Blues" -- Caesura (Emanem, 2006) Previously noted here. This 10-minute track opens the album with a deliciously slow, groany cello line, eventually building into faster, hardier improv.
-- 4:00 p.m. --

* Bernie Maupin Ensemble -- "Walter Bishop Jr." -- Penumbra (Cryptogramophone, 2006)

* Cory Combs Trio -- "Money in Your Pocket and a Room with a View" -- Valencia(Evander, 2006) * Roy Nathanson -- "The Inflated Tear" -- Sotto Voce (AUM Fidelity, 2006) * Liberty Ellman -- "Pretty Words, Like Blades" -- Ophiuchus Butterfly (Pi Recordings, 2006) * Paraphrase (Tim Berne, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey) -- "Trading on All Fours" -- Pre-Emptive Denial (Screwgun, 2005)
-- 5:00 p.m. --

* William Parker -- "Codex" -- Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (AUM Fidelity, 2006)

* Daniel Carter and Ravi Padmanabha -- "Vasana" -- Nivesana (Epoch, 2006) * Phillip Greenlief -- "School" -- Seared Circuit Incident (Evander, 2006) * Gebhard Ullmann, Chris Dahlgren, Jay Rosen -- "Calling Mr. Waits, No. 1" -- Cut It Out (Leo Records, 2006) Mats Morgan Band -- "Alive in Enskede" -- Thanks for Flying with Us (Cuneiform, 2005)

Aaly Trio -- "Why I Don't Go Back" -- Stumble (Wobbly Rail, 1998)

Jeb Bishop -- "i." [untitled track 9] -- 98 Duets (Wobbly Rail, 1998)

* Christian McBride -- "Out Jam/Via Mwandishi/Mwandishi Outcome Jam" -- Live at Tonic (Ropeadope, 2006)

* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library

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