Friday, August 4th, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
We'd pre-planned for me to go over the 6:00 point a bit, as the
next DJ was going to be in a bit late.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Syntopia Quartet -- "Newton Basin" -- Mars (Nemu, 2006)
Classical-sounding quartet, a European chamber jazz that's often
bouncy and inviting while being complex and quite out-there. Track titles
mostly come from features on the surface of Mars. Upbeat overall, with
some descents into quieter territory or thoughtful pauses as they really
get into the improv segments of each piece. Impressive stuff -- we've
gotten a few Nemu disks lately, and the label is making quite an
impression with me. We'll be playing much more from them in the
* Out of Context -- "Distance" -- 1" = 25 mi. (High Mayhem, 2005)
Interesting experimental piece with modern-classical/improv music and
spoken word, the latter taken from a book of the same title.
Big and ambitious, and also quite engaging. The final track is 10 minutes
of what sound like dozens of voices speaking, all blurring each other
out -- it's the sound of every word in the book, recited by multiple speakers.
* Martin Tetreault and Otomo Yoshihide -- "Grenoble No. 5 / Le 102 29.04.03" -- 4. Hmmm (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2006)
Fourth in a series of turntable duets -- not sampling, mind you, just
turntable sounds, with needles being scraped, plucked, blown on,
and sometimes run across non-vinyl-sounding surfaces. Cool stuff,
actually; I've commented on previous CDs in the series.
* Richard Carr, Mike Nord, Georg Hoffmann, Art Maddox -- "Por Fin" -- Biosphere (Leo Records, 2006)
What's neat about this fourth and final installment is the little
map they give you! See, these four CDs are culled from a series
of live shows in Europe, but the shows are split up -- each CD features
different bits from different shows. The map outlines each entire
show in the order it was really performed and tells you which of the
four CDs each piece is on. Hey, people like me enjoy geeking out on
stuff like that.
Not relevant, but: For another geeky map, check out Jean Derome's
Le Magasin de Tissu on Ambiances Magnetiques.
* The Choir Boys -- "Definitely Jack" -- With Strings (pfMentum, 2006)
Abstract improv in a swampy atmosphere with lots of gloopy electronics
and stacks of noisy guitar effects from G.E. Stinson (the "strings" of the CD's
title). Lots of action in mostly slow-moving contexts, with cavernous
scary sounds and murky sour tones. Great stuff for the noise crowd.
* AnteNata -- "Il Ilma" -- AnteNata (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2006)
* Martial Solal and Dave Douglas -- "34 Bar Blues" -- Rue de Seine (Cam Jazz, 2006)
* William Parker -- "In Case of Accident" -- Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (AUM Fidelity, 2006)
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* William Parker -- "El Puente Seco" -- Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (AUM Fidelity, 2006)
Two sides to this CD: "In Case of Accident" is
a 14-minute bass solo, hard-digging
and energetic arco work, recorded in San Francisco. Then, one of the
"Olmec Group" pieces, with touches of traditional Mexican sounds
accompanied by some crazy sax.
Michael Jefry Stevens -- "As I Was Saying" -- Aercine (Drimala, 2002)
Stevens on piano, with Herb Robertson (trumpet) and Mark Feldman
(violin) for some nicely exploratory and invigorating jazz pieces.
Wonderful stuff that wouldn't be out of place at a spot like
* Joelle Leandre with India Cooke, violin -- "Just Now One" -- At the Le Mans Jazz Festival (Leo Records,2006)
* Tunnels -- "Run By Time" -- Natural Selection (Buckyball, 2006)
* Gutbucket -- "Plague of the Legions" -- Sludge Test (Cantaloupe, 2006)
*! Sparks -- "Perfume" -- Hello Young Lovers (In the Red, 2006)
* Lucien Dubuis Trio -- "Gacor" -- Willisau Jazz Festival (self-released demo, 2005)
* Cooper-Moore -- "Ensemble 1, Take 1" -- Outtakes 1978 (Hopscotch, 2005; recorded 1978)
Steve Beresford -- "Angler" -- Fish of the Week (Scatter, 1996)
With violin, shakuhachi, and female voice alonside sax, drums and
Beresford's piano. A nice Euro-improv crew (John Butcher on sax, among
others) spinning a nice chamber-inflected piece as pat of a
commission for the Contemporary Improvised Music Festival in
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Steuart Liebig/The Mentones -- "Way High Lonesome" -- Nowhere Calling (pfMentum, 2006)
Nanos Operetta -- "4 Doors in a Dream of the Slaughterhouse" -- (untitled demo EP, 2005)
Nanos Operetta -- "Garden of Leaflessness" -- (untitled demo EP, 2005)
Played this one in honor of "3 Drops of Blood" Installment 10, the final
show in the series, which was being performed that coming weekend.
Charles Tolliver -- "Plight" -- V/A: The New Breed (Impulse, 1978; recorded 1965)
Anthony Coleman -- "By Night" -- Disco by Night (Avant, 1992)
* Actis Band -- "Noche De Fraga" -- Allende (Leo Records, 2006)
* Industrial Jazz Group -- "Bandoleero, Part One" -- Industrial Jazz a Go-Go (Evander, 2006)
-- 6:00 p.m. --
* Industrial Jazz Group -- "Bandoleero, Part Two" -- Industrial Jazz a Go-Go (Evander, 2006)
A southern-California collective, about 12 or 15 people depending on
who's available. Led by composer Andrew Durkin, who has no jazz background
per se and didn't listen to the stuff until later in life, but who's managed
to crank out a few kick-ass jazz albums with this group. The writing
is a fresh take on jazz ideas, with some rock and classical elements. For
this album, Durkin throws lots of curves, with most tracks careening through
multiple mood changes and styles, including doo-wop piano, New Orleans
horns, plenty of Latin influences, and lots of blazing free-jazzy solos
from various group members.
* Rahsaan Roland Kirk -- "Blue Trane" -- Brotherman in the Fatherland (Hyena, 2006; recorded 1972)
* = 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.