Friday, August 25th, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Gutbucket -- "Money Management for a Better Life" -- Sludge Test (Cantaloupe, 2006)
* John Brumit -- "Good Life" [excerpt] -- Vendetta Retreat (Edgetone, 2006)
Wonderful, long track; played just the first 12 minutes (saving the
last 10). Chiming guitars and repeated loops of fuzzed-out sound;
definitely in the "noise" camp but with a pleasant and even friendly
vibe, a tad puffy and melodic, you could say.
* Out of Context -- "Confidence" -- 1" = 25 Mi. (High Mayhem, 2006)
* Joelle Leandre -- "Just Now Six" -- At the Le Mans Jazz Festival (Leo Records, 2006)
With a quartet including Paul Lovens (percussion), Sebi Tramontana
(trombone), Carlos Zingaro (violin), and Leandre (bass). A very nice
group improv, keeping a dark, gloomy, but active voice.
* Tunnels -- "The 11th Hour" -- Natural Selection (Buckyball, 2006)
* Troglodytes -- "Speck" -- Ria (Floating Opera, 2006)
Glenn Horiuchi -- "Terminal Island Sweep" -- Kenzo's Vision (Asian Improv, 1995)
From free-jazz pianist Horiuchi, a very Asian-grounded track featuring
instruments. Includes Francis Wong,
the saxophonist, on ehru, and Horiuchi playing the shamisen;
also William Roper on tuba and some percussion and Jeanette Wrate on
percussion. Great stuff that develops into an interesting groove.
I never saw Horiuchi play live; sadly, he passed away shortly after I started
getting into the avant-jazz stuff.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Syntopia Quartet -- "Goodbye Earth" -- Mars (Nemu, 2006)
* Achim Kaufman, Michael Moore, Dylan van der Schyf -- "Roadside" -- Kamosc (Red Toucan, 2006)
Nicely played European out-jazz, with piano, clarinet, and drums,
respectively (although Moore tackles the melodica on this particular
track). Has that chamber-jazzy sound that most European ensembles
do. Nice stuff, heavy amounts of improvisation, but some recognizably
composed bits as well.
* Collectif Inaudible -- "Aigue-Marine" -- Cardo (Emanem, 2006)
This one's got lots of slow, ambient gongs and some faint analog synth
howls, very ghostly.
* Actis Band -- "Bolivar" -- Allende (Leo Records, 2006)
* The Industrial Jazz Group -- "The Truth and the Abstract Blues" -- Industrial Jazz a Go-Go (Evander, 2006)
* Lucien Dubuis Trio -- "Insomnie" -- Willisau Jazz Festival [live CD] (self-released, 2006)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Ben Monder -- "Oceana" -- Oceana (Sunnyside, 2006)
* Martial Solal and Dave Douglas -- "July Shower" -- Rue de Seine (Cam Jazz, 2006)
* Donal O'Connor and John McSherry -- "Rose in the Gap" -- Tripswitch (Compass, 2006)
Celtic music, very traditional stuff, led by fiddle (O'Connor) and
uilleann pipes (McSherry). This track is a medley of three dances.
I kept expecting the Fairport Convention guys to suddenly break
Lonnie Smith -- "Layin' in the Cut" -- Move Your Hand (Blue Note, 1969)
* Ed Palermo Big Band -- "Pound for a Brown on the Bus" -- Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Cuneiform, 2006)
Big-band arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, not unlike the large band
Zappa toured with during the late '80s. Awesome, fun stuff, with lots of
prog/fusiony moments, earnest soloing, and plenty of danceable moments.
Instrumental, except for "Mom and Dad/Oh No," which brings some downer moments
in near the end of the album (it's actually kind of refreshing by that
* Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble -- "The Messenger" -- The Messenger (Delmark, 2006)
This one would go on to collect six airplays in its first
week in rotation -- that's huge, enough for a top 10 overall ranking.
Lots of Zappa fans hanging around here.
* = 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.