Friday, October 13th, 2006
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
Skip down to the
bottom for my discovery of a wonderfully surprising Monk tribute
album from 1984.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Thelonious Monk/Sonny Rollins -- "Friday the 13th" -- Thelonoius Monk/Sonny Rollins (Prestige/Fantasy, 1992; orig. releasd 1955)
Oh, why the heck not. Friday the 13th only comes up a couple times
a year, right?
* Frank Gratkowski, Thomas Lehn, Melvyn Poore -- "Hot Cross Buns" -- Triskaidekaphonia (Leo Records, 2006)
Continuing the "13" theme, although I guess the album title would mean
"sounds of 13" rather than "fear of 13." Previously noted here.
* Robert Dick and Ursel Schlicht -- "Faust" -- Photosphere (Nemu, 2006)
* Paul Flaherty -- "Sweetly Danced in Times of Hurtful Pleasure" -- Whirl of Nothingness (Family Vineyard, 2006)
Charlambides -- "Voice for You" [excerpt] -- Joy Shapes (Kranky, 2004)
Drifting, slightly eerie/droney guitar chords and wordless female
vocals -- the usual stuff from Tom Carter
Carter. They've since broken up their marriage but are continuing to tour
together(?); they'll be playing in separate units next week at 21 Grand.
* Sound in Action Trio -- "Red Cross" -- Gate (Atavistic, 2006)
* Sex Mob -- "Martin Denny" -- Sexotica (Thirsty Ear, 2006)
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble -- "Mean Ameen" -- The Messenger (Delmark, 2006)
* Hot Club of Detroit -- "Belleville" -- Hot Club of Detroit (Mack Avenue, 2006)
Upbeat gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhart and of every other
Hot Club out there. Nicely done, though, with some plenty crazy soloing and
the usual trick of the occasional weird instrument; the chromatic button
accordion, in this case. There's also an 11-minute version of the Godfather
theme, which I'll pretty much have to drag out sometime.
*! Geraldo Pino and the Heartbeats -- "Let Them Talk" -- Rough Guide to West African Gold (World Music Network, 2006)
Taken from an anthology of West African pop spanning the '50s to the
'80s, really joyous stuff. Pino's was a James Brown-influenced funk band,
this track being a nicely midtempo funk groove with the group singing "Let 'em
talk" as the chorus. Very '70s funk sound. Originally comes from the album
Heavy Heavy Heavy, which, based on a quick scan of the Web, is
rereleased on a widely available CD.
* Ahmed Abdul-Malik -- "La Ibkey" -- Jazz Sounds of Africa (Prestige, 2006; orig. released 1962)
Previously noted here. This track
melds the "jazz" and "Africa" sides particularly well, setting up a normal
'60s jazz feel but with solos from instruments like the oud.
! Animal Liberation Orchestra -- "New Arrivals" -- SF2000 Time Capsule (Insiduous, 1999)
They're playing at the Fillmore tomorrow night, so what the heck. Fun
stuff that isn't too far removed from Hot Club of Detroit, actually. A quick-
paced rock song with fast acoustic guitar and mildly revolutionary lyrics
(wasn't able to listen closely enough to pick up the meaning).
* Tony Bianco -- "Monkey Dance" -- Monkey Dance (FMR, 2006)
* Myra Melford/Be Bread -- "Yellow Are Crowds of Flowers II" -- The Image of Your Body (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
* Bridge 61 -- "Atlas" -- Journal (Atavistic, 2006)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
Trilok Gurtu -- "Tillana" -- Crazy Saints (CMP, 1993)
A drummer and tabla player who's made a fine career out of doing the
"jazz + world" thing.
* Art Ensemble of Chicago -- "Erika" -- Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City (Pi Recordings, 2006)
Previously noted here. A good 19-
minute track featuring lots of horns and some poetry.
Miguel Barella & Giuseppi Lenti -- "Varias Horas Em Silencio" -- V/A: Loopers Delight (Marathon, 2005)
Mike Barman -- "Exclusive Reality" -- V/A: Loopers Delight (Marathon, 2005)
Petri Kuljuntausta -- "Momentum" -- V/A: Loopers Delight (Marathon, 2005)
Pleasant experimental-music tracks involving live looping. Played
these as the soundbed (and epilogue) to the Concert Calendar info I read at
5:30 every week. There was a Y2K6 Looping Festival among the listings
(Thursday Oct. 19, 2006, at the Luggage Store
Gallery), so I figured I'd do a looping backdrop.
John Zorn -- "Shuffle Boil" -- That's the Way I Like It: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk (A&M, 1984)
Oh my god, an incredible find in the vinyl section of our library. I
was going through the Monk albums, keying the stragglers into our database,
and stumbled across this one. It's a Hal Willner two-record set of Monk covers
by various artists -- and if you're familiar with Wilner, that means
various. Steve Lacy (avant-jazz hero and deep student of Monk's work),
NRBQ (cool rockers, with Terry Adams well established as a Monk devotee),
Peter Frampton, Joe Jackson, Todd Rundgren, Shockabilly, Was (Not Was) ...
what a cool mix. Had to play the Zorn track, which opens up with some
popping, smarmy "downtown" improv before moving into a quirky reading of the
song. I've only skimmed the album with a few needle drops, and of course not
every track looks that promising. This will be great fun to spin in weeks to
* Supermodel Supermodel -- "Stephanie Stephanie" -- Supermodel Supermodel (Emanem, 2006)
This track features Gino Robair doing his bowed-styrofoam noises, very cool
* = 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.