Friday, March 9th, 2007
... 3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Nels Cline -- "Yokada Yokada/The Rumproller" -- New Monestary (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
A tribute to Andrew Hill, playing his music in new arrangements
by Nels. He's assembled a crack team to do it, with some unusual
voicings: Andrea Parkins' accordion and Ben Goldberg's clarinet,
for starters. No piano! The result is a joyful and original sound,
with Hill's familiar composing style popping up quite often, of course.
You can tell they had a lot of fun making the record, and it does come
across as a richly original piece of work, not just a covers album.
* The Miyumi Project -- "Episode One" [excerpt] -- re:Rooted (Southport, 2006)
Latest installment of bassist Tatsu Aoki's project combining
Japanese music with jazz ideas. This one starts with slow sparse drums,
building up into a full-on jazz combo with some really nice woodwind
and violin solos. The band includes Jeff Chan and Francis Wong, two
(ex?) Bay Area jazzsters that I've lost track of; I'm pretty sure
Jeff moved to Chicago. Nice stuff, in any event.
* Dave Burrell -- "Downfall" -- Momentum (High Two, 2006)
* Hans Tammen, Alfred 23 Harth, Chris Dahlgren, Jay Rosen -- "A Long Trip by Water" -- Expedition (ESP-Disk, 2006)
A jazz improv quartet led by sax and guitar, with occasional electronics.
Abrasive, clangy stuff much of the time, with a good fresh sound although
I'm not always buying into the electronics segments, but overall it's
a great session with a dark world overlook and a sometimes bitter taste.
* Rich West -- "Detritus or Treasure" -- Heavenly Breakfast (pfMentum, 2006)
Previously noted here. This track
gets into some hard-driving grooves on the electric piano, but there's
lots of cool artsy playing beforehand. Nice multiphased piece.
Mat Maneri -- "Inslut" -- Pentagon (Thirsty Ear, 2005)
This one-minute track (and I'm spelling the name exactly like it is
on the CD) is like a blast of electronica: A dry, snapping, fast beat
coupled with aggressive sounds. Elsewhere, the album has a more rambling
quality, with Maneri and others floating through clouds of dark and
* The Microscopic Septet -- "Kelly Grows Up" -- (Cuneiform, 2006; orig. released c.1990?)
* Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis And Roscoe Mitchell -- "Dramaturns" [excerpt] -- Streaming (Pi Recordings, 2006)
* Andrew Lamb -- "Katrina's Path" -- New Orleans Suite (Engine Studios, 2006)
Previously noted here. A 13-minute
trio piece that operates in a kind of controlled fury.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Andrew Lamb -- "Katrina's Path" [conclusion] -- New Orleans Suite (Engine Studios, 2006)
* Brian Groder and the Sam Rivers Trio -- "Diverging Orbits" -- Torque (Latham, 2006)
* Pierre Cartier -- "Plus Belle Que Les Larmes" -- Chansons de la Belle Esperance (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2006)
Marion Brown Quartet -- "Fortunato" -- La Placita: Live in Willisau (Muse, 1979)
Played on glorious vinyl. With Brandon Ross on guitar, this isn't
a very "outside" sounding date but it's got some laid-back yet robust
tracks. Good stuff. Marion Brown was on my mind this past week after I
heard a long track from his rare
record played on last.fm.
So, I grabbed this from the library, but it turned out to be in mediocre
shape -- little scrapes of static kept showing up. Should have cleaned the
record first. I was glad to give it some air time anyway, and I hope
no one found it too excruciating.
* Ellery Eskelin -- "48 A & B" -- Quiet Music (Prime Source, 2006)
* Mark Helias/Open Loose -- "Subway" -- Atomic Clock (Radio Legs, 2006)
* Aaron Irwin Group -- "All the Things You Are" -- Into the Light (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006)
Straightforward jazz, with some comfortably dealt standards and some
originals. DJ Fo notes
that during the solos, the sense of time frees up and melts a bit,
creating something a little different from your usual standards
readings (whether that's good or bad is up to you).
* = 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.