Friday, July 6th, 2007 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM

Very glad to have gotten to see William Hooker last night at the Hemlock Tavern, playing in trio with Oluyemi Thomas and Damon Smith. It's the first of what Hooker apparently intends to be annual concerts out here, and he hinted at the end of his show that he wants next year's to be more of an orchestra-sized event. He's serious -- unlike many east-coast musicians who come out here, Hooker had no other string of shows lined up, nor a festival nearby that he was playing at. He came out here for this one show.

Around 40 people came out to see him -- great crowd that packed the Hemlock's music room. The crowd was stock still during the music, too -- a single 40-minute set, uninterrupted, that used a Hooker poem called "Subway" as its base. "I'm so glad that there are people in the Bay that are listening to the tones of silence," he said by way of thanks after the set. Hooker has a lot of stage presence; he can truly command a room and pull off the poetry-jazz thing.

Weasel Walter opened the set, with Liz Allbee and Aram Shelton on trumpet and sax, respectively -- a nice set of mostly improv stuff, although there were stands and sheet music present. A very fitting supporting act.

Elsewhere... today is of course one day off from the mystical 7/7/07. My good luck that put me on-air on 9/9/99 has run out, probably in revenge for my not thinking to play "Revolution 9" at 9:09 p.m. on that date. (Yes, I could have known years in advance that 7/7/07 was a Saturday. Just let me dwell in my numermanic hallucinations, OK?) To find a 7/8 tune to commemorate the day would be just too damn easy, I thought to myself; a 7/8 set or an all-7/8 show would be appropriate. I went for the set. A full show would be prog-heavy and just too damned annoying.

To pay proper tribute to the date, I started that set with a song in a pattern of 7 then 6, for a total of 13/8 or 13/4, depending on who's counting. I know of at least three such songs, only one of which was suitable for the show. Another is Marillion's "Lord of the Backstage," which is just plain embarrassing except in the context of our Prog Mountain shows. And "Turn It On Again" didn't even get consideration -- pul-leeze.

IIRC, the closing track of Chris Squire's Fish out of Water has a slow 7/4 + 6/4 pattern to it, but it's big and orchestral and again, just too much. (That's a great album though; a real find for any Yes-minded prog head.)

As a crowning touch, I wanted to spin that old "Multiplication Rock" tune, because I didn't trust the 7/7 DJs to think to do that. And if they do, well, so much the better. Anyway, the results are below.

Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.

Andrew Bishop -- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" -- "Hank Williams Project" (Envoi, 2006)

? William Hooker and Sabir Mateen -- "Acts of Worth"/"Hermitage" -- Dharma (KMB Jazz, 2007)

? Weasel Walter Quartet -- "We Have Revolted" -- Revolt Music (ugEXPLODE, 2006)

* Flatlands Collective -- "Five to Twelve" -- Gnomade (Skycap, 2007)

*! The Court and Spark -- "We Were All Uptown Rulers" -- Hearts (Absolutely Kosher, 2006) * Taylor Ho Bynum -- "mm(pf)" -- The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12, 2007)

* Jeremiah Cymerman -- "Down in the Cellar" -- Big Exploitation (Solponticello, 2006)

-- 4:00 p.m. --

Eddie the Rat -- "Once Around the Butterfly Bush" -- Once Around the Butterfly Bush (Edgetone, 2006)

* Zero Point -- "Improv 2" -- Plays Albert Ayler (Ayler, 2007)

* Scott Dubois Quintet -- "Inevitable" -- Tempest (Soul Note, 2006) *! Native Flute Ensemble -- "Calling the Spirits" -- Spirit Wind: Native American Flute (Arc, 2007) Melt Banana -- "Pierced Eye" -- Squeak Squeak Creak (Charnal House, 1994)

* William Parker and Hamid Drake -- "Anaya Dancing" -- Summer Snow (AUM Fidelity, 2007)

* Firecracker Jazz Band -- "Firecrackers Rule" -- Explode (Euphonian, 2007) * Michael Dessen -- "Not Minutes, but Breaths" -- Lineal (Circumvention, 2006)

Here's that goofy "sevens" set ...

Bill Bruford's Earthworks -- "My Heart Declares a Holiday" -- Bill Bruford's Earthworks (E.G., 1987)

Steuart Liebig -- "Lightning Bug" -- Locustland (pfMentum, 2004) Virginia Mayhew -- "Sandan Shuffle" -- Sandan Shuffle (Remma, 2006)
-- 5:00 p.m. --

Schoolhouse Rock -- "Lucky Seven Sampson" -- Schoolhouse Rock (Kid Rhino, 1996; orig "released" 1973)

* The Nels Cline Singers -- "Confection" -- Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone, 2007)

* The Mighty Vitamins -- "Get a Good Job" -- Take-Out (Public Eyesore, 2006) * Stephen Riley -- "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" -- Easy to Remember (SteepleChase, 2007)

Beth Custer -- "The General of Godeus" -- Bernal Heights Suite (BC, 2006)

* Dan Loomis Group -- "For Harry Carney" -- I Love Paris (Jazz Excursion, 2007 * David Sanford and the Pittsburgh Collective -- "V-Reel" -- Live at the Knitting Factory (Oxingale, 2007)

Tim Berne's Science Friction -- "Van Gundy's Retreat" -- The Sublime And (Thirsty Ear, 2003)

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

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