Friday, September 14th, 2007
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* David S. Ware -- "Renunciation Suite II" -- Renunciation (AUM Fidelity, 2007)
Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian -- "Mars" -- Interstellar Space Revisited (Atavistic, 1999)
A guitar-and-drums retelling of the Coltrane/Ali classic. Great
furious stuff in this opening track. Some inside baseball: Mike had had to fill in for the early part of my show, as the sports event ended surprisingly
early. He had the David S. Ware track already running, and was prepared to
spin this track next.
* Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet -- "Inner Constellation" [tracks 11-15] -- Inner Constellation, Volume One (Nemu, 2007)
The bulk of this one is made up of a 47-minute suite, the title track,
split into 27 tracks on the CD for convenience. Those littler tracks
can be as short as 30 seconds long, and they all have names. I took
tracks 11-15; titles listed above. The title apparently comes from the
drawing of constellations in a six-octave tone field -- an experimental
take on composition and improvising, I suppose.
It's a great swirling attack of a piece, with Eisenbeil's guitar crossing
angular paths with violin, saxophone and trumpet. The pragmatic reason for
the large number of subdivisions is that the piece's mood changes that
quickly (although, to be fair, the same could be said for most improv
sessions). Big, ambitious stuff, and it'll be great to hear Volume 2.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* New Ghost -- "C.T. (What I'm Saying!)" -- Live Upstairs at Nick's (ESP, 2006; recorded 1998)
* Paul Steinbeck -- "Elevated" -- Sun Set (Engine Studios, 2007)
A quartet that included Malachi Thomspon on trumpet and Steinbeck
on the bass, steeped in free bop but not too intense. Touches of New
oRleans flavor throughout. Vibraphone adds a different sound. Accessible
stuff, nicely done.
* Muhal Richard Abrams -- "Part 2" [excerpt] -- Vision Towards Essence (Pi Recordings, 2007)
Towering solo piano performance, with the big thundering sound that
Abrams used on the recent trio album with George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell.
(Noted here.) The second segment of
three is the "quieter" one, in a lingering-doom kind of way, although it
gets into plenty of fiery passages. Splinters of classical, jazz, "other,"
throughout. Great stuff, recorded in 1998; big ups to the Pi folks for
continuing to document this music.
* Ariel Shibolet, Aurora Josephson, Jen Baker, Scott Looney, Damon Smith -- "Number 12" -- Untitled (1959) (Balance Point Acoustics, 2007)
* Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel -- "In Circulation" -- Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel (Edgetone, 2007)
* Cordame -- "Pastis a Bic" -- Cordame (Malajarto, 2006)
From the Dame/ActuelleCD collective in Quebec that brings us the
Magnetiques discs. This one's got a classical air -- or, I should say,
jazz as played by classical musicians. It's a string trio: violin, cello,
bass, in a variety of moods, very elegant yet with enough degrees (and spirit)
of freedom to stay interesting.
Medeski, Schofield, Martin & Wood -- "Cachaca" -- Out Louder (Indirecto, 2006)
I'll admit it; MMW kind of bore me. Adding John Schofield helps a
little, but only a little. Still, this is a noteworthy project and a
listenable CD, using the same recipe of funk beats, jamming attitudes, and
the occasional seconds-long freak-out that gets them miscast
in the avant-garde bin. Good enough for airplay, though, and since they're
playing at the Warfield a week from now, it was a timely spin to give.
* Lafayette Gilchrest -- "In Depth" -- 3 (Hyena, 2007)
Previously noted here. Comes
across sounding like Medeski, when you play them side-by-side, but Lafayette
has a thicker, heavyhanded pulse to his playing that works so well.
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Amanda Monaco 4 -- "Resolution Lift" -- Intention (Innova, 2007)
* Sainkho Namchylak -- "Initiation Trio, Part 1" -- Nomad (Leo Records, 2007; orig. released 1994)
Previously noted here. This
one's a grand, avant-garde piece pairing Namchylak's vocalizing with
some tough drumming and bass from then-Soviet musicians from Leo's stable.
(No, not literally.)
* Pierre-Yves Martel -- "Cages" -- Engagement and Confrontation (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2006)
Chamber music played in extended-technique blips and snips. Compelling
David Slusser -- "Twilight Erie" -- Rubber City (Breath Ears, 2001)
Rubber City is the jazz quartet Slusser put together with Ralph Carney. Both
are from Akron, Ohio -- hence the tire/rubber theme in the album titles. I'd
mentioned their stuff recently, here.
Trouble in Tiretown is their newest release, and they were doing a show
to promote it, so I took the time to give it a spin.
David Slusser/Rubber City -- "Jazzdeath" -- Trouble in Tiretown (Jazz Excursion, 2007)
Started with this track, though ... I'd downloaded Tiretown (legally,
from eMusic) and burned it to CD using
Nero, which unfortunately is the only program that's willing to recognize my
CD burner. Sadly, Nero burned the tracks in what appeared to be a random
sequence. I had to take a minute to figure out which track was which, and
played this one to stall for time. My early impressions of Nero are not
David Slusser/Rubber City -- "Down in the Mine" -- Trouble in Tiretown (Jazz Excursion, 2007)
"Jazzdeath" is the album's opener, a light-footed little sprint of a
song. It's catchy -- not Naked City-ish as the title might imply -- and a
good intro to what these guys do.
David Slusser -- "Howard Street" -- Rubber City (Breath Ears, 2001)
"Down in the Mine" brings in some of the folky/Americana themes the band
sometimes uses, showing some of their Midwest roots. Really nice, catchy
Between these tracks, I played a snippet of "Cavour Lounge," a breezy piece in
a mellow club-jazz vein, just to show they can do that too. Overall,
Tiretown is a really nice album.
I'd played the previous track, "Eight Miles High," as concert-calendar
backdrop, then let the CD roll into this one.
* Eddie the Rat -- "Anamnesis #1" -- Once Around the Butterfly Bush (Edgetone, 2006)
* Sun Ra -- "Disguised Gods In Skullduggery Rendez-Vous" -- Sunrise in Different Dimensions (Hat Hut)
I have to admit, I haven't had time to give this one a real
listen yet. But come on, it's Sun Ra! What else do you need to know?
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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