Friday, September 28th, 2007
... 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Brian Allen, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey -- "Alphren" -- Synapse (Braintone, 2006)
* Kahil El'Zabar Infinity Orchestra -- "Soul to Groove" -- Transmigration (Delmark, 2007)
Outright soul-jazz jam, really great stuff. Other tracks get longer and bring in instruments like the balafon, for the kind of sound I usuall associate with El'Zabar's music.
* Amanda Monaco 4 -- "Old Skool Flava" -- Intention (Innova, 2007)
* Han Bennik Amplfied Trio -- "AT 4" -- Amplified Trio (Treader, 2007)
Lots of clattery drums paired with electric guitar and glitchy electronics. I know I just said "clattery," but a lot of tracks go for a quieter aesthetic. This one's got a synth drone in the background, with clackety spare guitar noises; the percussion on the track varies from meditative bell ringing to small flurries of jazzy clamour.
This label is a new venture from John Coxon and Ashley Wales of Spring Heel Jack, to record some of their more improv-related experiments. They've been dabbling in this music for a few years now, as documented on Thirsty Ear.
* David S. Ware -- "Renunciation Suite II" -- Renunciation (AUM Fidelity, 2007)
* Gia Dinh -- "Hat Quan Ho: Ra Ngo Ma Trong" -- Que Huong (Dunya, 2007)
A dose of traditional Vietnamese music. Pretty stuff on a twangy
stringed instrument, with a bit of a beat.
* Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble -- "El Hajj Malik El Shabazz" -- The Malcolm X Memorial (Katalyst, 2007; orig. released 1968)
Previously noted here. A
raucous, joyous conclusion to this piece based on Malcolm X's life.
Myra Melford and Marty Ehrlich -- "Yet Can Spring" -- Yet Can Spring (Arabesque, 2001)
From Melford and Ehrlich's first CD together. They're playing in SF this weekend to celebrate a second CD, Spark, that's being released on
-- 5:00 p.m. --
This track is a Melford piece, spritely and jumping. The rest of the CD
mostly concentrates on sublime melody and florid flowing rhythm.
Marty Ehrlich and Ben Goldberg -- "I Don't Know This World Without Don Cherry" -- Light at the Crossroads (Songlines, 1997)
A quartet CD with Ehrlich and Goldberg fronting on reeds, Trevor Dunn
and Kenny Wolleson on bass and drums. When I first stepped into KZSU, this
was one of the records in rotation. Dunn was still local at the time, and
Wolleson had only recently departed for NYC; I recognized the four names in
the band and my heart soared, knowing I'd found a good radio home.
* Chicago Underground Trio -- "Resistance" -- Chronicle (Delmark, 2007)
An expansive sound this time from cornetist Rob Mazurek, a Chicago
mainstay who's led the Chicago Underground Duo, Trio, and Quartet over
the years (was there a quintet in there too?) Lots of electronics
here for an ethereal haze, either dreamy or aggressive depending on the
desired mood. Some fantastic free-jazz turns for the trumpet, bass,
and drums, keeping the session well rooted. This one stands out
for me among the Chicago Underground sessions.
* Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet -- "Rain in the Face" -- Inner Constellation, Volume One (Nemu, 2007)
Mushroom with Eddie Gale -- "I Was Torn Down at the Dance Place/Shaved Head at the Organ" [excerpt] -- "Joint Happening" (Hyena, 2007)
Great groove-jam stuff with Eddie Gale's trumpet soloing atop.
Likely to draw comparisons to Miles Davis' electric stuff, but it's got
less of that '60s sound.
ROVA -- "Resistance" -- Resistance (Victo, 2003)
Gutbucket -- (Cantaloupe, 2006)
Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet -- "Big Bottom" -- Agrippa's 3 Books (Zeroth Law, 2005)
Previously noted here. Edmund Welles and
Gutbucket, along with excellent local prog band mirthKon, are all billed together
at the Stork Club this Sunday. Should be an excellent show of noisy jazz
* Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel -- "In Circulation" -- Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel (Edgetone, 2007)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
-- Go back to Memory Select playlists.
-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.