Sparkly new thing from Josh Roseman
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Myra Melford/Trio M -- "Brainfire and Buglight" -- Big Picture (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
? Plays Monk --
"Work" -- Plays Monk (Long Song, 2007)
Local trio of A-listers
Scott Amendola (drums),
Devin Hoff (bass),
Ben Goldberg (clarinet).
They've been playing around town for a couple of years, I think, doing
trio interpretations of Monk, and they've finally gotten a CD out on
Long Song, a cool Italian label. Songs are deceptively "inside." Of course
they adhere to Monk's composing, but in some unpredictable ways. "Skippy"
offers a fast sprinting treatment to open the album with a bang. "Green
Chimneys" comes across a bit wrong in the head thanks to Hoff's off-color bass.
"Four in One" gets interpreted as a high-speed energy burst.
There's a joyous swing throughout -- "Work" being a good example -- and
the group takes advantage of the trio format to spin some
* Sam Newsome -- "Monk Abstraction #1" -- Monk Abstractions (self-released, 2007)
It's hard not to be reminded of Steve Lacy's
Monk covers, especially with Goldberg's
The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact
packing such a strong Lacy influence. This isn't a rehash of old
work, though; like the best of jazz covers, it's an imprint of the
players' musical personalities on a familiar Rosetta stone, showing new
ways to mine such rich material.
* Amir ElSaffar -- "Blood And Ink (Maqam Awshar) / Aneen (Maqam Mukhalif)" -- Two Rivers (Pi Recordings, 2007)
* Jeff Marx and Jeff "Siege" Siegel -- "Harps" -- Dreamstuff (Ayler, 2007)
Duets of tenor sax and drums. Fairly adventurous; I haven't
given it much of a listen yet.
* Bill McHenry -- "The Lizard" -- Roses (Sunnyside, 2007)
* The Georgia Guitar Quartet -- "Flight" -- Puzzle (Solponticello, 2007)
Classical music on guitars. This piece has a good fast pace.
* James Carney Group -- "Smog Cutter" -- Green-Wood (Songlines, 2007)
* Mick Barr -- "rdd-7" -- Octis: Iohargh Wended (Tzadik, 2007)
-- 4:00 p.m. --
Tim Berne's Bloodcount -- "What Are the Odds?" -- Poisoned Minds: The Paris Concert, Vol. 2 (JMT/Polydor, 1995; re-released on Winter & Winter)
Technically a 41-minute suite of smaller pieces, "What Are the Odds"
later appeared on Bloodcount's Unwound CD under just this title, so I guess it's official.
As you'd imagine, the suite moves through fast and slow segments, with the
fast parts including two of Berne's most memorable composed riffs.
In that sense, it's like a Greatest Hit, except for being, you know,
41 minutes long.
More on the Bloodcount fascination here.
I've since learned it's feasible for me to get to Philadelphia for the
Feb. 10 show, the last in their mini reunion tour!
It's at International House in University City; details
Steven Bernstein -- "Chant" -- Diaspora Blues (Tzadik, 2007)
I'll admit it: Sometimes I do pick a track for its catchy
opening. This is radio, after all. Steven Bernstein was headlining
a Jan. 27 show at
Bottom of the Hill,
a popular rock club, so I wanted to give his Diaspora projects some
love. However, most of the cuts on here start slow or cerebral;
"Chant" fit the bill with an attention-grabbing beat that
could help listeners get enthused about the show. Shallow, yes, but
even the avant-garde needs a bit of marketing sometimes.
* Tony Wilson 6tet -- "Jim" -- Pearls Before Swine (Drip Audio, 2007)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
* Moe! Staiano's
-- "Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 11: Two Orchestras in Separate Rooms (2004)" [excerpt] -- Two Rooms of Uranium Inside 83 Markers: Conducted Improvisations Vol. II (Edgetone, 2007)
* Marty Ehrlich and Myra Melford -- "Blue Delhi" -- Spark! (Palmetto, 2007)
* Groundtruther + John Medeski -- "Bathymetric Expression" -- Altitude (Thirsty Ear, 2007)
* Josh Roseman -- "Greasy Feets Music" -- New Constellations (Accurate, 2007)
Ostensibly a tribute to Skatalites trombonist Don Drummond,
this one's got a variety of pop shims on it. You do have some ska/dub
sounds -- that slowly bouncing rhythm, the reverb -- but also lots of
electronica touches, high computer trills that accent the beat.
When the full band comes in -- a regular jazz combo that includes
Peter Apfelbaum on the sax -- it's got a healthy mainstream pulse to
it, an outpouring that draws you back into the jazz world after some
spacey interludes that can last quite a while. As a mix of the modern
and the jazz tradition, it works quite well, and the pop touches don't
drag the whole project into shallow waters. At first listen, I'm
* Shelf Life -- "Ppajjjbdabpmm" [excerpt] -- Rheuma (Eh?, 2007)
* Helmut Lachenmann -- "Dal Niente (Interieur III)" [excerpt] -- Solo Pieces (Auvidis, 1995)
An album of sparse works composed by Lachenmann. This one's for
clarinet and provided the best backdrop for my weekly calendar
reading. Other pieces, like those for piano, involve long long stretches
of silence that didn't work as well (even the clarinet piece pauses
quite frequently). Nicely minimal stuff that I think could work on
radio -- not ideal, but listeners would definitely get the picture.
* Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core -- "Poporfa" -- Up from Under (Atavistic, 2007)
Ettrick -- "An Internal Inside" -- Infinite Horned Abomination (self-released, 2005)
* Albert Ayler -- "Angels" -- The Hilversum Session (ESP-Disk, 2007; orig. released 1964)
* = 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.