Friday, February 8th, 2008
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
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Still adding comments, this may take a while. This evening, I'm
rushing up to Berkeley, where
and Matthias Bossi (drummer for
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum)
present "a romantic evening of solo percussion music," as the bill
says. I don't know what to expect, but it sounds like the kind of thing
I'd like to support -- especially at the
an Irish bar that's cool enough to let nutso jazz/improv take over
the stage every now and then. Devin Hoff
(Good for Cows)
opens with solo bass.
Then I'm hopping a plane to Philly on Saturday to see
Bloodcount, which I've overobsessed about as noted
here. It's going to be a long,
exhausting weekend, but I'm pumped up for it.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Steve Lehman Quintet -- "Check This Out" -- On Meaning (Pi Recordings, 2007)
* Jeff Marx and Jeff "Siege" Siegel
-- "Tumble" -- Dreamstuff (Ayler, 2007)
* Tom Heasley and Toss Panos -- "Cliffs of Moher" [excerpt] -- Passages (Full Bleed, 2007)
*! Emily Jane White -- "Dark Undercoat" -- Dark Undercoat (Double Negative, 2007)
Local stuff: Dark, morose folk rock with some nice acoustic guitar
strumming and a little piano. It's often very low-key and a bit sad.
* Lucien Dubuis Trio -- "Sosores" -- Le Retour (Unit, 2007)
I've talked about Dubuis
before, noting the funky overtones
and beats he adds to his aggressive, punk-leaning brand of avant jazz.
This album shows that off in spades, with lots of funky and even
bluesy three-minute snippets from his trio. It all just oozes attitude,
and it rocks hard. A couple of tracks, like "Princesse de l'Espace,"
add a vocalist for an extra dose of fun and silliness. It's great,
slashing stuff that doesn't take itself too seriously.
* Lucien Dubuis Trio -- "Princesse de l'Espace" -- Le Retour (Unit, 2007)
Tim Hodgkinson -- "From Descartes' Dreams" -- Each in Our Own Thoughts (Megaphone, 1994)
* Healing Force -- "New Generation" -- Songs of Albert Ayler (Cuneiform, 2007)
-- 4:00 p.m. --
? (Tim Berne's) Bloodcount -- "Yes Dear" [from disk 1] -- Seconds (Screwgun, 2007; recorded 1997)
* Myra Melford/Trio M -- "For Bradford" -- Big Picture (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
Harriet Tubman -- "Where We Stand" -- I Am a Man (Knitting Factory, 1998)
Guitar trio spinning little soundscapes and jazzy beatless jams.
uses a very stereotypical rock/blues guitar sound, though -- you know,
that "burning" rock sound used by people like Hiram Bullock. That
gives this the feel of rock musicians taking a pass at "jazz" (and
Ross' Living Colour-like hairstyle suggests that's probably where
he wants to be). That said,
I do find a lot to like here, and wouldn't kick them off the stereo.
John Carter and Bobby Bradford -- "And She Speaks" -- Tandem 2 (Emanem, 1996; recorded 1979)
* Virgil Moorefield -- "Five on Six" -- Things You Must Do To Get to Heaven (Innova, 2007)
* Heiner Goebbels and Alfred Harth --
"Der Zerrissene Rock/So, Das Ist, Was Wir Brauchen/Gedanken Uber Die Rote Fahne" --
Hommage/Vier Fauste and Vom Sprengen Des Gartens (ReR Megacorp, 2007; orig released 1979?)
* Tony Wilson 6tet -- "I Am the Walrus" -- Pearls Before Swine (Drip Audio, 2007)
*! Essendon Airport -- "I Feel a Song Coming On" -- V/A: Can't Stop It! II (Chapter, 2007; orig. released 1981)
A compilation of Australian post-punk music, lots of Gang of Four
types of bands. Really good stuff, covering all sorts of styles within
the genre, from vicious rebellion to crisp pre-'80s dance music.
This particular track seems a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adds some sax to
the strong backbeat for a smattering of jazz.
* Teiji Ito -- [6th and final section] -- Tenno (Tzadik, 2007; orig. released 1964)
Ironically, our copy of the CD is a bit damaged, and after about 90% of
the song played, it jus ceased. "Can't Stop It?" I don't think so!
Recent reissue of a sprawling masterpiece by this
"downtown New York" pioneer, who was doing cool experimental stuff
there long before the John Zorn scene. (Zorn knows it; note that
it's his label that's reissuing the music.) Ito uses a bevy
of traditional Japanese instruments coupled with western
ones (horns and drums primarily) and some sound effects, creating
a large-scale piece packed with percussion and exploring a variety
of sounds and moods. It's a one-man recording, and the fidelity
betrays the 1964 technology he used, but the overall feel is
quite polished. The final segment opens with a growing
cacophony, a rush of sounds that's launched by a declarative
single clack of wooden sticks.
* Splatter 3 + N -- "Nevada/In That Dark World" -- Clear the Club (Rastascan, 2007)
James Newton -- "Dance Steps" -- Water Mystery (Gramavision, 1986)
* David Byrne --
"Tree (Today Is an Important Occasion" -- The Knee Plays (Nonesuch, 2007; orig. released 1985)
Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet -- "Big Bottom" -- Agrippa's 3 Books (Zeroth Law, 2005)
* = 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.