Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
... 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
(Return to playlists.)
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Rudresh Mahanthappa -- "Kalyani" -- Kinsmen (Pi Recordings, 2008)
* Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble --
"Don't Wait for the Day of Battle Before Getting Your Weapons Ready" -- Proverbs for Sam (Boxholder, 2008)
* Actoon and Amerp-o-mat -- "Greh" [excerpt] -- Grah Greh (Slusaj Najglasnije!, 2007?)
Fun long tracks of kind-of-funky electric bass, varied drum
machine beats/sounds, and analog synth noise. I guess it would count as
"experimental," but this wouldn't be out of place in an electronica set
or even as an interlude amid indie-rock tracks. The results are mixed;
"Greh Grah" goes a little too heavy on the synth noise, for a distracting
effect, while "Grah Greh" has a snappy electric feel that I really
* Oliver Lake Organ Trio -- "Move Groove" -- Makin' It (Passin' Thru, 2008)
We've gotten a dose of Actoon before from Slusaj, a crazy Croation
record label that's been sending us deliciously interesting stuff ranging
from amateur living-room-recorded pop to wild experimental noise.
Briefly noted here.
* Michael Bates -- "Great Exhibition" -- Clockwise (Greenleaf, 2008)
Fairly straightforward jazz with open space for some creative
soloing, much like Dave Douglas does
(no shock there; this is released on his label). Sax/clarinet and trumpet
lead the quartet, with bassist Bates doing all the composing.
A very nice "inside-out" kind of session.
* Cluster -- "Second Part" [excerpt] -- Berlin 07 (Important, 2008)
Two long tracks that cross between outright noise, industrial
dance/synth beats, and a trancey groove that's like Tangerine Dream
with sharper edges and brighter colors. Appropriately German stuff
that's got shades of Krautrock but gets more experimental than that.
* Eri Yamamoto Trio -- "Story Teller" -- Redwood (AUM Fidelity, 2008)
-- 10:00 a.m. --
*! Jasmina Machina -- "Holy Holy Holy Word" -- The Demolition Series (Staubgold, 2008)
Pop with airy vocals, very pretty and atmospheric stuff. Kind of
folky, but with a more modern attitude than that; it's got its darker moments
and indie-rock attitude. Extra touches like organ and oboe(?) on this
track help add to the whole package. The album ends with "Asleep (Minit Variation),"
which piles on the chiming guitars for a nice droney-rock effect.
* Mary Halvorson Trio --
"Scant Frame" -- Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12, 2008)
Spy Satellite -- "Getaway Car" -- Spy Satellite (Generate, 2002)
An appropriately fleet jazz improv track from the trio of
Jeff Arnal (drums),
Jonathan Vincent (piano), and John Dierker (sax).
Nice album overall, with Dierker creating toneful, fluid figures
and Vincnet painting a mix of cerebral chamber sounds and Cecil Taylor
Ensemble Supermoderne -- "Le Discours" -- Canevas "+" (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2004)
Mix of abstract sound work and some avant-classical musicality. Tracks shift between crazy chamber music, fiercely improvised jazz, and semi-serious experimental vocals.
This track is like a series of episodes -- sparse blips of shrillness
or odd vocalizing punctuated by little silences. Cool artsy stuff
from the Montreal-area collective of musicians that run
Actuelle (kind of a parent company to Ambiances Magnetiques and other
labels). We've recently received a new batch of disks from them --
the first in a while, and I'm anxious to give them a listen.
* James Zitro -- "Freeken" -- Zitro (ESP-Disk, 2008; orig. released 1967)
Blasting free-jazz tracks from the guy who was apparently drummer on
early albums. ESP liked his style and asked him to put a session together.
The music is very much '60s jazz, with composed heads that wouldn't seem out
of place at a jazz club. But when they take off for the soloing, hang on.
Michael Cohen on piano keeps the background chugging at a normal pace,
but Zitro's drums are thundering the whole time, and the solos from
Allan Praskin (alto sax), Bert Wilson (tenor sax), and Warren Gale
(trumpet) are full of squeals and squawks of aggression.
(Cohen does turn in a breakneck piano solo on "Happy Pretty," but it still
feels like a pause in the tumult.)
* The Lost Trio -- "Misterio Uruguayo" -- Plays the Solid Gold Hits! (Evander, 2008)
*! Eric Chenaux -- "Old Peculiar" -- Sloppy Ground (Constellation, 2008)
* New Haven Improvisers Collective -- "Elastic Moods And Paper Shirt Criminals" -- Interference (self-released, 2008)
* Australian Bebop Ragas -- "Downtown New Delhi" -- Snakes and Ladders (Family Tree, 2008)
*! Tony Allen with the African Messengers -- "African Message" -- Afro Disco Beat (Vamp Soul, 2008)
Oh, what the heck, a funk groove to round out the show,
continuing the groove feel of the Australian Bebop Ragas track.
This is from a 2-CD set, with Allen and Fela Kuti joining forces on
the first disk, and Allen's own African Messengers performing on
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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