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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for April 2, 2016

This week a relatively jazzy freeform adventure for a good day to curl up with the internet. No apologies made for playing two twelve minute tracks in a row.

Since the in-studio recorder failed to record the program, we have some of what I did or should have said about the music below, along with the playlist...

Bright Lights of Brussels – Another response to terrorism. Although I was able to do about an hour of Paris themed music basically on the fly, with about ten days notice I could only come up with this jaunty little tune about Brussels. The spirit of solidarity is the same.

Promises Kept – The transition from the tenor sax solo to the guitar solo is one of my favorite things ever.

Uncle Gun – Just a duet for drums and turntables. DJ Illvibe does some amazing things on this album. I'm sure I'll be playing more.

Epistrophy – It's becoming a habit of late to have Monk end the first set. This comes from a recording made by Coltrane's then-wife, only discovered around forty years later.

The Bridge – I've become a bit obsessed with Sonny Rollins' RCA albums from the early sixties (there's a nifty little boxed set to blame). There seems to be a parallel with my recent interest in John Tchicai and Garrison Fewell's collaborations and Sonny and Jim Hall's.

Juju – One of the greatest jazz groups of the last two decades or so, towards the beginning of its existence with one of the leader's classic tunes.

El is a sound of joy – From the first recording on Saturn Records. Featuring Jim Herndon's famous tympani. I notice that Chicago's transit system is more romanticized than the one here around Boston, despite the best efforts of the son of the man taking the alto solo here.

Forró for All – Perhaps a microcosm of this program. Recorded live at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Plastic Bag – This goes out to our neighbors in Cambridge who have banned the use of single-use plastic shopping bags.

Spring – As I type this on April 3, looking at the freshly fallen snow, it seems like this spring is much like a John Cage composition, albeit like his later chance derived ones, rather than this early Debussy like doo-dad.

Liebe – This has sat in the “holding pen” folder for a while waiting for the right spot in a set.

It's about that time – This is the “composite edit” in chronological order before Miles and Teo Macero edited and rearranged it into the version that appears on the “In a silent way” album. I heard this while driving up to Vermont for Easter was reminded that I first heard this album through repeated listens over an Easter weekend after taking it out of the public library, confused and then amazed about how all these monster virtuosi could deliver such restrained and subtle performances.

Afro-disco Beat – An offering from Fela's drummer much in the style of the master.

Flash Light – Ending with a bit of music popular in both senses, chosen after reading the other day that synthesizer genius Bernie Worrell is struggling with stage IV lung cancer right now. This is one of the finest example of his genius.

artist song album comment label / date
Eddie Layton Bright Lights of Brussels Better Layton Than Ever special guest 1st part of theme of solidarity Mercury
Naked City Inside Straight Naked City 2nd part of theme Nonesuch
Sonny Sharrock Promises Kept Ask the Ages Sonny Sharrock (g) Pharoah Sanders (ts) Charnett Moffett (b) Elvin Jones (d) Axiom
LOK 03+1 Uncle Gun Signals Paul Lovens (d) DJ Illvibe (turntables, faderboard) Trost Records
Thelonious Monk Quartet w/ John Coltrane Epistrophy Live at the Five Spot - Discovery! John Coltrane (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) Blue Note
Lisa Germano Just Geek Geek The Girl music behind DJ 4AD
Sonny Rollins The Bridge The Bridge Sonny Rollins (ts) Jim Hall (g) Bob Cranshaw (b) Ben Riley (d) RCA
Wayne Shorter Juju Footprints Live! Wayne Shorter (ts) Danilo Pérez (p) John Pattitucci (b) Brian Blade (d) Verve
Sun Ra and his Arkestra El is a Sound of Joy Supersonic Jazz Sun Ra (p) Art Hoyle (trp, prc) Pat Patrick (as, prc) John Gilmore (ts, prc) Charles Davis (bs, prc) Victor Sproles (b) William Cochran (d) Jim Herndon (tmp, prc) Evidence
Cyro Baptista and Beat the Donkey Forró for All (live @ The Warhol) Bang on a Can Marathon '15 Mixtape

Spaceheads Trip To The Moon Trip To The Moon EP music behind DJ Electric Brass
Tank of Danzig Plastic Bag Not Trendy dedicated to the City of Cambridge Musique á la Coque
Casiokids En Vill Hest (Prins Thomas Remix) Topp stemning på lokal bar music behind DJ Polyvinyl
Tim Berne Not Sure Snakeoil Tim Berne (as) Oscar Noriega (clt) Matt Mitchell (p) Ches Smith (d) ECM
Herbert Henck The Seasons - 4. Spring John Cage - Early Piano Music music by John Cage ECM
Frank Strobel; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Die Kommissarin - 6. Liebe Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Edition music by Alfred Schnittke for the film by Aleksandr Askoldov Capriccio
Miles Davis It's About That Time The Complete "In A Silent Way" Sessions Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); John McLaughlin (g); Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (org); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d)
the “composite version” which, per Michael Cuscuna, “contains all the usable music recorded."
more here
Sony Legacy
Tony Allen with Afrika 70 Afro-disco-beat Racubah! - A Collection of Modern Afro Rhythms originally from the album Progress Comet Records
Helado Negro Ojos Que No Ven Double Youth music by Roberto Carlos Lange Asthmatic Kitty Records
Parliament Flash Light Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome single version
George Clinton (voc) Bernie Worrell (syn) Catfish Collins (g) Bootsy Collins (d)
song by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell
Michael Gordon My Frig Light Is Calling music behind DJ Nonesuch
Horace Silver Que Pasa [trio version] Song for My Father Horace Silver (p) Gene Taylor (b) Roy Brooks (d) Blue Note

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