Tuesday, January 22, 2008

January 22, 2008

"Too marvelous for words" - Miles Black Trio (Some enchanted evening)
"Nightmare of the mechanized world" - Brad Goode (Nature boy)
"Khalid of space part two" - Larry Young (Lawrence of Newark)
"Hymn of the orient (alternate take)" - Clifford Brown (Memorial album)
"Lost in San Rafael" - Carmen Lundy (Come home)
"Progress Is made" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Canyon song" - Oregon (Essential Oregon)
"Promosexual" - Tanya Kalmanovitch Hut Five (Out where the trains don't run)
"Young and foolish" - Fraser MacPherson Trio (Live at Puccini's 1977)
"Caribbean fire dance" - Joe Henderson (Mode for Joe)
"Evod" - Ari Brown (Live at the Green Mill)
"Shame" - James Carney (Green-wood)
"Lover man" - Roger Kellaway/Red Mitchell (Life's a take)
"The wait" - Mike Ruby (Play time)
"Monkey tree/Just stories" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)
"Just in time" - Murley, Bickert, & Wallace (Live at the Senator)
"Black unstoppable" - Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (Black unstoppable)
"Christmas time is here" - Simon Fisk/Stephen Fisk/Tim Fisk (Calm abide: Christmas reflections)
"Dance of the harlequins" - Lalo Schifrin (Esperanto)
"70 mile" - Brad Turner Quartet (Small wonder)
"ABACADEF" - Degenerate Art Ensemble (Cuckoo crow)
"Vendome" - The Modern Jazz Quartet (Pyramid)

Favourites from this show include "Khalid of space part two" by Larry Young (and his mighty organ), "Canyon song" by Oregon, and "Black unstoppable" by Nicole Mitchell. I played a fair amount of mellower, more "normal" jazz during this show, even though it's not really my taste; I do try to cover a lot of ground and today, the coverage went in this direction. So be it.

I'll be out of the country for a week so Philip Barker will be taking the reins of Breaking the Tethers on January 29. He will do a fine job, as always. I'll be back for the February 5 show.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

January 15, 2008

"Some hail caesar" - Steve Hilliam (Inside the lines)
"Oleo" - Keith Jarrett (My foolish heart)
"Greasy feets music" - Josh Roseman (New constellations)
"Yesterdays" - Paul Chambers (Bass on top)
"Hand in hand" - Mulgrew Miller (Hand in hand)
"Somewhere between good and evil" - Jay Crocker (A sound experiment: live sessions from CJSW 90.0 FM)
"In 4 scenes" - Avi Granite (6: red tree)
"Leap frog" - Charlie Parker (Une anthologie 1948/1953)
"Ozymandias" - Altered Laws Quartet (Metaphora)
"Tabula rasa" - The Brecker Brothers (Sneakin' up behind you)
"Esher sketch (a tale of two rhythms)" - Michael Brecker (Now you see it… (now you don't))
"Autumn in our town" - Dave Brubeck (Indian summer)
"Freedom" - 3 Cohens (Braid)
"Amnesia" - Jazz Pharmacy (Amnesia)
"The swing and I" - Eric Reed (The swing and I)
"Suspended variations II" - Tomasz Stanko Quartert (Suspended night)
"Green shift" - Richard Underhill (Kensington suite)
"Concierto de Aranjuez: movement II: allegro" - Ted Nash & Odean (La espada de la nocha)
"Improvisation 1" - Thurston Moore and Rashied Ali (Cooler, New York, March 1, 1997)
"Clear blue lou" - Jessica Williams (The best of Jessica Williams on Jazz Focus)
"Tony's solo" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)
"Let's carve forever together" - Fond Of Tigers (Release the saviours)

Not a bad show. I liked pretty much everything, save, perhaps, for the lead-off track (too slick for me). The setlist does go places, from Charlie Parker through to the Thurston Moore/Rashied Ali improvisation (which almost got played on Christmas Day but there was only so much time).


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

January 8, 2008

My first show of the new year (Philip Barker from Morning Joy subbed for me on Jan. 1st):

"The other one" - Manteca (Onward!)
"Wailin' with Hank" - Art Farmer (Farmer's market)
"Horn'in in" - Tony Wilson 6tet (Pearls before swine)
"There comes a time" - Bobo Stenson (Goodbye)
"He said what?" - Russell Malone (Live at Jazz Standard)
"Scuffle" - Brad Turner Quartet (Small wonder)
"Great plains of Algiers" - Steve Lehman Quintet (On meaning)
"Pretty out" - John Scofield (This meets that)
"Play time" - Mike Ruby (Play time)
"Knives out" - Brad Mehldau Trio (Day is done)
"Architect of time" - Tom Harrell (Light on)
"Stretch" - Peter Lerner (Cry for peace)
"Drum battle" - Ginger Baker and Art Blakey (Munich Olympics, Munich, West Germany, 1972)
"Chelsea bridge" - Fraser MacPherson (Encore)
"The devil theory" - Antizario (It's great to be fine)
"Improvisation 2" - John Zorn, Milford Graves, Bill Laswell (Tribute to Derek Bailey, The Barbican, London, June 17, 2006)
"Alice in my fantasies/Cosmic slop" - Spaceways Incorporated (Thirteen cosmic standards)
"Free and equal: preamble" - John Surman (Free and equal)
"Western lies" - The David Joel Quartet (Spiral sky)
"Trou du jour" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Gemini (phase 1)" - Sean Jones (Gemini)

This was a pretty good show, I have to say (at least music-wise; I wasn't too fond of my on-air patter, though). It featured a fair amount of new music plus an inadvertently high number of guitar-centred tunes, not that there's anything wrong with that. A few things that I particularly liked were "The devil theory" by Antizario, the improvisation from Zorn, Graves, and Laswell, and the drum battle between Baker and Blakey (gotta keep the drum freaks happy!).


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

December 25, 2007

This year, there was a Christmas Day show:

"2005 05 27 08:13:55" - Bitchin' (Dig your roots/Découvre tes racines)
"Om" - John Coltrane (Om)
"Raccuorcir en sechant" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Dreaming big dreams" - Richard Underhill (Kensington suite)
"The child within" - Jessica Williams (Arrival)
"Altered laws" - Altered Laws Quartet (The outsiders)
"Wheatland" - Oscar Peterson Trio (Canadiana Suite)
"Eleanor Rigby" - Oscar Peterson (Motions and emotions)
"Invisible paths" - Steve Coleman (Invisible paths: first scattering)
"God rest yet merry gentlemen jam" - Jerry Garcia and David Grisman (Santa's boots)
"Magic elixir" - George Koufogiannakis (Explorations in improvised music)
"Sweet misery" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)
"Mock pollock" - James Cohen (High side of lowdown)
"It could happen to you" - 3 Cohens (Braid)
"J.P.'s tune" - Tony Wilson 6tet (Pearls before swine)
"Space is the place" - Sun Ra (Space is the place)
"Lloro tu despedida" - Ike Quebec (Bossa nova soul samba)
"Rock the clock" - Ornette Coleman (Belgrade, Yugoslavia, November 2, 1971)
"New rose neurosis" - Avi Granite (6 red tree)
"Song of the underground railroad" - John Coltrane (Africa/brass)

My original plan for this program was to play mostly jazz from the avant/experiment/freaky side of the tracks. This did happen (there's plenty of wild stuff in the list above) but some mellower tunes snuck in. This is OK; I'll put the tracks I had lined up for the 25th but did not play in later shows. Also, with Oscar Peterson's death on December 23, it seemed appropriate to play a track or two in his honor, which I did.

BTW, my apologies for not getting this list up earlier. I had hoped to post it in the days immediately after Christmas but it just got away from me.

Philip Barker (the regular host of "Morning Joy" on CJSW) kindly did the January 1, 2008 edition of "Breaking the Tethers" for me (I am in his debt). I'll be back on the air on Tuesday, January 8.