Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 20, 2009

"Joy" - Rob Mosher's Storytime (The tortoise)
"Shangri-la" - Donald Byrd (Royal flush)
"The left hand of God" - Charlie Haden (The best of Quartet West)
"Danish dessert" - Mads Tolling Trio (Speed of light)
"Dr. Mganga" - Eddie Henderson (Heritage)
"Song in b minor - Satie" - Chris Donnelly (Solo)
"Matters not" - John Santos and Machete (Tribute to the masters)
"Goodbye pork-pie hat" - Billet-Deux (Deux)
"A theory of consumption" - Ben Henriques (The responsibility club)
"Respiration" - Ben Allison (Buzz)
"Gati shadows within" - The Royal Hartigan Ensemble (Blood drum spirit: live in China)
"Work" - Steve Lacy (Soprano sax)
"Serpahic light" - Saxophone Summit (Seraphic light)
"Lady of the lavender mist" - The Ross Taggart Trio (Presenting)
"Star crossed" - Dream Algebra (Burma)
"Rhythmaron" - Ron Davis (The bestseller)
"Ca'purange" - Dexter Gordon (Ca'purange)
"A jam 4 Joe" - Global Noize (Global Noize)
"Split screen" - Erik Friedlander (Skin)
"Harmonic disorder" - Matthew Shipp Trio (Harmonic disorder)
"Ajar" - Esbjorn Svensson Trio (Leucocyte)
"The outer view" - George Russell Sextet (The outer view)
"We've got Silver at six" - Horace Silver (The hardbop grandpop)

Lots of notable tunes this week, including:

"Dr. Mganga" by Eddie Henderson - funky '70s stuff without being mushy
"Respiration" by Ben Allison - I think I like everything that this guy does
"Seraphic light" by the Saxophone Summit - a great cover of a less-well-known, (very) late period Coltrane tune
"Ca'purange" by Dexter Gordon - things really take off in this piece when Dexter kicks in; Stanley Clarke's electric bass works very well here
"Harmonic disorder" by Matthew Shipp - Matthew Shipp good!!
"The outer view" by George Russell - this must have been way out by 1962 standards

Hmm, I think I really liked the stuff I played this week...

I'll be away for the next two weeks (one week business, one week pleasure). Philip Barker from Morning Joy will be filling in for me on both shows. Many thanks to Philip! I am definitely in his debt. The first Breaking The Tethers with me back will be Tuesday, February 10.


Friday, January 16, 2009

January 13, 2009

I'm a few days later than I thought I would be in getting this list out. My apologies.

"Shorinji kempo" - Amanda Tosoff (Wait and see)
"Stolen moments" - The Phil Norman Tentet (Totally live at Catalina Jazz Club)
"Suspension" - Dave Burrell & Billy Martin (Consequences)
"All that I need is love" - Melody Gardot (Worrisome heart)
"Skull hill" - Hugh Ragin (Revelation)
"The groove" - Brian Culbertson (Bringing back the funk)
"The bird dances" - Patrick Zimmerli (Phoenix)
"Blues for Alagarn" - Joe Pass (Virtuoso in New York)
"Baiao for Vinnie" - Ray Piper & Fantazea (Ray Piper & Fantazea)
"A gathering of spirits" - Michael Brecker/Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano (Saxophone summit: gathering of spirits)
"Boo and scout" - Bill Frisell (History, mystery)
"Kobe" - Bill King's Rhythm Express (Beat street)
"The jewel in the lotus" - The Bennie Maupin Quartet (Early reflections)
"Offshoot 3" - The Peggy Lee Band (New code)
"Children's song no. 1" - Chick Corea (Children's songs)
"Isla de las mujeres" - Quadro Nuevo (Tango bitter sweet)
"Entre funerailles I" - Mark Applebaum (Sock monkey)
"Walkin'" - Joey DeFrancesco/Guido Basso/Vito Rezza/Lorne Lofsky (One take, volume one)
"Shadowdy sands" - James Carter (Present tense)
"Meaure of a man" - Yellowjackets (Lifecycle)
"God fire" - Medeski, Martin, & Wood (Radiolarians I)
"Ryo's first flight" - Gene Ess (Modes of limited transcendence)
"Infant eyes" - Chris Davis (A night remembered)
"Theme: Koko" - Charlie Parker (Bird in time 1940-1947)

This edition of Breaking The Tethers featured a nice mix of tracks, performers, styles, old and new, etc. I even played a tune from a "smooth jazz" performer, Brian Culbertson (it was the only track I liked from the album). Variety is the spice of life.

I'll be doing the show on January 20 and then I'm away for two weeks, back behind the mike on February 10. Philip Barker from Morning Joy will be taking the Jan. 20 program (thanks, Philip!). I'm not sure who will be doing the Feb. 3 show yet.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 6, 2009

"Class action" - Gerry Hebert (The Beat Niq Sessions Volume one: 6th Ave & 2 am)
"Dreamsfirewaking/invitation" - The Royal Hartigan Ensemble (Blood drum spirit: live in China)
"Farewell Angelina" - Michel Benita featuring Manu Codjia (Ramblin')
"One peaceful moment" - John Hicks (Sweet love of mine)
"Totina" - Dream Algebra (Free Burma)
"Froggy's magic twanger" - Jim McAuley (The ultimate frog)
"Bluesy lunedi" - Alain Bedard Auguste Quintet (Bluesy lunedi)
"Capricorn" - Cannonball Adderley (The soul zodiac)
"India" - Robert Dick and Soldier String Quartet (Jazz standards on Mars)
"Are you the favorite person of anybody" - Marco Benevento (Invisible baby)
"Let it ride" - Nicholas Payton (Into the blue)
"Momentary lapse" - Mary Halvorson Trio (Dragon's head)
"Sleepless lullaby" - Rob Mosher's Storytime (The tortoise)
"Donna Lee (variations)" - Chris Donnelly (Solo)
"Black gipsy" - Archie Shepp (Black gipsy)
"Obsession" - John Bickerton Trio (Open music)
"Mister night" - Lenny Breau (Lenny Breau trio)

Another show with not many tracks played (only 17 in three hours) but those that were featured are pretty good. In particular, I give kudos to "Black gipsy" by Archie Shepp, "Momentary lapse" by Mary Halvorson, and "Mister night" by Lenny Breau. For the cheese factor (though it kinda works), I'd throw in "Capricorn" by Cannonball Adderley.


Monday, January 5, 2009

December 30, 2008

I am very late in posting this; the next show, the first of the new year, is tomorrow. Apologies for my tardiness.

"Elevation" - Chris Davis (A night remembered)
"Convergence (kinsmen)" - Rudresh Mahanthappa (Kinsmen)
"Mickey's tune" - Lee Morgan (The sixth sense)
"Dodge the dodo" - Ulf Wakenius (Love is real)
"Jitterbug waltz" - Anat Cohen (Notes from the village)
"Nossos momentos" - Rosa Passos (Romance)
"Oriente" - Galerie Stratique (Faux world)
"The 7th day" - Freddie Hubbard (The artistry of Freddie Hubbard)
"Assemblage" - Gunter Hampel Group (Music from Europe)
"A joyful noise" - The Phil Norman Tentet ("Totally" live at Catalina Jazz Club)
"AOS" - Yoko Ono (Plastic Ono Band)
"Sweet Sue" - The Bow Djangos (Hot! Swing & gypsy jazz!)
"Mania mienia" - Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek (Upojenie)
"Threads" - The Royal Hartigan Ensemble (Blood drum spirit: live in China)
"772" - Alan Sondheim (Ritual-all-7-70)
"Integration" - Amancio D'Silva (Jazz for meditation)
"Stiletto" - Franco Ambrosetti (The wind)
"Como um rio" - Rabih Abou-Khalil (Em portugues)
"Walking woman" - Paul Bley Quintet (Barrage)
"Humoresque" - Art Tatum (Piano starts here: live at the Shrine)

This was a wide and varied set, from a Django-inspired tune to Yoko Ono with Ornette Coleman. The special feature this week was on Freddie Hubbard, who passed away on December 29. I only played one Hubbard track, from his well-known Impulse album, The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard, but I'll play more in the weeks and months to come.