Joined: 22 Apr 2004
|TICKET TO EVERYWHERE - in the wee hours - [JUNE]
First … some background music while you peruse this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBDheJuc9Ho&feature=PlayList&p=AA384B6F6B4BCCD3&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=18
I’m not a jazz expert by any means but one artist that really connects with my sense of what good jazz is, is the late Hampton Hawes. He has that stereotypical mid-century black jazz artist background ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_Hawes ), having grown up with the church as a strong influence in his youth and then the lure of ‘high times’ bringing him down mid-career. Hawes came out of the west coast bop scene (he was buds with Charlie Parker), was self taught and could swing like mad. To me, he is an everyman of jazz. He’s simple enough for toe tapping and deep enough to take one on an expansive trip. His biography ( http://www.amazon.com/Raise-Up-Off-Me-Portrait/dp/1560253533/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244345777&sr=1-1 ) is , evidently, a great jazz read. Interesting fact: One of President Kennedy ‘s last pardons, in 1963, was to free Hampton Hawes from an extremely onerous sentence for heroin possession. Hawes made the best of this new lease on life.
Soooo, what was on tap ...
Malombo - Ugh! - Ugh!
Hampton Hawes - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - All Night Sessions
Oscar Brown Jr. - Watermelon Man - Sin & Soul
Ahmad Jamal - Autumn Leaves - Ahmad's Blues
Oscar Brown Jr. - Afro Blue - Sin & Soul
Oliver Nelson - Yearnin' - Blues and the Abstract Truth
Oscar Brown Jr. - Somebody Buy Me a Drink - Sin & Soul
Hampton Hawes - Sunny - Live at the Great American Music Hall
Clifford Brown / Max Roach - Delilah - Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Thelonious Monk - Tea For Two - Criss Cross
Mose Allison - Hello There Universe - Middle Class White Boy
Thelonious Monk - Criss Cross - Criss Cross
Ken Nordine - Cat & Bird Blues - A Transparent Mask
Art Farmer / Jim Hall - Pavane for a Dead Princess - Big Blues
Chick Corea / Gary Burton - Senor Mouse - Crystal Silence
Steve Lacy - Pi Pande - Bye Ya
Hampton Hawes - The Status of Maceo - Live at the Great American Music Hall
Anat Cohn - Veinte Anos - Place & Time
Georgio Gaslini - Traumerei - Schumann Reflections
" - Am Kamin - "
" - Ritter Von Steckenpfierd - "
" - (third) Schumann Relection - "
Claudia Quintet - This Too Shall Pass - For
Scot Ray Quintet - Scarabaeus - Active Vapor Recovery
Marc Johnson's Bass Desire - Small Hands - Second Sight
Wayne Horvitz - Cadillac Ranch - The President
Marc Johnson's Bass desire - Wishing Doll - Bass Desires
Ran Blake - Curtis - Suffield Gothic
" - Pete Kelly's Blues - "
" - There's Been a Change In My Life - "
" - Vanguard - "
Charlie Haden - For a Free Portugal - Closeness
Dogon - The Round Buddah Factory - The Sirius Expeditions
Catch you on the rebound ...
Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:30 pm
Joined: 22 Apr 2004
I ended up spinning quit a bit of wax on the show this week. I’ve been handling LPs and turntables since I was a kid, so dealing smoothly with these items comes effortlessly and unconsciously. Like an experienced athlete, I can use a minimal amount of movement and energy combined with learned coordination to effectively manipulate the process. Second nature it is. That’s not to say that I don’t drop the tone arm on occasion or put my grimy mitts all over the grooves if I’m in a rush.
I love it when my high school aged nephew, who has grown up in the digital world, comes over to our house and goes through our music collection (he’s a music nut and future guitar legend). It’s funny to watch him deal with the LPs. He understands proper record care, so he is careful about how he handles them, but he makes the process seem like someone trying to dismantle a bomb or unscramble a Rubic’s Cube. Of course I exaggerate, but it does put a smile on my face to see the young'ns, who can text like banshees, fumble around with the old skool stuff.
What would radio stations like WCNI, whose programming centers on music, sound like today if digital sources of sound were never developed? Can you imagine the wear and tear on LP libraries by this time? Tick, hiss and pop city. Nonetheless, I love LPs, from their artwork to the great sound that some LPs can deliver. Then there’s the fact that one can tell which songs are loud and fast or slow and quiet just by looking at the grooves. You’d be surprised how often a DJ with not a lot of time left before a segue will use that criteria to shorten the preview process. Plus, dropping the tonearm on different places on the LP takes only seconds. It’s a heck of a lot faster than scrolling / cueing through a CD ;o)
Here’s an interesting site that deals with the earliest of recordings – cylinders. Talk about clicks and hiss! Thomas Edison got the ball rolling @1877. Thanks to digital technology, these perishable old cylinders are being preserved on hard drives and are available for all of us to listen to. It’s a fascinating look at the music and society of a century ago.
This site has more info on Edison and sound recording:
Let's kick start this bad boy,
Malombo - Ugh! - Ugh!
various - Revolutionary Situation - Sun City
John Cale - Mercenaries (Ready For War) - Sabotage / Live
various - No More Apartheid - Sun City
John Cale - Baby You Know - Sabotage / Live
John Cale - Helen of Troy - Guts
John Cale - Pablo Picasso - Guts
John Cale - Leaving It All Up to You - Guts
Echo and the Bunnymen - Do It Clean (live) - Echo and the Bunnymen EP
Robert Fripp - Exposure - Exposure
Bill Laswell - Upright Man - Basslines
John Cale - Zen - Hobosapiens
John Cale - Reading My Mind - Hobosapiens
John Cale - Things - Hobosapiens
Slowdive - Souvlaki Space Station - Souvlaki
Jon Hassell - Tikal - City: Works Of Fiction
Jon Hassell - In The City Of Red Dust - City: Works Of Fiction
Ronald Shannon Jackson - Undressing - Decode Yourself
Power Tools - Strange Meeting - Strange Meeting
Ronald Shannon Jackson -When Souls Speak - Mandance
Ornette Coleman / Pat Metheny - Song X Duo - Song X
Ornette Coleman / Pat Metheny - Long Time No See - Song X
Ronald Shannon Jackson - Alice In The Congo - Mandance
Magma - Udu Wudu - Udu Wudu
Pere Ubu - Street Waves - The Modern Dance
Eno (various) - Ali Click (Trance Mix) - Ali Click Remix EP
Patti Smith - Ain't It Strange - Radio Ethiopia
Galactic - Bongo Jo - Ruckus
Bobby Previte - Claude's Late morning - Claude's Late Morning
DJ Logic - Interlude #2 - Zen Of Logic
DJ Logic - Rat Pack - Zen Of Logic
Galactic - Kid Kenner - Ruckus
Medeski Martin & Wood - The Dropper - The Dropper
Tazartes - Merci Stephane - Tazartes
The Clash - Version City - Sandinista
The Clash - Living In Fame - Sandinista
The Clash - Silicone On Sapphire - Sandinista
The Clash - Version Pardner - Sandinista
The Clash - Shepherds Delight - Sandinista*
* I just read Glen's playlist and saw that he ended his show, last week, with this same song. The distorted sound of a rocket launching makes for a trippy finish to the album and to a night of radio.
Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:39 pm
Joined: 22 Apr 2004
One of the more interesting jazz concerts of the summer is taking place this coming Tuesday, 23 June, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. Jason Moran and his 'big' Bandwagon band will be performing a multimedia concert titled, "In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall 1959". Moran recreates Monk's big band coming out party with original footage from the 1959 concert along with other insights into Monk, the person. Whether you're already a jazz fan or just someone who casually enjoys jazz when it falls on your plate, this concert should take us around the block, backward into the future and leave us enlightened, entertained and dancing in our heads on the way home. Jason Moran won't just ape Monk's music but will put his own modern twist to it. That's one of the beauties of Monk's music, it's malleable.
There are two shows; 6:00pm and 9:00pm. You can find tix info here:
Here are a couple reviews of the concert;
And here is Jason Moran covering Monk's 'Crepuscul With Nellie', for your listening pleasure;
Thelonious Sphere Monk - the coolest name in jazz! My soul's been monkadeicized ...
Malombo -- Ugh! -- Ugh!
Emily Remler -- Mozambique -- Catwalk
Chico Hamilton -- A Little After Twelve -- Trio
Jason Moran -- Intro / Another One -- The Bandwagon
Jason Moran -- You've Got to Be Modernistic -- Modernistic
Cassandra Wilson -- Blue Skies -- Blue Skies
Jason Moran -- I'll Play The Blues For You -- Same Mother
Thelonious Monk -- Blue Bolivar Blues -- Monk's Dream
Jason Moran -- Planet Rock -- Modernistic
Chico Hamilton -- Sound Rising -- Trio
Don Pullen -- Evidence Of Things Unseen -- Evidence Of Things Unseen
Thelonious Monk -- Let's Cool One -- Genius Of Modern Music (comp)
Chico Hamilton -- Springtime -- My Panamanian Friend
Paul Motian -- Byablue -- Misterioso
Chico Hamilton -- Mandrake -- My Panamanian Friend
Paul Motian -- Misterioso -- Misterioso
Marcus Roberts -- Trinkle Tinkle -- Alone With Three Giants
Jeanne Lee / Ran Blake -- Blue Monk -- The newest Sound Around
Jason Moran -- Lift Every Voice And Sing -- Artist In Residence
Jason Moran -- He puts On His Coat And Leaves -- Artist In Residence
Marcus Roberts -- Black And Tan Fantasy -- Alone With Three Giants
John Lewis -- Sweet Geogia Brown -- Evolution
John Lewis -- Two Degrees East, Three degrees West -- Evolution
Ben Allison -- Spy (detail) -- Medicine Wheel
Charles Lloyd -- Nataraj -- Sangam
Charles Lloyd -- Guman -- Sangam
Vijay Iyer -- Song For Midwood -- Reimagining
Randy Weston -- In The Cool Of The Evening -- In The Cool Of The evening
Randy Weston -- Portrait Of Billie Holiday -- In The Cool Of The Evening
Randy Weston -- Two Different Ways To Play The Blues -- In The Cool Of The Evening
Keith Jarrett -- Part IIb -- The Koln Concert
John Surman -- Wayfarer -- A Biography Of Rev. Absalom Dawe
Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:44 pm
Joined: 22 Apr 2004
One of the things that I look forward to in the summer months are the random chances when I happen to receive FM signals from distant locations (DX-ing). During our summer months the earth's upper atmosphere is modified by the sun resulting in straight line radio signals being able to reflect off of the ionosphere (e-skip), just as shortwave signals routinely do. I've listened to FM stations from all over the country coming in loud and clear, even overpowering local stations on a given frequency. When our weather gets hot and humid is when the action really gets going. Once when a hurricane was churning northward up the Atlantic ocean, I found a station out of Georgia blotting out WSHU at 89.9. The engineer for WSHU told me that it was probably tropospheric ducting in action ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropospheric_propagation ).
I noticed that there were a couple days last week when WCNI's signal was being overpowered by WBUR (Boston) at my home @ 10 miles north of our antenna. Now, today, the Conn College campus has lost all electrical power so WCNI is off the air. I am receiving WBUR again and also a christian radio station keeps dropping in. I identified it as part of the Mars Hill Radio Network ( http://www.marshillnetwork.org/ ). The source of the signal appears to be a 10 watt repeater transmitter located in Riverhead, NY (Long Island).
If you'd like to read more about long distance FM & TV reception, check out;
Here's a site run by an organization dedicated to DX-ing. Their forums are an interesting read ;
Out of Kentucky we have a guy who is really into it. Scroll down to get real time solar and geomagnetic conditions, not to mention meteor activity (yes, FM can skip off of meteor trails;
So, this summer when it's hot and sticky and you notice that your local FM stations' signals are not up to par, keep an ear peeled for that visitor from the other side of the country.
Malombo -- Ugh! -- Ugh!
Sunny Clark Memorial 4tet (Wayne Horvitz) -- Voodoo -- Voodoo
Animals -- Smokestack Lightning -- Animalism
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings -- Stranded In Your Love - Naturally
Dirty Dozen Brass Band -- Ruler Of My Heart -- Medicated Magic
Courtney Pine -- Children Of The Ghetto -- Journey To The Urge Within
Carlos Santana -- Havana Moon -- Havana Moon
Van Morrison -- When That Evening Sun Goes Down -- Tupelo Honey
Charles Mingus -- Lord Don't Let them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me -- Oh Yeah
Oscar Brown Jr. -- Straighten Up And Fly Right -- Sin & Soul
Dirty Dozen (Brass Band) -- I Hold The Key -- Ears To The Wall
Gil Scott Heron -- Storm Music -- Reflections
Gil Scott Heron / Brian Jackson -- Johannesburg -- From South Africa To South Carolina
various (Hal Willner) -- Blue Monk -- That's The Way I Feel Now
various (Hal Willner) -- Misterioso -- That's The Way I Feel Now
Thelonious Monk -- Raise Four -- Underground
Ken Nordine -- Faces In The Jazzmatazz - The Best Of Word Jazz
Papa's Culture -- Top 40 -- Papa's Culture, but ...
Charles Mingus -- Eat That Chicken -- Oh Yeah
Charlie Haden / Paul Motian -- Blues In Motian -- Etudes
Amina Claudine Myers -- Cameloupe -- Jumping In The Sugar Bowl
Floratone -- Floratone -- Floratone
Nicholas Payton -- Velvet Handcuffs -- Sonic Trance
Floratone -- The Future -- Floratone
Nicholas Payton -- Cannabis Leaf Rag - Sonic Trance
Floratone -- Frontiers -- Floratone
Marlena Shaw -- California Soul (remix) -- Verve Remixed 4
Miles Davis -- Ife -- Big Fun
Anthony Braxton -- Composition 101 -- Five Compositions (Quartet) 1986
Medeski Martin & Wood -- Where's Sly -- It's A Jungle In Here
Taj Mahal - Do I Love Her -- Taj
Julius Hemphill & The JAH Band -- The Hard Blues -- Georgia Blue
Arthur Blythe -- For Fats -- Bush Baby
Various -- Drumming -- Voices Of The Rainforest
various -- Song Ceremony -- Voices Of The Rainforest
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:08 am
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