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OFOB for 2/9/16

  • Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette- You’ve Changed- Yesterdays- ECM 2001
  • Bill Evans Trio- My Foolish Heart- Turn Out the Stars: the Final Village Vanguard Recordings- WB 1980
  • Gary Peacock Trio- Vignette- Now This- ECM 2014
  • Charles Mingus- Memories of You- Mingus Plays Piano- Impulse 1963
  • Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Harjen Gorter, Han Bennink- Spinning Song- Change of Season (Music of Herbie Nichols)- Soul Note 1984
  • Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken w/Kenny Wolleson- – Like a Tree- SteepleChase 2011
  • Dino Saluzzi, Anthony Cox & David Friedman- Fulano de Tal- Rios- Intuition 1995
  • Tomasz Stanko- Domino- From the Green Hill- ECM 1988
  • Brian Groder Trio- Whispered Sigh- R Train on the D Line- Latham 2014
  • Brian Groder- Iota- Torque- Latham records 2005
  • Josh Berman- Almost Late- Old Idea- Delmark 2007
  • Olavi Trio & Friends- Old Papa’s Blues- Triologia- TUM records 2008
  • Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams (Steve- tbone w/- Roswellian Folk Song- Homage a Bartok- Silkheart 2014
  • Michael Bisio (bass w/Kirk Knuffke- tpt…)- AM- Accortet- Relative Pitch 2014
  • Palmetto All Stars- Wig Wise- The Other Side of Ellington: Duke’s Motivation- Palmetto 1999
  • Roswell Rudd (tbone w/Enrico Rava- tpt, Steve Lacy- sop.sax, Wilbur Little- bass, Paul Motian- drums)- It’s Happening- Blown Bone- Phillips/Emanem 1976
  • Jeff Lederer- Break Bread Together- Sunwatcher- Jazzheads 2010
  • Air (w/Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall)- The Ragtime Dance- Air Lore- Novus 1979
  • Josh Berman Trio- Time/Trouble- A Dance and a Hop- Delmark 2015
  • AMH Trio (Alan Lechusza- reeds, Mark Weaver- tuba, Harris Eisenstadt- drums)- Pentimento- Live at Field and Frame- Plutonium Records 2000
  • The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (w/John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz…)- Minor Meeting- Voodoo- Black Saint 1985
  • Chris Fagan (w/Bobby Bradford, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)- Stars Fell on Alabama- Lost Bohemia- Open Minds records 1991
  • Joe Morris, Petr Cancura, Jason Nazary- Big Foot- Fine Objects- Not Two records 2009

and how ’bout a some videos:

Henry featured mostly on flute for the first half+.  If (like me) you are a particular fan of his alto work, shoot forward to @44 minutes in to the above Library of Congress concert, or just go to the second piece, which starts at @48:30…. though this is mostly about the ensemble.

This Steve Lacy piece incomplete (part of a film), but very well recorded + shot…


Out Front, Outback radio playlist for 2/2/16 with notes


More diggable sounds for our expanding musical palates…. notes included.

Enjoy + keep those ears growing!

Larry Blood – Host of Out Front, Outback
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form, with tradition a byword for music moving into the future. A KUSP-FM featured program serving California’s Central Coast since 1983, airing Tuesdays from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm PST.
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the kusp.org Music Show Player
OFOB for 2/2/16:

  • Louie Belogenis Trio (L.B.- tenor sax w/Kenny Wolleson- drums)- Shanir- Unbroken- Tick Tock 2005 (an exotic flavor to this tune which I thought flowed nicely out of Robert Pollie’s “7th Avenue Project” show about Roma/Gypsy music)
  • Oliver Lake (O.L.- alto sax w/Olu Dara-tpt, Donald Smith- piano, Stafford James- bass, Victor Lewis- drums)- Heavy Spirits- Heavy Spirits- Arista Freedom 1975 (In my mind Oliver’s first outing as a leader, but he actually recorded his self-released + mostly solo Passing Thru a year earlier…. Check out the strength in this quartet!)
  • Ches Smith (C.S.- drums w/ Craig Taborn-piano and Mat Maneri-viola)- It’s Always Winter Somewhere- The Bell- ECM 2015 (I guess if you include the North and South poles…)
  • Roots Magic (all Italian quartet w/clarinet, alto sax, bass, drums)- I Can’t Wait Till I Get Home- Roots Magic & Hoodoo Blues- Clean Feed 2014 (I gather they’re younger players, paying tribute to some classic sounds of the loft jazz days…. this is an Olu Dara composition done by H.T. Sextett when Olu was in’t)
  • Henry Threadgill Sextett (H.T.- alto sax w/Rasul Sadik- tpt, Frank Lacy- tbone, Diedre Murray- cello, Fred Hopkins- bass, Reggie Nicholson + Pheeroan Ak Laff- drums)- Good Times- You Know the Number- RCA Novus 1986 (some variation in personnel for Sextett dates, but all solid and HIGHLY recommended. “tt” in Sextett stands for 2 drummers holding down the rhythm position)
  • Ornette Coleman (O.C.- alto sax w/Don Cherry-pocket tpt, Bobby Bradford- tpt, Dewey Redman- tenor sax, Charlie Haden- bass, Billy Higgins + Ed Blackwell- drums)- Elizabeth- The Complete Science Fiction Sessions- Columbia 1971 (a fusion feel to these pre-electric recordings)
  • Paul Bley Quintet (P.B.- piano w/Dewey Johnson- tpt, Marshall Allen- alto sax, Eddie Gomez- bass, Milford Graves- drums)- And Now the Queen- Barrage- ESP 1964 (ESP documented some very important early avant-garde dates… on this one I can hear Ornette’s influence on Paul)
  • James Blood Ulmer (J.B.U.- guitar and co. do Ornette)- Elizabeth- Music Speaks Louder Than Words- DIW 1995 (James played with Ornette in 1974 and Ornette played Mr. Ulmer’s seconc Lp “Tales of Captain Black”.  The association is continued on this recording for the Japanese label DIW which includes 7 Ornette covers and 3 originals)
  • Oliver Lake Quartet (O.L.- alto sax w/Baikida Carroll- tpt + composer, Donald Smith- piano, Pheeroan Ak Laff- drums)- King- Clevont Fitzhubert (a good friend of mine)- Black Saint 1981 (do you even care that there’s no bass player? A bit of a sleeper date but solid!)
  • Baikida Carroll (B.C.- tpt w/Julius Hemphill- alto sax, Anthony Davis- piano, Dave Holland- bass, Pheeroan Ak Laff- drums)- Jahi Sundance Lake- Shadows and Reflections- Soul Note 1982 (Baikida Carroll deserves more attention – a great player and he’s got all that great Midwest soul you also find in his contemporaries from St.Lou: Hemphill + Lake…)
  • Brian Groder Trio (B.G.- tpt w/Michael Bisio- bass, Jay Rosen- drums)- Isolating the Why- R Train on the D Line- Latham 2014 (a solid trio & Brian’s releases all excellent on all levels, + include some classic players like Sam Rivers, Rob Brown… remarkable playing + compositions)
  • Juhani Aaltonen Trio (Finnish tenor sax player covers Ornette) – Broken Shadows- Illusion of a Ballad- TUM records 2005 (Juhani’s been playing professionally since the 50’s and shows is a fine example of the fact that there are great players nearly everywhere… my guess is he’s considered a grandmaster on the Finnish scene)
  • Adam Lane Trio (A.L.- bass w/Darius Jones- alto sax, Vijay Anderson- drums)- Absolute Horizon- Absolute Horizon- NoBusiness (a Lithuanian label!) 2012 (you know Darius is a fave of mine w/his most unusual tone. Adam a solid leader/composer. Vijay regularly mixes it up w/SF bay area creative heavies)
  • World Saxophone Quartet (Julius Hemphill + Oliver Lake- alto saxes, David Murray- tenor sax, Hamiet Bluiett- bari sax)- Full, Deep and Mellow H.B./Dance Until Dawn D.M.- Dances and Ballas- Elektra Nonesuch 1987 (nuff said)
  • Ingrid Laubrock (I.L.- alto and/or tenor sax w/Tim Berne- alto sax, Ben Gerstein- tbone, Dan Peck- tuba, Tom Rainey- drums)- Any Breathing Organism- Ubatuba- Firehouse 12 records 2014 (German expat now mixing w/top NYC players)
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections (N.M.- flute w/David Boykin- tenor sax, Craig Taborn- piano, Chad Taylor- drums)- Wishes- Emerald Hills- RogueArt records 2009 (In the top 3 all-time great flute players along w/Eric Dolphy + James Newton)
  • Kahil El’Zabar Trio (K.E’L.- drums w/David Murray- tenor sax, Fred Hopkins- bass)- Love Outside of Dreams- Love Outside of Dreams- Delmark 2002 (Master drummer/percussionist comes to Kuumbwa on this Thursday 2/7 w/Hamiet Bluiett- bari sax + Craig Harris- trombone)
  • Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet (B.B.-tpt + J.C.- clarinet w/Don Preston- piano/synth, Richard Davis- bass, Andrew Cyrille- drums)- Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues- Comin’ On- hat ART 1988 (pretty vintage stuff, though I wish Don Preston of Zappa fame had stayed w/piano)
  • Daniele Cavallanti & Tiziano Tononi (D.C.- tenor and/or bari sax + T.T- drums w/Jenny Scheinman- violin, Achille Succi- bass clarinet and/or alto sax…. + viola, bass, e.guitar)- Before the Storm- Rings of Fire- Long Song 2008 (veteran Italian players joined by Jenny who’s from the U.S.)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society (R.S.J.- drums w/Jef Lee Johnson- e.guitar…. + sax, keys, bass)- Blackegg- Shannon’s House- Koch Jazz 1997 (along w/Jamaaladeen Tacuma, the man who took Ornette’s electric bag and ran with it)
  • Liberty Ellman (L.E.- e.guitar w/Jonathan Finlayson- tpt, Steve Lehman- alto sax, Jose Davilla- tuba and/or trombone, Stephan Crump- bass, Damion Reid- drums) – Enigmatic Runner- Radiate- Pi Recordings 2014 (Liberty has been playing w/Henry Threadgill’s Zooid and you can hear Henry’s influence in his writing… very electric + hot!)

…..and in the video department:

OFOB for 1/26/16

  • Tomeka Reid- Samo Swing- Tomeka Reid Quartet- Thirsty Ear 2015
  • Aruan Ortiz Trio- 17 Moments of Liam’s Moments- Hidden Voices- Intak t 2015
  • John Carter- On a Country Road- Fields- Gramavision 1988
  • James Falzone’s Klang- Ground- Brooklyn Lines… Chicago Spaces- Allos Documents
  • Julius Hemphill w/Abdul Wadud, Don Moye- Long Rhythm- Raw Materials and Residuals- Black Saint/CAM Jazz 1977
  • Rob Reddy- Yank- Bechet: Our Contemporary- Reddy Music 2014
  • Matt Mitchell- Wearing the Wig of Atrophy- Vista Accumulation- Pi recordings 2015
  • Simon Nabatov, Mark Dresser, Dominik Mahnig- Full Circles- Equal Poise- Leo Records 2014
  • Vijay Iyer Trio- Hood- Break Stuff- ECM 2014
  • Vijay Iyer Trio- Galang (Trio Riot Version)- Historicity- ACT Music 2009
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society- Gossip- Barbeque Dog- Antilles/Verve
  • Rob Reddy’s Gift Horse- A Hundred Jumping Devils- A Hundred Jumping Devils- Reddy Music 2006
  • Blue Buddha [Louie Belogenis w/Dave Douglas, Bill Laswell, Tyshawn Sorey]- Renunciation- Blue Buddha- Tzadik 2015
  • Air [Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall]- Midnight Sun- Air Raid- Trio/Why Not/Candid 1978
  • Raphe Malik, Cecil McBee, Charles Moffett- In the Genes- Storyline- Boxholder 1999
  • Air- Dance of the Beast- Air Song- Why Not/Candid 1991
  • Julius Hemphill Trio- Testament No. 5- Live from the New Music Cafe- Music and Arts
  • Wadada Leo Smith- Lake Michigan- The Great Lakes Suite- TUM records 2012
  • Sonny Simmons- E=mc2- Burning Spirits- Contemporary 1970

OFOB playlist for 1/19/16 with recording dates/personnel

  • Mark Helias’ Open Loose (w/Ellery Eskelin + Tom Rainey)- First One In, Last One Out- Come Ahead Back- Koch Jazz                 (1998)
  • The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet- What It Is!- What It Is!- Delmark                          (2012)
  • Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Mike Reed- Jo Jar- Artifacts- 482 Music                     (2015)
  • Julius Hemphill (w/Baikida Carroll, Abdul Wadud, Phillip Wilson)- The Painter- Dogon A.D.- Mbari/International Phonograph                (1972)
  • Steve Lacy Trio (w/Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsch)- Prayer- Bye-ya- Free Lance                (1996)
  • Olavi Trio- Forest Walk- Oh, La Vie!- TUM records OY                       (2013)
  • Air (Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins & Steve McCall)- R.B.- Air Mail- Black  Saint/CAM Jazz    (1980)
  • Brassum (Mark Weaver w/Michael Vlatkovich, Dan Clucas and Harris Eisnstadt)- Avenue- Warning Lights- Plutonium Records                            (2003)
  • Julius Hemphill (w/Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, Abdul Wadud, Barry Altschul…)- Skin No. 1- Reflections- Mbari/da music/1201 Music                (1975)
  • Chico Freeman (w/Jay Hoggard, Anthony Davis, Cecil McBee, Famoudou Don Moye)- Minstrel’s Sun Dance- Kings of Mali- India Navigation                    (1978)
  • (Ken Vandermark’s) Audio One (Ken Vandermark + Mars Williams- reeds, Dave Rempis- saxes, Nik Mazzarella- alto sax, Jen Paulson- viola, Josh Berman- cornet, Jeb Bishop- trombone, Jason Adasiewicz- vibes, Nick Macri- acoustic and electric bass, Tim Daisy- drums)- Boxers and Dancers- What Thomas Bernhard Saw- AudioGraphics records                         (2014)
  • Darren Johnston/Aram Shelton/Lisa Mezzacappa/Kjell Nordeson- The Ear that was Sold to a Fish- Cylinder- Clean Feed                       (2011)
  • Jemeel Moondoc (w/Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Hilliard Greene, Newman Taylor Baker)- Little Blue Elvira- The Zookeeper’s House- Relative Pitch                       (2013)
  • Frank Lowe (w/Don Cherry, Grachan Moncur III, Geri Allen, Charnett Moffett, Charles Moffett)- Decision in Paradise- Decision in Paradise- Black Saint                       (1984)
  • Billy Bang Quartet (w/Frank Lowe, Sirone, Dennis Charles)- Holiday for Flowers- Valve No. 10- Black Saint                     (1988)
  • Miya Masaoka Trio (w/Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille)- Japanese Folk Song/Kojo No Tsuki- Monk’s Japanese Folk Song- Dizim records                      (1997)
  • Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla- Nightjar- Kirkastus- TUM records OY              (2013)
  • String Trio of New York & Jay Clayton (James Emery, Charles Burnham, John Lindberg)- Waltz ‘Fore Two- String Trio of New York & Jay Clayton- West Wind                   (1987)
  • Lovedale (Jesper Lovdal w/Jacob Anderskov, Jonas Westergaard, Anders Mogensen) – M/S Invention- Coziness Kills- Ilk Music                  (2008)
  • Steve Lacy Quintet (w/George Lewis, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsch)- The Bath- Last Tour- Emanen                              (2004)

OFOBfor 1/12/16

  • Abdullah Ibrahim- ManenbergRevisited- Water from an Ancient Well- Black Hawk 1985
  • Paul Bley- Blues for Red- Blues for Red (piano solo)- Red Records 1990
  • Randy Weston trio- Berkshire Blues- Self Portraits- Verve 1989
  • Vjay Iyer Trio- Starlings- Break Stuff- ECM 2014
  • Cecil McBee (w/Chico Freeman)- Consequence- Alternate Spaces- India Navigation 1979
  • Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla- Kirkastus- Kirkastus- TUM records 2013
  • McCoy Tyner Quartet (w/Sonny Fortune)- Valley of Life- Sahara- Milestone 1972
  • Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Mike Reed- Bernice/Days Fly by with Ruby- Artifacts- 482 Music 2015
  • The Jazz Doctors [Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Rafael Garrett & Dennis Charles]- Spooning- Intensive Care- Cadillac records 1983
  • Do Tell [w/Mike Clucas, Mark Weaver...]- Floppy- HotEnd: Do Tell Plays the Music of Julius Hemphill- Amirani records 2014
  • AMH Trio with Alan Lechusza, Mark Weaver and Harris Eisenstadt- Stiches- Live at Field and Frame- Plutonium records 2000
  • Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams (w/Rob Brown and Connie Crothers)- For Will Connell Jr.- Homage a Bartok- Silkheart 2014
  • Rob Brown Quartet (w/Steve Swell)- Radiant Pools- Radiant Pools- RogueArt 2004
  • Tim Berne w/Olu Dara- Hot and Cold- Spectres- Empire records (box reissue by Screwgun) 1981
  • Phillip Wilson Quartet w/Frank Lowe & Olu Dara- Broadway Rhumba- Live at Moers Festival- Moers Music 1978
  • Air (Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins + Steve McCall)- Great Body of the Riddle or Where were the Dodge Boys when my Clay started to Slide- Live at Moers Festival- private 1977
  • Jemeel Moondoc- The Zookeeper’s House- The Zookeeper’s House- Relative Pitch 2013
  • Larry Ochs- By Any Other Name (for William Kettridge)- The Fictive Five- Tzadik records 2014
  • Dennis Charles IVtet w/Jemeel Moondoc- Tobie Continyou- Captain of the Deep- Eremite records 1991

OFOB playlist for 12/29/15


Here’s the playlist for the last show of 2015. The first hour is practically all solo piano with some choice Bobby Few including the hard to find French release from 1977 “Coming Thru.” If you listen on the KUSP music show player, the group pieces begin with Undivided at 66:22. Denser works include Nels’ Cline’s composition “The Buried Quilt” from Rova Saxophone Quartet and Nels Cline Singers 2008 collaboration and “Similitude” from Larry Och’s new 2015 outing recorded in NYC w/a new crew of top notch players “The Fictive Five,” followed by a retrospective live recording from the ace Chicago band The Engines. Also don’t miss the first OFOB airplay on two releases from trumpeter Dan Clucas and tubaphonist Mark Weaver… some jump(ing) music.

Cheers and happy new year to all of you with big ears – let’s look forward to exploring and sparking from more creative music in the year to come.

Keep those ears growing!

P.S. A tip of the porkpie hat to Toby Rowland-Jones for his annual reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” on the 22nd!
Larry Blood – Host of Out Front, Outback
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form, with tradition a byword for music moving into the future. A KUSP-FM featured program serving California’s Central Coast since 1983, airing Tuesdays from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm PST.
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
OFOB for 12/29/15:

  • Bobby Few- Sing Ming Ming- Coming Thru- Sun Records
  • *Muhal Richard Abrams- Hymn to the East- Afrisong- India Navigation/Candid Productions
  • Bobby Few- Like a Waterfall- Coming Thru- Sun Records
  • *Bobby Few- Continental Express/Beautiful Africa- Continental Express- Boxholder records
  • *Abdullah Ibrahim- The Honey Bird- Banyana- Enja
  • Bobby Few- Lights and Shadows- Lights and Shadows- Boxholder
  • *Undivided [Waclaw Zimpel, Perry Robinson, Bobby Few...]- What Morning Say- Move Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw- Multikulti Project
  • Rova and Nels Cline Singers- The Buried Quilt- The Celestial Septet- New World records
  • Kirk Knuffke- Blues for Fred- Little Cross- SteepleChase
  • *Greg Lewis- Little Rootie Tootie- Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black- GregLewisMusic.com
  • Terry Adams- Little Rootie Tootie- Talk Thelonious- Clang!
  • Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd/Kent Carter/Beaver Harris- Papa’s Midnite Hop- Trickles- Black Saint
  • *Do Tell (w/Dan Clucas & Mark Weaver)- Body- Hot End: Do Tell plays the music of Julius Hemphill- Amirani Records
  • Brassum (Dan Clucas, Michael Vlatkovich, Mark Weaver, Harris Eisenstadt)- Seven Enchiladas- Warning Lights- Plutonium records
  • (Jorrit Djikstra + Pandelis Karajorgis’) Bathysphere- Coelacanth- Bathysphere- Driff records
  • *Larry Ochs- Similitude (for Wim Wenders)- The Fictive Five- Tzadik
  • *The Engines (Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Nate McBride, Tim Daisy)- Looking- Green Knights- Aerophonic records

OFOB radio playlist for 12/22/15


As per usual for this holiday period, we have a live reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Toby Rowland-Jones. Music is on the softer side to help keep the season stress-free.

Happy holidays!

Larry Blood – Host of Out Front, Outback
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form, with tradition a byword for music moving into the future. A KUSP-FM featured program serving California’s Central Coast since 1983, airing Tuesdays from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm PST.
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
OFOB for 12/22/15:

  • Jessica Williams- Welcome- Freedom Trane- Origin
  • Michael Marcus- Harmonious Beautious- Soulifications- Soul Note
  • The Bill Holman Band- The Peacocks- A View From Within- JVC
  • Ruby Braff- Do It Again- Cornet Chop Suey- Concord
  • Nat “King” Cole- The Christmas Song- The Ultimate Jazz Christmas- Blue Note
  • Chico Freeman- A Child is Born- Spirit Sensitive- India Navigation
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis- A Child is Born- The Ultimate Jazz Christmas- Blue Note
  • John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman- They Say It’s Wonderful- John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman- Impulse
  • Rob Sudduth- Only the Lonely- Just One of Those Things: Music Inspired by Frank Sinatra- A Records
  • Live reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Toby Rowland-Jones
  • Kenny Barron w/Charlie Haden & Roy Haynes- The Loss of a Moment- Wanton Spirit- Verve
  • Stan Getz & Kenny Barron- First Song (for Ruth)- People Time- Verve
  • Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba- My Love and I- Tokyo Adagio- Impulse
  • Coleman Hawkins- Love Song from “Apache” (My Love and I)- Today and Now- Impulse
  • Art Farmer Quartet- The Summer Knows- The Summer Knows- Inner City/East Wind
  • Charlie Haden Quartet West- Haunted Heart- Haunted Heart- Verve
  • Billy Strayhorn’s Septet- When I Dream of You- Cue for Saxophone- London
  • Ku-umbwa Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band- Portrait- Mingus Sings- Sunnyside
  • Sonny Rollins- We Kiss in the Shadow- East Broadway Rundown- Impulse
  • Clifford Jordan- No More- The Adventurer- Muse
  • Victor Lewis Quintet- The Loss of a Moment- Know It Today, Know It Tomorrow- Red Records
  • Sonny Simmons- Theme for Ernie- Last Man Standing- Jazzaway
  • Dinah Washington- Blue Gardenia- The Jazz Sides- Emarcy
  • Johnny Hodges- Love Song from “Mutiny on the Bounty”- The Eleventh Hour- Verve

OFOB for 12/15/15


Here’s the playlist for last night’s show.  Some big fun, including some forays into world influenced jazz from Rudresh Mahanhappa and Waclaw Zimpel –not household names, but aren’t we looking for something new?

If you’re in San Francisco, you still have time to get down to the Rova show at the Center for New Music (rova.org for more info), where they’ll be performing a live redux of the closer for this show.

Happy holidays, and a reminder that we’ll have Toby Roland Jones [a.k.a. “The Welshman] doing a live read of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at @8:30pm in next week’s show [12/22].

Be well and watch out for those other drivers…. they’re crazy around this time of the year, + keep those ears growing!



Larry Blood – Host of Out Front, Outback
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form, with tradition a byword for music moving into the future. A KUSP-FM featured program serving California’s Central Coast since 1983, airing Tuesdays from 8pm to 11pm PST.
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player on the right

OFOB for 12/15/15:

  • Jan Garbarek/Bobo Stenson Quartet- Witchi-Tai- To- Witchi- Tai- Top- ECM
  • Scott Clark 4tet- Little Crow’s War- Bury My Heart- Clean Feed
  • Waclaw Zimpel Quartet- Stone Fog- Stone Fog- ForTune records
  • Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams- Roswellian Folkk Song- Homage a Bartok- Silkheart
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections- Running on the Rooftops- The
    Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson- RogueArt
  • Steve Swell- Essakane- Kanreki: Reflection and Renewal- Not Two
  • Sonoluminescence Trio- Here We Go- Telling Stories- Art Stew Records
  • Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Mike Reed- Bernice/Days Fly by with Ruby- Artifacts- 482 Music
  • Eric Dolphy- South Street Exit- Last Date- Limelight
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa- Chillin’- Bird Calls- ACT Music
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa- Snake!- Kinsmen- Pi recordings
  • Waclaw Zimpel- Lines- Saagara- Multikulti Project
  • Hera (w/Waclaw Zimpel)- There is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun- Where My Beloved Is- Multikulti Project
  • John Carter Octet- Ode to the Flower Maiden- Dauwhe- Black Saint
  • Masahiko Togashi w/Don Cherry, Steve Lacy & Dave Holland- Bura Bura- Bura Bura- Videoar TS Music
  • Larry Ochs- Welcome- Rova Plays John Coltrane’s Ascension- Black Saint
  • Luiz Moretto Quintet- Espiral do Tempo- Vampyroteuthis Infernalis- Slam Records
  • James Newton- Water Mystery- Water Mystery- Gramavision
  • Figure 8 (Rova + 4)- Tracers- Pipe Dreams- Black Saint

Out Front, Outback radio playlist for 12/8/15

  • Jay Clayton- The Lady Sings the Blues- Brooklyn 2000- Sunnyside
  • Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet- Pannonica- Memories of T- Concord
  • Terry Adams- Reflections- Talk Thelonious- Clang!
  • Kenny Wessel, Stephen Gauci, Michael Bisio & Jeremy Carlstedt- Bemsha Swing- Thunk!- Not Two
  • Arthur Blythe- Epistrophy- Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk- Columbia
  • IPA [Atle Nymo, Magnus Broo, Mattias Stahl, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten & Hakon Mjaset Johansen]- Bubble- Bubble- Moserobie Music Production
  • The Cosmosamatics with Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus- Echoes of Eric Dolphy- Cosmosamatics II- Boxholder
  • Vinny Golia Quartet with Bobby Bradford- Hsaibde- Lineage- Nine Winds
  • Charlie Mingus- Lock ‘em Up- Candid Jazz- Candid
  • Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins- The Eternal Triangle- Sonny Side Up- Verve
  • The Fonda/Stevens Group + 2- Morbid- Live in Katowice- Not Two records
  • Aram Shelton Quartet- Anticipation- Everything for Somebody- Singlespeed Music
  • Chico Freeman- Soweto Suite- The Search- India Navigation
  • Dewey Redman- Imani- The Ear of the Behearer- Impulse
  • Ornette Coleman- Lonely Woman- Beauty is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings- Rhino
  • The Rent- Blues for Aida suite- Musique de Steve Lacy- Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Empty Cage Quartet- Avoid the Obvious- Empty Cage Quartet- Prefecture Records
  • Liberty Ellman- Supercell- Radiate- Pi recordings
  • Archie Shepp- Attica Blues/Steam parts 1 & 2- Attica Blues- Impulse
  • Figure 8 (Rova + 4)- Head Count- Pipe Dreams- Black Saint

OFOB playlist for 12/1/15



Here’s the playlist from this week’s show.  This go around you get notes and KUSP-music-show-player start times.  I think you’ll find there’s a lot of great music for you to listen to, so don’t delay, as next week’s show replaces it on the KUSP music show player.  Speaking of which, beginning on the 8th, OFOB and (I believe) other weekday jazz programs begin at 8pm and run to 11pm.  Don’t miss out on the starts of your fave jazz shows on KUSP.

Keep those ears growing!


P.S. I am seeking verification, but I’m pretty sure we’ll again have a holiday reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales on December 22nd.  When verified, I will let you know.


Larry Blood – Host of Out Front, Outback
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form, with tradition a byword for music moving into the future. A KUSP-FM featured program serving California’s Central Coast since 1983, airing Tuesdays from 9:30pm to midnight PST.
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player on the right

OFOB for 12/1/15:

  • :56         *Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra- Caravan- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book- Verve [1957 yet feeling much more modern.  Along with the Ella & Louie (Armstrong) dates, the best from Ella!]
  • 5:46       *Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach- Money Jungle- Money Jungle- Blue Note [1962 – the quintessential piano trio]
  • 11:13     Raphe Malik 5tet- CC (dedicated to Duke Ellington)- 21st Century Texts- FMP [shooting straight forward to 1991!  Raphe- trumpet w/Glenn Spearman- tenor sax… we lost them both – 2006 + 1998 – but what a powerhouse pair of improvisers! Also w/Brian King Nelson- C-melody sax, Larry Roland- bass, Dennis Warren- drums]
  • 18:03     Misha Mengelberg Trio- Rollo III- Who’s Bridge- DIW Avant [1994 – the lighter side of this Dutch master provides a tension release. Misha- piano, Brad Jones- bass, Joey Baron- drums]
  • 29:24     *Paul Plimley Trio- W.R.U.- Density of the Lovestruck Demons- Music and Arts [1994 in S.F. w/Paul- piano, Lisle Ellis- bass, Donald Robinson- drums.  W.R.U. = an Ornette composition]
  • 33:18     Ornette Coleman- Una Muy Bonita- Beauty is a Rare Thing: the Complete Atlantic Recordings- Atlantic/Rhino [1959 w/Ornette- alto sax, Don Cherry- cornet, Charlie Haden- bass, Billy Higgins- drums.  Classic Ornette + one of my fave tunes by him.  Check out how it swings!]
  • 39:15     Simon Nabatov- Flow Chart- Perpetuum Immobile (solo, live)- Leo Records [2002 at the Loft in Köln, one of the premiere venues for creative music in Europe]
  • 47:14     *Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack- Overture- Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire- Singlespeed Music [2014 – used as an intro to a longer, earlier Wrack date]
  • 49:39     Kyle Bruckmann- Elegy for a Boiled Frog- Wrack- Red Toucan [2003  in Chicago w/Kyle- oboe and English horn, Jeb Bishop- trombone, Jen Clare Paulsen- viola, Kurt Johnson- bass, Tim Daisy- drums]
  • 60:58     Empty Cage Quartet & Soletti Besnard- Moths to the Flame- Take Care of Floating- Rude Awakening [This 2009 date catches Empty Cage players (Jason Mears- alto sax + clarinet, Kris Tiner- trumpet, Ivan Johnson- bass, Paul Kikuchi- drums) in France w/expanded format including Aurélien Besnard- clarinet + Patrice Soletti- guitar.  Originally from L.A. and known as the MTKJ Quartet w/first couple recordings on Nine Winds.  These guys always bring it!]
  • 67:57     Bathysphere- Boter- Bathysphere- Driff Records [A BIG vehicle for alto saxman Jorrit Djikstra and pianoman Pandelis, this July 2015 date features Tony Malaby- soprano and tenor saxes, Seth Meicht- alto and tenor saxes, Charlie Kohlhase- tenor and baritone saxes, Taylor Ho Bynum- cornet, Forbes Graham + Daniel Rosenthal- trumpets, Jeb Bishop + Jeff Galindo- trombones, Josiah Reibstein- tuba, Nate McBride + Jef Charland bass, Luther Gray- drums, and Andrew Neumann- analog electronics. Big does as Big is.  Jorrit wrote this one.]
  • 72:24     Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra- Power Lines/Blues for Eddie- Live in Ljubljana- Clean Feed [2012 - I can hear that bassist Adam Lane has been listening to Mingus band arrangements.  Also with Nate Wooley- trumpet, Susana Santos Silva- trumpet, Reut Regev- trombone, David Bindman- tenor + soprano sax, Avram Fefer: alto sax, Matt Bauder- baritone sax, and Igal Foni- drums.]
  • 92:01     *Cosmologic- Eyes in the Back of My Head- Eyes in the Back of My Head- Cuneiform [2008 & coming out of San Diego, this band kicks!  Jason Robinson- tenor sax, Michael Dessen- trombone, Scott Walton- bass, Nathan Hubbard- drums.]
  • 102:05   Raphe Malik Quartet- Civilization After Coltrane- The Short Form- Eremite [1997 and more from the great front line of Raphe on trumpet, Glenn Spearman- tenor sax, w/George Langford- bass and Dennis Warren- drums]
  • 114:54   Larry Ochs- Translucent- The Fictive Five- Tzadik [December 2014 and just out, our man of Rova gathers together a whole new batch of creativity in NYC w/Larry- tenor + sopranino sax, Nate Wooley- trumpet, Pascal Niggenkemper + Ken Filiano- basses and Harris Eisenstadt- drums.  A deep but worthy listen.]
  • 131:06   Wadada Leo Smith- Lake Ontario- The Great Lakes Suites- TUM Records [Recorded in 2012 and perhaps my top fave for 2014 releases, this features the burgeoning talent of Leo Smith on trumpet, Henry Threadgill- flute, John Lindberg- bass and Jack DeJohnette- drums.  A double CD w/Henry also expounding on alto sax, this date begs the questions of how many stars one is allowed to allot.]
  • 144:42   *Masahiko Togashi with Don Cherry, Steve Lacy & Dave Holland- Mopti- Bura Bura- Videoar TS Music [1986 in Tokyo, drummer Masahiko put together this all-star quartet for a live concert.  After Lacy’s 1961 “Evidence” quartet date, this is the only time Steve and Don were recorded together in a small group.  Don wrote Mopti.  This one took me a long time to track down, and I can only now say with authority “Yes Virginia, there is a Bura Bura concert recording.”]

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