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Charlie Haden interview by KUSP from 1984

Friends,
Here is an interview from the archives of KUSP’s program guides. Despite being dated, it helps to put Charlie’s music and life in perspective, so I thought it would be good for this interview to again see the light of day.
Larry

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Charlie Haden: The Music of Liberation [first printed in the KUSP Review, Volume 5, Number 5, December ‘84]
In 1958 and ’59 the music of the Ornette Coleman band turned the jazz community on its ears, not only changing the shape of jazz to come, but introducing the world to a group of sidemen who would mature to become major figures on the jazz scene in their own right. As bassist of the band, Charlie Haden recorded over 13 albums with Ornette and went on to record and perform with John Coltrane, hold down the stand-up bass position for the 1970s’ Keith Jarrett American Quartet and more recently play with Pat Metheny.
    To date [‘84], Charlie has four albums as a leader as well as having co-led dates with Norweigian Jan Garbarek and Brazilian Egberto Gismonti, and the critically acclaimed “Old and New Dreams” band with fellow Ornette alumni Don Cherry, Dewey Redman and Ed Blackwell. Haden is a composer of whole tunes and finely crafted solo and accompaniment work. His well-developed technique and musical sense place him in the ranks of master musicians in the realm of creative improvisatory music.
September 15 of this year Charlie Haden performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Denny Zeitlen Trio. That same evening, he visited the KUSP remote van and spoke with KUSP jazz programmer Leon Allen. The following text is drawn from that conversation.

KUSP: We’re here talking with premiere bassist Charlie Haden. Charlie, could we get an idea of where you are now and how you got there?
Haden: Well, right at this point in my life I have many projects. I’m doing a lot of writing with something in mind that I started in 1968 called the Liberation Music Orchestra. We recorded an album in ’69 with the orchestra which included eleven of the fines musicians in jazz. It had music about the Spanish Civil War and about what was going on politically in this country at the time the album was recorded. There was “A Song for Che,” there was a piece about the Chicago Democratic convention and there was a piece about Vietnam. I tried to correlate everything to convey a message and communicate honest and meaningful and human values to as many people as I could. At that particular time human rights were in jeopardy because of Vietnam and a lot of other things that were happening in this country, too.
I just completed an album called “The Ballad of the Fallen” for ECM which reorganized the orchestra. Already the album has won the Critic’s Poll “Record of the Year (Downbeat). Carla Bley did the arrangements again (as on the first record) and it has Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Jim Pepper, Gary Valene, Mick Goodrick, Paul Motian, Carla and myself, and a lot of great musicians on the album. We play music again from the Spanish Civil War and also this time from more current things which are happening now in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile. There’s a piece “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” which is a very famous revolutionary song that comes from when Pinochet murdered Allende in 1973 with the help of the CIA. We have another song from Portugal that was played over Portuguese radio to signal the revolution there in 1974 as well as original music of mine and a piece of Carla’s.
I’ve played with so many people over the years: from Keith Jarrett to Pee Wee Russell to Ornette to John Coltrane. I love to play with a lot of different musicians from different parts of the world… and that’s the way I learn about life, just the way I learn about life from my own kids, you know, buy playing with different people.
These days I’m playing a lot with Pat Metheny and Billy Higgins. We just recorded an album on ECM called “Rejoicing.” The great thing about playing with someone like Pat is that his band has a particular young audience that really loves that sound, that fusion sound, and he has a big following. Whenever we do a tour, a lot of these kids, his fans, come to see him play not necessarily knowing what they will hear. They think they are going to see his band and then they hear Billy and I play. It’s fantastic because it’s like you’re broadening their musical horizons. They come to hear us play and these little cherub-faced preppy kids come up to you afterwards. I’m used to having jazz fans come up to me and say “Hey, baby, you soun’ cool.” These little kids come up to me with their college sweaters on, and they say “gee, Mr. Haden, you play really beautiful. Would you sign my record?” It’s a really great feeling! I really admire Pat because he loves to improvise and he’s a great improviser and a great composer, so we have lots of fun, man, me and him and Billy. We’re going to do another record and another tour – a lot of tours. Hopefully in January, we’re going to play with Ornette ‘cause we do a lot of Ornette’s songs.
KUSP: You played one tonight with Denny Zeitlen.
Haden: Ed Blackwell and I played duets at the Atlanta Jazz Festival just a couple weeks ago, and Ornette’s band played right after us. We had breakfast with him the next morning, and Ornette really wants to play with Pat and Billy and I. He also wants to make another album with Don Cherry, Blackwell and Billy and I so…
KUSP: Charlie, you’ve taken us up to the here and now of your career. Let’s hear a little bit about the beginning… about how Charlie Haden started out as a musician.
Haden: Well, I was born in Shenandoah, Iowa and started singing on the radio with my parents when I was two. My parents were entertainers on the Grand Ole Opry, in Dallas, in Wichita Falls… all over eh Midwest and South. We travelled from radio station to radio station performing, so that’s how I got started in music. I had a very special upbringing in a real special place which is middle America, real America. Most of the jazz musicians that I’m close to were raised in large cities. As a jazz musician I have this special perspective and view of the United States that I’m really lucky to have because it’s a place where people really come from the earth, and there is a lot of folk music.
In my family we learned very young how to sing all the harmony parts by ear and develop good intonation. I made really good friends in Nashville – like the Carter family. My father was friends with people like Ernest Tubb, the Delmore Brothers, Jimmy Rogers, Woody Guthrie, and I used to sit on Mother Maybelle Carter’s lap. She used to come to our house and she would sing folk songs to me when I was a baby. She would pick up the guitar and I would be closer to her than I am to you! You know, when you hear a guitar played that beautifully when you’re a child, it rubs off on you.
KUSP: Well, it rubbed off on the bass, in your case.
Haden: Yeah. Sometimes my background comes out in my playing. During a solo on one of Ornette’s early albums on a piece called “Rambling,” I played “Old Joe Clark” and “Ft. Worth Jailhouse” and a lot of folk songs in my solo. The solo that I played on that record where I played “Old Joe Clark” was later used by Ian Drury and the Blockheads when they wrote “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.” They used the melody line from my solo. Whenever they play it in Europe they dedicate it to me. On the album “80/81” with Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker and Jack DeJohnette I play a lot of folk songs on the bass that are from my background. I love to do that… folk and jazz… I mean it’s the same beautiful art form, you know! It comes from the same blood, the same earth, the same realness… from the soul.
KUSP: Beautiful… so you’ve been on stage ever since you can remember. When did you identify the instrument you wanted to play?
Haden: One of my brothers who played bass on our radio show ws bringing home recordings like “Jazz at the Philharmonic,” Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. I started listening to these records and I just loved it. I didn’t know what it was or what improvisation was, I just loved the sound. Pretty soon, as soon as my brother would leave the house, I would pick up his bass and start trying to play with the records because there weren’t that many (jazz) musicians in that area of the Midwest to play with. After high school, I got to play with some people won the Ozark Jubilee who came up from Nashville and Springfield, Missouri, namely Hank Garland who was the guitarist with Eddie Arnold. Although known as a country player, he was as great jazz guitarist, and we played together every day.
Soon after I got a scholarship to go to L.A. and go to a school of music there. I turned down a scholarship to Oberlin in Ohio because I wanted to play jazz and the school in L.A was like Berklee is now in Boston. It was a jazz school. It turned out not to be that great so I dropped out very quickly and started working with really good musicians. That’s how I learned how to play. I was playing right away with people like Hampton Hawes, Elmo Hope, Sonny Clark. Truly great, unbelievable players. I mean there’s no more beautiful musician in the world than Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes or Sonny Clark. I used to play with them every day. L.A. was a different place back then. There were a lot of musicians that were dedicated to creative music back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. I was there in ’56 and moved to New York with Ornette in 1959.
I moved back to L.A., about four years ago to be near my children, and it’s a different place. It’s all oriented toward commercial music and movie studios. I have to leave town a lot to play the music I feel is really important. You know, there are different levels, both in music and in how you can approach it. The really great musicians who are really contributing to this life that we are living, they do what they do without choice because they have to… to change the world for the better. That’s on a higher level, away from things like making a living and paying bills. It’s really difficult because sometimes you don’t think about making a living and paying bills. You start feeling guilty because you know that if you were in the studios or playing commercial music or compromising your values a little bit you could be providing more for your children. Still, that is something that I have to do… I really have to do what I feel is a big responsibility, and that’s to make whatever this is we’re living in a better place for people and for all the children… so that’s what I’m doing.

~~~~~~~ He may truly rest in peace, as he lived his life with integrity and beauty, leaving a legacy of thoughtful creative music which reflect his views of struggle and humanity.  Charlie Haden – August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014~~~~~~~

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Here’s a link to a Democracy Now interview with Charlie Haden from 2006!

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/12/rip_jazz_legend_charlie_haden_watch?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rip-jazz-legend-charlie-haden-watch-his-2006-dn-interview-on-his-life-music-and-politics

… and, two great videos:

OFOB for 7/15/14 – R.I.P. Charlie Haden, 8/6/37-7/11/14

Friends,

The great bass player Charlie Haden left us on Friday.  He had been struggling for the past several years with the degenerative effects of post-polio syndrome, related to the polio he contracted in his youth.  He had a full, rich bass sound with near perfect intonation, and the ability to drop the appropriate note into a setting to give anchor to the turbulence of adventurous settings, or provide additional depth to the beauty of a subtle ballad.  His musical career started at an early age with his family which operated as a traveling country troupe base, and “It was country music all the way for me until I heard Bird in 1951.”  He later moved to L.A. and connected up with Paul Bley, Art Pepper and Hampton Hawes before joining Ornette Coleman’s 1959 quartet whose music would soon turn the jazz world upside down.

Working with Ornette regularly into the ‘70s and with regular reconnections for special projects or reunions, Charlie also became a member of Keith Jarrett’s acclaimed American quartet [also featuring Dewey Redman and Paul Motian], and formed the collaborative Old and New Dreams Band with Dewey, Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell, all Ornette alumni, to work the music of their earlier mentor as well as compositions and musical directions of their own.

A staunch liberal, Charlie’s compositions were often written in support of people and struggles in opposition to the conservative status quo, with dedications ranging from Che to Mao to the Nicaraguan Sandanistas.  This larger view manifested in the performance and recording vehicle of the Liberation Music Orchestra which gathered like-minded creative musicians.  First formed in 1969 with the help in arrangements of Carla Bley, the Liberation Music Orchestra’s repertoire presented a musical counter to the U.S.’s war in Asia, and would have several incarnations through 2004 in reaction to politics and policies of Reagan, and George Bush Sr. and Jr.  Musically, the Orchestra presented a powerful blend of original material and music drawn from classic songs of struggle ranging from “We Shall Overcome” to songs from the Spanish Civil War.  At a 1971 concert by Ornette’s band in Portugal, Charlie dedicated his “Song for Che” to the black liberation struggles in the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique, and subsequently carted off to jail by the Portuguese secret police.

In the ‘90s he formed Quartet West with Ernie Watts on saxophone and Alan Broadbent on piano.  As well as including originals in their repertoire, this group reworked classic jazz, torch and film songs, at times weaving the portions of the original recordings and vocals into the newer versions.  What for some could only result in a review as “schtick,” for Charlie and company the result was to reintroduce us to important pieces of musical iconography of import from the past.

In the flow of the show, I didn’t get to all the high points of Charlie’s important career, but as a remembrance of the gentle power of his music I think you will enjoy the program.  As in the past, we shall continue to enjoy the ability to include his music in our programs.  For a more complete view of his career, The Guardian’s obituary is a good resource [http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/13/charlie-haden], as is Wiki’s page on Charlie which includes a discography.

Keep those ears growing!

Larry

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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
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OFOB playlist for 7/15/14:

  • Denny Zeitlin/Charlie Haden- Ellen David- Time Remembers One Time Once- ECM
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  • Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian- First Song- The Year of the Dragon- JMT
  • Charlie Haden Quartet West- Lady in the Lake- Haunted Heart- Verve Gitanes
  • Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian- Law Years [error] + Cabala/drum music- Segments- DIW
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  • Keith Jarrett- Rotation- Mysteries- Impulse!
  • Ornette Coleman- Song for Che- Crisis- Impulse Charlie Haden- Moonlight- Nocturne- Verve
  • Charlie Haden/Carlos Paredes- Asas Sobre O Mundo/Nas Asas da Saudade- Dialogues- Antilles
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  • Charlie Haden/Hank Jones- L’Amour de Moy- Steal Away- Verve
  • Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra- Trans-love Airways- Relativity Suite- JCOA
  • Old and New Dreams Band [Don Cherry/Dewey Redman/Charlie Haden/Ed Blackwell]- Chairman Mao- Old and New Dreams- Black Saint
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  • Don Cherry- Malkauns- Brown Rice- A&M
  • Dino Saluzzi- …and He Loved His Brother, ‘Til the End- Once Upon a Time, Far Away to the South- ECM
  • Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins/Enrico Pieranunzi- For Turiya- First Song- Soul Note
  • Kenny Barron w/Roy Haynes and Charlie Haden- The Loss of a Moment- Wanton Spirit- Verve
  • Ornette Coleman/Charlie Haden- Human Being- Soapsuds, Soapsuds- Artist House
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  • Charlie Haden Quartet West- Haunted Heart- Haunted Heart- Verve Gitanes
  • Charlie Haden Quartet West- Now is the Hour (Haere Ra: Maori Farewell Song)- Now is the Hour- Verve

 

OFOB playlist for 7/8/14

Friends,

See below for this week’s playlists, w/start times for listening + notes.  For pieces and artists you are familiar with, you might see some transitions which appear surprising, but upon listening I think you’ll find some more interesting segues which help to provide a flow in a show which covers quite a bit of ground, old and new.

Keep those ears growing!

Larry

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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
Additonal playlists available to the right
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the upper right
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OFOB for 7/8/14:

  • Ornette Coleman- Sadness- The Great London Concert- Arista [a moody start w/classic arco work by classically trained bassist David Izenson]
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  • 4:13 Ornette Coleman- Lonely Woman- The Shape of Jazz to Come- Atlantic [a jazz classic!]
  • 9:11 Simon Toldam Orkester STORK- Aeg Lagt af Aeg (eggs laid of eggs)- Bells of Sunday- Ilk music [Danish pianist + leader Simon Toldam – his projects are all worthwhile, but I think his mini orchestra best parlays his compositions]
  • 17:02 Aardvark Jazz Orchestra- Impressions- Impressions- Leo records [This Cambridge bassed large group headed up by composer/conducter/trumpeter Mark Harvey celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary]
  • 21:52 The Nommonsemble [Whit Dickey/Rob Brown/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp]- War- Life Cycle- Aum Fidelity [drums/alto sax/viola/piano. This date features all Whit’s compostitions]
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  • 34:48 Thomas Chapin Trio + Strings- Eidlon- Haywire- Knitting Factory [Thomas on reeds + flute, Mario Pavone- bass, Michael Sarin- drums + (most notably) Mark Feldman- violin]
  • 39:34 Stefano Leonardi/Stefano Pastor/Fridolin Blumer/Heinz Geisser- Conversations About Thomas Chapin- Conversations About Thomas Chapin- Leo records [on flutes/violin/bass/percussion respectively, with references to some Thomas Chapin compositions. A musical discussion worthy of it’s 18+ minutes. Note the similarity of Pastor’s tentative string tone to that of Mat Maneri]
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  • 61:15 Jason Roebke Octet- Blues- High/Red/Center- Delmark [bassist Roebke's debut leader date w/an all-star ensemble of brilliant Chicago stalwarts, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein and Greg Ward- reeds, Jason Adasiewicz- vibes, Josh Berman- trumpet, Jeb Bishop- trombone, and Mike Reed- drum]
  • 69:01 Julius Hemphill- Reflections- Reflections- Arista [A piece reflective + fully arranged. Originally issued as ‘Coon Bid’ness in 1975, it was reissued in 1995 on CD with the more politically correct title of Reflections. Julius’ second release, Julius + Arthur Blythe – alto saxes, Hamiet Bluiett – bari sax, Abdul Wadud – cello, Barry Altschul – drums, Daniel Zebulon – congas]
  • 71:32 Roscoe Mitchell Creative Music Orchestra- Sketches of Bamboo, Cyp 11- Sketches of Bamboo- Moers Music [w/many notables from the AACM + a few Europeans thrown in. 1979 w/6 reeds including Roscoe, Anthony Braxton + Marty Ehrlich, 5 trumpets incl. Leo Smith + Kenny Wheeler, 3 trombones incl. Geoge Lewis + Ray Anderson, + a rhythm section of Bobby Naughton- vibes, Marilyn Crispell- piano, Wes Brown- bass, Pheeroan ak Laff- drums.]
  • 85:26 Peter Apfelbaum & the New York Heiroglyphics- Titiwa- It is Written- ACT/High Note [It’s world, no, it’s jazz…. Stop! It’s two things in one. With Abdoulaye Diabate on vocal]
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  • 97:54 Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo- Roscoe for I- Force Majeur- Delmark [Chicagoans on a ska original dedicated to Roscoe Mitchell of the AACM + Art Ensemble]
  • 104:42 Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood- Tequila and Chocolate- Out Louder- Indirecto [without a doubt, a super group which represents a sum greater than the parts… this piece demonstrates MSMW’s ability to defy stylistic pigeonholes]
  • 111:07 NRBQ- Fate in a Pleasant Mood- Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute (various artists)- Rastacan [NRBQ covers Sun Ra]
  • 117:35 Jason Ajemian- Ask Mr. Blount- Folklords- Delmark [a project dedicated to the cerebral side of Sun Ra. Ask is a suite in 3 parts: Ask Me Now (Monk)/Ask Mr. Blount Now (Ajemian)/Satellites are Spinnin (Sun Ra nee Sonny Blount). A jazz extension perhaps which could more aptly take the “Acid Jazz” label]
  • 129:42 New Ghost- Subterranean Phil Holy Feast of All- Live Upstairs at Nick’s- ESP disk [what I like to call thrash jazz, mixing punk + avant-garde elements]
  • 133:49 Screaming Headless Torsos- Blue in Green- 1995- fuzelicious morsels [yes, Virginia, this is a hardened cover of the classic from Miles’ Kind of Blue from guitar guru David Fiuczynski’s band]
  • 138:59 Henry Threadgill Sextett- Theme from Thomas Cole- You Know the Number- Novus [one of the odd segues which makes perfect sense to my ear…. Hard to ever go wrong with Threadgill’s Sextett dates]
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  • 148:00 Pixels- Easter Song- We Are All Small Pixels- Cuneiform [a shorty from a Norwegian jazz/pop group which maintains full artistic integrity]

OFOB playlist for 7/1/14

Friends,

Here’s this week’s playlist…. A good time, + what the heck, would probably also work for 4th of July festivities. Start times + notes included.

Enjoy + Keep those ears growing!
Larry
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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
Additonal playlists available to the right
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the upper right
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OFOB for 7/1/14:

  • Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden- My Ship- Last Dance- ECM [more magic from the same recording date as the 2010 duet release “Jasmine.” Charlie has been in ill health of late, battling post-polio syndrome which can impair the use of his hands, severely curtailing his ability to perform or record. If in fact this represents Charlie’s last dance, we still have many leader, group-led and sideman recordings to appreciate by this master of the bass.]
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  • 11:35 Mike Reed’s People Places & Things- Shotgun Wedding- Second Cities, Vol. 1- 482 Music [Chicago drummer Mike Reed’s quartet with Greg Ward- alto sax, Tim Haldeman- tenor sax, and Jason Roebke- bass visits Amsterdam and is joined by some Dutch greats. Erstwhile Californian Michael Moore is featured on his tune. Though fully capable of handling the fare, Mike’s PP&T is a vehicle he uses to feature guest artists work tributes.]
  • 16:57 Bennie Wallace Blues Ensemble of Biloxi & The Wings of Song- Trouble and Woe- Sweeping Through the City- Enja [the Wings of Song vocal quartet are featured in this original by tenor saxman Bennie which has the richness of a spiritual classic. John Scofield- guitar, Ray Anderson- trombone and Mike Richmond- bass are perfect foils on this 1984 classic which makes the diehard cynic recognize at least the inspirational value of religion.]
  • 22:10 Mike Reed’s People Places & Things- The Next Time You are Near- About Us- 482 Music [from 2009, for this tune the PP&T quartet as above… a gorgeous tune from a group which can also stretch out.]
  • 27:48 Michael Vlatkovich Quartet- Moon Joolia- You’re Too Dimensional- pfMentum [quartet w/Michael on tbone, Jim Knodle on trumpet... a favorite date by a favorite player.]
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  • 41:56 Michael Vlatkovich Quartet- Wishing for 2 at 5/3- You’re Too Dimensional- pfMentum
  • 46:19 Bennie Wallace Blues Ensemble of Biloxi- Eight Page Bible- Sweeping Through the City- Enja [same as above, but an instrumental…. A marvelous blend of roots and modernism]
  • 53:22 David S. Ware Quartet- Autumn Leaves- BalladWare- Thirsty Ear [This date focuses on the less heard ballad side of this 1999 recording. Check out David’s unique tone on tenor sax, w/Matthew Shipp- piano, William Parker- bass, Guillermo E. Brown- drums]
  • 61:11 Tom Rainey- You Don’t Know What Love Is- Obbligato- Intakt [A new release, Tom on drums + Drew Gress- bass are the senior member of this band of otherwise younger but extremely talented players incl. Ralph Alessi- tpt, Ingrid Laubrock- sax, Kris Davis- piano. “Together they reconfigure traditional tunes as impressionistic sketches, treating timeless themes as rubato obbligatos underpinned by supple group interplay.”- all about jazz/Troy Collins]
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  • 72:18 Arthur Blythe- Spirits in the Field- The Grip- India Navigation [the India Navigation catalogue is long overdue for full release schedule on CD, with many important recordings documenting New York’s loft scene + seminal recordings by up and coming musicians at a time when major labels were still caught up in disco. This is a prime example in Arthur Blythe’s first (live) release from 1977. Arthur’s biting alto sound on a Frank Lowe cover is a loping number also featuring Abdul Wadud- cello, Ahmed Abdullah- trumpet, Bob Stewart- tuba, Steve Reid- drums.]
  • 80:33 Jemeel Moondoc- The Zookeeper’s House- The Zookeeper’s House- Relative Pitch [Jemeel studied w/Cecil Taylor at the University of Wisconsin, though I first ran into him when he followed Cecil to Antioch College for further study @’72/73. He dropped into the NYC loft scene and has held onto that rebel spirit ever since, with an alto sound which can be alternatively aggressive or tentative. This is brand new (rec. 10/13), and for this tune features Matthew Shipp- piano, Hilliard Greene- bass and Newman Taylor Baker- drums]
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  • 93:17 Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo- Reverberations- Force Majeure- Delmark [though originally from NYC, solid pianist Giallorenzo is in the process of making his mark with a coterie of Chicago players connected directly or indirectly with Ken Vandermark. The second GitGo release (1st on Leo from 2010), this 2013 recording again features the solid front line of Jeb Bishop- trombone, Mars Williams- saxes. The muscular Mars Williams is terribly under-recorded, giving added value to GitGo sessions.]
  • 100:06 Craig Harris- Blackwell- Black Bone- Soul Note [Black Saint/Soul Note like India Navigation was also critical in documenting forward thinking artists, but with a bigger budget was able to handle higher powered players of the more free variety. Trombonist Craig Harris has recorded for both, and his infectious music can include sources from Australia, Africa and Jamaica. This features George Adams on tenor sax, Donald Smith- piano, Fred Hopkins- bass, Charlie Persip- drums]
  • 113:10 Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo- Obelaskism- Emergent- Leo Records [GitGo’s first outing from 2010]
  • 121:34 The Vandermark 5- Mark Inside- Single Piece Flow- Atavistic [Ken’s longest running vehicle with some 15 odd studio + live dates , from 1996 this is the first full recording and featured Ken Vandermark- reeds, Mars Williams- saxes, Jeb Bishop- trombone, Kent Kessler- bass, Tim Mulvenna- drums. Mars and Ken first met in Hal Russell’s 1993 NRG ensemble recording “Calling All Mothers”, and continued the NRG collaboration collaborated after Hal Russell died under Mars’ leadership. In 1998 Dave Rempis replaced Mars in V5.]
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  • 128:19 Hal Russell NRG Ensemble- Sponge- Generation- Chief/Nessa [Hal (’26-’92) was an American free jazz composer, band leader and mult-instrumentalist who performed mainly on saxophone and drums but occasionally on trumpet or vibraphone. He formed the NRG ensemble in ’79 and this date is from ’82 and Mars Williams wrote Sponge, though he was not in the group at this point. Charles Tyler is special guest on baritone sax. Russell is attributed with setting the table for the free improv and free jazz scene which exploded later in the 90's in Chicago.]
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  • 141:21 Slavic Soul Party- Sviraj Srecko- Taketron- Barbes Records [Big Balkan brass band fun. Vibist Matt Moran switches to bass drum to head up this 2009 date. Over the years many strong players have floated through the band, & this incarnation has 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 reed players, accordion, tuba + 3 other percussionists. A party, indeed.]
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  • 146:40 Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra- Sly Notions- MTO Plays Sly- The Royal Potato Family [and finishing w/more fun as slide trumpet Steven Bernstein heads up a Sly Stone w/a full stable of strong talent… also a brash brass event.]

+ in the video department:

Bennie doing Monk:

 

OFOB playlist for 6/24/14

Note: See Don Cherry videos below.

Friends,

Below you will see the playlist from this week’s radio program. The show included classic (and unfortunately very rare) material from the early ‘70s [Togashi/Hemphill/Tyler] to material which is equally exciting and newly released [Moondoc/Laubrock]. Plenty of great music, so I hope you have the opportunity to hear the show before next week’s show replaces it.

A tip of the porkpie to Thumbscrew for their marvelous performance at Kuumbwa on 6/25!
Keep those ears growing!
Larry
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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
Additonal playlists available to the right
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the upper right
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OFOB for 6/24/14:

  • Joe LoCascio & Woody Witt- My Little Brown Book- Absinthe: the Music of Billy Strayhorn- Blue Bamboo Music [brand new, this piano/soprano sax duets release compares favorably w/Sempre Amore (below)]
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  • Steve Lacy- Day Dream- Soprano Sax- Prestige [1957 – Steve’s first date as a leader w/Wynton Kelly- piano, Buell Neidlinger- bass, Dennis Charles- drums]
  • Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron- To the Bitter- Sempre Amore- Soul Note [1986 – all Ellington/Strayhorn compositions… it doesn’t get better, only different]
  • The Microscopic Septet- Friday the 13th- Friday the 13th: the Micros Play Monk- Cuneiform [from 2010, Phillip Johnston- soprano sax + Joel Forrester- piano take us for a fun-filled outing of Monk covers]
  • AYCH [Jim Hobbs/Mary Halvorson/Taylor Ho Bynum]- Over Yonder- As the Crow Flies- Relative Pitch [rec. summer 2011 This is Jim’s composition… sax, guitar, trumpet]
  • Thumbcrew [Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara]- Still… Doesn’t Swing- Thumbscrew- Cuneiform [rec. April 2013. A Mike Formanek compositions.... guitar, bass, drums]
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  • Sifter [Mary Halvorson/Kirk Knuffke/Matt Wilson]- Cramps- Sifter- Relative Pitch [rec. Oct. 2011 Mary’s collaborative efforts these days are multifold. A Kirk Knuffke compostion.]
  • Die Enttäuschung [Rudi Mahall/Axel Dorner/Jan Roder/Uli Jennesen]- Rumba Brutal- die Enttäuschung V- Intakt [2009 - bass clarinet, trumpet, bass, drums - One of five + releases by this group (things get hazy because they’re nearly all self-titled Die Enttäuschung [the disappointment]. I never quite got the title sourcing, but this is a group of master euro players who understand the quirky side of jazz. Mahall took notes from Eric Dolphy for his bass clarinet playing. Also highly recommended w/the addition of Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano = “Monk’s Casino: the Complete Works of Thelonious Monk” on Intakt!]
  • Amir ElSaffar- Nid Qablitum- Alchemy- Pi Recordings [Amir’s family out of Iraq, so we get some wonderfully exotic musical sources mixed in. His latest from 2013 w/Amir- tpt, Ole Mathiesen- tenor sax, John Escreet- piano, Francois Moutin- bass, Dan Weiss- drums]
  • Masahiko Togashi w/Don Cherry + Charlie Haden- Rain- Song of Soil- Take One/King Records [japan] [recorded in Paris in 1979, Togashi draws on the inimitable talents of Don + Charlie]
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  • Don Cherry/Dewey Redman/Charlie Haden + Ed Blackwell- Togo- Old and New Dreams- ECM [1979 – all alumni of Ornette Coleman groups who turned into masters in their own right. ‘nuff said.]
  • Jemeel Moondoc- Ptah, The El Daoud- The Zookeeper’s House- Relative Pitch [w/Roy Campbell, Jr.- tpt, Steve Swell- tbn, Hilliard Greene- bass, Newman Taylor Baker-drums. A wonderful recording which Jemeel funded via kickstarter. Brand new, here the band covers an Alice Coltrane comp! Jemeel studied w/Cecil Taylor at Antioch College in the early ‘70s and keeps a classic NYC Loft Jazz era sound in his music. Including the recently departed Roy Campbell.]
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  • Aram Shelton & Fast Citizens- Western Promenade- Two Cities- Delmark [2009 w/Aram- alto sax + compositions, Keefe Jackson- tenor, Josh Berman- tpt, Fred Lonberg-Holm- cello, Anton Hatwich-bass, Frank Rosaly- drums. The concept of each Fast Citizens date is that a different member of the group will provide the impetus (read compositions/leadership) for each date. Solid group of current and erstwhile Chicagoans (Aram now in Oakland) keeps things extremely interesting for each date… others so far headed up by Keefe + Fred.]
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  • Julius Hemphill- Rites- Dogon A.D.- Mbari/DA Music/International Phonograph [1972 w/Julius- alto sax, Baikida Carroll- tpt, Abdul Wadud- cello, Phillip Wilson- d. Julius’ first date, recorded in St. Louis for his own Mbari label, still rings true.]
  • Ken Vandermark’s TOPOLOGY Nonet featuring Joe McPhee- Impressions of Knox- Impressions of PO Music- Okka Disk [rec. 2011. Ken rearranges seminal material from Joe McPhee, rec. 2011 w/ Joe McPhee- tenor sax, Jason Adasiewicz: vibes, Josh Berman- cornet, Jeb Bishop- trombone, Tim Daisy- drums, Kent Kessler- bass,Fred Lonberg-Holm- cello and electronics, Dave Rempis- saxophones, Ken Vandermark- clarinets and tenor sax]
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  • Charles Tyler- Return to the East- Voyage from Jericho- AK-BA Records [1974 w/Charles- alto + bari sax, Earl Cross- tpt, Ronnie Boykins- bass, Steve Reid- drums. This was rare when it came out, and has never been reissued. Great!]
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  • Ingrid Laubrock Octet- Nightbus- Zurich Concert- Intakt [2011 w/Ingrid Laubrock- sax, compositions, Mary Halvorson- guit., Tom Arthurs- tpt, Ted Reichman- accordion, Liam Noble- piano, Ben Davis- cello, Drew Gress- bass, Tom Rainey- drums, xylophone. 18.5 minutes eliciting a fascinating + moody aural story.]

 
And in the video department:
 

+ Don Cherry featured in a French art short film

& I’ve been trying to track down this release to play for you on OFOB… so far unsuccessful, but here’s a taste of Bura Bura!

OFOB for 6/17/14

Friends,

Damn, a fine good time w/lots of great music by lots of great musicians.  I hope you either already heard it or get a chance to listen via our music show player.

See duendeoakland.com and centerfornewmusic.com for do-not-miss Satoko Fujii shows on 6/18 + 6/19.  Kuumbwajazz.org for Thumbscrew 6/25 [also playing Duende 4 nights].

Keep those ears growing!

Larry

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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
OFOB blog at http://blogs.kusp.org/outfrontoutback/
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the right – See more at: http://blogs.kusp.org/outfrontoutback/#sthash.As5L9Iwk.dpuf

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OFOB for 6/17/14:                        [* = cut follows break]

  • The Nels Cline Singers- Macroscopic- Macroscope- Cryptogramophone
  • *The Nels Cline Singers- Red Before Orange- Macroscope- Cryptogramophone
  • Joe Fiedler’s Big Sackbut- Pittsburgh Morning- Sackbut Stomp- Multiphonics Music
  • Mary Halvorson Septet- Fourth Dimensional Confession- Illusionary Sea- Firehouse 12
  • Thumbscrew [Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara]- Falling Too Far- Thumbscrew- Cuneiform
  • *Thumbscrew- Buzzard’s Breath- Thumbscrew- Cuneiform
  • Sifter [Mary Halvorson/Kirk Knuffke/Matt Wilson]- Doughy- Sifter- Relative Pitch Records
  • *Stephen Gauci, Kirk Knuffke & Ken Filiano- Unfurl- Chasing Tales- Relative Pitch
  • Russ Johnson Quartet- Clothesline- Meeting Point- Relay Recordings
  • *Satoko Fujii ma-do Quartet- Spiral Staircase- Heat Wave- Libra Records
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York- Gen Himmel- Shiki- Libra Records
  • Simon Toldam Orkester STORK- Ind I Vaggen- Bells of Sunday- Ilk music
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra NY- The Sun- Undulation- Polystar
  • *Satoko Fujii New Trio- Convection- Spring Storm- Libra Records
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra (n.y.)- Untitled- Blueprint- Polystar
  • *Pipeline [Ken Vandermark/Mats Gustafsson…]- In This Very Room (composed by Ljungkvist)- Pipeline- Corbett vs. Dempsey (recorded 2000, 8 Chicagoans + 8 Swedes = Mats Gustafsson, tenor sax/Ken Vandermark, clarinet, tenor sax/Fredrik Ljungkvist, clarinet, tenor and baritone sax/Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet, alto sax/Jeb Bishop, trombone/Per-Äke Holmlander, tuba/Joe Morris +  David Stackenäs, guitars/Sten Sandell, piano/Jim Baker, ARP synthesizer, piano/Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello/Kent Kessler + Johan Berthling, basses/Michael Zerang + Raymond Strid, drums, perc./Kjell Nordeson, drums, vibes, percussion)

OFOB for 6/10/14

Friends,

Here’s the playlist for this week’s show. Though filled w/incontrovertible artistry, the humor which runs through much of the show brings to mind the word quirky. Don’t let this throw you, and give it a listen before the window closes and next week’s show is loaded.
Keep those ears growing!
Larry
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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
OFOB blog at http://blogs.kusp.org/outfrontoutback/
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the right
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OFOB for 6/10/14:

  • Jaki Byard- Spanish Tinge #3- Empirical- Muse [we start this week’s show with 2 solo Jaki Byard pieces. The beginning of this week’s show was driven by the fact that George Schuller sent me a new project of his and some like-minded fans/students of this great musician. Jaki worked most notably with Charles Mingus, and had a string of solid leader dates which were special for the way they bridged earlier stride and swing stylings with more modern forms. Jaki knew that a story, long or short, must be true to itself, and his tales whether solo or in group form were always compelling and often contained a liberal dose of humor. The Jaki Byard Project focuses on his compositions, and points out that a piano is not required to find gold when reworking those charts.]
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  • 4:07 Jaki Byard- Lonely Town- Empirical- Muse
  • 9:32 The Jaki Byard Project – Gaeta- Inch By Inch- GM Recordings [Jamie Baum- flute/Adam Kolker- reeds/Jerome Harris- guitar/Ugonna Okegwo- bass/George Schuller- drums]
  • 15:21 Jaki Byard [w/Roland Kirk…]- Memories of You- The Jaki Byard Experience- Prestige [a Eubie Blake composition]
  • 22:35 The Jaki Byard Project- Aluminum Baby- Inch By Inch- GM Recordings
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  • 32:30 Jaki Byard Quartet w/Joe Farrell- Twelve- The Last from Lennie’s- Prestige [The balance of tunes recorded at Lennie’s on the Turnpike (mass) in 1965. George Tucker- bass, Alan Dawson- drums in a driving date. This is as strong playing by Joe Farrell on tenor as you can find.]
  • 42:40 The Microscopic Septet- Evidence- Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk- Cuneiform [A group of musicians who know how to inject fun into their music is the Microscopic Septet. Originally formed in the ’80s, this 2010 recording features spirited Micro Monk covers. Arrangers Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) and pianist Joel Forrester are modernists who are not afraid to swing, reminiscent of John Kirby’s band but coming from the other end of the timeline. They do a good job of highlighting Monk’s wonderful compositional humor.]
  • 48:20 Scott Amendola/Ben Goldberg/Devin Hoff- Shuffle Boil- (Plays Monk)- Long Song Records [Drums, clarinet and bass, this bay area power trio attacks the intricacies of Monk lines with fervor.]
  • 50:53 Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch- Old- Comeuppance- Not Two records [More bay bred musicians, Lisa on bass heads up a solid quartet w/Aaron Bennett- tenor sax, John Finkbeiner- e. guitar, and Vijay Anderson- drums. On her liner notes Lisa says “the music funnels rouwdy collectivity into finely honed compositions steeped in free jazz abandon, avant-Caribbean groove and garage rock attitude.” Aptly said + aptly played.]
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  • 63:17 Paul Bley w/John Gilmore…- King Korn- Turning Point- Improvising Artists [Rarely did John Gilmore record outside Sun Ra’s band, this quartet date plays early compositional outings of Paul’s then partner, Carla Bley. Though some of her earlier pen work, Carla was already good at the quickly turning line.]
  • 69:20 Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet- A Bird’s Eye View of a Man’s World- Plutonian Nights [music of Sun Ra]- Coppens records [A Boston area sax quartet w/the good sense to mine the depths of the Ra book. More good times.]
  • 73:43 Ornette Coleman- Broad Way Blues- New York is Now!- Blue Note [Dewey Redman on tenor is paired w/Ornette’s alto work. Trane’s erstwhile rhythm kings Jimmy Garrison + Elvin Jones made for a meeting of masters on this 1968 date.]
  • 82:29 Happy House- Tiziano Tononi & the Ornettians- Peace Warriors,Vol. 1- Black Saint [Italians make powerful short work of this Ornette compostion.]
  • 85:08 Oliver Lake, Christian Weber & Dieter Ulrich- Spring-ing Trio- For a Little Dancin’- Intakt [The most Onettish piece I could find on this jumping date by Oliver on alto sax w/ solid Swiss players rounding out the trio.]
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  • 96:23 Aram Shelton/Darren Johnston/Lisa Mezzacappa/Kjell Nordeson- Crossings- Cylinder- Clean Feed [alto/tpt/bass/drms Time for more S.F. bay flag waving, a collaborative quartet w/balanced musculature works out on an Aram Shelton number.]
  • 102: 49 Aram Shelton’s Ton Trio II- Orange Poppies- On and On- Singlespeed Music [Aram’s latest, he shows off to good effect w/plenty of room to move in a trio setting.]
  • 108:18 Peter Epstein Quartet- Email from Nigeria- Polarities- Songlines [Something new by reedman Peter makes the good choice of asking trumpeter Ralph Alessi to join him. Songlines notes point to “a nuanced clarity of communication, a focus and immediacy.”]
  • 116:28 Pierre Dorge New Jungle Orchestra- Pa Tirsdag (On Tuesday)- Brikama- SteepleChase [A Danish phenomenon, Dorge’s NJO featured the strongest of players including Johnny Dyani and John Tchicai. This a Tchicai compostion. Guitarist Dorge’s band broke big band ranks by creating “a unique and playful combination of traditional and modern jazz with West African Highlife guitar music.” Wiki]
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  • 125:57 Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble- Creative Reconstruction Company (for Muhal Richard Abrams)- Head Above Water, Feet Out of the Fire- Not Two records [Reminiscent of Cecil’s Orchestra of Two Continents, Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble pulls the strongest players from Scandinavia, Poland and Chi-town for inevitable hard blowing creativity. Magnus Broo- tpt/Per-Ake Holmlander- tuba/Steve Swell- bone/Tim Daisy + Michael Zerang- drums/Dave Rempis + Mikokaj Trsaska + Ken Vandermark + Waclaw Zimpel- saxes + clarinets/ Devin Hoff + Mark Tokar- basses]
  • 1:45:35 New Ghost- Eyewitness- Live Upstairs at Nicks- ESP disk [for the reinvention of this classic avant-garde label, ESP decided to record a live date by this thrash jazz quartet… hardcore!]

….and from the video department:

OFOB playlist w/start times for 6/3/14

Friends,

Here’s the playlist for this week’s show. Starting with some gorgeous yet modernistic piano, the show flowed into some Steve Lacy and Satoko Fujii as some of the bones to hang the shows on, and was fleshed out with plenty of other great offerings for the ears. I am happy to report that the Steve Lacy tribute concert on Friday in San Francisco was a uniquely satisfying experience – a tip of the porkpie to Rova, Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston, Aram Shelton [et. al.] for helping us celebrate Steve circa the decade anniversary of his passing. New life and perspectives were added to the Lacy legacy.
Keep those ears growing!
Larry
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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.
Home: 128 Anderson St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the right
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OFOB for 6/3/14:

  • Duke Ellington- Fontainbleu Forest- Piano in the Foreground- Columbia
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  • 4:24 Aki Takase- Solitude- My Ellington- Intakt
  • 10:40 Jeff Colella & Putter Smith- Desert Passes- The American Jazz Institute
  • 16:22 Paul Plimley & Lisle Ellis- Peace- Kaleidoscopes: the Ornette Coleman Songbook- hat ART
  • 24:27 Ran Blake- Lonely Woman- Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano- ESP disk
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  • 33:28 Satoko Fujii- In the Dusk- Gen Himmel- Libra records
  • 37:54 Steve Lacy & Vladimir Miller- The Wane- Steve Lacy: Five Facings, Five Pianists- jazzwerkstatt
  • 45:06 Steve Lacy Octet- Multidimensional- Vespers- Black Saint
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  • 56:06 Mario Pavone- Deez- Street Songs- Playscape Recordings
  • 62:44 Satoko Fujii Ma-Do- North Wind and Sun- Time Stands Still- Not Two
  • 72:37 Figure 8 [Rova + 4]- Lg-[s-db-j]tv (dedicated to Ray Charles and Steve Lacy)- Pipe Dreams- Black Saint
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  • 88:14 Vinny Golia- A Visit to the 440 Club- Music for Like Instruments: the Bb saxophones- Nine Winds
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  • 97:56 Steve Lacy Sextet- The Gleam- The Gleam- Silkheart Records
  • 105:33 Aram Shelton, Darren Johnston, Kjell Nordeson & Lisa Mezzacappa- The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish- Cylinder- Clean Feed
  • 114:57 Gordon Grdina’s Boxcutter- Burning Bright- New Rules for Noise- Spool
  • 118:50 Simon Toldam Orkester STORK- Rog- Bells of Sunday- Ilk music
  • 119:46 (overlap segue) Tiziano Tononi & the Ornettians- Lonely Woman- Peace Warriors, Vol. 2- Black Saint
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  • 133:19 Julius Hemphill- Skin No. 1- Coon Bidness [a.k.a. Reflections]- mbari/Arista Freedom
  • 143:25 The Pyramids- Nebulosity- Otherworldly- Indigo/Disko B

And in the video department:

OFOB playlist for 5/27/14

Friends,

Here’s the playlist for this week’s show, including start times making it easier to track the show while listening via the kusp.org music show player [available through 6/3]. If you are a fan of saxophone groups, there are several dates with saxophone only surrounding the interview with Rova Saxophone’s Larry Ochs. Following the playlist there are also some notes about several particularly worthy concerts to catch in June in Santa Cruz and the SF Bay area, plus the rundown for this year’s Vision Festival in NYC just in case your travels take you that way.

Keep those ears growing!

Larry
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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.
Home: 128 Anderson St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the right
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OFOB for 5/27/14:

  • Steve Lacy- Blues for Aida- November- Intakt [Steve Lacy left a monumental legacy when the departed from this physical plane ten years ago. A beautiful piece from his final solo concert from November of 2003 at the Unerhört (Outrageous) festival in Zurich. Next week we’ll shoot for a more in depth tribute to Steve and his music next week. If you want to do some of your own research on Steve, this discography is the most complete I’ve run across: http://nyds-discographies.com/lacy.htm  More on this release at http://intaktrec.ch/171-a.htm]
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  • 8:50 Ideal Bread- Lesson- Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy- Cuneiform [A Lacy repertory band, this is the third outing for Ideal Bread headed up by bari player Josh Sinton and featuring Kirk Knuffke – trumpet. For this new double CD they chose material recorded by Steve from ’71-’76 on 5 Lps reissued by the French label Saravah as the triple CD box “Scratching the Seventies/Dreams. Sinton points out that these are some of Lacy’s earliest compositions and therefore almost embryonic, allowing “enough room for us to be ourselves in this music.” More on this release at http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/]
  • 12:44 The Six Winds- Where the heck is Klass man- Angel Dance!- BvHaast [from 1991, this founded in 1984 by baritone saxman Ad Peijnenburg has had varying personnel over the years, always featuring one player on each of the primary saxes [sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bari, bass], here with John Tchicai and Frans Vermeersen. The group for the last 20 odd years includes Kazutoki Umezu and Andrew White among others. Klaas Hekman, the composer of this piece has been in the group since its inception. ]
  • 17:48 Steve Lacy/Ned Rothenberg/Roy Nathanson/Eric Sleichim- Suite for Saxophone 1- Antonyms 1: Established Mode of Speech- sub rosa [Lacy’s first sax quartet outing was Saxophone Special from 1974. To my knowledge this is the only other sax quartet date including Lacy, and the other players each have long and notable careers worthy of more time I’ve got here, but you may have run into Roy’s work with the Jazz Passangers who for this date tenor sax while Ned Rothenbert who composed “Suite…” plays alto though he also plays clarinet, bass clarinet and shakuhachi.]
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  • 33:19 Interview with Larry Ochs re: Rova, Cylinder & the Ben Goldberg/Michael Coleman duo in a Steve Lacy tribute in SF [see below for concert information]
  • 47:02 Rova Saxophone Quartet- Moon- Favorite Street: Rova Plays Lacy- Black Saint [Rova is probably the most notable sax quartet extant, formed @1978 and have some 50 odd recordings expressing a wide range of sources and influences. Though they have developed a giant book of original pieces by band members Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley, they have never shied away from fresh interpretations of other composers including commissioned works. Though generally requiring a high degree of concentration, their music provides a corresponding high level of return in musical value. Favorite Street was recorded in 1983 with founding member Andrew Voigt who was replaced in 1988 by Steve Adams. Visit rova.org for more info.]
  • 57:00 Anthony Braxton/Rova Saxophone Quartet- The Shopper- The Aggregate- Sound Aspects [This is Larry Ochs’ composition and a date w/Braxton expanding out to 5 saxes, again w/Andrew Voigt in Rova. Recorded live at the historically important Koncepts Kultural Gallery in Oakland in 1988.]
  • 68:18 Charles Papasoff- Pithecanthropus Erectus- International Baritone Conspiracy- Victo [Yow! Live from the 12th annual Festival International de Musique Acutelle de Victoriaville in 1995, Charles got 5 other reed players to bring their baritone saxes for some heavy sextet work! A crowd pleasing cover of a Charles Mingus classic.  Re the label, see http://www.victo.qc.ca/]
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  • 79:11 Charles Papasoff- God’s Clothes for Shaman Bobbi- International Baritone Conspiracy- Victo [This one a composition of bari-man David Mott, the Conspiracy also includesHamiet Bluiett, Jean Derome, Christian Gavillet and Bo van der Werf. Another nice place to hear David’s bari work is on Michael Vlatkovich’s Alivebuquerque quartet date on pfMentum]
  • 87:56 Keefe Jackson’s Likely So- Pastorale- A Round Goal- Delmark [And back to a sextet of reed players, Keefe’s date includes (from left to right on the recording, so no guarantee who it comes out on your system) Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Keefe, Marc Stucki, Dave Rempis, Peter A. Schmid, + Thomas K.J. Mejer. European and Chicago players gathered to work out Keefe’s compositions at the 2013 Jazzwerkstatt festival in Berne, Switzerland.]
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  • 95:16 Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy- No Baby- Live at Dreher, Paris 1981- hatOLOGY [Though they had recorded together numerous times under Mal or Steve’s name, this concert became the first documentation of a duo performance by the two. This 4 CD reissue features all the music from several earlier single issue “hat” Lps and Cds (Herbe de L’oubli, Snake Out and Let’s Call This)plus several previously unavailable pieces also worthy of release. I chose the version of No Baby from CD #3 recorded August 15 because the quirky “No Baby” chant at the beginning was picked up better on the recording.]
  • 108:30 Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York- Bi Ga Do Da- Shiki- Libra records [You can guage Satoko’s reputation and artistry among her peers by the musicians she brings to bear on her dates… she has orchestra concerts and recordings from all around the world generally drawing the cream of creative musicians to work out the marvelous compositions of her and partner Natsuki Tamura. Check out the band: Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss - alto saxes; Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby - tenor saxes; Andy Laster - baritone sax; Natsuki Tamura, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, Dave Ballou – trumpets; Curtis Hasselbring, Joey Sellers, Joe Fiedler – trombones; Satoko Fujii – piano; Stomu Takeishi – bass; Aaron Alexander – drums. I hear references to the sounds of Japanese theater are filtered through Natsuki’s enormous sense of humor for his piece which rolls inexorably to a cacophonous conclusion.  More on Satoko, Natsuki and Libra records at http://www.librarecords.com/index_e.html]
  • 118:31 New Klezmer Trio- Feedback Doina- Melt Zonk Rewire- Tzadik [Ben Goldberg on clarinet with Dan Seamans- bass, Kenny Wolleson- drums. A remarkable “blend of klezmer, jazz and metal. The first three-fifths of the track is dominated by Seamans’ over-amped bass exploding into the white noise of feedback, while Goldberg noodles on top of it and Wollesen is rummaging around below it.” (from the post http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/02/15/one-track-mind-rewind-new-klezmer-trio-feedback-doina-1995/) Well said, it’s well played and thrashy!]
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  • 126:56 Marc Ribot Trio- Bells- Live at the Village Vanguard- Pi Recordings [The 2004 Pi Recordings release Spiritual Unity w/Ribot- guitar, Roy Campbell- trumpet, Henry Grimes- bass and Chad Taylor- drums was so strong, that it’s wonderful that we get this newly released 2012 reprise, this time pared down to a guitar trio. Though Ribot is probably best known for his session work with Tom Waits and innumerable other performers of art rock and more, he says his music is intrinsically informed by the work of Albert Ayler. Henry Grimes was an original bassist on many of Albert’s recordings/ performances, so Marc sought Henry out when he rematerialized after a long musical hiatus. Worthy.  More at pirecordings.com]
  • 146:08 Tom Chang- Spinal Tap/Goes to 11- Tongue and Groove- Raw Toast Records [Tom plays guitar, and as the song title implies, he’s not afraid to make a little noise. He’s joined by tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby, altoist Greg Ward, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, and a good time was had by all!]

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Some important concerts coming up:
Friday, June 06 at 8:00pm: Rova Saxophone Quartet – A Tribute to Steve Lacy
Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., SF
info at http://sfcmc.org/ai1ec_event/rova-quartet/?instance_id=2294
10 years after his passing, this jazz icon’s unique voice still has resonance for Rova and peers. Join Rova & Friends for this creative exploration of Steve Lacy’s music
• ROVA will reprise the quartet’s 1984 release of 7 Lacy tunes, first encountered on Favorite Street
• Ben Goldberg, Downbeat magazine “best jazz clarinetist” and Lacy specialist, will be joined by keyboardist Michael Coleman for intimate readings of Lacy works
• The extraordinary post-jazz quartet of Darren Johnston, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson and Doug Stuart will dig into Lacy works for the first time

Wednesday, June 18 at 9pm – Satoko Fujii Orchestra Oakland
Duende, 468 19th Street, Oakland info at duendeoakland.com
Satoko comes off a stint w/her Trio + 1 at Vision Festival in New York, and w/Rova’s Jon Raskin’s help puts together a crew of creative Bay area performers to work her charts!

Thursday, June 19 at 8pm – Satoko Fujii New Trio + 1
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., San Francisco
info at http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/

and OFOB suggested concerts at Kuumbwa in June – for info visit kuumbwajazz.org
• Monday, June 16 at 7pm – Billy Hart Quartet: Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street
• Wednesday, June 25 at 7pm – Thumbscrew w/Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara
• Monday, June 30 at 7pm – Human Feel feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black

OFOB for 5/20/14

Friends,
Here’s the playlist for this week’s show. Some good stuff which I hope you get a chance to dig in to.
Keep those ears growing!
Larry
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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.
Home: 128 Anderson St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
contact = larryb@cruzio.com
Listen to the most recent show via the music show player to the right
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OFOB for 5/20/14:

  • Kris Davis- Slow Growing- Massive Threads- Thirsty Ear
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  • Kris Davis- Evidence- Massive Threads- Thirsty Ear
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach/A.Dorner/R.Mahall/J.Roder/U.Jennessen- Misteroso/Sixteen/Skippy- Monk’s Casino: The Complete Works of Thelonious Monk- Intakt records
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  • Ideal Bread [Josh Sinton/Kirk Knuffke…]- Lapis- Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy- Cuneiform
  • The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4- Angles- New York Concerts- Elemental Music
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  • Denman Maroney Quartet- Jug- Gaga- nuscope recordings
  • D.Johnston/A.Shelton/L.Mezzacappa/K.Nordeson- Skipped Rocks- Cylinder- Clean Feed
  • Aram Shelton Quartet- Joints and Tendons- Everything for Somebody- Singlespeed Music
  • Ton Trio [Aram Shelton…]- Findings- Ton Trio II- Singlespeed Music
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  • Ton Trio [Aram Shelton…]- This Reminds Me- Ton Trio II- Singlespeed Music
  • Fay Victor- Laura- Lazy Old Sun: Live/Life in the Lowlands- Greene Av Music
  • Jon Irabagon/Mark Helias/Barry Altschul- Elusive- It Takes All Kinds- jazzwerkstatt
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  • Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy- Seagulls of Kristiansund- Live at Dreher, Paris 1981- hatOLOGY
  • David S. Ware Quartet- Sentient Compassion- BalladWare- Thirsty Ear
  • The Russ Johnson Quartet- Confluence pt. 2- Meeting Point- Relay Recordings
  • Sifter [Mary Halvorson/Kirk Knuffke/Matt Wilson]- Absent Across Skies- Sifter- Relative Pitch Recordings
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  • Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara)- Cheap Knock Off- Thumbscrew- Cuneiform
  • The Nels Cline Singers- Seven Zed Heaven- Macroscope- Cryptogramophone
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  • Tiziano Tononi- …Getting Groovy- We DID it, We DID it!- Splasc(H) Records