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  1. Sirius Radio

    Most of you probably don't know this but I worked at XM for the Real Jazz channel so I have the inside scoop on how things work there. Yes, Real Jazz, despite its name is basically the classics (though not inclusive of a lot of the stuff you guys here consider classics). You will hear plenty of Kenny Burrell and Grant Green, but no Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, or even Mal Waldron. The bottom line is that even though they are a premium pay service with the possibility of a wide range of programming catering to many tastes, the tiny demographic of individuals who want to listen to Cecil Taylor (and actually have the money to pay $13 a month for it) is way too small to justify their time and money on spending a salary on an individual who knows jazz well enough to program the full picture. The guy who basically runs Real Jazz is just one guy who has one helper who does the other half of the playlist compiling and voice tracking (they have so little time on their hands that they only voice track every 5 songs or so and they don't even list sidemen or songnames - just who played and in what order). The head guy Maxx Myrick comes from a commercial radio background and to my knowledge, he only did jazz radio for a short time before he was hired by XM (specifically sought out by an old friend from commercial radio who had a R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop background who is the head of music programming). But he was hired for his silky smooth suave radio voice and knowledge of how to program for an audience that is easily satisfied. The way they seem to think about "real jazz" is very much influenced by Wynton Marsalis' conception of what real jazz is - something that is based on the blues, and that swings - lots of Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Monk, Miles, and Trane (but nothing post-1962). In fact, as one of XM's artist proselytizers, Wynton certainly has a lot of sway when it comes to programming on XM - he is frequently a host of a show called "People Who Can Play" and while this show has put the spotlight on people like Renee Rosnes, Bruce Barth, Steve Wilson and several others outside of Wynton's inner circle, it tends to focus on members of the LCJO. Very recently the XM Real Jazz studios were moved from the DC headquarters where I worked for them, to the facility of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where they can do a lot more artist interviews and live broadcasts from the "House of Swing," which is apparently what they are calling the facility in the Time Warner building. My impression is that given XM's policy of doing all the nitty-gritty work in-house usually with ONLY 1 or 2 staff members running each station, versus Sirius' policy of contracting much of the the voice-tracking and playlist compiling out to radio "talent" across the country, XM is not able to keep their programming new and fresh. If you look at it in terms of who is getting more of the new music like Eldar and all the new Blue Note Connoisseurs and all that on the air in a timely manner (or even at all), Sirius is consistently getting it done quicker and thus their programming reflects both the old and the new. I have to give credit to Matt Abramovitz (whose background in jazz radio before being drafted by Sirius was as a host on WBGO) for keeping abreast of the new stuff and adding it to his rotation. For instance, right now or at least a week or two ago, I heard the brand new Robert Glasper CD on Sirius but I asked the Real Jazz guys if they were playing it, and they said they had not yet had time to listen to it with the move and all that's going on with holiday programming. Fortunately to their credit, now some of their content is live DJing rather than all prerecorded (which was the case when I was working there two summers ago and still is the case for many of the channels). The XM modern jazz station (which is a mix of modern Dave Holland type stuff all the way back to Return to Forever and Weather Report) run by Russ Davis (a veteran jazz radio programmer) has a larger staff in NY and has always been a bit more on top of its act. Hats off to him for all the interviews he does and his ability to always have the new stuff in rotation. However, he is a guy who is obsessed with fusione and a lot of his programming is devoted to jammy acid-jazz groups and Metheny stuff that IMHO dumbs things down considerably. Sirius' market share right now is very very small compared to XM who had their game plan laid out earlier and had the investors and the team assembled to move on their plan before Sirius did. I am eagerly awaiting the fate of Sirius after the 1st of the year when Sirius starts broadcasting Howard Stern. Will it be enough to boost them to the status of XM (which still hasn't broken even itself). All this despite the fact that Sirius' programming content is much fresher and more together/varied with multiple hosts in its music programming. You all should know that what Stern gets in one year (100 million), all the other 90 or so channels at Sirius get HALF OF (i.e. 50 million) to split amongst themselves. Obviously this is very very inequitable and might do Sirius' other programming in. Thus Stern is a BIG gamble for Sirius. Hope this perspective helps you guys understand things a little better.
  2. Tenor/Guitar Pairings

    Good call on Billy Bauer/Warne Marsh. I think that does count given the through-composed nature of their playing. But perhaps I'm wrong. I dunno its a hard description to fit. I boxed myself in here. Matt
  3. Tenor/Guitar Pairings

    I want to know the first session that you guys can think of that is a tenor sax and guitar pairing where it is NOT a blowing session (i.e. head, solo, solo, head). I am thinking of stuff along the lines of through-composed stuff where the tenor and the guitar play together throughout. Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall's "Travelin' Light" is a classic example and might be the first. This concept has culminated in pairings today like John Scofield and Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner, Chris Potter and Adam Rogers. You don't have to like the stuff, just let me know who you think originated the concept. And please gimme some other examples of people who have tried this pairing either successfully or unsuccessfully. It seems to me it happened in the 1960s and then stopped during fusione in the 70s and picked up with the Lovano stuff in the late 80s and really gained steam in the 90s. So JimR....I am counting on your knowledge. Who was the first to do this type of thing and who else did it. Matt
  4. Tenor/Guitar Pairings

    That's a blowing session. It's mostly head, solo, shout, solo, shout, head.
  5. Tenor/Guitar Pairings

    But with who and when? Are we talking Jim Hall? And who was the tenorist. Matt
  6. Nicole Mitchell

    How do I get ahold of that Hamid Drake. Speaking of him are there any recommendations of stuff he has led or been on over the years. He was on this hip-hop jazz group's CD (IsWhat?!) as a guest and I frequently see him on free stuff. What is his deal? What is he best known for? Matt
  7. Nicole Mitchell

    Ok. So no albums on Delmark. I must be mixing her up with all the other Chicago jazz Delmark sends my station. This dude SavoirFaire (an electric violinist) had a pretty good album this year on Delmark. Not earth-shattering but the dude can definately play his axe. So JSngry I should get her first two releases huh? Matt
  8. Best of...2005

    Best New Jazz Releases of 2005 Scott Amendola Band - Believe (Cryptogramaphone) Bad Plus - Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo (Columbia/Sony-BMG) James Carter - Out of Nowhere (Half Note) Anat Cohen - Place and Time (Anzic) Avishai Cohen - Trio and Ensemble At Home (Sunnyside) Eldar - Eldar (Sony Classical) John Ellis - One Foot in the Swamp (Hyena) Avram Fefer/Bobby Few - Kindred Spirits (Boxholder) Avram Fefer/Bobby Few - Heavenly Places (Boxholder) Fieldwork - Simulated Progress (Pi) The Frank and Joe Show - 66 2/3 (Hyena) Michael Galasso - High Lines (ECM) Richard Galliano New York Trio - Bohemia After Dark (Dreyfus) Rick Germanson - You Tell Me (Fresh Sound New Talent) Rosario Giuliani - Better Than Ever (Dreyfus) Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name (Verve) Dave Holland Big Band - Overtime (Dare2) John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble - A Blessing (OmniTone) Vijay Iyer - Reimagining (Savoy Jazz) Charles Lloyd - Jumping the Creek (ECM) Peter Martin - In the P.M. (MaxJazz) Mulgrew Miller - Live at Yoshi's Vol. 2 (MaxJazz) Mingus Big Band, Dynasty, Orchestra (Sue Mingus Music) Ben Monder - Oceana (Sunnyside) Jean-Michel Pilc - Live at Iridium (Dreyfus) Bryn Roberts - Ludlow (Fresh Sound New Talent) Kurt Rosenwinkel - Deep Song (Verve) SF Jazz Collective - self-titled (Nonesuch) Louciana Souza - Duos II (Sunnyside) David S. Ware - Quartets Live in the World (Thirsty Ear) John Zorn - Classic Guide to Strategy Vol. 3 (Tzadik) Best New World Releases of 2005 Amadou & Miriam - Dimanche a Bamako (Nonesuch) Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - Government Magic (Afrosound) Ry Cooder -- Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch) Curumin -- Achados e Perdidos (Quannum Projects) Daby Balde -- Introducing (World Music Network) DJ Cheb i Sabbah -- La Kahena (Six Degrees Records) Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim -- Ceasefire (World Music Network) Konono No. 1 -- Congotronics (Ache/Crammed) Madredeus -- Faluas Do Tejo -- (Blue Note) Speak in Tones -- Subaro -- [self-released] Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - In the Heart of the Moon (Nonesuch) Boubacar Traore - Kongo Magni (World Village) Various Artists -- Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar [burma] Vol. 2 (Sublime Frequencies Various Artists -- Musique Populaire Africaine (Buda Musique) Various Artists -- Mzansi Music: Young Urban South Africa (Trikont) Various Artists -- Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop from the Hermit Kingdom (Sublime Frequencies) Waitiki -- Charred Mammal Flesh - Exotic Music for BBQ (self-released) I could list hip-hop and folk too but I don't feel like typing any more. I definately recommend EVERYONE check out the Konono No. 1, Boubacar Traore, and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Talk about good time music. Matt
  9. Terumasa Hino discussion and recommendations...

    Does he ever come to the US? I need to see him. There seems to be no website on him but it is evident he is still working. Matt
  10. KENNY DORHAM

    I would never have gotten into Hank Mobley, Cecil Payne, and Patato had I not heard Kenny Dorham's Afro Cuban.
  11. jazz on college radio!!!

    I edited down to stuff that was spun a minimum of 10 times in the course of 10 weeks in rotation. Note that I usually have 60 jazz recordings in New Rotation out of a total of about 500 new CDs from which they can choose their require 3 new cuts per hour. 31 spins 1. Vijay Iyer -- Reimagining -- Savoy 26 spins: 2. David S. Ware Quartets -- Live in the World -- Thirsty Ear Recordings 25 spins: Dave Holland Big Band -- Overtime -- Dare2 Brooklyn Sax Quartet -- Far Side of Here -- Omnitone 24 spins: John Zorn -- Classic Guide to Strategy: Vol. 3 -- Tzadik The Nels Cline Singers -- The Giant Pin -- Cryptogramophone (24) 23 spins: Kermit Ruffins -- Kermit Ruffins (Putumayo) -- Putumayo World Music Mingus Big Band, Orchestra, & Dynasty -- I Am Three -- Sunnyside 22 spins: Groundtruther -- Longitude -- Thirsty Ear Recordings Michael Galasso -- High Lines -- ECM Records Fieldwork -- Simulated Progress -- Pi Recordings 21 spins: Sun Ra -- Heliocentric Worlds Vol. 3 -- ESP-Disk Ravi Coltrane -- In Flux -- Savoy 20 spins: Organissimo -- This is the Place -- [self-released] Ahmad Jamal -- After Fajr -- Dreyfus Jazz 19 spins: Various Artists -- The Sound of NY Jazz Underground -- Fresh Sound New Talent Assif Tsahar and The New York Underground Orchestra -- Fragments -- Hopscotch Records Kurt Rosenwinkel -- Deep Song -- Verve Music Group Dave Douglas -- Mountain Passages -- Greenleaf Music 18 spins: Thoth Trio -- Apropos of Nothing -- DHP Records Dodo Marmarosa -- A Proper Intro To -- Proper Records 17 spins: Grachan Moncur III -- Exploration -- Capri Records Meat Beat Manifesto -- At The Center -- Thirsty Ear Recordings Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra -- Not In Our Name -- Verve Music Group BeatleJazz -- With A Little Help From Our Friends -- Lightyear/Razler Records 16 spins: Henry Grimes Trio -- Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival -- Ayler Richard Galliano New York Trio -- Ruby, My Dear -- Dreyfus Jazz Bill Frisell -- East/West -- Nonesuch Records John Ellis -- One Foot in the Swamp -- Hyena Records Eldar -- Eldar -- Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble -- Mean Ameen -- Delmark Records Scott Amendola Band -- Believe -- Cryptogramophone Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra -- Una Noche Inolvidable -- Palmetto Records 15 spins: Kenny Wheeler -- What Now? -- CamJazz Marc Ribot -- Spiritual Unity -- Pi Recordings Mulgrew Miller -- Live at Yoshi's Vol. 2 -- MaxJazz Marian McPartland -- 85 Candles - Live in New York -- Concord Records Alice Coltrane -- Translinear Light -- Verve Music Group Avishai Cohen -- Trio and Ensemble At Home -- Sunnyside 14 spins: SF Jazz Collective -- Self-Titled -- Nonesuch Records Rebirth Brass Band -- We Come to Party -- Shanachie Records Jason Moran -- Same Mother -- Blue Note Records IsWhat?! -- You Figure it Out... -- Hyena Records 13 spins: Steve Turre -- The Spirits Up Above -- High Note Fred Lonberg-Holm -- Dialogs -- Emanem John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble -- A Blessing -- Omnitone Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio -- Live at the River East Art Center -- Delmark Records Joey DeFrancesco -- Legacy -- Concord Records James Carter -- Out of Nowhere -- Half Note Records Dave Burrell Full Blown Trio -- Expansion -- High Two Terence Blanchard -- Flow -- Blue Note Records 12 spins: New Birth Brass Band -- New Birth Family -- Fat Black Records Brad Mehldau Trio -- Day is Done -- Nonesuch Records Kneebody -- S/T -- Greenleaf Music Hot 8 Brass Band -- Rock with the Hot 8 -- The Red Hot Organization Bobby Darin -- Live At the Desert Inn -- Concord Records Peter Brotzmann -- 14 Love Poems Plus 10 More -- FMP Rashanim -- Masada Rock -- Tzadik 11 spins: Victor Wooten -- Soul Circus -- Vanguard Bryn Roberts -- Ludlow -- Fresh Sound New Talent Pharoah Sanders Quintet -- Pharoah's First Quintet -- ESP-Disk Peter Martin -- In the P.M. -- MaxJazz London Improvisers Orchestra -- Responses, Reproduction & Reality -- Emanem Charles Lloyd -- Jumping the Creek -- ECM Records Eric Kloss -- First Class! -- Fantasy Records Hungry March Band -- Critical Brass -- self-released Donald Harrison -- Free Style -- Nagel-Heyer Cecil Taylor Unit -- Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye -- Hat Hut Records 10 spins: Tatsuya Nakatani -- Green Report 12 -- H&H Productions Luciana Souza -- Duos II -- Sunnyside Wayne Shorter -- Beyond the Sound Barrier -- Verve Music Group Kermit Ruffins -- Throwback (with the Rebirth Brass Band) -- Basin Street Records Sam Rivers/Adam Rudolph/Harris Eisenstadt -- Vista -- Meta Records Joe Lovano -- Joyous Encounter -- Blue Note Records Babatunde Lea -- Suite Unseen -- Motema Music Juez -- Shemspeed Alt Schule -- Modular Mood Rosario Giuliani -- More Than Ever -- Dreyfus Jazz FES -- ISMS -- Ipecac Brotzmann Clarinet Project -- Berlin Djungle -- Atavistic Monty Alexander -- Live At the Iridium -- Telarc Quite a variety. Being jazz director at college radio is nice - get all this stuff for FREE!!!! Matt
  12. MCG Jazz

    One of their better releases is Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nations Orchestra from like 1994....
  13. What's your Dexter Gordon IQ.

    Remember when I said I didn't dig him? Well since then, that has changed and all the listening inspired me to read a lot about him as well....10 out of 12....not bad.
  14. Mens - Who Cuts Your Hair?

    I wish a woman cut my hair - its happened a couple times here and there. I just go to male barbers cuz that's what I've always done. Is it the case in other cities that almost all barbers in certain areas are Vietnamese or Greek or Philipino (rather than the stereotypical Italians)? In DC, it's all Greeks and Vietnamese. Matt
  15. Bemsha Swing.....

    I am on the air right now and I need to know the original recording of this song. I am playing several versions. I don't think it's the version on Brilliant Corners. Is it the version with the Miles Davis All-Stars from 1954 (a 10-inch on Prestige)??? Any help would be appreciated. Matt
  16. Bemsha Swing.....

    Thanks. Wish I could find that one. I looked on several comps. Is it available today on CD or 10-inch only? Does anyone know of any comps on which this original Monk trio version is included?
  17. Alto Summit @ Twins Tonight!!!

    Come see these three brothas excellent saxophonists w/ Chris Funn on bass and Benito Gonzalez on piano. For more info on this and other sweet shows visit http://www.twinsjazz.com Sets at 9 & 11 PM; $10 cover w/ $10 minimum (food or drink) per person Full disclosure: Paul Carr was my saxophone teacher for my best years of high school. He is very much a texas tenor - coming mostly out of the tradition of Arnett Cobb. Matt
  18. FREE organissimo download over at AAJ

    There are people on this board that freeload my man.... I myself, usually give a bi-monthly contribution by paypal with that little dollar sign link at the top right corner of the board. I figure this is a place and a band worth supporting since I gain so many insights through this board. I have stopped my subscriptions to Jazztimes and Downbeat since I have AAJ and Organissimo as well as my radio gig. It bewilders me that even though Jim is providing this amazing board to all of us for free and that he pays hosting fees monthly, some do not give. BTW, I have the CD and love it! Can't wait for more exclusive tracks! This is a monster band. I finally had the chance to see them in Pittsburgh and despite it being a monday night and having to help ease the 500-lb m-f down and back up a flight of stairs, the gig was amazing. Matt
  19. AOTW Oct 23-29 - Oliver Nelson

    Yeah Sangrey, The part that hit me hardest and had the most profound effect on how I now hear Nelson's sparing solo was one of the last few paragraphs. I am too lazy to quote it but it was the part about what he DID play being both "nothing and everything." That to me seems like an answer a composer might give if he were here to explain things to us, which I doubt he'd do anyways..... Thanks for the words. Matt
  20. BT31 - Sign in

    count me in....
  21. BFT #30 Sign Up

    Hey can I get in still???? Matt
  22. AOTW Oct 23-29 - Oliver Nelson

    Red, I think the beauty in Nelson's tenor solos is that you know he could go all out and cut loose and wail like Hubbard and Dolphy do on the record but there is a lot to be said for restraint; for not stating the obvious/what one might expect. To be fair though, Freddie doesn't state the same old licks over and over (something which I tend to hate about Lee Morgan - every tune he spits the same old lines, amazing in technique, but boring after a while). Nelson's solos remind me of Sonny's restraint coupled with Ben Webster's tone/grit....yeah I think that's what it reminds me of....
  23. AOTW Oct 23-29 - Oliver Nelson

    This is so weird. I was just listening to this this morning. Could not sleep. Woke up and relistened to Blues and the Abstract Truth - probably a bad idea in the sense that Freddie's solos keep me humming and thus unable to sleep. I was noting how Dolphy sounds totally out of place on this record but somehow blends in for the ensemble parts and his solos fit to a certain degree (he keeps things relatively tame). Anyways good pick. Have we ever done "More Blues And The Abstract Truth," on which he actually recorded the song, "Blues and the Abstract Truth"? If not, we should. P.S. speaking of dolphy. I recently discovered a date of his w/ Misha Mengelberg called either "Last Session," or "Last Date." Anyways it was really beautiful and the mix of familiar tunes with originals despite there only being 5 or 6 tunes was really well-executed. And speaking of Mengelberg - y'all need to go out and buy his latest "Senne Sing Song" with Ben Perowsky and Greg Cohen on Tzadik. It is a celebration of his 70th birthday. cannonball-addict
  24. Shirley Horn R.I.P.

    Only vocalist who really understood the lyrics to every song she sang. RIP Ms. Horn
  25. Marc Johnson

    Screw the critics, man. I love this album. I can't get enough Eliane Elias! Lovano I could do without on this particular album, although I love the man's playing in general. Matt