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  1. Speaking of Tolliver, there is a good article by Ted Panken in the March issue of Downbeat with the cover story on B.B. King. I picked it up yesterday. There are some interesting quotes and insights from both Tolliver and Billy Harper about Tolliver's style as an arranger and player. Matt
  2. This is really an excellent disc! I am spinning it for sure. You guys should check out www.kindredrhythms.com - which is DeJohnette's label. The production company releasing his new music is called Golden Beams Productions and you can buy the shit on iTunes and on his website. Ted Poor also plays extremely well on the new Ben Monder disc Oceana (released last year on Sunnyside). He went to Eastman - met Monder there in a clinic setting and that was one of his first gigs when he moved to NYC two years ago. I got to meet him when I presented Monder at my school in Pittsburgh last year. That band also included longtime Frisell cohort bassist Kermit Driscoll and vocalist Theo Bleckmann (a student of Sheila Jordan who has interestive non-word vocalizations that he does - with Monder they are usually written out and through composed - harmonies to his guitar lines). You guys should also check out this new Paul Motian Band (they aren't calling this the Electric Bebop band) CD called "Garden of Eden." Monder, Steve Cardenas, Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek, Jerome Harris, and Motian. Glad to see some folks here are not ONLY into the Blue Note era. peace out
  3. So a good friend of mine is in Japan right now and he offered to get me some stuff over there that is not in print in the States or Europe. If anyone wants anything PM me and I will ask him to put it on his list. I already gave him a whole shopping list of DIWs and people on Tzadik who have done other side projects, but I figure I would give others a chance to get in on the action without having to pay a premium for shipping and whatnot. Matt
  4. RIP Bob Weinstock. I will never forget your name. P.S. This discussion has been really informative and enlightening to a young 'un like myself. Especially thanks to Chris, Chuck, Allen, and MG for your stories and historical anecdotes. I truly hope that the present and future of jazz holds some promise for small labels that are labors of love. I have the feeling that MaxJazz (the Macdonalds in St. Louis), Dreyfus (Francis Dreyfus), Sunnyside (Francois Zalacain), Fresh Sound/New Talent (Jordi Pujol), Steeplechase (some Scandanavian fellow whose name I forget), Criss Cross (Gerry Teekens), and Stunt (a Danish fellow) are conducting these sorts of operations that hark back on an era when it was about the love for the music. But obviously the world is a much different place today than it was back in the 50s. Note that almost all these guys are from Europe today. Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny.
  5. Chicken in the Pot (a Jewish thing - easy to make!)
  6. Pepe Gonzalez (DC area jazz bassist) Jerry Gonzalez Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  7. Now its 2006 and I am reviving this thread for personal reasons. I am planning on driving from DC to NY on Wednesday morning for the IAJE conference. Since I have to drive back to Pittsburgh on Sunday to start school again I cannot offer a ride back though. Does anyone wanna hitch a ride with me, esp. if you are going to IAJE or just a quick free ride to NY? Matt
  8. I think akanalog should change his handle to fusion freak!
  9. He also has the advantage of being one of the 10 people left from the 60s. Matt
  10. I have to say that I have never heard of almost any of these groups/musicians but this is one of the BFTs that stayed in the car stereo for over a month just for pure listening pleasure. Even though I can't name the musicians, tracks 3 and 10 especially do it for me and make this CD great. Great BFT Tjobbe. EDIT: AND 17!!!! That sax soli is ridiculous!
  11. my radio show. I play everything from the two new Sunny Murrays to Ben Monder to all the new Emanem (especially anything by Paul Rutherford).
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. That's a blowing session. It's mostly head, solo, shout, solo, shout, head.
  15. But with who and when? Are we talking Jim Hall? And who was the tenorist. Matt
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Is Nicole Mitchell the daughter of Roscoe Mitchell? And at any point has she been in the AEC. I really dug her Black Earth Ensemble CD last year. I think it was on Delmark. Anyone have any recommendations of her music? I am very into AEC and the whole Chicago scene/history is growing on me. She was just here in Pittsburgh. Was supposed to be with David Boykin on this mini-tour, but word has it he didn't show (probably because he knew he wouldn't make his guarantee at this venue on a Sunday night). It was just her and some good local cats like this sax player named Ben Opie and this bassist named Mark Perna. Apparently they were playing pretty straight-ahead material. Y'all need to check out Opie and his ensemble Opek which does concerts that are usually tributes to a given composer - Trane, Miles, Sun Ra, Monk, etc. He is an excellent all-around reed player. His day job is teaching music technology at Carnegie Mellon and the local performing arts high school. He does a mean version of Beatrice! He also leads a group called Thoth Trio. Anyways, info on Nicole Mitchell Would be appreciated.
  21. 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
  22. I would never have gotten into Hank Mobley, Cecil Payne, and Patato had I not heard Kenny Dorham's Afro Cuban.
  23. 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
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