Monday, August 10, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-08-09


Old friends, new friends... old: revisiting Muhal Richard Abrams's brilliant big band albums...  the sublime Duke Ellington and two '50s classics... "49 Bye-Byes," one of my favorite CS&N songs... Art Ensemble's "Ninth Room"... new: Ingrid Laubrock and Kris Davis on their first duo recording... getting into early Clifford Brown... maybe more old than new here, but it's all good... and I am finding myself, as always, deeply moved by how varied and satisfying "jazz" (in all its permutations) can be... I mean, damn, Clifford Brown was amazing... as was Benny Goodman, especially the small group stuff with Charlie Christian and Fletcher Henderson... Am enjoying exploring the quite esoteric but beautifully otherwordly music of Alice Coltrane... The Milestone records of Joe Henderson... that particular late-night Latin-y feel... The massive Cecil Taylor big band recordings from "Cecil Taylor in Berlin"...The orchestrated structural improvs of Sun Ra's "Fireside Chat with Lucifer"...  It's all so nourishing and moving... 

Playlist 2020-08-10:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Blues Forever (sides 1, 2)
*Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra: Rejoicing with the Light (sides 1, 2)
*Art Ensemble Of Chicago: The Paris Session (sides 2, 3)
*Derek Bailey & Min Xiao-Fen: Viper
*Daniel Barbiero: Electronic Remediations for Double Bass
*Anthony Braxton: 23 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton: Sonic Genome (2019-10-31 Berlin) (CDR)
*Clifford Brown: The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings (disc 4)
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
*Buffalo Springfield: Last Time Around
*Charlie Christian: First Master of the Electric Guitar (Selected Broadcasts & Jam Sessions, Remastered) (disc 1)
*Stanley Clarke: Journey to Love (side 1)
*Alice Coltrane: Ptah the El Daoud
*Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (disc 1)
*Chick Corea: Circulus (side 1)
*Crosby, Stills, & Nash: Crosby, Stills, & Nash (side 2)
*Cul De Sac: Crashes to Light, Minutes to Its Fall
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions "Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X (master)"
*Death Ambient: Synaesthesia
*Death Ambient: Drunken Forest
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Duke Ellington: Blues in Orbit (sides 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder
*Fela: Fear Not for Man
*Fela: Opposite People
*Aretha Franklin: Runnin' Out of Fools/Take It Like You Give It (side 2)
*Benny Goodman: Small Groups 1941-1946 (CDR compilation) (disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 11 (1972-11-17 Wichita KS) (disc 3)
*Hampton Hawes: Trio and Quartet 1951-1956: Live and Studio Sessions (disc 1)
*Joe Henderson: Canyon Lady
*Billie Holiday: 55 Original Hits by Billie Holiday (side 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Changes
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 4)
*Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Does Your House Have Lions: The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Anthology (disc 2)
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell: Voyage and Homecoming
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (disc 4)
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Crystal Illusions
*Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson
*Patrick Moraz: The Story Of I 
*Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Tooth and Nail
*National Health: Of Queues and Cures (side 1)
*Hugh Ragin: An Afternoon in Harlem
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (side 2)
*Ruins: Symphonica
*Hal Russell NRG Ensemble: The Hal Russell Story
*Wayne Shorter: Native Dancer
*Sun Ra: A Fireside Chat with Lucifer
*Cecil Taylor European Orchestra: Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (disc 2)
*Tammi Terrell: Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection (discs 1, 2)
*Various artists: Little Club Jazz: Small Groups in the '30s (side 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-08-09

Return of the Crimson Guard: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Novels of the  Malazan Empire): Esslemont, Ian C.: 9780765363480: Amazon.com: Books

Reading List 2020-08-10:

*Bolling, Ruben. The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader (started)
*Burton, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy (started)
*Erikson, Steven. Toll the Hounds (reread/started)
*Gaustad, J.L. Someone's Missing...and I Think It's Me (started)
*Esslemont, Ian C. Return of the Crimson Guard (reread/finished)
*Mars-Jones, Adam. Noriko Smiling (finished)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)



Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-08-02


Check out Daniel Barbiero's new release... sonic visions and meditations from several DC luminaries manipulating the same double bass recording... beautiful and mesmerizing... Also new: a radio composition from Anthony Braxton and James Fei, excerpting sections of the massive six-hour Sonic Genome concert in Berlin last year... just gorgeous... The listening's good out here, folks....

Playlist 2020-08-03:

*Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
*Daniel Barbiero: Electronic Remediations for Double Bass
*Beach Boys: Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Sonic Genome (2019-10-31 Berlin) (CDR)
*Clifford Brown: The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings (disc 3)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War
*Alice Coltrane: World Galaxy
*Kris Davis: Good Citizen
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert (discs 1, 2)
*Elton Dean Quartet: 2004-07-26 London (CDR)
*Death Ambient: Death Ambient
*Death Grips: The Money Store
*Death Grips: Year of the Snitch
*Deerhoof: Runners Four
*Deerhoof: To Be Surrounded by Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
*Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington (Giants of Jazz) (side 3)
*Fela: Stalemate
*Gang of Four: Entertainment
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 11 (1972-11-17 Wichita KS) (disc 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 3)
*Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick
*Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Does Your House Have Lions: The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Anthology (disc 1)
*Machine Gun: Machine Gun
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation (discs 7, 9) (selections)
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Equinox
*MIMEO/John Tilbury: The Hands Of Caravaggio
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (disc 3)
*Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo: No Mundo Dos Sons (disc 2)
*Dudu Pukwana and Spirits Rejoice: 1980-06-01 Nyon Festival, France (CDR)
*Django Reinhardt: The Classic Early Recordings in Chronological Order (disc 1)
*Omar Rodriguez: Omar Rodriguez
*Sly and Robbie: Rhythm Killers (side 1)
*Rolling Stones: On Air (discs 1, 2)
*Squeeze: 1980-05-03 Bottom Line, NYC (CDR)
*Jack Stauber: selections (streaming)
*Talking Heads: The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (sides 3, 4)
*Cecil Taylor Big Band: 1995-07-03 NYC (CDR) (disc 3)
*Test: 2000-05-25 NYC (CDR)
*XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-08-02

Noriko Smiling - Notting Hill Editions

Reading List 2020-08-03:

*Esslemont, Ian C. Return of the Crimson Guard (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steve. Reaper's Gale (reread/finished)
*Mars-Jones, Adam. Noriko Smiling (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, July 27, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-07-26


Now more than ever, we need a brand new Funky President....

Playlist 2020-07-27:

*Muhal Richard Abrams/George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell: 2008-08-29 S. Anna Arresi, Italy (CDR)
*Beatles: Something New (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Let It Be (sides 1, 2)
*Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor (Emerson String Quartet)
*Beethoven: String Quartet No. 17 in F Major (Emerson String Quartet)
*Anthony Braxton: The Complete Braxton 1971 (sides 1, 2, 3)
*Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble: 2010-04-29 Wesleyan (CDR) (disc 1)
*Clifford Brown: The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings (disc 2)
*James Brown: The 50th Anniversary Collection (disc 2)
*Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust
*Don Cherry/Penderecki/The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra: Actions
*Alice Coltrane: Huntington Ashram Monastery
*Daft Punk: Discovery
*Kris Davis: Massive Threads
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Derek and the Ruins: Saisoro
*Whit Dickey: Morph (disc 2)
*Duke Ellington: The Indispensable Duke Ellington Volumes 5/6 1940 (side 1)
*Fire! Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki: Actions
*Grateful Dead: Live/Dead (sides 1, 2, 3)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 11 (1972-11-17 Wichita KS) (disc 1)
*Steve Hillage: Fish Rising (side 1)
*King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Ed.) (disc 1)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Tom Rainey: Tism
*Booker Little: Out Front (side 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravská Banda: Distant Radio Transmission (side 1)
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (disc 2)
*Joe Morris/Agustí Fernández/Nate Wooley: From the Discrete to the Particular
*New Order: (The Best Of) New Order
*Outkast: Stankonia
*Dan Penn: Close To Me: More Fame Recordings
*Sam Rivers Quintet: Zenith
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Les Gens de Couleur Libres
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Matthew Shipp Quartet Declared Enemy: Our Lady of the Flowers
*Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Sleeping Beauty (side 2)
*Tool: Undertow
*Trouble Funk: Live/Early Singles (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2020-07-26

Reaper's Gale eBook by Steven Erikson - 9781429925884 | Rakuten ...

Reading List 2020-07-27:

*Erikson, Steve. Reaper's Gale (reread/in progress)
*Mars-Jones, Adam. Noriko Smiling (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-07-19

Chick Corea - Circulus (1978, Gatefold, Vinyl) | Discogs

Lots to say, no time to write... 

Playlist 2020-07-20:

*Muhal Richard Abrams/George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell: Streaming
*Muhal Richard Abrams/George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell: 2008-08-17 Antwerp (CDR)
*Airto: Virgin Land
*At the Drive-In: Acrobatic Tenement
*Daniel Barbiero & Will Robin: Away from the Center Toward X
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (mono) (side 1)
*Ken Boothe: Live Good
*Ken Boothe: Crying Over You: Anthology 1963-1978 (disc 1) (selections)
*David Bowie: Low
*Clifford Brown: The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings (disc 1)
*James Brown: Soul Classics (side 2)
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Circle: Paris Concert (side 3)
*Alice Coltrane: Carnegie Hall '71
*Alice Coltrane: Lord of Lords
*Chick Corea: Circulus (side 3)
*Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (disc 1)
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall (sides 1, 2)
*Death Grips: Year of the Snitch
*Whit Dickey: Morph (disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: It Crawled Out of the Vaults of KSAN Vol. 1
*Guided By Voices: Fast Menthol Airplane Stations (CDR compilation)
*Hampton Hawes: Trio and Quartet 1951-1956: Live and Studio Sessions (disc 2)
*Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell: Voyage and Homecoming
*Mars Volta: Amputechture
*Charles Mingus: The Complete Candid Recordings of Charles Mingus (side 5)
*Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Before There Was Sound
*Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravská Banda: Distant Radio Transmission
*David Murray Octet: New Life (side 2)
*Gary Peacock: Tales of Another
*Don Pullen/Chico Freeman/Fred Hopkins/Bobby Battle: Warriors (side 1)
*Residents: A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big (disc 2)
*Revolutionary Ensemble: The People's Republic (side 1)
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (side 1)
*Rolling Stones: 12 x 5 (side 2)
*Matthew Shipp Quartet: Not Bound
*Squeeze: 1980-05-03 Bottom Line, NYC (CDR)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: 1974: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor European Orchestra: Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (disc 1)
*Trouble Funk: Live/Early Singles (disc 2)
*Various artists: Little Club Jazz: Small Groups in the '30s (side 1)
*Otomo Yoshihide/Chris Pitsiokos: Live in Florence
*John Zorn: Calculus