Monday, October 7, 2019

Playlist, Week of 2019-10-06

Synth-drenched excursions into a quieter side of Rodger Coleman with his new release Modular Meditations v​.​1... nice... I enjoy the 1973 guitar-band Miles Davis music from the Newport Jazz Festival release, and goodness knows we need more official releases from 1973-75, but damn if the real gems of this box aren't the two sets from the classic quintet from 1966 and 1967 ... check out how much they sped up "Gingerbread Boy" from one year to the next... Tony Williams: geez... I'm glad they keep coming up with these Coltrane discoveries... loving it all, but tapping more from the Stellar Regions vein would really float my boat... let's have more "lost"albums from 1966-67, please!... Finally, wonderful to hear ex-UYA bandmate Steven Forrey guesting on the new Vector Trio release...

Playlist 2019-10-07:

*"A" Trio & AMM: AAMM
*John Abrercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette: Gateway
*John Abrecrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine: John Abrecrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine
*Anthony Braxton/Tomas Fujiwara/Tom Rainey: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (discs 1, 2)
*Don Cherry/Ed Blackwell: El Corazón
*Rodger Coleman: Modular Meditations v​.​1
*John Coltrane: Blue World
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Duke Ellington: 1932-04-11 (Hartford, CT)
*Kip Hanrahan: Coup de Tête
*John McLaughlin: Devotion
*Charles Mingus: Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Roscoe Mitchell and the CMS Orchestra: Untitled (on Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1, disc 2)
*New Ting: 2019-09-30 "Emulsify My Desires" (wav)
*Gary Peacock: Guamba
*Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes
*RAIC: Chance Operations (disc 2)
*Gary Rouzer: Sei Solo - Violoncello Allein
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Arkestra: 1975-01-30 Cleveland (CDR)
*Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit: April Is the Cruellest Month
*Vector Trio: (quartet)
*Al Bowlly: Al Bowlly ...Remembers
*James Brown: The Singles, Vol.  10: 1975-1979 (disc 1)
*Cream: Wheels of Fire (disc 1)
*Flying Lotus: Los Angeles
*Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes
*Grateful Dead: 1977-06-09 Winterland (CDR) (disc 1)
*Henry Cow: Hamburg
*Denise LaSalle: Trapped by a Thing Called Love
*Denise LaSalle: On the Loose
*Prince: The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold
*Monty Python: Tiny Black Round Things (boot CDR)
*Todd Rundgren: Initiation
*Various artists: American Pop (disc 5)
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 195o: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Various artists: Bachelor's Guide to the Galaxy: Cocktail Mix

Reading List, Week of 2019-10-06

Reading List 2019-10-07:

*Epstein, Edmund Lloyd. A Guide Through Finnegans Wake (finished)
*Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake (ed. Rose/O'Hanlon) (reread/finished)
*Kitcher, Philip. Joyce's Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake (finished)
*Creeley, Robert. Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (in progress)
*Ellmann, Lucy. Ducks, Newburyport (in progress)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Finnegans Wake Re-Re-Read

Well, maybe not the "best" book, but still.... Finnegans Wake is quite an experience. Reading it twice in a row (after having read it once back in the '80s) was something I never dreamed I'd ever do, and I definitely feel like my brain has been put through the ringer. I loved it. And I didn't even obsess over minutiae or layered meanings of individual words... my copy is astonishingly clean of annotations. I just let it wash all over me. Listening to Patrick Horgan's recording while reading it was definitely a plus... you need both your eyes and your ears for this... I find that reading it aloud to myself is often too distracting because I run into too many words I can't pronounce, and it impedes the flow... I also got a lot out of both Epstein and Kitcher's books... I especially liked Kitcher's approach to teasing out how what he terms the "Joycean virtues" ("kindness, understanding, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness" --p. 250) are expressed in the Wake. I also appreciated Kitcher's perception of the dreamer (the reader? whoever is "narrating" the novel) and the dreamer's "dreamwork":
The dreamer is an aging man for whom there arises a cluster of overlapping issues about individuality and conformity, about public life and private life, about creativity and intimate relationships, and about the existence and value of enduring love. (Kitcher, p. 57)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Playlist, Week of 2019-09-29

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I don't know how I managed to miss this juicy item from almost a year ago, but a Duke Ellington aircheck from 1932 has surfaced (well, it's been known to collectors for a while, but it's recently been cleaned up and remixed, by Steve Lasker)... it's the oldest surviving Ellington radio broadcast!... read about it and stream it here... the next two oldest, from 1936, can be found here... well, it's all just gorgeous...

Playlist 2019-09-30:

*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 4)
*Rosemary Cloony and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Blue Rose
*Duke Ellington: 1932-04-11 (Hartford, CT)
*Duke Ellington: 1936-05-09 Chicago (streaming)
*Duke Ellington: 1936-05-26 Chicago (streaming)
*Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Travelling Somewhere
*New Ting: 2019-09-16 "Simmertime Lubricity Challenge" (wav)
*Tom Rainey: Obbligato
*Tom Rainey Obbligato: Float Upstream
*James Blood Ulmer: Odyssey
*Vector Trio: (quartet)
*Dr. Dog: Critical Equation
*Mike Elder/Greg Jordan/Harry Forrest/Sam Byrd: 2019-09-21 (wav)
*Gentle Giant: The Power and the Glory
*Laneville-Johnson Union Brass/Lapsey Band: Country Brass Bands
*Matching Mole: March
*Upsetters: Return of the Super Ape
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free
*Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka - Hot Rats

Reading List, Week of 2019-09-29

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Reading List 2019-09-30:

*Ellmann, Lucy. Ducks, Newburyport (started)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee: The Essential Thor, Vol. 2 (finished)
*Stephenson, Neal. Seveneves (finished)
*Creeley, Robert. Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (in progress)
*Epstein, Edmund Lloyd. A Guide Through Finnegans Wake (in progress)
*Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake (ed. Rose/O'Hanlon) (reread/in progress)
*Kitcher, Philip. Joyce's Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake (in progress)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Playlist, Week of 2019-09-22

Muhal Richard Abrams's 1-OQA + 19 is an amazing classic from 1977 that still has the power to astound and delight.. the front line horn section of Anthony Braxton and Henry Threadgill can't be beat... as much as I enjoy Threadgill's compositional prowess, especially on his last few albums, I do enjoy going back to the heady Black Saint days when he was soloing his butt off...

Playlist 2019-09-23:

*"A" Trio & AMM: AAMM
*Muhal Richard Abrams: 1-OQA + 19
*Anthony Braxton: The Artistry of Anthony Braxton (CDR)
*Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Herbie Hancock Headhunters: 1974-10-16 Kansas City (CDR) (disc 2)
*Fletcher Henderson: 1925-1929 (JSP)
*Vijay Iyer/Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems
*Joseph Jarman: Song For
*Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons
*Large Unit: Fluku
*Steve Miller Trio/Lol Coxhill: Miller's Tale (sides 3, 4)
*Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors
*New Ting: 2019-09-09 "Peace in Transit" (wav)
*Evan Parker/Trance Map +: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf
*RAIC: Chance Operations (disc 1)
*Tom Rainey Obbligato: Float Upstream
*Sara Serpa: Close Up
*Wayne Shorter: Emanon (discs 1, 2)
*Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars (disc 1)
*Sun Ra: Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
*James Blood Ulmer: Black Rock
*Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976 (discs 1, 2)
*Big Star: Complete Third (disc 3)
*James Brown: The Singles, Vol.  8: 1972-1973 (disc 2)
*James Brown: The Singles, Vol.  9: 1973-1975 (discs 1, 2)
*Flying Lotus: Flamagra
*Gentle Giant: Free Hand
*Mothers of Invention: Freak Out!
*Pere Ubu: Lady from Shanghai
*Ramones: Ramones Mania
*Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells
*Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, September 19, 1978 (discs 2, 3)

Reading List, Week of 2019-09-22

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Getting very near the end...

Reading List 2019-09-23:

*Creeley, Robert. Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (in progress)
*Epstein, Edmund Lloyd. A Guide Through Finnegans Wake (in progress)
*Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake (ed. Rose/O'Hanlon) (reread/in progress)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee: The Essential Thor, Vol. 2 (in progress)
*Kitcher, Philip. Joyce's Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake (in progress)
*Stephenson, Neal. Seveneves (in progress)