Monday, May 10, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-05-09



There's a wealth of Ellington-tinged beauty on all four of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra's recordings of the works of Billy Strayhorn... achingly sumptuous, just incredible.... 

Playlist 2021-05-10:

*Daevid Allen Trio: Live 1963
*Marshall Allen/Matthew Shipp/Joe Morris: Night Logic
*Beatles: Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster) (sides 1, 2)
*Burial: Untrue
*John Coltrane: Fearless Leader (disc 4)
*Miles Davis: Chronicle: The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951-1956 (disc 1)
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Die Like a Dog: Fragments of Music, Life and Death of Albert Ayler
*Dutch Jazz Orchestra: So This Is Love: More Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn
*Duke Ellington: The Great Chicago Concerts (discs 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (side 3)
*Duke Ellington: New York New York
*Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Soup
*Indigo Trio: Anaya
*I.P.Y.: IPY
*Joëlle Léandre and George Lewis: Transatlantic Visions
*John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (Ultimate Collection) (disc 1)
*London Jazz Composers Orchestra featuring Anthony Braxton: 1988-03-25 Basel, Switzerland (CDR) "Unidentified Braxton Composition pt. 2"
*David Murray Big Band: David Murray Big Band
*Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin: 1973-09-05 Berkeley (boot CDR) (disc 2)
*Alexander von Schlippenbach: Monk's Casino (The Complete Works of Thelonious Monk) (discs 2, 3)
*Sonic Youth: The Eternal
*Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed, Vol. 1 (disc 4)
*Robert Turman: Flux
*Larry Young: Heaven on Earth
*Larry Young: Mother Ship

Reading List, Week of 2021-05-09




Reading List, Week of 2021-05-10:

*Duke Ellington: The Centennial Edition (ed. Orrin Keepnews et al.) (reread/started)
*Howlett, Kevin. The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970 (in progress)
*Lucretius. De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) (transl. David R. Slavitt) (in progress)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Misterioso (reread/in progress)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-05-02


I still don't know what I think about A Drum Is a Woman... there are some interesting musical moments, but Duke Ellington's narration is often coy and irritating... maybe if I'd seen it in the context of the TV show I'd feel differently... there's not a lot of swing in it, but I feel like I'm probably missing the boat... further research needed... Midnight in Paris, with only two Ellington compositions on it, is a great case for Ellington and Billy Strayhorn as excellent arrangers (recomposers)... In addition to the Duke, I have also been digging a little deeper into my Jimi Hendrix collection... can't get enough... still and all, with all the incredible live shows and studio outtakes that have been released since his death, to me there's nothing better than the three original studio albums, plus Band of Gypsys and Cry of Love... 

Playlist 2021-05-03:

*Brahms & Schumann String Quartets (The Lindsays)
*James Carter: In Carterian Fashion
*Company: Trios
*Declared Enemy: Salute to 100001 Stars: A Tribute to Jean Genet
*Hamid Drake & Bindu: Blissful
*Michel Edelin Trio: Kuntu
*Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (sides 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: A Drum Is a Woman
*Duke Ellington: His Piano and His Orchestra at the Bal Masque
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Midnight in Paris
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Featuring Paul Gonsalves
*Scott Fields Ensemble: We Were the Phliks
*Alexander Hawkins feat. Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble: Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)
*Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (discs 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy (deluxe ed.) (discs 3, 4)
*Kassap/Lavant/Lopez/Médioni/Tchamitchian: Ascension, Tombeau de John Coltrane
*Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side "Red Moon In The Sky/Odwalla"
*Monash Art Ensemble/George Lewis: Hexis
*Moving Gelatine Plates: The World of Genius Hans
*News From Babel: Sirens & Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Alexander von Schlippenbach: Monk's Casino (The Complete Works of Thelonious Monk) (disc 1)
*Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser (discs 1, 2)
*Skeleton Crew: Learn to Talk
*Speaker Music: Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (disc 2)
*Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed, Vol. 1 (disc 3)
*Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams
*Steve Swell's Fire Into Music: Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow
*Cecil Taylor & Günter Sommer: Riobec "Riobec 1"
*Carla Thomas: Let Me Be Good to You (The Atlantic & Stax Recordings 1960-1968) (disc 2)
*David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger "Eye Meddle"
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 1)
*Anna Webber: Simple
*Teddy Wilson: Teddy Wilson (Giants of Jazz) (side 3)

Reading List, Week of 2021-05-02




Reading List, Week of 2021-05-03:

*Howlett, Kevin. The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970 (started)
*Lucretius. De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) (transl. David R. Slavitt) (started)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Misterioso (reread/started)
*Sappho. Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments (transl. Aaron Poochigan) (started/finished)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Rose Theatre (reread/started/finished)
*Sappho. The Poetry of Sappho (transl. Jim Powell) (finished)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Odd Number (reread/finished)

Monday, April 26, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-04-25




Well, this week sees the end pretty much of my Duke Ellington deeeep dive into my collection... I created a playlist on the Magic Jukebox 2 of all the stuff I want to revisit (mostly newer suites and more obscure compositions, nothing older than 1946 except for a couple of tunes I couldn't do without)... 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s already on there, of course.... the playlist is 32 hours long... that's enough to keep me busy for a while... the amazing thing is how much writing he (and Billy Strayhorn) cranked out over the years... just tremendous... 

Playlist 2021-04-26:

*Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra: Rejoicing with the Light (side 1)
*Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown (side 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Five Pieces 1975 (sides 1, 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J: 2014-04-19 Roulette, NYC, Acts III, IV (DVD)
*Jakob Bro: Returnings
*Rob Brown Quartet: Radiant Pools
*Burial: Untrue
*James Carter: The Real Quietstorm
*Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors
*Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (disc 1)
*Chris Cutler & Fred Frith: Live In Moscow, Prague, & Washington
*Hamid Drake & Bindu: Bindu
*Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings (disc 25)
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (disc 7)
*Duke Ellington: Swinging Suites by Edward E. & Edward G.
*Duke Ellington: His Piano and His Orchestra at the Bal Masque
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Midnight in Paris
*Duke Ellington Octet: Live at the Rainbow Grill
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 3: Studio Sessions, New York 1962
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 4: Studio Sessions, New York 1963
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 6: Dance Dates, California 1958
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 7: Studio Sessions, Chicago 1957, New York 1962
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 8: Studio Sessions, 1957-1967
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 9: Studio Sessions, New York 1968
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 10: New York, Chicago 1965, 1966, 1971
*Fred Frith: Freedom in Fragments (Rova Saxophone Quartet)
*Joe Giardullo Open Ensemble: Red Morocco
*Gilgamesh: Arriving Twice
*Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time • Redemption
*Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud
*Herbie Hancock: The Prisoner (side 2)
*Haste: A Broad Margin
*Joe Henderson: In Pursuit of Blackness
*Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live in Maui (disc 1)
*Andrew Hill: The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66) (disc 6)
*Michael Hurley: Hi Fi Snock Uptown
*Peter Kowald: off the Road
*Maghostut Trio: Live at Last
*Roscoe Mitchell/David Wessel: Contact
*Roscoe Mitchell Quintet: Turn
*Thurston Moore: By the Fire (disc 1)
*Gerry Mulligan/Lee Konitz: Revelation (sides 1, 2)
*NVS Trio: 2016-12-12 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*PainKiller: Guts of a Virgin
*PainKiller: Execution Ground (disc 1)
*William Parker Double Quartet: Alphaville Suite
*Pretty Things: S.F. Sorrow
*Right Hemisphere: Right Hemisphere
*Minnie Ripperton: Perfect Angel (side 1)
*Matthew Shipp: Un Piano
*Speaker Music: Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (disc 1)
*Robert Turman: Flux
*Tony Williams: Mosaic Select (discs 2, 3)
*Wyxz: Odyx
*Larry Young: Contrasts

Reading List, Week of 2021-04-25




Reading List, Week of 2021-04-26:

*Sappho. The Poetry of Sappho (transl. Jim Powell) (started)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Odd Number (reread/started)
*Beckett, Samuel. Murphy (finished)
*Dirda, Michael. Bound to Please (finished)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-04-18



My exploration of Duke Ellington continues... This week, the highlights for me were Bal Masque, with various Ellington players taking tongue-in-cheek roles in a masked ball cocktail lounge band, and The Cosmic Scene and Unknown Session, two more medium-sized group forays... On the former, Paul Gonsalves turns in a wonderful rendition of "Body and Soul"... I'm getting close to wrapping up this detailed excursion... 

Playlist 2021-04-19:

*Louis Armstrong: The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946) (disc 2)
*Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit, Complete Sessions, Deluxe Edition (disc 1)
*Derek Bailey/Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Calvin Weston: Mirakle
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Now/Here
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J: 2014-04-19 Roulette, NYC, Acts I, II (DVD)
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour: Live At Firehouse 12
*Billy Cobham: Crosswinds
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1950-06-10 Hamburg (discs 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington's Spacemen: The Cosmic Scene
*Duke Ellington: His Piano and His Orchestra at the Bal Masque
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Midnight in Paris
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Ellington Jazz Party in Stereo (side 1)
*Duke Ellington and Count Basie: First Time! The Count Meets the Duke (side 2)
*Duke Ellington: Unknown Session
*Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Duke Ellington in Gröna Lund 1963 (discs 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington: Live Th. Champs Elysées 29/30 Janvier 1965, Part. 2
*Duke Ellington: Soul Call (selections)
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 1: Studio Sessions, Chicago 1956
*Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Vol. 2: Dance Sessions, California, 1958
*Grant Green: I Want to Hold Your Hand
*Jimi Hendrix with Curtis Knight and the Squires: George's Club 20, Hackensack, NY 1965 (CDR)
*Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy (deluxe ed.) (disc 1)
*Jefferson Pilot: The Hopeless News
*Ingrid Laubrock: Dreamt Twice, Twice Dreamt (discs 1, 2)
*Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love
*Lemon Twigs: Songs for the General Public
*Mat Maneri Quartet: Blue Decco
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Dewey Redman/Cecil Taylor/Elvin Jones: Momentum Space
*Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude
*Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed, Vol. 1 (discs 1, 2)
*Sun Ra: Continuation (Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey) "Continuation to Jupiter Festival"
*Lewis Taylor: Stoned- Part I
*Lewis Taylor: Stoned- Part II
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (discs 26, 27)
*Tony Williams: Mosaic Select (disc 1)
*Larry Young: Of Love and Peace