Monday, June 15, 2015

Playlist, Week of 2015-06-14

Sad news this week with the death of Ornette Coleman. It's hard to overestimate just how much of an impact his music, and his musical ideas, have had on my listening and playing.  I was born too late to be shocked by his early albums, and by the time I got to them I was already steeped in Bird and be-bop, and to me his music sounded like the logical extension to that, in visceral ways that hard bop didn't. His electric harmolodic music has ended up having the most lasting impact on me as a musician, not the least because of his choice of drummers and the way they played, especially his son Denardo and Ronald Shannon Jackson. I wasn't a fan much of "Saturday Night Live," but I was lucky enough to see Prime Time blow the circuits out of broadcast TV in 1979. I saw him twice, in 1983 at the Wax Museum in DC and again in DC on the Song X tour in 1986. Both times were excellent, but the Wax Museum show ranks as one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. He was truly awe-inspiring and larger than life (and certainly larger in impact and sound than the rest of the band). Perversely, perhaps, one of my all-time favorite Ornette albums is actually Jackie McLean's Old and New Gospel. He exclusively plays trumpet on it, and his playing is sheer perfection.

Playlist 2015-06-15:

*Rosemary Cloony and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Blue Rose
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-14/15 Nashville (wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-15 Centennial Park Black Box Theater, Nashville (mp3)
*John Coltrane: The Prestige Recordings (disc 15)
*Anthony Davis: Of Blues and Dreams
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis in Stockholm 1960 Complete (disc 4)
*Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago
*Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: All There, Ever Out
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2015-06-01 “Lost and Found” (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2015-06-08 “Next Time” (wav)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2012-12-30 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Leo Smith and Friends: October Meeting: 1987-10-17 Amsterdam (CDR)
*Sun Ra and His Blue Universe Arkestra: Universe in Blue (2014 remaster)
*Aki Takase, Alexander Von Schlippenbach: So Long, Eric! Homage To Eric Dolphy
*Zero Point & Scott Forrey: 2007-11-04 Mexico City, Mexico (youtube)
*Colin Blunstone: One Year
*Can: The Lost Tapes (disc 2)
*Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band: Clear Spot
*Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3(Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 (disc 1)
*Funkadelic: First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (discs 1, 2)
*Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (disc 1)
*Gentle Giant: The Missing Piece
*Grateful Dead: 1972-05-26 London (sbd) (CDR) (discs 2, 3)
*Jimi Hendrix: Stages (disc 4)
*Kinks: Arthur (Deluxe Edition) (disc 1)
*Sean O'Hagan & Jean Pierre Muller: The Musical Paintings, Vol. 1
*Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard: Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Departmen
*Residents: The Warner Bros. Album

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