Thursday, August 27, 2015

Free Jazz at Auxiliary, August 15, 2015

An update on the evening of free jazz and creative improvisation we had a couple of weeks ago: it was a wonderful event. Lots of folks turned out, and a good time was had by all.

First of all, some sound files! Here's New Ting Ting Loft's performance:

And at the end of the night, all the musicians participated in a group improvisation, conducted by Daniel Barbiero:

There were tons of photos taken, both by Barry Long and Gary Rouzer. Here are a few:

New Ting Ting Loft: Jimmy, Sam, Tim

New Ting Ting Loft: Tommy

                               New Ting Ting Loft: Tommy and Ben:

Vector Trio: Scott, Gary, and Marshall

Colla Parte (I was privileged to be asked to sit in!): Perry

   Colla Parte: Perry, Dan, Sam, Rich

At some point there may be video! Stay tuned....

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Playlist, Week of 2015-08-23

Playlist 2015-08-24:

*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Vόστος
*Dave Bryant: The Garden of Equilibria
*Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette: Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings) (discs 2, 4)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Aphelion
*Colla Parte: 2015-08-15 Auxiliary, Richmond VA (wav)
*John Coltrane: Fearless Leader (disc 4)
*Duke Ellington: The Great Paris Concert (disc 2) “Tone Parallel to Harlem”
*Duke Ellington: The Great London Concerts (selections)
*Duke Ellington: New Orleans Suite
*Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: 2012-12-12 Washington DC (CDR)
*Mary Halvorson-Ingrid Laubrock Duo (2013-03-21) Essen, Germany (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2012-09-23 Magic Garden, NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Achim Tang/Simon Camatta: 2012-11-15 Essen, Germany (CDR)
*Lower Mid-Atlantic Improvisers' Orchestra 2015-08-15 Auxiliary, Richmond VA (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2015-08-15 Auxiliary, Richmond VA (wav)
*Sun Ra: Hiroshima (side 1)
*Deerhoof: 2014-03-09 De Kreun, Belgium (youtube > mp3)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 (finished, 05:43:00-10:00:00)
*Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Winterland + 3
*Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix in the West
*Jimi Hendrix: 1969-08-10? Tinker Street Cinema, Woodstock, NY (youtube > mp3)y
*Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
*13th Floor Elevators: Live in California
*13th Floor Elevators: A Love That’s Sound
*U.K.: U.K.
*Various artists: Bollywood Movie Title Music (CDR)
*Various artists: The Telugu Connection (CDR)
*Various artists: Sessions '64!! (10-in. LP)
*Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Reading List, Week of 2015-08-23

Reading List 2015-08-24:

*Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure (Arden ed., 2nd series, ed. J.W. Lever) (started)
*Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle, Book Two: A Man in Love (transl. Don Bartlett) (in progress)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rodger Coleman: Vinyl Eclectic

why collect records
R. Crumb

Kudos to Rodger for being profiled in the UK magazine Record Collector Magazine! The magazine doesn't do much online, but you can see all three pages of the feature here, including great photos of some of the rare and special albums Rodger's collected over the years (including one of my favorite albums from years gone by: Touch). Very exciting!

Playlist, Week of 2015-08-16

You may have noticed a curious entry in my playlist below: "(started, 00:00:00 - 05:42:00)" --that's because I have begun listening through this 10-hour mix of all the Dark Star jams from 1972.

As of Sunday I have gotten through 5 hours and 42 minutes of it, and of course, it's glorious.

For the last few years I have been trying to collect every version of "Dark Star" from the Dead that I could get my hands on, and pound for pound, the ones from 1972 (especially from the European tour and, of course, the majestic Veneta version)  are by far my favorites (with 1973 a close second). That's when they took it the farthest out; they really experimented with it, with its form and with what it could contain. And of course, also, for 1972-73, there was only one drummer...Bill Kreutzmann rules! Mickey Hart is a fine drummer but I so much prefer Bill's looseness and vitality without him.

I am also a huge fan of John Oswald's Grayfolded, which of course is after something different than this, but which achieves a sort of Ur-"Dark Star" that manages to encompass everything they did with it, from all across the time spectrum, while also opening new doors to perception and pointing the way to a future of timeless Dark Stars, always existing in floating and never-ending space.

This mix, on the other hand, just lays it all out there, one jam at a time, extending into its own kind of ten-hour infinity. Yes, I could listen to this forever. At the very least I'll be streaming it whenever I can until I get through it at least twice, and of course I won't give it the attention it deserves....but it'll be on, a lot!

Playlist 2015-08-17:

*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943 “Black, Brown, and Beige”
*Duke Ellington: The Complete Duke Ellington 1947-1953 Volume 2 (selections)
*Duke Ellington: The Great Paris Concert (disc 1)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: 2012-08-25 Saalfelden, Austria (CDR)
*Julius Hemphill: Coon Bidness
*LARK: 2013-06-16 Brooklyn, NY (CDR)
*Living By Lanterns: 2013-08-25 Sant’Anna Arresi (CDR)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2015-06-22 “Chops for Chomsky” (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2015-08-10 “Counterweight” (wav)
*Tom Rainey: Obbligato
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: Secrets of the Sun
*Cecil Taylor Quartet: Nailed
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor/Anthony Braxton/William Parker: 2007-10-12 Bologna (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-10-13 Reggio Emilia, Italy (CDR)
*D’Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah
*D’Angelo and the Vanguard: 2015-06-14 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN (CDR) (disc 1)
*Area: Arbeit Macht Frei (Il Lavore Rende Liberi)
*Area: Caution Radiation Area
*Area: Crac!
*Blind Faith: Blind Faith (Deluxe Edition) (disc 2)
*Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home
*Bob Dylan: 1965-07-25 Newport Folk Festival (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 (streaming) (started, 00:00:00 - 05:42:00)
*Jimi Hendrix: 1970-09-06 Isle of Fehmarn, Germany (boot CDR)
*13th Floor Elevators: Live in Texas
*13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere
*Various artists: The Wild and Wacky World of Bollywood (CDR compilation)
*Wig Drop: 2015 selections (CDR)
*Wondermints: Bali

Reading List, Week of 2015-08-16

Reading List 2015-08-17:

*Drummond, Paul. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound (finished)
*Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle, Book One (transl. Don Bartlett) (finished)
*Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle, Book Two: A Man in Love (transl. Don Bartlett) (started)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Playlist, Week of 2015-08-09

Not surprisingly, lots of Ellington, since I've been plowing through the Teachout biography. Particular highlights for me this week: "Reminiscing in Tempo" and "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" (the original 1937 version). Pictured above is the now out-of-print Italian King Jazz CD for Duke, volume 1 (of 2). Both volumes are excellent, with pristine sound (as are all the King Jazz discs I've heard). Impossible to find, but if you see 'em, snag 'em!

Playlist 2015-08-10:

*Dave Burrell: After Love
*Circle: Paris Concert
*Colla Parte: Periplus
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LPs 3, 4, 5)
*Duke Ellington: The Original Edward “Duke” Ellington Hits: Vol. 1 (1927/31) (selections)
*Duke Ellington: The Original Edward “Duke” Ellington Hits: Vol. 2 (1931/38)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Jubilee Stomp (selections)
*Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo (selections)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: 2012-05-18 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR)
*Julius Hemphill: Dogon A.D.
*Paradoxical Frog: 2012-09-21 Firehouse 12, New Haven CT (CDR)
*Matana Roberts: 2009-03-30 Brooklyn, NY (CDR)
*Sun Ra: On Jupiter “Seductive Fantasy”
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-10-13 Reggio Emilia, Italy (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet: 1998-12-06 Yoshi's, Oakland (CDR) (disc 3)
*Vector Trio: Sin Ojos (streaming)
*Dark Carpet: Dark Carpet
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2013/2014 selections (wav)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2015-05-29 (wav)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2015-06-19 (wav)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2015-07-31 (wav)
*Grateful Dead: 1972-04-14 Copenhagen “Dark Star”
*Jimi Hendrix: 51st Anniversary (boot CDR) (disc 8 selections)
*Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year
*Super Furry Animals: Mwng (2015 reissue) (disc 1)
*13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
*13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere

Reading List, week of 2015-08-09

Reading List 2015-08-10:

*Drummond, Paul. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound (started)
*Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle, Book One (transl. Don Bartlett) (started)
*Teachout, Terry. Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (finished)
*King, Stephen. Revival (finished)
*Wallace, David Foster. Both Flesh and Not (finished)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Upcoming Gig in Richmond August 15, 2015

Coming soon: Saturday August 15 at Auxiliary, in Richmond VA. An evening of free jazz, creative improvisation, and good clean fun. Mark your calendars!



Tommy Birchett: electronics, styrofoam, laptop, etc.
Sam Byrd: drums, percussion, toys
Jimmy Ghaphery: alto sax, tenor sax, flutes, clarinet
Tim Harding: bass, guitar, keyboard
Ben Scott: Android, electronics, guitar

"Two of Richmond Virginia's long standing experimental music groups (Ting Ting Jahe and New Loft) have been mixing and matching the past year to form a 5 piece electroacoustic ensemble leaving a sonic scorched earth in their trail. Miles, Mingus. Madonna, Merzbow, Mamas & the Papas, Marilyn Manson...we really should have a name that starts with an M."


Scott Forrey (trumpet)
Gary Rouzer (cello, bass)
Marshall Hughey (drums, percussion)

The Vector Trio have been playing together in various incarnations for almost two decades, making free, improvised music in and around the Washington, DC area.


Daniel Barbiero (double bass)
Perry Conticchio (reeds)
Rich O’Meara (vibes and percussion)

Colla Parte brings together three musicians with deep backgrounds in jazz, classical and contemporary art music to create a unique form of improvised chamber music combining the refinement and intellect of art music with the passion and freedom of jazz. Their newest album is Periplus.


A conducted, composition-based improvisation featuring all of the above musicians led by Dan Barbiero.


*RVA project space for underground/experimental/electronic/noise performance.

Brought to you by RVA NOISE

Playlist, Week of 2015-08-02

Finally got this...excellent showcase for George Lewis: his first released recording and he's wailing! Beautiful playing all around.

Playlist 2015-08-03:

*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer/Chris Videll: Indigo over Red on Grey (web release)
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet: 2015-01-23 Le Kremlin-Bicetre, France (CDR)
*Ornette Coleman Prime Time: 1981-06-08 Moers (CDR)
*John Coltrane: Fearless Leader (disc 3)
*Duke Ellington: The Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA-Victor Recordings (discs 11, 12)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: 2014-10-24 Umea, Sweden (CDR)
*Alexander Hawkins: Song Singular
*Ingrid Laubrock Quintet: 2014-01-22 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Robert Lax: The Family (featuring John Gilmore)
*Made in Chicago: 2015-07-11 Rotterdam (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Live at “A Space” 1975
*Plymouth: Plymouth
*Ches Smith and These Arches: 2012-08-23 Willisau (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor/Anthony Braxton/William Parker: 2007-10-12 Bologna (CDR)
*Dark Carpet: 2015-06-20 Peoples’ Garden, Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Deerhoof: 2014-11-04 Brooklyn (youtube > mp3)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2015-05-29 (wav)
*Grateful Dead: 1972-04-17 Copengahgen (CDR) (selections)
*Grateful Dead: 1972-05-03 Paris (CDR) (disc 2)
*Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (disc 4) (selections)
*Kinks: The Anthology 1964-1971 (disc 3)
*Major Organ and the Adding Machine: Major Organ and the Adding Machine
*Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year
*Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrom: Runddans
*Super Furry Animals: Mwng (2015 reissue) (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2015-08-02

The photo is not my copy (mine's in much better shape!), but this is the same edition I read.

Reading List 2015-08-03:

*King, Stephen. Revival (started)
*Teachout, Terry. Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (started)
*Wallace, David Foster. Both Flesh and Not (started)
*Max, D.T. “The Unfinished: David Foster Wallace’s Struggle to Surpass ‘Infinite Jest,’ ” in New Yorker 2009-03-09 (started/finished)
*Heylin, Clinton. Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions 1960-1994 (selections) (finished)
*Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped (finished)

Reading and Writing

Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer. (Susan Sontag, "Directions: Write, Read, Rewrite. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as Needed")