Monday, April 17, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-16

Thought I would try some more free-form thoughts on the music I've listened to this week--this is a blog, after all. As time permits. The Rick Biddulph music is sourced from a cassette given to my brother by Rick himself, who was a roadie for National Health when we saw them back in '79 in DC. It turns out to be a primo slice of unreleased Canterbury, vintage Dave Stewart and Pip Pyle, plus Northette-style vocals from Barbara Gaskin. I'd love to know more about this... The Great Lakes Suite didn't knock me out at first, but on subsequent listening it's really strong--excellent Leo Smith, with Threadgill actually soloing on sax a lot, something I've missed on his most recent recordings with Zooid--I mean it's always been there, sure, but it's nice to hear him featured in a quartet lineup like this. Shades of Made in Chicago, with DeJohnette on drums as well. Burning..... The Braxton Trillium stuff continues to excite  and bewilder me...gotta have a certain amount of bewilderment...keeps your ears on their toes, so to speak... The Getz samba album is beautiful: simple and evocative-- music of a past I never had. A time of sunsets and parrots.... Chicago Live in Japan is from 1972, back when they were interesting. Terry Kath shines on this, wonderful guitar work, great vocals, even some out/abstract guitar feedback on "Song for Richard and His Friends"... I wrote some about Daniel Barbiero and Ken Moore's Lunge last week, really nice... After getting into the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet Five Spot stuff over the last couple of weeks, I pulled out Iron Man from 1963. I hadn't checked this out in a while, and frankly I'd forgotten how much I love it. A great setting for Dolphy, and Woody Shaw is the perfect complement... Shock Axis is the new Joe Morris, powerful heavy avant-rock that continues the trajectories he's been building with Plymouth and Slobber Pup... Well, I can't write this much about everything, so that's all for now...

Playlist 2017-04-17:

*Daniel Barbiero/Ken Moore: Lunge
*Tim Berne: The Shell Game
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet/Quintet (NYC) 2011
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 1)
*Convergence Quartet: Song/Dance
*Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit
*Eric Dolphy: Iron Man
*Duke Ellington: The Great Ellington Units
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 19 (disc 2)
*Feel Trio: Celebrated Blazons
*Michael Formanek: Small Places
*Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba
*Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies
*Illegal Crowns: Illegal Crowns
*Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe: Phi (disc 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell/Tony Marsh/John Edwards: Improvisations
*Joe Morris: Shock Axis (streaming)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-10 "Swipe Out" (m4a)
*Manfred Schoof Sextett: Manfred Schoof Sextett
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 1)
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (discs 2, 3)
*Wuppertal Workshop Ensemble: The Family
*Lester Young: Classic Columbia, Okeh, and Vocalion Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940) (disc 1)
*Rick Biddulph: Rick’s Medley for U.S. Tour (cassette>CDR)
*Chicago: Live in Japan
*Deerhoof: The Magic
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-03-04 (wav)
*Donnie and Joe Emerson: Dreamin' Wild
*Steve Heimbecker: The Enormouslessness Of Cloud Machines (disc 3)
*Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (disc 2)
*NRBQ: At Yankee Stadium
*NRBQ: NRBQ (The Yellow Album)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (selections)
*Yes: Going for the One

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