WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-09

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

No theme in particular, but I left the station feeling pretty good about this week’s show.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Wiley and the Checkmates: “Guess You Wouldn’t Know Nothin’ ‘Bout That” – Southern Masters (2009-1) (Oxford American)
The Fabulous Shalimars: “Funky Line Part 1” – The Sound of Funk 4 (Goldmine Soul Supply)
Mavis Staples: “The Choking Kind” – Mavis Staples/Only For The Lonely (Stax)
Grupo Monumental: “Si, Para Usted” – Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1 (Light in the Attic)
Lalo Guerrero y sus Cinco Lobos: “Los Chucos Suaves” – Pachuco Boogie (Arhoolie)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Tabalissimo” – The Voice of Lightness (Stern’s Music)
Les Wanyika: “Sina Makosa” – Sina Makosa (Tamasha)
Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt: “Tèssassatègn Eko” – Éthiopiques 8: Swinging Addis (Buda Musique)
Sroeng Santi: “Baa Baa Buam Buam” – Thai? Dai!: The Heavier Sound of the Luk Thung Underground (Finders Keepers Records)
Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Sereysothea: “Sronoss Oh Jrov” – Sinn Sisamouth (khmermusic.thecoleranch.com/)
Cannonball Adderley Quintet: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” Live at the Club (Capitol)
The Three Sounds: “Your Love is Too Much” – Blue Break Beats, Vol. 1 (Blue Note)
Yo La Tengo: “Moby Octopad” – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (Matador)
The Bamboos with Lyrics Born: “Turn it Up” – Turn it Up EP (Tru Thoughts)
Bobby Cook & the Explosions: “Untitled” – Local Customs: Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Eldridge Holmes: “Hump Back” – Saturday Night Fish Fry: New Orleans Funk and Soul (Soul Jazz)
Blo: “Number One” – Chapters, Steps and Phases (LT&T)
Del Jones’ Positive Vibes: “Afro Funkismus” – Del Jones’ Positive Vibes (Hikeka Records)
Betty Wright: “Ooola La” – The Very Best of Betty Wright (Rhino)
Carole King: “It’s Too Late” – Tapestry (Ode)
Mighty Sparrow: “Dear Sparrow” – Volume 4 (Ice Records)
Ramblers International: “Nyame Ne Nhyehee” – The Hit Sound of the Ramblers Dance Band (Flame Tree)
New Orleans Rhythm Kings: “Since We Fell Out of Love” – Muggsy A-Z: A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier (Upbeat)
Kevin O’Donnell’s Quality Six: “Girl from New York City” – Heretic Blues (Delmark)
The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers of Chicago, Illinois: “Steal Away” – Walk On/The Old Ship of Zion (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)
The Jubilee Hummingbirds: “Stop Laughing at your Fellow Man” – Disturb My Soul: Gospel from Stax Records’ Chalice Label (Ace)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra with Cha Cha Aguilar & Carmen Castillo: “Perfidia” – Bim Bam Bum 1935-1940 (Harlequin)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: “El Toro” – The Freedom Rider (Blue Note)
Eric Dolphy: “The Baron” – Out There (Original Jazz Classics)
Avishai Cohen: “October 25th” – Introducing Triveni (Anzic)
Thelonious Monk Quartet: “Bright Mississippi” – Monk’s Dream (Columbia)
The Lounge Lizards: “A Paper Bag and the Sun” – Voice of Chunk (Strange and Beautiful Music)
Perfume Azul do Sol: “Calça Velha” – Nascimento (Chantecler)
World Kulintang Institute: “Tagonggo” – 3rd Century Gong/Ensemble Music From The Southern Philippines (World Kulingtan Institute)
Luiz Bonfa: “Saudade Vem Correndo” – Le Roi de la Bossa Nova (Universal)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-02

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Groovy jazz, afrobeat, afropop, salsa and then some Woody Guthrie to keep you on your toes.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Dudu Pukwana: “Ducking Darkness” – Black Horse (Black Lion)
John Christensen & Arild Andersen: “Graffiti” – Aérien Voyage : Rare And Unreleased Grooves And Fusion Jazz From Norway (Melodisc)
Lee Fields: “Watch That Man” – Let’s Get a Groove On (Desco Records)
Kashmere Stage Band: “Getting It Out of My System” – Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 (Now-Again Records)
Sly and the Family Stone: “Let Me Have It All” – Fresh (Epic)
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou: “Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni” – “The Vodoun Effect” 1972-1975 Funk & Sato from Benin´s Obscure Labels (Analog Africa)
Ebo Taylor Jr. & Wuta Waziri: “Mondo Soul Funky” – Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat. Funk & Fusion in 70’s Ghana Vol. 2 (Soundway)
The Elcados: “Chokoi & Oreje” – The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
Le Super Borgou de Parakou: “Abere Klouklou (Cavacha Dendi)” – The Bariba Sound 1970-1976 (Analog Africa)
Orchestre Makassy: “Athumani Pt. 2” – Legends of East Africa (ARC Music)
Laba Sosseh & Liwanza Band: “El Guaguanco” – Formidable Laba Sosseh: Special Liwanza Band) (Sacodisc)
Tambo: “Muñeco” – Subway Salsa: The Montuno Records Story (Vampisoul)
Joe Houston: “La Paloma Twist” – Twisting In Orbit (Crown)
The Heliocentrics: “Space Time Girl” – Fallen Angels – the Singles Collection (Now-Again Records)
Caetano Veloso: “Shoot Me Dead” – Caetano Veloso (1971) (Polygram)
El Michels Affair: “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” – Enter the 37th Chamber (Fat Beats)
Johnny Osbourne: “We Need Love” – 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Zed Nkabinde: “Inkonjane Jive” – Next Stop… Soweto, v. 1: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga (Strut)
Chris McGregor and the South African Exiles’ Thunderbolt: “Mra” – Thunderbolt (Popular African Music)
Woody Guthrie: “Mean Talkin’ Blues” – Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mississippi John Hurt: “Nobody’s Dirty Business” – The Greatest Songsters 1927-29 (Document)
Ebenezer Calender and his Maringar Band: “Fire Fire Fire” – Marvellous Boy: Calypso from West Africa (Honest Jon’s)
Richard “Rabbit” Brown: “James Alley Blues” – The Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Soul Stirrers: “Glory Glory, Hallelujah” – Good News (Proper)
Oliver Nelson: “Ostinato” – Meet Oliver Nelson (Original Jazz Classics)
Randy Weston: “Hold ‘Em Joe” – Jazz a la Bohemia (Original Jazz Classics)
Bar Kokhba Sextet: “Idalah Abal” – 50th Birthday Celebration, vol. 11 (Tzadik)
Irene Schweizer/Hamid Drake/Fred Anderson: “Schwandrake” – Willisau & Taktlos (Intakt Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-19

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

This week’s show went long, so the playlist includes stuff you can’t hear on the archive—which cuts just as Leo Smith’s “Who Killed David Walker?” is getting rolling. But there’s still plenty of great stuff, enough that at least one listener was motivated to enthusiastically call in. Hear for yourself.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (147MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Black Santiagos: “Bani Wo Dzo” – Ignace De Souza: the Great Unknowns (Original Music)
The Bar-Kays: “Knucklehead” – The Complete Stax-Volt Singles (Atlantic)
Alemayehu Eshete: “Tènagèri” – Ethiopiques, Vol. 22: More Vintage! 1972-1974 (Buda Musique)
Balla et ses Balladins: “Paulette” – Reminiscin’ In Tempo With Balla Et Ses Balladins (Popular African Music)
Cymande: “The Message” – Cymande (Janus Records)
Nostalgia 77: “After Ararat” – The Garden (Tru Thoughts )
Chip Willis and Double Exposure: “I’m Gonna Gitcha” – Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (Numero Group)
Orchestre GO Malebo: “Likambo ya Supa” – African Serenades 29 (Cheeku) (Matsuli Music)
Tito Puente: “Ran Kan Kan” – Mambo Birdland (RMM Records)
Gato Barbieri: “Mate” – Latino America (Impulse)
Hedzoleh Sounds: “Hearts Ne Kotoko” – Hedzoleh Sounds (Soundway)
The Rhythm Devils: “Trenches” – The Apocalypse Now Sessions (Ryko Analogue)
Rev. Louis Overstreet: “Believe on Me” – His Guitar, His Sons And The Congregation Of St. Luke’s Powerhouse Church Of God In Christ (Arhoolie)
Assagai: “Barazinbar” – Assagai (Philips)
Blackalicious: “The Fabulous Ones” – Nia (Quannum Projects)
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra: “Friday the 13th” – Music And Rhythm (Ubiquity)
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: “Alright” – Beat Of Our Own Drum (Vampi Soul)
The Music Company: “The Word” – Rubber Soul Jazz (Ace)
Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones: “Hoochie Coo Chickie” – Acid Jazz, Vol. 1 (BGP )
Sensational Skylights: “Jesus is Sweet to Me” – Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
James Chance and the Contortions: “Contort Yourself” – Irresistible Impulse (Tiger Style)
fIREHOSE: “It Matters” – Ragin’ Full On (SST)
Michael Columbia: “T.E. Lawrence” – Stay Hard (Alabaster)
John Tchicai Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: “Scholer’s Fountain of Life” – Life Overflowing (Nada)
Geof Bradfield: “Contemplation” – Rule of Three (Liberated Zone)
The Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian: “As Long as I Live” – Genius of the Electric Guitar (Columbia)
Roy Eldridge: “The Gasser” – After You’ve Gone (Decca/GRP)
Chucho Valdes: “Rhapsody in Blue” – Briyumba Palo Congo (Blue Note)
Oliver Nelson: “Blues O’Mighty” – More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse)
Mark Dresser & Susie Ibarra: “Tone Time” – Tone Time (Wobbly Rail)
Pachora: “Bushka Lounge” – Astereotypical (Winter & Winter)
Per “Texas” Johansson: “Lidkoping” – Alla Mina Kompisar (EMI Svenska)
Graham Reynolds: “Old King Dooji” – Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington (Innova)
Leo Smith: “Who Killed David Walker?” – Procession of the Great Ancestry (Nessa)
Sticks and Stones: “Colonial Mentality” – Shed Grace (Thrill Jockey)
Johnny Dyani: “Wish You Sunshine” – Song for Biko (Steeplechase)
Spaceways Incorporated: “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks / Hit it and Quit It” – Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic (Atavistic)
Triptych Myth: “Susan” – Triptych Myth (Hopscotch Records)
Mark Helias: “Hung Over Easy” – Loopin’ the Cool (Enja Records)
Thelonious Monk Quartet: “Bye-Ya” – Monk’s Dream (Columbia)
Vijay Iyer: “Human Nature” – Solo (The ACT Company)
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: “Brooklyn Babylon: the Neighborhood” – Brooklyn Babylon (New Amsterdam Records)
Eri Yamamoto Trio: “Dark Blue Sky” – The Next Page (AUM Fidelity)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-12

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Something went wrong with the WNUR stream again, but I thought there were a few gems in this weeks show, so I put together a playlist (sans me talking) and made a “synthetic” show for those who want to check it out. The only thing missing is the Jason Roebke track at the end, because that was from the station’s copy of that album.

Apropos of nothing in particular, I put together a mini-set of songs about Moses, and not always the biblical one. (I know that I played the Toots song a few weeks ago, but it is too good to skip. Which also means that last week I shouldn’t have skipped Cyril Neville’s “Gossip” in the “gossip” mini-theme, but too late to go back!)

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (115MB, 2 hrs 22 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Jubalaires: “Moses Smote the Water” – The Singing Waiters: 1947-1948 (Heritage)
Roberta Flack: “Go Up Moses” – Quiet Fire (Atlantic)
Lou Donaldson: “Reverend Moses” – Alligator Bogaloo (Blue Note)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Ol’ Man Mose” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)
Toots & the Maytals: “Six and Seven Books of Moses” – Never Get Old (Heartbeat )
The Carter Family: “Little Moses” – The Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Homer Quincy Smith: “Go Down Moses” – American Primitive Vol. II Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939) (Revenant)
João Gilberto: “Izaura” – João Gilberto (Polydor)
James & Bobby Purify: “I’m Your Puppet” – The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 (Kent)
Al Green: “Let it Shine” – Full of Fire (Hi)
Lord Rhaburn: “Chicano” – Numero Group Digital Digs (Numero Group)
Brute Force: “The Deacon” – What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Jurassic 5: “How We Get Along” – Quality Control (Interscope)
Eric B. & Rakim: “As the Rhyme Goes On” – Paid in Full (Island)
Run DMC: “Papa Crazy” – Tougher than Leather (Profile)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Sonny’s Lettah (anti-sus poem)” – Independant Intavenshan: the Island Anthology (Island)
The Travellers: “Jah Gave Us this World” – Black Black Minds (Pressure Sounds)
Ray Charles: “Funny But I Still Love You” – The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings (Atlantic)
Mavis Staples: “It Makes Me Wanna Cry” – Only for the Lonely (Stax)
Lou Courtney: “Rubber Neckin’ (Chick Check’n)” – VK-10602 – 7″ (Verve)
Haruna Ishola & his Apala Group: “Kafowo Komo Niwe” – Apala Messenger (IndigeDisc)
Unspecified musicians: “Jew’s Harp and Drum” – India: Traveling Artists of the Desert, The Musical Culture of Rajasthan (Lyrichord)
Les Musiciens du Nil: “Taksim Arghoul (Petit)” – Egypte: Les Musicians du Nil (Ocora)
William Ackerman: “The Second Great Tortion Bar Overland Of West Townshend, Vermont, Jose Pepsi Attending” – In Search of the Turtle’s Navel (Windham Hill)
John Buddy Williams’ Band: “My Salty Sin” – Dirty Jazz From Down South (Smithsonian Folkways)
Django Reinhardt: “Stephen’s Blues” – Djangologie/USA (DRG)
Hank Penny: “Wang Wang Blues” – Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions (Bloodshot Revival)
Steve Coleman & Five Elements: “Law of Balance” – The Opening of the Way ( RCA Victor)
Steve Lacy: “Evidence” – Evidence (New Jazz)
Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: “Baton/Lonely Woman” – Giraf (Dacapo Records)
Anouar Brahem/John Surman/David Holland: “Mazad” – Thimar (ECM)
Håkon Kornstad: “Sweden” – Single Engine (Jazzland)
Birth: “2 Pho” – Birth (self-released)
East New York Ensemble de Music: “Ti-Ti” – At The Helm (Folkways Records)
Björk: “Frosti” – Vespertine (One Little Indian)
Jason Roebke Octet: “High/Red/Center” – High/Red/Center (Delmark)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-05

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We ease into this week’s show with a little soul and then, for no particular reason, a handful of songs about gossip. After that, we pay respect to the memory of Idris Muhammad, who died last week at the age of 74. After that, some pretty free freebop, some brass and horn-heavy funk, and a variety of odds and ends.

Enjoy!

PS After I posted the show, Dan Melnick tweeted this link to an interview with Idris Muhammad from the very first issue of Wax Poetics.

Listen:

download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Stereos: “Stereo Freeze” – Chicago Soul (Electric Blues Funk & Soul: The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960’s) (Soul Jazz)
The Flirtations: “Nothing but a Heartache” – Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Diamond Joe: “Gossip, Gossip” – Get Low Down: The Soul of New Orleans ’65-’67 (Sundazed)
Dalmain Ebanks: “We Don’t Need No Radio” – Under the Coconut Tree: Music from Grand Cayman and Tortola (Original Music)
The Slits: “I Heard It through the Grapevine” – Cut (Island)
Fats Domino: “Blueberry Hill” – Blueberry Hill (Synergy)
Lou Donaldson: “Peepin’” – Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note)
Grant Green: “Ain’t It Funky Now” – Blue Break Beats, vol 2 (Blue Note)
Idris Muhammad: “Sudan” – House of the Rising Sun (CTI)
Gene Ammons: “Piece to Keep Away Evil Spirits” – Black Cat (Blue Note)
Idris Muhammad & Joe Lovano: “Miles Mode” – Right Now (Cannonball)
Idris Muhammad Quartet: “Soulful Drums” – Kabsha (Theresa)
Roscoe Mitchell: “Linefine Lyon Seven” – Roscoe Michell & the Sound and Space Ensembles (Black Saint)
Dave Holland Quartet: “See-Saw” – Conference of the Birds (ECM)
George Lewis: “Phenomenology” – The Solo Trombone Record (Sackville)
Live Action Brass Band: “I Want to be Ready” – Horn to Horn (Postout)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Charlie Dozen” – Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do For The Rest Of Your Life? (Columbia)
The Fontanelles: “Criminality” – Pinprick (First Word Records)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band: “Darkest Light” – Darkest Light: Best of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band (Strut)
Modern Detergents: “Monkey Hips & Yice” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Numero Group)
Kahil El’Zabar’s The Ritual: “Earth Song” – Sacred Love (Sound Aspects)
Joseph Jarman-Famoudou Don Moye: “Nke Ala (The Earth) – Egwu-Tombong Goudiaby” – Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) (India Navigation)
Cliff Jordan & John Gilmore: “Bo-Till” – Blowing in from Chicago (Blue Note)
New Orleans Rhythm Kings: “Since We Fell Out of Love” – Muggsy A-Z – A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier (Upbeat Jazz Records)
John Kirby: “Tunisian Trail” – John Kirby And His Orchestra 1941 – 1943 (Chronological Classics)
Gamelan Pacifica: “Peaches of Immortality” – Trance Gong (What Next)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-07-29

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

This weeks show starts with a strong block of 60’s soul, with an special ear for female voices. We take a moment to note the obvious similarity between Frederick Knight’s “Time” and Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus People of America” (although I couldn’t find a solid date for “Time”). From there, we have some African music, then reggae, and then back to Africa. A little volley of country-ish sounds, and then out on a jazz vein. From ten steps back it sounds like a common arc for my show, but I think there’s a lot of gems in here so check it out!

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (137MB, 2 hrs 29 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Velvelettes: “Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)” – Finders Keepers: Motown Girls: 1961-67 (Ace)
The Temptations: “Cloud Nine” – Cloud Nine (Motown)
Eddie Floyd & Mavis Staples: “Piece of my Heart” – Boy Meets Girl (Stax)
Betty Harris: “Mean Man” – Sansu 478 – 7″ (Sansu)
The Fantastic Four: “If You Need Me Call Me (And I’ll Come Running)” – The Westbound Sound of Detroit (Westbound)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing” – You’re All I Need (Tamla)
The Goodees: “Condition Red” – One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (Rhino)
Dancing the Kuri Kuri: “Deity” – The Danque!! – A Compilation Of West African Funk (Afrodisiac)
Dee Dee, Barry & the Movements: “Get Out of my Life Woman” – Talkin’ Jazz Volume 2 (More Themes From The Black Forest) (Talkin’ Loud)
Frederick Knight: “Time” – Full Time Groovers, Hotlanta Soul Vol 2 (Kent)
Stevie Wonder: “Jesus Children of America” – Innervisions (Motown)
Mahotella Queens: “Wozani Mahipi” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Manhattan Brothers: “Thaba Tseu” – Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive: 18 Urban Swing Classics From the Jivin’ ’50s (Music Club)
Peter Tosh: “Sinner Man” – The Toughest (Heartbeat Records)
Michael Rose: “We Shall Over Come” – More Pressure Volume 1 – Straight To The Head (Pressure Sounds)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Sense Outta Nansense” – Tings an’ Times (Shanachie )
Bobby Kalphat & the Sunshot All Stars: “Strange Mood (Upstairs at 118 Orange Street)” – Zion Hill (Pressure Sounds)
Desmond Dekker: “Unity” – Rockin’ Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker (Rhino Records)
Mamo Lagbema: “Zambo Zambo” – Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)
K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas: “Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu” – Afro-rock, Vol. 1 (Strut)
Ry-co Jazz: “Mambe” – Rumba ‘Round Africa (RetroAfric)
Zaiko Langa Langa: “Bomwana” – Tout Choc Anti Choc (Prozal)
Chris Breitenbach: “If You Need Me” – Bomba Charger (self-released)
Brian Eno: “Wimoweh” – The BBC Sessions (Il Cane Lento)
The Byrds: “One Hundred Years from Now” – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia)
Vance Morris and his Alabama Playboys: “Crazy About the Boogie” – Hilbilly Boogie (Proper)
Charlie Louvin: “There’s a Higher Power” – Steps to Heaven (Tompkins Square)
Charlie Parr: “1922 Blues” – 1922 (self-released)
Henry Thomas: “Don’t Ease Me In” – Texas Worried Blues (Yazoo)
Arthur Blythe & David Eyges: “Randy Andy” – Today’s Blues (CIMP)
Hamid Drake & Assif Tsahar: “St. Thomas” – Life At Glenn Miller Cafè, Soul Bodies, Vol. 2 (Ayler Records)
Olaf Ton: “Aller Tage Abend” – Olaf Ton (Leo Records)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “John the Revelator” – Funeral For A Friend (Ropeadope Records)
Duke Ellington: “Three J’s Blues” – Blues in Orbit (Columbia)
Ari Brown: “Kylie’s Lullaby” – Live at the Green Mill (Delmark)
Oliver Lake with the CMS Orchestra: “Two by Two” – Creative Music Studio: Archive Selections, Vol. 1 (Innova)
Ted Rosenthal Trio: “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Rhapsody in Gershwin (Playscape)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-07-22

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I had a lot of fun with this week’s show. It helped to have not one, not two, but three folks call because they were interested in music they heard. It really makes this all much more fun when you learn that people are excited about the music.

I also surprised myself with a rare (for the show) house track, in this case from Derrick Carter, but it felt like it fit in pretty well, and in general, I’ve been worried about the show being stale, so it’s good to go out on a limb here and there.

I stayed quite a bit late since Stephen couldn’t make his show. The home archiver cuts off at about 7:40, but since one of the callers was interested in “Attica Blues,” which was off the end of the normal recording, I extended the automatic archive with an untruncated version of the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s “Funky Aeco” and four more songs after which felt like they really fit the way the show went. The Ivo Perelman track is one I don’t own, so I couldn’t add that to the show, and after that is also where I started to shift into “I’ve been on the air a long time, so pick mostly familiar and longer tracks” mode. So after Andrew Hill, you have to use your imagination (or the internet…)

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (185MB, 3 hrs 12 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
James Brown: “Top of the Stack” – Soul Pride: the Instrumentals (Polydor)
Jeff Parker: “Days Fly By” – Like-Coping (Delmark)
Tortoise: “Gigantes” – Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey)
Derrick Carter: “Do You Believe” – Mo Pschidt (Classic)
Dr. Octagon: “Earth People” – Dr. Octagon (Mo Wax)
Brand New Heavies with Black Sheep: “State of Yo” – Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl)
Kurtis Blow: “The Breaks (Part 1)” – Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America (Rhino)
KRS-One: “Sound of Da Police” – Hip Hop Sessions: Classics from Hip Hop’s Holy Grail (Sessions)
Augustus Pablo/King Tubby: “Barbwire Disaster” – Essential Dub: Ruff Cuts & Hard Riddims from the Mixmaster (Metro)
Powerhouse Sound: “Coxsonne (for Coxsonne Dodd) (Oslo Version)” – Oslo / Chicago : Breaks (Atavistic)
Lucky 7s: “Flyswatter” – Live at the Hungry Brain (Lakefront Digital)
Jorge Ben: “Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)” – África Brasil (Philips)
Caetano Veloso: “Eles” – Caetano Veloso (1968) (Phillips)
El Kinto: “Esa Tristeza” – El Kinto (Lion Productions)
Belita Palma: “Manazinha” – Angola 70’s (Vol. 2: 1974-1978) (Buda Musique)
Lucho Bermudez y su Orquesta Sabanera: “Arroz con Coco” – Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962 – 72 (Soundway)
Simon Hlatshwayo: “Ama Crazy Crackers” – Rock Jive Vol 1 (Flat International / Electric Jive)
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama: “In the Wilderness” – Good News, Vol. 4: Glory, Glory Hallelujah (Proper)
The Bosstones: “Mope-itty Mope” – The Doo Wop Box (Rhino)
Art Neville: “Oooh-Whee Baby” – His Specialty Recordings 1956 – 58 (Specialty)
Cyril Neville: “Gossip” – Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Johnny Dyani: “Kalahari Lives” – Afrika (Steeplechase)
Nomo: “Discontinued” – Nomo (Ypsilanti Records)
Laurie Anderson: “Sharkey’s Night” – Home of the Brave (Warner Bros. Records)
Criolo: “Não Existe Amor Em SP” – The New Brazilian Music, vol. 4 (BMA)
Carlinhos Brown: “Kissangá” – Candombless (Tratore)
DKV Trio: “Chicago: December 29, 2010: Part 2A” – Past Present (Not Two)
John Coltrane: “Part 2: Resolution (live version)” – A Love Supreme: Deluxe Edition (Impulse)
Anthony Braxton: “No. 40B” – Willisau (Quartet) (hat ART)
Art Ensemble of Chicago: “Funky Aeco” – New Thing! (Soul Jazz)
Archie Shepp: “Attica Blues” – Attica Blues (Impulse)
Carla Bley: “Ad Infinitum” – Dinner Music (Watt/ECM)
Arthur Blythe: “Slidin’ Through” – Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Koch Jazz)
Andrew Hill: “Hey Hey” – Lift Every Voice (Blue Note)
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/William Parker: “De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum” – Book of Sound (Leo)
Paul Bley/Evan Parker/Barre Phillips: “Marsh Tides” – Time Will Tell (ECM)
Digital Primitives: “Ol’ Blue” – Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch)
Sao Paulo Underground: “Taking Back the Sea is No Easy Task” – Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (Cuneiform Records)
Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: “Maghostut” – South Side Street Songs (Silkheart)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble: “Phases of Subduction” – Intergalactic Beings (FPE)
Eight Bold Souls: “Brown Town” – Last Option (Thrill Jockey)
Klang: “Memories of You” – Other Doors (AllosDocuments)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-07-15

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

About an hour of today’s show is in memory of the great Charlie Haden, who passed a few days before. Otherwise, besides an opening array of African and Afro-Haitian music, it’s a jazzy kind of show.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Orchestra Baobab: “Ndongoy Daara” – Specialist In All Styles (Nonesuch)
Docteur Nico & African Fiesta: “Nico Alekaki” – 1967: Merveilles du Passe (Adageo )
Orchestre Webert Sicot: “Ambiance Cadence” – Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978 (Strut)
Asaase Ase: “Obiani Sua Efir” – Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 – 1981 (Soundway)
Charlie Haden & Hank Jones: “Wade in the Water” – Steal Away – Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs (Verve Records)
Charlie Haden & Ornette Coleman: “O.C.” – Closeness – Duets (Horizon)
Ornette Coleman: “The Face of the Bass” – Change of the Century (Atlantic)
Charlie Haden & the Liberation Music Orchestra: “Nkosi Sikelel’i Afrika” – Dreamkeeper (Blue Note)
Charlie Haden Quartet West: “Palo Alto” – Now Is The Hour (Verve)
Old and New Dreams: “Chairman Mao” – Old and New Dreams (Black Saint)
Charlie Haden / Don Cherry / Edward Blackwell: “Law Years” – The Montreal Tapes (Verve)
Yusef Lateef: “Lunceford Prance” – Part of the Search (Atlantic)
Ohio Penitentiary 511 Ensemble: “Java Man” – Hard Luck Soul (Jazzman)
Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble: “Monk’s Temptation” – Chicago Now – Thirty Years Of Great Black Music Vol.2 (Silkheart)
Steven Hashimoto’s Mothra: “Farewell to Manzanar” – Tradewind (Chicago Sessions)
Sun Ra: “Sky Blues” – The Singles (Evidence)
Fred Anderson / Marilyn Crispell / Hamid Drake: “Destiny 4” – Destiny (Okka Disk)
Hamiet Bluiett / Don Pullen / Fred Hopkins / Don Moye: “Oasis / The Well” – Im/possible To Keep (India Navigation)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-07-08

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

I didn’t have much opportunity to prepare for this week’s show, so I used some longer jazz tracks to buy time to find more music to play. Along the way, I belatedly learned of the April passing of baritone saxophonist, composer and activist Fred Ho. (I also promised to share a picture of him in all his green-ness, in this photo, which is used on the cover of his “Celestial Green Monster” album.)

All in all, I think this show turned out pretty well, but it’s not for you punk kids who like your songs resolutely under 2 minutes long!


Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Steve Lacy: “Lush Life” – Avignon and After 2 (Emanem)
Charles Mingus: “Trio and Group Dancers/Single Solos and Group Dance/Group and Solo Dance” – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse)
Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band: “Float like a Butterfly, Sting Like an Afro Asian Bumblebee!” – The Sweet Science Suite: a Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali (Big Red Media)
Fred Ho and the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble: “Caravan” – The Underground Railroad to my Heart (Soul Note)
Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band: “Spiderman Theme” – Celestial Green Monster (Big Red Media)
The Fully Celebrated: “Moose and Grizzly Bear’s Ville” – Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity)
Dave Holland Big Band: “Triple Dance” – What Goes Around (ECM)
Johnny Hodges: “Junior Hop” – Passion Flower: 1940-46 (Bluebird)
Audio One: “The Hard Blues / Skin 1” – The Midwest School (Audiophonic)
Max Roach: “Little Folks” – Jazz in 3/4 Time (Impulse)
Max Roach and Anthony Braxton: “Birth” – Birth and Rebirth (Black Saint)
Andrew Cyrille/Mark Dresser/Marty Ehrlich: “A Simple Melody” – C/D/E (Jazz Magnet)
Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway/Assif Tsahar: “Deceptive Responses” – Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch Records)
The Claudia Quintet: “Adowa (for gra)” – I, Claudia (Cuneiform)
Will Holshouser Trio: “Blue Light Special” – Reed Song (Clean Feed)
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So: “There is no language without deceit” – A Round Goal (Delmark)
Robert Marcel Lepage: “Le Ketchak américain” – Le Lait Maternal (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Robert Marcel Lepage: “Le Robert bougalou” – Le Lait Maternal (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Miles Davis: “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” – Bitches Brew (Legacy)
Steve Lacy: “Moms” – Avignon and After 2 (Emanem)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-07-01

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

This week we commemorate the passing of two soul greats: Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges. Also a big set of African music at the beginning, a latin set, and the usual smattering of other stuff.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (149MB, 2 hrs 43 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Rail Band: “Mali Tebaga Mogoma” – Belle Epoque Vol. 1: Soundiata (Stern’s Africa)
African Brothers Band International of Ghana: “Owuo Aye Me Bi” – Owuo Aye Me Bi (Makossa)
Orchestra Baobab: “Doomou Baaye” – Bamba (Stern’s)
Thu Zahina: “Mea Culpa Tshama Pepe” – Coup de Chapeau (Retroafric)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “N’daya paradis” – The Voice of Lightness (Stern’s)
Oinsou Corneille & Black Santiagos: “Vinon So Minsou” – African Scream Contest – Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo 70s (Analog Africa)
Pivi et ses Balladins: “Samba” – Discothèque 72 – Guinée (Syliphone)
Bobby Womack & Peace: “Across 110th Street” – Pimps, Players & Private Eyes (Sire)
Bobby Womack: “A Woman’s Gotta Have It” – Windy City Soul (Cosm Roks)
Bobby Womack: “Arkansas State Prison” – In Prison (Afroamerican Prison Music From Blues To Hiphop) (Trikont)
Bobby Womack: “I’m a Midnight Mover” – Fly Me to the Moon (Minit)
Wilson Pickett: “I’m in Love” – A Man and a Half (Atlantic)
The Valentinos: “It’s All Over Now” – SAR Records Story (ABKCO)
Al Green: “Love and Happiness” – The Immortal Soul of Al Green (EMI)
Cat Power: “Islands” – The Greatest (Matador)
SNCC Freedom Singers led by Marshall Jones: “In the Mississippi River” – Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Folkways)
William Parker Organ Quartet: “Jacques’ Groove” – Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (AUM Fidelity)
Coleman Hawkins: “Pedalin’” – Night Hawk (Swingville)
Kermit Ruffins: “Leshianne” – The Big Butter & Egg Man (Justice Records)
Soul Rebels: “Roll Rebel Roll” – No Place Like Home (self released)
Rodolfo Aicardi con Los Bestiales: “Añito Viejo” – Exitos de Rodolfo Con Los Bestiales (Discos Fuentes)
Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevoyorquino: “Canto Asoyin” – Concepts in Unity (Salsoul)
Orquesta Aragón: “Pregúntame” – Carnaval en Cuba (Smithsonian Folkways)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra with Alfredo Valdés: “Bruca Maniguá” – Bim Bam Bum: 1935-1940 (Harlequin)
Estrellas de Chocolate: “La Brocha” – Cuban Gold, Vol. 3: El Mambo Me Priva (Qbadisc)
Victor Boa y Su Musica: “Soy Solo Para Ti” – Panama: Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75 (Soundway)
Quarteto Original: “5 pro 4” – The New Brazilian Music, Vol. 4 (BMA)
Assif Tsahar/Cooper Moore/Hamid Drake: “Confessions” – Lost Brother (Hopscotch Records)
Ray Anderson: “La Vie en Rose” – It Just So Happens (Enja Records)
Satlah: “Nevalah” – Voices in the Wilderness (Tzadik)
John Kirby: “Undecided” – The Classics Sampler (Chronological Classics)
Robert Marcel Lepage: “Rainettes à la brunante” – Canard Branchu (Ambiances Magnétiques)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble: “The Ooli Moves” – Intergalactic Beings (FPE Records)
Digital Primitives: “Grassblade” – Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch Records)
Kahil El’ Zabar’s Ritual Trio: “Follow the Sun” – Follow the Sun (Delmark)