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

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).

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

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 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)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-06-24

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).

Unfortunately, Comcast went out and this week’s show didn’t get recorded. It was a pretty fun one, with tribute to Gerry Goffin and Horace Silver, both of whom passed away recently.

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Earl Jean: “Into Something Good” – One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sound Lost and Found (Rhino)
Maxine Brown: “Oh No Not My Baby” – Beg, Scream & Shout: the Big Ol’ Box of Sixties Soul (Rhino)
Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – Lady Soul (Atlantic)
The Byrds: “Goin’ Back” – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)
Carole King: “Smackwater Jack” – Tapestry (Ode)
The Temptations: “Hey Girl” – Cloud Nine (Motown)
Lucila Campos: “Mayoral” – ()
Los Beta 5: “Beteando” – Cumbia Beat Vol. 1: Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Perú 1966/1976 (Vampi Soul)
Los Teddy’s: “Efectos” – Back To Peru Vol II – The Most Complete Compilation Of Peruvian Underground 1964 / 1974 (Vampi Soul)
Cacique: “Cacique” – Back To Peru Vol II – The Most Complete Compilation Of Peruvian Underground 1964 / 1974 (Vampi Soul)
Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes with Quarteto Em Cy & Coro Misto: “Canto do Xango” – Os Afro Sambas (MPS)
Siba: “Preparando O Salto” – Avante (Mais Um Discos)
The Toreadors: “Gwinyitshe” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Mpharanyana and the Peddlers: “Walla Mokoko” – Morena Re Thuse Kaofela (Soul Jazz Pop)
Amagugu: “Emakhabeleni” – Ubhek’uZulu (Skyline Jazz)
The Eagles Lupopo: “Pelekani” – Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ’80s (Soundway)
Ibliss: “High life” – Deutsche Elektronische Musik. Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83 (Soul Jazz Records)
Liquid Liquid: “Cavern” – Disco Not Disco (Strut)
Chicago Underground Duo: “Yaa Yaa Kole” – Locus (Northern Spy)
Dyke & the Blazers: “Runaway People” – We Got More Soul – The Ultimate Broadway Funk (Beat Goes Public)
Unknown: “That New Girl” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Bonus Disc) (Numero Group)
Etta Baker: “Crow Jane Blues” – Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night: Blues Music from the Florida Folklife Collection (Florida Memory)
Pine Valley Boys of Tifton, Georgia: “Look A-Yonder Comin’” – Look A-Yonder Comin’: Bluegrass and Old-Time String Band Music from the Florida Folklife Collection (Florida Memory)
Sturgill Simpson: “Turtles All the Way Down” – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (High Top Mountain Records)
Waylon Jennings: “Lookin’ for a Feeling” – Waylon and Willie (RCA)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: “Mayreh” – A Night at Birdland (Blue Note)
Horace Silver Quintet: “Yeah!” – Horace-Scope (Blue Note)
Von Freeman: “Song for my Father” – Dedicated to You (Steeplechase)
Nicole Mitchell / Harrison Bankhead / Hamid Drake: “Velvet Lounge Bounce” – Indigo Trio: Live in Montreal (Greenleaf)
Audio One: “Two Way Street (for Roscoe Mitchell)” – An International Report (Audiographic)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-06-17

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 waited so long to post this show, I can’t remember if there was a theme! Anyway, there’s a lot of good music. Just check it out!

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (141MB, 2 hrs 35 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Bembeya Jazz National: “Mami Wata” – Hommage À Demba Carrere (Syliphone / Sylla)
Amadou Ballake & 5 Consuls: “Sukura Moussa” – Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound of the Upper Volta 1974-1978 (Savannaphone)
Airto Moreira: “Aquí Se Puede” – Subway Salsa: The Montuno Records Story (Vampi Soul)
Golden Gate Quartet: “No Restricted Signs” – Swing Down, Chariot (Columbia/Legacy)
Black Beats: “Meda Ho Mawo” – Telephone Lobi (Original Music)
E.K.’s Band: “Kaa Bi Reba” – QP280 – 78rpm (Queenophone)
Lulama Legola: “My Boy Friend” – Sophie Thapedi & Lulama Legola (Soul Soul)
The Grasshoppers: “I Am There” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Poets of Rhythm: “Fondle Rock” – Discern / Define (Quannum Projects)
Willie & Allen: “I Don’t Need No One” – Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans, ‘65-’67 (Sundazed)
Soul Angels: “It’s All In Your Mind” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Hattie Littles: “My Black Belt” – Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67 (Ace)
Bettye Lavette: “Only Time Will Tell Me” – I’ve Got my Own Hell to Raise (ANTI-)
Hot Chocolate: “So Dam Funky” – Hot Chocolate (Numero Group)
King Tubby: “Dubbing My Way” – Shining Dub (Esoldun)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Historic Dub” – Independant Intavenshan (Island)
The Vandermark Quartet: “Leadfoot” – Solid Action (Platypus Records)
Public Enemy: “Bring the Noise” – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
Indians of the Nation: “Indian Story -> Calliope” – United We Stand, Divided We Fall (Ch Ching)
Champion Jack Dupree: “Way Down” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens (Shout Factory)
McVay and Johnson: “Ain’t Gonna Lay My Armor Down” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust-to-Digital)
Hank Williams: “Pan American” – The Wonderful World Of Hank Williams – 24 Greatest Hits (Remember)
Patsy Cline: “Too Many Secrets” – Country Great! (Universal )
Wanda Jackson: “This Should Go On Forever” – Vintage Collections (Capitol Nashville)
Loretta Lynn: “Fist City” – Honky Tonk Girl: the Loretta Lynn Collection (MCA Nashville)
Judy Henske: “I Know You Rider” – Judy Henske (Elektra)
Orchestre Veve: “Venus” – Cazumbi – African Sixties Garage Vol-1 (Nosmoke Records)
The Raves: “Don’t Chop Down My Tree” – Springtime Crossover! (DJ ByLamplight)
The Calvaes: “Lonely Lonely Village” – Hong Kong Mississippi (New Kind of Mambo v. 48) (Johnny Q)
Hesitations: “Stay in My Corner” – Solid Gold (Kapp)
Terry Callier: “Can’t Catch the Trane” – First Light Chicago: 1969-1971 (Premonition )
Dave Burrell & Leena Conquest: “Black Robert” – Rome, December 4, 2008 (Inconstant Sol)
William Parker Quartet: “Corn Meal Dance” – Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-1012 (AUM Fidelity)
Curtis Hasselbring: “White Sauce Hot Sauce Boss?” – The New Mellow Edwards (Skirl)
The Tiptons: “SnoDog” – Drive (Spoot/Zipa Publishing)