“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives.
This week’s show was fun, and maybe a bit surprising. The dynamic range from the Free Fall trio to Cookie Monster is pretty big (what units would you use to measure that anyway?) Someone called wondering where he could buy the new Herculaneum record, which a gratifying thing. (I suggested, of course, Jazz Record Mart and Dusty Groove as the most likely spots to pick up local artists on independent labels like Clean Feed.)
I was also happy to get a chance to check out the Jorrit Dijkstra album which Lauren used to start her show last week. It’s completely live reeds and electronics (all under Dijkstra’s control) and it’s awfully cool.
Open question: who is C.P., to whom Dolphy’s ode is directed?
Also, I mentioned on-air that I’d discovered a free downloadable book telling the history of SOMAFCO, the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, which was a school-in-exile for South Africans affiliated with the ANC.
Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Indigo Trio: “Sho Ya Right” – Anaya (Rogueart)
Eric Dolphy: “Ode to C.P.” – Iron Man (Metrotone)
Free Fall: “Invisible Cities” – The Point in a Line (Smalltown Superjazz)
Donald Byrd: “Mustang” – Mustang (Blue Note)
Johnny Mbizo Dyani : “The Boys FromSOMAFCO” – Born Under the Heat (Dragon)
Mingus Dynasty: “Better Get Hit In Your Soul” – Live At The Village Vanguard (Storyville)
Papi Brandao y sus Ejecutivos: “Decidete Mi Amor” – Panama! 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus 1967-77 (Soundway)
The Duncan Brothers: “Dreams” – Panama! 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus 1967-77 (Soundway)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy: “The View From Blue Mountain” – Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
Steve Lacy: “Cliches” – The Door (Novus/RCA)
Dennis Gonzalez & Faruq Z. Bey w/Northwoods Improvisers Septet: “Kuntu” – Hymn for Tomasz Stanko (Qbico)
Henry Threadgill Sextett: “Good Times” – You Know The Number (Novus)
Cookie Monster: “I Lost Me Cookie At the Disco” – VINYL: Sesame Disco (Sesame Street)
Rev. Utah Smith: “Two Wings” – Slide Guitar Gospel, 1944-1964 (Document)
Herculaneum: “The Sparrow” – Herculaneum III (Clean Feed)
Gold Sparkle Trio: “Thunder Reminded Me” – Thunder Reminded Me (Clean Feed)
Jorrit Dijkstra: “Carpet” – 30 micro-stems (Trytone)
The Golden Arm Trio: “Silverware” – The Golden Arm Trio (Shamrock)
Tony Malaby: “Obambo” – Paloma Recio (New World Records)
Fantastic Merlins: “I Was Behind The Couch All The Time” – Look Around (Innova)
David Murray with Dave Burrell: “Zanzibar Blue” – Windward Passages (Black Saint)
Andrew Cyrille: “Fortified Nucleolus” – Special People (Soul Note)