WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2009-08-18

“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.

A reasonably solid if mostly unsurprising show this week… I enjoyed contrasting the two versions of “Wish You Sunshine,” the first of which is solo piano (by Dyani, better known as a bassist). It was also fun to line up two 1930 hit compositions as rendered more abstractly by reed/piano duets, specifically “Embraceable You” and “Body and Soul.”

complete program (133 MB, 2 hrs 25 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Orchestre G.O. Malebo: “Likambo Ya Supa” – African Serenades Vol. 29 (Matsuli Music)
Dave Holland Trio: “African Lullaby” – Triplicate (ECM)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings: “Wade” – Renegades (Delmark)
Johnny Dyani: “Wish You Sunshine” – Born Under the Heat (Dragon)
Johnny Dyani Quartet: “Wish You Sunshine” – Song for Biko (Steeplechase)
Johnny Hodges: “Never No Lament (Don’t Get Around Much Anymore)” – Passion Flower: 1940-1946 (RCA/Bluebird)
Chick Webb with Ella Fitzgerald: “‘Tain’t What You Do” – Princess of the Savoy: 1936-1939 (MCA)
Håkon Kornstad and Håvard Wiik: “Embraceable You” – The Bad and the Beautiful (Moserobie)
Misha Mengelberg & Ab Baars: “Body and Soul” – Two Days in Chicago (Hatology)
Max Roach Quintet: “Blues Waltz” – Jazz in 3/4 Time (Mercury)
Sonny Rollins: “East Broadway Rundown (excerpt)” – East Broadway Rundown (Impulse)
The Vandermark Five: “Aperture (for Walker Evans)” – A Discontinuous Line (Atavistic)
Chico Freeman: “Blues on the Bottom” – The Pied Piper (Blackhawk)
Chucho Valdés: “Rhapsody in Blue” – Briyumba Palo Congo (Blue Note)
Fruko y sus Tesos: “A La Memoria Del Muerto” – Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes, The Powerhouse of Colombian Music, 1960-1976 (Soundway)
Arsenio Rodríguez: “Adivinalo” – Baila Con Cuba (I Am Time, v. 3) (Blue Jackel)
Kenny Burrell: “Downstairs (alt. take)” – Guitar Forms (Verve)
Grup Bamba Puang: “Los Quin Tallu-tallu” – Music of Indonesia 20: Indonesian Guitars (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mandingo Griot Society: “Sounds from the Bush” – Mandingo Griot Society (Flying Fish)
Joseph Jarman/Don Moye/Don Pullen: “J.F.M. — 3 Way Blues” – The Magic Triangle (Black Saint)
Indigo Trio: “Beloved’s Reflection” – Anaya (Rogueart)
Griot Galaxy: “Dragons” – Opus Krampus (Sound Aspects)

3 thoughts on “WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2009-08-18

  1. Joe,

    Great show. Is there a way to download it and/or skip ahead? I listen to about 30-45 minutes and then want to hear the end of the show next time and I can’t figure out how to do that…


  2. Hey, Chuck:

    Glad you are digging it! You can download every show just by right-clicking on the link and choosing “save as”. You could then load it up in any MP3 player and jump around to specific time-points.

    In iTunes (and maybe in some other players), you can set up individual tunes to “remember playback position” — it’s more often used for audiobooks and podcasts. In iTunes you find it by opening up “get info” for a tune and going to the “options” tab.

    Hope you hear more stuff you like!

  3. :-)
    Thank you for all this beautiful music! Relly a pleasure and a good work. Saluti from Italy.

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