WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-08-02

“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). (Sorry, the jumbo list of my past playlists from WNUR is no longer available.)

It was just a regular week! No clever theme, no problems with the archiver, DJs on air before and after… what to say? Unsurprisingly, it’s still largely music well suited to hot weather listening, if not as intentionally focused on such as last week. Some of that is jazz, some of it is Brazilian, some of it is both, some of it is neither. I think we also ended up with more than usual female singers, and I was excited to get my hands on the debut album by one of Chicago’s finest musicians, Harrison Bankhead, which ends my regular show.

It was nice to welcome John into the slot after me, and his first track fit fairly well on the heels of the Bankhead number, so I left it in the archive. I didn’t catch the metadata details, so consider that one a bonus track.



download program (133MB, 2 hrs 26 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
William Parker Organ Quartet: “Let’s Go Down to the River” – Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (Centering)
Dexter Gordon: “Willow Weep for Me” – Our Man in Paris (Blue Note)
Amina Claudine Myers: “Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues” – Arkansas Masters (11th Annual Southern Music Edition, disc 2) (Oxford American)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Too Darn Hot/Ella’s Twist/Too Darn Hot” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select)
Tommy McCook: “Heatwave” – 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
The Beach Boys: “Cool, Cool Water” – Sunflower (Reprise)
Martinho da Silva: “Claustrofobia” – O Samba (Luaka Bop)
Jorge Ben: “Menina Bonita Não Chora” – Samba Esquema Novo (Philips)
Domenico + 2: “Tema Da Zorra” – Sincerely Hot (Luaka Bop)
João Donato e Seu Trio: “Tim Dom Dom” – Muito a Vondade (Dubas Musica)
Marcos Valle: “Revolução Orgânica” – Vento Sul (EMI)
Luiza Maria: “Tao Quente” – Eu Queria Ser Um Anjo (Universal)
Esther Phillips: “I’m Getting ‘Long Alright” – The Best of Esther Philips 1962-1970 (Rhino)
Clarence “Gatemouth” Grown: “Going Back to Louisiana” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Joe Liggins & the Honeydrippers: “Going Back to New Orleans” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Edgar Allen & the Po’ Boys: “Panic Button” – Las Vegas Grind Part 2 (Strip)
Mary Weiss: “A Certain Guy” – I Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1 (Norton)
Cold Grits: “Funky Soul” – Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol 1 (Rabbit Factory)
EPMD: “Let the Funk Flow” – Strictly Business (Priority)
The Impressions: “Mighty Mighty” – The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story (Rhino)
Moovers: “Darling I’ll Go” – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label (Numero Group)
Little Ax & the Golden Echoes: “So Soon” – Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
Letta Mbulu: “Sexwaxwa” – Letta Mbulu Sings (EMI Import)
The Staple Singers: “Tripping On Your Love” – Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz)
Stevie Wonder: “Anything You Want Me To Do” – Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Tamla)
Rev. Gary Davis: “Get Right Church” – Gospel Blues & Street Songs (Original Blues Classics)
Washington Phillips: “Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There” – I Am Born to Preach the Gospel (Yazoo)
Charlie Christian: “I Found a New Baby” – The Genius of the Electric Guitar (Columbia)
John Zorn, George Lewis, Bill Frisell: “Sonny’s Crib” – News for Lulu (HatHut)
Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra: “Giraf” – Giraf (Dacapo Records)
Wganda Kenya: “Yoro” – Palenque Palenque! Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 (Soundway Records)
Irène Schweizer: “Togetherness One (First Movement)” – Chicago Piano Solo (Intakt)
Harrison Bankhead Sextet: “Morning Sun Harvest Moon” – Chicago Señorita (Engine)