WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-11-22

“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).

Conference of the Birds made a thorough return to jazz this week, in part since my friend Mark decided to come hang out in the studio for most of the show. It’s a return to jazz, but still pretty far-ranging, including getting into a little tiny bit of fusion (the two Isotopes) but also, bop, South African jazz, a few kinds of solo piano, the analog and earthy sounds of Hamid Drake and Joshua Abrams, a little blues and gospel, and Aretha Franklin plumb burstin’ through the boundaries of the classic songbook



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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Abdullah Ibrahim: “bra joe from kilimanjaro” – African Piano (ECM)
Johnny Dyani: “Dedicated Abdullah Ibrahim” – Afrika (Steeplechase)
Ed Blackwell: “Beau Regard” – What It Is? (Enja)
Hotel X: “Afro Blue” – A Random History of the Avant-Groove (SST)
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet: “Voodoo” – Voodoo (Black Saint)
Clifford Brown & Max Roach: “Delilah” – Clifford Brown & Max Roach (Polygram)
Paul Desmond: “Take Ten” – The Best of Paul Desmond (Columbia)
Mark Whitfield: “The Blues from Way Back” – The Marksman (Warner Brothers)
Katie Jackson with the Campbell Brothers: “God is a Good God” – Sacred Steel Live! (Arhoolie)
Isotope 217: “Looking After Life on Mars” – Utonian Automatic (Thrill Jockey)
Isotope: “Illusion” – Golden Section (Cuneiform)
The Soft Machine: “Joy of a Toy” – The Soft Machine (ABC)
Eric Boeren: “Free/TTZ/Forerunner” – Joy of a Toy (BVHaast)
Ornette Coleman: “Ramblin’” – Beauty is a Rare Thing (Atlantic)
Art Tatum: “These Foolish Things” – The Tatum Solo Materpieces, Vol. 8 (Pablo)
Gonzales: “Basmati” – Solo Piano (Universal Import)
Eri Yamamoto & Federico Ughi: “Thank You” – Duologues (AUM Fidelity)
Jamie Saft: “Astaroth” – Astaroth (Book of Angels, Vol. 1) (Tzadik)
Ken Nordine: “Strollin’ Spooks” – Monster Sounds & Boppin’ Tracks (Toto)
Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake: “Leap Forward” – Back Together Again (Thrill Jockey)
Joshua Abrams: “Dolphin Cave Dazzling” – Natural Information (Eremite)
Aretha Franklin: “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (Columbia)