WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-06-19

“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).

I definitely didn’t expect this week’s show to come together after picking through music last night, but as it happened, I thought there was a good bit of flow. It starts unusually jazzy compared to the sequencing of most shows of late, but blends that in with a variety of other stuff, including Nick Drake and some krautrock, as well as the Handsome Family and Hank Williams. There were some playback technical difficulties that caused occasional seconds of silence during the first part of the show, but hopefully that’s not too disruptive.



download program (131MB, 2 hrs 22 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Alice Coltrane: “Blue Nile” – Ptah, the el Daoud (Impulse)
George Gershwin: “Sweet and Lowdown” – Gershwin plays Gershwin: the Piano Rolls (Nonesuch)
Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianni Coscia: “Round About Weill I / Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man” – Round About Weill (ECM)
Harry Cooper et son orchestre: “Nuages” – Swing Caraïbe, Caribbean Jazz Pioneers In Paris (1929-1946) (Frémeaux & Associés)
Bembeya Jazz National: “Doni Doni” – The Syliphone Years (Stern’s Africa)
Tunde Oshofisan & his Rhythm “Fadakas”: “Jeje L’Omo Eko Nlo” – Azagas & Archibogs – The Sixties Sound Of Lagos Highlife (Original Music)
Mlimani Park Orchestra: “Talaka Ya Hasira” – Zanzibara 5: Hot In Dar (The Sound of Tanzania 1978-1983) (Buda Musique)
Nick Drake: “Hazy Jane II” – Bryter Layter (Island)
Oliver Nelson: “Theme From Mr. Broadway” – More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse)
Tito Puente: “Para Los Rumberos” – Para Los Rumberos (Fania)
Richard Stoute: “Vehicle” – Tropical Funk Experience: Island Jump Up – Caribbean Funk, Soul, Reggae, Calypso & Afro Grooves 1968 to 1975 (Sofrito/Nascente)
El Gran Combo: “Mozambique” – Los Nenes Sicodelicos (Disco Hit)
Backyard Heavies: “Expo 83” – Sceptre 12314 (7″) (Sceptre)
Betty Bibbs: “Pounds of Soul” – Pounds of Soul (Kent)
Booker T & the MGs: “Chinese Checkers” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles (Stax)
Royal Esquires: “Ain’t Gonna Run” – Eccentric Soul: the Prix Label (Numero Group)
Bill Cosby: “Mouth of the Fish” – Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown And The Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band (Sussex)
Kings Go Forth: “I Don’t Love You No More” – The Outsiders are Back (Luaka Bop)
The Budos Band: “Ghost Walk” – The Budos Band (Daptone)
Harmonia: “Walky-Talky” – Deluxe (Motor Music)
Fela Kuti: “Equalisation of Trouser and Pant” – Opposite People / Sorrow Tears & Blood (MCA)
Abdullah Ibrahim: “Mandela” – The Very Best of Abdullah Ibrahim (Music Club)
Mighty Sparrow: “Madam Dracula” – Volume 4 (Ice)
Clancy Eccles and King Stitt: “Danceboat” – Producer Series Box Set (Trojan)
The Handsome Family: “Dry Bones” – Singing Bones (Carrot Top)
Hank Williams: “When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels” – The Original Singles Collection . . . Plus (Mercury Nashville)
Gato Barbieri: “Bahia” – Fenix (Flying Dutchman)
Marty Ehrlich’s Travellers Tales: “Willy Whippoorwill Steals a Bow” – Malinke’s Dance (OmniTone)
Dave Holland Trio: “Games” – Triplicate (ECM)
Geof Bradfield: “Berkshire Blues” – Rule of Three (Liberated Zone)
Eric Dolphy: “South Street Exit” – The Illinois Concert (Blue Note)

2 thoughts on “WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-06-19

  1. Hi Joe,
    I love your show and I loved hearing a song of ours on COTB a while back. I wanted to inform you of a concept piece we’ve written with another local composer that will be performed twice this month. We’d love to see you there. Here’s all the info on the 2 shows. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    The Modern Brain
    written and performed by HardArt groop + Jumpsuit (John Elmquist, Grant Sutton, Nathan Tolzmann and Matthew Tolzmann)

    Saturday, July 14th, 7:30pm
    Temple Gallery
    1749 S. Halsted

    Second Show Added!

    Friday, July 20th, 9:00pm
    Fullerton and Western

    Each performance will begin with a short set by Jumpsuit. Then HardArt groop micro edition will perform new works by John Elmquist, followed by the world premier performances of “The Modern Brain” featuring both groups combined plus horns.

    “The Modern Brain” is HardArt groop + Jumpsuit’s follow up to their 2007 collaboration “Cowtown: The Musical: The Opera”.

    HardArt groop is: “A rollicking synthesis of contemporary classical, cool noir and freewheeling improvisation…” -Ben Taylor, Time Out Chicago

    “[Jumpsuit’s] got a sense of humor and playfulness and… they’re able to bring a little bit of their party right to your door… Addictive. “ –The Sentamentalist

    HardArt groop + Jumpsuit’s Cowtown: “…with songs about milk, football, eating meat, breathing meat, Siamese-twin-love… it was very mooooooving.” -Blue Beer River


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