WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-08-28 (Mostly Ken Vandermark)

“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).

WNUR’s online stream was down during this broadcast, so I reproduced the musical part of the show using Audio Hijack. You’ll have to imagine the commentary between tracks.

Most of the show dwells on the music of Ken Vandermark, who is the artist-in-residence at the Chicago Jazz Festival, which begins this week. It would have been easy to do the whole program (and weeks more of them) from his music, but I had a few other things I wanted to share as well.

In commemorating the passing of Neil Armstrong, I have a song from Mali about the Apollo missions. I also played Gil Scott-Heron’s confrontational “Whitey on the Moon.” On-air I mentioned that I personally still think there’s a lot of value to space exploration, but I also think it’s important to remember there’s two sides to every story, and Heron’s perspective was part of the historical context of the event. (Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal does a better job than I could talking about the recording.)



download program (118MB, 2 hrs 26 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Vietnamese Imperial Orchestra of Hue: “Nho’em (I Miss You)” – The Music of Vietnam Vol. 1.1 (Celestial Harmonies)
Ousmane Sacko (voice and guitar), Yakaré Diabaté (voice), Bouboukar Diabaté (kora), Brahima Kouyaté (balafon) : “La Navette Apollo – The Apollo Shuttle” – Afrique (Music of the World) (Ocora)
Gil Scott-Heron: “Whitey on the Moon” – Evolution (And Flashback): The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron (RCA Victor)
Angie Scott: “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” – Mahogany Soul (J)
Gwen McCrae: “It Keeps On Raining” – Gwen McCrae (RCA Victor)
Cal Green: “Trippin” – Trippin’ With Cal Green (P-Vine)
Stevie Wonder: “Too High” – Innervisions (Motown)
Dry Bread: “Words to My Song” – Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay (Numero Group)
Ernest Ranglin: “Ranglin Satta” – Tree of Satta: Volume 1 (Blood and Fire)
Peter Tosh & the Soulmates: “Rudie’s Medley” – Rude Boy Box Set (Trojan)
Chico Cervantes: “Cumbia Colombia” – The Original Sound of Cumbia (Soundway)
Chico Trujillo: “No Me Busques” – Cumbia Chilombiana (Oveja Negra)
Counts: “Thinking Single” – Gettin’ It Off: Westbound Funk (Westbound)
Konono No 1: “Ditshe Tshiekutala” – Lubuaku (Terp )
Circulasione Totale Orcestra: “Cherry’s Cherry” – Accent (Odin)
Powerhouse Sound: “Coxsonne” – Oslo/Chicago: Breaks (Atavistic)
The Vandermark Quartet: “Leadfoot” – Solid Action (Platypus)
The Vandermark Five: “Freedom Suite, Pt. 2” – Six for Rollins (Free Jazz Classics, Vol. 3) (Atavistic)
School Days: “Get on the Plane (for Teddy Charles)” – Crossing Division (Okkadisk)
Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: “Anno 1240” – Dual Pleasure (Small Town Supersound)
Ken Vandermark: “Panels (for Piet Mondrian & Erik Satie)” – Furniture Music (Okkadisk)
Sound in Action Trio: “Medium Cool (for Paul Lovens)” – Gate (Atavistic)
Steel Wool Trio: “Day Job (for Roswell Rudd)” – International Front (Okkadisk)
Territory Band-5: “Untitled Fiction (for Charles Mingus)” – New Horse for the White House (Okkadisk)
Spaceways Incorporated: “Journeyman” – Version Soul (Atavistic)