WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-11-27

“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. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

I wasn’t able to spend as much time preparing for this week’s show as I generally prefer. I sort of wandered into a mini-feature about Don Cherry, partly inspired by reading Ken Vandermark’s notes for the new DKV trio box set in which he tells how Don Cherry’s music was a “creative trigger for the band.” Outside of that, I went through some more recently acquired music and came out with what I think is a pretty solid show, although one which may be slightly more challenging for the pop-music oriented birds out there.


PS DKV Trio is celebrating the release of the box set by playing their annual holiday gig, plus another bonus at the Hideout: December 26 and 27.

PPS I found this fun accounting of Don Cherry’s time on the faculty at Dartmouth.


download program (146MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Don Cherry: “bra joe from kilimanjaro – terry’s tune” – Organic Music Society (Caprice Records)
Joseph Jarman/Don Moye/Johnny Dyani: “Mama Marimba” – Black Paladins (Black Saint)
Ensemble of Rhythm and Art: “Pelican Fantasy” – Funny Thing (Soul-Jazz-Pop)
Trombone Shorty: “Backatown” – Backatown (Verve Forecast)
DKV Trio: “The Thing (3.31.01)” – Trigonometry (Okkadisk)
Don Cherry: “Elephantasy (suite)” – The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Don Cherry (Mosaic)
Don Cherry: “Teo-Teo Can” – Mu (BYG/Actuel)
Art Ensemble of Chicago: “Old Time Religion” – Message To Our Folks (BYG/Actuel)
Chris McGregor: “Big G” – Sea Breezes (Solo Piano – Live in Durban 1987) (Fledg’ling)
Meshell Ndegeocello: “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Pour une Âme Souveraine (Naïve)
Tamba Trio: “Vento Do Mar” – Tempo/Avanço (Philips)
Dorival Caymmi & Ary Barroso: “Maracangalha” – Um Interpreta o Outro (MNR Media)
Chilly Gonzalez: “Train of Thought” – Solo Piano II (Gentle Threat)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Why Don’t You Do Right?” – Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch)
Jack Rose: “When the Tailgate Drops, the Bullshit Stops” – Luck in the Valley (Thrill Jockey)
Bana Simba: “Beggars’ Banquet” – The Karindula Sessions (Crammed Discs)
Sandwidi Pierre & Harmonie Voltaique: “Ouaga Affairs” – Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound of the Upper Volta 1974-1978 (Savannahphone )
Idrissa Diop, Cheikh Tidiane Tall: “Gueth” – Diamonoye Tiopité (Teranga Beat)
Sam Rivers Trio: “Second Set, Part 1” – Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
Klang: “Alone at the Brain” – Brooklyn Lines . . . Chicago Spaces (Allos Documents)
Free Fall: “Inside Out (for Paul Bley)” – Furnace (Wobbly Rail)
Art Pepper: “Cinnamon” – Surf Ride (Savoy)
Josh Berman & his Gang: “One Train May Hide Another” – There Now (Delmark)
Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet: “Dred Scott: 1857” – Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

One thought on “WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-11-27

  1. Thanks for linking to my Don Cherry at Dartmouth story.
    I visited WNUR once with Dao Strom, on tour, summer of 2009.

    This is a random segue but the Dartmouth performing arts center had a Sam Rivers poster framed in their cafe for a whiles — it’s surprising when the ultra-straight college gets a lil bit funky…

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