WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-03-12

“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).

This week we recognize Ornette Coleman’s 83rd birthday with about an hour of his music, including a recording made at WNUR by Michigan’s Northwoods Improvisers, as well as a relative rarity from Chicago’s Joe Daley trio. Besides that, a  diverse smattering of the sounds you’ve come to expect from Conference of the Birds.



download program (138MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Nicole Mitchell – Black Earth Ensemble: “Afrika Rising Trilogy II: Metamorphosis” – Afrika Rising (Dreamtime)
Thomas East: “Sister Funk (Original Full Version)” – True Soul Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, Vol. 1 (Now Again)
Mahotella Queens: “Wozani Mahipi” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Gentleman Mike Ejeagha: “Udo Ka Nma” – Akuko Na Egwu – Vol 4 (Premier Records Limited)
Mose Se ‘Fan Fan’: “Suki Pembe Somo Somo” – Belle Epoque (Retroafric)
Charlie Haden & Paul Motian featuring Geri Allen: “Lonely Woman” – Etudes (Soul Note)
Håkon Kornstad & Håvard Wiik: “Law Years” – The Bad and the Beautiful (Moserobie)
Northwoods Improvisers: “Peace” – Live on WNUR 12/1/99 (WNUR)
Ornette Coleman: “Una Muy Bonita” – Beauty is a Rare Thing (Atlantic)
Joe Daley Trio: “Ramblin’” – Live at Newport 1963 (RCA)
Sound in Action Trio: “Feet Music” – Design in Time (Delmark)
Barrage Double Trio: “Turn Your Head (for Ornette Coleman)” – Utility Hitter (Quinnah)
Niù Abdominaux Dangereux: “Broadway Blues” – Ghosts (ITM)
Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: “Him and Her” – Of Human Feelings (Antilles)
Steve Coleman: “Organic Movement” – The Opening of the Way (BMG)
The Heliocentrics: “The Gorn” – Fallen Angels – the Singles Collection (Now Again)
Lloyd Miller: “Bizz-aire” – A Lifetime in Oriental Jazz (Jazzman)
Masada: “Amarim” – Het (Tzadik)
Young Killer: “Carolina” – Calypso Cross Section (Cook)
Woody Guthrie: “Better World A-Comin’” – Hard Travelin’ (The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3) (Smithsonian Folkways)
Silvério Pessoa: “Disposto a tudo” – Cabeça Elétrica, Coração Acústico (Tratore)
Caetano Veloso: “Maria Bethania” – Caetano Veloso (1971) (Polygram)
Billie Holiday: “Blue Moon” – Billie’s Blues (Blue Note)
Etta James: “You’re the Fool” – Losers Weepers (Kent)
John Holt: “Sister Big Stuff” – 1000 Volts of Holt (Trojan)
Julius Hemphill: “Homeboy Tootin’ at the Dog/Star” – Blue Boyé (Screwgun)