WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-12-31

“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).

For the last show of 2013, I played a number of songs about time, years and their passing, and such. But first, we started by commemorating the passing of the great Yusef Lateef. That set was followed by a few more tracks for other musicians who passed in 2013 who hadn’t gotten their fair shake earlier, and a few more were sprinkled in later in the show.


No disrespect to the many other greats who passed in 2013. Thank you for the music, and thank all of you for listening, and may 2014 be a fantastic year for you!


PS I did more homework and realized that I misspoke when crediting Fred Katz with the Bach cello solo in Jazz on a Summer’s Day. (watch it on YouTube.) By Newport ’58 (when that was filmed), Nathan Gershman had taken over as the cellist for Chico Hamilton’s Quintet. And also, RIP Bert Stern, who made Jazz on a Summer’s Day, who also passed in 2013.


download program (143MB, 2 hrs 37 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Yusef Lateef: “Prayer to the East” – Prayer to the East (Savoy)
Yusef Lateef: “The Plum Blossom” – Eastern Sounds (Prestige)
Yusef Lateef: “The Weaver” – Live at Pep’s (Impulse!)
Yusef Lateef: “Curved Spacetime” – In Nigeria (YAL)
Fred Lonberg-Holm: “Pluck It” – A Valentine For Fred Katz (Atavistic)
Chico Hamilton: “A Trip” – The Dealer (Impulse!)
The Ohio Players: “Walt’s First Trip” – Gettin’ It Off: Westbound Funk (Westbound Records)
James Booker: “Next Time You See Me (Live)” – Jazzy Funky New Orleans (Funky Delicacies)
Willie Kendrick: “Time Changes Things” – Pied Piper Presents a New Concept in Detroit Soul (Kent)
Sly and the Family Stone: “In Time” – Fresh (Columbia)
The Orioles: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” – The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper)
Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics: “Chinese New Year” – Inspiration Information (Strut)
Elizabeth Cotten: “New Year’s Eve” – Elizabeth Cotten, Volume 3: When I’m Gone (Folkways Records)
The Revels: “It’s Party Time” – Intoxica! The Best of The Revels (Sundazed)
Ramsey Lewis: “Party Time” – Chicago Soul – Electric Blues Funk & Soul (Soul Jazz)
Sinn Sissamouth & Ros Serey Sothea: “New Years Eve” – Dengue Fever Presents: Sleepwalking Through the Mekong (M80)
Vagabond Opera: “New Years Eve” – The Zeitgeist Beckons (Vagabond Opera)
Bettye Lavette: “Only Time Will Tell Me” – I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti-)
Dee Felice Trio: “There Was a Time” – In Heat (Bethlehem Records)
George Duke: “Reach For It” – Reach For It (Epic)
Donald Byrd with Guru and Ronny Jordan: “Time Is Moving On” – Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool (GRP)
Dollar Brand & Sathima Benjamin: “A Prelude to a Kiss” – Archive Africa: Jazz, Jive & Jibe (Afribeat)
Sun Ra: “Springtime in Chicago” – Supersonic Jazz (Saturn)
Gil Melle: “Dedicatory Piece to the Geophysical Year of 1957” – Melle Plays Primitive Modern / Quadrama (Prestige)
George Gruntz: “Jazz Appreciation (Motif for Ted)” – Mental Cruelty (Atavistic)
The Zombies: “This Will Be Our Year” – Odessey & Oracle (CBS)
Billie Holiday with Lester Young: “This Year’s Kisses” – Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941 (Giants Of Jazz)
The Staple Singers: “This Year” – Soul Folk in Action (Stax)
Mighty Voices of Wonder: “Every Year Carries a Number” – Local Customs: Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Frederick Knight: “Time” – Full Time Groovers, Hotlanta Soul Vol 2 (Kent)
Irma Thomas & Allen Toussaint: “Time Is On My Side” – Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1 (Geffen)
Santana: “As the Years Go By” – The San Mateo Sessions 1969 (Purple Pyramid)
Miles Davis: “It’s About That Time” – Black Beauty, At Fillmore West (Columbia)
The Golden Gate Quartet: “My Time Done Come” – Swing Down, Chariot (Sony)