Friday, March 25, 2011

New Music on Live365

Here is some more jazz uploaded to my Live365 station.  If you are listening to that station and happen to check this blog out, drop me a comment. 
  1. Henri Texier/In The Years of the Dragon/Respect
  2. Jim Snidero/Infant Eyes/Blue Afternoon
  3. Mike DiRubbo Quartet/New Year's Dream/New York Accent: Live at the Kitano
  4. Ornette Coleman/Street Woman/The Complete Science Fiction Sessions
  5. Anthony Braxton/Dewey Square/Charlie Parker Project
  6. Reid Anderson/Every Day is Beautiful/Abolish Bad Architecture
  7. Thelonious Monk/Round Midnight/Live at the It Club
  8. Wayne Shorter/Deluge/Juju

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recent Live365 Program

My Live365 program has about ten hours of jazz on it now.  I haven't had the time/energy to post a complete play list here, but I will try to list new stuff as I add it.  Here is what went up this week:

  1. William Parker/Sunday Morning March/Scrapbook
  2. Thelonious Monk/Misterioso/Misterioso
  3. Steve Lacy and Eric Watson/Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Spirit of Mingus
  4. Rob Garcia Quartet/Perennial/Perennial
  5. Joe Henderson/Y Todavia La Quiero/Relaxin' at Camarillo
  6. David Murray/India/Octet Plays Trane
  7. Chico Freeman/Infant Eyes/The Unspoken Word
That's a pretty good slice of music.  Most of it is relatively unknown.  The William Parker album is a "violin trio" with Parker on bass, Hamid Drake on drums, and Billy Bang on violin.  It gives the album a classical touch but the arrangements are a range of African American roots music.   The Steve Lacy/Eric Watson album is what you get when you get a Steve Lacy duet.  

I am still rather possessed by the DKV Trio albums I posted about earlier.  This is certainly the most captivating free jazz I have ever heard. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

More Vandermark

My current passion is the DKV Trio: Hamid Drake on drums; Kent Kessler on bass; and Ken Vandermark on reeds.  DKV Trio discs are not easy to come by.  The eMusic folks have never heard of em, and there is nothing on Amazon.  I was able to order a couple directly from the label: Okka Disc.  They arrived by mail in less than four days. 

Trigonometry is a two disc set documenting a live performance in Rochester, New York and Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Although the discs are broken up by titled "index points", the liner notes inform us that each performance is really one long stream of music.  It works pretty much the same.  I wouldn't rank this quite as high as the Live at Chicago and Wels disc I reviewed recently, but it is superb anyway.  A lot of the music is abstract, as one would expect, but this morning when I listened to the first twenty minute cut I found myself slapping my knees and groovin down to the bedrock.  This is free jazz with a feelin. 

DKV Trio/Fred Anderson adds a tenor sax to make one mean quartet.  It is, frankly, more accessible than some of the stuff on the Trig disc.  It is very solid free jazz. 

I added a couple cuts from Trigonometry and one from the Fred Anderson disc to my Live365 page.  I also added a cut from the Vandermark 5 album, Elements of Style