Sunday, December 11, 2011

Head in the clouds he'd have said of himself, she'd have said elsewhere, his to be above and below, not know or say, hers to be alibi, elegy otherwise


Song of the Andoumboulou: 50
by Nathaniel Mackey

-ring of the well-


Fray was the name where we came
to next. Might've been a place,
might not've been a place but
we were there, came to it
sooner
than we could se... Come to
so soon, it was a name we stuck
pins in hoping we'd stay. Stray
was all we ended up with. Spar
was another name we heard
it
went by... Rasp we also heard it
was
called... Came to it sooner
than we could see but soon enough
saw we were there. Some who'd
come before us called it Bray...

Sound's own principality it was, a
pocket of air flexed mouthlike,
meaning's mime and regret, a squib of
something said, so intent it
seemed. At our backs a blown
conch,
bamboo flute, trapic remnant,
Lone
Coast reconnoiter come up empty
but for that, a first, forgotten
warble trafficked in again even so,
the
mango seed's reminder sent to what
end we'd eventually see...

We had
Come thru there before we were
told. Others claiming to be us had
come thru... The ubiquitous two lay
bound in cloth come down from on
high,
hoping it so, twist of their raiment
steep

integument, emollient feel for what
might not have been there. Head in the
clouds he'd have said of himself,
she'd
have said elsewhere, his to be above and
below, not know or say, hers to be
alibi, elegy otherwise known...

have said elsernrheren

Above and below, limbo what fabric
intervened. Limbo the bending they moved
in between. Limbo the book of
the
bent knee... Antiphonal thread
attended by thread. Keening string
by thrum, inwardness, netherness...
Violin
strings tied their hair high, limbo
the headrags they wore... The admission
of cloth that it was cover, what
was imminent out of reach, given
what
went for real, unreal,

split,
silhouetted
redress


ArtistSongAlbumLabel

Louis Armstrong West End BluesLouis Armstrong & Earl HinesPathe-Marconi (France)

Louis Armstrong & Earl HinesWeather BirdLouis Armstrong & Earl HinesPathe-Marconi (France)

Earl HinesA Monday DateEarl Hines SoloColumbia

Earl Hines Piano ManEarl Hines & His Grand Terrace OrchestraRCA

Maynard FergusonThat Jones BoyBirdland Dream BandFresh Sounds

George RussellAll About RosieThe Birth of the Third StreamColumbia

Shorty RogersDiablo's DanceShorty Rogers & His GiantsRCA

Charles MingusGunslinging BirdMingus DynastyColumbia

Ntozake ShangeSorryFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is EnufBuddha Records
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Count Basie Little PonyCount Basie & His OrchestraColumbia

Duke Ellington Primpin' for the PromPrimpin' for the PromRCA - France

Sarah Vaughn & Billy EckstineI've Got My Love to Keep Me WarmThe Irving Berlin Song BookMercury

Sarah VaughnLet's Call the Whole Thing OffSings GershwinMercury

Langston HughesHorn of PlentyBlack America Vol. 5 / The Black VerseBuddha Records Sunday Series

Miles DavisBlue X-Mas (To Whom it May Concern)Jingle Bell JazzColumbia

Carolina ShoutJames P. JohnsonJames P. JohnsonColumbia

Carolina ShoutFats WallerFats Waller SolosRCA

I'm Crazy About My BabyFats WallerFats Waller Sings & PlaysRCA
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Gigi Gryce featuring Clifford BrownBrown SkinsGigi Gryce OrchestraVogue

Gigi Gryce featuring Clifford BrownDeltitnuGigi Gryce OrchestraVogue

Zoot SimsSlingin' HaschZoot Sims QuartetVogue

Woody HermanFour BrothersWoody Herman OrchestraColumbia

Claude ThornhillYardbird SuiteClaude Thornhill OrchestraFresh Sounds

Langton HughesBird in OrbitBlack America Vol. 5 / The Black VerseBuddha Records Sunday Series
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Modern Jazz QuartetThe Jasmine TreeUnder the Jasmine TreeApple

Bob Brookmeyer Jive HootBob Brookmeyer & FriendsColumbia

Michel LegrandJitterbug WaltzLegrand JazzColumbia

Mary Lou WilliamsPerdidoIn LondonVogue

Mary Lou WilliamsKool BongoIn LondonVogue

Edward Brathwaite (Kamau Brathwaite)The EmigrantsRights of PassageArgo

Roscoe Mitchell Art EnsembleTutankhamen (solo by Malachi Favors)CongliptiousNessa
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Bessie JonesBeggin' the BluesRoots of the BluesNew World Records

Rose HemphillRolled & TumbledRoots of the BluesNew World Records

Ntozake ShangeAbortion Cycle # 1For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is EnufBuddah Records

Ntozake ShangeOneFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is EnufBuddah Records

KainBlack Amazon Fire Engine Cry BabyThe Blue GuerrillaJuggernaut Records
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Joseph JarmanBlack Paladins (poem by Henry Dumas)Black PaladinsBlack Saint
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Joseph JarmanGinger SongBlack PaladinsBlack Saint

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Telling It Like It Is, with Daruis Jones & Paul Mooney


Show description for Sunday 11/27/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We are honored this afternoon on New Day Jazz to welcome one of the most exciting voices in jazz today, alto saxophonist, bandleader, composer, Darius Jones, in the 5 o'clock hour.

Also this afternoon, on the 4 o'clock hour, writer, actor, comedian, Paul Mooney returns to New Day Jazz. Mr. Mooney will be appearing at the Punch Line, in Sacramento, Dec. 1st - 4th.


ArtistSongAlbumLabel

Freddie HubbardThe Intrepid FoxRed ClayCTI

Dave HollandInterceptionConference of the Birds ECM

Miles DavisDirectionsParaphernalia JMY

Jack Hirschman Occuparty ArcanePrivate RecordingPrivate Recording
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Darius Jones Chasing The GhostMan'ish BoyAUM-Fidelity

Darius Jones Big Train Rollin'Man'ish BoyAUM-Fidelity

Hamiett Bluiett featuring Quincy TroupeSnake Back SolosNali KolaSoul Note

Abbey LincolnYou Made Me FunnyYou Gotta Pay The BandVerve
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Henry Grimes & Rashied AliMoments (Poem)Spirits AloftPorter

Henry Grimes & Rashied AliRapid Transit (excerpt)Spirits AloftPorter

Interview With Paul Mooney By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Paul Mooney By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Paul Mooney By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Paul Mooney By Justin Desmangles

Henry Grimes & Rashied AliRapid Transit (excerpt)Spirits AloftPorter

Louie BelogenisAlabamaTiresiasPorter

Louie BelogenisSeven LivesTiresiasPorter

Darius Jones A Train Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)AUM-Fidelity

Darius Jones Ol' Metal Faced BastardBig Gurl (Smell My Dream)AUM-Fidelity
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Darius Jones & Matthew ShippOvervoidCosmic LiederAUM-Fidelity

Darius Jones & Matthew ShippWeeja DellCosmic LiederAUM-Fidelity

Darius Jones Interviewed By Justin DesmanglesDarius Jones Interviewed By Justin DesmanglesDarius Jones Interviewed By Justin DesmanglesDarius Jones Interviewed By Justin Desmangles
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Dinah WashingtonCold, Cold HeartAlabamaOxford American

Monday, November 7, 2011

William Parker and Freedom Today


Show description for Sunday 11/6/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This afternoon, poet, philosopher, bassist, composer, William Parker returns to the program in the 5 o'clock hour. A preeminent figure in the development of the new music, Mr. Parker is a towering presence in international art & culture. His most recent release, on his own Centering Records, Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake, is an extraordinary collection of solo bass performances. We will be listening in on many of his most recent projects, including those with David S. Ware, Planetary Unknown, and Craig Taborn, Out of This World's Distortions.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel

William ParkerPointed AcceptanceCrumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale CakeCentering Records

William Parker & Hamid DrakeAnaya DancingSummer SnowAUM-Fidelity

William Parker & Hamid DrakeKonteSummer SnowAUM-Fidelity

Farmers By NatureOut Of This World's Distortions Grow Aspens and Other Beautiful Things Out of This World's DistortionsAUM-Fidelity
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David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad AliDuality is OnePlanetary Unknown AUM-Fidelity

David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad AliDivination Planetary Unknown AUM-Fidelity

William ParkerVelocityCrumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale CakeCentering Records

William ParkerIf There's A Hell BelowI Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs Of Curtis MayfieldAUM-Fidelity

William Parker Organ QuartetThe StruggleUncle Joe's Spirit HouseCentering Records
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William Parker & Hamid DrakeSkySummer SnowAUM-Fidelity

William Parker & Hamid DrakeEarthSummer SnowAUM-Fidelity

Interview With William Parker By Justin DesmanglesInterview With William Parker By Justin DesmanglesInterview With William Parker By Justin DesmanglesInterview With William Parker By Justin Desmangles
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William ParkerGreen Mountains for Bill DixonCrumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale CakeCentering Records

Monday, October 31, 2011

Will Alexander & Deep Time


Show description for Sunday 10/30/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our guest this afternoon, in the 5 o'clock hour, poet Will Alexander. His most recent book, Compression & Purity, is new from City Lights. Also featured this week, new music from alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones. His new disc, featuring Adam Lane on bass, and Jason Nazary on drums, is Big Gurl (Smell My Dream). We will also be listening in on the extraordinary 3 disc collection from William Parker Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake.

Few poets writing today can compare with L.A.-based surrealist Will Alexander in terms of the intensity of his imagination or his radically experimental approach to language as material object. Through the use of automatic writing, Alexander practices a surrealism of the word, creating densely textured layers of signification from its sounded and written forms. Compression & Purity, volume five of our Spotlight poetry series, is Alexander's seventh full-length collection. Known for his visionary epics influenced by poets like Césaire, Artaud and Lamantia, Alexander here returns to shorter forms to address his ecological, cosmological and historical concerns. Highlights include monologues from the perspective of "The Blood Penguin" and "The Pope at Avignon," a song by the "Water on New Mars," and an homage to Cesar Vallejo, "Combustion & Leakage." In true surrealist fashion, the book also includes both an autobiographical lyric essay, "My Interior Vita," describing the evolution of Alexander's artistic consciousness through jazz and surrealism, and his disavowal of the autobiographical process, "On Anti-Biography." An imaginative tour de force, Compression & Purity confirms Alexander's reputation among surrealism's foremost contemporary practitioners.

"This new & rich gathering of Will Alexander's works – always in progress – marks him again as the true successor among us to the likes of Surreal & deeply explorative figures like Breton & Césaire. No other poet writing in America today does it the way that Alexander does – a range of words & images that startle & create new pathways for language & the mind-in-freedom (“alchemical, mesmeric, totalic,” as he names them in these pages). Compression & Purity, so aptly titled, is the work of a true American & world master – & a joy to have & read." —Jerome Rothenberg

“Even at its most confounding, most silent level, this work will unavoidably enter and leave you by a genetic thread of conscious mind woven beyond your 'domestic horizon,; your ‘provincial description' to a vibrating ‘celebration of un-brokeneness.’ This song, in the genealogical terms of cognitive evolution, sings us backwards ‘or forwards’ into a state where we are undifferentiated from the cosmos and can speak, as Will Alexander does, in the full range at once of carbon from dust to diamond.” —Ed Roberson

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ArtistSongAlbumLabel

Darius Jones Trio E-GazBig Gurl (Smell My Dream)AUM - Fidelity

Darius Jones Trio Michelle Loves WillieBig Gurl (Smell My Dream)AUM - Fidelity

Darius Jones Trio A TrainBig Gurl (Smell My Dream)AUM - Fidelity

William ParkerGreen Mountains (for Bill Dixon)Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake.Centering Records

William ParkerPhiladelphia ClayCrumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake.Centering Records
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Henry Threadgill ZooidLying EyesThis Brings Us To, Vol. 2Pi Recordings

Henry Grimes & Rashied AliLarger Astronomical TimeSpirits AloftPorter Records

Odean Pope featuring Marshall AllenThe TrackUniversal SoundsPorter Records

Roscoe Mitchell & Muhal Richard AbramsRomuSpectrumMutable
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Alice ColtraneLeoTranslinear LightImpulse

John ColtraneIndiaThe Complete 1961 Village Vanguard RecordingsImpulse
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Wasimxzama Khan NaseriKavaliMusic In The World Of Islam: Human Voice / LutesTopic

Dunya YunisAbu ZelufMusic In The World Of Islam: Human Voice / LutesTopic

Gadabursi Somali of OgadenLeader/Chorus Song (excerpt)Music In The World Of Islam: Human Voice / LutesTopic
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Interview With Will Alexander By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Will Alexander By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Will Alexander By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Will Alexander By Justin Desmangles
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John ColtraneChasing The TraneThe Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Making Moves with Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra


A Happy Birthday to Dizzy Gillespie!

Show description for Sunday 10/23/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This afternoon we will focus on the contributions of the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Orchestra. As part of these efforts, we will also explore the music recorded by Charlie Parker as featured soloist with Machito & His Orchestra, including Mango Mangue, as well as Okidoke. In bringing attention to this period, the great composer, arranger Tadd Dameron will also be featured, including his earliest efforts with Harlan Leonard, the small groups featuring Fats Navarro, and the neglected masterwork, The Magic Touch, recorded for Riverside. Along the way we will hear poetry from Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Claude McKay, Margaret Walker, Sterling Brown, and Langston Hughes. (Pictured at right, Harriet Tubman)

Runagate Runagate

by Robert Hayden
I.
Runs falls rises stumbles on from darkness into darkness
and the darkness thicketed with shapes of terror
and the hunters pursuing and the hounds pursuing
and the night cold and the night long and the river
to cross and the jack-muh-lanterns beckoning beckoning
and blackness ahead and when shall I reach that somewhere
morning and keep on going and never turn back and keep on going
Runagate
Runagate
Runagate
Many thousands rise and go
many thousands crossing over
O mythic North
O star-shaped yonder Bible city

Some go weeping and some rejoicing
some in coffins and some in carriages
some in silks and some in shackles

Rise and go or fare you well

No more auction block for me
no more driver’s lash for me

If you see my Pompey, 30 yrs of age,
new breeches, plain stockings, negro shoes;
if you see my Anna, likely young mulatto
branded E on the right cheek, R on the left,
catch them if you can and notify subscriber.
Catch them if you can, but it won’t be easy.
They’ll dart underground when you try to catch them,
plunge into quicksand, whirlpools, mazes,
turn into scorpions when you try to catch them.

And before I’ll be a slave
I’ll be buried in my grave

North star and bonanza gold
I’m bound for the freedom, freedom-bound
and oh Susyanna don’t you cry for me

Runagate
Runagate


II.
Rises from their anguish and their power,

Harriet Tubman,

woman of earth, whipscarred,
a summoning, a shining

Mean to be free

And this was the way of it, brethren brethren,
way we journeyed from Can’t to Can.
Moon so bright and no place to hide,
the cry up and the patterollers riding,
hound dogs belling in bladed air.
And fear starts a-murbling, Never make it,
we’ll never make it. Hush that now,
and she’s turned upon us, levelled pistol
glinting in the moonlight:
Dead folks can’t jaybird-talk, she says;
you keep on going now or die, she says.

Wanted Harriet Tubman alias The General
alias Moses Stealer of Slaves

In league with Garrison Alcott Emerson
Garrett Douglas Thoreau John Brown

Armed and known to be Dangerous

Wanted Reward Dead or Alive

Tell me, Ezekiel, oh tell me do you see
mailed Jehovah coming to deliver me?

Hoot-owl calling in the ghosted air,
five times calling to the hants in the air.
Shadow of a face in the scary leaves,
shadow of a voice in the talking leaves:

Come ride-a my train

Oh that train, ghost-story train
through swamp and savanna movering movering,
over trestles of dew, through caves of the wish,
Midnight Special on a sabre track movering movering,
first stop Mercy and the last Hallelujah.

Come ride-a my train

Mean mean mean to be free.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel

Countee CullenHeritageAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Chano PozoMinor WalkDizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Chano PozoCubana Be Cubana BopDizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France

Machito & His Orchestra featuring Charlie ParkerMango MangueAfro-Cuban JazzVerve

Langston Hughesthe Negro Speaks of RiversAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Langston HughesI, TooAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

James MoodyCu-BaJames Moody & His ModernistsBlue Note

Tadd Dameron SeptetJahberoTadd Dameron SeptetBlue Note

Bud Powell TrioUn Poco LocoThe Amazing Bud PowellBlue Note
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Margaret WalkerFor My PeopleAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Dizzy Gillespie OrchestraThings to ComeBebopNew World Records

Kenny Clarke & His 52nd St. BoysRoyal RoostJazz In RevolutionNew World Records

Machito & His Orchestra featuring Charlie ParkerOkidokeAfro-Cuban JazzVerve

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Chano PozoAlgo Bueno (Woody'n You)Dizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France

Modern Jazz QuartetWoody'n YouNica's DreamNew World Records

Gwendolyn BrooksThe Preacher RuminatesAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Gwendolyn BrooksThe Children of the PoorAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Charles MingusYsabels' Table DanceTijuana MoodsRCA
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Woody Herman & His OrchestraLemon DropBebopNew World Records

Elliott LawrenceElevationJazz In RevolutionNew World Records

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Kenny HagoodOol Ya KooDizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France

James MoodyTropicanaJames Moody & His ModernistsBlue Note

Tadd DameronOn A Misty NightThe Magic TouchRiverside

Sarah VaughnA Ship Without A SailGreat Songs From Hit Shows Volume 2Mercury

Sarah VaughnHe's Only WonderfulGreat Songs From Hit Shows Volume 2Mercury
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Dizzy GillespieGroovin' HighIn The BeginningPrestige

Tadd Dameron featuring Barbara WinfieldIf You Could See Me NowThe Magic TouchRiverside

Sterling BrownLong GoneAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Dodo Marmarosa TrioMellow MoodJazz In RevolutionNew World Records

Charlie ParkerRelaxin' at Camarillo BebopNew World Records

Dexter Gordon - Wardell Gray QuintetThe Chase Part 1 & 2Jazz In RevolutionNew World Records

Claude McKaySt. Issac's ChurchAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Claude McKayThe Tropics in New YorkAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Claude McKayIntro / If We Must DieAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways

Randy WestonCon AlmaAfrican NiteInner City
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Harlan Leonard & His RocketsA-La-BridgesJazz In RevolutionNew World Records

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Chano PozoGood BaitDizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie ParkerHot HouseIn the BeginningPrestige

Tadd DameronDial B for BeautyThe Arranger's TouchPrestige

Tadd DameronYou're A JoyThe Magic TouchRiverside

Tadd DameronSwift as the WindThe Magic TouchRiverside

Dizzy Gillespie featuring Joe CarrollJump-Did-Le-BaDizzy Gillespie Vol. 1/2RCA - France
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Sarah VaughnEmbraceable YouSarah VaughnEmarcy

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Does the Secret Mind Whisper? Nov. 11, 2011

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Bob KaufmanFriday NOV 11

"Does the Secret Mind Whisper?"
Will Alexander, Maria Damon and Justin Desmangles

a symposium on Bob Kaufman, Black surrealism, and cultural poetics
7:30 pm @ Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street,



Co-sponsored with Before Columbus Foundation


“…the ‘secret mind’ represents the convergence of multiple cultural trajectories. It is the political unconscious of the US, which registers all the ‘secret, terrible hurts’ (Kaufman, “Bagel Shop Jazz”) visited upon people who belong to an ‘America not on any map’ (Will Alexander), the disenfranchised who may ruminate silently on these social, spiritual and bodily injuries but who may speak of them openly only at their peril.”

—Maria Damon, Jacket2, “Poetry in 1960, A Symposium”

"Does the Secret Mind Whisper?" was the gnomic open question posed by poet Bob Kaufman in an early City Lights broadside by that title. In collaboration with the Before Columbus Foundation, the Poetry Center hosts an evening symposium under that rubric, in order to take up the nature of Kaufman's legacy and practice, and its extensions into the 21st Century. Featured guests include poet-scholars Will Alexander and Maria Damon, in conversation with Bay Area writer, radio host/dj and cultural worker Justin Desmangles.

BOB KAUFMAN (1925–1986) was a key participant in the 1950s San Francisco poetry renaissance and the Beat movement. Author of three renowned poetry broadsides, Abomunist Manfesto, Second April, and Does the Secret Mind Whisper?, published in the late 1950s by City Lights Books, his poetry in print remained elusive until two collections came out in the mid-1960s. The landmark Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness (1965), published by New Directions, has remained in print for better than four decades. Golden Sardine (1967) became a signature City Lights Pocket Poets volume alongside the works of renowned contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. During Kaufman's last decade, editor Raymond Foye assembled the volume of fugitive works, Ancient Rain: Poems 1956–1978 (New Directions, 1981). The posthumous collection, Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems, appeared in 1996 (Coffee House Press). Following Kaufman's death in 1986, a two-hour feature program, Bob Kaufman, Poet, was produced by David Henderson for KPFA-FM and aired nationally through the Pacifica network. Regarded in France as "the American Rimbaud," Bob Kaufman has been celebrated internationally for his particular mode of Surrealism, permeated by a profound affinity for the outcasts of American society, the poor and punished. The late saxophonist and jazz song composer Steve Lacy called Kaufman "the greatest jazz poet, and the beatest of the Beats."

WILL ALEXANDER (see bio above) has previously published the essay "Bob Kaufman: The Footnotes Exploded" in Conjunctions 29: Tributes.


MARIA DAMON (see bio above) his written on Bob Kaufman, extensively in her early book The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry (University of Minnesota) and more recently online at Jacket2.

Archive AudioJUSTIN DESMANGLES hosts the radio program New Day Jazz, currently at KDVS-90.3 FM, and available online, a heady blend of music and cultural commentary, focused on the African-American cultural continuum. Frequent guests offer a largesse of inquiring and informed commentary, via conversations with, e.g., scholars William W. Cook and James Tatum on African American Writers and Classical Tradition; A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshlemen on their collaborative translation of Aimé Césaire's Solar Throat Slashed; Robin D.G. Kelley on his stellar biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; and jazz pianist Matthew Shipp on the legacy of Bud Powell. Chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, which hosts the annual American Book Award, Justin Desmangles has organized numerous public programs, at San Francisco Public Library and Yoshi's jazz club in San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood, among other venues.

In a series of public programs on the life and legacy of Bob Kaufman under the title "Does the Secret Mind Whisper?" he recently brought together AACM co-founder Roscoe Mitchell with Kaufman's poetry in performances of original compositions. An upcoming November 14 Benefit for the Before Columbus Foundation at Yoshi's San Francisco will reunite Roscoe Mitchell and Amiri Baraka in duo performance, and feature the new Ishmael Reed Band.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

African American Writers & Classical Tradition, Winner of the American Book Award 2011


African American Writers & Classical Tradition is the most exciting work of of literary criticism to emerge in decades. Indeed, it lays the groundwork for an entirely new field of study. Rarely can it be said that the reading of literary criticism is a joyful process, yet with this book, William W. Cook and James Tatum (pictured above, right to left), have produced just that. Written with great humor, at times tremendous passion, the reader is swept into the excitement of surprise and new discovery, following the adventure unearthed in the vast resources of classical Latin and ancient Greek literature employed by African American poets, novelists, and political thinkers. Once familiar, canonized figures, such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ralph Ellison, are illuminated in fresh, often startling ways. Neglected masters, Melvin B. Tolson, and George S. Schulyer, are revived, given new life, and shown to have vital relevance to today’s times, cutting to the very core of the most contentious and controversial issues in America. Relatively obscure artists, such as Fran Ross, author of Oreo, are given their proper place alongside the aforementioned giants, and the greatness of poet Rita Dove is affirmed in the brilliant concluding chapter. There is a tremendous sense of momentum in the pages of this book, a momentum propelled by the lifelong friendship of its authors, Cook & Tatum. Their shared wisdom, wit, and delight in the task of bringing this complex and subtle story to us, one so uniquely American, is felt throughout the work. African American Writers & Classical Tradition, presents a new, and much needed, image of American literature, indeed, of American history. One that is vivid, compelling, and crackling with the electricity of folklore and mythology rooted to ancient sources, in both Africa and Europe, giving light to the present moment, our times.

Monday, September 12, 2011

We Kiss In A Shadow


Happy Birthday to Sonny Rollins, pictured above, born Sept. 7th

Show description for Sunday 9/11/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

"Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children." - Amilcar Cabral, (September 12, 1924 – January 20, 1973)

". . . the hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence is betrayal." Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967, "Why I Oppose the War In Vietnam"



Photograph, at right, by Seydou Keïta


ArtistSongAlbumLabel

Bill Evans TrioWitchcraftPortrait In JazzRiverside

George RussellNardisEzz-theticsRiverside

Eric Dolphy17 WestOut ThereNew Jazz

Sarah VaughnI'm Glad There Is YouSarah VaughnEmarcy

Sarah VaughnSummertimeAfterhoursColumbia

Billie HolidaySummertimeThe QuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayA Sailboat in the MoonlightThe QuintessentialColumbia
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Sonny RollinsThere Is No Greater LoveWay Out WestContemporary

Sonny RollinsA Night In TunisiaMore From The VanguardBlue Note

Thelonious Monk TrioBye-YaThelonious Monk TrioPrestige

Thelonious MonkWorkThelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsPrestige

Hank Mobley52nd Street ThemeMobley's MessagePrestige
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Hank MobleyMessage From The BorderMobley's Second MessagePrestige

Ella FitzgeraldBewitchedRodgers & Hart SongbookVerve

Ella FitzgeraldLove Is Here To StayGershwin SongbookVerve

Ella FitzgeraldI Didn't Know About YouEllington SongbookVerve

Eric Dolphy & Booker LittleMiss AnnFar CryNew Jazz

Ron CarterRallyWhere?New Jazz
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Ted Joans (read by Justin Desmangles)Passed On Blues: Homage to a PoetTeducationCoffee House

Eric Dolphy & Booker LittleStatus SeekingStatusPrestige

Mal Waldron Don't ExplainMal 2Prestige

Mal Waldron Dee's DilemmaMal 1Prestige
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Sonny RollinsStrode RodeSaxophone ColossusPrestige

Thelonious MonkBrilliant CornersBrilliant CornersRiverside

Sonny RollinsWe Kiss In A ShadowEast Broadway RundownImpulse
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Ornette Coleman The Garden Of SoulsNew York Is Now!Blue Note

Ornette Coleman We Now Interrupt For A Commerical

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Solar Throat Slashed: Part Two with Clayton Eshleman


Show description for Sunday 8/28/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Our guest today on the 5 o'clock hour, Clayton Eshleman (pictured at right), discussing his most recent work, in collaboration with A. James Arnold, Solar Throat Slashed, the unexpurgated 1948 edition of the masterwork by Aimé Césaire.


Soleil cou coupé (Solar Throat Slashed) is Aimé Césaire’s most explosive collection of poetry. Animistically dense, charged with eroticism and blasphemy, and imbued with an African and Vodun spirituality, this book takes the French surrealist adventure to new heights and depths. A Césaire poem is an intersection at which metaphoric traceries create historically aware nexuses of thought and experience, jagged solidarity, apocalyptic surgery, and solar dynamite. The original 1948 French edition of Soleil cou coupé has a dense magico-religious frame of reference. In the late 1950s, Césaire was increasingly politically focused and seeking a wider audience, when he, in effect, gelded the 1948 text—eliminating 31 of the 72 poems, and editing another 29. Until now, only the revised 1961 edition, called Cadastre, has been translated. The revised text lacks the radical originality of Soleil cou coupé. This Wesleyan edition presents all the original poems en face with the new English translations. Includes an introduction by A. James Arnold and notes by Clayton Eshleman.

“Not only do Eshleman and Arnold give us excellent translations of Césaire’s at times syntactically knotty, etymologically abstruse, and semantically bedeviling verse; they also contextualize the poems—with an introduction by Arnold and endnotes by Eshleman—with crucial historical information and lucid discussions of the complexities of the poems’ language.”Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora


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Charles Mingus QuartetWhat Love?Charles Mingus Presents Charles MingusCandid

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Bud PowellBlue PearlBud!: The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 3Blue Note

Bud PowellJohn's AbbeyTime WaitsBlue Note

Mushtaq SinghThe Respite An Evening of International PoetryAlliance Records
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Lee MorganAll At Once, You Love HerCandy Blue Note

Bill EvansTenderlyEverybody Digs Bill EvansRiverside

Carmen McRaeHow Did He Look?BittersweetFocus

Carmen McRaeGuess I'll Hang My Tears Out To DryBittersweetFocus

Carmen McRaeThe Meaning of the BluesBittersweetFocus

Thad Jones Something To Remember You ByThe Magnificnet Thad JonesBlue Note

Accabre HuntleyEaster Monday BluesAn Evening of International PoetryAlliance Records
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Paul ChambersUntitled (Bebop Blues)Bass On TopBlue Note - Japan

Billie HolidayA Fine RomanceAll or Nothing AllVerve

Billie HolidayCheek to CheekAll or Nothing AllVerve

Charles MingusBugsComplete Candid RecordingsMosaic

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Gil Evans OrchestraStratusphunkOut of the CoolImpulse
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Beverly KenneyA Woman's IntuitionSings For PlayboysDecca

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aime Cesaire: Solar Throat Slashed, Part One with A. James Arnold


Show description for Sunday 8/21/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Our guest today on the 5 o'clock hour, A. James Arnold, discussing his most recent work, in collaboration with Clayton Eshelman, Solar Throat Slashed, the unexpurgated 1948 edition of the masterwork by Aimé Césaire.

A. JAMES ARNOLD is an emeritus professor of French at the University of Virginia. He is the lead editor of Césaire's complete literary works in French (in progress) and author of Modernism and Negritude: The Poetry and Poetics of Aimé Césaire.

Soleil cou coupé (Solar Throat Slashed) is Aimé Césaire’s most explosive collection of poetry. Animistically dense, charged with eroticism and blasphemy, and imbued with an African and Vodun spirituality, this book takes the French surrealist adventure to new heights and depths. A Césaire poem is an intersection at which metaphoric traceries create historically aware nexuses of thought and experience, jagged solidarity, apocalyptic surgery, and solar dynamite. The original 1948 French edition of Soleil cou coupé has a dense magico-religious frame of reference. In the late 1950s, Césaire was increasingly politically focused and seeking a wider audience, when he, in effect, gelded the 1948 text—eliminating 31 of the 72 poems, and editing another 29. Until now, only the revised 1961 edition, called Cadastre, has been translated. The revised text lacks the radical originality of Soleil cou coupé. This Wesleyan edition presents all the original poems en face with the new English translations. Includes an introduction by A. James Arnold and notes by Clayton Eshleman.

“Not only do Eshleman and Arnold give us excellent translations of Césaire’s at times syntactically knotty, etymologically abstruse, and semantically bedeviling verse; they also contextualize the poems—with an introduction by Arnold and endnotes by Eshleman—with crucial historical information and lucid discussions of the complexities of the poems’ language.”Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora

“Since Césaire first came into our view, he has seemed to some of us to be, with Breton and Artaud, one of the three truly unbounded poets of Surrealism—not so much lyrical, as with some other, more readily accessible poets (Eluard and Desnos the finest among them), but as Diderot had it over two centuries ago: the maker of a poetry that was and had to be ‘barbaric, vast and wild.’ It is the genius of the present gathering to rescue from previous editings and literary compromises the full force of Césaire’s remarkable 1948 work, Soleil cou coupé/Solar Throat Slashed. The result—in both the original French and in Eshleman’s and Arnold’s remarkable and no-holds-barred translation—is a reconstituted masterwork of the twentieth century and ample grist for the century to come.”Jerome Rothenberg, editor of Technicians of the Sacred







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William Parker featuring Leena ConquestIf There's A Hell BelowI Plan To Stay A BelieverAUM - Fidelity

William Parker Organ QuartetThe StruggleUncle Joe's Spirit House Centering Music

Wasimxzama Khan NaseriKavaliMusic In the World of Islam: VoicesTopic Records

Dunya YunisAbu ZelufMusic In the World of Islam: VoicesTopic Records
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Henry Threadgill ZooidExtremely Sweet WilliamThis Brings Us To, Vol. 2Pi

Henry Threadgill ZooidPolymorphThis Brings Us To, Vol. 2Pi

Henry Grimes & Rashied AliRapid TransitSpirits AloftPorter

Michael BisioTravel MusicTravel Musicmichaelbisio.com
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Louie Belogenis TrioTiresiasTiresiasPorter

Henry Threadgill ZooidWhite Wednesday Off the WallThis Brings Us To, Vol. 1Pi
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Farmers By NatureOut of This World's Distortions Grow Aspens and Other Beautiful ThingsOut of This World's DistortionsAUM - Fidelity

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

10 Years That Shook The City

Show description for Sunday 8/14/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our guest this afternoon on the 5 o'clock hour, Chris Carlsson, author, activist and most recently editor of the newly published collection of essays Ten Years That Shook the City

A collection of first-person and historical essays spans the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State College strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways those ten years shook the City and shaped the world we live in today. From community gardening to environmental justice, gay rights and other identity-based social movements, anti-gentrification efforts, neighborhood arts programs and more, many of the initiatives whose origins are described here have taken root and spread far beyond San Francisco.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

An Open Statement to the Fans of The Help: On behalf of the Association of Black Women Historians

Friday, August 12, 2011

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An Open Statement to the Fans of The Help:

On behalf of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), this statement provides historical context to address widespread stereotyping presented in both the film and novel version of The Help. The book has sold over three million copies, and heavy promotion of the movie will ensure its success at the box office. Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers. We are specifically concerned about the representations of black life and the lack of attention given to sexual harassment and civil rights activism.

During the 1960s, the era covered in The Help, legal segregation and economic inequalities limited black women's employment opportunities. Up to 90 per cent of working black women in the South labored as domestic servants in white homes. The Help’s representation of these women is a disappointing resurrection of Mammy—a mythical stereotype of black women who were compelled, either by slavery or segregation, to serve white families. Portrayed as asexual, loyal, and contented caretakers of whites, the caricature of Mammy allowed mainstream America to ignore the systemic racism that bound black women to back-breaking, low paying jobs where employers routinely exploited them. The popularity of this most recent iteration is troubling because it reveals a contemporary nostalgia for the days when a black woman could only hope to clean the White House rather than reside in it.

Both versions of The Help also misrepresent African American speech and culture. Set in the South, the appropriate regional accent gives way to a child-like, over-exaggerated “black” dialect. In the film, for example, the primary character, Aibileen, reassures a young white child that, “You is smat, you is kind, you is important.” In the book, black women refer to the Lord as the “Law,” an irreverent depiction of black vernacular. For centuries, black women and men have drawn strength from their community institutions. The black family, in particular provided support and the validation of personhood necessary to stand against adversity. We do not recognize the black community described in The Help where most of the black male characters are depicted as drunkards, abusive, or absent. Such distorted images are misleading and do not represent the historical realities of black masculinity and manhood.

Furthermore, African American domestic workers often suffered sexual harassment as well as physical and verbal abuse in the homes of white employers. For example, a recently discovered letter written by Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks indicates that she, like many black domestic workers, lived under the threat and sometimes reality of sexual assault. The film, on the other hand, makes light of black women’s fears and vulnerabilities turning them into moments of comic relief.

Similarly, the film is woefully silent on the rich and vibrant history of black Civil Rights activists in Mississippi. Granted, the assassination of Medgar Evers, the first Mississippi based field secretary of the NAACP, gets some attention. However, Evers’ assassination sends Jackson’s black community frantically scurrying into the streets in utter chaos and disorganized confusion—a far cry from the courage demonstrated by the black men and women who continued his fight. Portraying the most dangerous racists in 1960s Mississippi as a group of attractive, well dressed, society women, while ignoring the reign of terror perpetuated by the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens Council, limits racial injustice to individual acts of meanness.

We respect the stellar performances of the African American actresses in this film. Indeed, this statement is in no way a criticism of their talent. It is, however, an attempt to provide context for this popular rendition of black life in the Jim Crow South. In the end, The Help is not a story about the millions of hardworking and dignified black women who labored in white homes to support their families and communities. Rather, it is the coming-of-age story of a white protagonist, who uses myths about the lives of black women to make sense of her own. The Association of Black Women Historians finds it unacceptable for either this book or this film to strip black women’s lives of historical accuracy for the sake of entertainment.

Ida E. Jones is National Director of ABWH and Assistant Curator at Howard University. Daina Ramey Berry, Tiffany M. Gill, and Kali Nicole Gross are Lifetime Members of ABWH and Associate Professors at the University of Texas at Austin. Janice Sumler-Edmond is a Lifetime Member of ABWH and is a Professor at Huston-Tillotson University.

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Suggested Reading:

Fiction:

Like one of the Family: Conversations from A Domestic’s Life, Alice Childress

The Book of the Night Women by Marlon James

Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neeley

The Street by Ann Petry

A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight

Non-Fiction:

Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph

To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors by Tera Hunter

Labor of Love Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present by Jacqueline Jones
Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Any questions, comments, or interview requests can be sent to: ABWHTheHelp@gmail.com

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