Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou's Mirror: Reflections on the Storyteller



We have lost one of our greatest storytellers. Lou Reed, whose vision of song, so tightly woven to America’s late 20th century, is gone. An artist of incalculable influence, it will be many decades before his sway over popular music may be properly assessed. Still, a number of things are decisively clear.


To begin, Reed radically altered the template for what was acceptable content and theme in a pop song. The earlier existing boundaries were utterly destroyed with the first Velvet Underground album, never to return again, never to be resurrected. So earth shattering was this momentous cultural event, conducted and supervised by Andy Warhol, that its breakthrough into the general consciousness seemed to happen just as quickly, and the initial shock has indeed faded. Nevertheless, facts about it, a number of vital genres in popular music can be traced back directly to Reed’s early works, without a detour. These would include most obviously Punk Rock (and its many vicissitudes), but also Noise, Industrial, and the rudimentary elements of Hip hop and its various subgenres, such as Gangsta Rap and Horrorcore.


Reed was, above all, a poet of the street. The junkies, winos, saints, pimps, transvestites, prophets, sinners, queers, deviants, freaks, criminals great and small, that he wrote about were by no means wholly the product of his imagination. These were his own real lovers, enemies, friends, dependents, and those he depended on, embodying his own pain, joy, satisfaction, refusal, protest, and acceptance of strange codes of obligation to freedom and art. These were the people he had been, the people he wanted to be, and the roles that he would play on and off the stages of his many lives. 


This is very important to understand, particularly for an artist who has so many imitators, some very strong, others pathetically weak. I am sure that, just as Black Power advocates of the 1960’s forced more moderate Civil Rights leaders to take on positions and rhetoric they otherwise would have shied away from, so Reed provoked countless songwriters to delve into subjects and pretend to walk neighborhoods they wouldn’t get anywhere near in their so-called real lives. Reed wrote with an undaunted sense of reality, often at its most perilous and violent extremes. His art became committed to the political act of the sexualized transgression long before the academy got hold of the theory behind such things. His abundant gifts as a lyricist just as frequently would lead Reed into territory previously staked out by the revolutionary novelist and playwright, Jean Genet. Most specifically, Reed would often employ his poetry as a means of persuasively creating a beautiful, charismatic, aesthetic experience, out of vulgar, sometimes evil, unbearable circumstances, creating a kind of moral vertigo in which the world of saints and sinners is turned upside down. The just, the righteous, the holy, the pure, are often inverted in Reed’s most powerful work, with his characters oscillating between Heaven and Hell as often as male and female, being both but neither, all or nothing.


Many of the men and women talked about in Reed’s earliest songs are prisoners of their own body and its nagging urges. All of them seem to want to get out of it, whether that “it” be gender or more simply the mundane details of the day-to-day doldrums of a plain, unremarkable existence. There is an enormous amount of desperation and loneliness that haunts the narratives that Reed shared with us over the many years. Abandonment, betrayal, and loss would remain consistent subjects he would return us to.  A great many of the people he chose to write to us about will do anything to escape themselves and the lives they lead, by sex, by drugs, by violence, but more often than not, a combination of all three. Courageously, Reed drew, again and again, throughout his career, portraits of those our society tries to hide from public view or imprison in order to silence the integrity of their experience of despair and its very real causes. Reed consistently gave voice to their stories, which were his stories, which are all of ours and America’s.


It is well known, I trust, that Reed was an unabashedly literary man. Among his culture heroes were the great writers Hubert Selby, Jr. and Nelson Algren, whose scenarios sometimes show up in Reed’s songs whole, and more recently, the American master, Edgar Allan Poe, whom Reed conceptualized an entire album around, The Raven. The poet Delmore Schwartz was an early mentor of Reed’s, and the concluding track of side B to the aforementioned first Velvet Underground record, European Son, is dedicated to him. That Reed would remain committed to the cultivation of the inner life through literature in its many uses should come as no surprise. After all, Reed was equally dedicated to the mysterious and medicinal powers of storytelling to heal the psyche and assist the body toward a deeper experience of wholeness within the universe. Less well known was Reed’s long standing commitment to jazz, particularly the jazz of the New Thang, Energy Music, Space Bebop, and the avant-garde. As a youth, Reed hosted a college radio program focused on Free Jazz, taking its name from a composition by Cecil Taylor, Excursions on a Wobbly Rail. In many interviews Reed would speak forthrightly about the influence of the New York jazz scene on the sound of the Velvet Underground and their conceptions, most especially the music of Ornette Coleman, with whom Reed would later record. An alumnus of the those very groups lead by Coleman, Don Cherry, would also contribute to the music of Reed, recording on the album The Bells. In fact, much of the experimental music Reed would create over the years has its roots firmly entrenched in the traditions of jazz and literature. Some of the best examples of this cross pollination in Reed’s imagination are the aforementioned European Son, and The Bells, but also The Murder Mystery, Street Hassle, and most recently, The Raven, featuring Coleman.


There is a great gentleness at the center of all of Reed’s work, I believe, and though he is not often regarded as a romantic, his songs and the stories they tell are clearly in awe of love’s power to heal and change the world into something glorious and fecund. How many people over the decades have sent along I’ll Be Your Mirror to their beloved as a prelude towards a deeper understanding or even simple seduction? Interestingly, among the best known of Reed’s songs, performed by Nico, it is also a plea for forgiveness and a kind of supplication. I’ll Be Your Mirror is a prayer. 

To be sure, Reed was spiritually complex, but nowhere as much as on his neglected masterpiece, Songs for Drella, a song cycle depicting the life of his friend and mentor Andy Warhol. Performed and recorded in duo with Reed’s earliest of collaborators, John Cale, Songs for Drella, not only contains examples of Reeds very best writing and music, but creates an uncanny atmosphere of mercurial intimacy, most especially in the material written in first person from Warhol’s perspective. Emotionally, this album may very well be Reed at his most vulnerable and raw. He is clearly trying very hard to heal some old wounds, ones that he has left unattended and have haunted him. Now it is time to let go, and letting go for Reed means not only talking about it, but telling it like it is, like it was, and how it ought to be. A kind of hagiography is conjured here, and it’s a shame this record has been for the most part ignored, possibly because it was overshadowed by New York, an album Reed released at near the same time. In conversation with Charlie Rose, Reed complained openly about the lack of reception afforded Songs for Drella. He said he had believed he was creating a new genre, and I agree, he was. Like Berlin, Songs for Drella is an album of deep conflict and profoundly mixed emotions, its also Reed at his most personal.

  
The news this morning of Reed’s death came as quite a shock. His life and music have become so much a part of our national culture it is hard to imagine him as truly gone. Some will say, as they have in the past, that Reed lent glamor and prestige to self-destruction and criminality, that his was a negative influence. I take the opposite view. If there was an overall message to Reed’s work (does there have to be?), it was a very simple one, “You don’t have to be as fucked up as I am.”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Aldon Lynn Nielson: A Brand New Beggar

Show description for Sunday 8/18/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Joining me this afternoon, in the 5 o'clock hour (Pacific time), poet, scholar, critic, Aldon Lynn Nielson. A pre-eminent voice in the interpretation and analysis of African-American literary tradition, Nielson is, without question, one of the most rigorous and inventive authors in history to take on this complex and diverse subject. Among his many books are, Black Chant: Languages of African-American PostmodernismIntegral Music: Languages of African-American Innovation, and his most recent collection of poems, A Brand New Beggar, which we will be discussing today on New Day Jazz. Nielson blogs on the internet at Heat String Theory

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Kenny DorhamLotus BlossomQuiet KennyNew Jazz
Langston Hughes (Ellen Holly)Mother To SonA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Gene AmmonsHittin' The JugBoss TenorPrestige
Kenny Burrell & John ColtraneWhy Was I BornKenny Burrell & John ColtraneNew Jazz
Sarah Vaughn Just In TimeSarah + 2Roulette
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Eric Dolphy & Booker LittleBird's MotherFar CryNew Jazz
Ron CarterSaucer EyesWhere?Prestige
Ella FitzgeraldI've Got A Crush On YouElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook Vol. 3Verve
Langston Hughes (Ellen Holly)I've Known RiversA Hand Is On The GateVerve - Folkways
Ella FitzgeraldAren't You Kind Of Glad We DidElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook Vol. 3Verve
Mal WaldronThe Man I LoveFlowers For Lady DayArista
Nina SimoneIsn't It A PityEmergency WardRCA
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Robert Hayden (Gloria Foster, James Earl Jones, Moses Gunn)Runagate RunagateA Hand Is On The GateVerve - Folkways
Max Roach featuring Abbey LincolnGarvey's GhostPercussion BittersweetImpulse
Cecil TaylorTales (8 Whisps)Unit StructuresBlue Note
Thelonious MonkI Surrender, DearBrilliant CornersRiverside
Kenny DrewRuby, My DearThe Kenny Drew TrioRiverside
Sonny Rollins featuring Earl ColemanMy Ideal Tour De ForcePrestige
Kenny Dorham My IdealQuiet KennyNew Jazz
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Miles DavisNature BoyBlue MoodsDebut
Interview With Aldon Lynn Nielson By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Aldon Lynn Nielson By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Aldon Lynn Nielson By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Aldon Lynn Nielson By Justin Desmangles
Johnny HartmanStairway To The StarsI Just Dropped By To Say HelloImpulse
Bill Evans & Jim HallStairway To The StarsUndercurrentUnited Artists

Friday, August 9, 2013

Celebrating Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

Show description for Sunday 8/4/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Louis Armstrong

 (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard WizardsEasy Come Easy Go BluesJimmy Bertrand's Washboard WizardsSwaggie
Louis Armstrong & His OrchestraMahogany Hall StompLouis Armstrong Jazz Classics Vlm. 1Swaggie
JImmy Doresy 's Orchestra featuring Louis ArmstrongSwing That MusicSwing That Music Vlm. 6Swaggie
Louis Armstrong & His OrchestraStruttin' With Some BarbequeSwing That Music Vlm. 8Swaggie
Louis Armstrong & His OrchestraWest End BluesJazz Classics Vlm 1Swaggie
Meade Lux LewisCeleste BluesPiano Jazz Boogie Woogie StyleSwaggie
Duke EllingtonInformal BluesExplosion Of GeniusSmithsonian
Duke Ellington & His OrchestraAcross The Track BluesExplosion Of GeniusSmithsonian
Duke Ellington & His OrchestraChloe (Song Of The Swamp)Explosion Of GeniusSmithsonian
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Count Basie & His Orhestra featuring Lester YoungTickle-ToeCount Basie & His OrchestraCBS - France
Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra featuring Avery Parrish)After HoursErskine Hawkins & His OrchestraCBS - France
Coleman Hawkins & His OrchestraSerenade To A Sleeping BeautyColeman Hawkins & His OrchestraCBS - France
John Kirby SextetNight WhispersThe Biggest Little Band In The LandCBS - France
Thelonious MonkRound Midnight Monk's Greatest Hit'sColumbia
Ella Fitzgerald & Ellis LarkinsSomeone To Watch Over MeElla Sings GershwinDecca
Ella Fitzgerald & Ellis LarkinsMy One & OnlyElla Sings GershwinDecca
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Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard WizardsI'm Goin' Huntin'Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard WizardsSwaggie
Johnny Dodds TrioWolverine BluesJohnny Dodds TrioSwaggie
Johnny Dodds TrioMr. Jelly LordJohnny Dodds TrioSwaggie
'Sippi Wallace featuring Johnny DoddsI'm A Mighty Tight WomanWomen Of The BluesRCA
Alberta Hunter featuring Fats WallerSugarWomen Of The BluesRCA
Meade Lux LewisI'm In The Mood For LovePiano Jazz Boogie Woogie StyleSwaggie
Art TatumOut Of NohwereArt TaumCBS - France
Woody Herman & His Orchestra featuring Bill HarrisBijouWoody Herman & His OrchestraReader's Digest
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Woody Herman & His Orchestra Four BrothersWoody Herman & His OrchestraCBS - France
Count Basie & His Orchestra featuring Wardell GrayLittle PonyCount Basie & His OrchestraCBS - France
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra featuring Paul GonsalvesPrimpin' For The PromPrimpin' For The PromCBS - France
Eric Dolphy TenderlyFar CryNew Jazz
Bill Evans TrioTenderlyEverybody Digs Bill EvansRiverside
Sonny RollinsHe's Younger Than You AreAlfieImpulse
Louis ArmstrongStardust (Oh, Memory)Louis Armstrong Favorites Vlm. 4Columbia
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Luis Russell & His OrchestraNew Call Of The FreaksLuis Russell & His OrchestraCBS - France
Duke Ellington & Jimmy BlantonSophisticated LadyExplosion Of GeniusSmithsonian
Duke Ellington & Jimmy BlantonMr. J. B. BluesExplosion Of GeniusSmithsonian
The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble featuring Malachi FavorsTutukhamenCongliptiousNessa
Ken Nordine The Sound MuseumWord JazzDot
Muhal Richard AbramsLifea BlinecLifea BlinecNovus
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The JazztetKiller JoeKiller Joe b/w Mox NixArgo
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Louis ArmstrongLet's Do ItThe Essential Louis ArmstongVerve

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman Verdict

Show description for Sunday 7/21/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010), returns to New Day Jazz.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
William Parker OrchestraTake The Coltrane (Ellington)Essence Of Ellington: Live In MilanoCentering Records
Grass RootsHotttnessGrass RootsAUM-Fidelity
Roscoe MitchellThe Way HomeDuets With Tyshawn Sorey And Special Guest Hugh RaginWide Hive
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Matthew ShippGiant Steps (Coltrane)Piano SutrasThirsty Ear
Matthew ShippUncreated LightPiano SutrasThirsty Ear
Matthew ShippFragment Of The WholePiano SutrasThirsty Ear
Matthew ShippSpace BubblePiano SutrasThirsty Ear
Matthew ShippNefertiti (Wayne Shorter)Piano SutrasThirsty Ear
Ivo Perelman & Matthew ShippDuet #07The Art Of The Duet Vol. 1Leo Records
Ivo Perelman & Matthew ShippDuet #08The Art Of The Duet Vol. 1Leo Records
Ivo PerelmanFatal ThornsThe EdgeLeo Records
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Verses of the Qu'ran by members of religious brotherhood. This is part of a regular Friday religious observance. Al-Ateuf, Saharan region near Ghardaia, Algeria, 1970Recitation Of VersesMusic In The World Of Islam: Voices & LutesTopic
A Sufi cerremony performed on Friday nights. Here members of the Guneydiyah sect, led by Ismali Hasan and Abdel Hamid Abdel, are singing and moving collectively with the aim of entering into direct communication with Allah. Fayoum Oasis, Egypt, 1975Dhikr (Remembrance)Music In The World Of Islam: Voices & LutesTopic
Roscoe MitchellChantDuets With Tyshawn Sorey And Special Guest Hugh RaginWide Hive
Roscoe MitchellMeadowsDuets With Tyshawn Sorey And Special Guest Hugh RaginWide Hive
Roscoe Mitchell QuartetPrelude To NaimaLive At A Space, 1975Sackville
Roscoe Mitchell QuartetNaimaLive At A Space, 1975Sackville
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William Parker featuring Leena ConquestIf There's A Hell Below (excerpt)The Inside Songs Of Curtis MayfieldAUM-Fidelity
Interview With Khalil Gibran Muhammad By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Khalil Gibran Muhammad By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Khalil Gibran Muhammad By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Khalil Gibran Muhammad By Justin Desmangles
Ernie KrivdaSt. Thomas (Rollins)Live At The Tri-C Jazz FestCadence

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ishmael Reed On Trayvon Martin, Jim Crow Media, Zimmerman Verdict

Show description for Sunday 7/14/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Ishmael Reed. We will be discussing the Trayvon Martin case, as well as whatever else the day might recommend.

Albert Ayler, pictured at right, (July 13, 1936 – November 25, 1970)

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Charles MingusFolk Forms, No. 1Charles Mingus Presents Charles MingusCandid
Charles MingusOriginal Faubus FablesCharles Mingus Presents Charles MingusCandid
Albert Ayler Quartet[tune Q]Holy GhostRevenant
Abbey LincolnLet UpAbbey Is BlueRiverside
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Max Roach featuring Abbey LincolnFreedom DayWe Insist!: Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteCandid
Max Roach featuirng Abbey LincolnPrayer / Protest / PeaceWe Insist!: Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteCandid
Gil Evans (Cecil Taylor)MixedInto The HotImpulse
Gil Evans (Cecil Taylor)PotsInto The HotImpulse
Charles MingusMoanin'Blues & RootsAtlantic
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Art BlakeyPurple ShadesArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious MonkAtlantic
Miles DavisBlue N' BoogieWalkin'Prestige
Miles DavisDr. Jekyll (a.k.a. Dr. Jackle)MilestonesColumbia
Julian Cannonball AdderleyArriving SoonThe Cannonball Adderley Quintet PlusRiverside
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Milt JacksonSonnymoon For Two (excerpt)StatementsImpulse
Interview With Ishmael Reed By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Ishmael Reed By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Ishmael Reed By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Ishmael Reed By Justin Desmangles
Milt JacksonSonnymoon For Two (excerpt)StatementsImpulse
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John TchicaiMothers (Ayler)Timo's MessageBlack Saint

Monday, July 1, 2013

A. James Arnold on Aimé Césaire's masterpiece, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (Notebook of a Return to the Native Land)


Show description for Sunday 6/30/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


 Aimé Césaire, pictured at right, (June 26, 1913 – April 17, 2008)
Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Professor A. James Arnold, discussing his most recent translation, in collaboration with Clayton Eshleman, of Aimé Césaire's masterpiece, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.)

Aimé Césaire’s masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. This long poem was the beginning of Césaire’s quest for négritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world. Commentary on Césaire’s work has often focused on its Cold War and anticolonialist rhetoric—material that Césaire only added in 1956. The original 1939 version of the poem, given here in French, and in its first English translation, reveals a work that is both spiritual and cultural in structure, tone, and thrust. This Wesleyan edition includes the original illustrations by Wifredo Lam, and an introduction, notes, and chronology by A. James Arnold.
The first bilingual edition of this radically original work
AIMÉ CÉSAIRE (1913–2008) was best known as the cocreator of the concept of négritude. CLAYTON ESHLEMAN is a professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University and the foremost American translator of Aimé Césaire. He is the author of The Grindstone of Rapport / A Clayton Eshleman Reader and translator of The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo. 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.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Andrew Hill Siete OchoJudgement!Blue Note
Bobby HutchersonCattaDialogueBlue Note
Andrew HillWailing WallSmokestackBlue Note
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Andrew HillDiddy WahOne For OneBlue Note
Andrew HillPoinsettaOne For OneBlue Note
Andrew Hill IllusionChangeBlue Note
Andrew HillDuplicityAndrew!!!Blue Note
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Cecil TaylorConquistadorConquistador!Blue Note
Cecil TaylorEnter, Evening (Soft Line Structure)Unit StructuresBlue Note
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Cecil TaylorYou'd Be So Nice To Come Home ToJazz AdvanceTransition
Cecil TaylorRick Kick ShawJazz AdvanceTransition
Gil Evans (Cecil Taylor)MixedInto The HotImpulse
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Cecil TaylorMirror and Water Gazing (excerpt)For OlimSoul Note
Interview With A. James Arnold By Justin DesmanglesInterview With A. James Arnold By Justin DesmanglesInterview With A. James Arnold By Justin DesmanglesInterview With A. James Arnold By Justin Desmangles
Phineas Newborn, Jr.DianeThe Newborn Touch Contemporary
Phineas Newborn, Jr.The InvisibleThe Newborn Touch Contemporary

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. On The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop

Show description for Sunday 6/2/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Joining us this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., author of The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop, (new from University of California Press.)
 " (Thelonious) Monk wrote for Bud. All his music was written for Bud Powell. All this piano music, he deliberately wrote for Bud because he figured Bud was the only one who could play it. He wrote for Bud just like a composer writes for a singer. And when you hear Bud play Monk's music, then you really hear something." ~ Kenny "Klook" Clarke, Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940's

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Langston HughesMother To SonLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesBorder LineLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesGenius ChildLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesSuicide's NoteLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesLittle Lyric (Of Great Importance)Langston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesMottoLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Langston HughesFlatted FifthsLangston Hughes Reads & Talks About His PoemsSpoken Arts
Dizzy Gillespie All Star QuintetShaw 'NuffBebopNew World Records
Bud Powell TrioShaw 'NuffThe Essen Jazz Festival ConcertBlack Lion
Bud Powell TrioBlues In The ClosetThe Essen Jazz Festival ConcertBlack Lion
Charles Mingus featuring Bud PowellI'll Remember AprilMingus At AntibesAtlantic
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Bud PowellTempus FugitJazz GiantVerve
Bud PowellCeliaJazz GiantVerve
Bud PowellCherokeeJazz GiantVerve
Kenny Clarke & His 52nd St. BoysEpistrophyThe Bebop EraRCA
Thelonious Monk QuartetEpistrophyGenius Of Modern Music Vol. 1Blue Note
Ishmael ReedJudasConjurePangea
Thelonious MonkIn Walked BudGenius Of Modern Music Vol. 1Blue Note
Bud Powell Topsy TurvyStrictly PowellRCA
Bud PowellBuster Rides AgainTime WaitsBlue Note
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Myron O'Higgins (Gloria Foster)To A Young PoetA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
James Vaughn (Roscoe Lee Browne)from Four QuestionsA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Owen Dodson (Leon Bibb)CounterpointA HAnd Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Bud PowellUn Poco LocoThe Amazing Bud Powell! Vol. 1Blue Note
Barry HarrisUn Poco LocoLive In TokyoXanadu
Charlie Parker QuintetBuzzy Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 3BYG
Bud PowellParisian ThoroughfareThe Genius Of Bud PowellVerve
Bud PowellOblivionThe Genius Of Bud PowellVerve
Bud PowellDusk In SandiThe Genius Of Bud PowellVerve
Bud PowellHallucinations The Genius Of Bud PowellVerve
Miles Davis QuintetBudo (a.k.a. Hallucinations)FacetsCBS - France
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Bud Powell Blue PearlBud!Blue Note
Bud PowellOff MinorA Portrait Of Thelonious MonkColumbia
Bud PowellThere Will Never Be Another You (excerpt)A Portrait Of Thelonious MonkColumbia
Interview With Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. By Justin Desmangles
Bud PowellThere Will Never Be Another You (excerpt)A Portrait Of Thelonious MonkColumbia
Ishmael ReedRhythm In PhilosophyConjurePangea
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Jacke McLeanThe Three Minors HipnosisBlue Note Re-issue Series

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Interview With Matthew Shipp By Justin Desmangles

Show description for Sunday 4/21/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Returning to New Day Jazz, this Sunday at 5 p.m., composer, musician, Matthew Shipp, far and away, the greatest pianist of his generation.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Matthew Shipp4DGreatest Hits (4D)Thristy Ear
Matthew ShippStage 10Greatest Hits (Elastic Aspects)Thirsty Ear
Ivo PerelmanZapotecsThe EdgeLeo Records
Ivo PerelmanFatal ThornsThe EdgeLeo Records
Michael Bisio & Matthew ShippThe Queen's BalladFloating IceRelative Pitch
Wasimxzama Khan Naseri & Nazir AhmadKavali Music In The World Of Islam: The Human VoiceTopic: World Series
Dunya YunisAbuZelufMusic In The World Of Islam: The Human VoiceTopic: World Series
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Declared EnemyBlack PanthersSalute To 100001 Stars: A Tribute To Jean GenetRogueArt
Declared EnemyAbdallahSalute To 100001 Stars: A Tribute To Jean GenetRogueArt
Grass RootsHotttnessGrass RootsAUM - Fidelity
Ivo PerelmanDuet #12The Art Of The Duet Vol. OneLeo Records
Matthew ShippModuleGreatest Hits (One)Thirsty Ear
Matthew ShippGNGGreatest Hits (Harmonic Disorder)Thirsty Ear
Mehein fin Baqid & Dahai fin BaqidRadhaMusic In The World Of Islam: The Human VoiceTopic: World Series
Hateim Atiya Khalil SayedGa'sMusic In The World Of Islam: The Human VoiceTopic: World Series
Aqi PishakLove SongMusic In The World Of Islam: The Human VoiceTopic: World Series
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Charles MingusYsabel's Table DanceTijuana MoodsRCA
Charles MingusLos Mariachis Tijuana MoodsRCA
Matthew Shipp & Roscoe Mitchell The Physics Of Angels Matthew Shipp Duo With Roscoe Mitchell 2.13.61 Records
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Matthew ShippNew OrbitGreatest Hits (New Orbit)Thirsty Ear
Matthew ShippPsychic CounterpartElastic AspectsThirsty Ear
Matthew ShippFrame Focus (excerpt)Elastic AspectsThirsty Ear
Interview With Matthew Shipp By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Matthew Shipp By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Matthew Shipp By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Matthew Shipp By Justin Desmangles
William Parker Orchestra featuring Darius Jones, Dave Burrell, Ernie OdoomIn A Sentimental MoodEssence Of Ellington: Live In MilanoCentering Records

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our Lady, The Great Lady Day, Miss Billie Holiday

Show description for Sunday 4/7/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Countee CullenHeritageAnthology Of Negro PoetryFolkways
Billie HolidayYour Mothers Son In LawThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayIt's Like Reaching For The MoonThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayPennies From HeavenThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayLet's Call The Whole Thing OffThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayGetting Some Fun Out Of LifeThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Mal WaldronBlues For Lady DayBlues For Lady DayArista
Herbie NicholsLady Sings The BluesThe Third WorldBlue Note
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Billie HolidayHe's Funny That WayThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayMe, Myself & IThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayA Sailboat In The MoonlightThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayThis Years KissesThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Margaret WalkerKissie LeeAnthology Of Negro PoetryFolkways
Ntozake Shange (Laurie Carlos)SorryFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is EnufBuddha
Billie HolidayAin't Nobody's Businss If I DoThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayDo Your DutyThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayThem There EyesThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayGod Bless The ChildLady Sings The BluesVerve
Sonny RollinsGod Bless The ChildThe BridgeRCA
Eric DolphyGod Bless The ChildStatusPrestige
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Sterling Brown (Gloria Foster)An Old Woman RemembersA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Richard Wright (James Earl Jones)Between The World And MeA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Billie HolidayStrange FruitLady Sings The BluesVerve
Mal WaldronStrange FruitBlues For Lady DayArista
Ntozake Shange (Trazana Beverly)OneFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is EnufBuddha
Eric DolphyLeft AloneFar CryPrestige
Betty CarterDon't Weep For The LadyThe Modern Sound Of Betty CarterABC
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Billie HolidayCheek To CheekAll Or Nothing At AllVerve
Billie HolidayAlwaysStay With MeVerve
Billie HolidayHow Deep Is The OceanBillie HolidayVerve
Billie HolidayIt's Too Hot For WordsThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayThe Way You Look TonightThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayI Must Have That ManThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Billie HolidayI'll Never Be The SameThe Quintessential Billie HolidayColumbia
Langston Hughes (Ellen Holly)Mother To SonA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
James Weldon Johnson (Gloria Foster)Since You Went AwayA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Paul Laurence Dunbar (Cicely Tyson)When Malindy SingsA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Billie HolidaySwing It Brother, SwingBillie Holiday Volume OneColumbia
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Ronald StoneLady Day Spring TonedNew Jazz PoetsBroadside Records
Archie SheppLady Sings The BluesLive In San FranciscoImpulse
Mal WaldronDon't ExplainMal 2Prestige
Ntozake Shange (Laurie Carlos)Abortion Cycle #1For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is EnufBuddha
Billie HolidayGloomy SundayBillie Holiday Volume OneColumbia
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Gwendolyn BrooksSong Of The Front YardAnthology Of Negro PoetryFolkways
Gwendolyn BrooksThe Preacher Ruminates Behind The SermonAnthology Of Negro PoetryFolkways

Monday, March 25, 2013

Amiri Baraka On Bayard Rustin

Show description for Sunday 3/17/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Bayard Rustin

(March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)
 Returning to New Day Jazz, Amiri Baraka joins us for a discussion of Bayard Rustin, in the 5 o'clock hour.

Fight Back Against The Right Wing Attack



ArtistSongAlbumLabel
John ColtranePursuanceA Love SupremeImpulse
John ColtranePsalmA Love SupremeImpulse
Robert Hayden (Gloria Foster, James Earl Jones, Moses Gunn)Runagate, RunagateA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Melvin B. Tolson (Josephine Premice)from The Dark Symphony: Lento GraveA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
James Weldon Johnson (James Earl Jones, Gloria Foster, Roscoe Lee Browne)from O Black And Unknown BardsA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Kenny Dorham featuring Jackie McLeanBeautiful LoveMatadorUnited Artists
Kenny Dorham featuring Bobby TimmonsPreludeMatadorUnited Artists
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Etta JonesYes Sir That's My BabyDon't Go To StrangersPrestige
Etta JonesDon't Go To StrangersDon't Go To StrangersPrestige
Sonny RollinsHe's Younger Than You AreAlfieImpulse
Louis BellsonSoftly With FeelingThunderbirdImpulse
Paul ChambersMopp Shoe Blues1st BassmanVeeJay
Charles MingusBugsComplete Candid RecordingsMosaic
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Ray Charles featuring Marjorie HendricksThe Right TimeRay Charles At NewportAtlantic
Ray CharlesI Got A WomanRay Charles At NewportAtlantic
Ray Brown / Milt Jackson featuring Marion WilliamsI've Got To Live The Life I Sing About In My SongMuch In CommonVerve
Dinah Washington A Handful Of StarsDinah '62Roulette
Count Basie featuing Joe WilliamsI'm Beginning To See The LightThe Greatest!!Verve
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Dewey RedmanBoodyThe Ear Of The BehearerImpulse
Myron O'Higgins (Gloria Foster)To A Young PoetA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
James Vaughn (Roscoe Lee Browne)from Four QuestionsA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Owen Dodson (Leon Bibb)CounterpointA Hand Is On The GateVerve-Folkways
Marion BrownButtermilk BottomGeechee RecollectionsImpulse
John ColtraneVigil (excerpt)Kulu Se MamaImpulse
Interview With Amiri Baraka By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Amiri Baraka By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Amiri Baraka By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Amiri Baraka By Justin Desmangles
John ColtraneVigil (excerpt)Kulu Se MamaImpulse
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Betty CarterSpring Can Really Hang You Up The MostThe Audience With Betty CarterBet-Car
Carmen McRaeThe Music That Makes Me DanceAlfieMainstream
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Tadd Dameron On A Misty NightThe Magic TouchRiverside

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Seth Rosenfeld on Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.

Show description for Sunday 3/10/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM



 Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI’s covert operations—led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover—helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties—and shows how the university community, a site of the forward-looking idealism of the period, became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.
The FBI spent more than $1 million trying to block the release of the secret files on which Subversives is based, but Rosenfeld compelled the bureau to release more than 250,000 pages, providing an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation’s history.
Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime mystery as it provides a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties, sheds new light on one of America’s most popular presidents, and tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of secrecy and unchecked power.

 Joining us this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, author Seth Rosenfeld, discussing his most recent book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Richard Wright (James Earl Jones)Fear (excerpt)Native SonCaedmon
Miles Davis All-StarsBlue 'N BoogieWalkin'Prestige
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Rhythm-A-NingArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious MonkAtlantic
Max RoachBemsha SwingThe Many Sides of MaxMercury
Sonny RollinsIf You Were The Only Girl In The WorldSonny Rollins And The Big BrassMetrojazz
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Richard Wright (James Earl Jones)Fear (excerpt)Native SonCaedmon
Jackie McLeanA Fickle SonanceA Fickle SonanceBlue Note
Ornette ColemanGood Old DaysThe Empty FoxholeBlue Note
Ornette ColemanThe Empty FoxholeThe Empty FoxholeBlue Note
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Lennie TristanoIntuitionLennie TristanoCapitol
Lennie TristanoDigressionLennie TristanoCapitol
Warne MarshLennie's PenniesWarne OutFlyright
Lee KonitzBabySpiritsMilestone
Steve LacyFour In OneReflectionsNew Jazz
Steve LacySkippyReflectionsNew Jazz
Sonny RollinsGrand StreetSonny Rollins And The Big BrassMetrojazz
Sonny RollinsManhattanSonny Rollins And The Big BrassMetrojazz
Sonny RollinsBody & SoulSonny Rollins And The Big BrassMetrojazz
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Max RoachA Night In TunisiaMax Roach + 4 At NewportEmArcy
Interview With Seth Rosenfeld By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Seth Rosenfeld By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Seth Rosenfeld By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Seth Rosenfeld By Justin Desmangles
Art Ensemble Of ChicagoTthinitthedalen Part Two The Paris SessionArista
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Robert JohnsonI'm A Steady Rolling ManKing Of The Delta Blues Vol. 2Columbia

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Alan Gilbert on America's Founding Mythologies

Show description for Sunday 2/17/2013 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Our guest this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Professor Alan Gilbert, joining us for a discussion on the founding myths of the United States of America. Prof. Gilbert's most recent book is Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence.

 http://democratic-individuality.blogspot.com

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
Horace Silver Nica's DreamHorace-scopeBlue Note
Horace SilverEnchantmentSix Pieces Of SilverBlue Note
Jackie McLean5 Will Get You 10A Fickle SonanceBlue Note
Art Blakey & Thelonious MonkPurple ShadesArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers With Thelonious MonkAtlantic
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Ernie Wilkins - Frank Wess - Jerome RichardsonDoin' The ThingFlutes & ReedsSavoy
Etta JonesOn The Street Where You LiveDon't Go To StrangersPrestige
Etta JonesSomething To Remember You ByDon't Got To StrangersPrestige
Sarah VaughnIt Souldn't Happen To A DreamIn The Land Of Hi-FiEmArcy
Sarah VaughnSometimes I'm HappyIn The Land Of Hi-FiEmArcy
Max RoachBemsha SwingThe Many Sides Of MaxMercury
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Louie BellsonSerenade In BluesThunderbirdImpulse
Roland KirkVariations On A Theme By HindemithThe Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson OrchestraMercury
Roland KirkRoland SpeaksThe Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson OrchestraMercury
Roland KirkEcclusiasticsThe Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson OrchestraMercury
Johnny HartmanThese Foolish ThingsThe Voice That Is!Impulse
Julie LondonAt Long Last LoveAll Through The NightLiberty
Bobby ShortYou've Got That ThingBobby Short Love Cole PorterAtlantic
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Sonny ClarkRoyal FlushSonny Clark Quintets Blue Note - Japan
Art Blakey & Thelonious MonkRhythm-A-NingArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers With Thelonious MonkAtlantic
Ray CharlesLet The Goodtimes RollThe Genius Of Ray CharlesAtlantic
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Charles Mingus"Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt, then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day" (excerpt)The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyImpulse
Interview With Alan Gilbert By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Alan Gilbert By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Alan Gilbert By Justin DesmanglesInterview With Alan Gilbert By Justin Desmangles
Charles Mingus"Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt, then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day" (excerpt)The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyImpulse
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Ray CharlesIn The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul ABC - Paramount