Lullaby Of Birdland

Saxophone studies -- November 1979 -- Mark Weber

Saxophone studies — November 1979 — Mark Weber

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

June 23, 2o16 Jazz @ Noon every Thursday (starts at 12:07 after the satellite news) Host MARK WEBER KUNM Albuquerque, USA 89.9 FM (Mountain Standard Time) also streaming on the web KUNM.org Current time zone offset: UTC*/GMT -6 hours (*Coordinated Universal Time)/Greenwich Mean Time)

LULLABY OF BIRDLAND

Some of mankind’s earliest surviving melodies are found in children’s lullabies, passed down from mother to child for thousands of years. Even the idea of poetry goes back a long ways to when just one word itself alone could evoke an entire story. The first music was probably rhythm, even as the idea of meter’d rhythm is an extremely sophisticated concept, our ancestors probably hooked up to their hearts. The earliest bone flute is only 43,000 years ago. Drumming predates that by a mile. To think that we mimicked birds at first is probably more revealing of a 20th century mind-set. I would caution too much emphasis up that fjord.

Larry Goodell poetry reading at Bookworks, Albuquerque -- January 22, 2o16 -- photo by Mark Weber -- Larry will be our guest this day on the Thursday jazz show, it's been awhile since we last had him on, so he'll read an extra poem or two to make up for the space time absence

Larry Goodell poetry reading at Bookworks, Albuquerque — January 22, 2o16 — photo by Mark Weber — Larry will be our guest this day on the Thursday jazz show, it’s been awhile since we last had him on, so he’ll read an extra poem or two to make up for the space time absence

Larry Goodell and his wife, the photographer Lenore -- Placitas, New Mexico -- November 18, 1995 -- photo by Mark Weber

Larry Goodell and his wife, the photographer Lenore — Placitas, New Mexico — November 18, 1995 — photo by Mark Weber

Larry Goodell makes us dinner -- His kitchen in the little mountain village of Placitas, New Mexico -- November 18, 1995 -- photo by Mark Weber

Larry Goodell makes us dinner — His kitchen in the little mountain village of Placitas, New Mexico — November 18, 1995 — photo by Mark Weber

There's performance poets and then there's performance poets and then there's Larry Goodell. When I first encountered Larry in action in the early 90s (when we found ourselves in New Mexico) he struck me immediately as the real deal and purely authentic and in the arena of

There’s performance poets and then there’s performance poets and then there’s Larry Goodell. When I first encountered Larry in action in the early 90s (when we found ourselves in New Mexico) he struck me immediately as the real deal and purely authentic and in the arena of “performance poets” Larry is the top cat. One night at Silva’s Saloon in Bernalillo we watched him reading a poem writhing and bending clear over backwards squirming on a table like the words were crawling all over him like ants. —- Photo of Larry Goodell by Mark Weber — April 28, 1995

Horace Tapscott & Dwight Trible at Catalina's, Hollywood, California -- December 21 or 22, 1995 -- photo by Mark Weber -- These nights were professionally recorded and have never been released -- Horace brought an octet for the occasion -- I was in California visiting, having moved away in 1986 and hadn't seen Horace in all that time -- When he spotted me in the audience, he got off the piano walked over to my table and said "You're busted," laughing and we both laughed and I said, "Uh, Horace, you know the tapes are running."

Horace Tapscott & Dwight Trible at Catalina’s, Hollywood, California — December 21 or 22, 1995 — photo by Mark Weber — These nights were professionally recorded and have never been released — Horace brought an octet for the occasion — I was in California visiting, having moved away in 1986 and hadn’t seen Horace in all that time — When he spotted me in the audience, he got off the piano walked over to my table and said “You’re busted,” laughing and we both laughed and I said, “Uh, Horace, you know the tapes are running.”

The three years we lived in Cleveland there'd be summer evening concerts in Cain Park in Cleveland Heights -- This is local saxophonist Bud Revels (who grew up in Cleveland but I believe was a New Yorker by this time): Bud Revels Quartet: Jesse Dandy, bass; Skeets Ross, piano; Richard Maslach, drums; and Bruce Bud Revels, clarinet & tenor saxophone -- They opened for the James Moody Quartet -- June 25, 1988 -- photo by Mark Weber -- Mr Revels only album was produced by his Berklee classmate Greg Osby and came out in 1991 on Enja called SURVIVORS -- From what I can gather off the web, Revels is still in Brooklyn and has set the reeds aside and has switched to piano and then to Hammond B3 -- We'll listen to some of his music this day, his Cain Park outing was impressive

The three years we lived in Cleveland there’d be summer evening concerts in Cain Park in Cleveland Heights — This is local saxophonist Bud Revels (who grew up in Cleveland but I believe was a New Yorker by this time): Bud Revels Quartet: Jesse Dandy, bass; Skeets Ross, piano; Richard Maslach, drums; and Bruce Bud Revels, clarinet & tenor saxophone — They opened for the James Moody Quartet — June 25, 1988 — photo by Mark Weber — Mr Revels only album was produced by his Berklee classmate Greg Osby and came out in 1991 on Enja called SURVIVORS — From what I can gather off the web, Revels is still in Brooklyn and has set the reeds aside and has switched to piano and then to Hammond B3 — We’ll listen to some of his music this day, his Cain Park outing was impressive — The only other recording I can find with Bud Revels was as a member of Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers (1988)

Stephanie Haynes backed by Dave Mackay, piano; Jack Prather, bass; Pete Amahl, drums, at old Outpost -- November 20, 1995 -- Albuquerque -- photo by Mark Weber ----- You can see Connie Figueroa and his son the pianist Steve in the front row -- Connie's bass was donated to the Outpost after he passed away March of 1996 -- that's the bass that worked for decades on jobs around New Mexico, and has now been played by hundreds of visiting bass players to New Mexico performing at the Outpost Performance Space

Stephanie Haynes backed by Dave Mackay, piano; Jack Prather, bass; Pete Amahl, drums, at old Outpost — November 20, 1995 — Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber —– You can see Connie Figueroa and his son the pianist Steve in the front row — Connie’s bass was donated to the Outpost after he passed away March of 1996 — that’s the bass that worked for decades on jobs around New Mexico, and has now been played by hundreds of visiting bass players to New Mexico performing at the Outpost Performance Space

Protuberance -- this trio made a gem of a cd for Zerx in 1999 engineered by the late Quincy Adams -- We'll re-visit TREATED & RELEASED (Zerx 019) on this show ------ Dave Wayne, drums; Mark Weaver, tuba; Paul Pulaski, guitar -- photo by Mark Weber -- February 8, 1998

Protuberance — this trio made a gem of a cd for Zerx in 1999 engineered by the late Quincy Adams — We’ll re-visit TREATED & RELEASED (Zerx 019) on this show —— Dave Wayne, drums; Mark Weaver, tuba; Paul Pulaski, guitar — photo by Mark Weber — February 8, 1998

Warne Marsh-Pete Christlieb Quintet: Fred Atwood, bass; John Dentz, drums; Lou Levy, piano -- October 7, 1976 -- photo by Mark Weber at Donte's, North Hollywood, California

Warne Marsh-Pete Christlieb Quintet: Fred Atwood, bass; John Dentz, drums; Lou Levy, piano — October 7, 1976 — photo by Mark Weber at Donte’s, North Hollywood, California

Geri Allen Trio -- Check out Billy Hart's cymbals -- March 20, 2002 -- Taos, New Mexico -- photo by Mark Weber -- That was a fun trip -- I was hired to drive the trio on this tour of Northern New Mexico and Colorado -- Geri on piano -- Robert Hurst, bass -- Billy brought his own cymbals but was at the mercy of whatever drumset was provided, on some of the gigs we cobbled the drumset together from several different kits, and we'd spend the days with Billy riding shotgun talking jazz jazz jazz we really got some history those eight days . . . . .

Geri Allen Trio — Check out Billy Hart’s cymbals — March 20, 2002 — Taos, New Mexico — photo by Mark Weber — That was a fun trip — I was hired to drive the trio on this tour of Northern New Mexico and Colorado — Geri on piano — Robert Hurst, bass — Billy brought his own cymbals but was at the mercy of whatever drumset was provided, on some of the gigs we cobbled the drumset together from several different kits, and we’d spend the days with Billy riding shotgun talking jazz jazz jazz we really got some history those eight days . . . . .

Irene Seaman -- 1916 -- Newton, Kansas -- My Grandma Matthew -- She was a state champion typist of Kansas and graduated high school, as did her 3 siblings, my aunts Fontella and Eula, and Uncle Gleason ---- Her mother migrated to Kansas in a Conestoga Wagon (my Grandma Seaman, lived to age 99 and was part of the family that raised me) --They were blown out of Kansas during the Dust Bowl, having hung on till the very last -- 1940 -- when they gave up the farm, bought a Plymouth and made it out to California when my dad was eleven -- Irene was a proofreader for the Progress Bulletin, out of Pomona, California, and I used to visit when I was small, this was back in the hot lead typesetting days, and I'd watch those big machines churning out newspapers -- I still have her typewriter and her proofreader's manual (Irene Matthew 1899-1996)

Irene Seaman — 1916 — Newton, Kansas — My Grandma Matthew — She was a state champion typist of Kansas and graduated high school, as did her 3 siblings, my aunts Fontella and Eula, and Uncle Gleason —- Her mother migrated to Kansas in a Conestoga Wagon (my great Grandma Seaman, lived to age 99 and was part of the family that raised me) –They were blown out of Kansas during the Dust Bowl, having hung on till the very last — 1940 — when they gave up the farm, bought a Plymouth and made it out to California when my dad was eleven — Irene was a proofreader for the Progress Bulletin, out of Pomona, California, and I used to visit when I was small, this was back in the hot lead typesetting days, and I’d watch those big machines churning out newspapers — I still have her typewriter and her proofreader’s manual (Irene Matthew 1899-1996)

Is there a resemblance? Grandson and paternal grandmother -- I don't have an over-riding desire to take pictures of myself, it's just that when I'm about to take a gang of Tri-X to be developed there'll sometimes be one or two shots left on one of the cameras so I'll step into the bathroom and shoot myself in the mirror ---------- Tom Guralnick gave me that camera -- The Olympus 35RC was the it camera of the early 70s as it was so compact and small for those days -- It's a fixed-lens rangefinder (as opposed to an SLR) ---- a great camera, I call it the Japanese Leica (Leica's are the Rolls Royce of rangefinders) -- Self-portrait January 20, 2o16 -- When Tom called and asked if I wanted this baby, I said: Tom, look out your kitchen window, do you see that speck on the horizon, that's me running to your house before you change your mind, Hell yeh, I want that camera!

Is there a resemblance? Grandson and paternal grandmother — I don’t have an over-riding desire to take pictures of myself, it’s just that when I’m about to take a gang of Tri-X to be developed there’ll sometimes be one or two shots left on one of the cameras so I’ll step into the bathroom and shoot myself in the mirror ———- Tom Guralnick gave me that camera — The Olympus 35RC was the it camera of the early 70s as it was so compact and small for those days — It’s a fixed-lens rangefinder (as opposed to an SLR) —- a great camera, I call it the Japanese Leica (Leica’s are the Rolls Royce of rangefinders) — Self-portrait January 20, 2o16 — When Tom called and asked if I wanted this baby, I said: Tom, look out your kitchen window, do you see that speck on the horizon, that’s me running to your house before you change your mind, Hell yeh, I want that camera!

21 Comments

  1. Carol Tristano

    June 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Unbelievable self-portrait! Left eye looking out from some galaxy – looking inward and outward at the same time – could be a painting or a sculpture. It’s so clear and the background makes it look other era-ish. This is one of your best!

    Glad to have you back Mark – will be awaiting Swedish blog (whenever it happens).

    I’m very curious now about Larry, so will make it a point to listen to this show.

  2. Carol Tristano

    June 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Love the line drawing you put with Irene. Great family history.

  3. Here’s one of Larry’s poems from a recent collection PIECES OF HEART (2o15, Beatlick Press):

    Falsebook

    When Facebook falls and the servers cool
    the stars will glitter again in people’s eyes
    the patchwork drama of its history will hang before us
    like a crazy quilt do you remember?
    Nature will knit itself together in people’s minds
    that boating trip possible, that flight to ancient ruins
    more sleep mends the mind and body,
    conversations will flow more
    than they ever have
    and those who never went that way
    will say I told you so and everybody worries
    where their privacy went whose hands it finally
    fell into —
    the world will surprise again in its infinite variety
    & the cosmos revealed brings us more humility —

    but a new voice will rush through the net of insistence
    with electronic fervor
    as millions join the millions again
    to build back the links to their lives
    all the pseudo acquaintances they lost
    and the few real friends
    the rush of digital joining will flood in like a tsunami
    and slowly fear will creep in and warn of time lost
    and a blackout to come
    when the next social seizure will drop off the face of the earth
    carrying our souls with it.

  4. Great Great Great…Particularly that saxophone photo, the Warne Marsh shot and the self portrait! Always great…..JB

  5. Your photos are illuminating . . . thanks! I’m excited about being a guest on your incomparable KUNM-FM show. Here’s my “I’m 80” (time goes by just turned 81) . . .

    I’m as 80 as you’re going to get. I couldn’t be eightier.
    80 times around the sun the Earth with me on it.
    80 times 365 is too much to think about.
    I probably should be downsized in age if it were possible.
    Heck, I’m as old as Alcoholics Anonymous.
    I’m as old as the Gallup Poll and guess what was first produced
    in the year I was born? Nylon.
    I shared my birth with the birth of swing
    so obviously Benny Goodman was much much older than I am.
    I’m as old as Monopoly and the first canned beer went on sale
    the year I was born. The first paperback books came out
    from Penguin. I’m as old as the 1st paperback book!
    Now I’m really feeling old. The Volkswagen Beetle,
    remember those? the year I was born.
    I’m as old as the first florescent tube.
    I’m as old as the first Toyota car and lo & behold
    the very first parking meters.
    I’m as old as the WPA – too bad it died!
    And get this: I’m the exact age of social security –
    praise Democrats!
    Boulder Dam was completed – and – I was born.
    And guess what, the first Sugar Bowl and first Orange Bowl.
    The first men’s briefs, in Chicago: they called it “the Jockey.”
    Ezra Pound is meeting Benito Mussolini and reading him
    a draft of the “Cantos.”
    James Farrell finishes his great Studs Lonigan trilogy.
    Herman Goering officially creates . . . . . the Luftwaffe.
    Persia officially becomes . . . . . Iran.
    I’m as old as the beginning of the Dust Bowl
    after the worst ravaging sandstorms in the Midwest.
    The year the New Deal was born, and Porgy & Bess opens in New York.
    And Mickey Mouse appears in color on the screen for the first time.
    I’m as 80 as you’re going to get. I couldn’t be eightier.

    Love to all! larry (born 1935)

  6. Wow.. this was great as usual.. I was there for the Stephanie Haynes concert , I think that was right before I left town. I love what you do to words and to pictures and the portrait of yourself is very profound on many levels. I’m so glad I know you and I wish we had been able to make more music together. Love, Patsy

  7. Another great issue:
    Yes, the self-portrait is gorgeous and it’s included in a way that seems totally inclusive and organic with photos of a poet from New Mexico (I LOVE “Falsebook”), a saxophonist from Cleveland, Geri Allen, Billy Hart and your grandmother! “It’s all good” …

  8. You hit it out of the ball park…

  9. love the story about your beautiful grandma (can see where you got yr dark good looks)… champ typist in days when those typewriters HURT to use.. needing slamdunk fingers for every letter except f-g-h-j… your folks left the Dust Bowl same year as mine left Texas, 1940 except my mother carried me in her arms riding in a Greyhound.. stopping off first in Albuquerk.. where she worked waitressing to earn more $ for another Greyhound to take her to Long Beach to work as a Rosie the Riveter… Mark, these photos are so priceless.. how lucky we are to get to see them.. don’t ever stop doing this web page for us jazz jivers..

  10. Mark, liked your rhythm comments have you heard Ives’s Universe Symphony the first section, a big percussion band playing his idea of the beginning of creation? Thanks for great photos as always!

  11. ————————————–playlist————————————————-
    the smoking hot jazz radio show
    June 23, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER
    Guest LARRY GOODELL reading his poetry

    1. Greg Abate sextet w/ tenor Frank Tiberi “Early Autumn” (Ralph Burns) — 15feb96 cd BROKEN DREAMS
    *Greg appearing at Outpost this night
    2. Larry Goodell poem ” Funny How People Think of God as a Man”
    3. Protuberance “Selvage” — March 1999
    4. Larry “Poem’s Revenge”
    5. Lenny Popkin Trio w/Carol Tristano “Call” — 24may06 cd TIME SET
    6. Larry “Brightness in the Dark”
    7. Peter Ind & Rufus Reid “Topsy” –Nov.88 cd ALONE TOGETHER (Wave)
    8. Larry “Just an Occasional Awe”
    9. Peter Ind & Rufus Reid “Cherokee” ibid.
    10. Larry “Whisper”
    11. Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams HOMAGE A BARTOK w/ Connie Crothers, Rob Brown, WIlliam Parker, Chad Taylor “For Will Connell Jr” — 5dec14
    12. Larry “Water Ways”
    13. Geri Allen “Soul Eyes”(Mal Waldron) –January 2004 cd THE LIFE OF A SONG
    14. Larry “Oc-cu-py (Wall Street)”
    15. Horace Tapscott solo “Besame Mucho” (Nimbus West)
    16. Larry “Friends” from book PIECES OF HEART
    17. Bud Revels & Rachel Z duet “Restore My Joy” — 1991 cd SURVIVORS

    *All poems from BROKEN GARDEN (Beatlick Press, 2o15)

  12. Carol Tristano

    June 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Mark – fantastic show!! I love the live poetry interspersed with music! I have only listened up to “Brightness in the Dark” – am listening via the archives – will continue…
    I was so moved to be part of the show. Larry is wonderful!

  13. Carol Tristano

    June 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    To Larry – I am thoroughly enjoying your wit and your original and lively poetry – love your delivery! “Poems Revenge” is hilarious, especially with your unique acting ability! “Brightness in the Dark” is beautiful and enchanting. I have only gotten that far and will be continuing listening to the show. Bravo to you for your passion and caring about people. The way you put words together sparkles and pops! I’m so glad Mark has introduced you to us!
    Thank you!

  14. Carol Tristano

    June 29, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Hey Mark I finally have the hang of the archives scene – so I’m going along – it’s like re-visiting a concert each time with Larry performing and your choice of music and the free and easy conversation – realizing that you and Larry are a duet in progress. Speaking of that, it occurred to me while listening to Larry perform his poems, that both of you express humor constantly, but in completely different ways that go together on a deep level. Do poets have a way to perform as a duet? When I say humor I’m talking about the stuff of life.

    • Carol Tristano

      June 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hey Larry – I love the deep down humor in your poetry. And your words are in flight – you perform them that way as well!
      “Whisper” it
      don’t dream it twice
      -would be nice
      to have awe occasionally,
      while listening – glistening inside the sun
      to become one
      with none.

      Thank you for the inspiration!

  15. Carol Tristano

    June 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    “Friends” is unbelievable!!!! I love it – it’s brilliant.
    And Mark – you’re right – Larry performs like a jazz musician.

  16. Carol, thank you, thank you, encouraging if there is some music in them there poems!

  17. Hi Larry and Mark! This radio show was one of the finest! Great mix of poetry, music and fun! Glad I have this radio show on CD to listen to it again and again!

  18. Carol Tristano

    July 29, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Hey Mark and Larry – I played the show for Lenny and Anna – they loved it!
    “Poems Revenge” put us in mind of a Henry Jacobs piece called “Drums in the Typewriter”. Lenny’s had this record since he was a teenager. I wonder if either of you dig him.

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