So Goes The Wind

New York City -- December 1988 -- photo by Mark Weber

New York City — December 1988 — photo by Mark Weber

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

June 15, 2o17 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)

 

SO GOES THE WIND

it doesn’t seem it should be
so far a place once upon
a time in the time before

but things change as change
they must, so that
when you get there
nothing is the same
so lost is lost

the there that was anywhere
came apart in the wind
and the horses that could talk
vanished
just as you approached to pet them

this once upon a time
in the time before
that will never let you forget
such beauty existed

or could it be that,
even as it has been denied,
it has never left:
standing right before you
in the ever-present

A recent acquisition to my collection -- 1952 ten-inch album

A recent acquisition to my collection — 1952 ten-inch album

Two hats: bassist Michael Glynn visiting from Seattle and Mark Weber biker -- May 7, 2o17 Albuquerque -- photo by Cal Haines

Two hats: bassist Michael Glynn visiting from Seattle and Mark Weber biker — May 7, 2o17 Albuquerque — photo by Cal Haines

Gordon Mumma was visiting guest for the Composer's Symposium at University of New Mexico this week and when I asked he was all for it: Recording a KUNM translator I.D. -- this shot is from our afternoon session April 2, 2008 -- photo by Mark Weber ---- His piano compositions are so intensely concentrated and beautiful and peaceful and even though it isn't what you would call jazz, it's what someone with jazz ears could hear, so I'll play a little bit today . . . . . . . .

Gordon Mumma was visiting guest for the Composer’s Symposium at University of New Mexico this week and when I asked he was all for it: Recording a KUNM translator I.D. — this shot is from our afternoon session April 2, 2008 — photo by Mark Weber —- His piano compositions are so intensely concentrated and beautiful and peaceful and even though it isn’t what you would call jazz, it’s what someone with jazz ears could hear, so I’ll play a little bit today . . . . . . . .

The Mark Weber Poetry Band ---------- the core of my Poetry Band these years was a trio: Alicia Ultan (viola), Courtney Smith (harp), Lisa Polisar (flute) and they were a transcendent band, purely improvised music -- This was a gig at an art gallery opening in Albuquerque -- April 5, 2002 ---- I learned something at this gig: It's a lot of fun not to record (we used to record every performance), not that we're overly nervous around tape recorders (we're not), it was just that we really cut loose and did some wild things as really nobody was listening but us

The Mark Weber Poetry Band ———- the core of my Poetry Band these years was a trio: Alicia Ultan (viola), Courtney Smith (harp), Lisa Polisar (flute) and they were a transcendent band, purely improvised music — This was a gig at an art gallery opening in Albuquerque — April 5, 2002 —- I learned something at this gig: It’s a lot of fun not to record (we used to record every performance), not that we’re overly nervous around tape recorders (we’re not), it was just that we really cut loose and did some wild things as really nobody was listening but us

Don Moye and the Art Ensemble of Chicago setting up at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA (Roscoe carrying saxophone case) -- October 20, 1979 -- photo by Mark Weber

Don Moye and the Art Ensemble of Chicago setting up at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA (Roscoe carrying saxophone case) — October 20, 1979 — photo by Mark Weber

Roberto Miguel Miranda and Virgilio Figueroa -- photo shoot for Roberto's album RAPHAEL (Nimbus 1024) at Gon Bops drum factory, Los Angeles (38th & Santa Fe) -- April 29, 1980 -- photo by Mark Weber

Roberto Miguel Miranda and Virgilio Figueroa — photo shoot for Roberto’s album RAPHAEL (Nimbus 1024) at Gon Bops drum factory, Los Angeles (38th & Santa Fe) — April 29, 1980 — photo by Mark Weber

Freddie Redd & His Western Union: Delbert L. Hill (bass clarinet), Jim Maranti(flute),Chauncey Locke(flugel)Allen Jackson(bass), Donald Dean(drums), Freddie Redd(piano) -- October 27, 1979 at Snooky's, 12021 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles -- photo by Mark Weber

Freddie Redd & His Western Union: Delbert L. Hill (bass clarinet), Jim Maranti (flute), Chauncey Locke (flugel), Allen Jackson (bass), Donald Dean (drums), Freddie Redd (piano) — October 27, 1979 at Snooky’s, 12021 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles — photo by Mark Weber

Mary Halvorson Quintet at the Outpost -- December 19, 2o13 -- Mary(guitar), Jonathan Finlayson(trumpet), Jon Irabagon(alto), John Hebert(bass) -- photo by Mark Weber

Mary Halvorson Quintet at the Outpost — December 19, 2o13 — Mary (guitar), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto), John Hebert (bass) — photo by Mark Weber

Eva Lindal, Carol Liebowitz, & Bill Payne at Gowanus Canal 9th Street Bridge, Brooklyn -- May 7, 2o15 -- photo by Mark Weber

Eva Lindal, Carol Liebowitz, & Bill Payne at Gowanus Canal 9th Street Bridge, Brooklyn — May 7, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber

Lena Bloch Quartet outside Kitano Hotel at 66 Park Avenue, Manhattan -- May 7, 2o15 -- Cameron Brown (bass), Russ Lossing (piano), Lena (tenor), Billy Mintz (shades) -- photo by Mark Weber -- These guys were so patient as I had to reload my camera with Tri-X (film) to get these shots ---- Lena was a student of Connie Crothers

Lena Bloch Quartet outside Kitano Hotel at 66 Park Avenue, Manhattan — May 7, 2o15 — Cameron Brown (bass), Russ Lossing (piano), Lena (tenor), Billy Mintz (shades) — photo by Mark Weber — These guys were so patient as I had to reload my camera with Tri-X (film) to get these shots —- Lena was a student of Connie Crothers

I forgot what was so funny, but Connie is enjoying herself -- Connie Crothers & Andrea Wolper -- May 8, 2015 Brooklyn -- photo by Mark Weber ------- Andrea is bringing a group into the Outpost Performance Space on July 7 (2o17) that includes the magnificent Ken Filiano on bass ---- Andrea has been a guest on the Thursday jazz show at least twice, maybe more . . . . . . a little bird told me that John Rangel will be playing piano on the date

I forgot what was so funny, but Connie is enjoying herself — Connie Crothers & Andrea Wolper — May 8, 2015 Brooklyn — photo by Mark Weber ——- Andrea is bringing a group into the Outpost Performance Space on July 7 (2o17) that includes the magnificent Ken Filiano on bass —- Andrea has been a guest on the Thursday jazz show at least twice, maybe more . . . . . .  a little bird told me that John Rangel will be playing piano on the date

My good friend Todd Moore in his study -- Albuquerque March 14, 1994 -- photo by Mark Weber

My good friend Todd Moore in his study — Albuquerque March 14, 1994 — photo by Mark Weber

Ghost on the side of the road ---- Magdalena, Rt 66, New Mexico -- July 4, 1996 ---- sculptures by Holly Hughes -- photo by Mark Weber

Ghost on the side of the road —- Magdalena, Rt 66, New Mexico — July 4, 1996 —- sculptures by Holly Hughes — photo by Mark Weber

12 Comments

  1. I love, “So Goes The Wind”.

  2. Sheila Jordan

    June 13, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful Photos, Beautiful Poetry from an Incredible Artist….Sheila Jordan

  3. Yay Gordon Mumma!

  4. You know, I say what Cip would say: “YO!”

  5. Carol Tristano

    June 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful poem Mark! Very evocative.

    “A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of philosophy has presented a new theory of time. Dr Bradford Skow says the idea that time flows like a river is not necessarily correct. Instead he claims space-time is a ‘block universe’ where the past, present and future all exist together.”

    -sounds good to me!
    I thought that was already one of the principles of String theory……or something Einstein had expressed….not sure anymore.

    Anyway, I love the way your poem expresses that – poetry is an art form that can render anything – any science – any happening – anything, completely transparent and accessible through the powerful feeling of words. You often talk about word virus. To me, words are a great gift of our evolution. Yes, they’ve been abused, but so has everything else! Where would we be without the poets!!!!

    That theory is so accessible to artists. When I listen to jazz from so called years gone by – it sounds and feels current – literally like I am there. I think that’s because I am! Charlie Christian at Minton’s and Lennie’s band at Birdland come to mind – when there’s an audience, it’s like a receptor!
    Standing in front of a Van Gogh is like that – and mind blowing that you’re in fact experiencing the tangible energy of something created in the 1800’s. It’s ridiculous!

    Great photos and stories Mark. I really dug seeing and hearing about your poetry Band!
    Also, that first N.Y.C. photo looks a little like a painting. I know that street well.

    And Connie’s laugh….her out and outness….it will continue to ring through the universe in waves.

  6. Kevin (Norton)————– Gordon Mumma is such a great guy, and very VERY meticulous, we spent a lot of time as he went over the translator I.D. syllable by syllable as he wanted the pronunciations absolutely correct for all those New Mexico villages (a translator is a radio signal that comes from a location far away from the station and covers a locality outside our regular signal —— but, if a station had the same wavelength –89.9 in this case– and you were driving in-between the two broadcast signals you would get a phase and it wouldnt sound good, SO, we change the wavelength to 91.1 or 91.9 or 88.7 etc at each of our seven (eight?) translators around the state, so that we blanket New Mexico almost, except there’s no reason to broadcast to the desert, right?))
    ANYWAY, Gordon worked his way through each town name so that he’d have each syllable & nuance correct. And I didnt balk, as producer, I could have said Hey dude just read it, that’s half the fun listening to the mispronunciations (you should hear JJ Avenel’s reading of it, whew, with Roswell Rudd cheering him on) but this was Gordon Mumma so I let him have his process. AND THEN Gordon recorded two versions of one of his little piano things and we put that in front and back of his reading. Very cool. THEN the station changed all the the translators and the recording is no longer currently correct, boohoo.

    Carol—————Wasn’t it the ancient Greeks who called linear time Time’s Arrow? I love that. My yoga teacher Supriti yesterday said: “If we truly fell into this moment we would discover eternity.”
    And didn’t your quartet with Connie and Lenny play the Blue Note?
    I need to write my essay on word virus. I have pages and pages of notes.

  7. I asked the General Manager of KUNM Richard Towne if there was a more concise way to explain translators – – –
    Here’s his explanation . . . . .

    Fair question. I usually minimize it for lay people.

    We have 8 transmitters around central and northern NM – reaching over a million people. The transmitters are on different frequencies because if the were all on the same frequency, the radio waves would interfere with other.

    (To us, and the FCC, we have to distinguish between transmitters and translators; not so for lay people – its all KUNM to them).

    The technical term for the destructive wave interference is “heterodyne” and the sound is just an awful squeal, like the whine of a vacuum cleaner motor when the belt breaks.

    Does that help?

  8. Carol Tristano

    June 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hey Mark, I believe you’re talking about Zeno! I just discovered him after looking up Time’s Arrow.
    What Supriti said is so beautiful! And so right on!!!
    That’s what is so far out about being a jazz improvisor – you have to fall with abandon into the moment (note) – you’ve got no choice or it’s not the real thing!
    I can’t help but go out on a limb here – jazz feeling is a metaphor for that glorious in the moment/eternity realm that gives you infinity. Jazz feeling is largely lost in the bulk of what the world calls jazz today. But on the other hand, people still want it, and will always find a way to it. It’s interesting that right now we’re seeing individuals and bands from all over the world recreating the improvised solos of Bird, Prez, Lennie, Warne……and others I’m sure. And they’re doing it beautifully. I’m waiting for the carry over into their own solos – I see it happening a little bit. At first I thought – I wouldn’t want to see these great solos become classical repertoire. But what gives me hope is that so many musicians are expressing the right feeling and the joy. They are being compelled by jazz feeling.

    Yes we played at the Blue Note, but funnily, when I looked at the photo, my eye did not fall on that. It was the West Third St. Bazaar that caught my eye. Those are our old stomping grounds. Especially when Anna was little and we were always traversing the different neighborhoods to find any available park! We know them all!

    I will look forward to your essay on word virus! But I imagine it’s a huge project to cull all your notes and devote your time to such an intense task. You could post it in parts…..

  9. What a rich savory thread of thoughts and feelings~so enjoyed dropping in and listening into this conversation.

    • Carol Tristano

      June 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Supriti! You are an inspirer! Ever since Mark quoted you, I’ve been looking on the internet for yoga classes. There seem to be many types. Of course I’ve been hearing great things about it for years, but never tried it. Mark’s references to it now and again have perked my interest. I’ve been doing my own version of meditation (with mind and body), but I’ve become fascinated by yoga. I live in France and they’re big on what they call pilates, which seems to be yoga-like, but it’s definitely not yoga!

  10. ————————————playlist———————————
    is it hot enough for you jazz radio show
    June 15, 2017
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Stan Getz Quartet “Pammie’s Tune” (written for his young daughter Pamela) — LIVE IN AMSTERDAM 1960 (Fresh Sound) w/ Ed Thigpen(drums), Ray Brown(bass), Jan Johansson(piano) –April 10
    2. Charles McPherson Quintet “Nostalgia In Times Square” –Jan.1994 cd FIRST FLIGHT OUT with tremendous piano solo from Michael Weiss and searing soaring lightning in a bottle alto playing from
    the maestro — We have concluded negotiations and it is confirmed that CHARLES MCPHERSON will
    join us Live over the telephone from San Diego for an interview Thursday June 29 in advance of his upcoming performance July 29 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art’s amphitheater, providing we don’t get
    pre-empted by various Congressional Hearings (KUNM is big on following the Trump doings) and/or
    Trump himself decides to throw a “press conference” to tell us how well everybody likes him
    3. Jefferson Voorhees solo drums “Bitz #1” very short segments Jefferson recorded at my request
    to use as “palette cleansers” between tracks
    4. Lisa Polisar Trio “You Don’t Know What Love Is” — 13sept2007 Live on KUNM Thursday jazz show
    w/ Colin Deuble(bass) and Cal Haines(drums)
    5. Jefferson Voorhess “Bitz #3” — recorded 12may2o11 Albuquerque
    6. Lena Bloch Quartet “Featherbed”(Ted Brown) rec. 27may2o12 cd FEATHERY w/ Cameron Brown(bass),
    Billy Mintz(drums), Dave Miller(guitar), Lena (tenor)——————Lena tells me that her new quartet cd will be out very soon and I’ve requested the first copy hot off the press
    7. Janice Borla Group “Lennie’s Pennies”(Lennie Tristano) w/ Scott Robinson(tenor) & Janice(voice) –Spet 2o13 cd PROMISES TO BURN
    8. Lee Konitz Quartet “Stephanie”(LK) –22oct57 cd TRANQUILITY (Verve) w/ Henry Grimes(bass), Billy Bauer(guitar), Dave Bailey(drums), Lee(alto)
    9. Jefferson Voorhees “Bitz #5” ibid.
    10. Pat Martino Quintet “Trick” — 8jan68 —– cd EAST! (Prestige) — Pat’s third album under his own name —- He will be in town to play the Outpost Performance Space July 13 & 14 — I tried to set-up a telephone
    interview prior to his arrival but schedules could not be matched up, alas!
    11. Clifford Brown Max Roach Quintet “Jordu” — 3aug54 — Duke Jordan’s immortal tune that even though
    Duke recorded it earlier in the year in trio, in the larger sense Brownie & Max’s version is the first that
    came upon our radar of 193 versions that have subsequently been recorded and innumerable times it
    has been played in clubs and jam sessions over the years . . . . . a durable piece of jazz music
    12. Jefferson Voorhees “Bitz #11”
    13. Gerry Mulligan octet “Boplicity”(arranged by Gil Evans) Jan.1992 re-recording of the Birth of the Cool sessions
    14. Jim Hall Trio “Up, Up and Away” — June 1969 LIVE IN BERLIN cd IT’S NICE TO BE WITH YOU (MPS)
    15. Gordon Mumma “Basket of Strays” solo piano music performed by Daan Vandewalle recorded May 2007 for the New World Music label

  11. ——————————————-playlist—————————
    The Sweltering Jazz Radio Show
    June 22, 2o17
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Gerry Mulligan Quintet “Get Out of Town” — 30june62 cd JERU (Columbia)
    2. Charlie Mingus Composer Workshop “Purple Heart” –31oct54 w/ John LaPorta(clarinet), Teo Macero(baritone sax), George Barrow(tenor), Mingus(bass), Rudy Nichols(drums)
    3. Charles Mingus octet “Vasserlean” –20oct60 w/ Eric Dolphy(bass-clarinet), Ted Curson & Lonnie Hillyer(trumpets), CHARLES McPHERSON(alto sax), Booker Ervin(tenor), Mingus(bass), Danie Richmond(drums), Nico Bunink(piano) COMPLETE CANDID RECORDINGS OF CHARLES MINGUS (Mosiac) *Charles McPherson will be a telephone guest next Thursday on the show
    4. Pat Martino Quintet “Grooveyard”(Carl Perkins) — Aug.2005 cd REMEMBER (Blue Note)
    5. Paul Desmond Quartet “Manha de Carnaval” –1975 Live at Bourbon Street in Toronto w/ Ed Bickert(Fender Telecaster) Lp
    6. To Be Continued “Beautiful Outcast” –18mar2o17 cd POETRY FROM THE FUTURE (LineArtRecords) w/ Carol Liebowitz(piano), Claire de Brunner(bassoon), Daniel Carter(saxophone), Kevin Norton(vibes & drumset) * “To Be Continued” was how Connie Crothers signed off on her email correspondences
    7. Teo Macero Quintet “Ghost Story” –27apr57 cd TEO (Prestige) w/ Mal Waldron(piano), Teddy Charles(vibes), Addison Farmer(bass), Jerry Segal(drums), Teo(tenor)
    8. Barney Kessel & Red Mitchell duet “My Old Flame” –12cept55 cd BARNEY KESSEL PLAYS STANDARDS (Contemporary)
    9. Pat Martino & Les Paul & Lou Pollo (3 guitars) “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You” –15jan97 cd ALL SIDES NOW (Blue Note)
    10. Pepper Adams Octet “Portrait” –12sept63 cd PEPPER ADAMS PLAYS THE COMPOSITIONS OF CHARLIE MINGUS
    11. Charles McPherson Quartet “It Could Happen To You” –12aug75 cd BEAUTIFUL (Xanadu) w/ Duke Jordan(piano), Sam Jones(bass), Leroy Williams(drums), Charles(alto)
    12. Ted Brown Quartet “Love Me or Leave Me” —27aug2006 LIVE AT TRUMPETS (Cadence Jazz Records) cd w/ Jon Easton(piano), Don Messina(bass), Bill Chattin(drums)

    *Sweltering because New Mexico is in a heat wave presently with temps in Albuquerque at 103 F today

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