The Alder Quartet (Sue Baer, violin; Margaret Storer, violin; Linda Morris, viola; Buell Neidlinger, cello) —- By the time of this radio show this concert will have taken place: Sunday, November 12 at 2pm Langley United Methodist Church, Whidbey Island, Seattle —- the handbill says: They eat chocolate, discuss the state of the world and their own lives, swap stories, and play some of the most wonderful chamber music ever written . . . The quartet will play music by Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven. NOTE that the lady wearing glasses is Margaret, Buell’s wife of 40 years, plays “second violin,” and one of the most recorded bassists of all time in the L.A. studios
The Thursday Jazz Radio Show
November 16, 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)
THE EDITORIAL PAGE
Saturdays have always been something special to those of us from the working class. In California it was magical, especially the mornings, so crystalline, that special thing that was in the air back then. It was a day where we’d disentangle our brains from the job, even as we turned down the boss’s shaming tactics to get us to work on Saturday, “over-time pay” he’d say, or “only half day.”
Back then you had to be careful not to upset this guy, he was so obsessed with being in charge that a Saturday without bossing was aggravating to him, but you were protected by a law that kept your fealty to the job limited to 40 hours, even as it wormed into your brain where guilt was waiting its food. The boss has always been around, you wonder what narrow-minded psychology entraps these types? What are they scared of? I suppose all the things we’re all scared of: jobs are scarce and food and shelter always a concern.
I keep intending to improve my gardening skills, growing your own might be a necessity if this new bozo in the White House blows everything up —- I don’t mean nuclear catastrophe, I can’t imagine that the guys who watch the bombs will let that idiot near them, not unless they themselves are wiffle-brained, “I’m trained in top-down chain of command” I saw one brainwash job say on TV the other day —- What I mean is he appears to be intent on destroying the natural world, not having a clue what it’s like to walk in the High Sierras, or the Mojave Desert, or Yellowstone, or the Grand Canyon, and all the secret places unknown to the general public. Saturday mornings of crystalline dew sparkling with possibility are gone. I thought about this garden thing after losing my place in line at the supermarket the other day, I had spent the day traipsing around in the mountains, and on my way home stopped to buy some pomegranate juice, of all things, (the It Drink right now among us health nuts), and a cabbage and one of these enchanted gala apples, so delicious in early Fall, when the cash register crashed and the cashier moved to the next register and my fellow shoppers all scrambled to get there first and even though I had my cabbage and
grapes and so forth on the conveyor belt, that was all over, and it was either back to the end of the line and start waiting all over again, or walk out.
America is not the same anymore. (The saxophonist Arlen Asher said those very words to me the other day. I didn’t put them in quotes because I’m saying the very thing myself right now.) In Canada I would have democratically resumed my spot and left with my juice. Even in NYC these days I would have found myself consideration. Out here in the hinterlands it’s dog eat dog and the new President loves that.
Karen Borca(bassoon) with a band assembled by Warren Smith, of whom I hope to interview on the radio show, soon, concerning his years with Max Roach’s M’BOOM — I was quite busy with M.C. duties that day so really wasn’t concentrating on photos (besides, Scott Friedlander was on the set, see his magnificent shots) —- the Connie Crothers Memorial at Roulette — November 13, 2o16 —- photo by Mark Weber —- Warren’s band: Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Lamb (tenor), Steve Swell (trombone), Warren (drums), Karen (bassoon)
Kazzrie in soft focus — November 13, 2o16 — Roulette, Brooklyn — photo by Mark Weber
John Carter Ensemble — May 1, 1977 Century City Playhouse, Los Angeles — John(clarinet), William Jeffrey (drums), Stanley Carter & Roberto Miranda (basses) — photo by Mark Weber —– Released this month on Dark Tree Records a 1979 concert at CCP with the Vinny Golia Wind Quartet (John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Glenn Ferris)
Gary Foster & Warne Marsh — April 28, 1977 Cal Tech, Pasadena — photo by Mark Weber —- I believe I’ve said this before at JFM and I’ve certainly voiced it on the radio, and that is that this particular thing we call poetry visits moreso in music than in poetry —- Why? Is it because words are an adaption, a layering upon consciousness that is an impermeable barrier to the deeper consciousness? (see my upcoming essay on Word Virus) —- Music, and painting, and dance, and cinema occasionally, all get to that place more readily, especially music. Poetry has the name and the reputation but comes in dead last in the arts —- call it gravitas or pre-rational introspection, elegance, thoughts frozen in time, sublimity . . . .
Todd Moore and Joan Jobe Smith — Great Bend, Kansas — August 5, 1995 at the Poetry Rendezvous —- two of the real poets in America —- photo by Mark Weber —- Todd was a frequent guest on the radio show, we would do theme shows, the first being “noir & crime jazz” (as we refined this idea we decided that those were two different categories — we did about ten of those shows over a 5 year period until we had it perfected — Todd wrote the poetry I spun the records) We did other themes also, like the one we called Central Avenue Rundown Jazz Radio Show —- I took Todd around to various local clubs on Central here in Albuquerque so he could get the feel, and introduced him to the musicians —- at Bumblebee’s Baja Grill the trio was with Tony Cesarano on guitar and Todd jotted this one down on the spot, Tony loved it when we showed it to him at the break (that was March 6, 2oo8) :
in betweenfish tacosat bumblebeeson centralfeets nelson’stelling mehe’s gotthe fastestguitar handsin town& i saythat’s finebut howcome theycall youfeets feetsa gangsterasked methat once& i toldhim i playw/my handsbut i runw/my feets
Greg Bendian & INTERZONE at South Street Seaport Park, NYC — June 28, 1997 —- Greg(vibes), Mark Dresser(bass), Mike Sarin(drums), Nels Cline(guitar), and that looks like Herb Robertson behind the drums, who’s band played after INTERZONE on this afternoon—- photo by Mark Weber
Two old buddies from the Village days of the 50s backstage at the Outpost Performance Space — Roswell Rudd and Kenny Davern — March 28, 2004 — photo by Mark Weber —- You can hear KD on Roswell’s cd BLOWN BONE (Emanem 4131)(1976) along with Sheila Jordan, Steve Lacy, and a gang of others
Kenny Davern used to take me out target shooting every now and again —- He had an arsenal, he even had one of those German lugers w/Nazi insignias on it —– So, we’d mess around with these guns out in the desert hereabouts, or over at the police range, this time we were at a gun range in the basement of a gun shop here in Albuquerque and when we were asked to pick our targets Kenny goes for this one, and I said, Kenny, don’t pick a person fergawdsakes! (I picked an old-fashioned zero target) —— I thought about Kenny when I read “It’s not uncommon for foster children to have ten, eleven, twelve sets of foster parents during their childhood,” in Senator Al Franken’s new book GIANT OF THE SENATE (2o17) —- At one point KD thought I should help him with his autobiography, and toward that we did some interviews, and one of the reasons I bailed on the project was Kenny absolutely refused to talk about those young years when he was in foster homes (see Ed Meyer’s excellent biography on Kenny, of whom I turned over these recordings) Henceforth, the senator’s struggles at getting his amendment passed on an education bill, where stability was on his mind, Al Franken is so right on: “For foster kids, school is often the one constant in their lives. Maybe they have a teacher they really like. Or an extracurricular activity that means everything to them. Or maybe, maybe they have these things called friends.” p280 —- target from the collection of MW (this hangs in our garage)
Bass solo by Cameron Brown —- The Jane Ira Bloom Trio w/ Bobby Previte(drums) — October 28, 1996 at the old Outpost — photo by Mark Weber —- Did you know Cameron can speak Swedish? He lived in Stockholm for several years, surprised me when he went into it with Eva Lindal (violinist) back in 2014 when we were all in town for a gig (NYC)
Ernie Krivda at Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Road, Cleveland — May 8, 1987 — photo & line drawing by Mark Weber
Robert Jr Lockwood — playing his 12-string in an alley in the Warehouse District, downtown Cleveland — May 16, 1987 — photo by Mark Weber —- the latest issue of LIVING BLUES has a smoking good piece of investigative journalism on the origins of Robert Jr’s step-father Robert Johnson’s devil at the crossroads mythology, I can’t stress enough what a great magazine this is, we subscribe
Stefan Dill and David Parlato playing a club date on Central Avenue, Albuquerque — February 13, 1996 — photo by Mark Weber —— I called David on the evening of his birthday (Oct. 31) in Ventura, California, little beach town and he’s doing fine, still has his church gig Sunday mornings, and sometimes subs in Paul Anka’s concert band (we’ll update the David Parlato TimeLine with these occurances, soon) among other civic activities and being a grandfather
Janet and I on one of our little weekend road trips a few hours north of Albuquerque — She’s standing on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge with Taos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains looming — evening coming on June 6, 2o15 — photo by her husband
Mark! Greetings from St Louis!
Interzone ’97 drummer was Michael Sarin.
Keep it flowing!
Thanks for ID-ing me, Nels! I remember that gig; just telling someone about it not too long ago.
Best wishes, Mark!
Janet tells me there’s quite some talk of Al Franken running for “higher office”
Can you imagine a debate between Trump and Al?
Highest ratings in TV history —–
Al would shred the bozo and set him on fire, but,
as weird as America has become I’m not sure our guy could beat Trump —–
As Al points out in his book: Trump’s people don’t care if what their guy is saying
is all lies, they love the exaggerated false statements and bluster and the fact
that these lies upset Liberals, it’s like a game with them, ill-manner’d and immature and depressing
wow… old pic of Todd and me… in windy Bend-y… great pix everywhere, Mark… yeh, Trump luvs all the dog-eat-dog rough tough stuff… love yr words, Mark… you brighten my days many a day… love to YOU…
Wonderful picture of Janet !
the live living real live jazz radio show
November 16, 2o17
Host MARK WEBER
1. Count Basie Kansas City 7 “Count’s Place” –22march1962 cd KANSAS CITY 7 cd re-issue on (Essential Jazz Classics) of the Impulse album w/ Frank Foster(tenor feature), Thad Jones(trpt), Eric Dixon(tenor),
Freddie Green(guitar), Eddie Jones(bass), Sonny Payne(drums), Basie(piano)
2. Bucky Pizzarelli & Howard Alden guitar duet “Trixotism” (Oscar Pettiford) aka “Tricotism”– January-Feb. 1992 cd A PORTRAIT (Stash)
3. Sonny Rollins quartet “Asiatic Raes”(Tom Lord Discography lists 17 versions of this song but no versions by its composer Kenny Dorham —- Sonny’s was the first version; second was Freddie Hubbard recording it on his first album GOIN’ UP, and in 1993 David Murray recorded it) Sonny on tenor w/ Wynton Kelly(piano), Philly Joe(drums), Doug Watkins(bass) — 22sept57 cd NEWK’S TIME (Blue Note)
4. Wynton Kelly Trio “Dontcha Hera Me Callin’ to Ya” — Sept. 1966 w/ Jimmy Cobb(drums) & Ron McClure(bass) cd FULL VIEW (Milestone)
5. Chet Baker – Art Pepper Sextet —– album PLAYBOYS w/ Phil Urso(tenor), Carl Perkins(piano), Curtis Counce(bass), Lawrence Marable(drums), Jimmy Heath(arranger) “For Miles and Miles”(page 85 of Jimmy Heath’s autobiography tells how these 5 tunes of his that Chet used on this album were written in Lewisburg Prison when he was doing that nearly 5-year stretch and Tootie smuggled them out to give to Chet’s bass player Jimmy Bond)(I wonder why Bond isn’t on the session?) –31oct56 Los Angeles
6. Jimmy Heath & Continuum “Nearness”(Tadd Dameron) — 4may82 cd MAD ABOUT TADD
7. JJ Johnson sextet “Sketch 1″(John Lewis chamber number) w/ Jimmy Heath(baritone), Clifford Brown(muted trumpet), Percy Heath(bass), Kenny Clarke(drums), JJ(trombone), John Lewis(piano) — 22june53 cd THE EMINENT J.J. JOHNSON Vol. 1 (Blue Note)
8. Gary Foster & Warne Marsh unreleased album WARNE MARSH MEETS GARY FOSTER (Toshiko Akiyoshi produced for Toshiba-EMI-Japan in those inbetween years that vinyl LPs were fading and CDs were in
ascendancy and so this got shelved) — October 1982 session in L.A. w/ Alan Broadbent(piano), Putter Smith(bass), Peter Donald(drums), Warne(tenor), Gary(alto) — on Lennie Tristano’s line on the chords of All The Things “Ablution”
9. Chris Connor + quintet “Moon Ray” — 17dec55 w/ Joe Puma(guitar), Sam Most(flute), Eddie Costa(vibes), Oscar Pettiford(bass), Osie Johnson(drums) album A JAZZ DATE WITH CHRIS CONNOR (Atlantic)
10. Barney Kessel sextet “Wail Street” –28march1955 w/ Harry Edison(trumpet), Bill Perkins(tenor), Jimmy Rowles(piano), Al Hendrickson(rhythm guitar), Red Mitchell(bass), Shelly Manne(drums), Barney(guitar) cd
TO SWING OR NOT TO SWING (Contemporary)
11. Kenny Davern in trio w/ Dick Wellstood(piano) & Chuck Riggs(drums), KD(clarinet) “Love Me or Leave Me” —18dec83 cd STRETCHIN’ OUT (Jazzology)
12. Basie & Zoot in quartet w/ John Heard(bass), Louis Bellson(drums) “Mean to Me” –9apr75 cd BASIE & ZOOT (Pablo)
13. Jimmy Heath Quintet “I Should Care” — Spring 1964 NYC w/ Kenny Burrell(guitar), Paul Chambers(bass), Wynton Kelly(piano), Albert Tootie Heath(drums), Jimmy(tenor feature on this slowdown ballad, beautiful)
cd ON THE TRAIL
14. Bucky Pizzarelli guitar trio with son John & Ed Laub “Avalon” — c.2o14 cd THREE FOR ALL (Chesky)
The pumpkin pie jazz radio show
Thursday November 23, 2o17 Thanksgiving day
Host MARK WEBER
1. Hampton Hawes Trio “Down by the Riverside” from THE SERMON (Contemporary) w/ Stan Levey(drums) & Leroy Vinnegar(bass — November 24-25, 1958 Hollywood *I’m guessing they knocked this out in one session that slipped into the next calendar day
2. Ben Webster album SOULVILLE (this Verve session desperately needs to be re-mixed —- on most of the tracks Ben’s tenor is way too forward in the mix, which makes for a nice solo album mix, but the rhythm section is way down the hall in the sound) The mix on this blues track not so bad “Late Date” w/ Stan Levey(drums), Ray Brown(bass), Herb Ellis(guitar– distorted — who engineered this recording session?), Oscar Peterson(piano) really nails this date down –15oct57 in Hollywood ———– * I just finished reading the supercharged biography of Stan Levey > JAZZ HEAVYWEIGHT and I highly recommend
3. Barney Kessel “Begin the Blues” — 26july55 Hollywood (the afternoon session) for TO SWING OR NOT TO SWING (Contemporary) w/ Irv Cottler(drums),Jimmy Rowles(piano), Red Mitchell(bass), Barney(guitar), Al Hendrickson(guitar)
4. Stan Levey Quintet (Mode Records/V.S.O.P re-issue on cd) “One for Joan” (Kamuca wrote for his wife) — June 1957 Hollywood w/ Richie Kamuca(tenor), Conte Cadoli(trumpet), Lou Levy(piano), Monty Budwig(bass) ** I always call Lou Levy “my wife’s uncle” — her maternal side of the family are Levy’s — and I suppose Stan Levey, too
5. Dave Pell octet “Boplicity” recreation of the Birth of the Cool track w/ solos by Art Pepper(alto), Dave(tenor), Jack Sheldon(trumpet), Marty Paich(piano) — 19march59 reissed on (Fresh Sound) > DAVE PELL REMEMBERS JOHN KIRBY AND THE BIG SMALL BANDS — so far every track on this radio show recorded in Hollywood on the West Coast where cool was as cool as Philip Marlowe
6. Lennie Tristano trio “East Thirty-Second Street” — 1955 NYC (Atlantic Records) w/ Peter Ind(bass) & Jeff Morton(drums)
7. Frank Rosolino Quintet “Love For Sale” w/ Harold Land(tenor), Victor Feldman(piano), Leroy Vinnegar(bass), Stan Levey(drums), Frank(trombone) –2dec58 Hollywood — a session that set on the shelf till finally released in 1991 > FREE FOR ALL (Specialty)
8. Mat Matthews Sextet “Lullaby of the Leaves” — Oct. 1994 Hollywood w/ Lanny Morgan(blitzing alto), Bob Findley(trumpet — Chuck Findley’s brother), Tom Ranier(piano), Bob Maize(bass), Mat(accordion), Gene Estes(drums) cd MEDITATION (Jazz World)
9. Henry Mancini cd COMBO! “Playboy’s Theme” — 11-pc band w/ Art Pepper(clarinet), Pete Candoli(trumpet), Dick Nash(trombone), Ted Nash(alto), Ronny Lang(bari), Bob Bain(guitar), Johnny Williams(harpsichord), Larry Bunker(vibes), Shelly Manne(drums), Ramon Rivera(conga), Rolly Bundock(bass) — 14june60 Hollywood
10. George Russell “Ezz-thetic” –31march56 NYC —- album THE JAZZ WORKSHOP w/ Hal McKusick(alto),
Art Farmer(trumpet), Bill Evans(piano), Barry Galbraith(guitar), Milt Hinton(bass), Joe Harris(drums) *This track makes me want to look into Joe Harris . . .
11. Bucky Pizzarelli Trio “Avalon” — all three guitars: Ed Laub, Bucky, & John Pizzarelli — cd THREE FOR ALL (Chesky) —-no date given but cd released in 2o14
12. Bill Smith album THE RIDDLE with Dave Brubeck(piano), Joe Morello(drums), Gene Wright(bass), Bill Smith(clarinet) — “Hey, Ho, Anybody Home?” –12aug59
13. Lambert Hendricks Ross “Centerpiece” — 6aug59 w/ Harry Sweets Edison(trumpet)
* We find out this morning (Friday) that Jon Hendricks got away from us on Wednesday, age 96
14. Marlene Ver Planck w/ Saxomania, during my introduction I sing “Um UM good, Umm Umm Good, Campbell’s Soup is Um Um good” explaining that that was Marlene’s voice on the 60s TV commercial, as she
sang many jingles during those years — Saxomania is 4 saxophones + rhythm section that Marlene & Billy (her husband & arranger on this album) discovered in Paris on holiday in 1992 —– medley “What’s the Rush/Five Brothers” where Marlene scats the Gerry Mulligan line that was originally recorded in 1949 by Stan Getz, Brew Moore, Allen Eager, Zoot, & Al Cohn and 47 other subsequent versions according to Tom Lord Discography
15. Henry Mancini, ibid. (as previous except: Ted Nash, alto and flute) These tracks on this album sneak up on you, they start off corny but by the bridge they are smoking with West Coast intensity, even as they are tonge-in-cheek — a baroque send up called “Powdered Wig” which I used as my lead into the next radio show, Afternoon FreeForm with host Matthew Finch sitting in for Bonny Brandon Kennedy, of whom I called “Mr
Powdered Wig himself, how come you put so much powder on your wig, Matthew Finch?” and he explained how it was “a concern of hygiene” haha “in those days” . . . . . I went home and had Thanksgiving dinner with Janet . . . . . .one of our first, in many years, where we spent it just the two of us . . . .