Pete’s Place – 7/29/13 Playlist

Weather Report, “Teen Town” from Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977). Feature for bassist Jaco Pastorious.

Don Pullen, “At the Cafe Central” from New Beginnings (Blue Note, 1989). Great, hard, piano trio LP.

Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” from Today’s Opinion (Criss Cross Jazz, 2012). Cuban sax player and band.

Jeff Beck, “The Pump” from Blow by Blow (Epic 1974). Fusion.

Duke Ellington, “Money Jungle” from 1962 Blue Note record of the same name. Duke with Max Roach on drums and Charlie Mingus stealing the show with his bass work. A one-of-a-kind session.

Particia Barber, “Touch of Trash” from Modern Cool (Premonition Records, 1998). Cool vocals from the regular Monday night act at the Green Mill in north Chicago.

Jaco Pastorious, “Liberty City” from Word of Mouth (Warner Brothers, 1981). Best Weather Report that isn’t Weather Report. Toots Theilmans’ harmonica a highlight of the track. Sounds a bit like soundtrack music to 1982 buddy cop movie “48 Hours”.

Phil Woods, “In Your Own Sweet Way” from Warm Moods (Columbia, 1988). Like drinking scotch with your old man.

The Bad Plus, “Wolf Out” from Made Possible (eOne Music, 2012). Our favorite rock-ish, classical-ish piano trio.

Arthur Blythe, “Down San Diego Way” from Lenox Avenue Breakdown” (CBS, 1979). One of the greatest records of 80s jazz, out just before the decade started. Cello, tuba, and chunk guitar back leader’s distinctively high-pitched alto sax.

Herbie Hancock, “Sly” from Headhunters (Columbia, 1973). Herbie’s tribute to the master of funk, former DJ Sly Stone.

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Your Community Spirit 2013 July 26

News includes Antarctica’s Permafrost Melting; Arctic Methane Escape Could Cost $60 Trillion; Weeds Could Save Dinner; No One Knows How To Stop These Tar Sands Oil Spills; Tomato And Apple Peels Help Purify Water. Happenings include Taking Initiative Nation Of Heroes; Open Mic At Gaia House; Carbondale Farmer’s Market; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; Friday Night Fair; Family Day.

Pete’s Place – 7/22/13 Playlist

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). Record company attempt to “popularize” RRK’s weirdness. But still weird … in the best possible way.

Lafayette Gilchrest, “Assume the Position” from The Music According to … (Hyena Records, 2004). Funky New Orleans-based pianist.

Chico Freeman, “Crossing the Sudan” from Destiny’s Dance (1981). Tenor saxophonist produces one of the best records of the 80s. Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Like a late night movie.

Orrin Evans, “Big Small” from Flip the Script (2012). Yet another fine, modern piano/bass/drums jazz trio.

Francine Griffin, “Two Little Words” (Delmark). World-weary blues/jazz vocal.

Mahavishnu Orchestra, “Birds of Fire” from 1973 Columbia LP of the same name. Proto-fusion. Tough. Fast. Really fast.

Dave Holland Quintet, “Shifting Sands” from Not for Nothin’ (ECM, 2001). Bassist-led group featuring trombone, tenor sax, and vibes. Nice.

John Coltrane, “Syeeda’s Song Flute” from Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Our favorite track on ‘Trane’s classic album after leaving Miles Davis Quintet.

Vijay Iyer, “Duality” from Tirtha (2011). Arguably the top piano player in modern jazz leads a trio with guitar and tabla, exploring his Indian ethnicity.

John Zorn, George Lewis & Bill Frisell with an “out” version of the Blue Note hard bop classic “Blue Minor” (2008, HatHut).

Sonny Clark Quintet, “Blue Minor” from Cool Struttin’ (1958, Blue Note). Great session led by the ill-fated (died before age 30 of heroin overdose) pianist.

Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (the Prosthetic Cubans), “Postizo” (Atlantic, 1998). Strange but cool session led by guitarist.

Portico Quartet, “City of Glass” (2011). From debut album of British unit.

Your Community Spirit 2013 July 19

News includes EPA Gets A New Boss; Ohio Lawmakers Against Fracking Tax Got Money From Frackers; Burning Fossil Fuels Impairs Burning Fossil Fuels; World Bank Joins War On Coal; Polite Bike Activists Get Results; Peru’s Poorest Citizens Will Soon Have Solar. Happenings include Open Mic At Gaia House; Carbondale Farmer’s Market; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; 778 Bullets Film Screening.

Your Community Spirit 2013 July 12

News includes Republican Makes Anonymous Call For Climate Action; Fracking Triggers Quakes And Seismic Chaos; Google Hosts Fundraiser For Climate-Denying Senator Inhofe; Wetlands Protect Coasts From Megastorms; 17 Year Old Out To Save Planet. Happenings include Parents in Prison; Open Mic Night At Gaia House; Carbondale Farmer’s Market; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; WDBX Rock Block Summer Carnival; A Day At Stateville; 778 Bullets; Family Day.

Your Community Spirit 2013 July 05

News includes Josh Fox’s “Gasland 2” To Explore Power Politics Of Fracking; House Responds To Obama’s Climate Plan With An Offshore Drilling Plan; Climate Change Making Allergies Worse; Energy Companies Say Releasing CO2 Data Would Jeopardize Trade Secrets; Bikeshare Rolls Into Chi-Town; 16 Year Old Makes Plastic Out Of Banana Peels; Soccer Ball Generates Energy While You Play. Happenings include Carbondale Farmer’s Market; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; Transpoetic Playground; Parents In Prison.

WDBX Opera Overnight: Strauss, Handel

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Playbill from the premiere of Salome, at the Dresden SemperOpera, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our first opera tonight is perhaps one of the more controversial operas in operatic history.  Salome was premiered in 1905, and within two years was banned in London and New York.  Of course, this should not be surprising, given the opera’s infamous Dance of the Seven Veils (which is a striptease, with many modern performers finishing the scene nude), and the finale in which Salome kisses the beheaded head of John the Baptist.  Yet the music is downright exquisite, a showpiece for strong-voice sopranos, and ranks among some of the most forward-looking music of the early 20th century.

Tonight’s recording is considered one of the best available recordings of the work, featuring the legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson and and Gerhard Stolze, along with Grace Hoffman and Eberhard Wächter leading a fine cast.  Sir Georg Solti leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Our next opera was financially considered one of George Frideric Handel’s greatest failures.  Ezio only received 5 performances when Handel premiered it in 1732, then fell from the repertoire and was not performed again until 1977 (a victim of the decline in popularity of the opera seria style).  Tonight’s performance is a 2009 recording with Ann Hallenberg, Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Marianne Andersen, Anicio Giustiniani, Vito Priante; Il Complesso Barocco is conducted by Alan Curtis.