• The Color of New

    It seems to be the season of new releases. This week's musical palette focused on a number of colorful new releases—from solo piano work to larger ensembles and many points in between. All is revealed in this week’s playlist.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Take me somewhere other than here.” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychepixeldelic” was created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Take me somewhere other than here.

    I love that music can take me places that my mind and body seems perennially challenged to find and explore on its own. I have long appreciated the more abstract qualities of music and sound—its ability to transcend and untangle a nest of emotions, to transport via my mind's eye to some other point, some "other place." This week's show sprinkles across the arc of the playlist several current and older tracks that, in my subjective view, achieve this rare and appreciated quality.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “The long and the short of it” (click here). This week's artwork, “celestial pedals” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • The long and the short of it.

    This week’s broadcast was an exploration in temporal extremes. One one side, the ten- to twenty-minute track, and on the other, the sub-three-minute track. I wish I could say it was intentional, but alas, it is more than likely just a window into my own temporal/musical dichotomy. At turns, loving the grander, longer musical spaces—the opuses—and also marveled by how much can be created in less than three minutes. Checkout this week’s playlist to see which compositions fall into which category and discover both the long and the short of it.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Which Direction?” (click here). This week's artwork, “Don’t touch that dial!” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Which Direction?

    This week’s show moved in a number of notable musical directions. Saxophonist, Roscoe Mitchell has a new release, Discussions (and more info here) an album that explores and challenges with its textural freeform sounds and open compositional spaces. Shared during the show was Mitchell’s “Discussions I” a track that typifies the musical direction of this excellent album. The Ed Palermo Big Band revisit Zappa and explore Todd Rundgren in their latest, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. I couldn’t resist playing their cover of Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia.” The show ended with a three song set featuring music inspired by one of my favorite visual artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This was a product of serendipity meets spur of the moment—a spontaneous music search, where I fully expected to not find much. Quite the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, and you can listen to all three tracks featured by checking out this week’s playlist, where you will also find all the varied music featured on this week’s broadcast—including “sunshine pop” from The Free Design!

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Choices” (click here). This week's artwork, “direction” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

Alloy Podcast: Episode 004 | Elizabeth A. Baker | Show Notes

Elizabeth A. Baker Photos of Elizabeth A. Baker: Left and bottom right by Jim Lennon Media; Top right by Vikki Mann Photography.

I am delighted to have as my guest musician, composer, writer, and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. I learned about Elizabeth and her work only a few months ago through a short 5 question interview published on the excellent site “i care if you listen”. The interview on "i care if you listen" focused primarily on one of Elizabeth’s many projects, and one we discuss during our conversation—and that is the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which Elizabeth is both co-founder and Festival Director. The second annual Toy Piano Festival ended back in early January, and to be honest, the idea of a creative music festival focused on showcasing music produced on a toy piano totally captured my imagination and sent me off to explore Elizabeth’s music, and ultimately, corresponding with her about her music and doing an interview. No surprise, I could have talked for hours with Elizabeth: how she approaches her music and the details of her creative process are no end interesting and fascinating to me, but given her busy schedule and her involvement in a number of creative projects, we had about an hour to cover a lot of ground. I do not want to give too much away here at the outset, but I will say that our conversation touches on a number topics including the role and importance movement, dance, silence, and community are to the work Elizabeth creates and performs. She is truly inspirational.

All music featured in episode 4 is by Elizabeth A. Baker:

The following compositions appear in this episode:

Links

The Color of New (playlist #136)

"psychepixeldelic" by gbmediadesign

It seems to be the season of new releases. This week's musical palette focused on a number of colorful new releases—from solo piano work to larger ensembles and many points in between. All is revealed in this week’s playlist.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Take me somewhere other than here.” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychepixeldelic” was created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Bridges And Tunnels” Josh Nelson The Sky Remains Apple Music
“Duality“ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body and Shadow Not available for streaming at airtime.
“No Rain“ Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Featuring Tara Davidson, Joel Frahm, William Carn, Adrean Farrugia And Dan Loomis Rev Apple Music
“Chronology“ Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Apple Music
“Ringer“ Ben Reimer Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
“Prairie Barn“ Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple Music
“Cry Me a River“ Michael Wolff Zenith Apple Music
“Moon River“ Negroni's Trio New Era Apple Music
“Videotape“ Radiohead In Rainbows Apple Music
“Futile Devices“ Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz Apple Music
“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi“ Radiohead In Rainbows Apple Music
“Jabal Haraz“ Michel Banabila & Mehmet Polat New Land Apple Music
“Henya“ Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“Hymn to Freedom" (feat. Isaiah J. Thompson) Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
“The Frim Fram Sauce“ Michel Camilo Live In London Apple Music
“Elemental“ Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Doors of Perception Bandcamp
“Bad Roads“ Tony Allen The Source Apple Music

Take me somewhere other than here. (playlist #135)

“celestial pedals” by gbmediadesign

I love that music can take me places that my mind and body seems perennially challenged to find and explore on its own. I have long appreciated the more abstract qualities of music and sound—its ability to transcend and untangle a nest of emotions, to transport via my mind's eye to some other point, some "other place." This week's show sprinkles across the arc of the playlist several current and older tracks that, in my subjective view, achieve this rare and appreciated quality.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “The long and the short of it” (click here). This week's artwork, “celestial pedals” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen Now!
“Fast Fingers" Simon Pilbrow with the Brent Fischer Orchestra Colours Of Sound Apple Music
"Miss Otis Regrets" Gregory Porter Nat "King" Cole & Me Apple Music
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It Apple Music
"Duality" Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body And Shadow Not Available, yet.
"Creep" Danny Janklow Elevation Apple Music
"The Owl And The Tanager" Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People Apple Music
"Cosmia" Joanna Newsom Ys Apple Music
"Giant Steps" Michael Wolff Zenith Apple Music
"Body and Shadow (Noon)" Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body And Shadow Not Available, yet.
"Traveling Mercies" Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body And Shadow Not Available, yet.
"The Salty Taste Of Time" Vandivier Under One Roof Not available, yet.
"Home Screen" Roscoe Mitchell Discussions Not available, yet.
"Hopeful Monsters" Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh Sirene 1009 Bandcamp
"1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Apple Music
"Moon, Turn The Tides...Gently Gently Away" The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Apple Music
"Kobresia" Biosphere Substrata Apple Music
"In Search For A Quiet Place" Michel Banabila & Mehmet Polat New Land Apple Music
"Treefingers" Radiohead Kid A Apple Music

"New Land" by Michel Banabila, Eric Vloeimans & Mehmet Polat

"New Land" by Michel Banabila, Eric Vloeimans & Mehmet Polat

Doing Alloy each week affords me the opportunity to listen and expand both my appreciation and understanding of different styles, approaches, and genres of music. One gift of this process has been discovering the work of music composer and sound artist, Michel Banabila (learn more here and here). I highly recommend checking out his Bandcamp page, diving in most anywhere, and familiarizing yourself with his moving, powerful, and engaging musical world. Michel recently collaborated on a new release titled, "New Land" and I look forward to sharing tracks from this release on the next Alloy broadcast.

"Body and Shadow" by the Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

"Body and Shadow" by the Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

Exciting new releases continue to find their way to my doorstep...and ears. Just received the latest release from one of my faves, drummer Brian Blade (@BrianBlade). Blue Note just released "Body and Shadow" by the Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band and I am very excited to give it a listen. In addition to his own work/releases, Brian can be heard on so many exceptional recordings, including sessions with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Daniel Lanois, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, and many more. Brian is an artist who can creatively collaborate in so many different settings. This latest release will likely find its way to being featured on the next Alloy broadcast.

The long and short of it. (playlist #134)

“Don’t touch that dial!” by gbmediadesign

This week’s broadcast was an exploration in temporal extremes. One one side, the ten- to twenty-minute track, and on the other, the sub-three-minute track. I wish I could say it was intentional, but alas, it is more than likely just a window into my own temporal/musical dichotomy. At turns, loving the grander, longer musical spaces—the opuses—and also marveled by how much can be created in less than three minutes. Checkout this week’s playlist to see which compositions fall into which category and discover both the long and the short of it.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Which Direction?” (click here). This week's artwork, “Don’t touch that dial!” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Surf Bird Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Doors of Perception Apple Music
The Fool On The Hill Jonathan Saraga Journey To A New World Apple Music
Frenzy House Roscoe Mitchell Discussions Not available, yet.
Little Giant Still Life (feat. The Westerlies & Anwar Marshall) Dave Douglas Little Giant Still Life (feat. The Westerlies & Anwar Marshall) - Single Apple Music
Arc Of Instability Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Featuring Tara Davidson, Joel Frahm, William Carn, Adrean Farrugia And Dan Loomis Rev Not available, yet.
Absolutely Free (Frank Zappa) The Ed Palermo Big Band The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren Bandcamp
Poderosa (Featuring Yes) Eliana Cuevas Golpes Y Flores Apple Music
Freedom Dance Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
Round Schnellertollermeier Rights Bandcamp
Transitions The Beastie Boys Ill Communication Apple Music
Sandra Bland feat. Nels Cline Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II Silenced Bandcamp
Clean Money Elvis Costello & The Attractions Taking Liberties Apple Music
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea Elvis Costello & The Attractions Taking Liberties Apple Music
Night Rally Elvis Costello & The Attractions Taking Liberties Apple Music

Which Direction? (playlist #133)

“direction” by gbmediadesign

This week’s show moved in a number of notable musical directions. Saxophonist, Roscoe Mitchell has a new release, Discussions (and more info here) an album that explores and challenges with its textural freeform sounds and open compositional spaces. Shared during the show was Mitchell’s “Discussions I” a track that typifies the musical direction of this excellent album. The Ed Palermo Big Band revisit Zappa and explore Todd Rundgren in their latest, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. I couldn’t resist playing their cover of Zappa’s “Peaches En Regalia.” The show ended with a three song set featuring music inspired by one of my favorite visual artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This was a product of serendipity meets spur of the moment—a spontaneous music search, where I fully expected to not find much. Quite the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, and you can listen to all three tracks featured by checking out this week’s playlist, where you will also find all the varied music featured on this week’s broadcast—including “sunshine pop” from The Free Design!

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Choices” (click here). This week's artwork, “direction” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Praise / Eleven Schnellertollermeier Rights Bandcamp
Peaches En Regalia The Ed Palermo Big Band The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren Bandcamp
Roller Coaster Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Out Of The Blue Bandcamp
Never Tell the World The Free Design Kites Are Fun Apple Music
Phineas Vincent Herring Hard Times Not Available.
Rev Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Rev Not Available.
Discussions I Mitchell Roscoe Discussions Not Available.
Train Set Ben Reimer Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
Forest Boats Wing Walker Orchestra Bandcamp
Waltz Of The Yellow Petals Yelena Eckemoff Quintet In The Shadow Of A Cloud Apple Music
Vexations (1893) Erik Satie A Young Person’s Guide to the Avant-Garde Apple Music
Narita Michel Banabila Tapu Sampler 2016 Bandcamp
Der Baum Vienna Festival Symphony Orchestra Hundertwasser Musical (Film Version) Apple Music
Hundertwasser Kwes. No Need To Run - EP Apple Music
Rain 7 Andrew Deutsch, Sawako & Stephen Vitiello Regentag fur Hundertwasser Apple Music

Choices (playlist #132)

“choices” by gbmediadesign

So many fine new releases and new tracks to share this week it was challenging to narrow the choices down to an amount that would fit into the weekly show’s time format. Highlights include a new Blue Note recording, Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View that features a couple of Wayne Shorter compositions, one that features Wayne and Herbie Hancock revisiting, reimagining really, the great “Masquelero,” and another that features a stellar lineup covering the classic “Witch Hunt.” Finally, time was spent exploring the deeply influential guitarist, Terje Rypdal’s catalog. Two older Rypdal tracks (see playlist) were featured along side a track from the recently released Rypdal tribute album, Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal (read more about the album) that features Rypdal’s compositions interpreted by an absolutely stellar band. We listened to the Nels Cline track, “What Comes After” from this excellent release. All in all it was a jammed pack show this week! Checkout the full playlist to see the other new tracks featured.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Ivories” (click here). This week's artwork, “choices” is an altered image created by yours truly. It also has a companion, of sorts, that can be viewed here. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Witch Hunt” Blue Note All-Stars Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“Masquelero feat. Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock” Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancok w/ Blue Note All-Stars Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“I Mean You” John Beasley Monk’estra, Vol. 2 Apple Music
“The Good The Bad And The Ugly” Dave Bennett Blood Moon Apple iTunes
“And So I Said” Vandivier Under One Roof Sorry, not available yet.
“Warszawa (2017 Remastered Version)” David Bowie A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) Apple Music
“Something in the Air” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits Apple Music
“Katana of Choice” Ben Reimer (featuring TorQ Percussion Quartet) Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
“Rabalder” The Esoteric Circle George Russell Presents the Esoteric Circle Apple Music
“Legacy” Markus Stockhausen - Arild Andersen - Patrice Heral - Terje Rypdal Karta Sorry, not available yet.
“What Comes After” Nels Cline A Tribute to Terje Rypdal Apple Music
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