• 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!

  • Choices

    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!

  • Ivories

    Several new tracks featured this week place the piano front and center. Myra Melford’s work on “The Strawberry” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Yelena Eckemoff Quintet’s, “Vision of a Hunt”; Michael Wolf’s latest cover of Sufjan Steven’s “Flint”; and Fred Hersch’s “And So It Goes” from his latest, Open Book are woven into a tapestry of other really fine new releases this week.

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

  • Close to the Void

    This week's show developed like a trip without a map…maybe without a compass as well! No clear destination and no end goal or theme to "guide the process," as they say. Instead, I went into the musical void to see just what would happen if the growing of the weekly playlist was left simply to the organic process of adding choice tracks as I listened to them, or as I discovered and/or was directed to them by other research and general listening. One historical nugget to pass along Yes' album Close to the Edge was released 45 years ago! You will see some Yes tracks in this week's playlist, honoring this album and their legacy. So, alas, this week's musical melange involved going into the amorphous void and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy the end result.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Room Enough to Explore” (click here). This week's artwork, “close to the void” is a detail from a larger work by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

Old(er) is New Again (Playlist #125)

"flora-delic bass" by gbmediadesign

This week's show, in large part, grew organically through the process of cleaning and organizing my music library. Wading through stacks of past releases allowed me to reconsider, re-listen, and cull deeper tracks from releases that got minimal airplay over the last several months—what's old(er) became new, again. In addition, and staying with the "what's old(er) is new again" theme, Avey Tare (aka Animal Collective's David Portner) newly released album, Eucalyptus, is a textural collage of field recordings, fragmented melodies, and much more and reminiscent of great experimental/psychedelic works from the past. For this, and more, take a look at this week's playlist to see the wide variety of music featured this week.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Technicolor” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "flora-delic bass."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Shiva Prayer Passin' Through Charles Lloyd New Quartet Apple Music
Better Watch What You Wish For (In These Historic Times) Part 1 Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad Brian Marsella's iMAGiNARiUM Apple Music
Better Watch What You Wish For (In These Historic Times) Part 2 Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad Brian Marsella's iMAGiNARiUM Apple Music
Ancient Theory Find the Common, Shine a Light Ryan Keberle & Catharsis Apple Music
Nobody's Fault But Mine Alma Matters Alma Matters Apple Music
The Mystic Chord Spirit Forward (Featuring John Ellis, Kevin Hays & Clarence Penn) Michael Blanco Apple Music
Call And Response Nicholas Payton/Afro Caribbeann Mix Tape Nicholas Payton Apple Music
In The Flowers Merriweather Post Pavilion Animal Collective Apple Music
Season High Eucalyptus Avey Tare Apple Music
Den store skjønnheten (feat. Nils Økland) Ulv Ulv Moskus Apple Music
Empty Tin Of Opaque Stain Dworzec Towarowy, an audio expedition by Werner Urban Werner Urban Apple Music
Modus Operandi (2010) – Nancy Tam Toy Piano Composers Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Bandcamp
I Have Dreamed Lovers Nels Cline Apple Music
Goldfinger Small Town Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Apple iTunes
So Near, So Far Project Freedom Joey DeFrancesco Apple Music
Forgotten Man Mu Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland [Featuring: Michael Manring & Celso Alberti] Bandcamp

Technicolor (Playlist #124)

"technicolor" by gbmediadesign

As I assembled this week's music offering, I experienced the joy of listening to music via headphones. The simple pleasure of soaking in the wondrous technicolor world of sound—just a guy and his music library...and his headphones! This is not an audiophile rant suggesting only great listening happens on expensive headphones or high-end speakers, no! Whether through inexpensive earbuds or decent over-the-ear "cans" (as they are sometimes called) headphones give us a front row seat to the exquisite details that artists and sound engineers labor over when creating and recording their ideas. If you look at this week's playlist you will not find any of the stereophile or audiophile classics (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, as one example of many). No. I did not seek out sonically complex tracks this week, but I noticed as I listened to each track that so much was going on texturally, dynamically—in this ear for a moment, in that ear for a longer moment, and enjoyed and appreciated the experience as it unfolded. I felt like I was hearing things anew, immersing my ears with sounds that I would otherwise miss, discovering textures that deepened my appreciation of the music and the music-makers. I invite you to give it a try. Take a few moments (or more!) and listen, deeply listen to your favorite tracks, or this week's playlist, but either way listen for the subtle things that might have passed you by. I hope you find it as rewarding as I did.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Time” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "technicolor."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Eddieish Joris Teepe & Don Braden Conversations Apple Music
Part 5, Ruminations Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple iTunes
The Numbers Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool Apple Music
No Surprises Radiohead OK Computer Apple Music
No Surprises Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele Apple Music
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart Jeff Tweedy Together At Last Apple Music
Small Town Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Zawinul / Lava Brian Eno Another Green World Apple Music
Strange Gazes and Birdsong (2013) – Fiona Ryan Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Toy Piano Composers Bandcamp
On the Other Side Elizabeth A. Baker {this is not a piano album} Apple Music
C Seventh Stew Patrick Butler Sonic Stew Apple Music
Remazing Ace The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Bandcamp
Everything You Wanted The Mark Arroyo Trio Two Sides To A Promise - Promo Apple Music
Nakba The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Dreaming Big Apple Music

Time (playlist #123)

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In the two weeks since the last live broadcast, a bucketload of excellent new music found its way to my ears. In listening, organizing, and thinking about the music associated with this week's show, I was struck by the temporal aspect of music, and how the musical moments—the movements—of a work or compostion change across time. Listen to this week's playlist and notice how many of the tracks change from moment to moment—some filling moments of time with arpeggiated melody lines and percussive/driving rhythms, while others are comfortable exploring open space within time by not filling every moment with sound. Like a novel with numerous plot twists, this week's music explored the unexpected and displayed a rich variety of sounds and textures across time.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Déjà Vu” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly yours truly is titled, "temporal fabric."

Thanks for listening!

Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
Dream Weaver Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin' Through Apple iTunes
The Opener (feauring Kurt Rosenwinkel) Darren Barrett dB-ish Sorry, not available, yet.
Birds Of Prey Ed Neumeister Wake Up Call Sorry, not available, yet.
Trumpet Sketch (milky pete) Ambrose Akinmusire A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard Apple Music
Poet / Pearl Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
Casa Forte Ensemble Novo Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now Apple Music
Ritmo Cubano Havana Maestros Made In Cuba Apple Music
Four Cypresses Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins Apple Music
Third of May / Ōdaigahara Fleet Foxes Crack-Up Apple Music
Via Chicago Jeff Tweedy Together At Last Apple Music
Via Chicago Wilco What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014 Apple Music

Déjà Vu (playlist #122)

"nyc loop" by gbmediadesign

In the immortal words of the late, great Yogi Berra, "It's like déjà vu all over again." How? Well, after needing to cut short last week's show due to unexpected technical issues, I opted to give the same playlist another chance. So, for those who listened to last week's brief episode (which was all of three tracks!), it was "like déjà vu all over again." Happily, though not totally glitch-free, this week's musical journey was a success! Highlights of this week's very diverse music mix included fabulous new work by Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan, a shag-a-delic, 1974 funky big band tune by Buddy Rich, and gorgeous Frippertronics by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno (youtube | purchase). All this and more comprised today's live show.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Mining for Sounds” (click here). This week's artwork by yours truly stays with the déjà vu theme in that it was recycled from a past episode, but fit this week's theme nicely (even touches on the Frippertronics idea). Thanks for listening!

Compostion Artist Album Listen
FISHER PRICE LAUGH & LEARN FUN WITH FRIENDS MUSICAL TABLE (2014) – Elisha Denburg Toy Piano Composers Ensemble Toy Piano Composers Bandcamp
Triboluminescence Andy Summers Triboluminescence Apple Music
It Should Have Happened a Long Time Ago Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Small Town Apple iTunes
In Walked Po Gary Peacock & Bill Frisell Just So Happens Apple Music
Wind On Water Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star youtube
Evening Star Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star Sorry, not available.
Big Mac Buddy Rich The Roar of '74 Apple Music
Jabore Pt. 3 Karl Hector & The Malcouns Sahara Swing Apple Music
D Minor Stew (Extended Version) Patrick Butler Sonic Stew Apple Music
Up on Cripple Creek Hudson Hudson (feat. Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield) Apple Music
Farewell, Brother Steve Davis Think Ahead Apple Music
Heightened Alex Goodman Second Act Sorry, not available.
Moment's Notice Hermon Mehari Bleu Apple iTunes

Mining for Sounds (playlist #121)

"psychedelic tapestry" by gbmediadesign

Inspiration can from so many possible unexpected sources and experiences. In pulling together the music for this week's show, novel influences informed part of the show's playlist. Aside from the new tracks played, and there were several standout tracks (checkout the playlist here), as well as recent favorites, I wove in a couple tracks by The Beach Boys and The Jam. Why? I was inspired by two documentaries viewed this past week: The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds and The Jam: About the Young Idea. I highly recommend watching both whether you are familiar with, or not familiar with, the subjects of these two films. The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds years have been well documented, but it was a time that is amazingly rich with stories, influences, and interesting musical perspectives that make-up the heart and soul of this recent documentary. Common themes and threads that have surfaced in other documentaries about this time period appear here, but there are still gems that surface—in-studio sound recordings and some fresh band member insights—make it a compelling watch. The documentary, The Jam: About the Young Idea focuses on a band that in the late '70s and early 80's had more of a cult following in the US, but a much larger core of loyal fans and followers in the UK, specifically, and Europe, generally. Featuring the original band members, as well as compelling stories shared by fans and followers whose lives were forever changed by The Jam and their music, this documentary about The Jam provides a much needed foundation, a beginning, of much needed insight and perspective on this band and its contribution to music from this period. Well worth watching. Checkout this week's playlist to sample the results of my mining for sounds this week.

Also, please checkout the fourth Alloy podcast episode featuring my conversation with musician and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. You can find all you need to know about that episode here. Lend an open ear and give it a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Elizabeth and hope you do as well.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Garden Fresh” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychedelic tapestry” is by yours truly and you can view my other visual offerings on instagram. Thanks for looking and listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
El Guajiro Nicholas Payton Nicholas Payton/Afro Caribbeann Mix Tape Apple Music
Awakening Hermon Mehari Bleu Apple Music
The Starry Night Billy Childs Rebirth Apple Music
Shared Stories Alex Wintz Lifecycle Apple Music
Ecaroh Louis Hayes Serenade for Horace Apple iTunes
Power Of Peace New York Electric Piano Keys To The City Volumes 1 & 2 Apple Music
The New Fragrance The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Bandcamp
Giguère: Le Sel de la Terre Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo Raging Against The Machine Sorry, not available, yet.
Side A Michel Banabila Sound Years Bandcamp
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Apple Music
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys Apple Music
Start! The Jam Sound Affects Apple Music
English Rose The Jam All Mod Cons Apple Music
Give Up The Ghost Radiohead The King Of Limbs Apple Music

Garden Fresh (playlist #120)

"garden fresh" by gbmediadesign

We are well into the spring season and the fresh smells and colors are still evident. For this week's show, new "fresh" releases were coupled with the afterglow of deeper tracks from recent releases. So much excellent music finding its way to my ears—it only seemed fitting to linger a little longer on some of the fine new and nearly new releases. Check this week's playlist to sample all of the musical freshness.

Also, please checkout the fourth Alloy podcast episode featuring my conversation with musician and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. You can find all you need to know about that episode here. Lend an open ear and give it a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Elizabeth and hope you do as well.

Finally, don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Six-String” (click here). This week's artwork, “garden fresh” is by yours truly and you can view my other visual offerings on instagram. Thanks for looking and listening!


Compostion Artist Album Listen
Animal Dance Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra The Music Of John Lewis Apple Music
Florida Salsa Terence Blanchard The Comedian Apple Music
Bucket Full of Soul B.J. Jansen Common Ground Apple iTunes
Theme From An Unfinished Film The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Dreaming Big Apple iTunes
Footprints Joris Teepe & Don Braden Conversations Apple Music
354° The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Apple iTunes
Agnes fliegt The Great Harry Hillman Tilt Apple iTunes
The Sensual Con Bubblemath Edit Peptide Bandcamp
Wishful Breathing CHEER-ACCIDENT Putting Off Death Bandcamp
Top: Pots ‘n Pans Falling Standing Wave New Wave Apple Music
Close to the Moon Michel Banabila Sound Years Bandcamp
Odometer Rollback Werner Urban Dworzec Towarowy, an audio expedition by Werner Urban Bandcamp
Deep Water Negative Zed Immersion - Jordan Nobles Apple Music
Passage secret Miriodor Signal 9 Bandcamp

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