• Mark Hollis

    Yesterday’s show focused primarily on creating a contextual musical tribute to the late Mark Hollis, who sadly passed away a couple weeks ago at the too-young-age of 64 after “a short illness from which he never recovered.” For those unfamiliar with Hollis’ work, this week’s playlist offers several ways to experience his contribution to music—both bands he influenced (Radiohead, Animal Collective, St. Vincent, and many more) as well as those who influenced him (Miles Davis, Traffic, Bill Evans, and more). In particular, Hollis was in white-hot creative overdrive when he and his band Talk Talk recorded and released their final two groundbreaking albums Spirit of Eden (1988) and Laughing Stock (1991). Hollis walked away from the music business shortly after the release of Laughing Stock only to return briefly to record another masterpiece, his self-titled album, Mark Hollis in 1998. Citing a desire to be with his family and not be a part of the music industry machinery, he largely disappeared from the music world. There are several tributes that put his work into perspective: his influence; an insightful overview; and the significance of his final solo album. Mark Hollis approached music in a singular way not shying away from the power of silence en route to creating a sound that was and still is timeless.

  • Special Edition

    This week’s show took a deep dive into an album recorded forty years ago that sounds as fresh today as it did when it is released—Jack Dejohnette’s Special Edition. If you are not familiar with this album, go listen to it! Remarkable, challenging, and timeless music recorded impeccably, an ECM classic, that sparkles with energy, emotion, and power grooves. If you need a review to nudge you forward, check this one out. New releases were also in the mix this week (listen to Greg Ward’s fine new release) including several tracks from a fantastic fundraising project/album Chords for Kids. All this and more made up this week’s show. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was played. Don’t forget that you can see what was featured on last week’s show, “amalgam” (by clicking here). This week’s show art is from ecm records and ecm records/Robert Masotti.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • amalgam

    Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was played. Don’t forget that you can see what was featured on last week’s show, “intersections” (by clicking here). This week’s artwork, “intersections ll” is a detail of a larger piece by yours truly. You can view the full version here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • intersections

    The first hour of this week’s show took time to celebrate the work of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, who would have celebrated a birthday on December 1st. Several tracks from Weather Report’s eclectic Mr. Gone and Pat Metheny’s excellent Bright Size Life were the primary sources referenced for this week’s mini-musical celebration. The second hour kept things rolling along, crossing numerous sonic intersections (from some unexpected sources) weaving funk, fusion, electronic, and ambient sounds into the morning airwaves. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared.

    Don’t forget that you can see what was featured on last week’s show, “imaginary borders” (by clicking here). This week’s artwork, “intersections” is a detail of a larger piece by yours truly. You can view the full version here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

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