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Playlist for July 4, 2018

3 hours of quasi-patriotism on KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles

8-9pm – The Dream of Harry Lime – Music without Border guards

  • Ola Belle Reed – “Undone in Sorrow” – recorded live in 1972,  Rising Sun Melodies, Smithsonian Folkways, 2010.
  • Barbara Dane and the Chamber Brothers – “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” – Folkways Records, 1966.
  • Quetzal – “This is my home” from Worksongs, Vanguard, 2003.
  • Narciso Martinez – “Flor Marchita” from Norteño & Tejano accordion pioneers, Arhoolie Records, 1995.
  • Les Amis Creole – “L’Hobo De Breaux Bridge” from Les Amis Creole, Arhoolie Records, 2006.
  • Clarence “Tom” Ashley – “House Carpenter” from Greenback Dollar: The Music Of Clarence “Tom” Ashley 1929-1933, Country Records, 2001.
  • Woody Guthrie – “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World” from Asch Recordings, Vol. 3: Hard Travelin’, Smithsonian Folkways, 1998.
  • Leadbelly with Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry – “We Shall Be Free” from Lead Belly Sings Folk Songs, Smithsonian Folkways, 1989.
  • Harry Partch – “Scene 9 – A Lost Political Soul Finds Himself Among The Voteless Women Of Paradise” from The Bewitched, New World Records, 2005.
  • Sun Ra – “I Am Strange” from Singles Volume 1: Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1961, Strut/Art Yard, 2016.
  • Le Sun Ra & His Orchestra – “Saturn” from Singles Volume 1: Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1961, Strut/Art Yard, 2016.
  • Charles Ives – “Country Band March” performed by the U.S. Marine Band, from The Bicentennial Collection, 1998.
  • Charles Ives – “III: Fourth of July” from A Symphony: New England Holidays perf. by the Chicago Symphony, cond. by Michael Tilson Thomas, CBS Masterworks, 1988.

9-10: Trilogy – New, Experimental and Improvised Music

  • Tina Raymond – “America” from Left, Right, Left, Orenda Records, 2017.
  • Anne LeBaron – “I am an American…My government will reward you” from The Musical Railism of Anne LeBaron, Mode/Tellus, 1995.
  • Wadada Leo Smith – “America, parts 1, 2 & 3” from Ten Freedom Summers, Cuneiform Records, 2012.
  • Arthur Blythe and David Egyes -“American Forms 2” from Today’s Blues, CIMP 1998.
  • James Blood Ulmer – “Are you glad to be in America?” from Are you glad to be in America?, DIW, 1995.
  • Harriet Tubman – “Taken” from Araminta, Sunnyside, 2017
  • Geri Allen – “Save the Children” from Grand River Crossings (Motown & Motor City Inspirations), Motéma, 2013.
  • John Coltrane – “Untitled Original 11386 (take 1)” from Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, Verve/Impulse, 2018.

10-11: Neuz Pollution – ??

  • Kamasi Washington – “The Invincible Youth” from Heaven and Earth, Young Turks, 2018.
  •  Charles Mingus – “The Original Fables of Faubus” from Presents Charles Mingus, Candid Records, 1960.
  • Karl Evangalista / Grex – “Reb” from Taglish, 2013, https://grex.bandcamp.com/
  • Ornette Coleman – “The Artist in America” from Skies of America, CBS Records, 1972.
  • Minutemen – “Facist” from Paranoid Time, SST Records, 1980.
  • Minutemen – “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing”, Ballot Result, SST Records, 1986.
  • Saccharine Trust – “We Don’t Need Freedom” from Paganicons, SST Records, 1981.
  • Burning Ghosts – “Radicals” from Reclamation, Tzadik Records, 2017.
  • Evil Genius – “Asterisk” from Experiments on Human Subjects, Orenda Records, 2018.
  •  Toques (Nathan Hubbard / Steuart Liebig) – “5_0” from Toques 02, 2018.  https://toquesmusic.bandcamp.com
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Trilogy playlist for 8/24

A tribute to Bobby Hutcherson — and coincidentally, also to Rudy Van Gelder, who passed away the next day.

  1. Jackie McLean – “Riff Raff” from Destination… Out!, Blue Note Records, 1963 (Van Gelder studio)
  2. Grachan Moncur III – “Evolution” from Evolution, Blue Note Records, 1963 (Van Gelder studio)
  3. Eric Dolphy – “Straight Up and Down” from Out to Lunch!, Blue Note Records, 1964 (Van Gelder studio)
  4. Tony Williams – “Memory” from Life Time,  Blue Note Records, 1964 (Van Gelder studio)
  5. Bobby Hutcherson – “Ghetto Lights” from Dialogue, Blue Note Records, 1965 (Van Gelder studio)
  6. Archie Shepp – “Rufus (Swung, His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped)” from New Thing at Newport, Impulse Records, 1965
  7. Bobby Hutcherson – “Hello to the Wind” from Now!, Blue Note Records, 1977 (rec. 1966, Van Gelder Studio).


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Trilogy Playlist 8/3/2016

  1. Other Dimensions in Music featuring Fay Victor – “Open Letter” from Kaiso Stories, Silkheart, 2010.
  2. Charles Mingus – “Original Fables of Faubus” from Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, Candid, 1960.
  3. Art Ensemble of Chicago – “A Jackson in Your House” from A Jackson in Your House, BYG Records, 1969
  4. Art Ensemble of Chicago – “And Then There Was Peace” from The Alternative Express, DIW Records, 1989.
  5. Art Ensemble of Chicago – “Nice Guys” from Nice Guys, ECM, 1979
  6. Cathlene Pineda – “Sumi” from A Week’s Time, Orenda Records, 2014
  7. Dana Reason – “Entangled” from Reasoning, 2014 – www.danareason.com
  8. duo B. – “On Cecil, excerpt 2”, 2016 – http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/duo_projects.html
  9. Sean Sonderegger’s Magically Inclined – “Old Timers” from Eat the Air, Skirl Records, 2014
  10. Acre Foot – “Homesick #1” from Expanding, 2013. http://www.kaorumansour.com/music/


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Trilogy Playlist, June 22, 2016

  1. Wadada Leo Smith – “Jupiter’s Astro Waves” from Red Chrysanthemums Solos 1977, Corbett Vs. Dempsey, 2016 (rec. 1977).
  2. Vinny Golia Sextet – “Maboo’s Justice” from Abstractions and Retrocausalities, Nine Winds, 2011
  3. Burning Ghosts – “Flashpoint” from Burning Ghosts, Orenda Records, 2016
  4. Original Phalanx – “Troublemaker” from Original Phalanx, DIW, 1987
  5. Toques 01 – “3_0” from Toques 01, Castor & Pollux Music, 2016
  6. JAB – Live at Highways [excerpt] – unreleased, 2016.


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Trilogy Playlist – June 1, 2016

The music Henry Threadgill in Air
(part 3 of a 3 part examination of Threadgill’s compositions)

  1. New Air – “Air Show” from Air Show No. 1, Black Saint, 1986
  2. New Air – “Roll On” from Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival, Black Saint, 1984
  3. Air – “80° Below ’82” from 80° Below ’82, Antilles, 1982
  4. Air – “Paille Street” from Air Lore, Arista Novus, 1979
  5. Air – “Abra” from Montreux Suisse, Arista Novus, 1978
  6. Air – “Card Four: Strait White Royal Flush…78” from Open Air Suit, Arista Novus, 1978
  7. Air – “I’ll Be Right Here Waiting…” (composed by Steve McCall)  from Air Time, Nessa Records, 1978
  8. Air – “Be Ever Out” from Live Air, Black Saint, 1980
  9. Air – “Dance of the Beast” from Air Song, Why Not, 1975


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Trilogy Playlist 5/11/16

Part 2 in my 3 part focus on the music of Henry Threadgill.

  1. Henry Threadgill – “Paper Toilet” from Too Much Sugar for a Dime, Axiom, 1993
  2. Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus – “I Love you With an Asterisk”  from Live at Koncepts, Taylor Made, 1991
  3. Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus – “Exacto” from Spirit of Nuff…Nuff, Black Saint, 1990
  4. Flute Force Four – “TBA” from Flutistry, Black Saint, 1997 (rec. 1990)
  5. Henry Threadgill Sextett -“The Devil is on the Loose and Dancin’ Witha Monkey” from Rag, Bush and All, Arista/Novus, 1989
  6. Henry Threadgill – “Hall” from Easily Slip Into Another World, Arista/Novus, 1987
  7. Henry Threadgill Sextett – “Good Times” from You Know the Number, Arista/Novus, 1986
  8. Henry Threadgill Sextet – “Homeostasis” from  Subject to Change, About Time, 1985
  9. Henry Threadgill Sextet – “Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket” from Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket, About Time, 1983
  10. Henry Threadgill Sextet – “Melin” from When Was That?, About Time, 1982
  11. Henry Threadgill “Sir Simpleton” from X-75 Volume 1, Arista/Novus, 1979


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Trilogy Playlist 4/20/2016

The Music of Henry Threadgill, part 2.

  1. Arohi Ensemble – “Peloraga Effulgence” from Ahmisa: Love is the Weapon of the Brave. Innova Records 2016.
  2. Zooid – “Off the Prompt Box” from In for a Penny, In for a Pound, Pi Records, 2015.
  3. Henry Threadgill: Double Up Ensemble – “Part 2” from Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, Pi Records 2016.
  4. Zooid – “So Pleased, No Clue” from Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp, Pi Records, 2012.
  5. Zooid – “Mirror Mirror the Verb” from This Brings Us to Volume 1, Pi Records, 2009.
  6. Zooid – “Look” from Up Popped the Two Lips, Pi Records, 2001.
  7. Henry Threadgill and Make a Move – “Pink Water Pink Airplane” from Everybodys Mouth’s a Book, Pi Records, 2001.
  8. Henry Threadgill and Make a Move – “The Laughing Club” from Where’s Your Cup?, Columbia Records, 1996.
  9. Henry Threadgill – “Noisy Flowers” from Makin’ a Move, Columbia Records, 1995.
  10. Henry Threadgill – “Hyla Crucifer… Silence Of” from Carry the Day Columbia Records, 1995.
  11. Henry Threadgill – “Grief” from Song Out of My Trees, Black Saint Records, 1994.