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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options February 4, 2016: Quiet Villages Revisited: Exotic Jazz and Other Phantoms

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Duke Pearson  The Phantom   Options The Phantom  Blue Note  1968  with Bobby Hutcherson 
Don Cunningham Quartet  Quiet Village   Options Something for Everyone  Exclusive  1965   
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Love Dance   Options Ritual of the Savage (Le Sacre du Sauvage)      followed by Cal Tjader 
Don Cunningham Quartet  Tabu   Options Something for Everyone    1965   
Yusef Lateef  Love Dance   Options Prayer to the East  Savoy  1957  written by Les Baxter 
Yusef Lateef  A Long Time Ago   Options The Diverse Yusef Lateef  Atlantic  1970  with vocals by The Sweet Inspirations 
Art Blakey  Elephant Walk   Options Orgy In Rhythm  Blue Note  1957  with Sabu (vocals) 
The Latin Jazz Quintet  April Rain   Options The Latin Jazz Quintet  United Artists  1961  with Eric Dolphy 
Music behind DJ:
Thunder and Rain          
Pete La Roca  Basra   Options Basra  Blue Note  1965   
Pete La Roca  Dancing Girls   Options Turkish Women at the Bath  Douglas  1967  with Chick Corea 
Michael Garrick Sextet with Norma Winstone  Temple Dancer   Options The Heart Is a Lotus  Argo  1970   
Randy Weston   Marrakesh Blues   Options Blue Moses  CTI  1972  produced by Creed Taylor 
Music behind DJ:
John Handy/Ali Akbar Khan 
The Soul and the Atma   Options Karuna Supreme    1976   
A.K. Salim  Pepo Za Sarari (Trade Winds)   Options Afro Soul / Drum Orgy  Prestige  1965   
Arthur Lyman   Trigger Fantasy   Options Leis of Jazz  HiFi Records  1959  written by Herb Alpert 
Sun Ra  Overtones of China   Options Sound of Joy  Delmark  1968  rec. 1956 or 57 for the Transition label 
Pharoah Sanders  Japan   Options Tauhid  Impulse!  1967   
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight       

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:57pm Flash Strap:

Good evening, my fellow explorers
Avatar 6:59pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

hey there bob
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

how the heck are ya
Avatar 7:02pm Little Danny:

Oh I'm looking forward to this.
Avatar 7:02pm ndbob:

I'm doing OK - lost in thought as I frequently am
Avatar 7:02pm ndbob:

which goes well with Explorers Room - how are you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm melinda:

hi Evan, Bob, Danny & others who will join later!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Aloha fellow traveler Danny!
Avatar 7:04pm ndbob:

Heya Danny and Melinda!
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Lost in thought as well, bob. Can hardly string together a coherence of any sort to be honest. Exploring the Mystery. At least I have company
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Ah Melinda, wonderful to see you this evening!
Avatar 7:08pm Flash Strap:

Man this track is too cool
  7:09pm ?:

Hey Evan and all others, love this show! just signed up to tell you:) first time I've been able to catch it live!
Avatar 7:09pm ndbob:

Sure is Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm melinda:

This is great. I love vibes & flute. And everything else too.
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for saying so, mysterion-? Ever so happy to have you with us in real-time
Avatar 7:10pm Little Danny:

@Melinda agreed, vibes + flute can be deep magic
  7:12pm ?:

killing it!
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

esp. when Hutcherson is handling those vibes. Not sure who's on the flute, though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm melinda:

I heard a Bobby Hutcherson tune on another WFMU show and went out and got the CD because it reminded me of 70s Sesame St. jazz. I should get more.
Avatar 7:19pm hyde:

the flute player on that was apparently Jerry Dodgion
Avatar 7:20pm Little Danny:

Hutcherson's "Bouquet" from his Happenings LP is some straight-up jazz exotica.
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

@Danny: I agree
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

Hello Hyde!
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

@Melinda: vibes do have that Sesame St. quality on occasion. gentle, funky, educational, good for the young mind
Avatar 7:28pm Little Danny:

"Love Dance" is a Les Baxter composition, no? God I love this stuff.
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

I'm sure this track is not news to most Drummersomers, but hell if it isn't one of the most direct, astonishing intersections of jazz and exotica
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

yeah, heck yeah!
Avatar 7:29pm ndbob:

@Evan very much a Doug song that's for sure!
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

totally. it's hard to even play Yusef, considering Doug's mastery of the material, except that I know he wouldn't want me to not. We are nothing if not dutiful to the art that we serve
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Doug Schulkind:

This one is pretty good.
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

he is summoned
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

hey Doug!
Avatar 7:32pm northguineahills:

Yusef Lateef!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Doug Schulkind:

The way that Yusef shows us the way to understand that all life is exotic and precious...
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

I can't even stand this one, it's too good. It's the ecstatic, the sublime, the surrender of life into the expanse of time
Avatar 7:37pm ndbob:

not just pretty good - pretty great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Doug Schulkind:

Remember the talk of Max Roach's hi-hat solo on last week's playlist? That solo was named for and dedicated to Mr. Jo Jones, who is playing on this Art Blakey record.
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

Oh wow
Avatar 7:45pm northguineahills:

Damn, Doug, that gets an 'Amen'!
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

I was just thinking about him – a while back, I picked up a Haki Madhubuti record (Rise, Vision, Comin), and I just cleaned it off and listened to it this morning. I couldn't be sure, but I think he did this whole spiel on Jo Jones. I'll have to double check that I wasn't projecting
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

@ NGH: seriously. Amen
  7:45pm mysterion:

that's a cool coincidence
Avatar 7:46pm Little Danny:

Whoa, that's a choice insight Doug.
Avatar 7:46pm hyde:

Philly Joe Jones really is amazing
Avatar 7:48pm hyde:

R.I.P. to Maurice White. the ravages of 2016 continue.
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Doug Schulkind:

Trumpeter Wallace Roney plays on that Haki Madhubuti record. The last time I saw Roney, he was playing with... Art Blakey.

Philly Joe Jones is amazing, but he is a different drummer.
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

What a glorious network, Doug. And to think how blind to it I'd be without you
Avatar 7:51pm hyde:

right, i always do that. Papa Joe Jones, right. didn't they die days apart?
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

That Madhubuti record is great, but whoo does he drop some anti-gay ideas in the mix. Comes with the territory but damn
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Doug Schulkind:

Your ear/eyes open my eye/ears, too, Brother Flash. And yeah, the ignorant shit from Haki Madhubuti is hard to take.
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan! catch the rest on the archive as always
Avatar 7:58pm northguineahills:

I need this Thunder & Rain.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...amayzeeing Bass - how sweet the sound...
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

ha, hey there Rabbit
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

bye bob!
Avatar 8:02pm Little Danny:

Oh - Latin Jazz Quintet had around four other LPs for Prestige/New Jazz. All have some really, really good moments and are worth checking out, Flash.
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

on top of it being incredible, this record also has really exquisite Reid Miles cover art
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

I don't think I have them all, Danny. I really should go completist on them
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

the cover, which pleases my eyes to a mysteriously high degree: cdn.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:06pm hyde:

i found La Roca's "Turkish Women at the Bath" record somewhere recently, the one with John Gilmore. it's really, really good.

and then he became a lawyer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Doug Schulkind:

Yes, Jo and Joe Jones died four days apart in one brutal week in 1985.

Speaking of Pete La Roca cover art, it is hard to top Turkish Women At the Bath: londonjazzcollector.files.wordpress.com...
Avatar 8:07pm hyde:

good ol' Ingres.
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

'Bout to hear that one, in fact!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Doug Schulkind:

Oh yes yes yes!
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

And, this is just my opinion now, but I'll take Reid over Ingres most days. But I have sort of a bemused approach to Ingres' barely concealed fetishes and oft-limp Orientalist tropes. I love him, to be clear, I just have to give him a hard time
Avatar 8:11pm hyde:

well, he deserves the hard time. but hoo boy, the guy could paint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Doug Schulkind:

I prefer the Ingres as the album cover (and especially the cover of the album that features THIS hypnotic wonder) than as the original.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Doug Schulkind:

More about the original here: en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

I am WITH you on that distinction, Doug
Avatar 8:14pm Flash Strap:

that particular work is a sort of culmination of all his orientalisms and odalisques up to that point, filled with images of his wife, his true love (her sister, and her exact likeness by many accounts), some other paramour who was thought to look identical to them both, and for variety, a woman who was thought to be Raphael's mistress. it's based largely on a rather interesting report of an English woman who visited the baths, but given quite a male treatment
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

he signed it, "Ingres, age 80" or something like that. it tickled him to be so bawdy at such an old age
Avatar 8:16pm hyde:

i always laugh when i remember the bit about the guy who compared it to a cake full of maggots
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Doug Schulkind:

In a cruel twist of fate, I have to go walk the dog. This is nonnegotiable.
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

that's hilarious, Hyde. who said that?
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

Oh no, not the dog! they do not negotiate
Avatar 8:19pm hyde:

Paul Claudel, Camille Claudel's brother
  8:20pm mysterion:

same here on the dog situ, Doug! been trying to set it up on my phone so we can bring the good vibes along
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Oh that's just such a wonderful quote Hyde! As for me, Gerome and Delacroix are placed much higher in my personal pantheon of classic Orientalsts than Ingres. Though I did once write a paper that attempted to draw a critical comparison between Ingres' bath, Picasso's appropriations of Matisse's women, and Fellini's harem in 8 1/2. So we have grown close, but mainly due to proximity
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

this is such a cool record
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Alex In Illinois:

Randy Weston, taking us on another sonic trip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

This track is so lovely. Bringin' it to a close now
Avatar 8:54pm hyde:

i don't really know this Pharoah Sanders record too well. the band is insane.
Avatar 8:56pm northguineahills:

My wife just got a Korg Monotron, and was remixing the Sun Ra (while I was napping). Sounded nice. Thanks Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Doug Schulkind:

N e x t w e e k ! ! !
Avatar 8:59pm hyde:

thanks, pal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Alex In Illinois:

Great Show!
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

That sounds fun, NGH!
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

Thank you, Hyde. And Alex! and all! All are thanked! See you guys next week for what looks like will be the inaugural 3 hour show!
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