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Options July 20, 2017: Jazz Spirits and Arkestral Mind-Expansion

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Tino Contreras  Ravi Shankar   Options El Jazz Mexicano De Tino Contreras  1971/2011  from a 1971 tape rec. live at Palacio de Bella Artes, Mexico  0:01:11 (Pop‑up)
Gabor Szabo  Caravan   Options Jazz Raga  1966    0:11:26 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Cedric Im Brooks 
  Im Flash Forward      0:13:59 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Harris  A Little Wes   Options Instant Death  1972    0:20:19 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Harris  Zambezi Dance   Options Instant Death  1972    0:27:19 (Pop‑up)
Yusef Lateef  Nubian Lady   Options Gentle Giant  1972    0:31:41 (Pop‑up)
Yusef Lateef  Lowland Lullaby   Options Gentle Giant  1972    0:38:08 (Pop‑up)
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda  Madhura Manohara Giridhari   Options Divine Songs  1987    0:40:31 (Pop‑up)
Chico Freeman  Kings of Mali   Options Kings of Mali  1978    0:47:12 (Pop‑up)
The Pyramids  Queen of the Spirits   Options King of Kings  1974    0:56:44 (Pop‑up)
Yusef Lateef  Queen of the Night   Options Gentle Giant  1972    1:03:17 (Pop‑up)
Yusef Lateef  Below Yellow Bell   Options Gentle Giant  1972    1:05:33 (Pop‑up)
Horace Parlan  Africa is Home   Options Happy Frame of Mind  1963/1986    1:10:23 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
M. Baroty et A. Dieng 
  Rhythmes Africains      1:19:07 (Pop‑up)
Roland Kirk  Volunteered Slavery   Options Volunteered Slavery  1969    1:29:25 (Pop‑up)
Roland Kirk  Spirits Up Above   Options Volunteered Slavery  1969    1:34:22 (Pop‑up)
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble  Loud Mouth   Options Loud Mouth / Talking Drum, Frankiphone Blues - Zulu 7"  196?  also on the Jazzman comp, "The Zulu 45s Collection" 2010  1:38:22 (Pop‑up)
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble  New Frankiphone Blues   Options On The Beach  1967  bonus track? not on original LP  1:43:21 (Pop‑up)
Kelan Phil Cohran and Legacy  Kalahari   Options African Skies  2010    1:50:06 (Pop‑up)
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble  The African Look   Options The African Look / Black Beauty, New Frankiphone Blues - Zulu 7"  196?    1:52:10 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Gale  The Rain   Options Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music  1968    1:55:21 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Gale / Inner Peace Orchestra  String Introduction to Prayer for the World / Water Cave   Options Inner Peace Suite  1995  The Orchestra is composed of music students from the University of Santa Cruz 1995 Graduating Class. rec. June 18, 1995 at Mckenna Theatre, San Francisco State University  2:01:53 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Gale  A Walk with Thee - The March (The Remake)   Options Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music - The Remake and Beyond  2013  [feat. Inner Peace Arkestra, Valerie Mih & Karl Evangelista]  2:09:20 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Gale  African Sunshine (feat. Inner Peace Arkestra & Destiny Muhammad)   Options Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music - The Remake and Beyond  2013    2:15:02 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Gale  African Sunshine   Options African Sunshine / To Be A Slave - Gross Records 7"  19??    2:23:36 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Clark Hutchinson 
Acapulco Gold   Options A Mh2      2:26:27 (Pop‑up)
Gabor Szabo  Three Kingfishers   Options Bacchanal  1968    2:37:11 (Pop‑up)
Gabor Szabo  Some Velvet Morning   Options Bacchanal  1968    2:41:05 (Pop‑up)
Gabor Szabo  Galatea's Guitar   Options Dreams  1968    2:46:47 (Pop‑up)
Gabor Szabo  Ravi   Options Jazz Raga  1966    2:50:00 (Pop‑up)
Tino Contreras y su Grupo  Santo   Options Misa en Jazz / Historia del Jazz  1966    2:52:55 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Pacific Ocean         2:56:06 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:51pm Flash Strap:

Hey explorers, how ya doin', let's go
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm doctorjazz:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm doctorjazz:

Sun Ra tonight? To Jupiter?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm listener james from westwood:

::parts leaves, gazes into clearing:: Ah! Civilization! How do, Flash, doc, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm doctorjazz:

Like this Tino Contreras track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm doctorjazz:

Hi James!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc! Not so much Sun Ra per se but definitely some Arkestral manoeuvres in the dark, so to speak. Hi hi very welcome Listener James!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

It's super good; Tino is super good, always
  7:05pm JtotheK:

Good tidings to you all. Hiya Flash!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Right back at ya, brother J-K!
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

I love Take 5 rip-offs, I think Little Danny once did a blog feature on the subject and it was great
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

here it is, really good: officenaps.com...
Avatar 7:10pm hyde:

oh, hi
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

Oh, Hyde! Hi Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm doctorjazz:

This Caravan has gone a bit off the beaten track.
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

Among the great pleasures of my life, particularly inventive versions of Caravan list very high
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm doctorjazz:

Szabo on sitar, or so it says on the internets.
Avatar 7:14pm geezerette:

Hello Evan, distinguished members!
Jeeves, you may take my pith helmet...have these musicians been mushrooming in the jungle's undergrowth?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm doctorjazz:

Never realized Take Five was composed by Paul Desmond, always attributed it to Brubeck. Live and learn.
  7:19pm JtotheK:

Hadn't heard that Szabo before... was great! Agreed on your Caravan comment -- 45s by bands/groups I've never heard are always worth a listen! As is Bernard Purdie's...
Avatar 7:21pm geezerette:

Doc, like Strayhorn and Ellington! Maybe it was collaborative.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm doctorjazz:

(always liked Desmond better than Brubeck anyway...)
Avatar 7:23pm Flash Strap:

Hi Geezerette! I think there are some shroomers in the lineup tonight... and probably right on about Strayhorn and Ellington, or maybe Tizol and Ellington is even closer to the mark, who knows

@J-K: More Szabo in the works for tonight, at his best he can be as good as is possible
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

@Doc: yeah I think Szabo handles all the strings except bass on that LP
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

I love how this track, sort of very good but sort of standard jazz-funk, is made weird and ethereal by these ghostly sung-thru-sax vocals in the background. That's Restless Eddie for ya
Avatar 7:26pm geezerette:

This Eddie Harris piece is wonderful. 50-50 Exotica and Jazz.
  7:26pm JtotheK:

The Szabo/McFarland 'Simpatico' LP is a good one. Still have to pickup 'Dreams' ... hope find that 'in the wild' someday.
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

Dreams is great! haven't gotten around to Simpatico yet, oddly enough
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

I think I like Bacchanal the best, in the end. LD played a track from it a few weeks ago and really set me off on a Szabo tear
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

Really glad you're feeling it, G! New acquisition for me, so I'm lovin it like it's new
  7:31pm wind:

Avatar 7:31pm geezerette:

The very strangeness of the blend is exotic. Another layer.
Avatar 7:32pm geezerette:

Oh, NOW yer talkin'...
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

Hi Wind!
Avatar 7:34pm hyde:

Yusef Lateef, patron saint of the Drummer Stream!
  7:35pm JtotheK:

Bacchanal is great. And that track Danny spun is one of my favorite By Szabo.
  7:35pm wind:

hi flash and geezer
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

"Gentle Giant," the benevolent god of the Drummers

@JK: get ready to hear it again!
  7:36pm wind:

you everyone know much about jazz,it's cooool!
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

I also just picked this LP up, but it doesn't sound great, so I'm playin y'all the digital, sorry

@wind: jazz=cool, this is known to be tight math
  7:38pm wind:

flute is my favorite ,and gentle giant is prog ?is it ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Dave in Vermont:

long time and happy to be hear again
it's nice hearing the in-breaths between runs on Nubian Lady
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

Happy to have you in the room once more, Dave. This is where you belong
Avatar 7:40pm geezerette:

Hi Wind!
Hyde,there should be dashboard figures of him in the swag store.
Hi JtotheK!
Avatar 7:41pm geezerette:

better & better
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

I don't know that I'd call it prog exactly, but it shares with prog a progressive vision of syncretism (some call it "fusion") and adventurousness. It's way funky though, and probably more modal than prog, which is more like about time signatures and chord changes. but I actually don't really have that kind of knowledge (formal music theory) so feel free to catch me bluffin'
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

@G: one of my top Alice tracks for sure, makes my blood weep and my soul soar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm doctorjazz:

I think the confusion is with the band Gentle Giant, at least that's a guess.
Anyway, it's that time to leave the office, take you to the car with the phone app, great show Flash!
  7:45pm wind:

I see.may be I shouldn't type them too exactly
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

oh ahaha yes Gentle Giant is completely a prog band, I forgot about them
  7:46pm JtotheK:

Hi geezerette!
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

sorry about that, Wind, didn't mean to mis-take you
  7:48pm wind:

many prog bands had some funsion,that's also tasty
  7:49pm wind:

that's fine, thank you anyway
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

very tasty. you like Dzyan? good prog-jazz fusion with insane cover art
  7:55pm wind:

sorry I am not heard ,i will search for it
Avatar 7:55pm geezerette:

"Kings of Mali" is so interesting. Not sure the sounds blend, more like my mind is looking back and forth. Mental whiplash but dig it.
Avatar 7:56pm hyde:

i love Chico Freeman
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

yeah it's an odd piece but I too find it very interesting. Wanted to play it on an earlier show but it got cut, so I'm pleased to play it now
Avatar 7:57pm geezerette:

Layers again. The more layered the more transfixing.
  7:57pm wind:

my favorite prog band must be king crimson,fripp is Amaaaaa
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

here's my favorite Dzyan cover: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

me too Hyde
  7:58pm wind:

oh that's great!
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

Idiophone on this track is so good
  8:04pm wind:

yeah very clean
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm melinda:

Hello intrepids!
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

Melinda! Splendid!
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

great vocal technique here, so weird and good
  8:09pm wind:

human voice is so cute .hah hah
Avatar 8:16pm geezerette:

Love the clean lines. My first love.
Avatar 8:17pm geezerette:

Illusion of simplicity.
Avatar 8:17pm geezerette:

Hey Melinda!
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

Yeah this is one of the best tracks of the night without a doubt, basically perfect. in a way sort of a platonic ideal of what blue note sounded like in the early 60s. reminds me of Pete LaRoca's Basra
Avatar 8:20pm geezerette:

  8:20pm Doctorjazz:

Love that Horace Parlan. (pouring out, don't want to leave the car...)
Avatar 8:23pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

Hi there Coelacanth!
Avatar 8:31pm Flash Strap:

I'm always so happy to accompany you in your conveyances, Doc! and tickled to be a complication in their efficient execution

who'd have thought I'd get those "driveway moments?"
Avatar 8:33pm geezerette:


This is so brilliant. In '69 he's laying out the 70's.
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

right on the mark, G
Avatar 8:37pm geezerette:

Instant love for album. Gotta get it. Alvin Ailey could've choreographed to it. Maybe he did, I'll search after show.
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

These are the best best tracks I think, but it's such a good album it's insane, a must-have
Avatar 8:39pm coelacanth∅:

howdy g!
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

this is Cohran's most rock n roll track, it's like a spiritual jazz "Tequila"
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

with that Frankiphone solo! I mean Damn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm melinda:

I like the Cohran.
  8:44pm JtotheK:

Excellent show -- gonna catch the rest via archive. Thanks Flash -- cheers everyone!
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

Me too Melinda! A lot!

Thanks J-K! have a great night
Avatar 8:45pm geezerette:

Jazz of that era was so strong. It's the sound of Black Power, an assertion and rebuke.
Avatar 8:48pm Flash Strap:

Cohran in particular was totally locked in a Chicago based arts & community movement that was much more about culture in-the-moment than recording – I get the impression they played all the time, constantly, but recordings are scarce. Those you get to hear have this incredible immediacy
Avatar 8:49pm Flash Strap:

totally with ya, G
Avatar 8:49pm hyde:

for a few weeks I've been bragging about going out to watch the fireflies as they gambled in the trees. Tonight the fireflies consist of a few sluggish laggards moping around in the underbrush.

life is fleeting, my friends
Avatar 8:50pm hyde:

that was supposed to be "gamboled". fireflies don't play dice.
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

I thought my fireflies were done for a few weeks ago, but now they're back

and gamblin more than ever, higher stakes, I think they might have a problem
Avatar 8:53pm coelacanth∅:

still lots of fireflies here, where i work and unfortunately often sleep, in connecticut.
i don't know about up in new paltz
Avatar 8:54pm coelacanth∅:

...er, or in highland or where ever the hell i live
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

damn that was a good vocal
Avatar 8:55pm hyde:

maybe my fireflies here will rally. in any case, they are like the insect version of cherry blossoms. it's the ephemerality that makes 'em special.
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

So true Hyde
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm melinda:

I like the image of little bugs playing cards in the trees.
Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

this is honestly one of the greatest records of all time... that's the band, pictured above
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

Gale, like Cohran, never gave up the cause. his music is consistent, singular to his vision, and amazing up to present day
Avatar 9:06pm geezerette:

Hyde,wonderful that you saw the whole season.
We're seeing butterflies for the first time in years.

Evan, it's intense and sacred.
  9:06pm Dean:

Am I wrong to suspect that "University of Santa Cruz" means UCSC? Or was there once a USC?
Avatar 9:07pm hyde:

this show seems like an appropriate show to mention that Now-Again just announced that they are reissuing Michael Cosmic's Peace in the World and Phill Musra's Creator Spaces as a double LP with a third LP of bonus, unreleased stuff www.nowagainrecords.com...
Avatar 9:07pm hyde:

@g i actually saw a Monarch butterfly up here for the first time the other day
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

I wondered about that too, Dean. that's how it reads on the liner notes and that's all I know

@G: Sacred is the exact right word
  9:12pm Dean:

Yet another reason to promote liner notes as an object of serious study. They divulge so much information, often truly valuable, sometimes less so.
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

this release is very strange and sort of mysterious. not even on discogs. Not exactly the cover art it deserves: bluemp3.ru...
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

this one too is a revisiting of an older composition - not on Ghetto Music or Black Rhythm Happening, but recurrent throughout Gale's various projects. Originally a 7" I think, which we'll hear
Avatar 9:21pm geezerette:

Dean, there are Universities of Californias and California State Universities. The UC system is/was considered more elite than the CSU system.
  9:25pm Dean:

I work for UC, geezerette, and I'm aware of the distinction. There is a UCSC -- "Go, Banana Slugs!" -- which is part of the UC system. My question has to do with whether or not there is or was a U. of Santa Cruz, akin to U. of San Francisco, which is a private institution. I am unaware of a similar Santa Cruz institution.
Avatar 9:32pm geezerette:

Ah, I've never heard of such an institution but that doesn't mean there wasn't one. Wouldn't UCSC be aware of that history if it existed?
  9:35pm Dean:

Maybe. UCSC and the "hive mind" would be aware, but at a glance I don't see evidence of one. UCSC, being UC, isn't necessarily interested in histories of institutions that might have been confused with its own. If I had to bet, I'd put my money on the fact of Gale having played at UCSC in '95.
  9:39pm Dean:

Why is this important? Well, Angela Davis was likely active there at the time.
Avatar 9:42pm Flash Strap:

interesting how Three Kingfishers seems to quote some phrases from Velvet Morning
Avatar 9:43pm geezerette:

Seems likely, and wouldn't that have been great.
Have you seen "Black Power Mix Tape" ?
Might be a passing mention and it's a good film.
Avatar 9:45pm Flash Strap:

I like that one, G. Still haven't seen that director's follow-up, Concerning Violence, and I really want to.... I love Frantz Fanon. Has anyone seen that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45pm melinda:

Some Velvet Morning lends itself well to reinterpretation.
Avatar 9:46pm Flash Strap:

Deadwood fans, how obvious is it that Szabo had an influence?
Avatar 9:46pm hyde:

have never seen Deadwood, personally
Avatar 9:46pm Flash Strap:

I agree Melinda
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm melinda:

I haven't seen Concerning Violence but after checking out the wiki page I want to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47pm melinda:

I was that it sounded kinda western. SVM, that is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm melinda:

I was *thinking*
Avatar 9:49pm Flash Strap:

It's crazy good Hyde, but I try not to talk too much about TV when I'm in the music zone

really really good though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49pm melinda:

Check out the poster for Concerning Violence: en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 9:50pm hyde:

i love westerns, but mostly movie westerns. i'll watch it someday when i have hbo again...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51pm melinda:

I hear it was influenced by McCabe and Mrs. Miller, which I liked a lot.
Avatar 9:51pm Flash Strap:

it's sort of a lot like McCabe and Mrs. Miller, if that sells it.
Avatar 9:52pm Mary Wing:

Hullo folks! Gabor Szabo is the bees knees.
Avatar 9:52pm Flash Strap:

jinx Melinda
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm melinda:

Avatar 9:53pm Flash Strap:

LOVE McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Oh Hi Mary! You guys, Mary's up next!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Uncle Michael:

Good evening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm Uncle Michael:

I felt like taking five.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm melinda:

Excellent show, Flash!
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

Hi Uncle!
Avatar 9:56pm Flash Strap:

thanks melinda!
Avatar 9:57pm hyde:

Avatar 9:57pm jefff:

thanks for the show!!
Avatar 9:58pm geezerette:

Evan, didn't know about "Concerning Violence" and would love to see it.

Great show Evan!!! Thanks!

Fun hanging with you all!
Avatar 9:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan
Avatar 9:59pm northguineahills:

Well, I forgot to comment, thanks Evan!
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all! Hi NGH I felt you among us in spirit
Avatar 10:01pm Flash Strap:

thanks Jefff, Melinda, C., Hyde, geezerette, Dean, everyone! goodnight see you next week
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