Today on Hell or High Water (1-2PM), we continue our look at avant-garde jazz from UNC's Southern Folklife Collection with music from innovative saxophonist Albert Ayler. Recorded at live dates in '66 and '67, "Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village" is (in our humble opinion) some of his best work. Tune in!
In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, this week's show features Steve Reich's "Tehillim", Judeo-jazz from John Zorn's Masada, music from the Jewish people of Uganda, and a little bit of klezmer. Nine to midnight on the Thursday Night Feature on WXYC.
September 23rd was John Coltrane's birthday, and we're celebrating it this week on Hell or High Water. Tune in Sunday from 1-2PM to hear "Live in Seattle", recorded in Sept. 1965 with a killer lineup (McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, Donald Garrett, Pharoah Sanders!). Also, check out these photos of Coltrane from UNC's Southern Folklife Collection, taken by Robert Bolton: http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/sfc/index.php/2011/09/23/happy-birthday-mr-coltrane/
Jozef Van Wissem's Renaissance-inspired modern lute is reflected in palindromic pieces on "Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear", interspersing airport sounds with inverted classical compositions, and "It Is All That Is Made", referencing the Genesis story. We'll hear both these albums as well as selections from Wissem's duo with James Blackshaw, Brethren Of The Free Spirit tonight, nine to midnight, on the Thursday Night Feature on WXYC
And stay tuned for Broken Music (Sunday 2-3PM), which will feature excerpts from two new releases from the talented Nagoya-based violinist, percussionist and electronics experimenter Kumayama Kiyoharu. The first is a long duet entitled Heterotropics featuring Kumayama on violin and percussion and frequent collaborator Urabe Masayoshi on saxophone. The second is a series of minimal electronics pieces featuring Kumayama and Kiyoshi Mizutani.
Hell or High Water (Sunday 1-2PM) this week will focus on the music and life of Wilbert Harrison, a Charlotte-born early rock n' roller who, after bouncing around labels in Miami and then Newark, recorded the chart-topping "Kansas City" for Fury Records in 1959. Though it proved to be his only hit, he remained prolific for the entirety of the 60s and 70s, mixing elements of gospel, country, calpyso, jazz and rockabilly with his driving R&B piano licks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAmDxxLV_vw