April 3, 2011
Suite in g minor BWV 808 - JS Bach - Colin Tilney
That Beautiful Rag - Stella Mayhew/Billie Taylor
Careless Love - Oscar Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
Symphony of Psalms - Stravinsky - Radio SO-Berlin/Riccardo Chailly
Throwing Stones at the Sun - Willie Bryant
Contrasts - Harlan Leonard
What More Can a Woman Do - Sarah Vaughan/Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra
Love Lies - Jack Teagarden
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley
Beatnik Sticks - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Action - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Gone Movin' On - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Interruption #1 (midi) - Keith Eisenbrey
April 5, 2011
The River - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The first three sides of this album have a similar structure. Each begins with several songs arranged for the full band sound and performed in Bruce's "young tough prick" persona, painting an eloquent picture of the rage of young blood at the adult world and the obligations and restrictions it imposes, while frustrated at every moment by the realization that the desire of that blood is for, precisely, the freedoms of the adult world and the knowledge that the freedoms come at a price. Each of these first sides ends (if I remember correctly) with a more introspective song in an acoustic arrangement that offers a view inside the persona of the adult as it slowly chooses itself. The last side consists almost entirely of this more introspective aspect, and finishes with a kind of warning - "There but for my acceptance of my adult self go I". Considered together they function as a song cycle in four parts offering a moving account of the pain and sorrow of choosing manhood over adolescence, with an epilogue of where a failure of that choosing would have ended - the 'river' being that flowing through Cautionary Valley. The varying style of arrangements works well structurally, and the song-writing is quite strong (even for Bruce) throughout. I have often said that the only album of Bruce's I liked unconditionally was Nebraska. I amend that opinion now to include this extraordinary work.
April 7, 2011
1/3 Poem x N - Neal Meyer - Banned Rehearsal
I remember the name of this piece of Neal's, but I didn't remember that the whole band, including myself, joined in its performance, nor what the piece was like. We intoned repeated phonemes above a feedbacky sort of ground. Quite an unexpected pleasure.
Banned Rehearsal 212 - Banned Rehearsal
Banned Rehearsal on KSER- Banned Rehearsal
My recording of our moment of glory on Chris DeLaurenti's "Sonar Map" program on KSER back in 2000.