Tonight I hosted the WKCR Musicians Show from 6-9 PM. I got there early so I could take in a little bit of the staggering archives at the station. Just browsing the spines of the tape reels made my brain hurt. It was utterly insane what they had on file there. Extremely rare recordings from the classic Free Jazz eras, with insane, once-in-a-lifetime line-ups. It was a bit overwhelming. I honestly couldn't concentrate hard enough to take very much of it in. Ultimately, I wound up playing some old favorites, some upcoming new releases involving myself, some unreleased live stuff I play on and a few solid chunks from three archival reels. Here's how it went down:
Albert Ayler "Holy Ghost" from "The New Wave In Jazz" (Impulse, 1965)
Joseph Jarman "Little Fox Run" from "Song For" (Delmark, 1967)
Marshall Allen/Weasel Walter - untitled, live performance (unreleased, 2008)
James Blood Ulmer "Revealing" from "Tales of Captain Black" (Artists House, 1979)
Eric Zinman/Mario Rechtern/Weasel Walter - untitled studio track (unreleased, 2010)
Ric Colbeck Group "Highlands"/"Lowlands" from unreleased Pixie Records session (1966) w/ Benny Maupin, Byard Lancaster, Sunny Murray, Joel Freedman, Sirone, Sunny Murray
Keshavan Maslak Trio "Buddha's Hand" from "Buddha's Hand" (Circle, 1978)
QUOK (Ava Mendoza/Tim Dahl/Weasel Walter) "The George Russell Lydia Lunch Mode" from unreleased studio album (ugEXPLODE, 2012)
Jimmy Lyons Ensemble - untitled studio session (1975) w/ Andrew Cyrille, Karen Borca, Raphe Malik, Hayes Burnett
Forbes/Young/Walter - untitled piece from unreleased studio album (ugEXPLODE, 2012)
Sam Rivers "Tranquility" from "Crystals" (Impulse, 1974)
Marion Brown "QBIC" from "Porto Novo" (Freedom, 1967)
Ted Daniel's Energy "Giblet" from unreleased live recording (1975) w/ Oliver Lake, Daniel Carter, a.o.
Evan Parker/Peter Evans/John Edwards/Weasel Walter - untitled piece from unreleased live performance (2009)
Arthur Doyle Group "November 8th or 9th - I Can't Remember When" from "Alabama Feelings" (AK-BA, 1978)
Cecil Taylor Unit - side 2 of "The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor" (Prestige, rec. 1969)
So, as you can see, I played tons of HARDCORE free jazz. At a certain point, I gently provoked the listeners and the phones rang off the hook with positive comments. There are still people out there who want to listen to this stuff. I'm glad I had a chance to play it all.
And for something completely different, here is a feature I like to refer to as "TIME TO SUCK":
Time To Suck, Volume One:
The songs I love to hear, at your expense.
Grow A big mustache, quit Spirit, then go to Japan and play "Thunder Island".