Monday, December 29, 2008

RIP Freddie Hubbard

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players, has died at age 70.

Hubbard's manager, David Weiss, says the musician died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack last month.

Although he had been in declining health in recent years, Hubbard continued to perform until just a few months ago. Known for both the intensity of his playing, as well as his melodic style, Hubbard's last concert was in June in New York at a party celebrating the release of his final album.

He won a Grammy in 1972 for best jazz performance by a group for the album "First Light."
Here's Freddie playing Canteloupe Island with Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Tony Williams.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please, think of the puppies!

Eye On The World: Jordanian lawmakers burn Israeli flag, demand to expel Israeli ambassador

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Tribute to Victor Pachera

WPKN will air a tribute to the late Victor Pachera Monday, December 29th at 12 noon. The program will feature air checks and listener phone calls remembering Victor. Observant listeners will recall that Victor's program stopped airing when Harry Minot left WPKN. It's not known if Harry will make an appearance.

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Playlist, December 28, 2008

Set One
The Ed Palermo Big Band; Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula;
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006 Cuneiform)
Dan Cavanagh; Pulse; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet; Andarta; Andarta (2008 Origin)
Benny Powell; You Got It; Nextep (2008 Origin)
J.J. Johnson; It's You Or No One; Let's Hang Out (1993 Verve)
[mic break 10:39 a.m.]

Set Two
Avi Lebo Double Trombome Quintet; Let's Play; Shades of Brass (1997 Mapleshade)
Tom Beckham; In Flight; Rebound (2008 Apria)
Anat Cohen; Jitterbug Waltz; Notes From the Village (2008 Anzic)
Cedar Walton; The Man I Love; Seasoned Wood (2008 HighNote)
Javon Jackson; One By One; Once Upon a Melody (2008 Palmetto)
[mic break 11:24 a.m.]

Set Three
Sonny Rollins; Best Wishes; Road Shows Vol. 1 (2008 Doxy)
Sarah Vaughn; I Remember You; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Sarah Vaughn; The Lamp is Low; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Sarah Vaughn; 'Round Midnight; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane; Epistrophy; The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (2006 Concord)
[mic break 12:00 noon]

Set Four
Fats Waller; Let's Pretend There's a Moon; The Complete Recorded Works Volume 2 (2006 JSP)
Ben Webster; Noah; Big Ben (2006 Proper)
Hamiet Bluiett; Oasis/The Wall; Bluiett's Barbecue Band (1997 Mapleshade)
Melvin Sparks; Cranberry Sunshine; Groove On Up (2006 Savant)
John McLaughlin; Raju; Floating Point (2008 Abstract Logix)
[mic break 12:32 p.m.]

Set Five
moe.; Crab Eyes; Warts and All (2001 Fatboy)
Mike Agranoff; Ballad of the Sandman; The Modern Folk Musician (1993 Mike Agranoff)
Grateful Dead; I Need a Miracle>Terrapin Station; The Closing of Winterland, December 31, 1978 (2003 Rhino)
Jefferson Airplane; We Could Be Together; The Worst of Jefferson Airplane (1970 RCA)
Hot Tuna; Candy Man; Keep On Truckin' (2006 Sony)
Michael Falzarano; Candy Man; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock)
[mic break 1:38 p.m.]

Set Six
Frank Zappa; Xmas Values; Civilization Phaze III (1993 Barking Pumpkin)
The Doors; The End; The Doors (1967 Elektra)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


If you and your cronies see a successful project and you want a cut of the action or a say in how it's run, you are gangsters. If the Board of Directors gives you approval to operate in such a manner, the organization is corrupt.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Playlist, December 21, 2008

Set One
Donald Fagen; The Nightfly; The Nightfly (1982 Warner Bros)
Grateful Dead; Cold Rain & Snow; 6/9/76 Boston Music Hall
Grateful Dead; jam > Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad > Cold Rain & Snow; Ladies & Gentleman...Fillmore East April 1971 (2000 Arista)
[mic break 10:48 a.m.]

Set Two
Frank Zappa; Lumpy Gravy part one; Lumpy Gravy (1995 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Put a Motor in Yourself; Civilization Phaze III (1993 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Evelyn a Modified Dog; One Size Fits All (1975 DiscReet)
[mic break 11:13 p.m.]

Set Three
Frank Zappa; Rat Tomago; Sheik Yerbouti (1979 DiscReet)
Frank Zappa; Ya Hozna; Them or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Black Napkins; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
Frank Zappa; The Torture Never Stops; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
[mic break 11:40 a.m.]

Set Four
Frank Zappa; The Closer You Are; Them Or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Mothers of Invention; WPLJ; Burnt Weenie Sandwich (1969 Reprise)
Frank Zappa; Charva; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Love of My Life; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Frank Zappa; Love of My LIfe; Son of Cheep Thrills (1999 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Cheap Thrills; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Mothers of Invention; You Didn't Try to Call Me; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Frank Zappa; Fountain of Love; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; The Air; Uncle Meat (1968 Reprise)
[mic break 12:11 a.m.]

Set Five
Frank Zappa; Here LIes Love; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Inventions; Directly From My Heart to You; Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970 Reprise)
Frank Zappa; Sharleena; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up; Joe's Garage (1979 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; Son of Orange County > More Trouble Every Day; Roxy and Elsewhere (1974 Warner Bros)
[mic break 12:53 p.m.]

Set Six
Mothers of Invention; The M.O.I. American Pageant; Absolutely Free (1998 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; The Black Page; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Harder Than Your Husband; You Are What You Is (1995 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Sofa No. 2; One Size Fits All (1975 Warner Bros)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Grateful Dead Scarlet Begonias jam

One more before I go to bed. This is an outtake from the Grateful Dead Movie. I don't know what it is, but I love that crackling funky sound the Dead had in 1974.

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Sesame Street "Subway" video

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Friday, December 19, 2008

More Fairness Doctrine talk

Following a comment from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, Brent Littlefield wrote this piece in Pajamas Media.

Battle Lines Being Drawn in Fight Over Fairness Doctrine
Why do they say it’s needed? They claim the federal government must ensure local stations fully cover local news and topics of the day. However, those promoting the new Fairness Doctrine come from the politically correct left, which is incensed that conservative-minded talk show hosts have large ratings, large audiences, and big paychecks.

Liberal activists want the federal government to determine if a station is balanced and providing politically correct programming in our neighborhoods. Just imagine, if you will, a federal bureaucrat hops on a plane and travels from Washington to a local rural radio station. That bureaucrat then walks in to tell a station manager what to put on the air.

Yes, Virginia, they would be coming from the government and they would only be there to help. Or so the activists promoting the Fairness Doctrine want you to believe.
WPKN had a big internal quarrel over fairness doctrine principles regarding their "right to respond/personal commentary disclaimer" a few years ago, and it was the station's "progressive activists" who were against it. The guideline for the left seems to be "free speech for me, but none for thee."

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Mets get rid of Heilman, get a Putz

It's pronounced "puts" and he's supposed to be good, but after what I've seen coming out of the Mets bullpen the past two years the headline seemed appropriate. J.J. Putz will be the setup man for Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez. Schoeneweis and Smith are also gone, with Sean Green coming in for middle relief. Let's hope that Omar Minaya made the right moves.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

RIP George Kirschner

George was a legendary history teacher at the former Walden School in New York. He lived well into his 80s, lucid until the end. George's influence was felt far and wide among his former students of many years. I was not as attentive or engaged as I could have been when I had him for 11th grade American History, but he made the subject come alive. Farewell, teacher. You will be missed.
KIRSCHNER--George. Beloved grandfather and greatgrandfather, father, husband, teacher, and friend will be remembered for his contagious smile and energy, unwavering principles, profound sense of justice, unequivocal commitment to activism, and open and welcoming heart. Born in New York City, George served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He began as a brewer, later went to college, and found his professional love as a teacher of history at the Walden School in New York City. He is survived by his children, Carl and Sandy, his grandchildren Emily, Jessie, Jonathan and Amanda, and his great-granddaughter Mia. Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
UPDATE: You can leave comments for George's family in the guestbook.

UPDATE: A lot of people are landing here from Google and going to the guestbook. Hello to all Walden alumni & faculty. Here's a link to Doctors Without Borders.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Playlist, December 14, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Carlos Garnett; Giant Steps; Moon Shadow (2001 Savant)
Billy Hart; Mellow B; Quartet (2006 HighNote)
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Timeless; Gently (2002 DMP)
[mic break 10:29 a.m.]

Set Two
Jeff Coffin Mu'tet; Tag > Al's Greens; Mutopia (2008 Compass)
Joe Baione; Down Fuzz; Oh Yeah! (2008 Jeo Baione)
Ray Mantilla; Midnight Sun; Good Vibrations (2006 Savant)
Sarah Vaughn; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; Send in the Clowns: The Very Best of (2006 Sony)
Curtis Fuller; Maze; Keep It Simple (2006 Savant)
[mic break 11:08 a.m.]

Set Three
Kristin Korb; Why Can't You Behave; Why Can't You Behave (2008 Double K)
Sonny Stitt; Getting Sentimental Over You; It's Magic (2005 Delmark)
Bill Heid; Asian Persuasion; Asian Persuasion (2008 Doodlin)
Victor Bailey; Nothing But Net; That's Right (2001 ESC)
JJ Grey & Mofro; Move it On; Orange Blossoms (2008 Alligator)
Shemekia Copeland; Walk On; Talking to Strangers (2002 Alligator)
[mic break 11:47 a.m.]

Set Four
Dar Williams; The Christians and the Pagans; Mortal City (1996 Razor & Tie)
Oscar Peterson; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; An Oscar Peterson Christmas (1995 Telarc)
Duke Ellington; Solitude; Masterpieces by Ellington (2004 Sony)
David Murray Big Band; Dewey's Circle; Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2 (1986 Black Saint)
Herbie Hancock; River; River: The Joni Letters; 2007 Verve)
Eric Alexander Quartet; Blues Like; Prime Time (2008 HighNote)
[mic break 12:33 p.m.]

Set Five
Zach Deputy; Chicken Pot Pie
Michael Falzarano; New Shirt; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock)
Hot Tuna; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Walking' Blues; Live At Sweetwater Two (2004 Eagle)
Donna Jean & the Tricksters; So Hard; Donna Jean & the Tricksters (2008 Heart of Gold)
Buckethead; The Ballad of the Buckethead; Monsters & Robots (1999 Higher Octave)
NRBQ; Trouble at the Henhouse; Tapdancin' Bats (1983 Rounder)
[mic break 1:05 p.m.]

Set Six
Erroll Garner; Just One of Those Things; Dreamstreet & One World Concert (1995 Telarc)
Charles Earland; Ready 'n Able; Ready 'n Able (1995 Muse)
Roni Ben-Hur; So Nice; Anna's Dance (2001 Reservoir)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Playlist, December 7, 2008

Set One
Grateful Dead; Cold Rain and Snow; Dick's Picks 18 (2000 GDP)
Herbie Hancock; River; River: The Joni Letters (2007 Verve)
Clay Giberson; From the Outside; Spaceton's Approach (2008 Origin)
Tim Green & Trio Cambia; Linus and Lucy; Change of Seasons (2008 OA2)
David Sancious; The Bridge; The Bridge (1981 Elektra Musician)
[mic break 10:46 a.m.]

Set Two
Lester Young; Sometimes I'm Happy; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
Lester Young; After Theatre Jump; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
Clifford Brown & Max Roach; Daahoud; Pure Genius (1982 Elektra Musician)
Coleman Hawkins; The Man I Love; Sirius (1975 Pablo)
[mic break 11:12 a.m.]

Set Three
George Duke; Images of Us; Dukey Treats (2008 Heads Up)
Cedar Walton; Hindsight; Seasoned Wood (2008 HighNote)
Pearl Harbor newscast
FDR Speech to Congress 12/8/1941
Lester Young; Tea for Two; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
The Roches; The Hallelujah Chorus; Keep On Doing (1982 Warner Bros)
The Doors; Break on Through; The Doors (1967 Elektra)
The Paul Winter Consort; Icarus; Icarus (1972 Living Music)
[mic break 11:55 a.m.]

Set Four
The Paul Winter Consort with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Singers; Down in Belogorod (1987 Earth Music Products)
Steely Dan; Green Book; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Dubmatix; Burning Fire Dub; Renegade Rocker (2008 7 Arts Ent.)
James Newton; O'Keeffe; Echo Canyon (1984 Celestial Harmonies)
Porter Batiste Stoltz; Funky Miracle>Sing a Simple Song>Rainy Day Women; Moodoo (2008 Highsteppin')
Vida Blue; Most Events Aren't Planned; Vida Blue (2002 Elektra)
[mic break 12:35 p.m.]

Set Five
Charlie Parker; A Night in Tunisia; Boss Bird: Studio Recordings 1944-1951 (2005 Proper)
Fats Waller; Handful of Keys; The Complete Recorded Works Volume 2 (JSP
Enrico Rava; Chanana; Sting Band (1984 Soul Note)
M'Boom; It's Time; Collage (1984 Soul Note)
Donna Jean & the Tricksters; So Hard; Donna Jean & the Tricksters (2008 Heart of Gold)
S.M.V.; Lil' Victa; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Victor Wooten; Bass Tribute; Soul Circus (2006 Vanguard)
Weather Report; A Remark You Made; Heavy Weather (1976 Columbia)
[mic break 1:22 p.m.]

Set Six
Jeff Coffin Mu'tet; Emma Ya; MuTopia (2008 Compass)
Ryan Montbleau Band; Honeymoon Eyes; One Fine Color (2006 7 Not)
John McLaughlin; Glancing Backwards; Where Fortune Smiles (1975 ATV)
Stan Getz; 500 Miles High; Captain Marvel (1975 Columbia)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[2:00 p.m.]

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