Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blake Parker, Bach, Bill Frisell, Archie Shepp: playlist for The Open Window for Oct 12 and 15, 2009

The Open Window airs at 6:30 am Mondays and 10:00 am Thursdays at (Kootenay Co-op Radio)

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Blake Parker and Jude Davison: Shadow of the World and Fool from Terminal City Trilogy (Independent)

Blake was a Nelson poet and local cultural hero who died of cancer in 2007. When he was diagnosed, he and Jude Davison decided to put his poems to music, and the result is these three CDs.

Bill Frisell: Disfarmer Theme
and Focus from Disfarmer (Nonesuch)

These pieces are impressions of the photographs of a man known as Disfarmer, who lived in Arkansas from 1884 to 1959. He was a portrait photographer whose work is now considered pioneering because of the start, piercing, artistic way he portrayed people in rural areas and small towns Arkansas in the 1930s and 1940s. Most of them were not discovered until the 1970's, and you will now find them on the web and in museums,

Archie Shepp and Horace Parlan: Motherless Child, Nobody
Knows the Trouble I've Seen, and My Lord What a Morning from Goin' Home (Steeplechase)

This 1976 album of spirituals surprised a lot of people when it came out because Shepp was usually a fire-breathing avant-gardist. Here, he's reverent and sensitive and subtle, especially when he plays soprano saxophone.

Jean-Jacques Kantarow: J.S. Bach: Sonata #1 in G Minor from J.S. Bach-- 3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas (Denon)

How many times could I listen to this without getting t
ired of it and thinking I am only scratching the surface of a new universe?

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