A new playlist….finally!!

I’ve just discovered Mixcloud, and i’ve contributed my first playlist. it’s mostly avant-garde and/or “challenging” jazz spanning several decades. artists include Sam Rivers, Anthony Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Anthem Subconscious, David S. Ware and others. listen and enjoy!

Mike’s Weekly Playlist #7

IMG_5480Playlist for Friday Mar 28, 2014:

1.  Lost In The Stars by Dave Catney from the album “Jade Visions” (Justice)
2.  Soon After Christmas by Stina Nordanstam from the album “Memories Of A Color” (Eastwest)
3.  Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans & Tony Bennett from the album “The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album” (Fantasy)
4.  Us by Regina Spektor from the album “Soviet Kitsch” (Sire)
5.  Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan from the album “Time Out of Mind” (Columbia)
6.  Cry (If You Want To) by Holly Cole Trio from the album “Don’t Smoke In Bed” (Capital)
7.  Children’s Song by Frisell, Godsey, Ales from the album “American Blood/Safety In Numbers” (Intuition)
8.  First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes from the album “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” (Saddle Creek)
9.  The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine from the album “Around The Well” (Sub Pop)
10.  Who Is It by Björk from the album “Medúlla” (One Little Indian)

Another huge departure this week.  This is my first week of vocal-led performances.  I won’t bother explaining the thread.  I hope you put this list together and listen through.  It’s beautiful stuff.  The Bob Dylan version (AKA original version) of Make You Feel My Love is the only one we need IMHO.


Mike’s Weekly Playlist #6

Playlist for Friday Mar 21IMG_5476, 2014:

1.  The Unaswered Question  composed by Charles Ives, performed by Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic from the album “Symphony #2” (Deutsche Grammophon)
2-9.  String Quartet No.1 “Metamorphoses Nocturnes” composed by György Ligeti, performed by Arditti Quartet from the album György Ligeti Editions, Vol. 1  (Sony Classical)
10-12.  By The Vaar composed by Gavin Bryars, performed by Charlie Haden with James Judd/English Chamber Orchestra from the album “Farewell To Philosophy” (Philips)
13-16.  Cello Concerto composed by Witold Lutoslawski, performed by Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestre de Paris from the album “Dutilleux & Lutoslawski: Cello Concertos” (EMI Classics)
17-22.  Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 composed by Anton Webern, performed by Juilliard String Quartet from the album “Webern: Complete Works, Op. 1 – Op. 31” (Sony Classical)
23.  Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten composed by Arvo Pärt, performed by Dennis Russell Davies/Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra from the album “Pärt: Tabula Rasa” (ECM New Series)

This week’s list is a departure from the improvisation heavy ‘jazz’ on my previous lists.  Please put this one together and listen closely.  These are beautiful recordings of incredible pieces.


Mike’s Weekly Playlist #5

IMG_5475Playlist for Friday Mar 14, 2014:

1.  Prancing by John Abercrombie from the album “Cloud Dance” (ECM)
2.  Qurb by Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland and John Surman from the album “Thimar” (ECM)
3.  Law Years by Pat Metheny from the album “Questions and Answers” (Geffen)
4.  Games by Chick Corea from the album “A.R.C.” (ECM)
5.  Cascade by Dave Holland from the album “Dave Holland and Sam Rivers” (Improvising Artists)
6.  Phrancing (No Blues) by Joe Henderson from the album “So Near, So Far” (Verve)
7.  101 Fahrenheit by Dave Holland Quartet from the album “Extensions” (ECM)
8.  Under Redwoods by Dave Holland from the album “Emerald Tears” (ECM)
9.  Ana by Kenny Wheeler from the album “The Widow In the Window” (ECM)
10.  Back-Woods Song by Gateway from the album “Gateway” (ECM)

Dave Holland, folks.


Mike’s Weekly Playlist #4

IMG_5481Playlist for Friday Mar 7, 2014:

1.  Arietis by Freddie Hubbard from the album “Ready for Freddie” (Blue Note)
2.  Wild Flower by Wayne Shorter from the album “Speak No Evil” (Blue Note)
3.  Chick’s Tune by Blue Mitchell from the album “The Thing To Do” (Blue Note)
4.  Growing Pains by Lee Morgan from the album “Infinity” (Blue Note)
5.  Venus Di Mildew by Hank Mobley from the album “A Caddy For Daddy” (Blue Note)
6.  Mo’ Joe by Horace Silver from the album “The Cape Verdean Blues” (Blue Note)
7.  Consequence by Jackie McLean from the album “Consequence” (Blue Note)
8.  Caribbean Fire Dance by Joe Henderson from the album “Mode For Joe” (Blue Note)
9.  Three Bags Full by Herbie Hancock from the album “Takin’ Off” (Blue Note)
10.  If by Larry Young from the album “Unity” (Blue Note)

I’m in the mood for classic Blue Note bad-assery this week.  I hope you are, too!


Listen patiently

Mike’s Weekly Playlist #3


Playlist for Friday Feb 28, 2014:

1.  Compulsion by Andrew Hill from the album “Compulsion” (Blue Note)
2.  Triptykon by Jan Garbarek from the album “Triptykon” (ECM)
3.  Just For Now by John Surman from the album “Adventure Playground” (ECM)
4.  Mr. and Mrs. People by Ornette Coleman from the album “Beauty Is A Rare Thing” (Atlantic)
5.  Tait’s Traced Traits by Farmers By Nature from the album “Out of This World’s Distortions” (AUM Fidelity)
6.  Dharma Days by Fly from the album “Sky Country” (ECM)
7.  Shift by David S. Ware, William Parker, Muhammad Ali & Cooper-Moore from the album “Planetary Unknown” (AUM Fidelity)
8.  Lachish by Masada from the album “Volume 2: Beit” (Tzadik)
9.  Turning by Paul Bley from the album “Turning Point” (Improvising Artists)
10.  The Law of Falling and Catching Up by Chick Corea from the album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” (Blue Note)

This playlist has a lot of guts and freedom.


Great show at Shapeshifter Lab…

just sayin’