Now Is Paul Giallorenzo

Now Is Paul Giallorenzo

On July 31st, 2016, Ben Remsen and Paul Giallorenzo spent a couple hours in the former's living room in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Paul's work.

To find out more about Paul, what he's done and what he's doing, check out paulgiallorenzo.com.

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Intro: “All Together Now”
Paul Giallorenzo Trio
from The Paul Giallorenzo Trio (2012)
available from Not Two Records

Paul Giallorenzo, piano
Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, bass
Tim Daisy, drums

Outro: “Streaming”
Hearts & Minds
from Hearts & Minds (2016)
available from Astral Spirits Records

Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Paul Giallorenzo, piano
Frank Rosaly, drums

“Excursions on a Wobbly Rail”
Cecil Taylor
from Looking Ahead! (1959)
available through the ether

Cecil Taylor, piano
Earl Griffith, vibraphone
Buell Neidlinger, bass
Denis Charles, drums

“Reets and I”
Bud Powell
from The Amazing Bud Powell, vol 2 (1954)
available through the ether

Bud Powell, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Art Taylor, drums

“House Party Starting”
Herbie Nichols Trio
from Herbie Nichols Trio (1956)
available through the ether

Herbie Nichols, piano
Al McKibbon, bass
Max Roach, drums

“Alfred”
Andrew Hill
From Judgement! (1964)

Andrew Hill, piano
Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
Richard Davis, bass
Elvin Jones, drums

“Touching”
Paul Bley
from Improvisie (1971)
originally released by America Records, but now just barely available through the ether

Paul Bley, piano, synthesizer
Annette Peacock, piano, synthesizer, voice
Han Bennink, percussion

“Rain Dance”
Herbie Hancock
from Sextant (1973)
originally released by Columbia Records, but now available through the ether

Herbie Hancock, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Hohner D6 clavinet, mellotron, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist, Moog
Bennie Maupin, soprano sax, bass clarinet, piccolo, afuche, Hum-A-Zoo
Eddie Henderson, trumpet, flugelhorn
Julian Priester, bass trombone, tenor trombone, alto trombone, cowbell
Buster Williams, electric bass, acoustic bass
Billy Hart, drums
Patrick Gleeson, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist
Buck Clarke,percussion

“People Do it All the Time” / “Fuses”
Stereolab
Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (1999), originally released by Elektra Records, but now available through the ether
There are like a thousand people with playing credits on this album so let's not ruin the layout of this page by listing them here

“Bill and Maza”
Matt Bauder
from Day in Pictures (2010)
available from Clean Feed Records

Matt Bauder, clarinet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Jason Ajemian, bass
Tomas Fujiwara, drums

“Hal’s Tango”
Jim Baker & Michael Zerang
from The Earth Sessions Vol. I/II (1997)
originally available from BOXmedia, but no longer

Jim Baker, piano
Michael Zerang, drums

Now Is Nick Millevoi

Now Is Nick Millevoi

On June 11, 2016, Ben Remsen and Nick Millevoi spent a couple hours at Elastic Arts, in Logan Square, in Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Nick’s work.

To find out more about Nick, what he's done and what he's doing, check out nickmillevoi.blogspot.com.

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Intro: “Greater Mass”
Many Arms
from Suspended Definition (2014)
available from Tzadik Records

Nick Millevoi, guitar
Colin Fisher, tenor & baritone sax
Johnny DeBlase, bass
Ricardo Lagomasino, drums

Outro: “The Fire That Partially Damaged City Hall”
Nick Millevoi
from Desertion (2016)
available from Shhpuma Records

Nick Millevoi, guitar
Jamie Saft, hammond organ
Johnny DeBlase, bass
Ches Smith, drums

“Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within)” part 1
Cecil Taylor
from Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within) (1976)
originally released by Enja Records but now just available through the ether

Cecil Taylor, piano

“Plexus”
Joe Morris
from Elsewhere (1996)
originally released by Homestead Records
but now just available through the ether

Joe Morris, guitar
Matthew Shipp, piano
William Parker, bass
Whit Dickey, drums

“Untitled Song 3”
Orthrelm
from Touchdown/Orthrelm split (2002)
originally released by Troubleman Unlimited Records but now just available through the ether

Mick Barr, guitar
Josh Blair, drums

“Track 3”
Tetuzi Akiyama & Toshimaru Nakamura
from Semi-Impressionism (2009)
available from Nature Bliss, Inc.

Tetuzi Akiyama, guitar
Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board

“Hyphen”
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
from Departure of Reason (2011)
available from Thirsty Ear Records

Mary Halvorson, guitar
Jessica Pavone, viola

“Morning Bride”
James ‘Blood’ Ulmer
from Tales of Captain Black (1979)
originally released by Artists House Records, but now just available through the ether

Ornette Coleman, alto saxophone
James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, guitar
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass
Denardo Coleman, drums

“Work From Smoke”
Gastr Del Sol
from Crookt, Crackt, or Fly (1994)
available from Drag City Records

Jim O'Rourke, guitar and probably other stuff
David Grubbs, guitar and probably other stuff
Gene Coleman, bass clarinet

“Missouri Twist”
U.S. Maple
from Sang Phat Editor (1997)
available from Skingraft Records

Al Johnson, vocals
Todd Rittman, guitar
Mark Shippy, guitar
Pat Samson, drums

“Shots”
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
from Re-ac-tor (1981)
available through the ether

Neil Young, guitar, vocals
Frank Sampedro, guitar
Billy Talbot, bass
Ralph Molina, drums

“Don't Blame Me”
Marc Ribot
from Don't Blame Me (1995)
originally released by DIW Records
, but now only available through the ether

Marc Ribot, guitar

Now Is Mike Reed

Now Is Mike Reed

On May 14, 2016, Ben Remsen and Mike Reed spent a couple hours in the latter’s office in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Mike’s work.

To find out more about Mike, what he's done and what he's doing, check out mikereed-music.com.

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Intro: “Reesie's Waltz”
People Places & Things
from A New Kind of Dance (2015)
available from 482 Music

Greg Ward, alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman, tenor saxophone
Jason Roebke, bass
Mike Reed, drums, this composition
this track also features Matthew Shipp

Outro: “I'll Be Right Here Waiting”
Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed
from Artifacts (2015)
available from 482 Music

Nicole Mitchell, flute, electronics
Tomeka Reid, cello
Mike Reed, drums

“Battery Blues”
Philly Joe Jones
from Showcase (1959)
readily available via the normal avenues
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Julian Priester, trombone, composition
Bill Barron, tenor saxophone
Pepper Adams, baritone saxophone
Dolo Coker, piano
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums

“Status Quo”
Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore
from Blowing in from Chicago (1957)
readily available via the normal avenues
Cliff Jordan, tenor saxophone
John Gilmore, tenor saxophone
Horace Silver, piano
Curly Russell, bass
Art Blakey, drums

“South Africa Goddam”
Max Roach & Archie Shepp
from The Long March (1979)
readily available via the normal avenues
Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone
Max Roach, drums

“Ithi Gqi”
Louis Moholo-Moholo Octet
from Spirits Rejoice (1978)
less readily available via the normal avenues
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet
Evan Parker, tenor saxophone
Nick Evans, trombone
Radu Malfatti, trombone
Keith Tippett, piano
Harry Miller, bass
Johnny Dyani, bass
Louis Moholo, drums

“Change of the Season”
ICP Orchestra
from Two Programs (1984)
available from Subterranean Distro

Misha Mengelberg, piano
Ab Baars, soprano and tenor saxophone, clarinet
Michael Moore, alto saxophone, clarinet
Wolter Wierbos, trombone
Maurice Horsthuis, viola
Ernst Reijseger, cello
Han Bennink, percussion

“31st and State”
Wilbur Ware
from The Chicago Sound (1957)
readily available via the normal avenues
Wilbur Ware, bass
Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone
John Jenkins, alto saxophone
Junior Mance, piano
Wilbur Campbell, drums

“Quartet No. 2”
Roscoe Mitchell
from Old/Quartet (1975, rec. 1967)
available from Nessa Records

Roscoe Mitchell, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, percussion instruments
Lester Bowie, trumpet, flugelhorn percussion instruments
Malachi Favors Maghostut, bass, percussion instruments
Phillip Wilson, drums

“Il Porno Star”
Shellac
from At Action Park (1994)
available from Touch & Go Records

Steve Albini, guitar, vocals
Bob Weston, bass
Todd Trainer, drums

“Rocket Street”
Mikrokolektyw
from Revisit (2010)
available from Delmark Records

Artur Majewski, trumpet
Kuba Suchar, drums

Now Is Dave Rempis

Now Is Dave Rempis

On April 30, 2016, Ben Remsen and Dave Rempis spent a couple hours in the latter's livingroom in Edgewater, Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Dave's work.

To find out more about Dave, what he's done and what he's doing, check out daverempis.com.

photo credit: Peter Gannushkin

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Intro: “Water Foul Run Amok”
Rempis Percussion Quartet
from Cash and Carry (2015)
available from Aerophonic Records

Dave Rempis, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass
Tim Daisy, drums
Frank Rosaly, drums

Outro: “Fornax”
Ballister
from Worse for the Wear (2015)
available from Aerophonic Records

Dave Rempis, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and electronics
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

“Leo”
John Coltrane
from Interstellar Space (1974, rec. 1967)
readily available via the normal avenues

John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Rashied Ali, drums

“I'm in Another World”
Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra
from The Duke's Men: Small Groups (this tune rec. 1938)
readily available via the normal avenues

Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Harry Carney, baritone saxophone
Duke Ellington, piano
Billy Taylor, bass
Sonny Greer, drums

“The Magic of Juju”
Archie Shepp
from The Magic of Juju (1967)
readily available via the normal avenues

Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone
Martin Banks, trumpet, flugelhorn
Mike Zwerin, trombone
Reggie Workman, bass
Norman Connors, drums
Beaver Harris, drums
Frank Charles, talking drum
Dennis Charles, percussion
Ed Blackwell, rhythm logs

“Magnetoception”
Joshua Abrams
from Magnetoception (2015)
available from Eremite Records

Joshua Abrams, guimbri, bass, celeste, clarinet, small harp, bells
Hamid Drake, frame drum, tabla, conga, trap kit
Emmett Kelly, electric guitar
Jeff Parker, electric guitar
Lisa Alvarado, harmonium
Ben Boye, chromatic electric autoharp

“Hard Blues”
Julius Hemphill
from Coon Bid'ness (1975, rec. 1972)
readily available via the normal avenues

Julius Hemphill, alto saxophone
Baikida Carroll, trumpet
Hamiet Bluiett, bari saxophone
Abdul Wadud, cello
Philip Wilson, drums

“Spirits”
Albert Ayler
from Spiritual Unity (1964)
readily available via the normal avenues

Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone
Gary Peacock, bass
Sunny Murray, drums

“Doing It Right Now”
Von Freeman
from Doing It Right Now (1972)
readily available via the normal avenues

Von Freeman, tenor saxophone
John Young, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums

“Better Living”
The Thing
from Action Jazz (2006)
available from The Thing

Mats Gustafsson, tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

“NR. 3 Alto-Sax”
Peter Brötzmann
from 14 Love Poems Plus 10 More, Dedicated to Kenneth Patchen
available from Destination Out

Peter Brötzmann, alto saxophone

Now Is Josh Berman

Now Is Josh Berman

On March 12, 2016, Ben Remsen and Josh Berman spent a couple hours in the former's livingroom in Rogers Park, Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Josh's work.

To find out more about Josh, what he's done and what he's doing, check out joshberman.net.

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Intro: “Blues”
Josh Berman Trio
from A Dance and a Hop (2015)
available from Delmark Records

Josh Berman, cornet
Jason Roebke, bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

Outro: “Liza”
Josh Berman & His Gang
from There Now (2012)
available from Delmark Records

Josh Berman, cornet
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
Joshua Abrams, bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

“Elephantasy”
Don Cherry
from Complete Communion (1966)
readily available via the normal avenues

Don Cherry, cornet
Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, tenor sax
Henry Grimes, bass
Ed Blackwell, drums

“Sorry”
Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang
recorded in 1927 and available on dozens of collections
readily available via the normal avenues

Bix Beiderbecke, cornet
Don Murray, clarinet
Bill Rank, trombone
Adrian Rollini, bass saxophone
Frank Signorelli, piano
Chauncey Morehouse, drums

“One Finger Snap”
Herbie Hancock
from Empyrean Isles (1964)
readily available via the normal avenues

Herbie Hancock, piano
Freddie Hubbard, cornet
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums

“With (Exit)”
Cecil Taylor
from Conquistador (1966)
readily available via the normal avenues

Cecil Taylor, piano
Bill Dixon, trumpet
Jimmy Lyons, alto sax
Henry Grimes, bass
Alan Silva, bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

“Spacehead”
Lester Bowie
from All the Magic (1982)
available from ECM Records

Lester Bowie, trumpet (also composed by him
Ari Brown - tenor and soprano saxophones
Art Matthews, piano
Fred Williams, bass
Phillip Wilson, drums

“Njung-Lumumba Malcolm”
Marion Brown & Leo Smith
from Creative Improvisation Ensemble (1975, rec. 1970), released by Freedom Records and later Arista-Freedom, but seemingly not available at all digitally

Marion Brown, alto sax, percussion, etc
Leo Smith, trumpet, percussion, etc

“T.M.”
Franz Hautzinger
from Gomberg (2000)
available from Grob Records

Franz Hautzinger, quarter-tone trumpet

“Eronel”/“Monk's Mood”
Alexander von Schlippenbach
from Monk's Casino: The Complete Works of Thelonious Monk (2005)
available from Intakt Records

Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano
Axel Dörner:, trumpet
Rudi Mahall, bass clarinet
Jan Roder, cass
Uli Jennessen, drums

“Orange Blossom”
Starlicker
from Double Demon (2011)
available from Delmark Records

Rob Mazurek, cornet
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
John Herndon, drums

Now Is Tomeka Reid

Now Is Tomeka Reid

On February 12, 2016, Ben Remsen and Tomeka Reid spent a couple hours in the former's livingroom in Rogers Park, Chicago, listening to music related in some way to Tomeka's work.

To find out more about Tomeka, what she's done and what she's doing, check out tomekareid.net.

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Intro: “Etoile”
Tomeka Reid Quartet
from Tomeka Reid Quartet (2015), available from Thirsty Ear Records

Tomeka Reid, cello
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Jason Roebke, bass
Tomas Fujiwara, drums

Outro: “Ponce”
Hear In Now
from Hear In Now (2012), available from Rudi Records

Mazz Swift, violin
Tomeka Reid, cello
Silvia Bolognesi, bass

“In a Breeze”
Abdul Wadud
from By Myself (1977), totally not available in any format other than illegal download or extraordinarily expensive eBay purchase.

Abdul Wadud, cello

“Portrait of a Young Mother”
Mal Waldron
from Mal-3 Sounds (1958), available via the normal digital venues

Elaine Waldron, vocals
Eric Dixon, flute
Art Farmer, trumpet
Calo Scott, cello
Mal Waldron, piano
Julian Euell, bass
Elvin Jones, drums

“Humoresque”
Stuff Smith
from The 1943 Trio (1943), available via the normal digital venues

Stuff Smith, violin
Jimmy Jones, piano
John Levy, bass

“April In Paris”
Billy Bang
from A Tribute to Stuff Smith (1992), available via the normal digital venues

Billy Bang, violin
Sun Ra, piano
John Ore, bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

“Black Hand Bejewelled”
Henry Threadgill
from Easily Slip Into Another World (1988), available from Mosaic Records as part of one of those massive boxsets

Fred Hopkins, bass
Diedre Murray, cello
Pheeroan Aklaff, drums
Reggie Nicholson, drums
Henry Threadgill, saxophone
Frank Lacy, trombone, trench horn, flugelhorn
Rasul Siddik, trumpet

“The Art of Tea”
8 Bold Souls
from Last Option (2000), available from Thrill Jockey Records

Edward Wilkerson Jr, clarinet, sax
Mwata Bowden, clarinet, baritone sax
Robert Griffin, trumpet
Isiah S. Jackson, trombone
Gerald D. Powell, tuba
Naomi Millender, cello
Harrison Bankhead, bass
Dushun Mosley, drums

“Turel”
John Zorn / Masada String Trio
from Haborym: Book Of Angels Volume 16 (2010), available from Tzadik Records

Mark Feldman, Violin
Erik Friedlander, Cello
Greg Cohen, Bass

Carlos Zíngaro, Roger Turner & Tom Cora - Live @ Parque Serralves
1994, unreleased but streamable at archive.org

Carlos Zingaro, violin
Tom Cora, cello
Roger Turner, drums

“Icy Demons”
Icy Demons
from Fight Back! (2004), once available from Cloud Recordings, but now only via the normal online venues

[The album credits the Beefheart-style joke names, but I know the truth]
Blue Hawaii (Griffin Rodriguez), bass, vocals, simple keyboards, guitar, electronics
Pow Pow (Chris Powell), drums, percusssion, piano, marimba, electronics
Young Master Schneider (Matt Schneider), guitar, keyboards, kalimba, bass pedals
Thousand Rabbits Running (Dave McDonnell), keyboards, reed instruments, vocals
Moylando Calrissian (Dave Moyland), guitar

“Solitude”
Mary Halvorson
from Meltframe (2015), available from Firehouse 12 Records

Mary Halvorson, guitar
Duke Ellington, composition

Now Is James Falzone

Now Is James Falzone

On January 13, 2016, Ben Remsen and James Falzone spent a few hours in the former's livingroom in Rogers Park, Chicago, listening to music related in some way to James's work.

To find out more about James, what he's done and what he's doing, check out allosmusica.org.

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Intro: “Flow My Tears”
Early Music Festival
from Lachrymae (2015)
available from Allos Documents

Angela James, voice
James Falzone, B♭ clarinet & shruti box
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello & electronics
Frank Rosaly, drums & electronics

Outro: “Not Seeing”
The Renga Ensemble
from The Room Is (2015)
available from Allos Documents

James Falzone, B♭ and E♭ clarinets
Ken Vandermark, B♭ clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra B♭ bass clarinet
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Ben Goldberg, B♭ clarinet, contra E♭ alto clarinet
Ned Rothenberg, B♭ clarinet, alto saxophone

“These Foolish Things (1939)”
The Benny Goodman Sextet
available in a bunch of different retroactively compiled albums via the normal digital avenues
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Charlie Christian, electric guitar
Lionel Hampton, vibraphone
Dudley Brooks, piano
Artie Bernstein, bass
Nick Fatool, drums

“Cry, Want”
Jimmy Giuffre 3
from 1961 (1961)
available from ECM Records
Jimmy Giuffre, clarinet
Paul Bley, piano
Steve Swallow, bass

“Miserere”
Carlo Gesualdo performed by The Hilliard Ensemble
from The Hilliard Ensemble — Tenebrae (1990)
available from ECM Records

David James, countertenor
Ashley Stafford, countertenor
John Potter, tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor
Mark Padmore, tenor
Paul Hillier, baritone
David Beavan, bass

“Ghalat Hai Diwane Teri Tohmat”
Prabha Bharti
from Ghazals and Qawali, which, okay, I just ripped from YouTube and I can’t figure out where you’d get anywhere else
Prabha Bharti, vocals
no indication of who else is playing what

“Tehillim II”
Steve Reich / Alarm Will Sound
from Tehillim / The Desert Music (2002, composed 1981)
available from Bang on a Can

Clay Greenberg, conductor
Elizabeth Phillips, high soprano vocals
Akiko Fujimoto, lyric soprano vocals
Carolyn Dorey, lyric soprano vocals
Kirsten Sollek-Avella, alto vocals
Caleb Burhans, violin
Terra Peach, violin
Susanna Cortesio, violin
Luke Pomorski, cello
Sara Lukjanovs, bass
Ann Choomack, piccolo flute
Jessica Johnson, flute
Andrea Levine, clarinet
Elisabeth Stimpert, clarinet
Jeffrey L Paul II, english horn
Michael Miller, oboe
John Orfe, organ
Rob Haskins, organ
Ian Quinn, percussion
Jason Treuting, percussion
Karen Minzer, percussion

“Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine”
Olivier Messiaen / Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
from Myung-Whun Chung conducts Olivier Messiaen (2008, composed 1944)
available from Deutsche Grammophon

Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

“This Earth Feeling”
John Carter
from Mosaic Select 36: John Carter & Bobby Bradford (2010, recorded 1979)
out of print from Mosaic, but available used via the normal avenues

John Carter, clarinet

“In Memoriam: Uncle Dan”
Don Byron
from Tuskegee Experiments (1992)
available from Nonesuch Records

Don Byron, bass clarinet
Reggie Workman, bass

“Waterways”
Toru Takemitsu / Tashi
from Toru Takemitsu: Cantos (1994, composed 1980)
readily available on the internet

Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Ida Kafavian, violin
Fred Sherry, cello
Peter Serkin, piano
Barbara Allen, harp
Nancy Allen, harp
Richard Fitz, vibraphone
David Frost, vibraphone

“Broken Record Fugue”
Chicago Reed Quartet
from Western Automatic (2015)
available from Aerophonic Records

Ken Vandermark, bass clarinet, then baritone saxophone
Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophone
Dave Rempis, tenor saxophone, then baritone saxophone
Mars Williams, soprano saxophone, then alto saxophone

Now Is Renée Baker

Now Is Renée Baker

On December 11th, 2015, Ben Remsen and Renée Baker spent a few hours in the latter's dining room in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a bit south and west of Chicago, listening to music related in some way to Renée's work.

To find out more about Renée, what she's done and what she's doing, check out reneebakercomposer.com and chicagomodernorchestraproject.org.

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Intro: “My Mysterious Cloud”
Renée Baker's Chicago Modern Orchestra Project
from Empty Vessel (2011)
available from the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

Outro: “Where No One Goes”
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project
from Home Molasses (2013)
available from Pan Y Rosas Discos

Renée Baker, violin, vocals, composition
Karl E H Seigfried, bass
Harrison Bankhead, bass
Ben Lamar, trumpet, toys, vocals
Bruce Nelson, vibes, congas
Dushun Moseley, traps

“Africa — First Movement: Land of Peace”
William Grant Still
from Still: Africa (2010)
available from the American Symphony Orchestra via Amazon

Leon Botstein, conductor
piece premiered in 1930

“The Great Learning: Paragraph 2”
Cornelius Cardew
The Scratch Orchestra
from Two Poems (2002)
available from Deutsche Grammafon

Cornelius Cardew, conductor
recorded 1971, composed in 1969

“Somehow We Can”
Alvin Singleton
from Somehow We Can (1995)
available from Tzadik Records

The Marian Anderson String Quartet
Marianne Henry, violin
Marisa McLeod, violin
Diedra Lawrence, viola
Michael Cameron, cello

“Center of the Earth”
Nicole Mitchell
from Awakening (2011)
available from Delmark Records

Nicole Mitchell, flute
Jeff Parker, guitar
Harrison Bankhead, bass
Avreeayl Ra, drums

“It's For You”
Rashied Ali & Leroy Jenkins
from Swift Are the Winds of Life (1975)
released by Survival Records, but now thoroughly out of print

Rashied Ali, drums
Leroy Jenkins, violin

“Outline No. 12”
Billy Bang
From Outline No. 12 (1983)
available from Celluloid Records

Billy Bang, violin, composition
Lawrence "Butch" Morris, conductor
David Murray, bass clarinet
Henri Warner, clarinet [Alto]
Charles Tyler, clarinet [B Flat]
Wilber Morris, double bass
John "Khuwana" Fuller*, percussion
Sunny Murray, percussion
Frank Lowe, soprano saxophone
Khan Jamal, vibraphone
Jason Hwang, violin
Joseph Hailes, violin

“Logan's Reel”
India Cooke
from RedHanded (1996)
available from Music & Arts Programs of America, Inc

India Cooke, violin
Lisle Ellis, acoustic bass
George Lewis, trombone
Larry Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophones
Donald Robinson, drums
Lee, percussion

“Effendi”
Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid, Silvia Bolognesi
from Hear In Now (2012)
available from Rudi Records

Mazz Swift, violin
Tomeka Reid, cello
Silvia Bolognesi, bass

Now Is Charles Rumback

Now Is Charles Rumback

On November 18th, 2015, Ben Remsen and Charles Rumback spent a few hours in the former's living room in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to music related in some way to Charles's work.

To find out more about Charles, what he's done and what he's doing, check out charlesrumback.com.

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Intro: “What We Have Left”
Colorlist
from The Fastest Way to Become the Ocean (2011)
available from Serein Records

Charles Rumback, drums, bells, melodica
Charles Gorczynski, woodwinds, synths, harmonium
Liz Payne, vocals, melodica

Outro: “In The New Year”
Charles Rumback
from In the New Year (2015)
available from Ears & Eyes Records

Charles Rumback, drums, composition
Jeff Parker, guitar
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Caroline Davis, alto saxophone
John Tate, acoustic bass

“It Should Have Happened a Long Time Ago”
Paul Motian Trio
from Trioism (1993)
available from Winter & Winter

Paul Motian, drums
Bill Frisell, electric guitar
Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone

“Filidade”
Max Roach
from Deeds, Not Words (1958)
readily available on the internet

Max Roach, drums
Booker Little, trumpet
Ray Draper, tuba
George Coleman, tenor saxophone
Art Davis, bass

“Nefertiti”
Miles Davis
from Nefertiti (1967)
readily available on the internet

Miles Davis, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums

“TNT”
Tortoise
from TNT (1998)
available from Thrill Jockey Records

John McEntire, drums
Jeff Parker, guitar
David Pajo, guitar, bass
Douglas McCombs, bass
John Herndon, drums
Dan Bitney, drums
someone's playing some sort of synth or organ or something
really with Tortoise who knows who's playing what, but this track also has:
Rob Mazurek, cornet
Jeb Bishop, trombone

“Cantarnos”
Andrew Hill
from Black Fire (1964)
readily available on the internet

Andrew Hill, piano
Joe Henderson, saxophone
Richard Davis, bass
Roy Haynes, drums

“Regrets”
Nina Nastasia
from Run to Ruin (2003)
put out by Touch & Go Records, but now only available digitally through the normal avenues

Nina Nastasia, guitar, vocals
Jim White, drums

“Elizabeth”
Ornette Coleman
from Broken Shadows or alternately, The Complete Science Fiction Sessions (rec. 1972)
readily available on the internet

Ornette Coleman, alto saxophone
Don Cherry, pocket trumpet
Bobby Bradford, trumpet
Dewey Redman, tenor saxophone
Charlie Haden, bass
Billy Higgins, drums
Ed Blackwell, drums

“John Thomas On The Inside Is Nothing But Foam”
Telefon Tel Aviv
from Fahrenheit Fair Enough (2001)
put out by Hefty Records, but now only available digitally through the normal avenues

Joshua Eustis, electronics
Charles Cooper, electronics
Alfredo Nogueira, allmusic.com says acoustic guitar and drums (but Charles doubts the latter)

“Lifestyled”
Town & Country
from 5 (2003)
available from Thrill Jockey Records

Ben Vida, acoustic guitar
Josh Abrams, bass
Liz Payne, viola
Jim Dorling, glass of water

“Flashback”
Fred Anderson
from Timeless: Live at the Velvet Lounge (2005)
available from Delmark Records

Fred Anderson, tenor sax
Harrison Bankhead, bass
Hamid Drake, drums

Now Is Jason Stein

Now Is Jason Stein

On October 14th, 2015, Ben Remsen and Jason Stein spent a few hours in the former's living room in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to music related in some way to Jason's work.

To find out more about Jason, what he's done and what he's doing, check out jasonsteinmusic.com.

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Intro: “Little Big House”
Jason Stein Quartet
from The Story This Time (2011)
available from Delmark Records

Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone
Joshua Abrams, bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

Outro: “E. P. and Me”
Jason Stein
from In Exchange for a Process (2009)
available from Leo Records

Jason Stein, bass clarinet

“Wow”
Lennie Tristano
from Intuition (1949)

Lee Konitz, alto saxophone
Warne Marsh, tenor saxophone
Arnold Fishkin, bass
Harold Granowsky, drums
Billy Bauer, guitar
Lennie Tristano, piano
Composed by Tristano

“Serene”
Eric Dolphy
from Out There (1960)

Eric Dolphy, flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, clarinet
Ron Carter, cello
George Duvivier, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Composed by Dolphy

“The Father & The Son & The Holy Ghost”
John Coltrane
from Meditations (1965)

Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Garrison, bass
McCoy Tyner, piano
Elvin Jones, drums
Rashied Ali, drums

“Ritual”
Lotte Anker
from Floating Islands (2009)
available from Ilk Music

Lotte Anker, saxophone
Craig Taborn, piano
Gerald Cleaver, drums

“Clinkers”
Steve Lacy
from Clinkers (1977, released in 2000)
available from Hat Hut Records

Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone

“Together Alone”
Anthony Braxton & Joseph Jarman
from Together Alone (1971, released in 1974)
available from Delmark Records

Joseph Jarman, saxophone
Anthony Braxton, saxophone

“Veatrice”
Sticks & Stones
from Shed Grace (2004)
available from Thrill Jockey Records

Matana Roberts, alto saxophone
Josh Abrams, bass
Chad Taylor, drums

“Medley 3 - Duck-O Pato-Duck-Turkey In the Straw”
Clusone 3
from An Hour With . . . (1998)
available from Hat Hut Records

Michael Moore, alto saxophone, clarinet, melodica
Ernst Reijseger, cello
Han Bennink, drums

“Scootin' About”
Vandermark 5
from Free Jazz Classics Vol. 2 (2002)
available from Catalytic Sound

Ken Vandermark, tenor saxophone, B♭ clarinet, bass clarinet
Dave Rempis, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Kent Kessler, bass
Tim Mulvenna, drums
Composed by Jimmy Giuffre

“Misterioso”
Frank Lowe
from Fresh (1975)

Abdul Wadud, cello
Charles Bobo Shaw, drums
Frank Lowe, tenor saxophone
Joseph Bowie, trombone
Lester Bowie, trumpet

“Lights on a Satellite”
Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra
from Fate In a Pleasant Mood (1960)

Marshall Allen, alto saxophone
Ronnie Boykins, bass
Marshall Allen, flute
Sun Ra, piano
John Gilmore, tenor saxophone
Phil Cohran, trumpet
Eddie Skinner, drums

Now Is Mark Shippy

Now Is Mark Shippy

On September 13th, 2015, Ben Remsen and Mark Shippy spent a few hours in the latter's home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to music in some way related to Mark's work in the bands Shorty, U.S. Maple, and Invisible Things.

To find out more about Mark's upcoming shows, check out facebook.com/invisiblethings.

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Intro: “Bumps and Guys”
U.S. Maple
from Talker (1999)
available from Drag City Records

Al Johnson, vocals
Mark Shippy, guitar
Todd Rittman, guitar
Pat Samson, drums

Outro: “Rockets”
Invisible Things
from Time AS One Axis (2015)
available from New Atlantis Records

Mark Shippy, guitar, vocals
Jim Sykes, drums

“Cardboard Cutout Sundown” and “Hey, Garland and I Dig Your Tweed Coat”
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
instrumentals and outtakes from Ice Cream for Crow (1982)
not commercially released, but it's on YouTube

Don Van Vliet, composition
Jeff Moris Tepper, guitar
Richard Snyder, bass
Gary Lucas, guitar
Cliff R. Martinez, drums

“Little Ants”
DNA
From the You and You / Little Ants 7-inch (1978)
Collected on DNA on DNA
available from No More Records via Forced Exposure

Arto Lindsay, guitar, vocals
Robin Crutchfield, keyboard
Ikue Mori, drums

“Kerosene”
Big Black
from Atomizer (1986) available from Touch & Go Records

Steve Albini, guitar, vocals
Santiango Durango, guitar
Dave Riley, bass

“An Open-Minded Taxidermist”
Colossomite
from Economy of Motion (1998)
once but no longer available from Skingraft Records

John Dieterich, Guitar
Ed Rodriguez, guitar, keyboards
Nick Sakes, guitar, vocals
Chad Popple, drums
Josh Dixon, trumpet
Jarod Russell, baritone saxophone

“Meet Me In The Space They Stare At Leaving Their Seat During A Show”
Storm & Stress
from Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights (2000)
available from Touch & Go Records

Ian Williams, guitar, vocals
Eric Emm, bass
Kevin Shea, drums

“Supernova”
Wayne Shorter
from Supernova (1969)

Wayne Shorter, saxophone
John McLaughlin, guitar
Sonny Sharrock, guitar
Chick Corea, drums, keyboards, vibes
Miroslav Vitouš, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums, kalimba
Airto Moreira, percussion

“Bald Eagle Tartar Washed Down With A Cup Of Gold”
Mary Halvorson & Weasel Walter
from Opulence (2008)
available from ugEXPLODE Records

Mary Halvorson, guitar
Weasel Walter, drums

“This American Life”
Marnie Stern
from In Advance of the Broken Arm (2007)
available from Kill Rock Stars Records

Marnie Stern, vocals, guitar, keyboards
John-Reed Thompson, bass, keyboards, organ
Zach Hill, drums, bass, keyboards, piano

“Mass Hysterism 2”
Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi New Direction Unit
from Mass Hysterism: In Another Situation (1983)
available from Jinya Disc

Masayuki Takayanagi, guitar
Akira Iijima, guitar
Hiroshi Yamazaki, drums

Now Is Olivia Block

Now Is Olivia Block

On August 6th, Ben Remsen and Olivia Block spent a couple hours in the former's apartment in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to eight tracks related in some way or another to her work. Here is what she had to say.

To find out about Olivia's recordings and performances, check out www.oliviablock.net.

photo credit: Ryan Lowry for the Chicago Reader

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Intro: “Heave To, part 1”
Olivia Block
from Heave To
physical copies sold out, but available digitally from Olivia's Bandcamp page

Outro: “Opening Night”
Olivia Block
from Karren
available from Sedimental Records

“Restrained From Do and Will Not (Leave)”
Brise-Glace
from When in Vanitas . . .
available from Skingraft Records

Thymme Jones, drums
Darin Gray, electric bass
Dylan Posa, guitar
Jim O'Rourke, guitar, organ, tape, razor blade, mixing

“Presque rien n°4, la remontée du village, 1990-1998”
Luc Ferrari
from from Presque Rien (1990-98)
available from Recollections GRM

“Sword!”
nmperign / Jason Lescalleet
from Love Me Two Times
available from Intransitive Records

Bhob Rainey, saxophone
Greg Kelley, trumpet
Jason Lascalleet, electronics

“Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)”
Christian Fennesz
from Fennesz Plays
once but no longer available from Editions Mego

“Head Rhythm 1 and Plaything 2”
Maryanne Amacher
from Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear)
available from Tzadik Records

“Numbers Station” excerpt
Created by actual spies, apparently
from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
available from Irdial Records

“Dust Breeding”
Christian Marclay
from Records (1981-1989)
available from Atavistic Records

“Spondee”
Matmos
from A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure
available from Matador Records

M C Schmidt, electronics
Drew Daniel, electronics

Now Is Fred Lonberg-Holm

Now Is Fred Lonberg-Holm

On July 3rd, 2015, Ben Remsen sat down with Fred Lonberg-Holm in his house in the Ukranian Village neighborhood of Chicago, petted his dog, and played him eleven tracks by his friends, collaborators, teachers, and peers. This is what he had to say.

To find out about Fred's recordings and performances, check out facebook.com/LonbergHolm.info.

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Intro: “3 note song”
Seval
from I know you
available from 482 Music

Outro: “Bow & Strings”
Fred Lonberg-Holm
from Fleeing Villagers 7"
long out of print but may be available from Fred if you ask him

Excerpt from “String Quartet No. 2”
Morton Feldman, performed by the FLUX Quartet
from String Quartet No. 2
available from Mode Records

Tom Chiu, violin
Cornelius Duffalo, violin
Kenji Bunch, viola
Darrett Adkins, cello

“Opus 23E”
Anthony Braxton
from The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton
available from Mosaic Records

Anthony Braxton, flute, alto flute, sopranino sax, alto sax, clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Holland, bass
Barry Altschul, drums

“Total Preparation”
The Ex and Tom Cora
from Scrabbling at the Lock
available from The Ex Records

Terrie Ex, guitar
G. W. Sok, vocals
Luc Ex, bass
Andy Ex, guitar
Katrin Ex, drums, vocals
Tom Cora, cello

“Pointed Stick”
The Flying Luttenbachers live at the Knitting Factory 9/1/94
from YouTube, but many Flying Luttenbachers releases are available from Weasel Walter's Bandcamp page

Weasel Walter, drums
Chad Organ, saxophones and moog
Dylan Posa, guitar
Jeb Bishop, trombone, bass, casio
Jim O'Rourke, synth

“Comme à la Radio”
Art Ensemble of Chicago and Brigitte Fontaine
from Comme à la Radio
available from Saravah Records

Brigitte Fontaine, vocals
Malachi Favors, bass
Roscoe Mitchell, flute
Joseph Jarman, oboe, saxophone
Areski, percussion
Leo Smith, trumpet
Lester Bowie, trumpet

“Pithecanthropus Erectus”
Joe McPhee's Po Music
from Topology
once but no longer available from Hat Hut Records

Joe McPhee, pocket cornet
Raymond Boni, guitar
Daniel Bourquin, baritone sax
Andre Jaume, tenor sax
Radu Malfatti, trombone
Francois Mechali, bass
Irene Schweitzer, piano

“Mackle Music”
John Butcher
from 13 Friendly Numbers
available from Unsounds Records

John Butcher, reeds

excerpt from “Part 1”
Die Like a Dog
from Little Birds Have Fast Hearts
once but no longer available from Atavistic Records

Peter Brötzmann, reeds
Hamid Drake, percussion
Toshinori Kondo, trumpet
William Parker, bass

“Queer Disco Anthem”
God Is My Co-Pilot
from The Best of God Is My Co-Pilot
available from Cargo Records

Sharon Topper, Craig Flanagin, and maybe others?

“White Lightning”
Henry Flynt
from Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, volume 2, once but no longer available from Locust Music, which no longer seems to exist

Henry Flynt, violin

“Snowflakes and Sunshine”
Ornette Coleman Trio
from At the Golden Circle, volume 2
available from Blue Note Records

Ornette Coleman, violin, saxophone, trumpet
David Izenzon, bass
Charles Moffett, drums