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Creative Music 4/17/14 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Program NotesAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: April 18, 2014
Progressive Nights concludes with the subtle textures and captivating inventions in the particular style as curated every Thursday night by yours truly. This might sound like a generic phrase cooked up before a pressing deadline, but it's the real deal. Get into The Speakeasy and have a listen. Individual experience may vary each week, but this is a long term commitment and relevant within its context.
  1. Yes I played "Western Wren (A Bird Call)" again. It's a magical interaction between Jeff Ballard drums, Lionel Luoeke guitar, and Miguel Zenon saxophone. Found on Ballard's Time's Tales.
  2. Yes the Rosetta Trio piece might have seemed out of place after "Bloodcount." But what a transition to "Lena" and the majestic power of Cecil Taylor. Free Time!
  3. Yes Todd Sickafoose Tiny Resistors came to the rescue at the very last minute. What a great night. Special thanks to Mark and Kimi from Brooklyn.
Thanks for listening.
T Sings
Blog Name: Program NotesAuthor: Mike Rovatsos , Production Director/WebPosted on: April 13, 2014
Well, well...lucky me, I happen to tune in to one of the best darn Blues shows in the world. T's 'Every Shade of Blue'.  And there it is...pure gold. Harmonica John and Bud Lite are wailing away in studio prompting the blues ringmaster to belt out along with them...wouldn't ya know...T's got pipes.  Thanks to Harmonica John and Bud Lite for coming to the station.  They are promoting Spring Harp Fest this weekend in La Mesa. All the proceeds (after expenses) goes to Blues in the Schools, teaching the youngins' about the music. Surely, you can stop by, hear some great music and buy a beverage to support the cause. Here's the Information.
Creative Music 4/10/2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Program NotesAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: April 10, 2014
O man. So involved with this show that Legal had to interoffice memo (as a verb) to remember Program Notes. It has not been uneventful.
  1. The shape of the first hour brings to mind that Liverpool is rolling and everyone else is hanging on, if that. Yeah, talking to you, Arsenal. But the shape, moving forward at every opportunity and asking questions, as they say. Questions need to be answered, or the answer will be provided. Trios expanding into sections and creative music...provides the answers.
  2. The second hour satisfied my basic parameters for Free Time. Something Must Happen. Almost always catches me looking the other way when the reaction is internal like physical/mental rather than perception or emotion. Anthem For The Moment by Dennis Gonzalez did that. Took the net away. Thanks man.
  3. John Scofield Uberjam Deux at UCSD Sunday night. check it
Thanks for listening.

Creative Music 4/4/2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Program NotesAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: April 3, 2014
I could review the many ways that creative music and jazz are redundant or at least a hair split. Maybe another time, if necessary. The point is that within the realm there is a niche, a tributary, a tangent, that is of but not within what you might regularly experience on Jazz 88.3. For programming purposes I call it Creative Music. And it's snug in the Progressive Nights zone. Be sure to check The Speakeasy to hear this and many of the shows on Jazz 88.3.
  • Horace Tapscott, then "John Coltrane" from Mister Billy Higgins (ecd 22061-2). I'm in heaven.
  • Kendra Shank and John Stowell are coming to the Museum of Making Music on April 19th.
  • "Orange Outline" by Franz Kline."When I paint a picture, I don't know every line in advance, but I know in general what I'm about."
  • Free Time was as much about texture as it was about technique. One of those I have a feel for, the other I can appreciate.
  • Epistrophy, any way, shape, or form.
mole out
Two Things At Once
Blog Name: Program NotesAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: March 27, 2014
Welcome to Progressive Nights, the dynamic programming direction in the late post meridian zone on Jazz 88.3 and jazz88.org. It seems like everyone is running from anything even vaguely approaching modern or avant garde...or Jazz, for that matter. Meanwhile, Jazz 88.3 is actually committing space and energy to current and historical developments in Modern Jazz Music. Monday through Thursday nights, 10pm to midnight. Progressive Nights.

This is Miff Mole and I'm going to bullet list my show for 3/27/14. Not everything, but enough to get a feel for what's going on.
  • Right now it's 9:47pm, Barry is playing The Rich and The Poor by Keith Jarrett. It is definitely setting a mood in my music brain program list.
  • Opened with guitarist Joel Harrison's String Choir, music by, or inspired by, Paul Motian. (footnote: two things at once ain't easy)
  • Bassist Keith Witty and drummer Damion Reid are a molten flow for the Jonathan Finlayson piece "Circus."
  • Omission of detail does not reflect any particular agenda or preference. Voice activated blog would be great until the on-air mic is mistakenly cued by the operator and comedy ensues.
  • Michael Formanek and Jim Black were dangerous on "Thin Skin/Dangerous Crustaceans."
  • "Voices" from Bill Dixon's Intents And Purposes is familiar and provocative at the same time. The focus and execution is staggering, but that's what creative music does. (footnote: something else that ain't easy)
  • Listen to the show at The Speakeasy. It will be there by Sunday.
Peace
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