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Creative Music with Miff Mole 7/9/15
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: July 9, 2015
I do not multi-task well. My multi-tasking is more stretched out linear-like, not stacked. Some might say it's not multi-tasking if it's not simultaneous but I would ask "how simultaneous does it have to be?" Right now E.S.T. is rolling "Still" from Leucocyte. This piece is certainly one mood of Free Time, but next is "Summer Song/Two/Evening" by Bill Dixon. Similar, but very different from each other. In the scope of things, there's going to be something around the corner that could change everything. 
Ornette Coleman 6/11/15
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: June 11, 2015
Ornette Coleman was one of the modern innovators. He just passed away at the age of 85. Here are random notes as I rolled along.
  • Sound Grammar was one of his last recordings. I'm celebrating the music not hashing the details. Denardo Coleman on drums, Gregory Cohen and Tony Falanga on basses (plucked and bowed, respectively), and Ornette Coleman on alto sax, trumpet, and violin.
  • For me Sound Grammar presents the open aspect perfectly, four directions woven together into a super strong design
  • Charlie Haden, Jimmy Garrison, Scott LaFaro
  • Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell, Denardo
  • Don Cherry, Dewey Redman (ps. Bobby Bradford)
  • Free Jazz, Harmolodics, Sound Grammar
  • Lot of random notes for those last points so dig this if you want to...
thanks for listening...

ps. enco is beautiful
pps. due to scheduling...6/18/15 at 10pm...Part II
Friday Vibe
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: May 15, 2015
A recent addition to the Mole Programming Portfolio is the refreshing Progressive Nights: Friday Vibe. Somehow relaxed compared to Free Time, Thursday at 10pm, there is still the same appreciation of the form but the shape is different. Friday Vibe at 10pm 
Free Time at Eleven
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: May 14, 2015
Clearly I'm no correspondent. Too long since the last entry is one way to look at it. Lucky to be standing is the dramatic way to look at it. New studio and delivery system has everything going sideways but forward. Muscle memory disruption is like learning to walk, or is it complacency crumbling away from decades status quo? Hey man, it's a computer.
Creative Music November 20, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: November 20, 2014
This month is almost over and the move is getting deeper. In case you missed the memo, KSDS-FM is moving the whole thing to another building on the City College campus. The grass is green in that new building but nothing is running yet. We are broadcasting, streaming, and whatever else we can do to get the music to you, but the living breathing station is still in boxes, figuratively speaking. Meanwhile, I'm going through drills with the Index of Possibilities and calculating multiple run times for stress tested overlap with Jazz tones. And I'm really really trying not to jump to conclusions (subtle hint to the hotshots).
Creative Music October 9, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: October 13, 2014
Generally speaking I'm slow to assemble a program. I'm open to suggestion from anywhere beforehand. But when it all comes into focus and the thoughts, pictures, and memories build a structures that is ready. I leave a window open, just in case.
  • Rambler is a fun tune by tuba master Bob Stewart. I'm so glad Arthur Blythe has included the lower register in so much of his work. Grandpa had a Rambler and it was something else entirely.
  • Ken Thomson is Who To Watch For. Out of the blue is this tune called Welding For Freedom and it justifies my strategy of leaving a window open. Win/win.
  • Nathan Hubbard collect SDMA for Best Jazz Album. There was a lot of texture in the eleven o'clock hour. Tons of great names contributing, and Nathan making it bubble. xlnt
Thanks for listening
Creative Music October 2, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: October 5, 2014
Sometimes there is no difference between hearing and thinking about the music.
  • Charles Lloyd has a new two disc set of 1965 concerts, six tunes of length and intensity. Jazz at it's finest.
  • Saxophonist David Borgo has a new disc loaded with talent and modern ideas.
  • J. Otis gets nostalgic when he hears Horace Tapscott because J. Otis was there back in the day when the music was still in the cauldron. The Dark Tree
Thanks for listening
Creative Music September 25, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: October 5, 2014
Sorry for the delay...
  • Mama Tokus came to the station to interview with J. Otis Williams. I can say without hesitation that she is a showstopper.
  • Complete memory wipe until today, the 5th of October, as I prepare the post for the 2nd.
  • The Collective We bravely fought La Jolla traffic to get to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters yesterday. Mama Tokus and Robin Henkel were bluesy and raucous and had a scene going on, regardless of who was paying attention. Mama told us about Totnes Town Transition, which completely added another dimension to her luminescence.
Creative Music September 18, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: September 19, 2014
Even after review the vibe was cool. Rest In Peace, Kenny Wheeler. We all know the future is now.
  • Gnu High, 1975 recording. Kenny Wheeler with Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Played the whole thing. Brilliant isn't strong enough. Neither is stunning, nor is mindblowing. Heyoke and Gnu Suite are long pieces but the intensity never waivers. Smatter is only six minutes but its punch is not pulled. Throughout, the artistry is astounding.
  • David Borgo has some new music coming out and the Progressive Nights staff is understandably thrilled. Positive anticipation but I hope the new disc title is easier to say than Micro Temporal Infundibula. Hard to type, even.
  • Taylor Ho Bynum is riding his bike from Canada to Tijuana. Hope to get a word as he zooms past...Stepwise.
Thanks for listening
Creative Music September 11, 2014 10pm - Midnight
Blog Name: Progressive NightsAuthor: Miff Mole Posted on: September 12, 2014
There was something in the air that made hesitation seem inexcusable.
  • The Diminished Triangle by Gerald Wilson was grand and sweeping, varied and flexible, a showcase for strong writing and playing. He contributed greatly, rest in peace.
  • The Great Lake Suite will prove to be problematic because it's pretty deep in the dig/digest/grok sense and it provides endless variables of any/all elements. Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, John Lindberg, Jack DeJohnette.
  • Charles Gayle is commitment personified. He is like a laser beam of intention balancing between Larry Roland and Michael TA Thompson.
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