This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble Of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more music by the AEoC to mind. What an amazing and important group they were and still are, thanks to Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, the remaining original members. Also memorable was an interview with the great drummer Jerry Granelli several years ago that stretched into a long and comfortable conversation about music, history and life. I've followed him closely ever since, and his latest release, Old City: New Voices, a collaboration with some terrific musicians from Atlantic Canada, is another example of Granelli's percussive brilliance. This show also introduces the William Tatge Trio plus new releases from Jeremy Udden, G.Calvin Weston, Hans Ludemann and the Teun Verbruggen-André Fernandes Quartet.
Jerry Granelli & New Generation "Rock Me" from Old City::New Voices (Self-released) 0:00
Host speaks 5:10
Jerry Granelli & New Generation "Peace Little Horn" from Old City::New Voices (Self-released) 6:35
Casper Nyvang Rask "Three-Legged Dog" from Slow Evolution Ensemble (Gotta Let It Out) 12:12
G. Calvin Weston & Phoenix Orchestra "Dust And Ash" from Dust And Ash (577 Records) 7:26
Host speaks 26:04
Teun Verbruggen & Andre Fernandes "Inhale" from Chasing Penguins (Rat Records) 27:44
Yusef Komunyakaa, David Cieri & Mike Brown "Sugar" from Dark Furniture (Ropeadope) 38:44
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