Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part I

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Traditions are traditions... For this year's Hanksgiving episode we celebrate the work of a truly original artist, Hank Roberts. The Indiana-born, upstate New York-based, cellist, jazzaphone fiddler and vocalist, is one of those rare musicians whose name on the front or the back of an album should make any one purchase that record without questions asked, run home and play it immediately.

This week we try to squeeze into a couple of hours a discography that spans over three decades and illustrates the artistic trajectory of a key figure in the famed New York downtown scene that continues to be at the forefront of creative music. In this first part, we focus on some of his projects as a leader and on his ongoing collaboration with Bill Frisell.

Hank in there! Happy Hanksgiving!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Hank Roberts "JB" Everything Is Alive (Winter and Winter) 0:16
  • Host talks 3:26
  • Hank Roberts "Little Wing" Phil Haynes & Free Country: My Favorite Things (1960-1969) (Corner Store Jazz) 6:47
  • Tiger Okoshi "Wings, We All Have" Color of Soil (JVC) 10:36
  • Hank Roberts "Autumn Leaves" Little Motor People (JMT) 16:53
  • Hank Roberts "Scarecrow Shakedown" Black Pastels (JMT) 22:16
  • Host talks 25:32
  • Hank Roberts & Wiggy Dog Boy "Slave Trade in America" The Truth and Reconciliation Show (I-Town/Hi-Pitch) 27:52
  • Hank Roberts "Cayuga" Congeries of Ethereal Phenomena (Newvelle) 32:40
  • Rudy Royston "Bobblehead" Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 38:55
  • Host talks 45:11
  • Bill Frisell "Where in the World?" Where In the World? (Nonesuch) 47:24
  • Bill Frisell "Monroe, Pt. 3" History, Mystery (Nonesuch) 52:44
  • Bill Frisell "Goodbye" Before We Were Born (Nonesuch) 55:38
  • Bill Frisell "On the Street Where You Live" Harmony (Blue Note) 57:15
  • Host talks 1:00:30
  • Martin Simpson "When I Was on Horseback" When I Was on Horseback (Shanachie) 1:02:20

Photo credit: Christopher DelCollo.

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