Frank Zappa – Dance Me This

Frank Zappa’s 100th album titled “Dance Me This” will see a release on June 1, 2005. The album is rumored to contain 11 tracks featuring synclavier compositions and guest appearances from Artis the Spoonman and a number of vocalists.

Frank Zappa - Dance Me ThisYesterday, the Zappa Family Trust, who apparently updates their website less frequently than I do, announced that Frank Zappa’s final album (#100 for those keeping count), titled Dance Me This will be available June 1st of this year.

The pre-order site does not provide much additional information other than the $18 price tag and the following short note: This is it. #100. The LAST album by Frank Zappa. It’s 1993 & YOU ARE HERE! 

Some additional information was available on the unofficial fan wiki however:


  • Frank Zappa (synclavier)
  • Artis the Spoon Man (spoons)
  • Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (vocals)
  • Anatoli Kuular (vocals)
  • Mats Öberg (keyboards)


  1. Dance Me This
  2. Wolf Harbor Movement V
  3. Pachuco Gavotte
  4. Goat Polo
  5. Wolf Harbor Movement I
  6. Rykoniki
  7. Wolf Harbor Movement II
  8. Piano
  9. Wolf Harbor Movement III
  10. Calculus
  11. Wolf Harbor Movement IV

An alternate tracklisting from IINK is as follows:

  1. Dance Me This
  2. Pachuco Gavotte
  3. Wolf Harbor Movement I
  4. Wolf Harbor Movement II
  5. Wolf Harbor Movement III
  6. Wolf Harbor Movement IV
  7. Wolf Harbor Movement V
  8. Goat Polo
  9. Rykoniki
  10. Piano
  11. Calculus (Frank Zappa/Todd Yvega)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Band

Fred Rogers takes us backstage in his neighborhood to introduce the three-piece who provided the soundtrack to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was never in question, but an overlooked aspect of the show is the three-piece house band, fronted with John Costa’s colorful piano, Carl McVickie Jr on bass, and drummer Bobby Rawsthorne, who provided the show’s recognizable soundtrack.

A show that provided many firsts growing up, Fred Rogers takes us backstage to introduce what was for many, their first favorite jazz group.

Teo Macero + Stan Tonkel Backstage

Teo Macero and Stan Tonkel backstage at the 1970 Isle of Wight

Not for the fly-by-night Miles Davis fan, a small collection of photos from the 1970 Isle of Wight festival featuring Miles Davis recording engineers Teo Macero and Stan Tonkel backstage and in the mobile recording truck.

View the complete 1970 Isle of Wight Teo+ Tonkel Photo Gallery

ICYMI, we recently shared a video of the complete Miles Davis set from the aforementioned festival, watch it here.

Miles Davis – Isle of Wight 1970 (Video)

Watch Miles Davis, Gary Bartz, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira perform at the Isle of Wight recorded August 29, 1970

A recording popularized by the release of Bitches Brew Live, seeing is believing. The complete August 29, 1970 performance by Miles Davis and a stellar line-up, at the Isle of Wight


  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Gary Bartz – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Chick Corea – electric piano
  • Keith Jarrett – electronic organ
  • Dave Holland – electric bass
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums
  • Airto Moreira – percussion, cuica

50 Years of A Love Supreme

On this day, 50 years ago, John Coltrane assembled his quartet at Rudy van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and cut what would become ‘A Love Supreme. ‘

On this day, 50 years ago, John Coltrane assembled his quartet (plus Art Davis, and Archie Shepp) at Rudy van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and cut what would become A Love Supreme. 

I came along in 1981 and didn’t hear this record until much further after that time, so I cannot profess to have some unique insight to this album that has not already been expressed previously, however, NPR recently celebrated it in this segment

Alternatively, you can relive it below however, you’d be best served to listen to those Elvin Jones parts on something other than YouTube or Spotify



Archie Pelago Interactive

Archie Pelago presents their new single ‘Saturn V’ as an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Similar to their unique marriage of acoustic and electronic music, the guys over at Archie Pelago are taking promos and previews to their latest release “Lakeside Obelisk.”

The crew has brought the single Saturn V into the realm of interactivity with an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Read the complete Saturn V write-up here on Archie Pelago’s blog.

Consider for a moment, the idea that there is a perfect place for everything.  An idealized, meticulously detailed and personally crafted hideaway, the galactic tree-house of your memory’s past, present and future.  Beyond the classic limits and boundaries of time and space, there can be a fully realized place born in the minds of their dreamers.

Enter Saturn V, a digital vestibule filled sound, sight and our favorite earthly pleasures.  Please, join us.

Take Five For Dave Brubeck

Jazz pioneer and mixed-meter proponent Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012 at the age of 91

Pioneering composer/pianist Dave Brubeck dies

In 1988, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev, at a dinner in Moscow that then-President Ronald Reagan hosted for the Soviet leader.

“I can’t understand Russian, but I can understand body language,” said Brubeck, after seeing the general secretary tapping his foot.


Miles Davis – Dark Magus (1977)

n a conversation on “jazz albums for people who are not jazz fans,” Dark Magus should rank high at the top of anybody’s list; this release has a lot more in common with heavy metal / hard rock than it does with what most would associate Miles Davis with.

Citing yourself as a Miles Davis fan can be a rather obtuse observation; the artist’s career reaches across a near fifty year span during which he constantly invented and redefined a number of musical styles. One of the more contentious periods of the trumpeter’s legendary career is his ‘electric’ period, that grew out of the line-ups formed during the recordings of On The Corner and Big Fun

The pinnacle of his electric period, for me, comes in the three live releases Dark Magus, Agharta, and Pangaea. In this post, we take a look at the first of these three, a live performance recorded at Carnegie Hall on March 30, 1974 – released originally in 1977.

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Archie Pelago – Mary Anne Hobbs Mix (Video)

Watch the HD video of Archie Pelago’s mix for Mary Anne Hobbs XFM radio broadcast. Original air-date: April 7, 2012

For those who missed the debut of this on Monday evening, NYC trio Archie Pelago posted a HD streamable video of their 30 minute mix contributed for Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM Radio show.

If you are looking for audio of the broadcast, or other freely accessible Archie material, kick on over to this comprehensive Archie Pelago write-up

Download: Rustie Essential Mix

Download and stream Rustie’s Essential Mix, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 April 7, 2012. Complete tracklist available, and a download for Baauer – Harlem Shake

Download and stream Rustie’s Essential Mix, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on April 7, 2012.

Rustie is the production alias of Glasgow-based Russel Whyte, who’s sound embraces the sharpness of southern rap. Very exciting to hear production like Wiz Khalifa and productions like Rustie’s as a contrast to recent Essential Mix selections.

Keep your ears peeled for sounds from Baauer as well as the highly acclaimed Regis Chillbin single from EPROM, on the Rwina Records label

Full tracklist beneath the fold

Stream the Essential Mix from BBC iPlayer
Download and Stream the Rustie Essential Mix
[Rustie Soundcloud]
Download the Rustie Essential Mix [via RapidShare]

Download Baauer – Harlem Shake

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Get To Know: Archie Pelago

A comprehensive look at Brooklyn-based jazz trio Archie Pelago, highlighting currently available releases, interviews, and freely downloadable or streaming videos and mixes

Archie PelagoTo get you ready for the Archie Pelago mix on Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM broadcast Saturday April 7, let’s make sure you know what’s good.

Archie Pelago, a three-man outfit from Brooklyn, combines classically influenced cello, saxophone, and trumpet with contemporary music and modern technology for a sound that reaches beyond other electronic / instrumental collaborations in recent memory.

Lately, too many performers treat Ableton Live as DJ software, not leveraging the software’s potential to reshape music during  performance, a realization not lost on Archie Pelago.

Listen to Archie Pelago on Mary Anne Hobbs XFM (Broadcast 7-April 2012)
Watch Archie Pelago Live at TekServe (14-April 2012)

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Page McConnell on The Art of Improvisation

Page McConnellFollowing an earlier post, continuing on the theme of the improvisational prowess that is Phish, I noticed  that the Phish.Net blog has revisited  the posting of keyboardist Page McConnell’s college thesis ‘The Art of Improvisation.’ Originally submitted upon completion of his undergraduate studies for Goddard College, the thesis was first presented publicly in 1992 via a fan-maintained ListServ. Marking the 24-Yr Anniversary of it’s submission it has been reposted it to the Phish.Net website.

Click to read the full text, which is not a terribly long read [via Phish.Net]

Economy is a trait I admire in my influences. Bill Evans, probably my most important jazz piano influence, plays an entirely different style than Basie yet he incorporates economy: “He has worked unceasingly to arrive at a clearer, less cluttered jazz conception, one with no false starts, no side issues, no merely showy licks.

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, and are looking for something to do tonight, I would highly suggest putting US$15 towards checking out tonight’s live broadcast of Phish’s performance from New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Wayback Wednesday: Erykah Badu – Baduizm (1997)

I have been slacking lately, and I meant to have two solid Wayback Wednesday posts for last week and this week however I was blindsided with some unexpected work over the past week and unfortunately let the blog fall to the wayside. Apologies aside, hopefully this one reawakens some good memories for some; I would hope that there are not too many left who have not already discovered this brilliant modern R&B release from Erykah Badu. As it stands with many debut albums ‘Baduizm’ is nothing short of brilliant. Tapping the studio knowledge of jazz legends such as Ron Carter and contemporary artists The Roots, this album is able to accomplish sounding modern while still staying loyal to the foundations of such R&B legends as Minnie Riperton.

The comparisons to Sade are impossible to overlook, both women have elegant voices that float effortlessly above incredibly sexy jazz undertones in their music. Certainly, and the ‘Flipped It’ remix are an unfortunately all too familiar story, however Badu’s delivery is at the same time hypnotic and haunting. ‘Appletree,’ is an refreshing exploration of female individuality, but the highlight of the album for me is easily the anthem ‘On & On.’ This is an absolutely essential part of anybody’s music collection. For those who already own it, drop this one on tonight and take a moment to enjoy – for the few of you who still haven’t discovered it, prepare to be blown away.

  1. “Rimshot (Intro)”
  2. “On & On”
  3. “Appletree”
  4. “Otherside of the Game”
  5. “Sometimes [Mix #9]”
  6. “Next Lifetime”
  7. “Afro”
  8. “Certainly”
  9. “4 Leaf Clover”
  10. “No Love”
  11. “Drama”
  12. “Sometimes…”
  13. “Certainly [Flipped It]”
  14. “Rimshot (Outro)”

Grievous Angel: Blogariddims21 – Fusion Dub A mix of Miles Davis

Miles DavisGrievous Angel presents Blogariddims 21: Fusion Dub. A mix of Miles Davis-inspired jazz, funk and soul, in dub

The date on this post on the Grievous Angel blog is dated April 2007, so it suffices to say that I’m way behind the times on this one and not entirely sure how I missed it in the first place.



00:00: Miles Davis: Bitches Brew intro
00:59: Miles Davis: Agharta Prelude Dub
05:06: Miles Davis: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (Edit)
12:19: Parliament: Dr Funkenstein (Live) (Edit)
19:10: Miles Davis: What If
22:44: Curtis Mayfield: Stone Junkie (Live)
28:28: Miles Davis: Billy Preston
33:51: Headhunters: God Made Me Funky (Edit)
39:21: Miles Davis: Black Satin
43:14: Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (Edit)
46:59: Miles Davis: In A Silent Way / Shhh Peaceful (Bill Laswell Dub)
54:49: Curtis Mayfield: I Plan To Stay a Believer (Live)
57:30: Miles Davis: It’s About That Time