Roots & Branches 35: Heart & Soul of The Sound


In our second hour titled All the Way Into the Heart and Soul of the Sound with William Parker— bassist, composer, bandleader, and with his wife Patricia Nicholson Parker, activist and organizer—we hear William talk about his teen-aged 1960s influences from French cinema, Beckett, Pinter, and Curtis Mayfield and how that “library” continues to inform his creations. We hear excerpts from the soundtracks to The 400 Blows, Alphaville and Alfie and we hear the compositions “Station” from his Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and “Petit Oiseau” from his quartet with Hamid Drake, Lewis Barnes and Rob Brown. We hear about his recent work with vocal music and how he came to choose the bass as his instrument. We hear about his 11+ years with the Cecil Taylor Unit and how Cecil strove to go “all the way into the heart and soul of the sound.” Our show opens and closes with beautiful songs by William, recorded more than 20 years apart, with Lisa Sokolov the singer, Cooper Moore (2015) and Yuri Fujiyama (early 1990s) the pianist, and William on bass.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
HEART AND SOUL OF THE SOUND
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Don Paul & Maryse Dejean, 21st Century Phenoms, New Orleans, February 20, 2019 [19102]
 
William Parker-Lisa Sokolov-Cooper Moore: When A Sound Dances
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
Jean Constanten: The 400 Blows soundtrack
Paul Misraks: Theme D’Amour from Alphaville
Sonny Rollins: Street Runner with Child from Alfie
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra:  Station
William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
William Parker Ensemble with Amiri Baraka: Think
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
Cecil Taylor Unit: Eternal (for Ornette > Baldwin’s Interlude II
William Parker-Lisa Sokolov-Cooper Moore:  Eternal (for Ornette)
William Parker-Lisa Sokolov-Yuri Fujiyama: Baldwin’s Interlude II
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Don Paul & Maryse Dejean for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Don Paul & Maryse Dejean at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 Don Paul & Maryse Dejean. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 34: A Very Wide Being


William Parker, the master bassist, expansive composer, bandleader, activist and organizer says, “There’s Always a Room in the House of Sound,” and in this first hour of his three hours of conversation with Maryse Déjean and Don Paul on November 17, 2018 he takes us through more than 60 years of groundbreaking music and political events. We hear tracks from four albums recorded by William as a leader since 1993, taken from the more than 30 albums that he’s led during that 25-year span. We also hear from some of his own major influences: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. William Parker is one of the major creators and carriers advancing songs and poetry—the music called ‘Jazz’ and more streams of expression—into the 21st century. 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
A VERY WIDE BEING
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Don Paul & Maryse Dejean, 21st Century Phenoms, New Orleans, February 13, 2019 [19088]
 
William Parker Quartet: Groove
In Order To Survive: Anast in In Crisis Mouth Full Of Fresh Cut Flowers
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
PBS American Experience: Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony > Lyndon Baines Johnson Press Conference > Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer
Kidd Jordan-Hamid Drake-William Parker: So Often
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
Raining On The Moon: Soledad 
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
Duke Ellington Orchestra: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
William Parker Conversation with Don Paul & Maryse Dejean
William Parker Orchestra: Take the Coltrane
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Don Paul & Maryse Dejean for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Don Paul & Maryse Dejean at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 Don Paul & Maryse Dejean. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 31: Soul Language

  
“Soul Music, Soul Language…. That’s Some Deep Stuff”: Composer, conductor, performer David Amram, 88 years young, speaks to us in this second hour of Soul music and Soul language and we go around the world, we hear Itzhak Perlman and the Zohar Israel Orchestra, a Muslim Call to Prayer, and Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin. We hear one track from Thelonious Monk and two from Bud Powell. We hear Jack Kerouac reading from his ‘Railroad Earth’ over music from the 21st-century Cinematic Orchestra, thanks to the 21st-century sharer and phenom ‘Aficionado Joe’. We hear from David about Cuba in 1977 and 2018 and how musicians there also transformed him. We hear from Los Munequitos de Matanza, from Gonzalo Rubalcaba, from the Cuban All-Stars with the then 11-year-old timbalero Yulien Oviedo, and we close with David’s “beautiful come-round” to New Orleans, leading to Sarah Elizabeth Charles of Haiti and the U.S. and her “Bells” with Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
SOUL LANGUAGE
ROOTS & BRANCHES 31
Don Paul & Maryse Dejean, 21st Century Phenoms, January 23, 2019 [19046]

Itzhak Perlman: Jewish Soul Music >
Muslim Call to Prayer >
Choral Scholars of Dublin University: Mo Ghille Mear (My Gallant Hero)
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Thelonious Monk: Little Rootie Tootie
Jack Kerouac & the Cinematic Orchestra: Railroad Earth
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Itzhak Perlman & the Zohar Isreal Orchestra: [Unidentified Selection]
Muslim Call to Prayer
Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin: Mo Ghille Mear
James P. Johnson: You’ve Got To Be Modernistic
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Bud Powell: Big Foot
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Bud Powell: It Could Happen To You
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Irakere: Juana 1600
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Rezo
Los Munequitos de Matanzas: [Unidentified Selection]
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Yulien Oviedo & the Cuban All-Stars: [Unidentified Selection]
David Amram conversation with Don Paul & Marye Dejean
Sarah Elizabeth Charles with Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah: Bells
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Don Paul &B Maryse Dejean for 21st Century Phenoms
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 Don Paul & Maryse Dejean. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 30: Civilization 101


Composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist David Amram, 88 years young on November 17, 2018, talks with Don Paul and Maryse Déjean about seeing a second-line in New Orleans during World II, Dizzy Gillespie’s and Thelonious Monk’s generous genius, Jack Kerouac’s inclusive spirit, Ted Joans, Langston Hughes, and his own learning from greatness in the University of Hang-Out-ology. With music from David’s “Pull My Daisy” and “Triple Concerto”, Dizzy’s “Good Bait” and “Tin Tin Deo”, Monk’s “I Mean You” and “Off Minor”, Lester Young and Oscar Peterson playing “Stardust”, Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments”, and performances from Jack, Langston, and John Sinclair, as well as David and Ted Joans scatting live.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
CIVILIZATION 101
ROOTS & BRANCHES 30
Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, January 14, 2019 [19032]
 
Lynn Sheffield: Pull My Daisy
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra: Good Bait
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Thelonious Monk: I Mean You
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra: Tin Tin Deo
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Thelonious Monk: Off Minor
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Dizzy Gillespie & David Amram: Dizzy Atmosphere
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
David Amram & Ted Joans: Scat Session
David Amram Conversation with Don Paul
Jack Kerouac-Lester Young & Oscar Peterson: Stardust
Jack Kerouac-Oliver Nelson: Stolen Moments
Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes with Charles Mingus: I Too
Langston Hughes with Charles Mingus: A Dream Deferred
John Sinclair: that old man
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 Don Paul. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 29: New Direction

Part Two of “Herlin Riley Plays for Powers of the Most High” features converations with the drummer by Don Paul and Maryse Déjean where Herlin reveals more of what moves his playing, interspersed with tracks from Herlin’s 2005 Cream Of The Crescent and 2016 New Direction albums plus songs by Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, the TBC Brass Band, James Black, John Boudreaux, and Earl Palmer as well as a poem by q.r. hand.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

NEW DIRECTION

ROOTS & BRANCHES 29

Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, December 28, 2018 [19018]

Herlin Riley Conversation with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Ray Charles: The Sun Has Died

Louis Armstrong: After She’s Gone

Aretha Franklin: Spirit In The Dark

Herlin Riley Conversation with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

TBC Brass Band: Second-Line Rhythms

Herlin Riley Conversation with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

James Blac: Monkey Puzzle >

Eddie Bo: Hook And Sling

Lee Dorsey: Riverboat”

AFO Executivess: WYLD

Dr. John: I Walk On Gilded Splinters

Earl Palmer Medley

Smokey Johnson

Idris Muhammad.

Herlin Riley Conversation with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Herlin Riley: from New Direction and Cream Of The Crescent

q. r. hand: All Asound Us

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2019 Don Paul. Used with permission.

Roots & Branches 28: Powers Of The Most High

Don Paul returns to Radio Free Amsterdam accompanied by Maryse Déjean for the first of two hours centering on the great drummer, composer and bandleader Herlin Riley. The episode features tracks with Herlin from his 2016 album New Direction, the 1992 New Orleans Drumming video, and with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (2002). Also: Cuts from Sister Gertrude Morgan, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Leroy Jones, Aaron Neville, the Mass Choir gospel group, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the To Be Continued (TBC) Brass Band.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

POWERS OF THE MOST HIGH

ROOTS & BRANCHES 28

Don Paul, 21st Century Phenoms, December 23, 2018 [19004]

Herlin Riley: 2nd-Line Rhythms

Sister Gertrude Morgan: I’ve Got The New World In My View

Herlin Riley: Connection To Congo Square

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Moaning

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Herlin Riley: Dreaming On A Washboard

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Leroy Jones & his 2005 Brass Band: Lily Of The Valley

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Aaron Neville: Pain In My Heart

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Herlin Riley: The Crossbar

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Sister Gertrude Morgan & Mother Catherine Seals

The Mass Choir of Boston: Sing Till The Power Comes Down”

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

Blind Boys of Alabama: People Don’t Sing Like They Used To Sing

Herlin Riley Interview with Maryse Dejean & Don Paul

TBC Brass Band: Divine Ladies’ Second Line

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2019 Don Paul. Used with permission.

Roots & Branches 27: The Black Pope

Shelley Pope was a popular R&B disc jockey and flamboyant personality throughout the South who spent a couple of stints in New Orleans. My pal Jerry Brock, co-founder of WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, turned me on to the Black Pope and circulated a tape of some of his most outrageous programs back in the 1980s that blew a lot of people’s minds. I recently found in my achives about 90 minutes of Black Pope excerpts from WNNR Radio in New Orleans and I’ve edited them down to make this final edition of Roots & Branches for 2018. I can’t identify the musical selections, but the Black Pope experience is something to behold.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE BLACK POPE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 27

Shelley Pope  ,WNNR, New Orleans, [Date Unknown] [18671]

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Shelley Pope for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Shelley Pope at WNNR, New Orleans

Edited, assembled & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Jerry Brock

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 26: Precious Memories

Famous Coachman is spinning as Brother Coachman on Blues & Music After Hours with selections by a pair of unidentfied artists, Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Martin Luther King, Rev. C.L. Franklin, and Aretha Franklin’s album Amazing Grace.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

PRECIOUS MEMORIES

ROOTS & BRANCHES 26

Famous Coachman, WDET-FM, Detroit, June 23, 1991 [18657]

 

After Hours Intro

[Unidentified Artist]: I Didn’t Know About Jesus

[Unidentified Artist]: I’m Gonna Feed You With A Long Handled Spoon

Rev. James Cleveland: Giving Up Is So Hard To Do

Rev. Martin Luther King: Speech

Aretha Franklin: Precious Memories

Aretha Franklin: Climbing Higher Mountains

Rev. C.L. Franklin: Remarks

Aretha Franklin: God Will Take Care of You

Aretha Franklin: Wholy Holy

Aretha Franklin: You’ll Never Walk Alone

Aretha Franklin: Never Grow Old

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Famous Coachman for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Famous Coachman at WDET-FM, Detroit

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation.