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
ROOTS & BRANCHES 35
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.
 

Jazz Lunatique 212: Palm Court Strut

 
David Kunian is playing music at the top of the year by Public Enemy, Professor Longhair, Sonny Sharrock, Sweet Tea, John Boutte with Todd Duke, Justin Townes Earl, Danny Barker with Pud Brown & hs New Orleans Jazzmen, Kidd Jordan with Alvin Fielder, and Herbie Nichols.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
PALM COURT STRUT
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 212
David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, January 8, 2019 [19096]
 
Public Enemy: Fight The Power
Professor Longhair: Go To The Mardi Gras
Sonny Sharrock: Promises Kept
Sweet Tea: Malevitus
John Boutte with Todd Duke: Take Me To The River
Justin Townes Earl: Harlem River Blues
Danny Barker with Pud Brown & hs New Orleans Jazzmen: Palm Court Strut
Kidd Jordan with Alvin Fielder: Sawdust n The Floor
Herbie Nichols: The Gig
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 David Kunian. 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
ROOTS & BRANCHES 34
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.
 

Jazz Lunatique 210: Along Came Ra

 
David Kunian is playing the first of two hours of music by Sun Ra & His Arkestra to begin his annual New Year’s celebration of the great keyboardist, composer and mythic bandleader.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
ALONG CAME RA
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 210
David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, January 1, 2019 [19068]
 
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Space Is The Place
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Along Came Ra—The Liivng Myth
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Watusa
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: A Call For All Demons
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Lights On A Satellite
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Enlightenment
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Sun Myth
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 David Kunian. Used with permission.
 

Jazz Lunatique 209: No City Like New Orleans


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
NO CITY LIKE NEW ORLEANS
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 209
David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, 1998 [19054]
 
The late Earl King was one of the finest composers and greatest musical characters in modern New Orleans history. Producer David Kunian talks with Earl at length, interrogates his friends and associates, and presents Earl’s music from “Those Lonely Lonely Nights” to “Sexual Telephathy” and “No City Like New Orleans.” This is the second hour of a two-hour production for WWOZ-FM in New Orleans.
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Rene Bonnion for Radio Free Amsterdam
Written, produced, recorded, edited & assembled by David Kunian
Post-production & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 1998, 2019 David Kunian. Used with permission.
 

Jazz Lunatique 208: Let The Good Times Roll

 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 208
David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, 1998 [19040]
 
The late Earl King was one of the finest composers and greatest musical characters in modern New Orleans history. Producer David Kunian talks with Earl at length, interrogates his friends and associates, and presents Earl’s music from “Those Lonely Lonely Nights” to “Sexual Telepathy” and “No City Like New Orleans.” This is the first hour of a two-hour production for WWOZ-FM in New Orleans.
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Rene Bonnion for Radio Free Amsterdam
Written, produced, recorded, edited & assembled by David Kunian
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2014, 2019 David Kunian. 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.
 

Jazz Lunatique 207: Carnival Time

David Kunian is honoring the recently departed master deejay Billy Delle by playing his award-winning Mardi Geas Special for WWOZ made in 1994 with contributions by Tommy Ridgley and Eddie Bo and musical selections by Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Archibald, Al Johnson, Harold Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dr. John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Earl King, Allen Toussaint, Smokey Johnson, and Jessie Hill.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

CARNIVAL TIME

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 207

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, December 4, 2018 [19026]

Egg Yolk Jubiless: A Call For All Demons

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Eddie Bo: Hook And Sling

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Eddie Bo: I’m Wise

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Professor Longhair: Dr. Professor Longhair

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Archibald: Great Big Eyes

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Al Johnson: Carnival Time

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Olympia Brass Band: Junko Partner

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgley

Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dr. John: It’s All Over Now

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgleyay

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux: Hey Pocky Way

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridgleyay

Professor Longhair: Big Chief

Tommy Ridgley Comments

Earl King: Street Parade

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridglay

Allen Toussaint Tim Tam

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridglay

Smokey Johnson: It Ain’t My Fault

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridglay

Jessie Hill: Oogsy Moo

Eddie Bo Conversation with Tommy Ridglay

Professor Longhair: Cutting Out

Tommy Ridglay: Jam Up

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 1994, 2019 David Kunian. Used with permission.