Monday, March 12, 2007
Record club last night worked itself into a soulful, songlike groove. Luckily, as it turned out, I had nixed a Christian Wolff piece (would've brought the evening to an awkward halt) and went with a track from Loren Connors' fine singles collection, "Night Through"--I'm forgetting the title...a traditional Irish piece with "Bonny" in the name--which blended in fairly well. Second round was only a bit dicier with Taku Sugimoto's piece from "Opposite", "Spoon River", providing a nice, reflective pause. (I also enjoyed considering those two, from 1996 & 1997 respectively), alongside each other, Taku taking Conners' hyper-stretched out elegiac approach and evanescing it even further...)
Zeena Parkins was a guest at the proceedings last night and a very enjoyable one. Her first offering was a fantastic track from Konono No.1, a Congolese troop who (I guess among other things) fashion mbiras out of used auto parts and such as pictured above. Wonderful piece; the disc is on my list to get now. Other highlights included a live Otis Redding performance from Europe of "I've Been Loving You Too Long", a wild number by some Bakersfield area rockabilly band from around 1960 (blanking on their name), Billy Strayhorn's "Your Love has Faded" and a great Buddy Guy/Junior Wells tune also from around '61.
[btw, re: my doppleganger's comment--back in October my initial self-googling post was instigated by some bizarre results that surfaced when I plugged my monicker into google's image search. The ones I mentioned at the time have blessedly disappeared. In their stead is this:
I've no idea why, though I do retain a fondness for "House of the Rising Sun".