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Options August 16, 2016: Skipping over the hot rocks for cooler stone underneath, and love for Bobby Hutcherson.

Hot Rocks
Photo by James Neeley

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Wall Matthews & Aleta Greene  Tildy's Prayer   Options The Color of Dusk  Clean Cuts   
Al Di Meola World Sinfonia  Infinite Desire   Options La Melodia Live in Milano  Veliene Music  0:07:23 (Pop‑up)
Erik Friedlander  Flycatcher   Options Rings  SkipStone Records  0:16:56 (Pop‑up)
Charles Lloyd / Billy Higgins  Beloved, Chimes at Midnight   Options Which Way Is East  ECM Records  0:25:41 (Pop‑up)
The Mahavishnu Orchestra  The Dance of Maya   Options The Inner Mounting Flame  Columbia/Legacy  0:38:04 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell / Ronu Majumdar / George Brooks / Vijay Ghate  Song of the Swan   Options Bombay Jazz: Live in London  Larry Coryell  0:45:09 (Pop‑up)
Ben Monder  39   Options Hydra  Sunnyside Records  0:54:43 (Pop‑up)
Martha Egan Keepnews, Bobby and Rosemary Hutcherson
R.I.P., Bobby Hutcherson. Here's a little love for this great vibes player, not to mention a sweet, smiling man. This photo is one I took when he and his wife Rosemary (R) and Martha Egan Keepnews (Orrin's wife-L) sat with Peter and I last November at a tribute to Orrin Keepnews (my father-in-law).
Bobby Hutcherson  I Wanna Stand Over There   Options Un Poco Loco  Koch Jazz  1:13:04 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson (with Tommy Flanagan)  Mirage   Options Mirage  Landmark Records  1:17:00 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson  Little B's Poem   Options Components  Blue Note  1:22:27 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson (McCoy Tyner, piano)  Verse   Options Stick-Up!  Blue Note  1:27:37 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson featuring Harold Land  Procession   Options San Francisco  Blue Note  1:36:58 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson  Ankara   Options Patterns  Blue Note  1:42:47 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson (Herbie Hancock, piano)  Theme from "Blow-Up"   Options Oblique  Blue Note  1:46:59 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey De Francesco  Hey Harold   Options Enjoy the View  Blue Note  1:55:22 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Hutcherson (McCoy Tyner, piano)  8/4 Beat   Options Stick-Up!  Blue Note  2:02:48 (Pop‑up)
Donnie McCaslin  Love What is Mortal   Options Fast Future  Greenleaf Music  2:21:45 (Pop‑up)
The Robert Glasper Experiment  I Stand Alone   Options Black Radio 2  Blue Note  2:27:37 (Pop‑up)
Peter Eldridge  Forever Blue   Options Disappearing Day  Sunnyside Records  2:32:28 (Pop‑up)
Gregory Porter  On My Way to Harlem   Options Be Good    2:37:58 (Pop‑up)
Sugar Ponies  Find Your Own Railroad   Options It's a Sign  Sugar Ponies  2:45:27 (Pop‑up)
Kamasi Washington  Re Run   Options     2:50:24 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 9:17pm Jeff:

I heard those fast muted guitar runs, and I thought... What's Al DiMeola up to these days?
Avatar 9:24pm Van in DC:

Almost forgot what day it is, again. Hi Irene and all
Avatar 9:25pm Van in DC:

Wow. I missed the greatest guitarist of all time, Al Di Meola. Dang it.
Avatar 9:33pm Van in DC:

Hey I finally got my marathon swag. Now I'm up to, oh, I don't know, 300 shirts and about the same number of cd's...? Plus a ton of other stuff...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sorry! Don't hate all Fusion.
  9:42pm jon:

hi irene. hi everyone. it is a dark and stormy night in nj...
Avatar 9:45pm Van in DC:

I had never heard Al Di Meola played here (he might have been but I missed it?), but he was absolutely considered the greatest ever, back in the day. Another greatest ever, Maynard Ferguson, on trumpet, I would bet heavily has never been played here either.
Avatar 9:48pm Van in DC:

* by "here" I mean WFMU, not this show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Irene Trudel:

HI Jeff, Van, Rev.Rabbit and jon! I was feeling a but fusion-y today. And a bunch of friends were emailing yesterday about The Mahavishnu Orchestra so I had to jump on it. I actually don't know what Di Meola is up to lately. But I've played his music before, just not for a long while.
Avatar 9:50pm Van in DC:

Freeform is wide reaching, for sure, but even the great FMU shuns some of the greats that deserve to be heard.

Im My Opinion.
  9:52pm Peter K.:

Did you play that Mahavishnu track because John McLaughlin (the other one, the pundit who screamed at people on TV) died today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

DiMeola may have a slight edge on McLaughlin on speed - but McLaughlin has more Soul, of his own kind (Eastern Meditation)? Tell me if I'm off base...Anyhow - they've worked together (Friday Night in San Francisco - w/ Flamenco master Paco de Lucía) & presumably mutual admire...
We're the McLaughlin Group tonight Peter!
Avatar 9:53pm Van in DC:

In the 70's, 80's... you ask anyone, who is the greatest guitarist alive? Anyone who knows anything about music? Al Di Meola. Maybe it was late 70's timeframe. Man was he awesome, and everyone knew it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Zappa was too close to McLaughlin for comfort (Jan Hammer & such) - but said obviously you have to credit the technique. I've found Di Meola cold. What am I missing?
Avatar 9:55pm Van in DC:

I officially request "Conquistador" by Maynard Ferguson.

Look it up. I know it won't appear tonight, but check it out for maybe a future play?
Avatar 9:57pm Van in DC:

(my birthday is next week, wink)
Avatar 9:59pm Van in DC:

This would be it.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm Irene Trudel:

No, Peter, although I almost had a heart attack when I saw the headline on my phone! As for Al Di Meola, I did like him a lot but he often fell in that category of "too many notes!" Rev. Rabbit, I don't know if I'd put Zappa in that same category. He was something a bit other. I recommend seeing the new documentary about Zappa. Very entertaining and no narration, which is really refreshing. Van, Maynard is duly noted for next week. Please send me a reminder!
Avatar 10:05pm Van in DC:

will do :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12pm coelacanth:

rest in peace Mr. Hutchinson.

...hello Irene and others
  10:13pm Peter K.:

Ben Monder, guitar and bass; Theo Bleckmann, voice; Ted Poor, drums. That's the entire personnel on that track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm coelacanth:

(Hutcherson, der...)
Avatar 10:14pm Van in DC:

Theo does great KaTe covers!
Avatar 10:16pm Alejandroool:

hey coela, caught your hello haha. Thanks for the Tue night soundtrack Irene
  10:25pm JakeGould:

Hello! I like xylophones!
Avatar 10:34pm Van in DC:

Great photo
  10:34pm Mike tp:

Hello Irene n all. The 2 vibes players I seen live was Lionel Hampton RUTH UNDERWOOD. PRETTY. Celestial n soothing is Bobby! ♥♥
  10:47pm Mike tp:

Just want to say these Bobby Hutcherson tunes are quite new n refreshing to me.
  10:50pm P-90:

@Jake: agreed: xylophones (and vibraphones) rule!

@ DJ Irene: totally with you that di Meola falls into the "sometimes lots of notes seemingly just for the sake of lots of notes" category. Sometimes.
He also played on some pretty classic things, I guess it depends a lot on who he was playing with. And how show-offy his agenda was at a particular moment in his career.
Likewise, Zappa sometime played a helluva lot of notes when soloing, but I always felt like those notes all "counted", every single one of them. He's not as well recognized as an improvisational musician as he probably should be, partly because of all the other things he did so well...composer, producer/arranger, bandleader, and yes: a famously witty comedian of sorts.
Avatar 10:50pm Van in DC:

Irene, so many thanks for all you do.

Just wanted to say that, because it is not said enough I don't think,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks, coelacanth, Alejandrool, Jake and Mike! I saw Bobby play live quite a few times and was blown away by the depth of styles he could play in. So inventive, at times reminding me of a fluttering hummingbird when he played.
  10:51pm P-90:

Yeah, like what Van just said. Totally.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Di Meola - 'too many notes'. Zappa was pretty Fusiony sometimes - in terms of the whole band - if not quite the same animal as a Guitarist. He was, yeah, all cynical & Comical though, whereas McLaughlin was all Spiritually serious - which put them @ odds...

Man - Jazz Giants are such treasures. Losing them - the consolation I guess is so many are paragons of a life lived fully.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I quote this Jackson Pollack so much I'm embarrassed - but:
'Technique is just a way of arriving @ a Statement.'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59pm Irene Trudel:

P-90, I agree with your point. Zappa's playing usually sounded like it was all a big composition with little improv spots (which is the most likely scenario). He came at the music through rock and classical music. Al Di Meola and others in his generation came at the music through jazz, which has a strong basis in improvisation. Two totally different approaches, IMO. And, yeah, Rev. Rabbit-- great quote!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sometimes think Zappa had some highbrow - lowbrow confusion. But then think - who am I to say that??
'Friday Night in San Francisco' - Di Meola, McLaughlin & de Lucia - just three acoustic guitars playing off each other. Haven't listened to that in decades maybe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04pm coelacanth:

appropriately Beautiful tribute, Irene. Thanks.
Avatar 11:06pm Van in DC:

Well, once again, I reference Clapton, nickname "God", of guitar. Asked by a writer once, "What's it like to be the greatest guitarist alive?" He said, "I wouldn't know. Go ask Prince."
  11:07pm Mike tp:

IRENE you mentioned hummingbird the manner Bobby played in look up in my yard bingo! Hummingbird buzzing merrily about. It's still light out in Portland. Enjoying the sounds n the light n the hummingbird.
  11:07pm KP:

I sense good vibes
Avatar 11:08pm Howard F:

Great set, bittersweet. thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...yeah - like Zappa would fine you if you played too much? & the Velvets had a supposed No Blues moratorium...
I find Jazz such a refuge & a comfort. Thx for the photo too. Lovely man.
Thank You Bobby Hutcherson.
  11:14pm Carmichael:

Heya Irene. Great early setlist, right in my wheelhouse.
Avatar 11:21pm Van in DC:

What a fantastic show. So many thanks, crashing now, will catch up tomorrow. Thanks again Irene
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26pm Irene Trudel:

Rev. Rabbit, I saw them on that tour at a theater in NJ (name escapes me). Indescribably good!
  11:44pm JakeGould:

I love Gregory Porter!
  11:54pm JakeGould:

I like vibraphones equally.
  11:57pm KP:

Great time, Irene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Jake! I like 'em both too.

Hey everybody, thanks for tuning in tonight. Catch you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm coelacanth:

Thank you Irene.
good night mammals
  12:00am P-90:

Thanks, Irene!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 7:01am Sean in Bristol UK:

Usually I comment straight after I listened via archive, completely forgot to add my thanks for another terrific show
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