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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Eugene Ormandy - Philadelphia Orchestra  Danse Sacre et Profane for Harp and String Orchestra   Options The Debussy Album  Columbia Masterworks  1971  Wr. 1904 ; Marilyn Costello, harp soloist  0:02:24 (Pop‑up)
Nina Simone  Black Swan   Options At Carnegie Hall  Colpix  1963  Aria from "The Medium" by Gian Carlo Menotti  0:10:37 (Pop‑up)
Alice Coltrane Sextet  A Love Supreme   Options Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972  BCT  2019    0:16:10 (Pop‑up)
Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show  I'm The One   Options Revenge: The Bigger the Love, the Greater the Hate  Polydor  1971  rec. live 1969 at the Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center  0:34:52 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

Space Kids  





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Melvin Jackson  Silver Cycles   Options Funky Skull  Limelight  1969  Wr. Eddie Harris & Melvin Jackson  0:46:15 (Pop‑up)
Jeanot Rabeson et son Orchestre  Jazz Sega   Options Jazz Sega 7"  Discomad  197?  also appears on Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984 (Strut, 2019)  0:54:43 (Pop‑up)
Ginger Mofolunsho Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band  Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha   Options Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha / African Jazz Cha Cha 7"  Melodisc  1959  aka Ginger Folorunso Johnson  0:58:37 (Pop‑up)
Ginger Mofolunsho Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band  African Jazz Cha Cha   Options Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha / African Jazz Cha Cha 7"  Melodisc  1959    1:02:04 (Pop‑up)
Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists  Cuban Fantasy   Options Presenting Kenny Graham  Nixa  1957    1:04:55 (Pop‑up)
Victor Feldman with Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists  S.O.S.   Options Experiment in Time  Esquire  1955    1:08:22 (Pop‑up)
The Gil Evans Orchestra  La Nevada   Options Out Of The Cool  Impulse!  1961    1:13:17 (Pop‑up)
Charlie Mingus  Moanin'   Options Blues & Roots  Atlantic  1960    1:28:54 (Pop‑up)
Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls  Matsuri No Genzo   Options Sakura Sakura  SABA  1965    1:36:51 (Pop‑up)
Melvin Jackson  Funky Doo   Options Funky Skull  Limelight  1969    1:43:02 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

Sex Power 4  





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Yma Sumac  Sansa (Victory Song)   Options Legend Of The Jivaro  Capitol  1957    1:57:55 (Pop‑up)
Collage  Öhtu Ilu (Eventide Beauty)   Options Käokiri  Мелодия   1978    1:59:49 (Pop‑up)
Ryo  Hawaiian Caravan   Options Featuring "Concierto de Aranjuez"  Philips  1982    2:01:14 (Pop‑up)
Upsetters  In the Iaah   Options Double Seven  Trojan  1973    2:07:28 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  One Minute Woman   Options Bee Gees 1st   Polydor  1967    2:10:11 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Each Day is Yesterday's Tomorrow   Options Moondog 2  Columbia  1971    2:12:24 (Pop‑up)
Dr. John  Glowin'   Options Babylon  ATCO  1969    2:13:48 (Pop‑up)
Lou Christie  Have I Sinned   Options Lou Christie  Roulette  1963    2:19:23 (Pop‑up)
Corfull  Terminal '700   Options Informatica (Electronic Sound Tracks)  Vroommm  197?  aka Romano Rizzati  2:22:17 (Pop‑up)
Piero Umiliani  Magical Children   Options Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film)  Omicron  1969    2:24:43 (Pop‑up)
Mor Thiam  Ayo Ayo Nene (Blessing For The New Born Baby)   Options Dini Safarrar (Drums of Fire)  Rite Record Productions   1973    2:27:42 (Pop‑up)
Bob Cobbing  Alphabet of Fishes   Options Variations 3 – A London Compilation  Paradigm Discs  1999  rec. live at Lewisham Arthouse, 1967  2:33:24 (Pop‑up)
Florence Reece / Almanac Singers  Which Side Are You On   Options Classic Labor Songs (From Smithsonian Folkways)  Smithsonian Folkways  2006    2:34:54 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  The Statue   Options Sparrow vs. The Rest  Tysott  1976    2:37:28 (Pop‑up)
Van Dyke Parks  Sailin' Shoes   Options Discover America  Warner Bros. Records  1972    2:42:02 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

Tropical Forest – Number Six Chops Down the Tree  





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Moondog  High on a Rocky Ledge   Options H'art Songs  Kopf  1978    2:53:20 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Arauco   Options Nothing Can Stop Us  ROUGH  1982  wr. Violetta Para  2:56:40 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:21pm Flash Strap:

Hello Explorers! So nice to be back in the Room
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm chresti:

Hiya Flash! Welcome back!
Avatar 6:56pm Flash Strap:

Hi Chresti! thank you! it's great to be back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm chresti:

Does that image show how heads are made?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm listener james from westwood:

Welcome back!
Avatar 7:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Good to be here.
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

@Chresti: you got it, they all just drop off the hairy coconut tree
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm listener james from westwood:

It's an Ormandy Invasion!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi James, Rev! good to have you both in the Room again
Avatar 7:04pm hyde:

this is like having a limb reattached
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hyde! for me too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm passiflora:

Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

Passiflora! hello friend
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

love this version - not that i'm an expert in this area, but i dont have another rendition of this that I like as much
  7:10pm davefromtoronto:

at last! i've found my way back to the explorers room!
  7:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Flash Strap is back and it is wonderful.
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

Welcome home Dave!
Avatar 7:11pm hyde:

Eugene Ormandy is generally the mark of quality
  7:11pm davefromtoronto:

thanks - i got lost in a fools paradise...
Avatar 7:11pm hyde:

@dave well, ya gotta love the Fool's Paradise
  7:12pm davefromtoronto:

it seems like a good idea at the time...
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

@Doug: I humbly bow, extend my arms and applaud you
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

one of my all-time favorite Simone renditions. there's nothing like this one, sheer mystical genius
Avatar 7:15pm hyde:

i've been dying to mention to people who might care that i got tickets to see Terry Riley live in a month. so excited!
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

there is simply no artist who is better at making a song their own and investing it with previously unimaginable depths of new meaning
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: whoa
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm chresti:

Score! Where? @hyde
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

i'm so happy for you Hyde. wow
Avatar 7:17pm hyde:

@Flash it's him playing with his son, Gyan, so i'm not sure exactly what the deal is. but if the master comes to town, you go
Avatar 7:18pm Flash Strap:

Ben Riley on drums here
Avatar 7:18pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: exactly. it's gonna be great
Avatar 7:18pm hyde:

@chresti at Sanders Theater at Harvard sites.fas.harvard.edu...
Avatar 7:19pm Flash Strap:

oh now that's nice! i once saw Mulatu Astatke there, what a place to hear sacred music
Avatar 7:20pm hyde:

@Flash cool! i've never been there, though i've lived around here for most of my life
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

i've only been the once in my 8 years up there. it's great!
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

Charlie Haden on bass. such a wild take!
Avatar 7:25pm Little Danny:

Welcome back sir, you were missed
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

LD! thank you brother, good to be back and great to see your shining face once more
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

i'm all moved into my new place (tho not fully set up) and i'm happy to report that we now have 15 mbps to work with, up from 3, which is what i've had to work with more the last 3.5 years or so

so hopefully less interruptions
Avatar 7:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm chresti:

A Charlie supreme
Avatar 7:34pm hyde:

@Flash more is sometimes good
Avatar 7:34pm hyde:

and per Chresti, damn that's bass
Avatar 7:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

World Radio Day.
Avatar 7:38pm quinn:

All my favorite womens
Avatar 7:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Jeepers. Thanx for Presenting this.
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm doctorjazz:

Such an interesting set! Go, Explorers!
Avatar 7:40pm hyde:

yay, doc jazz!
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc!
  7:50pm Doug Schulkind:

Melvin magnifico!
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

I only wish Melvin Jackson had done more records like this. the idea of using an electrified & distorted bass lead in the same mode as the great electrified Eddie Harris (&pushing it even further, at times) is pure gold, i'd listen to 100 more records like this one
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

also this has the added bonus of giving us a version of the mythically great Silver Cycles that isn't plagued by a bafflingly poor & muffled sound
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

love the keys on this Jazz Sega
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

dont really know this record, myself
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

sounds good, tho!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Flash & Explorers
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

JAzz Sega sleeve: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

Coelacanth! hello old fish
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

like this so much we're doing the b-side
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm melinda:

Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

Ah hello Melinda!
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

really been digging Kenny recently
Avatar 8:09pm hyde:

Yay, melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm melinda:

hey hyde
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

Victor Feldman on drums here, nice stuff
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

Phil Seamen on drums for Cuban Fantasy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm JtotheK:

Out Of The Cool ... such a great record. Which I believe I first learned of reading an interview with Dave Axelrod in Wax Poetics. Hiya Flash, hi explorers.
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

Hi JtotheK! it really is a massive record, unbelievable arrangments (as ever) from Evans and pristine production from creed Taylor. plus we got Elvin Jones on here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm JtotheK:

Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:


Interesting that other late-’60s producers and arrangers were into filling up every bit of open space in a song, and your productions are famous for focusing on that open space.

That’s Gil Evans’s influence. He blew my mind, just blew my mind. The year was 1960. The album was called Out of the Cool. It was the first album he did after he worked with Miles. This album changed everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm JtotheK:

Snippet from above:
Interesting that other late-’60s producers and arrangers were into filling up every bit of open space in a song, and your productions are famous for focusing on that open space.

DA: "That’s Gil Evans’s influence. He blew my mind, just blew my mind. The year was 1960. The album was called Out of the Cool. It was the first album he did after he worked with Miles. This album changed everyone."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm JtotheK:

Ha ha ... beat me to it by 1 minute!
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

this is a great interview, he's cracking me up
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

thanks J-K, i'd never seen this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm JtotheK:

No problem. I kept those Wax Poetics issues ... and return to them on occasion - hadn't realized they put a bunch of it online, but that's nice!
Do note at the end of the interview there's a link to part 2!
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

whoa, until now I legitimately had no clue that Axelrod produced Arthur Lyman in the Hi-Fi period! revelation
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm doctorjazz:

There's a Mingus Among Us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm JtotheK:

(And sometimes when I return to them I realize records I read about in those issues - going on 10 years ago now - I added to my want list and still haven't found. Egad.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm doctorjazz:

Missed La Nevada, great track (from a great album)!
Avatar 8:32pm Flash Strap:

takes a giant to follow that Gil Evans cut ... Mingus is as big as they come
Avatar 8:32pm Flash Strap:

@Doc: truly
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm chresti:

This is swingin'
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

rollickin' even
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

this whole album is so good, maybe my favorite Hideo Shiraki LP (tho the title track from In Fiesta is my #1 of his)
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

Terumasa Hino on trumpet here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm doctorjazz:

Don't know Shiraki...this follows the Mingus really well!
Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

Sakura Sakura: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

@doc: he's great! this album and In Fiesta specifically
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm doctorjazz:

So, I checked Discogs on that Shiraki album...vinyl starts about $90 (for not so great condition), sheesh. I did find a high-rez digital version..
May go for it...
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Yeah I only have a copy from some good blog, can't remember which
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

cool to know: Ryo Kawasaki was in Gil Evans Orchestra and indeed this album was "supervised" by Gil himself!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Ike:

Hello! Sounds good.
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

hi Ike!
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

whole Double Seven album is such fun
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Doug Schulkind:

I love Gil's covers of Jimi Hendrix. Really captures the epic energy.
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

i need to spend more time with that one, I've heard it a few times but for some reason it remains mysterious to me
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

this Dr. John has such a good cover: www.gratefulweb.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm Doug Schulkind:

The good doctor sounds a little Van Morrison-esque here!
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

Doc talkin about that alienation under capitalism
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

@doug: i hear that
Avatar 9:19pm Hams:

keep on!
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

interesting arrangement, i always feel like its missing something but i love the strangeness of it
Avatar 9:20pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hams!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm doctorjazz:

The Gill Evans Orchestra used to do a regular Monday night show at the old Sweet Basils in Manhattan. Saw them there a number of times...Little Wing was a staple (as were other Hendrix tunes), and was a knock out!
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

wow that must have been great Doc!
Avatar 9:22pm Hams:

evenin', flash!
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

Lou with That Voice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm Doug Schulkind:

I caught several of those Gil Evans' shows at Sweet Basil. Stage full of superstars.
Avatar 9:26pm Flash Strap:

weird selection from maestro Umiliani – almost transforms into a Broadcast song by the end
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Doug Schulkind:

That Umiliani eludes me. Even if I had it, it would sound better on your show, Flash.
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

either way i bet I can help you find it! one of his very best soundtracks
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

what a killer track, i can't stop playing this recently. just found out his son is Akon
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

(Mor Thiam's son, I mean)
  9:36pm northguineahills:

Listening from my care, hello Evan and friends!
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

Hello NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm doctorjazz:

Man, long day, going to head home, been great company, Evan, thanks!
Avatar 9:39pm Flash Strap:

safe travels Doc! thanks for joining us!
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

a great song about activation, in more than one sense, from the Mighty One
Avatar 9:52pm Little Danny:

Thanks Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm Doug Schulkind:

The Cool Little Flame with Blue Danny is up NEXT!

Look for the playlist here: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:54pm Flash Strap:

My great pleasure LD! see you next door!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm chresti:

Thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

thank YOU chresti!
Avatar 9:56pm Little Danny:

The door is open, y'all: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:56pm Little Danny:

Oof, thanks Doug!
Avatar 9:56pm Hams:

appreciate it, flash.
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

I'll be back next week, and the week after that, and the week after that, and the week after that.... thanks for continuing to join me here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm Doug Schulkind:

Reading that last comment, Flash, was the sweetest sound of the whole show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan!
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