Favoriting JA In The AM with John Allen: Playlist from January 1, 2021 Favoriting

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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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Favoriting January 1, 2021: Solo Piano Summit Starts The New Year

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rolnick  wake up   Favoriting 0:00:00 (Pop-up)
art tatum  sophisticated lady   Favoriting 0:11:05 (Pop-up)
art tatum  what's this thing called love   Favoriting 0:14:15 (Pop-up)
art tatum  crazy rhythm   Favoriting 0:17:43 (Pop-up)
bud powell  oblivion   Favoriting 0:18:52 (Pop-up)
bud powell  hallucinations   Favoriting 0:20:58 (Pop-up)
monk  i should care   Favoriting 0:23:34 (Pop-up)
monk  ask me now   Favoriting 0:25:59 (Pop-up)
elmo hope  most beautiful   Favoriting 0:30:17 (Pop-up)
elmo & birtha  blues left and right   Favoriting 0:35:15 (Pop-up)
mingus  i'm getting sentimental over you   Favoriting 0:41:23 (Pop-up)
paul bley  circles   Favoriting 0:45:42 (Pop-up)
paul bley  ojos de gato   Favoriting 0:48:29 (Pop-up)
mccoy tyner  a silent tear   Favoriting 1:00:05 (Pop-up)
ran blake  breakthru   Favoriting 1:04:05 (Pop-up)
ran blake  grey december   Favoriting 1:10:33 (Pop-up)
sun ra  today is not yesterday   Favoriting 1:13:21 (Pop-up)
muhal richard abrams  peace on you   Favoriting 1:20:35 (Pop-up)
andrew hill  retrospect   Favoriting 1:28:19 (Pop-up)
don pullen  healing force   Favoriting 1:51:13 (Pop-up)
horace tapscott  nica's dream   Favoriting 2:00:03 (Pop-up)
joe bonner  the observer   Favoriting 2:07:07 (Pop-up)
stanley cowell  maimoun   Favoriting 2:14:06 (Pop-up)
dennis moorman  one lady two sides   Favoriting 2:19:31 (Pop-up)
mary lou williams  somewhere over the rainbow   Favoriting 2:30:16 (Pop-up)
chris mcgregor  maxine   Favoriting 2:34:36 (Pop-up)
marilyn crispell  little song for my father   Favoriting 2:47:01 (Pop-up)
pat thomas  dome   Favoriting 2:49:53 (Pop-up)
matthew shipp  radio signals equation   Favoriting 2:56:43 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01am

Cooh John:

Waking up in 2021 to WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am

i'm so fffn happy for this song
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:02am
Krys O.:

Greetings! HNY! JAZZ!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am
Andrew in Toronto:

Good morning to everyone!
Avatar 9:04am
John Allen:

should old acqaintance be forgot...
Avatar 9:05am

Another year has begun!
winston legthigh:

happy new year Johnny Allen!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:06am
Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, the Rolnick has been activated!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am

i'm so happy for this
Toothgrinder Tom:

Was Bud Powell a student of Art Tatum?
Avatar 9:27am
John Allen:

Tatum was his biggest influence
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:27am
Handy Haversack:

I knew I'd slept through Dirty Don and wondered if I should even get up at all. But I missed you all.

Happy New Year, JA, J'All!
Avatar 9:35am
Stillwell Coney Islander:

Mornin' John Allen :-))
Avatar 🎸 9:38am

Happy 2021!!!! Man I really tied one on last night, just woke up. Appreciating the gentle piano tones, soothing this hung-over-head
Avatar 🎸 9:40am

things got a little wild at Dave's party last night
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:43am
Handy Haversack:

Indeed, YB! But hey, how often does one get the chance? It was a pleasure to ring out the crap with such august company.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am

hard to argue with mingus; good morning
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am

morning everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am

i really untied one last night, let it float right up into space
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am

low key waiting for henry rollins to stomp on this morning's set
Avatar 🎸 9:49am

adampsyche: i was thinking the same thing but with negative approach
Avatar 🎸 9:50am

hahaha i meant no trend, not negative approach
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:52am
Handy Haversack:

I think JA has only our best interests at heart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am

hehe my advice to all my hungover friends to listen to soothing jazz will come to a crashing halt and disrupt trust for years
Avatar 9:55am

loving this set. happy new year from plague island

JA. Appreciating the mellow 2021 music
A Happy and Healthy
New Year to you and all the folks out there around the World 🌍 in radio land !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am

are there any black flag piano pieces?
Avatar 🎸 10:02am

Time for Tyner!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:04am
Matt Fiveash:

HNY John! Lovin this piano bag you're in
ami ad:

Hello DJ. Hello all.
Linda Lee:

beautiful set John! couldn't ask for a better start. Happy New Year everyone1
Father Sarducci:

We used to drink beers and listen to piano solos at the dump in Woodstock NY back in... 1987? What an experience. Happy New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am
dave wuz here:

@fiveash HNY very best to you and Amanda

steveo: Christopher Riley's take on Black Flag is ovrdue.
Johnny: you're making me want to pull all my piano jazz records, CDs, tapes into one place. But i have other things to do first.
Linda Lee:

everyone! ;-)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:06am
Matt Fiveash:

Aaaaay dave, same to you. Still slow cooking those cookies I promised months ago
Steve Gunn:

HAPPY NEW YEAR JA! Thanks for pianos solos from the barn
Avatar 10:07am
John Allen:

fiveash hny/ look fwd to seeing you soon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am

not familiar with Riley; some work you can suggest, @d59?
j eff p arker:

Nice sounds to hear out of Jersey City this morning . Happy new year JA
father sarducci:

2021 is the year!
Avatar 🎸 10:10am

Steve Gunn!! I've been enjoying your music for a long time, since "Boerum Place" - great hearing you guest on John's show too. Happy New Year to you and everyone!
Avatar 🎸 10:11am

Jeff Parker too!!!! "Suite for Max Brown" was one of my fave albums of 2020

Father Have we met
I’ve been popping into Woodstock New York once in a while on and off for the last 40 something years
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am

sun ra shining bright
Avatar 10:18am
John Allen:

hey Steve/ HNY to you. and everyone!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:20am
Handy Haversack:

Happy to be here, JA! Thanks for this, and happy New Year to you! At least there are no alternate-side rules today.
father sarducci:

@Earthwalker — ever hit rosies diner?
Avatar 🎸 10:22am

@HH: I was driving yesterday when you "won" Random Road so I couldn't comment. But I was very amused. (And I sure am grateful we have off-street parking at our new place!)
Avatar 🎸 10:26am

@JA: I know you don't need any suggestions but "Morning" by Ahmad Jamal would fit in real nice with this set. I'm off to take a bath so I'll be listening but not commenting. Really enjoying this, it's the perfect start to what I hope is a good year. For me and for everyone.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:26am
Handy Haversack:

Ha, thanks, YB! It redeemed 2020 as much as possible!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27am

looks like floyd bennett field to me, do i win?

Rosie's Dinner ? maybe
My sister's been in
Woodstock over 40 years
it was always my Brooklyn escape vacation
My nieces dad sells jewelry and indonesian things by the parking lot The coolest town and people

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant
Avatar 10:34am
Rock Ridge Chess Club:

These are the perfect tunes for washing collard greens.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:35am
Krys O.:

Mmmmm, collards....
Avatar 10:36am
Rock Ridge Chess Club:

The black-eyed peas are smelling pretty gamey. Cap'n knows how to do'em up right.

Where on the Internet can listen Andrew Hill – retrospect, thnx!)

Its a beautiful composition! Tnx u John Allen! Help me, please(or soulseek/torrent?)
Avatar 10:46am

Tel Aviv filtering into the room...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:48am

Thank you for this SPECTACULAR set list. I so needed this today, this morning.

Listening in the small town of Chillicothe, OH. Been listening to WFMU for 10 years... from 3 other towns before this one.

Making coffee and bread.

Again, loving this.

Saint-PetersburgRussia) in the room*
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am

from the Catskills!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am

congratulations on making me bookmark this show

Morning WFMU!
Avatar 11:04am
Rock Ridge Chess Club:

@litmus0001 Sometimes when folks include their location, I like to take a quick G-maps tour. I was pleasantly surprised by Games and Enchantments. Any place where you can buy a Twinkie and a Ninja Star gets bonus stars in my book. www.google.com...
Avatar 🎸 11:08am

@phil: you can listen to this show again when it's over, they are all archived at wfmu.org...

Happy New Year John! Sounding Great!
Avatar 11:12am
John Allen:

hey Michael, HNY!

Great show, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am

hey who let the wood blocks in?
Greek Girl:

Just did my yoga practice to piano heaven - thanks bro for the gorgeous vibes to bring in the new year!

@YETI BOB, thnx! I know about it, i wanted to download to the mp3 player, to listen offline
Avatar 11:22am
John Allen:

Steveo, rest assured it still counts as solo piano, that was Joe Bonner setting and ending the tempo
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:23am
Handy Haversack:

Keep it all nice and legal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am

ok thank goodness.. beautiful show
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:24am

shows like this make me thankful for the “star an entire episode” feature.

Great set! Thanks for a great beginning to the New Year. I was especially glad you played Don Pullen. I was lucky to have heard him live with his quartet including Fred Hopkins, Bobby Battle and Chico Freeman. Happy New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am

congratulations on being the one and only show to compel my mom to say "hey nice music!"
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:30am

Thanks JA for the solo piano symposium this new year’s morning! Hearing a feast of colorful voicings as the sleet falls here in Illinois.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:35am
Handy Haversack:

I am reasonably sure Kate and I caused the pandemic by not watching Alien and Aliens last NYD, as had been the prescribed tradition. I want to formally apologize and assure J'All that we are on the case this year and won't let this happen again.
Avatar 🎸 11:37am

You're getting Sleet in Crete? Not so in Chicago!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am
George of Troy:

Happy New Year, John!
winston legthigh:

handy! the robins have arrived and said they will be up there sometime in march.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:38am
Handy Haversack:

Ha, excellent, winston! I'll lay in some seed!
Avatar 11:43am

This entire show has been divine, thank you thank you John!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am

Heck of a show JA. Thanks for working the holiday.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:48am

@Yetibob- indeed, down here in Crete, its sleet. Quite lovely indeed with that Mary Lou Williams shining radiantly. Happy new year!
Avatar 🎸 11:49am

probably heading our way. the weather forecast calls for "wintry mix" which also sounds like a nice playlist
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:50am
Handy Haversack:

Thanks for this, JA. It's been pianissimo! Much appreciated on this newest day.

Happy New Year, everyone. Wishing fervently for justice and peace.
Avatar 11:50am

great show thanks, gets a clicky star from me, and a happy new year to all
jess in Staten Island:

I’ve just found the show
I’ve had the most beautiful 30 minutes listening
So beautiful
And I’d really like to read that letter
jess in Staten Island:

Happy NEW Year!

Thanks for a great show John!

And Marilyn Crispell too! I heard her a few times live with Anthony Braxton.
ami ad:

Thank you DJ. Crew.

Happy New Year. Wonderful music too start the day. Great to hear Dennis Moorman.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:58am
Krys O.:

Thanks, JA!

And Matthew Shipp!

Happy New Year, John Allen! Thank you for bringing so much great music this past year, all the best to you for this year!
Avatar 🎸 12:00pm

What an amazing show. A lot of my all-time favorites and a few players I'd never heard of before - going to try to listen to more Elmo Hope and Pat Thomas
Avatar 🎸 12:01pm

Happy New Year everyone!
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John Allen:

Happy 2021 everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm

feels like old times
Avatar 12:04pm
John Allen:

Bryce is always punctual
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm

never miscues a record
Avatar 12:00pm

that was a surprise, to see sun ra listed as an artist in this set. glad to know that he has accessible stuff I could start listening to his music
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