Episode #3090

Songs and Instrumentals for Big Bands

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from the unexpected and irresistible collaboration between Richmond, VA's Fight the Big Bull (9-piece avant jazz band), and San Francisco-based songwriter/ composer/musician (with a background in hymn singing) David Karsten Daniels, "I Mean to Live Here Still."

It’s a gorgeously orchestrated bit of post-jazz (swamp meets fog) folk-pop using texts by Henry David Thoreau.  Think exuberant swirling melodies and big band horn swells of joy!  Also, we’ll take a sneak peek listen to Bang on a Can’s street band, Asphalt Orchestra, playing Balkan brass band music by Goran Bregovic.  Plus, Sun Ra and the Arkestra plays “Pink Elephants On Parade” from Disney’s Dumbo,  Either/Orchestra plays music from King Crimson and the Lounge Lizards play music by John Lurie.

PROGRAM #3090, Songs and Instrumentals for Big Bands (First aired on Mon. 6/21/10)





David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull

I Mean to Live Here Still

All Things Are Current Found [3:31]

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The Flying Club Cup

Nantes [3:50]


Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra

Goran Bregovic: Champagne [4:49]

Cantaloupe Music 21066

The Lounge Lizards

Voice of Chunk

Tarantella [4:00]

Private CD on the CHUNK/Lagarto label. Reissued as SB-0012 OR download from

Sun Ra & His Arkestra

Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Pink Elephants On Parade [2:31]

A&M #CD-3918.**
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Half Life of Desire

King Crimson: Red [11:12]

Accurate Records 3242

Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra

Meshuggah: Electric Red [5:50]

See above.

David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull

I Mean to Live Here Still

Each Summer Sound [8:20]

See above.

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