Almost Jazz

For this New Sounds show, sample some recent recordings of works that stretch the definitions of jazz. Listen to Sex Mob's latest record "Sexotica" with its riffs on of the booze-drenched lounge feel of 50's bandleader Martin Denny. The results are playful and adventurous, and with the electronic splicing after the free expression (courtesy of GoodandEvil - Brooklyn producers Danny Blume and Chris Kelly), sound like a primal reinvigoration of exotica. Also, listen to pianist Jason Moran’s work, “The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things” a commission for the Dia Art Foundation, which accompanied performance/video artist Joan Jonas' abstract video piece. Plus, music by the unpredictable trio of Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, and Paul Motian, who take “Pretty Polly” and let it timeshift and almost swing, with a blend of skewed folksiness and behind-the-beat blues phrasing.

PROGRAM #2580: “Almost Jazz” (First aired on Fri. 9-08-06)





Sex Mob


Martin Denny [7:00]
Dick Contino [5:00]

Thirsty Ear #57171***

The Bad Plus

Suspicious Activity?

Anthem for the Earnest [6:30]

Columbia #94749 ***

Jason Moran

Artist in Residence

Refraction I [6:00]
Arizona Landscape [3:00]
He Puts On His Coat And Leaves [5:00]

Blue Note #62711 ***

Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian

Bill Frisell/Ron Carter/Paul Motian

Pretty Polly [7:00]

Nonesuch #79867* OR*

Pharoah Sanders

A Prayer Before Dawn

Living Space [4:00]

Theresa #127 / Evidence try*