Episode #2986

All Over the World Jazz

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Will Calhoun, perhaps best known as the hard-hitting and inventive drummer for Living Colour (their release The Chair in the Doorway just came out this September), has also worked with tenor saxophone player Pharoah Sanders on a world-jazz effort, “Native Lands.” That record is a blend of jazz drumming, hand drums and other percussion, electronic soundscapes and trancey drum loops; with fluid melodic sax lines from Sanders, and contributions from Mos Def, Cheick Tidiane Seck (Mali), and Nana Vasconcelos (Brazil.) For this New Sounds, we’ll hear a bit of Calhoun’s record, plus something from Pharoah Sanders as well. Sanders, since his time playing with Coltrane’s band in the early 60’s, has been able to limn all sorts of jazz styles, from free to mainstream, and has worked with yodelers, sitars, tablas, ouds and kotos to earn another designation of “world- jazz.” Plus, music from the Neil Cowley trio, a piano trio who sidle thrash, jazz, and groove. And more.

PROGRAM #2986, All Over the World Jazz (First aired on Mon. 9-28-09)





Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa

Raw Materials

The Shape of Things [3:25]

Savoy Jazz 17603

Pharoah Sanders & William Henderson

A Prayer Before Dawn

Midnight at Yoshi’s [5:58]

Theresa Records TR127,
Reissued on Evidence Records 22047

Will Calhoun (feat. Pharaoh Sanders)

Native Lands

Umoja [7:20]

Half Note 4524
Available at

Will Calhoun (feat. Mos Def, piano)

Native Lands

East [2:41]

See above.

Neil Cowley Trio

Loud Louder Stop

Dinosaur, Die [6:09]

CAKE #78551

Tord Gustavsen Trio

The Ground

Edges of Happiness [3:07]

ECM 1892

Pharaoh Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph


Sunrise, excerpt [14:00]

Meta 004

Will Calhoun (feat. Pharaoh Sanders)

Native Lands

Native Lands [6:04]

See above.


Comments [2]

sistalinda from East Coast

I heard a piece in the last several hours by Will Calhoun which I'd like to purchase. But after reading the posted article, I'm still not sure what the name of the piece is or for which album it was recorded. Please help me spend my money wisely.

Love the station. I'm a musician gaining popularity on youtube, and I've been hungering for something different to inspire me and to feed my growing following. JACKPOT!!

Thanks so much,

Sep. 29 2009 01:04 AM
Burton Steck from Chicago

Off topic, but I couldn't get thru to WNYC by phone or email:

Why isn't "New Sounds from the Vaults' on lately?

I know I can go to your archives myself but ....

It's my 2nd favorite WNYC program (the 1st being the evening New Sounds show).

Sep. 28 2009 11:13 PM

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