July 20, 2013

Playlist Week of 2013-07-20

Sam & Me

* Feldman: Music For Piano 2 (Schleiermacher, et al.) (hatART CD)
* Duke Ellington: The Intimate Ellington (Pablo LP)
* Duke Ellington & Ray Brown: This One’s For Blanton (Pablo LP)
* Count Basie: Basie Big Band (Pablo LP)
* Milt Jackson/Joe Pass/Ray Brown: The Big 3 (Pablo LP)
* Sun Ra: The Mystery Of Being (Horo/Klimt 3LP)
* Joe Morris/A. Fernández/N. Wooley: From The Discrete To The Particular (Relative Pitch CD)
* Slobber Pup (J. Morris/J. Saft/T. Dunn/B. Pandi): Black Aces (Rare Noise 24/48 FLAC)
* Secret Keeper (Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson): Zeitgeist Gallery 2013-05-10 (SBD CDR)
* Mary Halvorson/Kirk Knuffke/Matt Wilson): Sifter (Relative Pitch CD)
* D’Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin/Light In The Attic 2LP)
* Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia 2LP)(†/‡)
* Daft Punk: “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk Remix) (Columbia 12”)
* Bob Marley: The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 Part 2 (d.3) (JAD 3CD)
* Bob Marley: The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 Part 3 (JAD 2CD)
* The Beach Boys: Friends (selections) (Capitol CD)
* Bob Dylan: Bootleg Series Vol.9: The Whitmark Demos (d.2) (Columbia/Legacy 2CD)
* Grateful Dead: Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA 1978-10-20 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 1978-11-24 (selections) (Pre-FM 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Civic Center, Hartford, CT 1980-05-10 (selections) (SBD 2CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 1994-10-14 (d.2) (SBD 3CDR)
* The Who: Live At Leeds (Polydor/Classic LP)
* Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Cat Stevens: Tea For The Tillerman (MCA/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Yes: Close To The Edge (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity SACD)
* Yes: Going For The One (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity SACD)
* Supertramp: Crime Of The Century (MCA/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Supertramp: Breakfast In America (MCA/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Steely Dan: Aja (MCA/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Steely Dan: Gaucho (MCA/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Boards Of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp 2LP)
* Agalloch: “Fragments” (Agalloch/Bandcamp FLAC)
* Pelican: After The Ceiling Cracked: Live In London (Hydra Head DVD/CDEP)
* Astra: The Weirding (Metal Blade CD)
* Astra: The Black Chord (Metal Blade CD)†



I had the great good fortune to see my good friend and musical collaborator, Sam Byrd, the other night, during one of his spur-of-the-moment visits to Nashville. Sadly, we did not play any music (my home studio is a disaster area at the moment) but we got to hang out, drink beers and listen to records, one of our favorite activities. It’s always a pleasure to see Sam, even if only for a little while. We’re hoping to book some time in a real recording studio when he comes back to town over the Christmas holidays, just to see what would happen in that environment. I’ll keep you posted on these developments as they progress.


The first round of eBay auctions went reasonably well, with all twelve records selling for what I would consider a fair price. Some sold for less than I think they’re worth; others sold for a little more than I expected. So, even after fees, I’m pretty happy with the results. Nevertheless, I’m not sure it is really worth all the work that went into photographing the albums, creating the listings and shipping them out. While I made several more dollars than I would have trading them at Grimey’s, my time is worth something as well. Even so, I do enjoy playing with the camera—and I have a lot of records I’d like to get rid of—so I might set up another round next week. We’ll see…



I’m pleased to see that my CD with Sam, Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums), has been getting some airplay on independent and college radio stations. One DJ, Ann Porotti at WTJU-FM in Charlottesville, Virginia has provided a review:
rodger coleman + sam byrd.  indeterminate. nuvoid jazz.  Three  extended improvisations  for piano (coleman) and drums (byrd).  live recording done in Nashville, TN, 2012;  lots of words about music.  avant garde;  hard to warm to.
“Hard to warm to”—I love it! That’s right up there with an infamous review of my old band, UYA, which described the music as “nerve-wracking crap” (thank you, Sam, for reminding me of that infamous quip). Well, at least she listened and played a track on the radio. We can’t ask for anything more than that.

You can hear it for yourself by clicking below:

Rodger Coleman: Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums)

1 comment:

Sam said...

Hey,I listened to a lot of nerve-wracking crap last week. Hard to warm to. Har har! It was great seeing you, as always!

Here are my lists from last week:

Playlist 2013-07-22:

*Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select (disc 1)
*Slobber Pup: Black Aces (selections)
*Sun Ra Quartet: New Steps
*Various artists: The Very Best of the Big Band Singers
*B-52’s: Wild Planet
*B-52’s: Whammy
*Beach Boys: Friends/20/20 (two-fer)
*Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones (disc 2)
*Beatles: With the Beatles (2009 mono remaster)
*Deerhoof: The Runners Four
*Fela: Black President
*Marvin Gaye: Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
*Passion Pit: Gossamer
*Squeeze: Singles: 45’s and Under
*Tower of Power: Tower of Power
*Various artists: Bombay Connection
*Various artists: Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 1
*XTC: Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982
*XTC: Black Sea

Reading List 2013-07-22:

*Esslemont, Ian C. Blood and Bone (started)
*Fleming, Ian. For Your Eyes Only (started/finished)
*Fleming, Ian. Goldfinger (finished)
*Theroux, Alexander. Laura Warholic, or, The Sexual Intellectual (in progress)
*Weldon, Michael J. Psychotronic Video Guide (in progress)