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February 4, 2014 Options
Professor Nathan Davis, Ph.D (Doctor of Beautyology)
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Artist Selection Album    (Label / Recording date)
Theme Music:
James Brown 
Cold Sweat (pt. 1)   Options b/w Cold Sweat (pt. 2)
(King 1967)

Eric Dolphy  GW   Options Last Recordings
(West Wind 1964)
Nathan Davis  A5   Options Rules of Freedom
(Hot House 1967)
Nathan Davis, Akagündüz Kutbay, Emin Findikoglu  Çeçen Kizi   Options TRT: Ara Müzikleri
(Yonca 1977)

Talkover Music:
Nathan Davis 
That Kaycee Thing   Options The Hip Walk
(Saba/MPS 1965)

Clifford Thornton  Communications Network (pt. 2)   Options Communications Network
(Third World 1972)
Nathan Davis  Slave March   Options Makatuka
(Segué 1970)
Nathan Davis  Frog In'   Options Jazz Concert in a Benedictine Monastery
(Edici 1969)

Talkover Music:
Nathan Davis 
Now Let M' Tell Ya   Options Peace Treaty
(Société Française De Productions Phonographiques 1965)

Nathan Davis  Evolution   Options Happy Girl
(Saba 1965)
Nathan Davis  Stick Buddy   Options If
(Tomorrow International 1976)
Nathan Davis  Mean Business   Options Suite for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Tomorrow International 1976)

Closing Theme:
Specks Williams 
We Gave the Drummer Some   Options b/w Specks' Blues
(Jax 196?)

Listener comments!

Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 5:53pm glenn:

tally pip, good sir.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 5:54pm Doug Schulkind:

Tallying so far, I count just one pip.
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 5:55pm glenn:
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 5:56pm ndbob:

evening Doug, Glenn, everyone
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 5:56pm Doug Schulkind:

Nice. Thanks.
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 5:57pm glenn:

nobody here but us chickens yet.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 5:57pm Doug Schulkind:

Hello ndbob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:00pm Gary:

Howdy all!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:01pm Doug Schulkind:

Yoyoyo, Gary!
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:01pm ndbob:

Heya Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:01pm Jeff Golick:

Haven't seen that Seeger/Dylan/Newport '65 ax(e) story in recent days. Is that apocryphal?
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:03pm Doug Schulkind:

@Jeff Golick
Yes, the axe story is a bullshitrophal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:05pm listener james from westwood:

how do, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:05pm Jeff Golick:

Excited for this! I no know Nathan.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:05pm Doug Schulkind:

Mr. Seeger claims that he was not upset about Dylan "going electric," he was upset the the horrible mix was making Dylan's vocals unintelligible. People in the crowd started booing when the emcee for that portion of the evening (either Peter or Paul from PP&M) tried to hurry Dylan's act off the stage in order to keep to the schedule.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:07pm Doug Schulkind:

Donald Byrd on trumpet here with Dolphy and Davis. Byrd would later be instrumental in encouraging Davis to take the job at the Univ. of Pittsburgh.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Oh HEY, Listener James!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:08pm Jeff Golick:

How likely is it that the Nathan Davis playing percussion on this Zorn record - - is the same ND?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:09pm Gary:

New to me as well!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Not the same ND. That ND has appeared live on WFMU. On Kurt Gottschalk's Miniature Minotaurs show. Either that or there are THREE Nathan Davises.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:12pm Doug Schulkind:

This record, Rules of Freedom, was recorded a few months after John Coltrane died. Trane's long-time bassist, Jimmy Garrison is on this record, which features a track titled "Blues for Trane."

The pianist is, fascinatingly, Hampton Hawes. Art Taylor is on drums. Davis is on soprano sax.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:13pm Jeff Golick:

Hampton Hawes wrote a great autobio.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:14pm Doug Schulkind:

My wife and daugther have just left the house to go hear a talk by our dear Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

@Jeff Golick
That is a FANTASTIC autobio. Raise Up Off Me is one of my favorite books on music.
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:15pm glenn:

did you make the wings, gary?
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:16pm ndbob:

wow Doug - I'd like to hear her
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:16pm Jeff Golick:

I should probably revisit that book. Even the title is amazing.
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:16pm ndbob:

no one will go out here tonight unless it's an emergency
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:18pm Doug Schulkind:

Big ice storm a-coming this way, ndbob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:19pm Gary:

glenn, I did NOT make the wings yet.
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:20pm ndbob:

Yep - saw that Doug - we are on the edge of of snow and ice tonight - probably mostly snow
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:20pm Doug Schulkind:

I am not at all sure when Davis traveled to Turkey to record this. (I mean, it was 1977, obviously, I just don't know the circumstances.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:20pm Gary:

You knew in advance I'd be favoriting this one, I bet
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:26pm northguineahills:

*tip-toes in* , phew, Nathan Davis is still alive! (right?)
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:27pm Doug Schulkind:

Hi northguineahills! I am happy report that Nathan Davis is very much alive. In fact, he turns 77 on February 15. (Also my wife's birthday.)
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:28pm Doug Schulkind:

I've already favorited your opening cut. Ha!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:31pm Doug Schulkind:

The next track was recorded with monks. No, not Monk, monks.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Davis is on bass clarinet here. He must've spend some amazing times sharing the bandstand with Eric Dolphy while Dolphy was shredding the bass clarinet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:33pm Stanley:

Hi Doug
I'm here but I've had a night on the beer!
Burp! (pardon me)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:34pm Jeff Golick:

Well this is perhaps more enjoyable than a song called "Slave March" should be...
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:34pm Doug Schulkind:

Good glug to you, Sir!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:37pm Doug Schulkind:

Almost sounds like an electric sax like Eddie Harris used to play. An otherwordly sound to my ears. (We have the monks to thank, maybe.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:38pm Matt from Springfield:

They give these jazz performances at a Benedictine monastery, and convince you that's how they spend *every* day! That's where the monks get ya...Thelonious Monks, too...

Hi Doug and Drummers! This kicks frogs ass!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:38pm Doug Schulkind:

Yeah, Matt from Springfield, yeah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:38pm Gary:

Speaking of monks and beer and burping ... there's an odd theme bar in the east village called Burp Castle. The place looks sort of like a monastery, the bartenders wear monk robes and shush everyone when the noise gets above a certain level
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:39pm Doug Schulkind:

Art Taylor is on drums here (another longtime ex-pat, like Davis). Jimmy Woode is on bass. He spent some quality time with Eric Dolphy, too. The brilliant Mal Waldron is playing piano in this quartet session.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:44pm Matt from Springfield:

@Gary: Makes me think of a "library" tavern--they would have books and games sitting around, but would shush you if it gets too noisy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:44pm Stanley:

Seriously digging this Nathan Davis and so happy the guy is still extant. Same age as my old man. Love live you, Sir (and long live my old man).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:45pm Jeff Golick:

Arg. Gotta go run and feed the little ones. And the kids, too, I suppose.

Bye, everyone! Archives, ho!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:47pm Doug Schulkind:

@Jeff Golick
Now I see where your priorities are.

Glug to your pops, Stanley!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:48pm Matt from Springfield:

@Stanley Long live 77s!!

@Jeff G: Bye! Enjoy eating with your children, 1s, and any young goats around!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:49pm Doug Schulkind:

They say that children who eat dinner with their parents regularly are about 127% more likely to go to college.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:49pm Matt from Springfield:

@Doug: "I needed to change, not the record"--don't we all have stories like that! :)
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:50pm Doug Schulkind:

As an undergrad, Nathan Davis went to the University of Kansas. One of his pals there on campus was a DJ and athlete named... Wilt Chamberlin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:51pm Matt from Springfield:

Makes sense. Parents who place a value on that are more likely to raise strong, college-bound kids.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:52pm Doug Schulkind:

Billie Holiday with Strings is another of those "I had to change, not the record" records for me. I'm so glad I changed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:52pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:53pm ndbob:

wow Doug... ever hear Wilt Chamberlain's 45 - "By the River"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:53pm Matt from Springfield:

@Doug: The best example for me may be avant-garde recordings, like Laurie Anderson. When I was 20 I rediscovered her and finally saw the light.

Wow, funny how famous people have often met like that, before they were well known!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:53pm Uncle Michael:

Wilt was my aunt's high school classmate at Omaha Central High...
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:54pm Doug Schulkind:

Why no I haven't!

@Uncle Michael
Rise and shine, handsome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:55pm Uncle Michael:

Wait...her classmate might have been Gale Sayers. NM!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:55pm listener james from westwood:

lovely dinner music tonight. (crazy long day at the computer, so actually ate at the dining room table for once.) many thanks for the nathan!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:56pm Doug Schulkind:

This LP "If" must have some killer drum breaks on it. Otherwise, I can't understand what made it such a hot commodity on the Japanese DJ market.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:57pm Doug Schulkind:

@Listener James
I guess you could say you went to Nathan's for dinner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:57pm Matt from Springfield:

Nathan's one hot dawg!
Avatar Tue. 2/4/14 6:58pm ndbob:

excellent show Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Can one be a hot dog, and cool cat at the same time??...

No way to know for sure what the Japanese will end up liking.
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 6:58pm Doug Schulkind:

I relish that comment, Matt.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:59pm Matt from Springfield:

Just ketching up with my puns, Doug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 6:59pm northguineahills:

Thanks, it's been a blast Doug!
Avatar    Tue. 2/4/14 7:00pm Doug Schulkind:

My pleasure, NGH, ndbob and n-everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 7:00pm Gary:

Oh, wait -- it's already 7? Thanks for the awesome hour!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 7:01pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the last 20 minutes, Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/4/14 7:01pm Matt from Springfield:

Great jams, thanks Doug! Will have to check out more Nathan Davis!

Have a great evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/5/14 7:40pm Parq:

Hey, Doug. Only got to hear 40 mins of the show, but great blowin'.
Avatar    Wed. 2/5/14 7:50pm Doug Schulkind:

Hope you didn't the extra blowingest 20 minutes, Parq!
  Sat. 2/8/14 1:05pm Listener Gregory:

Very interesting show, Doug. Nathan Davis somehow had totally escaped my notice.
Just to answer your question about Jimmy Woode, he is often referred to by Phil Schaap, who interviewed him about his time in the Ellington Orchestra. Schaap always pronounces his name like "woody."
Avatar    Sun. 2/9/14 5:33pm Doug Schulkind:

Thanks for confirming that, Listener Gregory!
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