BoBBy HiLL, is the 23-year & counting programmer and host of THE OTHER...SIDE, an avant based radio program heard weekly on Washington DC’s WPFW (89.3 www.wpfw.org), dedicated to jazz, beats, and verse-based music.
Below are his top ten "Jazz Ain’t Nothing But Soul"’ choices of music for 2006
BoBBy says, "– Thanks for the title and rest in peace, Ms. Betty Carter."
"These titles explores more avant-leaning verse and beat-based music."
1) Ma’At Mama – Ursula Rucker – K!7
2) Lost Sounds: Blacks And the Birth Of The Recording Industry, 1891-1922 – Archeophone
3) News From A Darked Out Room – Jean Paul Bourelly – Phonector
4) Comfort Of Strangers – Beth Orton – Astralwerks
5) Presents Father Divine – Mike Ladd – Roir
6) Two/Three – Dabrye – Ghostly International
7) MORE THAN POSTHUMAN - RISE OF THE MOJOSEXUAL COTILLION &
CHOPPED & SCREWED - VOLUME ONE - Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
8) A Lazarus Taxon –Tortoise – ThrillJockey
9) The Unbound Project Volume 1 – Various Artists – Realized
10) Still Life With Commentator – Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd – Savoy Jazz
Burnt Sugar Index llc and TruGROID present Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber’s 9th release since their inception in 1999 and first studio release in 3 years
MORE THAN POSTHUMAN - RISE OF THE MOJOSEXUAL COTILLION
2 CDs of 23rd century R&B featuring: Rene Akan, Mikel Banks, Lewis “Flip”Barnes Jr., Justice Dilla-X, Jason Tobias DiMatteo, Jesse Dulman, Chris Eddleton, Avram Fefer, Micah Gaugh, Paula Henderson, Trevor Holder, Satch Hoyt, Jeremiah, Meret Koehler, Lisala, Thom Loubet, Bruce Mack, Napoleon Maddox, D-Maxx, Omega Moon, Qasim Naqvi, Jared Michael Nickerson, Matana Roberts, Myles Reilly, Eric Ronick, Petre Radu Scafaru, Mazz Swift & Greg Tate
With Special Guests: Vijay Iyer, Beans, Stefanie Kelly, Carl Hancock Rux, Akiba Solomon, Somi, Imani Uzuri, & Kirk Douglas of the Roots
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Greg Tate, our conductor and fearless baton whirler has written these descriptions for the 23 23rd century R&B
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber jammies:
MORE THAN POSTHUMAN/RISE OF THE MOJOSEXUAL COTILLION
Mommy whuts a mojosexual? Anyone who spends an entire summer listening only to a bootleg of Chaka Khan's club hits. Anybody in Burnt Sugar. Anybody from New Orleans now in 47 states trying to maintain. Katrina wasnt even on the radar when this song was written but the lyrics now seem strangely, strongly related. Not so much prophetic as anthemic in that regard we hope.
GOD IS BLACK
'Your rogue state, seen the residents, looking like cuz whose hair dont kink. His god is Black, his second lingo english, so justice denied on the strength of that premise.' Or from paddyrollers to the Patriot Act, it aint too good as my man Mutabaruka sez , to stay in a whiteman's country too long. Especially if you favor The Koran. BTW Rene gives Curtis Mayfield and Ernie Isley a run for their money on this one right?
JULIETTE AND ROMEO
Kinda Aretha, kinda attempted infidelity. And Lisala's voice, man, damn.
An enchanted song for Jared's mom and niece where he and Matana get to channeling. Bird, Jaco, Johnny Hartman, Carmen Macrae like that.
Love letter to a headstrong and schizophrenic mother of two. And another reason songs were made to contain pain you can't express in the real world. D-Maxx ripping your heart out with those lyrix. And Lisala's voice man, damn.
ENJOY BEING VISIBLE
Most of there lyrics were stolen from a book of Zen affirmations. Somi we stole from her own project.
THE BALLAD OF FEMA, KATRINA AND SATCHMO
Self explanatory, also written and recorded before the level 5 event, but nowhere near as didactic as it could have been. The music Rene wrote a decade ago while meditating on the East River. Mazz just arbitrarily started singing these lyrics the first time she heard the music in her headphones. 'When you cry yourself a river don't come crying one to me.’ Mean & spooky.
A tribute to A.R. Kane who like us believe its time for a fruitful conversation between Sun Ra and Morrisey.
For Jimi, Billy and Buddy and every girl who ever rocked your world.
THE FINAL DAZE
Once upon a time there was a band called Tar Mack. Once upon a time it rehearsed in my living room. Then Micah added some alto and Carl Hancock Rux read pages 44-45 from his novel Asphalt, the most abstract novel by a negro since The System of Dante's Hell.
STEPHANIES MOOD RING
Micah's lyrics and vocals. Bruce's organ makes it almost more Ethiopian than Nyabinghi.
RISE UP REMIX
C'mon, It was practically begging to happen. Vijay displaying his disco song factory roots. For Real. Like some ol' Brill building type sheet, only West Coast stylee, like he fell back into his Berkeley salad days.
A Bruce Mack song but very rooted in a Myth-Science Arkestra tradition.
Yet another Jared original about what it feels like to be a woman minding her own business in Brooklyn. And man, can we talk about Lisala’s voice!!
SHE’S GOT QUESTIONS
a brief if funky commentary about sleeping with one eye open in the house of love. because hot grits, +lye soap are always an option and lorena bobbitt lives.
Once upon a time Duke Ellington wrote a song called Harlem Air Shaft. Once upon a time called now Greg Tate writes a song about the shafting of Harlem's air property rights and the prospect of a Harlem intifada. Mikel Banks rocks the hook and Justice Dilla-X improvises his own brand of Lovers Rock.
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Only Rene Akan would set a page out of Fanon and a poem about a slave revolt by Aime Cesiare to death metal. Only Micah could render it so fey. Thank our newest edition on the MPC 2000 Napoleon Maddox for the Ladysmith Black Mambazoesque bric-o-lage.
ENJOY BEING VISIBLE
Last summer I saw Akiba Solomon on a panel about Black women's self- image and the fashion industry with Iman and Karrine Superhead Steffens. The truth will shine.
GET A LIFE
Our nod to to RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough with the nomadic diva Imani Uzuri making her pain sound like your golden asswhupping.
TO SLEEP WITH COMPLICATED WOMEN
Once there was a band called Women in Love and it rehearsed in my bedroom. Featuring the ubiquitous Mikel Banks, last heard on drums on the previous cut.
a fine and feisty etude by Rene Akan which musically pummels all betrayers of the revolution.
SLEEP IS THE COUSIN OF DEF
Nas and Joe Henderson's Power To The People kinda be on your mind sometimes. Beans rocks the mic. Flip Barnes, trumpet, Mazz Swift, violin, Micah Gaugh and Matana Roberts, alto, Jesse Dulman, tuba, Petre Radu Scafaru, tenor, Jason Di Matteo, arco bass, Qasim Naqvi and Chris Eddleton, drums, Rene Akan, guitar, Vijay Iyer, piano, Napoleon Maddox, MPC 2000, Greg Tate, Fender Bass.
In which Stefanie tells Carl about being 19 and married to a quite Nazi-ish Jewish sushi chef and Charlie Parker afficionado in a Topanga Canyon nudist colony where said husband would one day attempt suicide via hiri-kiri. All over a very funky episode Jared scripted for his bass and our horns to play like he Quincy Jones or some sheet.