I’m not sure whether I mentioned it, but I’ve just become a regular contributor to WNYC’s Soundcheck. Henceforth I’ll be dropping by the studio at least once a month to talk to John Schaefer, the show’s host, about matters musical. Yay! I soooo love radio….
My next appearance on Soundcheck will be on Thursday, and the subject is The Way Up, the hour-long Pat Metheny-Lyle Mays composition for the Pat Metheny Group that’s just been released on CD by Nonesuch, Metheny’s new record label. I’ll also be talking about how other jazz composers from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider have grappled–some successfully, some disastrously–with the challenge of large-scale musical form. I think it’ll be worth hearing, if only because (A) John is the perfect on-air conversational partner and (B) we’ll be playing excerpts from The Way Up and other works.
Soundcheck airs in New York live each weekday at two p.m. on 93.9 FM. To find out more about the program, or to listen online via streaming audio, go here. I’ll be heard at the top of the hour. Give us a listen.
(To read more about The Way Up, go here.)