26 November 2022

The best genres are based upon the denial of genre. Experimenting does not exist in a single palette and improvising even less so. The file labels are needed to figure out where to find more of the good stuff, but don’t let them convince you of anything more. What this is called may be jazz or ambient or noise or drone or all and none of the above. The music invites you to be free with it.


  1. Steinski “Jazz” [What Does It All Mean? – 1983-2006 Retrospective]
  2. Charlie Parker “All The Things You Are” [Bird After Dark]
  3. Sun Ra “Somewhere Else – Pt. 1” [Somewhere Else]
  4. Sun Ra “Somewhere Else – Pt. 2” [Somewhere Else]
  5. Spring Heel Jack “With Out Words” [Songs And Themes]
  6. Jessica Lurie “Up From The Bottom Of The Well” [Licorice & Smoke]
  7. David Bowie “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” [Nothing Has Changed]
  8. DJ Krush “Le Temps” [Milight]
  9. Ben LaMar Gay “Oh No…Not Again!” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  10. Duke Ellington “Upper and Outest” [Anatomy of a Murder]
  11. Ghidra “Floating Butterfly WIngs On Fire” [The Sound of Speed]
  12. Rashan Roland Kirk “The Ragman and the Junkman Ran from the Businessman They Laughed and He Cried” [Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata]
  13. Tom Waits “Frank’s Song” [The Early Years Vol. 1]
  14. Ornette Coleman “Focus on Sanity” [The Shape Of Jazz To Come]
  15. The Lounge Lizards “The Magic Of Palermo” [No Pain For Cakes]
  16. Astrud Gilberto “Windy” [Windy]
  17. Flying Lotus “Kill Your Co-Workers” [Pattern+Grid World]
  18. Sia “Breathe Me – Four Tet Remix” [Colour The Small One (Deluxe Edition)]
  19. Marcia Bassett / Samara Lubelski “PDX” [West Coast Live]
  20. Sun City Girls “Wingspan Eclipse the Moon” [Piasa… Devourer of Men]
  21. Narcissa Kasraï “Articulation” [Visions of Darkness (In Iranian Contemporary Music)]
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About Ricardo Wang

I began doing Public/Community/College radio at KUGS FM in Bellingham, WA in 1985 and was there until 1987. I spent 10 years at KAOS FM in Olympia, WA from 1993-2003 including a one year stint as Music Director. During that entire time, I did the What's This Called? program, at times for as long as 6 hours in a single night! The show ran at KPSU in Portland, from 2005 to 2018. I've been happily at Freeform Portland since October of 2018 and loving every second at this exciting freeform station! I started the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 1995 and have been playing music off and on in the Dead Air Fresheners since 1997.

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