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Aug. 21st, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - August 21, 2016


1. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – My Little Brown Book
2. Hampton Hawes – You and the Night and the Music
3. Bob Dylan – Spirit on the Water
4. Orinn Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
5. Sheila Jordan – Baltimore Oriole
6. Dave Holland – Billows of Rhythm
7. Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut
8. Randy Newman – Louisiana 1927
9. Keith Jarrett – Someone to Watch Over Me
10. Fletcher Henderson – King Porter Stomp
11. Hank Williams – Just Waitin’
12. The BPA w/ Ollie Hite – So It Goes
13. Sonny Rollins – Junst in Time
14. Henry Mancini – Lujon
15. Ted Nash – Baby Elephant Walk
16. Pearl Bailey & Frank Sinatra – A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
17. Jeff “Tain” Watts – Katrina James
18. Metroploe Orchestra – Kodachrome
19. Christian Scott – So What
20. Lrry Goldings – Take Me Out to the Ball Game
21. The Meters – Live Wire
22. Slim Gaillard – Slim’s Jam
23. Nicholas Payton – Zigaboogaloo
24. Omer Avital – Ballad for a Friend
25. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Sugar Plum
26. Betty Carter – There’s No You
27. Steven Bernstein – Toby
28. John Patitucci – Jesus on the Main Line

Aug. 14th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - August 14, 2016

I think I'll do an annotated list this week.

1. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau – Away from Home

Beautiful ballad played as a duet. Frahm is one of my favorite sax players on the scene today. I recall him saying that he wrote this tune while on tour in Japan.

2. Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge – Sometimes I’m Happy

Eldridge was Dizzy's mentor, but I don't think he was Dizzy's tormenter.

3. Bob Dylan – Tryin’ to Get to Heaven

Bob Dylan is fascinating to me. I've recently read both his memoirs, Chronicles, and Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric. The centerpiece of the latter book is Dylan's performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, which metaphorically "split the sixties." I could go on, but I won't because I'm thinking of writing a review of Wald's book as a separate entry.

4. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Barbados

What a name - "Phineas Newborn, Jr." a very talented pianist (think Oscar Peterson with more of a bebop orientation) who suffered with mental health issues.

5. Zoot Sims – Watch What Happens

Love this tune and I'm going to learn to play it on the sax. Nice guitar / sax duet here.

6. Willie Nelson – It’s Not Supposed to Be that Way

Willie Nelson is one cool dude.

7. Cyrus Chestnut – Lean on Me

Nice cover, restrained in comparison to Chestnut's usual style. I saw Chestnut play once. Dude literally brought tears to the eyes of one of the guys who was sitting at our table.

8. Bobby Womack – I’m a Midnight Mover

Hard soul number. More for Saturday night than for Sunday morning, but whatever.

9. Harvey Mandel – Peruvian Flake

Very interesting guitar player that I only recently found out about. Let's call him a late-sixties, early-seventies precursor of Eddie Van Halen.

10. David Bowie – Growin’ Up

Bowie covers Springsteen. 'Nuff said.

11. Hydroponic Sound System – Lagos, Michigan (1972)

Bari sax groove.

12. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Ooo, Baby, Baby

Great tune, with Smokey's magic voice. What I really dig though is the duet on this tune that he did with Aretha on Soul Train.

13. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies

Paris skies? Seriously? Those fleecy little things? Give me Montana skies.

14. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide

"Smoking I once quit
Now I've got one lit
Kinda fell back into it.

He rhymes like he's freakin' Cole Porter or some shit.

15. アコースフィア- Daydream Believer

Japanese cover of the Monkies classic, played on ukelele.

16. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams

Love this stride piano version of this great oldie from the twenties. Also charming is McShann's high pitched "thank you, thank you" at the end.

17. The Impressions – We’re Movin’ On, Pt. 1

Love the falsetto.

18. Lee Konitz – Foolin’ Myself

Konitz could play four minutes of alto saxophone, full of original ideas, without a single cliched riff.

19. Duke Ellington – Everything But You

"You left me some beans from Boston,
A bicycle built for two,
A memory to get lost in,
Everything but you."

20. Ted Nash – Gritty Ditty

The ditty is only a little gritty. I wonder if that's Wynton on the trumpet on this one.

21. Sly & the Family Stone – Family Affair

"There's a Riot Goin' On" is a desert island album, and this is one of the best cuts on it.

22. Roy Hargrove – Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat

What's the difference between a cat and a human being? A human lives in two places at once without being anywhere at all, that's because we dwell on the past with our regrets and our nostalgias, or we plan for or worry about the future. The cat, on the other hand, lives in an eternal present.

23. The Starkweather Boys – Abigail Blue

Bob Dylan and the Beatles are probably responsible for turning rock 'n' roll into art. Before that, it was guys with matching suits and skinny ties, and it was about shake it, baby, yeah yeah. This is a real rock 'n' roll number. "Abigail Blue / is that you / talkin' on my party line?"

24. Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You in my Dreams

C'mon up to my apartment. We'll listen to some Django Reinhardt records and I'll show you my etchings.

25. Harvey Mandel – The Snake

Another one from Mandel. I think the Stones considered him (along with Jeff Beck) as a replacement for Mick Taylor, though in the end they settled on Ronnie Wood

26. Esperanza Spalding (w/ Joe Lovano) – I Can’t Help It

Nice version of the Michael Jackson number.

27. Roy Hargrove – Strasbourg / St. Denis

Feel-good song of the year. Not this year, but certainly some other year, let's say 2008.

28. Steven Bernsteisn – Hit the Road

Grittier than the gritty ditty.

29. Marcus Roberts – Single Petal of a Rose

This morning's service closes with some poignant Ellingtonia.

Aug. 7th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - August 7, 2016

I'm up at 8:30, making my coffee, printing my puzzle, doing my ablutions. Still, it was not easy to be on the air at 10:00. I'm a little worried about the school year, being in the class room at 10:10. I'm going to have to get up at 7:30, and thus, since I'm quite a sleeper, be in bed by 11:00 p.m. or so.

Played a lot of Ellington today, for no other reason than that I'm hip like that.

Played a tune called "Helium," by the Tin Hat Trio. I was trying to come up with some joke using "shelium," but I couldn't come up with one.

I said something like, "Thank goodness ... Thank goodness for the internet ... and not just for the endless entertainment that is Face Page, but also for being able to look up things like 'Hully Gully.' Back in the day you would have to go to the library and check a dictionary of American slang, and chances are it wouldn't be in there. Or ask some old dude, who would tell any old thing from the top of his head." So, "a type of unstructured line dance often considered to have originated in the sixties, but is also mentioned some forty years earlier as a dance common in the black juke joints in the first part of the twentieth century."

All this as an introduction to B.B. King, playing "Hully Gully Twist." By the way, B.B. King started out as a DJ in Memphis, before becoming the iconic blues performer that we all know. When radio started it was based in places like New York and retransmitted to local markets. Then, maybe late forties or early fifties, local radio took off, and B.B. King was part of that. That was the golden age of radio, when what you heard in Chicago what not was you heard in New Orleans, and what you heard in Memphis was not what you heard in Detroit. It seems to have come full circle, as now it all sounds the same, with the exception of some stuff you hear on the far left end of the dial.

I played Roger Miller doing Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" (I'm not fond of Janis Joplin's version, or her music in general). And I didn't say it, but I was thinking, "Kris Kristopherson, who has the relatively rare initials K.K., which he shares with Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and a certain Klu Klux."

I have a new theory as to why we can't stream over the internet. Stations that stream have to pay a per-song royalty under the terms some Digital act or something. If you don't stream you are exempt from that fee. Probably not the reason, but maybe. May 2015 we quit streaming.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10 -12 at 90.5, if you're in Cullowhee or its environs.

1. Bill Charlap – Glitter and be Gay
2. Duke Ellington – Take the “A” Train
3. Nick Lowe – Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For
4. Tin Hat Trio – Helium
5. Duke Ellington - Azure
6. Willie Nelson – Recollection Phoenix
7. B.B. King – Hully Gully Twist
8. Hank Williams – Lost Highway
9. John Zorn – Haiti
10. Duke Ellington - Caravan
11. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
12. Jason Moran – Lulu’s Back in Town
13. Cuba L.A. – Bruca maniguá
14. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Lucky Am I
15. Duke Ellington – Drop me off in Harlem
16. Danny O’Keefe – Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
17. Sonora Ponceña – Night in Tunisia
18. Duke Ellington – Mood Indigo
19. Chris Biesterfeldt – Freedom Jazz Dance
20. Dave Douglas – Just Another Murder
21. The Cadets – Love Bandit
22. Duke Ellington – Main Stem
23. Roger Miller – Me and Bobbie McGee
24. Albert Collins – Frosty
25. Alison Krauss & James Taylor – How’s the World Treating You?
26. The Meters – Liver Splash
27. Duke Ellington – Echoes of Harlem
28. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
29. Amadou & Mariam – M’bife (bafalon)
30. Tony Allen – Gbedu
31. The Impressions – People Get Ready

Aug. 1st, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - July 31, 2016

It was good to be back on the radio after a couple of weeks off. Each of the last two Sundays were spent driving, nine hours northward the first one, and nine hours southward the second. But I'm back home and happy to be settling into my dull routine, which doesn't strike me as dull. (I read, I drink wine, I play a little piano, I walk my dog).

The EAS (emergency broadcasting system) was not running so I had to call the station manager during the show so he could reset it. That's a first.

I'm reading two books now; one, for pleasure (Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric), and one as part of my research for a paper I want to write (Laurent Dubois's Haiti: The Aftershocks of History). Enjoying both of them. The first is the reason I played a couple of Dylan tunes. Maybe some Haitian music next week.

No news about the internet stream.

Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 Sunday mornings at 90.5 on the FM dial.

1. Al Green – Hot Wire
2. Eddie Bo – Eddie’s Gospel
3. Kaki King – Night After Sidewalk
4. Charlie Parker – The Hymn
5. Ben Allison – Green Al
6. Nick Lowe – The Other Side of the Coin
7. Errol Garner – The Coffee Song
8. Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind
9. Benny Goodman – Jim Dandy
10. Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate
11. Branford Marsalis – Three Litte Words
12. Astor Piazzola – Oblivion
13. Carlos Henríquez – Cuchifrito
14. Duke Ellington – Now, Ain’t It?
15. Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love
16. Bill Charlap – Not a Care in the World
17. Irwin Mayfield (w/ Wynton Marsalis) – Blue Dawn
18. Chico Buarque – Ate 2 feira
19. Joel Frahm – Pennies from Heaven
20. Bob Marley – Jammin’
21. Irwin Mayfield (w/ Ellis Marsalis) – Mo’ Better Blues
22. Victor Goines – Pres’ New Clarinet
23. Ella Fitzgerald – Solitude
24. Ellington - Sittin’ and a Rockin’
25. Al Green – Back Up Train
26. Bill Frisell – Big Shoe
27. Bob Dylan – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome when You Go
28. Ben Webster – Single Petal of a Rose

Irwin Mayfield

Jul. 13th, 2016


Michigan / North Carolina

On a whim I decided to take a "Test Your Knowledge of Michigan Slang" test on the internet. Even though I guessed on one question, I still scored a 100%.

Here's the thing, though: I lived more-or-less the first half of my life in Michigan; let's say 1962 to 1988 (26 years). The second half of my life, 1989 to the present (2016) I have lived in North Carolina. (27 years). The figures are rounded off, and I would bet that if one really studied my history and did the math, it would be be very close to 50/50, as I was born in December of 1962 and moved here in the fall of 1988. I'm too lazy to do the math right now.

The strange thing is is that, rather than feeling at home in both states, I feel like a stranger in each. My ear is no longer accustomed to the Michigan accent; in fact, when I went to my 25th high school reunion a few years ago, I couldn't help but reflect on how odd my former classmates sounded. But here, when I open my mouth people know that I'm not "native."

In the South, especially in the country, you just wave "hey" to people, even if you don't know them: it's a formality, a socially prescribed norm. To do otherwise would be to be perceived as rude. I kinda like it. So I'm in Northern Michigan, in my hometown, and I've been sledding with my daughter and my dog, and we are getting back into the car, when a pick-up truck rolls by. Instinctively, I wave, and surprisingly, the driver stops, because he wants to know if something is wrong or if I need help. How do I explain to him that I was just waving because I'm from down south and that is what we do?

At the same time I feel like I can never be a true southerner. I can't even explain why. I talk funny, I don't like sweet tea. I don't care about barbecue. (I didn't even know what it was as a Michigander). I don't give a shit about the Atlanta Braves or Alabama football. This reasoning is obviously superficial, but it is a start.

Then up in Mancelona, MI, my hometown, I start noticing confederate flags. WTF? I guess it's a symptom of alienation, and anger, based on economic issues beyond peoples' control. People are not flying it as a racist statement; they're flying it as a mere act of defiance.

I make a decent living; I have a good job. Maybe my questions of identity are frivolous in the grand scheme of things.

Jul. 10th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - July 10, 2016

I don't know if it is narcissism or if I do it in a genuine spirit of self-evaluation, but I normally tape half or so of the radio show on cassette and listen back to it later. Well, today I forgot the boom box at home (I usually keep it at my office) and didn't tape the show. Which is OK.

Then I record another radio show right over the top of the cassette a month later: I just can't keep buying cassettes.

When I die, I will definitely leave behind an archive or radio shows, but it will be by no means be a complete set. I like to imagine some great grandchild discovering the tapes, figuring out how to play them, and getting a little kick out of it.

1. Ulf Wakenius – Believe, Beleft, Below
2. John Coltrane – I Love You
3. Eleni Mandell – Magic Summertime
4. Sun Ra – Bassism
5. Gal Costa – Aquele frere axé
6. Bob Dylan – Spirit on the Water
7. Jewels & Binoculars – Spirit of the Water
8. Randy Newman – Jolly Coppers on Parade
9. Christian McBride & Roy Hargrove
10. Cedar Walton – Seven Minds
11. Bing Crosby – In the Cool, Cool of the Evening
12. Dan the Automator – Steeeplechase Avnue (Sittin’ on 22’s)
13. The Jewels – This is my Story
14. Ted Nash – Something for Nash
15. Oscar Peterson – The Shiek of Araby
16. King Tubby – Book of Numbers Dub
17. Bunny Wailer – Bide Up
18. Peter Beets – Nigerian Marketplace
19. Hugh Masakela – Grazing in the Grass
20. Marc Ribot – Fat Man Blues
21. The Coasters – Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart
22. Henry Mancini – Something for Cat
23. Michael Blake Trio – Careless Love
24. Peter Blegvad – Crumb de la Crumb
25. Maceo Parker – Simply Tooley
26. Omer Avital – New Song

Jul. 3rd, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - July 3, 2016

1. Ted Nash – Lujon
2. Duke Elliington – The Feeling of Jazz
3. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
4. Clifford Jordan – Glass Bead Games
5. Brad Mehldau – Dreamsvillle
6. Kaki King – Carmine King
7. Dave Alvin – Surfer Girl
8. Hamton Hawes – You and the Night and the Music
9. Billie Holiday – What’s New
10. Duke Ellington – Harlem Air Shaft
11. Marc Ribot – Pensando
12. The Five Stairsteps – OOH Child
13. Fanga – Knoni (fragment)
14. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back
15. Willie Nelson – American Tune
16. John Coltrane – My Ideal
17. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – This Land is Your Land
18. George Benson – Benson’s Rider
19. Wynton Marsalis – Big Butter and Egg Man
20. The Martinis – Bullseye
21. Simon & Garfunkel – America
22. Chuck Berry – Promised Land
23. Marvin Hamlish – Solace (Scott Joplin)
24. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
25. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Sugar Plum
26. James Brown – America is my Home
27. Sonny Rollins Blues n’ Boogie
28. Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls

Jun. 28th, 2016


A Confederacy of Dunces (4)

Last in the series.

I mentioned the uptown neighborhood where Ignatius lives with his mom earlier. We'll just add that "there were no shrubs. There was no grass. And no birds sang."

Ignatius, entering the garage where the carts are kept, preparing to vend some weenies: "...the protruding hairs in his nostrils analyzing, cataloging, categorizing and classifying the distinct odors of hot dog, mustard, and lubricant."

Myrna Minkoff and Ignatius: "We were left alone, all cold coffee and hot words."

Myrna and Ignatius, "attacking one another with conversation."

Pearls of wisdom from Ignatius:

• "deodorants and other perversions"

• Irene Riley reads "Father Keller and Billy Graham in the paper everyday." Ignatius: "Oh my God, no wonder you are so lost."

• Ignatius just trying to scribble his genius out onto the Big Chief tablets in his room, says to his mother, "Don't you have a bottle of moscatel baking in the oven?"

• "Psychiatry is worse than communism."


synecdoche: the part is substituted for the whole, or the whole for the part.

metonymy: "one word is substituted for another with which it stands in close relationship in common language"

"ignatius had bought a large, elegant limited edition of the English translation and all fifteen dollars of its price hit Patrolman Manusco in the with the force of a dictionary."

"He paused to light a Benson & Hedges and cleared some of the phlegm of English history from his throat."

"At last ... a white smock billowed off the trolley and whipped into the garage."

JONES: "Ooo-wee ... The green cap mother. In person. Live."
OMNISCIENT THIRD-PERSON NARRATOR: "... the green cap mother said to Lana Lee."

"bandage plastered over his headache."

Jun. 26th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio? - June 26, 2016

Special show today: free form radio with my pal Tyler. His idea was to do characters, and for me to play the straight man. The first character, who gave us fodder for two fifteen-minute mic breaks, was washed-up British rock star Nigel Chillingsworth. Then in the second hour he played Mr. Irving Snideman, the station supervisor, who was at the station to do my annual performance evaluation. It was totally silly, totally fun (if not funny), and totally free form. We will do it again.

Since the station is not streaming, Jeff and Donna sat in their van and listened! Love that.

CCR, 10-12 Sunday mornings at 90.5

1. John Coltrane – The Night has a Thousand Eyes
2. Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change this Love
3. Hilton Ruíz – Home Cooking
4. Roy Hargrove & Christian McBride – Baubles, Bangles and Beads
5. Aaron Neville – Tell it Like it is
6. Joshua Redman –You’ve Got a Friend in Me
7. Bill Charlap – Tiny’s Tempo
8. Coleman Hawkins – Big Head
9. Irvin Mayfield – James Booker
10. Sarah Vaughan – Mean to Me
11. Oscar Peterson – C Jam Blues
12. Cannonball Adderley – Bohemia After Dark
13. Dinah Washington – I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
14. Nat Adderley – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
15. John Scofield – A Go Go
16. The Neville Brothers – Voo Doo
17. Marisa Monte – Vilarejo
18. Jason Moran – Arizona Landscape

Jun. 25th, 2016


A Confederacy of Dunces (3)

Part of the genius of the novel is its plotting. Only with repeated readings do you realize how Kennedy Toole sets things up that will be resolved hundreds of pages later.

When Ignatius works at Levy Pants, he first seems to Mr. Levy to be a good employee, for Mr. Levy wants nothing so much as to ignore his business, and is unaware of Ignatius's firing off offensive missives to clients, emptying the files into the garbage, and inciting revolt in the factory. At one point, however, Ignatius tells Mr. Levy, "I will change your mind about this firm, sir. Mark my word." We just read on, assuming that Ignatius's stay at Levy at Levy pants will be nothing but a disaster. But as it turns out, at the end of the novel, Mr. Levy does decide to engage himself once again with his business.

Speaking of the Levys, here's the description of their house:

"A permanently 75-degree womb connected to the year-round air-conditioning that silently filled the rooms with filtered and reconstituted Gulf of Mexico breezes and exhaled the Levys' carbon dioxide and cigarette smoke and ennui."

The brilliance of the sentence is rhetorical: carbon dioxide (concrete), cigarette smoke (concrete) and ennui (abstract). I love this.


The workers in the factory at Levy Pants are all black. Ignatius lives on society's margin, as do African Americans, which leads Ignatius to ponder:

"Perhaps I should have been a negro. I suspect that I would have been a rather large and terrifying one, continually pressing my ample thigh against the withered thighs of old white ladies, in public conveyances and eliciting more than one shriek of panic."

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