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Catamount Community Radio - August 31, 2009

Just a mix of stuff today. I played two versions of a very interesting tune, "Nola." I also played, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, a couple of hippie-hating tunes that I found at WFMU's Beware of the Blog site. Anyway, if you care to listen, I can be found live-streaming through the internet tubes Sunday mornings 10-12 (North Carolina time) on WWCU-FM.

I went back to an old favorite, "I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop." Here are my notes from back in November of 2008. I copped this material from Ben Greenman at the Moistworks blog:

"You can make the argument that one of the dividing lines between childhood and adulthood is the moment when we stop pretending that inanimate things are talking to us, but then you'd have to contend with the counterargument, brilliantly expressed in Jim Jackson's "I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop," from 1928: I heard the voice of a porkchop say, 'Come unto me and rest'

Well you talk about your stewing meats
I ain't know what's the best
You talk about your chicken, ham, and eggs
and turkey stuffed in dress
But I heard the voice of a pork chop say,
'Come unto me and rest.'

Here, the porkchop is talking in the voice of the Savior. Jackson is lampooning Matthew 11:28 and the popular hymn based on it, but he's transplanting the divine comfort to something much more earthy."

I got this bit on Husk O'Hare from Locust St.

"Husk O'Hare was a promoter and a hustler as much as he was a bandleader. He grew up in Chicago's West Side (his real name was Anderson O'Hare, but as he was a chubby guy, "Husk" soon stuck), served in the Army during the war and by 1920 was working with another promoter, Sol Weisner, to try to corner the growing Chicago jazz market. At their peak, O'Hare and Weisner were booking as many as 42 different bands at once. O'Hare had a taste for self-promotion (most notably in the large flashing sign he had installed on the roof of his Monroe St. office), and soon started running his own bands--Husk O'Hare's Campus Serenaders, Husk O'Hare and His Greatest Band or, as featured here, Husk O'Hare's Super Orchestra of Chicago.

His main requirement for his players was that they be young and willing to work often and cheap. Many jazz players grew to resent O'Hare, who had a habit of being named bandleader of sessions he had only booked (The New Orleans Rhythm Kings formed out of a group of disgruntled O'Hare players (see below)) but O'Hare wasn't a fraud--he had a legitimate taste for jazz, and likely was the person who sold Gennett Records on taking on the King Oliver band and its new trumpeter, Louis Armstrong. (Much of this information is from Charles A. Sengstock's That Toddlin' Town.)

Tracks like O'Hare's "San" show jazz arranging coming into its own--rather than the set constrictions of ragtime, there's a smoother, logical flow to the arrangement, with an extended written section broken up by possibly improvised jazz breaks. Recorded December 1922."

(BTW, Chris is tracing the career of David Bowie, song by song, at Pushing Ahead of the Dame.)


1. Ben Webster – Stars Fell on Alabama
2. Yusef Lateef – Don't Blame Me
3. Kronos Quartet – Crepuscule with Nellie
4. Merle Haggard – That's the Way Love Goes
5. Jimmie Rodgers – In the Jailhouse Now
6. Eddie Adcock – Mrs. Robinson
7. Héctor Lavoe – El rey de la puntualidad
8. Lester Flatt – I Can't Tell the Boys from the Girls
9. John Scofield – (I can't get no) Satisfaction
10. Boulder Acoustic Society – Nola
11. Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
12. Al Green – Back Up, Train
13. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Take the Coltrane
14. Cibo Matto – Lint of Love
15. Alex Cuba Band – Fuego
16. Luis Armstrong – Lovely Weather We're Having
17. Jewels & Binoculars – Spirit on the Water
18. Anat Cohen – Carnaval de São Vicente
19. Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra – Cry Baby, Cry
20. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sugar, Sugar
21. Tom Waits – A Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
22. Hot Lips Page & Pearl Bailey – The Huckle Buck
23. Donny McCaslin – Isfahan
24. The Kentucky Coronels – Nola
25. Husk O'Hare's Super Orchestra of Chicago – San
26. Jim Jackson – I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop
27. Ace Ball – Country Boy at College
28. Larry Martus – Until
29. Nat Cole – All for You
30. Duke Ellington – Reflections in D


Cibo Matto


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