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Catamount Community Radio - November 29, 2009

I burst through the door at 9:58, pop in a CD, the tires screech, and the show, as they say, is on the road. In anticipation of the concert on Tuesday evening, today's joint was heavily peppered with big band music, with tracks from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, John Kirby, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

Jim Dandy hooked me up with a nice album of country jazz, chock full o' sweet pickin', Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats, so I featured several cuts from that disc.

We also listened to Jelly Roll Morton talk about his "King Porter Stomp" from the Library of Congress recordings with Alan Lomax, then Jelly played the number, and then we listened to Benny Goodman's group play the Fletcher Henderson arrangement that became a quintessential swing era tune.

We pondered an easy-listening vocal version of "I''ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face" by Jamie and the J. Sylva Singers, and followed that with Brad Mehldau's lovely version of the tune.

When it comes to holidays, we tend to look forward to them, but once they've passed, we forget about them as quickly as possible, since we've been anticipating them for such a long time. I'm sure by now you've already heard a whole bunch of Christmas music in the stores and on the radio, but come December 26, forget about it. I remember as a kid, back in northern Michigan, seeing Christmas trees thrown onto the snowbank the day after Christmas. So, to sort of buck the trend, I played Bing Crosby's "I've Got a Lot to be Thankful For." Bing is thankful for

"Arms to hug with,
lips to kiss with,
Some one to adore.
How could anyone ask for more?
My needs are small,
I buy them all
at the five and ten cent store."

While we're copying lyrics, how about these from Pee Wee King:

"You keep me waitin'
till it's gettin' aggrivatin'
You're a slow poke ...

[...]

Why should I linger
every time you snap your finger?
You're a slow poke ...

[...]

I guess I'll have to learn
to be a slow poke too."

The show streams on the internet Sunday mornings from 10-12 (Carolina time) if you point your browser at Power 90.5 and click where you're supposed to click.

BTW, I saw Prince on the tube playing guitar with Tom Petty at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on "While my Guitar Gently Weeps." I was impressed.


1. Gene Ammons – Answer Me, My Love
2. Kenny Burell – Azure
3. Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats – Billy's Bird
4. Abdullah Ibrahim – In a Sentimental Mood
5. Bing Crosby –I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For
6. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Sleigh Ride
7. Pee Wee King & his Golden West Cowboys – Slow Poke
8. Luiz Bonfá – Manhã de carnaval
9. Jimi Hendrix – Pali Gap (fragment)
10. Blind Blake – Diddie Wah Diddie
11. Al Dexter – Saturday Night Boogie
12. Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats – Big Bill
13. Madeleine Peyroux – Don't Wait Too Long
14. Pearl Bailey & Hot Lips Page – The Huckle Buck
15. Brian Setzer Orchestra – Sleigh Ride
16. Webb Pierce – Slowly
17. Glenn Miller – Mission to Moscow
18. Count Basie – Jive at Five
19. Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats – Blue Hen
20. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – Jaime González
21. Sketch Show – Attention, Tokyo
22. Jamie & the J. Silva Singers – I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
23. Brad Mehldau – I've Grown Accostumed to Her Face
24. Tower of Power – On the Serious Side
25. Tyrone Davis – Can I Change My Mind
26. Sonny Rollins – Just in Time
27. Jelly Roll Morton – The Story of King Porter Stomp
28. Jelly Roll Morton – King Porter Stomp
29. Benny Goodman – King Porter Stomp
30. Jack Bongo Burger – Jordu
31. Beyoncé vs. Duke Ellington (mash-up) – Up in the Cotton Club
32. Burning Spear – Dread River
33. Hank Snow – (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
34. John Kirby & His Onyx Club Boys – Coquette
35. Dizzy Gillespie – A Night in Tunisia
36. Sam & Dave – I Thank You


Jelly Roll Morton


Webb Pierce

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