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Catamount Community Radio Radio - January 2, 2011

I've been watching a flock of birds do crazy maneuvers in front of my building. Are they showing off their collective flying skills? They put the Blue Angels to shame. Anyway, today I'm going to experiment with a new format: the annotated playlist:


1. Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson – I Want to be Happy

This is off a swingin' album. One of those Norman Granz joints from the fifties. Both of these cats swing like mad. Perfect accompaniment for eating oysters in Philadelphia, for example. Happy song no. 1.

2. Ben Riley – Nutty

He drummed with Monk, and so this cover is a propos. Awesome.

3. Stevie Wonder – Happier than the Morning Sun

I just picked up the CD ("Music of my Mind") whence I get this tune (thanks, Steve). I have it on vinyl too. From Stevie Wonder's best period, the early seventies. Not that all of his periods aren't great. He's Stevie Wonder, after all. Happy song no. 2.

4. Dizzy Gillespie – Moon River

"Moon River / Wider than a mile / I'm crossing it in style." Dizzy does it in style.

5. Hilton Ruíz – Home Cookin’

I spent the last two days on the road, where we ate what we could find along the freeway. After eating that stuff, home cooking hits the spot. This is sizzlin' Latin jazz.

6. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Pure Jam

Japanese Electronica pioneers, featuring Haruomi Hosono, Riuichi Sakamoto, and another dude. Extremely cool.

7. Taj Mahal – Cakewalk into Town

I saw Taj Mahal a thousand years ago in East Lansing.

"I had the blues so bad one time,
it put my face in a permanent frown,
You know I'm feeling so much better,
I could cakewalk into town."

Happy song no. 3

8. Blaine Larsen – I Don’t Know What She Said

Driving down the freeway, you have a lot of time to listen to the radio. When my daughter gives me a chance on the radio (after an hour of drum machines, Auto-Tune, guest raps by Lil' Wayne and "Throw your hands in the air in the club") I developed something of a taste for mainstream Nashville country. But one thing I have to say about this tune: Dude, learn the Spanish!

9. Mariana Montalvo – Hombre pequeñito

I remember reading the words to this song in an undergraduate Spanish class, and later teaching the poem in an undergraduate Spanish class. I like the idea of playing the tune immediately after the last one. She says, "Little man, let me out of my cage; I want to fly, for a half an hour."

10. Dave Dudley – Six Days on the Road

Truck driving song. We were rolling down I-75 in Kentucky, when suddenly traffic came to a grinding halt, between Corbin and Williamsburg. Later I learned that there was a bad wreck. We sat there for three and a half hours, waiting for them to open the freeway back up. Only later did I learn that they opened up a detour behind us to reroute the traffic. I had imagined the traffic backed up all the way to Lexington. We were too close, though, to take advantage of the detour. Anyway, during the wait, I chatted with a trucker from Canada, who was hauling tomatoes grown in greenhouses in Ontario to Georgia. Now, isn't it messed up that in December tomatoes are hauled south from Canada to Georgia?

11. Samite – Munomuno

Bumping music from Uganda. Thanks, Tyler!

12. Eartha Kitt – I Want to be Evil

I've posed for pictures with Ivory Soap,
I've petted stray dogs, and shied clear of dope
My smile is brilliant, my glance is tender
But I'm noted most for my unspoiled gender

I've been made Miss Reingold, though I never touch beer,
And I'm the person to whom they say, "Your sweet, My Dear."
The only etchings I've seen have been behind glass,
And the closest I've been to a bar, is at ballet class.

Prim and proper, the girl who's never been cased,
I'm tired of being pure and not chased.
Like something that seeks it's level
I wanna go to the devil.

I wanna be evil, I wanna spit tacks
I wanna be evil, and cheat at jacks
I wanna be wicked, I wanna tell lies
I wanna be mean, and throw mud pies

13. Chaka Khan – Sign ‘O’ the Times

Chaka Khan covers Prince (one of my favorite tunes from one of his best albums) Prince rules!

14. Jorge Drexler – Una canción me trajo hasta aquí

Nice arrangement from the Uruguayan master.

15. Bruce Springsteen – Fever

This gorgeous weather gives me the spring(steen) fever.

16. Eddie Hunter, Alex Rogers & Lucky Roberts – I’m Done

Let's get into our time machine and head back to 1924 to listen to this jive gem.

17. Joe Venuti & Zoot Sims – I’ll See You in my Dreams

This tune has been on my mind. Written in 1924 by Isham Jones. Great chemistry between the fiddler Joe and Zoot on the tenor.

18. Keith Jarrett – Blackbird, Bye Bye

Nice, but it doesn't seem to have a lot to do with "Bye, Bye Blackbird."

19. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back

I love the mood and the kora (a sort of harp from Mali) on this tune by the New York bassist and composer.

20. The Chavelles – Red Tape

Some groovy doo-wop from 1956.

21. Bill Evans – Make Someone Happy

Brilliant piano work. Happy song no. 4

22. Albert Pla – El lado más bestia de la vida

This is a cover of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." Pla loves to provoke. I remember seeing him in Seville with my friend Luis a thousand years ago.

23. Lee Dorsey - Games People Play

The magic production touch of Allen Toussaint and the magic musicianship of the Meters.

24. Ted Nash – Baby Elephant Walk

Mancini, in a fife and drum arrangement

25. Hollywood Jills – He Makes Me so Mad

Silliness.

26. Hank Jones – A Sunday Kind of Love

I sent this out to the spousal unit and the sister-in-law, who were listening via the magic of the interstate tubes from India.

27. Serge Gainsbourg – L’anamour

I didn't have any Bollywood for them, so this had to suffice.

28. Lester Young – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Lester Young, need one say more?

29. Thelonious Monk – Introspection

Thelonious.

30. Esther Phillips – Ninety-nine and a Half

We'll strive for 100.


The truth is that I hardly prepared for the show today, because we didn't get back until 10:30 last night, due to that accident in Kentucky. I grabbed a massive handful of CDs: Gold, Mundial, and more. I'm happy with the way it turned out. I'm inclined to believe that a listener would have had no clue that the studio was constant chaos as I did the show.

Catamount Community Radio, on WWCU-FM, Sunday mornings, 10-12 (EST).


Ben Riley


Eartha Kitt

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