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Catamount Community Radio Radio - January 9, 2011

It's a gorgeous day, but apparently storms are on the way, because classes have been canceled for tomorrow, which is fine with me. It was probably less than 20 degrees F as I rode my bike to the station this morning, but I was dressed for it. I pulled an old Michigan joke out of my sleeve:

- It's so cold out this morning ....
- How cold is it?
- It's so cold that I saw two dogs giving a rabbit a jump.

(Insert canned laughter here.)

What did I play today? The plaintive tones of Billie Holiday, accompanied by Teddy Wilson's band. We heard Luis Bonfá doing one of his most famous numbers. I read over at Wikipedia that Bonfá "began teaching himself to play guitar as a child; he studied in Rio with Uruguayan classical guitarist Isaías Savio from the age of twelve. These weekly lessons entailed a long, harsh commute by rail and on foot from his family home in the western rural outskirts of Rio de Janeiro to the teacher's home in the hills of Santa Teresa. Given Bonfá's extraordinary dedication and talent for the guitar, Savio excused the youngster's inability to pay for his lessons." Ain't that nice?

We heard some country today, six tunes by my count. Some new, but mostly old. Charlie Parker reportedly was fond of country music. When some hip friend asked why he dug that hokey stuff, he responded that he liked the lyrics, the stories. I agree. Although I admit that the pedal steel guitar also kills me.

We heard a few tenor sax titans: Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, and Yusef Lateef.

We got mellow, really mellow, with Cornelius.

We heard some really crunchy rock guitar by Jim Shuler. Dude out-Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons. Do you know what I mean? I just googled Billy Gibbons, learning that he's not only guitar slinger for ZZ Top but also makes good Mexican food and BBQ, and that he often plays with a Mexican peso coin instead of pick. I always thought it was a quarter. He's also a Hollywood character. Anyway, Jim Shuler refers to tijuana bibles, which were pornographic comic books that were sold clandestinely last century. Thanks Jim Dandy, for the CD.

Jazz and country. A nice combination. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST) on Power 90.5.


1. Fontella Bass – The Place I Call Home
2. Billie Holiday – Gloomy Sunday
3. Luis Bonfá – Manha de carnaval
4. Dexter Gordon – Broadway
5. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
6. Joshua Redman – The Crunge
7. Hank Snow – The Gal Who Invented Kissin’
8. Giorgio Conte – Canneloni
9. Bob Dylan – If Not for You
10. RDM w/ Aquila Rose – Big Yellow Taxi
11. Tom T. Hall – Ballad of Forty Dollars
12. Elvis Costello – Every Day I Write the Book
13. Merle Haggard – Leonard
14. Dele Sosimi – Gbedu 1
15. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – Dizzy Atmosphere
16. Blaine Larsen – I Don’t Know What She Said
17. Nina Simone – Do What You Gotta Do
18. Miles Davis – I Fall in Love too Easily
19. Duke Ellington – The Star-Crossed Lovers
20. Jim Shuler & Monkey Beat – Tijuana Bible
21. David Sylvian – Scent of Magnolia
22. Lester Young – Down ‘n’ Adam
23. Yusef Lateef – Twelve Tone Blues
24. James Brown – The Payback
25. Cortijo y su Combo w/ Ismael Rivera – Moliendo café
26. 菅野よう子 – Cat Blues
27. Raymond Scott – The Penguin
28. Abdullah Ibrahim – Mamma
29. Roy Drusky – Anymore
30. Golden Gate Quartet – My Time Has Come


Merle Haggard


Dexter Gordon

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