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Catamount Community Radio - June 26, 2011

Even my average shows are above average.

Yesterday I bought flamenco singer Pitingo's 2008 album, "Soulería." "Pitingo," in Caló means "conceited." The title of the album is a cross between the flamenco style "bulería" and "soul," and is meant to highlight the fusion of the genres that you hear on the album. He collaborates with guitarist Juan Carmona of Ketama, along with the London Gospel Choir. The album combines traditional flamenco styles with versiones aflamencadas of soul hits like "Killing Me Softly." I think I like the straight flamenco stuff better than the fusion, but I'll make up my mind later after giving the disc a better listen.

We heard a couple by Ted Nash.

While listening to Carmen McRae sing "You Took Advantage of Me" I was digging the subtle accordion accompaniment.

I'm so hot and bothered that I don't know
My elbow from my ear.
I suffer something awful each time you go
And much worse when you're near.

Here am I with all my bridges burned,
Just a babe in arms where you're concerned,
So lock the doors
And call me yours
'Cause you took advantage of me.

I had a thought (it happens every once in awhile). How about the accordion as a theme for a show? I could play Parisian café music, I could play accordion versions of "Petite fleur" and "The Flintstones Theme" that I have in the archives. I could expand to the bandoneón and play Argentinean tango. I could play Mexican norteña music..... I could play Lawrence Welk!!! Oh, the possibilities! I think this is going to happen.

I'll probably also do some Springsteen next time also to mark the passing of the "Big Man."

I drew on Mr. T's Over and Over series to fill out the show: Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Ojos de Brujo, Johnny Hodges, Kenny Werner, etc.

In 1956, the Miles Davis Quintet recorded four albums in two days: Workin', Cookin', Relaxin', and Steamin'. Coltrane and Red Garland were in that band. We listened to "Four" from the Workin' allbum. Miles Davis was given credit for writing the tune, although the authorities at Wikipedia insist tht the tune was written by Eddie Vinson.

No show next week while I'm out of town, but I'll be back in two weeks.

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


1. Ted Nash – Dreamsville
2. Thelonious Monk – Little Rootie Tootie
3. Ella Fitzgerald – This Time the Dream’s on Me
4. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
5. Brad Mehldau – Dear Prudence
6. Pitingo – Silencio (fandangos de Huelva)
7. James P. Johnson – Blue Moods, Sex
8. Etta James – Say It Isn’t So
9. Ray Charles – No Letter Today
10. Taj Mahal – She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
11. Carmen McRae – You Took Advantage of Me
12. Miles Davis – Four
13. Pitingo – Yo no te he dado motivos (tientos)
14. John Scofield – Checkered Past
15. Wayne Shorter – Penelope
16. Ojos de Brujo – Feedback
17. The Mexicali Brass – Green Hornet Theme
18. Otis Redding – Mr. Pitiful
19. Wild Bill Davis – The Madison
20. Johnny Hodges – On the Sunny Side of the Street
21. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Undercooled
22. Pitingo – Taranta al tío Juan Habichuela
23. Willie Bobo – Night Walk
24. Kenny Werner – New Amsterdam
25. Duke Ellington – East St. Louis Toodle-oo
26. Ted Nash – Gritty Ditty
27. Pitingo – Los tiempos están cambiando (tangos)
28. Jason Moran – He Puts on his Hat and Leaves


Ted Nash


Pitingo

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