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Catamount Community Radio - February 19, 2012

I think I was in the bad books of the machine gods this past week. First, the mouse on my computer breaks ( I knocked it off the desk .... it made it to the end of its rope, and just hung there. When I pulled it up again it was dead ... a hanged mouse). Then the battery dies in the Toyota ... I could have been the alternator, I suppose. Then the shifter cable on my bicycle. When I rode my bike to the garage to pick up the car I had to cross a mountain ... without the benefit of low gear. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I guess I could have walked up the hill. And then the zipper on my raincoat ... Well, not really; I just thought I'd include that last one for extra effect.

My old friend and band mate from way back when, Kenny, was playing a supper show at the Pressbox lounge (love that world). A woman had brought her 92 year-old dad to have supper. He watched Kenny's every move, but didn't clap or react until Kenny broke out a tune he had learned just that day: Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City." He listened attentively and clapped. Ken's only regret is that he didn't ask his name or shake his hand. With that in mind, I played Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis doing the tune.

I enjoyed the banter between Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey doing "A Little Learnin' is a Dangerous Thing." Funny, there don't seem to be any images in this video of Pearl Bailey, but it's the only one I could find.



I played a Congolese rumba by the Rumbanella Band. Sublime, especially the interwoven guitars. Modern technology like the radio and the phonograph spread the magic of the Cuban rumba throughout the world, and back to Africa. The Congolese did wonders with it.

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

1. Duke Elliington – Clementine
2. Jewels & Binoculars – Spirit on the Water
3. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
4. Paul McCartney – Too Many People
5. Bebo Valdés – Con Poco Coco
6. Unknown Hinson – Desert Luau
7. Pee Wee King – Slow Poke
8. Rumbanella Band – El Congo
9. Pearl Bailey & Frank Sinatra – A Little Learnin’ is a Dangerous Thing
10. Dianne Reeves – Too Close for Comfort
11. Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – Bright Lights, Big City
12. Oliver Nelson – Cascades
13. Willie “The Lion” Smith – Harlem Joys
14. Duke Ellington – Demi-tasse
15. Freddie King – The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
16. T-Bone Walker – The Hustle is On
17. Roger Miller – King of the Road
18. Brenda Lee – Break it to me Gently
19. Dusty Springfield – Have a Good Life, Baby
20. Nick Lowe – House for Sale
21. Bob Dylan – Not Dark Yet
22. Johnny Winter – Out of Sight
23. James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (single)
24. Jerry Reed – Hully Gully Guitar
25. Irma Thomas – The Hurt’s All Gone
26. Charles Mingus – Jump Monk
27. Gustavo Santaolalla – Gaucho
28. Rabih Abou-Khalil – La ladra di couri
29. Charlie Parker - Orinthology


Rumbanella Band

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