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Catamount Community Radio - April 7, 2013

As I sit here typing (to say "writing" may be an exaggeration), I'm listening to Konono No. 1 (a group from Kinshasa), a thirty-minute number. I have the volume turned very low, and it's oddly comforting aural wallpaper. I'm just back from driving to Asheville to collect the spousal unit and the issue at the airport. On the way home they were mostly either absorbed in their phones, or sleeping. I was yawning as I sat behind the wheel, but now once again I am awake and alert.

I decided to feature Sam Rivers today; I wanted to go a little "outside," but still keep it accessible. Played three tunes from the Fuchsia Swing Song album. I'm very fond of that album. I like Tony Williams' propulsive drumming, and I like the way Rivers' solos move from hard bop lines to the verge of free jazz and back again. Even though the music was recorded in 1964, almost 50 years ago, it doesn't sound dated to me in the least; it's still fresh.



I had my little fun: "Quiz time. You tell what the title of this tune is. Hint: it has five syllables, too of which are 'April.'" Then I proceeded to play Charlie Parker with Strings, doing "April in Paris." Afterward, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I said, "That was April in Paris by the great oboist Mitch Miller, with help from a certain alto saxophonist by the name of Charles Parker. I sometimes wonder if there is anybody out in listening land who follows and enjoys my particular brand of nonsense.

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Two from Yusef Lateef, one expressing the "blue" Yusef, and the other the his "Eastern Sound." He's 92, but still playing, though not often. I think this week he is playing in New York with a percussionist, a long-time collaborator. Yusef Lateef was world music before there was any such thing as "world music."

A little spring theme going: Oscar Peterson, with "Younger than Springtime;" Carmen McRae, with "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most," and Fats Waller, with "Spring Cleaning":

I'll polish the leaves, make them green again;
Shake out the trees, change the scene again;
Spring cleaning - gettin' ready for love.

(No, lady. We can't haul your ashes for 25¢; that's bad business.)

During the third quarter of the show, from around 11:10 to 11:30, we veered away from jazz to hear Bob Marley and the Wailers, Antonio Carmona, Brenda Lee, Merle Haggard and Leonard Cohen. It's free-form radio after all.

During the last half hour, we heard one from guitarist Pat Martino. I read yesterday on the world wide web that "in 1980, Martino underwent surgery as the result of a nearly fatal brain aneurysm. The surgery left him with amnesia, leaving him, among other things, without some memory of the guitar and his musical career. With the help of friends, computers, and his old recordings, Martino made a recovery, and learned to play the guitar again." Ain't that something?

Framed the show with the WSQ.

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


1. World Saxophone Quartet – Antithesis
2. Billie Holliday – Some Other Spring
3. Count Basie – The Dirty Dozens
4. Oscar Peterson – Youngert than Springtime
5. Dexter Gordon – Where are You?
6. The Treniers (w/ Willie Mays) – Sey Hey (The Willie Mays Song)
7. Sam Rivers – Fucshia Swing Song
8. Charlie Parker – April in Paris
9. The Real Group Att Angöra en Brygga
10. Fats Waller – Spring Cleaning
11. Dorothy Dandridge – Smooth Operator
12. Yusef Lateef – Get Over, Get Off, and Get On
13. Yusef Lateef – Three Faces of Balal
14. Miguel Poveda – Buenas intenciones
15. Sam Rivers – Luminous Monolith
16. Bill Charlap – It’s Love
17. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau – Away from Home
18. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Small Axe
19. Antonio Carmona – Miedo
20. Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry
21. Merle Haggard – Big City
22. Leonard Cohen – Darkness
23. Pat Martino – Four on Six
24. Carmen McRae – Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
25. Sam Rivers – Downstairs Blues Upstairs
26. World Saxophone Quartet – Amazing Grace, Pt. 2


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