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Catamount Community Radio - December 15, 2013

As I was doing the tedious job of calculating final grades for the semester, I had the iTunes running on shuffle, sort of quiet-like in the background. On came Michael Jackson's "Pretty Young Thing." Wow, I thought. So later in the day when I was back at home, I put it on and busted a few moves on the living room floor. Not that I played it today on the radio, but for dancing it is one awesome tune. I got a little over-enthusiastic and soon found myself winded.

Guitarist Jim Hall passed on over to the other side this past week; he was 83. He was active to the last; I was reading the nightlife listings in the New Yorker a week or so, and he was in there gigging with somebody. I played two of his duets with Bill Evans, "My Funny Valentine" and "I've Got You Under my Skin."

Did a little set of truck driving tunes. My friend Ron makes fun of me for my fondness for truck-driving songs, but what can I say?

It looks like Jim Dandy edges out Mary Ellen to retain his title as Cover-Contest Champion.

1. What traditional American folk song does Don Bowman use on his hippie-mocking "The San Francisco Scene"? - "The Wabash Cannonball." There is a great video of Jerry Reed doing the tune on the Porter Wagoner show.

Don Bowman's treatment has a uncannily similar guitar sound.

2. Whose tune is Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra covering? - Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair." Guest vocals by Antony Hegarty. Jim nailed it, but I have to confess that I had never heard of Antony until yesterday. Which reminds me: I wasn't born yesterday, I was born the day before yesterday.

3. Which Stones tunes is Vincent Segal covering? "Under my Thumb." As Jim remarks, there is a great guitar sound on this cut.

4. Who does Herbie Hancock have guesting on the vocals of Joni Mitchell's "River"? - Corinne Bailey Rae.

There may or may not be a show next Sunday. I don't know. I know that my first show of the new year will be a special on the history of jazz piano. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU.

1. Bobo Stenson – What Reason Could I Give
2. Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
3. Reddie King – I Hear Jingle Bells
4. Bill Charlap – Ohio
5. Nancy Wilson – Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You
6. Nick Lowe – Children, Go Where I Send Thee
7. Bill Evans & Jim Hall – My Funny Valentine
8. Don Bowman – The San Francisco Scene
9. Herbie Hancock – Wiggle Waggle
10. Lowell Fulson – Lonesome Christmas, Pt. 1
11. Sketch Show – Flakes
12. Millenial Territory Orchestra (feat. Antony Hegarty) – Family Affair
13. Freddie Keppard – Willie the Weeper
14. John Pattitucci – King Kong
15. Lowell Fulson – Christmas Party Shuffle
16. Maria Rita – Festa
17. Bill Evans & Jim Hall – I’ve Got You Under my Skin
18. Vincent Segal – Under my Thumb
19. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
20. Bob Dylan – Winter Wonderland
21. Red Sovine – Freightliner Fever
22. Kay Adams – Little Pink Mack
23. Junior Brown – Semi-Crazy
24. Herbie Hancock (w/ Corinne Bailey Rae) – River
25. Bill Charlap – Easy Living
26. Lester Young – Lady, Be Good
27. Freddie King –Christmas Tears
28. Jonathan Coulton – Christmas is Interesting
29. Charlie Parker w/ Machito – Mango Mangué

Jim Hall


Winkin' Blinkin' and Nog

Hey it only took me an hour to shovel my driveway. The best thing about that was the food aroma upon walking back into the house. Yummmmmm. Hot Toasty Pig Roasty!
After a hot shower, your influence continued as I listened to a couple of the Dandy Christmas CDs you sent me another year ago, while creating my famous corn pudding!
I got familiar with Antony from the Leonard Cohen tribute DVD, "I'm Your Man" (which also features Rufus Wainright) and then on the Lou Reed concert DVD "Berlin."
BTW, I heard Beautiful Dreamer this week as a calliope tune at a circus an old episode of Wild Wild West. It's everywhere, man, everywhere!

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