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Catamount Community Radio - January 5, 2014

Roscoe, at seven or eight months of age, is basically 45 pounds of muscle zipped up inside a coat of fur. The innermost of those muscles is his heart, upon which is tattooed the word "Mark." Seriously, the dog is so fond of me that it's hard to stay mad at him when he nips at my ankles, when he knocks my mom down and makes her cry, or when he chews up my copy of A Catcher in the Rye. He waits, sometimes patiently, at the bottom of the stairs for me to descend; he curls up next to me when I play the piano, and he just about pees himself with excitement when I get home from work in the afternoon. One of his many idiosyncrasies is that when I go into the water closet for a little morning reading, he accompanies me, and even though minutes before he was playing tug-of-war with a tennis ball, soon enough he is on the floor next to me, asleep. Such was the case this morning. I was perusing an article about a guy's experience as a gondolier in Venice. When I finished with the business at hand I looked at the clock, and it was 9:35. The radio show was scheduled to start in 25 minutes, and I hadn't even had my shower. Needless to say, the screeching tires were a propos today: I rolled in at about 9:57 and by 10:00 I was on the air.

My last show was December 22. On December 23 Yusef Lateef passed away, he was 93! Today I played him a little tribute, better late than never. One of the numbers I played was from the Yusef Lateef in Nigeria album. What a strange yet wonderful album. When you think of Nigerian music, you think of high life, of Fela Kuti, or King Sunny Adé. But Lateef's album doesn't call to mind afrobeat. You recognize the sound of the talking drum, but beyond that it seems simply original ... strange yet beautiful.

Lyrics? Bob Dylan in "Things have changed":

Gonna take dancing lessons, do the jitterbug rag
Ain't no shortcuts, gonna dress in drag
Only a fool in here would think he's got anything to prove

[...]

Feel like fallin' in love with the first woman I meet
Puttin' her in a wheel barrow and wheelin' her down the street

How does he come up with stuff; at first it merely strikes you as random, but then you find yourself thinking, why can't I come with lyrics like that?

Randy Newman, "Easy Street":

Satisfaction guaranteed
Gettin everything you need?
Hand delivered, quite discreet
'Cause you're on Easy Street

Any place you want to go
We'll call ahead and let them know
Get you in through the backdoor
But you get a front row seat
'Cause you're on Easy Street


I played a couple from Steve Earle, "Ellis Unit One," from the Dead Man Walking soundtrack, and "Rich Man's War."

I don't know if this has happened before, but Jim Dandy got a perfect score on the cover contest. All tunes were Bacharach / David numbers.

1. Who is covering "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"? - The Carpenters.

What do you get when you kiss a guy?
You get enough germs to catch pneumonia,
And after you do, he'll never phone ya.
I'll never fall in love again.
I'll never fall in love again.

2. What is the name of the tune being covered on the 88? - "Alfie" (played by Brad Mehlddau) ("What's it all about, Alfie?")

3. What's the name of the tune that Gene Ammons is covering? - "A House is Not a Home"

A room is still a room
Even when there's nothing there but gloom;
But a room is not a house,
And a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart.

4. Who is covering "God, Give Me Strength"? - Elvis Costello.

Congrats to Jim Dandy for scoring 100% on this week's quiz. Your prize will be in the mail as soon as I can figure out what your prize is!

I think next week I'm going to do "history of jazz piano" show from Couture's perspective, meaning a romp, in chronological order, through the history of jazz piano, focusing on the pianists that I like the most.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (right coast) on WWCU.

1. Ellis Marsalis – Duke in Blue
2. Nicholas Payton, Christain McBride, Mark Whitfield – Driftin’
3. Frank Sinatra – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
4. Yusef Lateef – 8540 Twelfth Street
5. Bob Dylan – Things Have Changed
6. Teddy Wilson – Smile
7. The Carpenters – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
8. Bebo Valdés & the Havanna All-Stars – Tabú
9. Yusef Lateef – Blues in the Adaji
10. Coleman Hawkins – Bean at the Met
11. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
12. Ben Webster – Single Petal of a Rose
13. Nat Cole – When I Grow too Old to Dream
14. Madal Kunene – Indiza (Aeroplane)
15. Charlie Parker with Strings – Just Friends
16. Little Richard – Hurry, Sundown
17. Gene Ammons – A House is not a Home
18. George Benson – Sack o’ Woe
19. Randy Newman – Easy Street
20. Roosevelt Sykes – The Honeydipper
21. Prince – Brand New Orleans
22. Sly & the Stone – Family Affair
23. Steve Earle – Ellis Unit One
24. Steve Earle – Rich Man’s War
25. Elvis Costello – God, Give Me Strength
26. Lou Donaldson – Midnight Creeper
27. Francis Bebey – Guitar Makossa
28. Ellis Marsalis - Melancholia


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