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Catamount Community Radio - March 22, 2015

I briefly entertained the notion of making today the spring-themed show, with "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" and et cetera, but, thinking of Jim Dandy up there in Maine with all that snow, and Nick and Gaby's dog up there in New York frolicking in the snow in Central Park, I thought maybe it's premature. Jim had a nice line in his cover contest entry: "it snowed all day yesterday, but it's that fluffy stuff that gives the wind something to play with." Here it's all daffodils and young love. I think I'll do the spring-themed show next week, even if Dandy's picnic table is still covered with the white stuff.

I played Chico Hamilton's "Big News from Winnetka." Winnetka is actually next to Chicago, but the name always makes me think of Wapakoneta, OH, where I always stop to spend the night every time I'm rolling down I-75 between North Carolina and Michigan. By the way, it's the home of Neil Armstrong, the first man to play golf on the moon.

Frank Sinatra sang one with Count Basie and the band, I recounted this story:



Brad Mehldau and Joel Fraham played Sonny Rollins' "Oleo." Brad Mildew, as Dandy calls him and Joel "Soul" Fraham. I quipped, "Oleo is OK, but butter is better, and lard is the best."


Speaking of Rollins, we heard him blow that old chestnut, "Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye." I love the way he can modulate between keys effortlessly ... that's what good jazz musicians can do.

Katie Lee has the will to fail:

I rarely if ever hold a job
I never finish my work
I'm an affable kind of a slob
a highly disorganized placid sort of a jerk

I've got the will to fail
the will to fail
I have talents that I never use
I try to win but I love to lose
because I've got the will to fail

Nico and Gaby win the cover contest this week. They could hardly have gotten a higher score.

1. We heard this tune called "Tupelo Honey." Whose tune and who is singing it?
a) Van Morrison
b) Cassandra Wilson

2. Joey Defrancesco played a tune. Three parts: title, original artist, and somebody else who's covered it.
a) Never Can Say Goodbye
b) Jackson 5
c) answers could include Cal Tjader, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Herbie Mann, Sonny and Cher, among others.

3. A four-part question: what's the tune, which guitarist is playing it, who wrote it, and who had a big hit with it?
a) "Crazy"
b) Bill Frisell
c) Willie Nelson
d) Patsy Cline

4. A three-parter: title, whose tune, and who is playing it?
a) "Human Nature"
b) Michael Jackson's
c) Miles Davis

You know, on Power 90.5, there are no fundraisers, no dullards droning on about how important radio is to you, and how you sit in the goddam driveway in your Prius because it's just so compelling, no tote bag or Barbara Streisand DVD prizes, but there is classic rock just about any time of day, and free form radio so free as to be almost formless on Sunday mornings from 10-12 on the right coast.

1. Herbie Hancock – Thieves in the Temple
2. John Mayer – Daughters (Live)
3. Chick Corea – Pannonica
4. Gene Ammons – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
5. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
6. Chico Hamilton – Big Noise in Winnetka
7. Bebo Valdés – Lamento cubano
8. Cassandra Wilson – Tupelo Honey / Angel
9. Jeff Coffin – The Mad Hatter Rides Again
10. Frank Sinatra w/ Count Basie – The Best is Yet to Come
11. Brad Mehldau & Joel Fraham – Oleo
12. Joey Defrancesco – Never Can Say Goodbye
13. Pedro Santos – Percussorogando
14. Herbie Hancock – When Can I See You
15. Silje Nergaard – Let There be Love
16. Charlie Parker – Red Cross
17. Sketch Show – Microtalk
18. Bill Frisell – Crazy
19. Roy Hargrove – Strasbourg / St. Denis
20. Katie Lee – Will to Fail
21. Quincy Jones – Sanford & Son theme (the Streetbeater)
22. Ella Fitzgerald – Too Marvelous for Words
23. Kenny Werner – West Coast Variant
24. Blossom Dearie – Thou Swell
25. Sonny Rollins – Toot, Toot Tootsie, Goodbye
26. Miles Davis – Human Nature
27. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Believe Beleft Below

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