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Catamount Community Radio - May 23, 2010

Hank Jones and Ronnie James Dio died last Sunday (May 16). That's probably the only thing the two have in common, other than working in the music biz.

Hank Jones, born in Flint, MI way back in 1918, was 91. He was still active; in fact, he had gigs lined up for this past week. He had been on the jazz scene for 65 years, and had played with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Hot Lips Page, Charlie Parker, his brothers Elvin and Thad, Charlie Rouse, and recently, Joe Lovano.

He had a great touch on the keys. He was also modest, I don't think he was very happy when the record company suits labeled his trio "The Great Jazz Trio" or when they titled one of his albums "The Talented Touch." We heard him today with his brothers, as a soloist, as an accompanist, and in a duet with bassist Charlie Haden.

Heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, NH in 1942. He had a powerful voice and was famous for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture. He replaced Ozzie Osbourne in Black Sabbath, but also sang with several other bands.

I read at Beware of the Blog that "before Dio, Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath ruled the pimpled Earth, there trod The Vegas Kings, Ronnie & The Rumblers, Ronnie & The Red Caps and finally Ronnie Dio & the Prophets. Dio's various ensembles recorded singles on a variety of labels along with a live LP recorded at a Domino's Restaurant in upstate New York (intriguingly titled 'Dio At Domino's')."

We listened to Ronnie Dio and the Prophets do a goofy version of "Love Potion no. 9" and then for contrast, we listened to Dio's "Stand Up and Shout."

Beyond my tributes to Hank Jones and Ronnie James Dio, it was a pretty schizophrenic ... no... "eclectic" show, with country, flamenco, blues, merengue, mash-ups, reggae, afropop, Swamp Dogg "you could say I'm country .... friendship's like acid / it burns as it slides away," Allen Toussaint, with help from Chester Atkins, doing his "Southern Nights" (a hit for Glen Campbell, whose version doesn't have as much flavor as the one we heard today), and so on and so forth.

Catamount Community Radio, on WWCUFM Sunday mornings from 10-12, Carolina time.

1. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
2. Hank Jones – Moose the Mooch
3. Lester Young – I’ve Found a New Baby
4. Ernestine Anderson – They Didn’t Believe Me
5. Tabu Ley Rochereau – Aon Aon
6. Bob Marley – Small Axe
7. Hank Jones – SKJ
8. Blossom Dearie – I Won’t Dance
9. Coleman Hawkins – Angel Face
10. Billie Holiday – When You’re Smiling
11. The Jones Brothers – Three and One
12. Hank Jones – You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to
13. Allen Toussaint & Chet Atkins – Southern Nights
14. Swamp Dogg – Synthetic World
15. Robbie Fulks – She Took a lot of Pills (and Died)
16. Lefty Frizell – I’ve Got Reason to Hate You
17. Don Gibson – Sea of Heartbreak
18. John Hartford - Where the Old Red River Flows
19. Mala Fe – Beat It
20. Serge Gainsbourg - Ford Mustang
21. Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer – I Say You
22. Fred Astaire – The Continental
23. Ronnie Dio & the Prophets – Love Potion No. 9
24. Dio – Stand Up and Shout
25. Phil Retrospector – Bluebird Blackout
26. Kevin Johansen – Desde que te perdí
27. Songhai – De la noche a la mañana
28. Blind Blake – That Will Never Happen No More
29. Tim Sparks – Sippur
30. Hank Jones & Charlie Haden – It’s Me, O Lord (Standin’ in the Need of Prayer)


The Devil, You Say.

Thanks for the Dioldie. Even though I didn't hear it.

December 2018



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