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Catamount Community Radio - May 15, 2011

About six years ago, I walked into Radio Shack and bought myself a shortwave radio. I don't listen to it often, but the night before last I broke it out. That night I explored the AM band, listening to some toxic talk radio (let's count the ways we can hate on Barack Obama). Last night I headed over to the shortwave band. I listened to an excellent fire and brimstone preacher for awhile. Then I listened to a couple guys talk in Spanish about God. These guys, while surely protestants, sounded like theologists compared to the earlier preacher. Then I headed over to what I think was Radio Havana Cuba and fell asleep listening to that. You could argue that with the internet and streamed radio, shortwave radio is passé. The thing of it is, though, that on the internet you need an idea of where to go, but if you're scanning the airwaves, you just listen to whatever comes up, static and all. The experience is not the same.

I got my alto sax back from the shop yesterday. That mother is sounding sweet, and all the keys and springs are working fine.

It was sweltering summer until the day before yesterday around four in the afternoon. The thunderstorms rolled through, bringing spring back. But I decided to play a couple of summer-themed tunes anyway. We heard Creole great Sidney Bechet do "Summertime" (probably my favorite rendition of that oft-recorded tune) and Sketch Show (Japanese electronica group formed by members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra) do "Theme from A Summer Place." Anyway, I did love me some late afternoon downpours, indeed.

Today's featured artist was Eddie Bo, New Orleans pianist and R&B great. We listened to three of his R&B hits, and one of his Professor Longhair-inspired solo piano numbers.

Two covers of Stevie Wonder: Joshua Redman with "Visions," and Larry Goldings, playing "Big Brother."

Heavy Metal? Gypsy brass band extraordinaire Fanfare Giocarlia doing "007 - James Bond Theme."

The Mississippi River is swelling down in Louisiana and Mississippi, so I played Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927" about the great flood of that year.

David Bowie covered Springsteen's "Growin' Up"

I stood stone-like at midnight, suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
I strolled all alone through a fallout zone and come out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, "Sit down," I stood up
Ooh... growin' up.

Ella Fitzgerald did "Mr. Paganini":

So, Paganini don't you be a meanie
What have you up your sleeve?
Come on and spring it
And if you can't spring it, you simply have to
Scat

Lots of other good stuff; check the playlist.

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


1. Joachim Schonecker – Day Dream
2. Tom Waits – On the Nickel
3. Joshua Redman – Visions
4. Benny Green – The Sheik of Araby
5. Eddie Bo – Eddie’s Gospel
6. Antonio Carmona – Miedo (tangos)
7. John Pizzarelli – Sweet Georgia Brown
8. Randy Newman – Louisiana 1927
9. Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
10. Sidney Bechet – Summertime
11. James Carter – FreeReggaeHiBop
12. Sketch Show – Theme from A Summer Place
13. Eric Reed – IC H.C.
14. Eddie Bo – The Hook & Sling
15. Larry Goldings – Big Brother
16. Fanfare Giocarlia – 007 (James Bond Theme)
17. John Hartford – Where the Old Red River Flows
18. Robert Glasper – Butterfly
19. Eddie Bo – Sissy Walk
20. Ella Fitzgerald – Mr. Paganini
21. Toumani Diabate Symmetric Orchestra – Single
22. Nancy Wilson – You’ve Got Trouble
23. Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan – Blessed are the Poor
24. David Bowie – Growin’ Up
25. Jackie Wilson – Baby Workout
26. Jason Moran – He Puts on his Coat and Leaves


Eddie Bo rockin' a fro back in the day

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