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Catamount Community Radio - June 19, 2011

We've had a couple instances of severe weather of late. Strong winds knocking over trees and cutting off the electricity. Ours was off some thirty some odd (or even) hours. Let's give some credit where credit is due: to the crews getting power restored. I'm sure they worked some 24-hour days. There was a huge branch down right in front of the station; it cut off the sidewalk.

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads. I played a few tunes loosely around the theme of fatherhood: George Benson doing "Song for my Father," James Brown's "Papa Don't Take no Mess," Fats Waller doing "Old Grand Dad," and Anita O'Day with Cole Porter's witty "My Heart Belongs to Daddy":

While tearing off a game of golf,
I may make a play for the caddy,
But when I do, I don't follow through,
'Cause my heart belongs to daddy.

I played Young-Holt Unlimited's "Soulful Strut." "Strut" is among my favorite words. I remember a few years ago, I was in Philadelphia on New Years Eve, and a homeless guy, to whom I had just given a donation, asked me if I was going "struttin'" that evening. Maybe he was a New Orleans transplant.

Recently I was reading a Raymond Chandler story from the Trouble is my Business book; Philip Marlowe was describing his office, saying that along one wall was a "davenport." I hadn't heard the word in ages, but I remembered that my grandma would refer to a sofa as a "davenport" way back in the day. With that in mind, I played the Futuristic Ensemble's "Davenport Blues." It's a Bix Biderbeck number.

When I was in Cáceres, I listened to my friend Delia's son rehearse with his saxophone quartet. They are going to be accompanying a silent film and one of the numbers they did was Sidney Bechet's "Petite fleur." I took note, thinking that it would make good radio fodder. This morning I played three versions of the tune, one by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, one by Manu Dibango, and one by some French accordion chaps.

Gil Scott-Heron died just before I left for Spain, so I played "New York is Killing Me," from the album he released last year. Drew Hubner: "He never left Harlem, he smoked crack, and when I saw him last summer in Marcus Garvey Park, he had the gap-toothed gleeful grin of a bum. Whenever the band kicked in, he threw his head back and no one looked happier to be there. He looked like a six foot seven homeless guy leading the band. He also looked like a three year old kid."

I played a tune by Josetxo Goia-Aribe & La Orquestra Jamalandruki, a group I saw play in Madrid a couple of weeks back.

When I'm not on the road, Catamount Community Radio airs on WWCU-FM 10-12 Sunday mornings (EST).


1. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Morning Has Broken
2. George Cables – Tasshi’s Night Out
3. George Benson – Song for my Father
4. Songhai – Niani
5. Joe Venuti & Zoot Sims – I’ll See You in my Dreams
6. Bettye Swann – Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
7. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Petite Fleur
8. Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut
9. Anita O’Day – My Heart Belongs to Daddy
10. Daniela Mercury – Aquarela do Brasil
11. Manu Dibango – Petite Fleur
12. Josetxo Goia-Aribe & La Orquestra Jamalandruki – La luna y el toro
13. Dinah Washington – Fat Daddy
14. Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Dance, Little Rude Boy
15. Futuristic Ensemble – Davenport Blues
16. Miles Davis – On Green Dolphin Street
17. James Brown – Papa Don’t Take no Mess
18. Sun Ra – Angels and Demons at Play
19. Accordéon Mélancolique – La petite fleur
20. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Be Easy
21. Tony Malaby – What is this Thing Called Love
22. Mose Allison – Everything I Have is Yours
23. Gil Scott-Heron – New York is Killing Me
24. Sonny Rollins – Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye
25. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Green Peppers
26. Tyrone Davis – Can I Change My Mind
27. Paul Simon – Papa Hobo
28. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – The Creator
29. Fats Waller – Old Grand Dad
30. Al Green – People Get Ready


Sidney Bechet


Gil Scott-Heron

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