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Catamount Community Radio - September 18, 2011

Last night I was in the kitchen, cooking up some Madras shrimp curry and listening to some tunes. I decided to bust a move or two on the kitchen floor. My daughter saw me and started making fun of me. I challenged her to a dance off, but she declined. Therefore, until somebody dethrones me, I consider myself the best dancer in the house, and the best cook too, for that matter (although the spousal unit may disagree).

We listened this morning to a couple from Johnny Hodges ... OK, all you alto players ... thou and thou and thou ... shall not covet Mr. Hodges' tone. He played Hoagy Carmichael's "Two Sleepy People." We had to imagine the lyrics in our heads:

Here we are, out of cigarettes,
Holding hands and yawning,
Look how late it gets.
Two sleepy people by dawn's early light,
And too much in love to say goodnight.

Here we are, in a cozy chair;
Pickin' on a wishbone from the frigidaire.
Two sleepy people with nothing to say,
And too much in love to break away.

Then later we heard him duet with Earl Hines. It was sublime ... but good. (a wine geek used that line on me once ... he may have known his wine, but not his English. I think "subtle" was the word he was looking for.)

Two from Matt Wilson. On "Tenderly," the big organ sound reminds me of the sound of the organ at Tiger Stadium in the seventies, on the corner of Trumbull and Michigan Avenue. By the way, congratulations Detroit Tigers, on winning the American League Central title. Now, the playoffs (the truth is that I really don't pay much attention to baseball). Nowadays, I doubt they even have organs at the ballparks.

La Sonora Ponceña absolutely rocked Dizzy's "Night in Tunisia," Hear it for yourself:



Back-to-back Williamses: Mary Lou, with Andy Kirk and the Twelve Clouds of Joy, doing "Moten Swing" and Don, with "I Believe in Love." I heard that tune on the radio driving home from Michigan, in Ohio somewhere. Dude has a nice baritone voice.

I had to play Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham again, since it hasn't rained since last week. Even if it doesn't rain next week, you won't hear any Led Zep, because I have a special project up my sleeve: one hour of train songs, and another hour of truck songs. I am going to tape, or can, or voice-track, or whatever you say, the show tomorrow afternoon, because next Sunday, if things go according to plan, I'll be in Pittsburgh. I'll take my laptop and listen to my show via the magic of the internet to see how I sound.

Bob Seger has finally decided to sell his music on itunes. But from what I can see, there is still lots of his music that is unavailable. You can get "Live Bullet." You can get another live album, and a few other tunes, but not, for example, any of the cuts from Night Moves. With that in mind, I played his UMC, which stands for "Upper Middle Class." I confess, I like me some Bob Seger.

Jeff Coffin played a tune .... his bass player is Jaco Pastorius's son, and he plays just like the old man ... in a weird time signature.... like a sixteenth-note short of 4/4 time or something. But still funky, as in Maceo funky.

All this and more. A radio show of plenty, to be sure. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings, 10-12 (EST) on Power 90.5.


1. Johnny Hodges – Two Sleepy People
2. Matt Wilson – 25 Years of Rootabagas
3. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
4. Marcus Roberts – Maple Leaf Rag
5. Brian Bromberg – Shining Star
6. Sketch Show – Microtalk
7. Carmen McRae – You Took Advantage of Me
8. Randy Newman – The Girls in my Life, Pt. 1
9. Don Williams – I Believe in You
10. Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy w/ Mary Lou Williams – Moten Swing
11. Earl Hines & Johnny Hodges – I’m Beginning to See the Light
12. Solomon Burke – Maggie’s Farm
13. La Sonora Ponceña – Night in Tunisia
14. Led Zeppelin – The Crunge
15. Kahil El Zabar – All Blues
16. Ray Charles – Undecided
17. Marc Ribot – Jagüey
18. Elvis Costello – Hidden Shame
19. Matt Wilson – Tenderly
20. Jeff Coffin – The Mad Hatter Rides Again
21. Bob Seger – U.M.C.
22. Oliver Nelson – Butch and Butch
23. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown (version)
24. Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash
25. Allen Toussaint – Egyptian Fantasy
26. Charlie Rich – I Take it on Home
27. Charlie Hunter – Ain’t We Got Fun
28. Nat Cole – You Call it Madness (But I Call it Love)
29. Professor Longhair – Cuttin’ Out
30. 3 Cohens – Tfila (Prayer)



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