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Catamount Community Radio - November 11, 2012

I think I'm getting old. Well, I know I'm getting old. One of the symptoms, perhaps, is this tendency to get tired in the evening, go to bed early, then get up early the next morning. I used to like to sleep until the crack of noon, which makes sense since I stayed up until 4:00 a.m. But nowadays seldom do I stay up past midnight, and lately, I haven't even bothered with setting an alarm. What's the point if you know you're going to be awake an hour and a half before it rings? Needless to say, I was plenty early today, and well prepared. I know, I cued up the wrong song on a couple of occasions, but what can I say?

I started the show off with a couple of jazz greats who died before their time. Clifford Brown, in an automobile accident when he was still in his early twenties; Charlie Parker, at 34 because he couldn't control his appetites.

Electronica for me is a sort of "elevator music," and I have the highest respect for elevator music. You have to be a genius to produce music that begs you not to pay attention to it, and that also you have no desire to turn off. Maybe the Mouse on Mars track that I played today didn't reach that goal (slightly too funky, slightly too loud), but it is headed in that direction.

We heard Aretha sing "Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody." The song dates from 1918! I just wanted to hear a different version from the one I usually play, that of Sonny Rollins.

A million baby kisses I'll deliver
If you will only play that "Swanee River"
Rock-a-bye your rock-a-bye baby
With a Dixie melody.

Bob Dylan, in his seventies, is still making some interesting music. I like, for example, "Long and Wasted Years":

Stopped dead in his tracks and he lost his lust
He was run down hard and he broke apart
He died in shame, he had an iron heart
I wear dark glasses to cover my eyes
There are secrets in 'em that I can't disguise
Come back baby
If I hurt your feelings, I apologize
Two trains running side by side, forty miles wide
Down the eastern line

We heard James Carter display his technique; what a monster sax slinger. Did I ever tell you that I saw him play when he was still a teen? Back in the late '80s went down to Detroit to see the Detroit Saxophone Orchestra at the Institute of the Arts. There he was, blowing up a storm on bass clarinet, and we were left thinking, "who is this kid?" On the tune we heard today, Marc Ribot backed him up with some cool guitar, multi-tracked I believe. The perfect balance of assonance and dissonance.

All this and more on Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.

1. Clifford Brown – Easy Living
2. Charlie Parker – Cool Blues
3. James P. Johnson – Snowy Morning Blues
4. 3 Cohens – Tfila (Prayer)
5. Duke Ellington – The Star-Crossed Lovers
6. Mouse on Mars – Creolian Saphire
7. Ella Fitzgerald – This Time the Dream’s on Me
8. Mamadou Doumbia – Qui sait?
9. Taj Mahal – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
10. Bob Dylan – Long and Wasted Years
11. Buddy Holly – Learning the Game
12. James P. Johnson – The Charleston
13. Aretha Franklin – Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody
14. Oscar Peterson – Without a Song
15. John Mellencamp – Baltimore Oriole
16. Jachim Shoenecker – Daydream
17. David “Fathead” Newman – Hard Times
18. James Carter – Layin’ the Cut
19. The Bad Plus – This Guy’s in Love with You
20. Tom Zé – Toc
21. Los Diablos Locos – 142 Malambo
22. Songhai – Niani
23. アコースフィア – Daydream Believer
24. The Bar-Kays – Knucklehead
25. Bill Frisell – Who Was that Girl?
26. Hank Levine – Image (Pt. 1)
27. Moondog – Down is Up
28. Jim Campilongo – Monkey in a Movie
29. Jerry Douglas & Eric Clapton – Something you Got
30. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Stand Alone
31. Fats Navarro – Dextrose
32. Duke Ellington – Melancholia


James P. Johnson



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