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Catamount Community Radio - May 15, 2016

FOr the last several weeks I have been driving to the station to the show. Today I reverted back to the old ways and came in on my bicycle. Even the big hill that I have to climb to get there didn't seem so bad.

Good to just be relatively themeless, and not feel obliged to play tribute to some late great, although I must admit that I snuck in a little Bowie, a little Prince.

I just learned about a character by the name of eden ahbez, who had been born George Alexander Aberle. His main claim to fame was having written "Nature Boy," which was a big hit for Nat "King" Cole. He was a sort of hippie avant la lettre, who in the 1940s wore his hair long with a beard and dressed in sandals, and did stuff like walk across the country. He was a vegetarian who ate only vegetables, fruits and nuts. He slept outdoors with his family, for a while under the first "L" of the HOLLYWOOD sign over L.A. He once told a policeman, "I look crazy but I'm not. And the funny thing is that other people don't look crazy but they are."



He spent a good bit of the thirties in Kansas City where he reportedly worked as a bandleader and pianist. I can't help but wonder how many times he crossed paths with Charlie Parker.

One day ahbez approached Cole's manager at the Lincoln Theater in L.A. and gave him the music to "Nature Boy." Cole liked it and played it in concert, but he couldn't record it because they couldn't find ahbez to get permission. Finally, they found him under the HOLLYWOOD sign. Cole's version of the tune was no. 1 on the charts for eight weeks in 1948.

What else? Two from Keith Jarrett, Tower of Power funking to the theme of the finiteness of our petroleum reserves. Pee Wee Ellis covering Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman" preceded by some real reggae, the Heptones' "Hypocrite." Marcin Wasilewski covering Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls," followed by His Purpleness himself doing "Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful." And a bunch of other crap.

I think we're due to hit the one-year mark without an internet stream. What is to be done?

CCR, Sunday mornings 10-12. Tie some tinfoil to the tips of your antennae and tune in.

1. Keith Jarrett – Someone to Watch Over Me
2. Christian McBride – Walking on the Moon
3. Tower of Power – Only so much Oil in the Ground
4. Bill Charlap – Where or When
5. The Carpenters – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
6. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
7. John Mayer – Stop this Train
8. John Coltrane – Impressions
9. Randy Newman – Easy Street
10. Yusef Lateef – Mu, Omi (Drink Water)
11. The Heptones – Hypocrite
12. Pee Wee Ellis – Boogie On, Reggae Woman
13. Kronos Quartet – Dracula
14. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – No Moon at All
15. Etta Jones – Nature Boy
16. Marcin Wasilewski – Diamonds and Pearls
17. Prince – Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful
18. Charles Mingus – Self-Portrait in 3 Colors
19. Mingus Dynasty – Boogie Stop Shuffle
20. James Hunter – The Hard Way
21. Sir Roland Hannah – The Best Things in Life are Free
22. Joshua Redman – Hide & Seek
23. David Bowie – Conversation Piece
24. Ozzie Kotani – Ku’u Kika Kahiko
25. Gene Ammons – Up Tight
26. Etta James – One More for my Baby (and One for the Road)
27. The Mighty Sons – Stand by Me


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