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Catamount Community Radio - August 14, 2016

I think I'll do an annotated list this week.

1. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau – Away from Home

Beautiful ballad played as a duet. Frahm is one of my favorite sax players on the scene today. I recall him saying that he wrote this tune while on tour in Japan.

2. Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge – Sometimes I’m Happy

Eldridge was Dizzy's mentor, but I don't think he was Dizzy's tormenter.

3. Bob Dylan – Tryin’ to Get to Heaven

Bob Dylan is fascinating to me. I've recently read both his memoirs, Chronicles, and Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric. The centerpiece of the latter book is Dylan's performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, which metaphorically "split the sixties." I could go on, but I won't because I'm thinking of writing a review of Wald's book as a separate entry.

4. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Barbados

What a name - "Phineas Newborn, Jr." a very talented pianist (think Oscar Peterson with more of a bebop orientation) who suffered with mental health issues.

5. Zoot Sims – Watch What Happens

Love this tune and I'm going to learn to play it on the sax. Nice guitar / sax duet here.

6. Willie Nelson – It’s Not Supposed to Be that Way

Willie Nelson is one cool dude.

7. Cyrus Chestnut – Lean on Me

Nice cover, restrained in comparison to Chestnut's usual style. I saw Chestnut play once. Dude literally brought tears to the eyes of one of the guys who was sitting at our table.

8. Bobby Womack – I’m a Midnight Mover

Hard soul number. More for Saturday night than for Sunday morning, but whatever.

9. Harvey Mandel – Peruvian Flake

Very interesting guitar player that I only recently found out about. Let's call him a late-sixties, early-seventies precursor of Eddie Van Halen.

10. David Bowie – Growin’ Up

Bowie covers Springsteen. 'Nuff said.

11. Hydroponic Sound System – Lagos, Michigan (1972)

Bari sax groove.

12. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Ooo, Baby, Baby

Great tune, with Smokey's magic voice. What I really dig though is the duet on this tune that he did with Aretha on Soul Train.



13. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies

Paris skies? Seriously? Those fleecy little things? Give me Montana skies.

14. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide

"Smoking I once quit
Now I've got one lit
Kinda fell back into it.

He rhymes like he's freakin' Cole Porter or some shit.

15. アコースフィア- Daydream Believer

Japanese cover of the Monkies classic, played on ukelele.

16. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams

Love this stride piano version of this great oldie from the twenties. Also charming is McShann's high pitched "thank you, thank you" at the end.

17. The Impressions – We’re Movin’ On, Pt. 1

Love the falsetto.

18. Lee Konitz – Foolin’ Myself

Konitz could play four minutes of alto saxophone, full of original ideas, without a single cliched riff.

19. Duke Ellington – Everything But You

"You left me some beans from Boston,
A bicycle built for two,
A memory to get lost in,
Everything but you."

20. Ted Nash – Gritty Ditty

The ditty is only a little gritty. I wonder if that's Wynton on the trumpet on this one.

21. Sly & the Family Stone – Family Affair

"There's a Riot Goin' On" is a desert island album, and this is one of the best cuts on it.


22. Roy Hargrove – Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat

What's the difference between a cat and a human being? A human lives in two places at once without being anywhere at all, that's because we dwell on the past with our regrets and our nostalgias, or we plan for or worry about the future. The cat, on the other hand, lives in an eternal present.

23. The Starkweather Boys – Abigail Blue

Bob Dylan and the Beatles are probably responsible for turning rock 'n' roll into art. Before that, it was guys with matching suits and skinny ties, and it was about shake it, baby, yeah yeah. This is a real rock 'n' roll number. "Abigail Blue / is that you / talkin' on my party line?"

24. Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You in my Dreams

C'mon up to my apartment. We'll listen to some Django Reinhardt records and I'll show you my etchings.

25. Harvey Mandel – The Snake

Another one from Mandel. I think the Stones considered him (along with Jeff Beck) as a replacement for Mick Taylor, though in the end they settled on Ronnie Wood

26. Esperanza Spalding (w/ Joe Lovano) – I Can’t Help It

Nice version of the Michael Jackson number.

27. Roy Hargrove – Strasbourg / St. Denis

Feel-good song of the year. Not this year, but certainly some other year, let's say 2008.

28. Steven Bernsteisn – Hit the Road

Grittier than the gritty ditty.

29. Marcus Roberts – Single Petal of a Rose

This morning's service closes with some poignant Ellingtonia.

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