It’s a Mardis Gras show, including a phone interview with Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Donald Harrison, John Boutte, Louis Armstrong, Jon Cleary, Jelly Roll Morton, Danny Barker, and Germaine Bazzle, among others, with Jelly Roll from Charles Mingus.
You’ll hear from artists with just one name: like Clebanoff and Cavallaro; you’ll hear from women with two first names — like Ann-Margret; you’ll hear the exciting sounds of the Cha Cha; the mambo, the exotic – and the more catatonic sounds – yes, the EZ-Sleazy music stylings of Beautiful Music.
3/3 in a nutshell…
The RSST lit up cakes for the late greats Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and the still living Lloyd Knibb to blow out. In other ska, Prince Buster commands some Respect, Mamie Perry sings a Lament, and Roy Richards chills with Green Collie. Not a dog. Hal Blaine’s Psychedelic Percussion selection for March, Kaleidoscope, kicked off a Sherwood’s Planet airing on Desi Arnaz’s birthday, and Desi’s recording of Carnival in Rio had to suffice ‘cuz we couldn’t scare up the Lucy theme, or anything else by the guy. The RSST 4(+1)@4 headed for the West Coast of Ska, with tracks from LA and Seattle. Well, mostly LA… The third GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month is the Maytals’ classic Monkey Man, easily the most famous cover of which is by The Specials. The other big cover attraction this week is Unsteady’s ‘roiding-up of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s Vampire, with a chilling Hammond lead that made me jump outa my socks, and some curl-shooting, ten-hanging surf guitar to boot. OK, full disclosure: I used to play that track before I found out the original was by TSPO, and I’m pleased as punch to have found it again. :^)
The A-Train took the Fine Line today, going from hot jazz to cool blues with fine champagne blues as well as cham-pipple(ask fans of Sanford and Son) blues to refresh us on the ride as we went from smoky jazz club to boozy blues bar.
Classic tunes from Shirley Scott, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charles Mingus. New music from Eddie Mendenhall, Gordy Johnson, and Phil DeGreg. Plus performances from Irv Williams, Glen David Andrews, The Dakota Combo, and Jason Marsalis.