12/13 in a nutshell…

GotchaSKAvered, December, week 2: “Obla Di, Obla Da” New York Ska-Jazz style, from NYSJE’s Skaleidoscope, kicking off the Home Stretch. What an Ensemble! Tsuyoshi Kawakami was the featured artist on the first-ever 5:05 5(+1)-in-a-row, both as bassist with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and fronting his other band the Moodmakers, alternating tracks ‘til each band has played three apiece. Back in Tink’s neck of the woods, the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s December tune is “Love-In”, Thelonious Moog served up the good, the bad, and Frank Zappa, and doubles were poured for Les Baxter, Stan Kenton and Andre Popp. Back in the “Ooh” there was no running or recurring theme other than cool times and hot ska classics, so tune in… and stay tuned!

Latin jump ~ sabor ~ mambo ~ baile ! Second hour tribute to Ravi Shankar and a two song set from Africa.

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Dave Brubeck : 1920 – 2012

Minute long songs that SHOULD be 10 minutes long AND Stereo Action: The Music Your Eyes Can Follow

12/6 in a nutshell…

Who but Sherwood B. Funn would’ve thought to work The Special AKA into a tribute to the newly late Dave Brubeck? Well, seeing as Jerry Dammers and the crew did record their “War Crimes” in 5/4 time, it might make sense to a handful of other DJs out there… way out there. In fact, Sherwood’s Planet was in various fractured meters more often than not this week, and Brubeck collaborator Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” was heard in 4 different meters… three in the Thelonious Moog version alone! Shiina Ringo stayed in waltz time for her two numbers, as she has yet to record in the higher odd meters… to the best of my knowledge! Dave himself played in ‘4’ on “Cassandra” and on his spoken-word Octet treatment of “How High the Moon”. Before the GotchaSKAvered (“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” this month), the Home Stretch even got in on the Brubeck tribute, with 5/4 ska by Blue Beat Players and our own Mutant Frogs. Btw, “Ob-La-Di”? It’s by The Skeatles this week. Misinformation of the week: our spiel about “Coxsone” the racehorse! We got Mr. Dodd mixed up with Eek-A-Mouse somehow. Nope, Clement Dodd actually acquired his famous nickname from cricket star Alec Coxon, which spelling winds up on some of the Coxsone record labels under the Studio 1 umbrella. Anyhoo, Coxsone Records 45s make up the entirety 5@5:05 this week. Look for what could loosely be described as an extended Unicorn-era set in the run-up to the Morning Blend, and on the other end of the RSST, a short Beatles covers set kicks off the “Ooh”… and that’s the long and short of it. Tune in… and Stay Tuned.