Welcome aboard the Rocket Ship this week, skassengers! Come to the card table. Oooh, look what’s in Hour 1’s hand…
2 pair (Delroy Wilson Slim Smith, right next to Cecil Lloyd Roland Alphonso). Rounding out the hand is Donatella Rettore, ace high, reaching pitches you thought only dogs could hear! Now, what’s Sherwood holding in Hour 2? Woo-hoo, 3-of-a-kind, in the suit of vibes! Arthur Lyman, Lionel Hampton and Gary McFarland, right next to each other. Paul Horn Quintet would have counted for four, if his mallet man Emil Richards had been leading the session instead of flutist Paul. Now back to cheaters Capt. ‘n’ Cozy, seated in the hour 3 chair as well as hour 1. And what do they hold here? 4, no, 5, ah, wouldja believe SIX of a kind?? All shorties clocking in under 2:10 each, including shortest-ever Lollipopper Yvonne Prenosilova
at 1:09! Oops, outta time!
Part I: Interview and in studio performance by South Indian veena player Nirmala Rajasekar
Part II: Interview and in studio performance by Paul Metzger (modified banjo)
Part III: Tribute to saxophonist Fred Anderson (March 22, 1929 – June 24, 2010)
A tribute to Fred Anderson, saxophonist/composer/entrepreneur/owner of the Velvet Lounge in Chicago. Artists featured: Fred Anderson, Famoudou Don Moye, Lester Bowie, Pyeng Threadgill, and the original Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. A new feature to the Collective Eye is honoring a living jazz master, consistently, from week to week. The artist will Von Freeman, saxophinist for the unforeseeable future.
For my first show on Saturday, saxophonist Pat Mallinger came by to talk about his new album, DragonFish. The Chicago musician grew up in Saint Paul, and is busy in the Chicago area, including holding down the post midnight Saturday night spot at Chicago’s Green Mill. Also played tunes by The Jazz Crusaders, Louis Armstron, John Patton, Catherine Russell, Poncho Sanchez, and more…