Jazz

Musical Olympic closing ceremony revisionism and congrats to the winners, a chat with Greg Schaefer from GST on this weekend’s “Rhythmically Speaking” dance performance at The Southern.

8/16 in a nutshell…

This week’s “Ooh” (“Opening Oldies Hour”) featured a Monkey Mix, a couple of Jamaican Independence songs, a preview of this week’s James Bond-themed 4(+1)@4, and Owen Gray mashin’ it! Among other things. Sherwood got into one of the far-outest Quincy Jones compositions imaginable, from the three-artist “Journey to Next” cd (works by Q.J., as well as Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Carter) issued on Lightyear. Also heard: the new posthumous Tokyo Jihen song from last week got reprised, among other things_ such as Steve Turre’s 12+min. epic “The Emperor”. In the Untitled Hour 3 (UH3? ‘Til I come up sith something better… ), after the aforementioned Bond 4(+1), John Shroeder gave us our weekly helping of “Phoenix City” in GotchaSKAvered.

This summer seems to be flashing by. I can’t believe it’s the 14th of August already.Hope you’re having a good summer.

music of Bud Powell

Guys, Guns, Dolls and Danger – but not necessarily in that order.

8/9 in a nutshell…

Where were YOU in ’62? Jamaica just turned Big 5-0 this month, and we here at the RSST are celebrating in the “Ooh” with a set of mostly circa-1962 ska/boogie faves, including some songs about newly-gained independence, as well as two Jamaican Boogie era non-“My Boy” Lollipops (Hmmm… belated answer records to the influential 1956 Barbie Gaye 45 “My Boy Lollypop”? Jus’ askin… ) culminating in the 1st hour’s only 1964 track, Millie’s world-famous cover of Barbie. Other hour-1 highlights include Lloyd Clarke’s “Parapinto Boogie”, about a Jamaican dice game. But you knew that if you were paying attention: “You can throw twelve-eleven-five straight, but you can’t throw out… “ …In the “Voov” meanwhile, Sherwood got your ears on the first-ever posthumous debut of Tokyo Jihen… their upcoming b-sides anthology Shinya Waku contains the previously-unreleased song Tadanarafu “Tadanaranu Kankei” and weeeeeeee’re lovin’ it! Now, I’ve been wrong before and I could be wrong again, but I’ll betcha Shiina Ringo’s former crew have an entire album’s worth of fabulous old vault material waiting to be debuted… Anyway, next up, Senor Coconut, the genius behind the Kraftwerk-Goes-Latin album El Baile Aleman, related Deep Purple’s hard-rockin’ tale of the 1971 fire that burned down a legendary lakeshore casino/concert venue, interrupting Frank Zappa and his Mothers in live-performance (resulting in the live boots Swiss Cheese and Fire). The casino got rebuilt, and by 1975 resumed being, as it had been before, the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Also in Hour 2: Calypsonian Lord Kitchener’s salute to bebop, Earl “Fatha” Hines’ presciently-titled “The Web”, and more… including the Milton Banana Trio. In Hour 3, the Cap’n & Cozy “Ringrolled” you after Prince Buster’s “Phoenix City” got “GotchaSKAvered”, hot-on-the-heels of a modern-era, non-Yard 4@4… Coyabalites took us back to Jamaica, and from then it was JA ska oldies, including one about a “Trip to Mars” just for Curiosity’s sake, all the way to that “Froggie” bumper just before The End….. r-r-r-riddip!!

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