Jazz

8/30 in a nutshell…

Wotta show this week… our final 3-hour tour (the RSST 4-hour tour begins next week!!!) debuts a Don Drummond oldie, “The Rocket”, on these airwaves… and boy, does the mere existence of THAT ever explain a thing or two to me! See, our show’s theme, Tommy McCook’s “Rocket Ship”, has often been mis-credited to Drummond even though he neither wrote nor played any trombone on it. And I, silly me, have long wondered why! Of course, understandably, the titles “Rocket Ship” and “The Rocket” got taken for the same tune by a few labels outside of Jamaica (duh!), and now I’m bettin’ I’ll eventually find a copy of “The Rocket” erroneously credited to McCook! If I do, I’ll let you know. We also introduce your ears to three pre-2Tone cuts from ’78, including “Dance Dance”, a Plastic Bertrand number modeled on Prince Buster’s notorious “10 Commandments”. This after Byron Lee’s “Jamaica Ska” was presaged by R&Ber Marv Johnson’s sorta-similar-sounding “Come On and Stop”, a don’t-be-cheatin’ song addressing both partners. Sherwood saluted the newly-late Neil Armstrong, Drain style, with “A Bunch of Guys About to Turn Blue”… fly in peace, Neil. Artists debuting on SP this week included Brian Bennett, Godley & Creme, the Astro Age Steel Orchestra and Sandro Brugnolini. An all-Skapanese 4@4 led into a GotchaSKAvered rule loophole, as Roland Alphonso’s original “Phoenix City” is in fact a cover, however radically reworked, of Mongo Santamaria’s “Hammer Head”. Madness teamed up with Ian Dury for “Drip-Fed Fred”, and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s Saitama-fied “Walk Between Raindrops” led nicely into Steely Danner Donald Fagen’s “Wooooooooooooooh, Miami!” original. At least it wasn’t Tampa…

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I had two phone interviews today: the first with saxophonist David Sanborn, appearing at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center this evening; and the second with John Jorgenson, of the John Jorgenson Quintet and the Desert Rose Band, a country rock band appearing at the Dakota on Monday and Tuesday. There were also songs from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Hank Crawford, and Gerry Mulligan, and well as new music from Kevin Coelho and Uli Geissendorfer.

20th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival : with Yonci Jameson & guest co-host Ebrima Sarge

Back from Tiki Oasis AND Cestus III. The Gorn says “Hi.” Plus a request for Cool Hand Luke, a tune about bosses who are Scorpios, and the Shreeeeeeetastic sounds of Stu Phillips and the Hollyridge Strings!

8/23 in a nutshell…

This week, we were inspired by Diana Nyad’s fourth (!) jellyfish-plagued Cuba-to-Florida swim attempt to once again bust out Neil “Ska”-daka’s contribution to the ‘Z’-horror movie “Sting of Death” (one of two, actually)… Diana, major props for trying, you savvy traveler you. Next time, a head-to-toe scuba outfit, perhaps? Just don’t let all those jellyfish do you… From the sea to the air, we had “Lonely Robin” by Lascelles Perkins. On dry land, it’s Mango Jones tooling down “Coffee Street”, and six feet under, you won’t find Prince Buster (“Hard Man fe Dead”). Not yet. From the “Ooh” to the “Voov”, Sherwood’s Planet embarked on an hour-long Japanese kick to make up for having missed the annual Como Park festivities of 8/19, aurally ogling sonic gems by Yasutaka Nakata (think Capsule and Perfume), Shiina Ringo, Yukimi Nagano (think Little Dragon), The Peanuts, YMCK and more. Cozy and the Cap’n continued the theme in hour 3 with the first of 2 J-Ska 4@4s, but then jumped over to the UK for Judge Dread’s Phoenix City GotchaSKAvered selection. ‘J’ met ‘UK’ as Kagoshima’s ARTS (“Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska”) covered The Beatles, and there was time remaining after The End to slip in a little bit of our very own Frogs’ UFO Crash. Anybody back-engineer that damn thing yet? NASA could really use one…

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