Jazz

10/4 in a nutshell…

The GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club Selection for October is Latin Goes Ska, which started out life in Mexico as “Pachito E Che”, a massive tune in the late ’40s for Perez Prado and Beny More, Cubans living in Mexico City at the time. It was The Skatalites in 1964 who cut the first ska version, retitling it “Latin Goes Ska”, and The Skatalites again who played the live version we hear here, from the expansive “Stretching Out” early ’80s reunion sessions on ROIR, the first version this dj ever heard. The 5@5 featured Beatles covers a la ska (but not frozen!), which was followed up with goodies from The Slackers, The Selecter, Proyecto Secreto and Runa Miyoshida from her Ska Flavor series of cd releases. Sherwood aired Hal Blaine’s psychedelically percussive October cut, “Inner Space” before unleashing the delightful Copter4016882 to flit around under the Starview Dome, mingling with floating skassengers, and if you looked thru the dome, you could see Capsule’s “Space Station no.9” whizzing by. Also in the house: YMCK, sandwiched between Cal Tjader and Tito Puente on the playlist! Ooooh, and in the “Ooh”, the Cap’n & Cozy featured a fabulous mix of original ska, rocksteady, 2Tone-era and lost-decade stuff. Jackie Opel, Byron Lee, The Renegades, Prince Buster and Plastic Bertrand (on a Buster riddim!) made an appearance. Ooooh!

It’s a one week pledge drive, but you can still pledge your support to KFAI and Rhythm and Grooves. Jana Nyberg dropped in to talk about upcoming gigs. I also played music from Johnny Hammond, The Jazz Soul Seven, Art Blakey, Esperanza Spalding, Bill Cantrell & Axiom, Tianna Hall, and Miles Davis. Today’s Single of the Week was I Believe in You, by the Gary McFarland Orchestra, from the early 60s.

Three Tough Guys! (Well really, just Carol Chaos and Me).

9/27 in a nutshell…

Check out this week’s “Ooh” …it contains more ska, rocksteady and skinhead reggae oldies making their RSST debut than any Ska Trip in a lo-o-o-ong time, including a Lloyd Charmers weirdie that manages to evoke images of Bond… James Bond… galloping through the Old West on a horse! The famous Bond guitar riff, doubled by the bass, alternates with Hammond organ fragments of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, the Magnificent Seven… and somehow even Guns of Navarone works its way into the mix! The real, and very Greek, island of Navarone, in the Aegean Sea, was the (German-occupied) home of two gigantic Nazi guns trained on British forces stranded on nearby Kheros during World War II. The story was told by a 1957 novel and the 1961 movie whose opening title theme was redone for the soundtrack album by Mitch Miller (listen to that for “Niiiii-troglycerin, niiiii-troglycerin!”) in a version that does NOT appear in the movie! Of course, we know that the theme also became a huge hit for The Skatalites, who have recreated it in numerous live recordings since, including the one from the Teatro Armenio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that became part of the Grover live cd In Orbit vol. 1, and is part of this week’s GotchaSKAvered selection (the other part being “Guns” as done up by The Specials) that kicks off the Home Stretch. Other features of this week’s Stretch include a 5@5 made up entirely of ’60s-vintage ska from outside Jamaica… check that set out for the rollicking, raucous Hammond wailing on Lester Lanin’s “West Indies Ska” …who was that guy? In the middle, Sherwood made up for last week’s dearth of Shiina Ringo recordings, as well as spinning his usual lively blend of old cha-chas, sambas, space jazz, big-band jungle jams and something with a vibraphone on it… just ‘cuz it ain’t really Sherwood’s Planet without the occasional vibraphone popping up here and there!

Starting today’s program with Greek & Lebanese music, the over to Spain And back home to preview Esperanza Spaulding, coming to downtown Mpls. this week

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