The A-Train took the Fine Line today, going from hot jazz to cool blues with fine champagne blues as well as cham-pipple(ask fans of Sanford and Son) blues to refresh us on the ride as we went from smoky jazz club to boozy blues bar.
Classic tunes from Shirley Scott, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charles Mingus. New music from Eddie Mendenhall, Gordy Johnson, and Phil DeGreg. Plus performances from Irv Williams, Glen David Andrews, The Dakota Combo, and Jason Marsalis.
2/24 in a nutshell…
Jimmy Cliff finds Ska All Over the World, Pama Records proves there’s more than one way to spell Rico, Morgan (Mott) Fisher 2-tones MacArthur Park before there was a 2Tone, and… what if Roland Alphonso were a bell? Well, for starters, he could be ringin’ it all-the-way-live all night long, just like the real bell that drove the RSST crew to distraction this week! We’ve since learned how to deal with that thing next time it goes off… Mr. Funn mounted a 5-song salute to… no, not Shiina Ringo, but Yukimi Nagano (think Koop.‘s Summer Sun). In 4@4-land, it was Eastern Seaboard Time, and GotchaSKAvered sent Confucious off in high big-band-blowout style with the Jazz Jamaica All Stars. Pow!!!