Episode #436 – 8th Annual Fab Four(th) Dimension!

Concert recording: Kobo Town, Live at The Cedar, September 5, 2013

12/12 in a nutshell…

From time to time we like to explore the impact the pioneering ska generation had around the world in their own heyday. In that spirit, in the “Ooh” we shared with skassengers Jamaica’s original ’60s homegrown R&B/jazz/pop groove as it was felt everywhere by musicians from South Africa (rest in peace, Mr. Mandela… freeing a country is hard work!) to Poland to England to Barbados to the US (and in the Home Stretch, this week’s Lollipop was in French, and done by the apostrophe-abusing Les Gam’s. “C’est Toi Mon Idole”, done by at least four different French artists in the ’60s, was one of numerous versions of the song which dispense with the “lollipop” imagery altogether. One Spanish-language version is about an Esquimale, or Eskimo, while the Czech sing about someone named “Bob” and in 1979, the UK’s The Selecter famously turned the song into a ganja anthem for the 2 Tone generation… and you’ve heard ‘em right here since January without repeat!). The Stretch also previewed some holiday goodies in the 5@5:05, including one by the aforementioned Selecter. Now let’s jump back through time to Sherwood’s segment! The psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine had our calendar-album track this week, “Love-In (December)”, both sides of a Joe Loco cha-cha 45 on Imperial got played, and a jazz cd all the way from rat-free Edmonton, Alberta Canada was sent by the artist, Don Berner to our show (thanks, Don!), and from that we heard “Long Green Valley”. From time to time Sherwood likes to slip in a really jazzy ska number (as do we all here at the RSST) and they don’t come much jazzier than upright bassist Joey Altruda, sax legend Plas Johnson, Jamaica’s finest Ernest Ranglin on guitar, and the rest of the Kingston Cocktail Crew. Their tune “Rolando”, after Mr. Alphonso, more than fills the bill, especially with its 7+min. runtime. The archive is up for 2 weeks, so tune in… and stay tuned!

Honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela and the music of struggle for his release and the ending of apartheid in So. Africa. What a legacy of music is left in his wake ! Including the voices of Miriam Makeba & Dorothy Masuka, Hugh Masekela, Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, including even Gil Scott-Heron and his song, “Johannesburg”.

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela with jazz from South Africa

Drummer Peter Kogan, principal tympanist for the MN Orchestra, stopped by to play tracks from his jazz CD, Cornucopia, and talk about his upcoming gig at the Dakota. I also played tracks from Dick Weller, the New Orleans Legacy Ensemble, Ted Rosenthal, Pippi Ardenia, Kenny Horst, Jana Nyberg, and Art Pepper. The 45 of the week was a flexi-disc from the James Rivers Quartet entitled Safe Bet.

Episode #435 – Zigy Zigy Za means that I love you, dear listener.