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!!!
A mixture of classic and contemporary. New tracks from Atsuko Hashimoto, Eddie Mendenhall, Phil deGreg, Marcus Shelby, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Older cuts from Kenny Burrell, Sun Ra, Nat Adderley, Illinois Jacquet, and of course, Charles Mingus, among others.
The preceding program, In Your Ear’s annual Love Stinks special inspired us at the RSST to send djs Angie ‘n’ Buck off with a lovely Dawn Penn lament, Too Much Hurt, followed up by an oldies set rockin’ steady all the way from pre-ska through skinhead all the way to the 2tone era, and crossing two oceans to boot! Sherwood B. Funn lit birthday cakes for banjoist Eddie Great Latin Hits Peabody (how else would a banjo player find his way into a swanky lounge mix?) and the mighty Mucho Macho Machito. The 4(+1)@4 included both PuffyAmiYumi and Shiina Ringo in a Women Of Ska set (both TSPO collabs), GotchaSKAvered found the spirit of Don D. alive and well in Australia, and The Pepper Pots covered a Millie Small b-side. And besides… oh, just go listen to the archives and find out for yourself.