Starting again in the Home Stretch, our old friend Pachito (“Latin Goes Ska”) followed The Skatalites into the studio for the Island Jamaica Jazz remake that turns up on the Ball of Fire cd. That kicks off an all-Island Jamaica Jazz-label set that took us up to just past 5, in time for an unusual 5@5:05… late-period 2Tone-label punk funk, rap and disco featuring The Apollinaires, The Higsons, Special AKA with Rhoda Dakar, The Friday Club and some outfit called JB’s Allstars! (Actually, that’s drummer John Bradbury after stepping out from The Specials.) A good wacky vibe took over in the runup to 6am… songs like “Kid-Nap, the Dreamer”, “One-Eyed Lodger” and “The Nurse” figure into the mix. Sherwood peppered his middle segment with a few recent Latin big-band stretch-outs including Clare Fischer’s 9:40 orchestration of Cal Tjader’s “Guarabe”, and this week’s Planet opened and closed with a dose of Shiina Ringo. Are you feelin’ a change in the air? The “Ooh” featured back-to-back Jamaica Skas. What more could you ask? Glad you asked. Howzabout Buster’s All Stars and all their Mules? I count at least eight… enough to make a train!
Disaster Bird was a very pleasant surprise! Six versatile musicians literally heated up the studio. We had to play TWO "Previously" segments just to cool off: The Como Avenue Jug Band and from our 88th show, Moondogs 88.
Opening with a reggae-flava set… adding more tastes of Lila Downs, performing this evening at the Ordway in St. Paul. Touching down in Brazil and reviewing African songbird, Dobet Gnahore’ in review of her visit this week at the Dakota.
Butch Thompson stopped by to talk about his upcoming CD Release Celebration at the Landmark Center. The CD is by Butch and guitarist Pat Donahue. Also played Stardust, by Doc Cheatham and nNicholas Payton, on which Butch played. I also played classic tracks by Charlie Rouse, Sonny Stitt, and Thelonious Monk, as well as newer music from Monty Alexander, Tianna Hall, Augie, and Maryann Sullivan. The 45 single of the week was Hambi Nava by Cannonball Adderley.