Welcome to another flight of the Rocket Ship… all abo-o-o-o-oard! This week, our ’60s set culminates in a Big Fight (in THIS corner, real-life onetime boxer and longtime pal of The Greatest, Voice Of The People head honcho PRINCEBUSTER!! And in THAT corner, onetime cop, archrival and later friend of Clement Dodd, and Treasure Isle head honcho DUKEREID!!) The bout takes up one entire side of a Blue Beat 45! Then, it’s all eras of ska with cuts by the Ska-Phonics, Derrick Patsy, Bad Manners, The Nails (newly reished on cd by City Beat!) and The Insteps with King Stitt, with Mobtown rounding off the hour. In hour 2, it’s Marc Ribot and Koop. with a double shot of solar vibes, but the night gets cool when the Coconut wafts outa the PA. Later, both Les Baxter and Cal Tjader Love Paris. The 4@4’s a colorful rainbow of ska_ just check the song titles! After an extended Lolli-lick by Bloodvessel and his merry krewe, it’s King Django back-to-back with King 7,
and before the hour’s up, we get a Party At Ground Zero… KABOOOOMMM!!!
Poet Marilyn Nelson stopped by to read some of her poems about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female big band of the 40s. Turned out to be an evening of female performers as I played tunes from Sheryl Bailey, Sharie Maricle, Tiny Davis, Mary Lou Williams, Laura Caviani, and more… * + New, # = Twin Cities Artist
The Blues Busters’ cover of Baby What You Want Me to Do turned heads around here, and it led off the 1st hour this week, followed by another fave, Derriiiiiiiiiiick! We peppered the rest of Hr. 1 with everything from Toño Quirazco to Tokyo Ska to Bo Evil by The Slackers. Highlights of Sherwood’s set included more of André Popp’s Pixieland hijinks, an extended George Russell composition (Dimensions) and the coming-to-town Kid Nic Show (coming to Lee’s Tue. May 18) with the vibra-phonic Mystify. A set of 6-min.-on-up longies made up the 4@4, and the non-Roddy-related Maggie Mae delivered this week’s Lolli repeat in German/English. Jawohl!
Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty came by to talk about their upcoming performance with Adam Linz and Phil Hey. They will be playing free music at Studio Z in Lowertown, Saint Paul. That is, they will be improvising without charts or tunes. They brought along a couple of examples of spontaneously improvised music to give listeners an idea of what to expect. I also played new tunes from Rhoda Scott and Catherine Russell, as well as classics from Gillespie, Air, Machito, and more….