It’s and Omniversal Jazzed Up and Bonkers Friday morning, ladies and gentlemen!

1/31 in a nutshell…

Ooh! The Cap’n & Cozy unearthed more great old skas previously un-aired by RSST, including, all the way from the UK, Pama Records’ own… Milwaukee Coasters??? Yep, from the year that kicked off Ska’s Lost Decade, 1968, a ska/funk stomper paradoxically enough titled “Sick and Tired (Oh Babe)” hot on the heels of Val Bennett’s ska shuffle “Jumping with Mr. Lee” (Bunny, not Byron), from the same year, on Island. Sherwood’s Planet highlights included Cal Tjader’s cover of Paul Horn’s something blue track “Half and Half” and some flutey 5/4 business from Italy’s Marc 4. In the Home Stretch, GotchaSKAverd hit us with a Czech Lollipop (er, “Libi Bob”) from Yvonne Prenosilova. Never released on 45 or LP in its day (1964), it instead turned up as a clip on Czech TV! While we’re across the pond, the 5@5:05 asks you, “Won’t you come aboard and fly Transatlantic Skaways with us?” The Bost & Bim Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix) remix brought us right up to The End… “Crosstown Skaffic”, anyone?

Gipsies from Espana, voices from Africa, and two brand new local releases from Latin talents, Maria Isa & Malamanya !

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I played an interview that I had recorded with pianist Lynne Arriale during the week, along with three cuts from recent CDs. She’ll be in town at the AQ on Feb 1 & 2, and will be conducting a workshop for middle and high school pianists on the 2nd. Also played cuts from Oliver Nelson Big Band, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Dave Holland, Gregory Porter, Lou Marinini, and Jimmy Smith. This week’s 45 was Euphoria, by the Charlie Ventura Septet, on Decca.

guest host Emily Krumberger

Episode #390 – Vinyl Booty from Milwaukee showcased tonight!

1/24 in a nutshell…

Buy ‘em by the sack! Clue J & the Blues Blasters, accompanied in all likelihood by Nyahbinghi hand-drumming legend Count Ossie, feed us “The Slider” from way back in 1962… and after half a century, it STILL hasn’t gone stale! (Talk about yer “pre-ska-vatives”… ) Also in the “Ooh”: “Pound for Pound #1”, a Carlos Malcolm & the Fireburners lost-decade ska/funker from 1970 (there was also a “Pound for Pound #2”, the same tune slowed-down and more heavily accentuating the funk in the groove)… some earlier Malcolm doing a ska “Ghost Riders”, both sides of a Roy Richards 45, “Maureen” and “Contact”, and Little Darlin’ (name of the artist! The song was “No One”)… The Blues Blasters bookend the “Ooh” with their “Marjie”, just before Sherwood takes over with two “January” tracks from what he has dubbed “calendar” albums, Emil Richards’ Stones and Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine, respectively, followed by another “Margie”, this one by Buddy Morrow. That’s followed up by Margie, the singer… Margie Rayburn, that is. Tommy Dorsey and Warren Covington’s 45, “Satan Takes a Holiday”, a Wrong-Speed Special from a couple of weeks back, actually gets spun at 45 this week… sounds great at both speeds! “Mangos”, a Rosemary Clooney/Perez Prado collab we’ve played here before, gets the instrumental treatment from the (Francis) Bay Big Band. By the way, I should mention the fact that I have Shiina Ringo and her shady nuke ;^) to thank for hipping me to this song. She sings her non-album track “Superficial Gossip” this week. The Home Stretch got off to a classy start with Trio Esperanca’s high-gloss “Meu Bem Lollipop”… Of The Week. Thanks, GotchaSKAvered! There were 5 Mutant Frogs in a row at 5 (not 5:05), some Jamaican-grown lounge/exotica from the likes of Cecil Lloyd, Kes Chin, and better-known Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, and “electro-swingers” Parov Stelar with the very ska-like “Dandy…” I’m looking for more of this electro-swing… tune in, and stay tuned!