This time ‘round, no sooner does the Rocket Ship clear the launch pad than we honor a request from the previous week that we didn’t have with us at the time… Desmond Dekker’sThis Woman. You’ll recall that we did a mini-Ska Women set instead, including a live Bodysnatchers cut. Anyway, Hour 1 also saw Joanne Dennis, The Soulettes, and Mamie Perry (unrelated to Lee Scratch, btw) make appearances. The expansive epic cut BabopbyeYa from the new Janelle Monáe album was one of THE soaring highlights of Hour 2, and more fun(n) was to be had as Russ Garcia musically imagined water creatures from Astra, and vintage sax honkers Tab Smith and Earl Bostic delivered 2 entirely different tunes called Mambolino. ’60s ska from outside Jamaica made up the 4(+2)@4 which incorporated a Lollipop rerun from Brazil by Wanderléa Cardoso with Renato his Blue Caps, and back-to-back Specials and Slackers cuts help us to imagine Mr. Tragedy quite possibly enjoying himself… just not first. It’s later than we think as we have to short-fade SKAndalous’Lithium cover to make room for The End. At least it’s by the same band… now where’s that pale horse? We’re off!
A Good portion of the show was dedicated to the music of Hank Jones, who passed over on Sunday. I played music where he was a member of the band, led the band, and a few examples of him as an accompanist for singers like Nancy Wilson, JOhnny Hartman, and Abbey Lincoln.
An unusually short opening oldies set this week, morphing after the first bumper break into a Transcontinental (thanks, Nails) global skankdown shindig happening everywhere from Tokyo to New York to London before we arrive across the galaxy at Sherwood’s orbital flying party palace to witness the Birth of a Planet ( Russ Garcia delivering the aforementioned healthy bouncing bundle of mountains, oceans and unstable weather). Later in Hour 2, a Melancholy Baby named Kedaco is born (delivered by Little Tempo. Witnesses include chanting weeds, mad Russians, and a jazz DJ named Garrity, among others, all grooving to the El Ovni Mambo. Hour 3 signals a 4(+2)@4 from Top Deck, most of it reissued on West Side. Ernest Ranglin and Alana Davis double-team this week’s Lollipop-in-reruns, and in place of a request ( Desmond Dekker’s This Woman, which we simply didn’t happen to bring this week; see next week) how about these women?… Shiina Ringo, Chara and The Bodysnatchers! After we pass Orion (and The Busters) on the homestretch, we get a Jump Start from the Forest Hillbillies. Hey, they had the cables… va-rooommm!!!