To commemorate the fact that KFAI broadcast out of its own Studio One for a short while Tue. night, the first 20 minutes this week were wall-to-wall Studio 1 (label) tracks produced by Clement Coxsone Dodd at his famed Kingston recording facility, housed in a former jazz club that had been known as The End. When The End came to an end, Dodd moved in and the rest is musical history. A requested Inspecter 7 track also made its way into the first hour. Hour 2 saw Sherwood B. Funn debut the new Waitiki 7 release New Sounds of Exotica, while the 4(+2)@4, a random selection of US ska, preceded the original My Boy Lollipop, birthed in New York in 1956 by Barbie Gaye and an ace studio crew for Darl Records, laying out a textbook Blue Beat shuffle years before anybody was calling it that (Other examples would include Fats Domino’s Be My Guest and Rosco Gordon’s No More Doggin’). And that’s Pre-History Of Ska 101 for this week, kiddies!
Quite a mixture of music tonight, from Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff, to Miles Davis’ late 60s quintet, to the two pianos of Bill Charlap Renee Rosnes and a new guitarist by the name of Yotam. And more….
This week, a mostly-instro first hour had two rootsy Count Ossie 45s back-to-back, with 7 duppies right behind ‘em… in addition to a Hunch Back, an Astro ‘Gator and a Ska Bump. Steel Pulse got covered by The Skeletones, and The SkalarsChanged Up as well. In hour 2, Sherwood B. Funn took note of the late-May birthdays of Godzilla composers Masaru Sato and Akira Ifukube, complete with Jack Walrath musically observing Godzilla on the Bottom of the Sea.Beth Custer, Arthur Lyman and Señor Coconut also figured into Sherwood’s doings. The 4@4 saw Ska-era Jamaican artists doing things other than ska, Maggie MaeLollipopped,The PinstripesFound It, and The Night Sky Turned Blue, as it does in late spring/early summer in the RSST time slot, and Mr. Review’s Rude VisserShook and Shivered. Brrrrrr!
Davina the Vagabonds came by and performed 5 songs. It was awesome, if I do say so myself. I also played tunes by Lester Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Rollins John Coltrane, Dave Holland, Eric Alexander, and Tessa Souter.