Check out the three non-Jamaican ska oldies in the first hour… I even found one from Holland in mixed English/Dutch, and another one’s an Italian entry. The back-to-school-spirited set began with one each by Desmond Dekker and Justin Hinds, Labour for Learning and Teach the Youth. The Specials announced recess with Enjoy Yourself, and Donatella did just that. So did we!
In Sherwood’s Fabulous Flying Party Palace, Benny Velarde was Cool doing the Wobble-Cha, Anna Valentino was On a Tropical Island, and La Lupe had a whale of a Fever! From Bobby Summers’ Pad you could spy The Chantays sailing The Wayward Nile, and Russ Garcia witnessed the Birth Of A Planet! Back on the bridge, the Rocket Ship visited a Ska Zoo, Maria Visconti sang about her Boy Lollipop and Prince Buster took a Trip To Mars. Blast off!
A big thanks to Bill from Mostly Jazz, for sitting in while I was on vacation. It was a B-3-Centric show as Bill played tunes by Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Mike LeDonne, Larry Young, and Charles Mingus
9/2 in a nutshell… The highlight of the oldies set was a salute to 2Tone, with deep tracks, hits and alternate takes alike, from The Selecter to The Specials to the producer of their debut album, Elvis Costello (but on Columbia, which issued Human Touch on the Get Happy! LP). Sherweird inserted a delightfully bizarre Kev Hopper track into his set, and spiced the rest of the hour up with exotic vibraphones, Latin big bands, (Shiina) Ringo-nalia and jazzy Godzilla composer Masaru Sato. Back on the bridge of the Rocket Ship, the 4@4 dealt with Love In Trouble, the ever-brave Brave Combo gave us a Lolli-Pol-Ska, and Jennifer Davis of St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review was Too Good To Be True. What can I say? She’s cool like dat. So’s the weather these days. Are you feelin’ a change in the air? Brrrrrr! OK, I exaggerate…