(3/28 in a nutshell… )

Both the Cap’n and Sherwood played The Checkmates this week! But, it was two completely different “Checkmates”! The Jamaican Studio One 45 of “Train to Soulville” was released as both “The Check-Mates” and “The Checkmates”, while the SE Asian guitar band that recorded “Sylvia” for Philips remained hyphen-less… ‘scuse me, that should be “hyphenless”. We also heard Bob Marley back when he was Robert, from a pre-Wailers Beverley’s 45, and Frederick Hibbert, pre-“Toots” and pre-Maytals. Sherwood got his mitts on a wonderful (or should we say “wanderful?”) 2-discer from Walter Wanderley from which he played a couple. Other 2fers included Singapore’s All Star Orchestra and Trinidad’s Joey Lewis Orchestra. In the Home Stretch, The Selecter reinvented “My Boy Lollipop” as a ganja anthem for the 2Tone generation, and the theme of the 5@5:05 was “Tune In… and Stay Tuned”. Well… do!

Follow up to Ana Moura’s 2nd visit, along with a tip of the hat to Bajofondo. Stand by for pledge drive coming the next two Wednesdays on Global Beat ! Pledge NOW !

Interview with Texas blues woman Sweet Mama Cotton aka Marcy Rae to talk about the blues scene in Spring, Texas where she called in from. That’s about 20 miles north of Houston. We also talked about her new CD “Suh-WEEET” on 100% Cotton Record label. For more about Marcy, go to: marcy@sweetmamacotton.com.

I played about a half dozen songs highlighting the compositions and playing of pianist Bud Powell, including tunes by Art Pepper, Triplicate, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke, and Dizzy & Bird. Also played music from Charles Kynard, Monk, The Atlantis Quartet, Mark Winkler, and the SF Jazz Collective.

Episode #398 Glen Returns and plays with Sharks, gambles on Montezuma’s Revenge, and rides the Kona Tide!

March Madness or I Still Have No Picks in the Final Four

3/21 in a nutshell…

My, my, what a diverse “Ooh” we have this week! In the first four tracks alone, we have U.S. ’60s ska from Tracey Dey (the Bob Crewe-produced “Ska Doo-Dee-Yah”), a lost-decade British goodie from ’68 (the Trojan All Stars’ “Yorkie Special”), a straight-up Skatalites-propelled Johnny “Dizzy” Moore cut from the Top Deck sessions, and some sunshine rocksteady by Chinese singer (and not Chinese-Jamaican, from what I read online) Stephen Cheng, backed by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires. Always together, even if I do quote the song title directly in that assessment! Sherwood, meanwhile, marks the Voovie Doo debut of Johnny Guitar, and we don’t mean Mr. Watson! This Thai string-slinger’s mid-‘60s Lucky Bamboo release Suphan Nahong yields the slow, atmospherically-percussive “Sri Nuon” this week, part of a SE-Asian electric-guitar-exotica set also involving HK’s The Quests (listen for the lush blend of organ and sitars here!), Singapore’s legendary Shadows-influenced The Stylers and the cha-cha-driven All Star Orchestra. GotchaSKAvered’s Lollipop-of-the-Week kicks off the Home Stretch with none other than Teresa Brewer, and single-digit (Fahrenheit) winter chill inspired us to mix up a set of tunes we usually save for late December, including The Dualers’ “Jack Frost” and Gichy Dan’s “Winter on Riverside Drive”. The 5@5:05 recycled an old Ska Beatles set featuring The Brass Circus (“Strawberry Fields Forever”) and Ernest Ranglin (“You Won’t See Me”), among others, and then it was all-over-the-map time (including Jimmy Cliff’s “One More” and Tim “Timebomb” Armstrong covering “Too Much Pressure”, and by the way absolutely DO check out the eclectic treasure trove of online “45s” Tim and friends have posted to YouTube!) ‘Til next time, tune in… and stay tuned!

Opening with a local based Euro-Latin-American Soundset leading into a fado Portuguese preview of Ana Moura’s return engagement to the Dakota this Sun. & Mon. evening – March 24-25.