Tony Leone talks Brotherhood

In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their jaw-dropping new album, ‘Barefoot In The Head,’ marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.

I’ve had the pleasure in the past to speak with Neal about upcoming shows in Madison as well as the last 3 new releases. This time around I got a chance to pick the brain of Drummer, Tony Leone. We discuss what the show on Sunday, November 19th at The Barrymore Theater will be like for those who miGht be new to the Brotherhood scene as well as why he has the best seat in the house possibly. We dive a little into the making of the new release and how returning to a familiar spot to create, went from black sheet to final product in a couple to few short weeks. We discuss one of the special guest collaborators on the track “Glow” off the new record, Alam Khan, and how his sound and being melding into their sonic and personal scene. It was interesting to hear what Tony said in comparison to Neal when in discussion about the band’s relationship and how, after being together for MANY tour dates and MANY albums in such a short period of time, these brothers keep making a tighter sound for us, and for each other.

Reality Check 1 2 with DoodleBUG

Every year or so I have the chance to catch up with my man Cee Knowledge, AKA DoodleBUG of Digable Planets. For me, its a chance to get into the mind of one of the principals in opening my mind to all the sounds. This time around we got to talk about some of the stops on the insects recent travels and tours. What it was like getting it on out in the eye again toGether as the Digable crew.

Cee Know and I discuss the reunion tour during spring and summer 2016 and how it was followed up with a live record “Digable Planets Live” on Ropeadope Records that dropped late June 2017. We lead you down the path of the question, will there be some new joints complied and released to the world with new rhymes, beast and jazzed-up-grooves? It is always nice to hear an influential artist, someone who is a part of a Grammy award winning group that created something new talk about who were some of the maestros behind getting their artist voice to come out, and both Cee and I release a little of that on you. We also take you back to a classic-ish moment in time and talk about the original meeting of our mutual funky-friend, DeeJay Alex J. It was for similar situations that brought all three of our world colliding. As always, the conversation strays into the land of NBA hoops and we make sure to get our Celtics and Sixers (hats worn just a little titled to the side) talk on the table, both always respecting the others squad. I am also pleased to report, that once any new project is ready to get a listen, I’ll get that listen and then be able to be the bridge to get that freshy fresh over to you.

On The Bubbler

The second portion of the proGram took the BUG to the cooler:

Sinbad’s Blues- Uncle Nephew F. Kyle Roussel
Shiver- Patrick Parcek
Strange Things Happening- Dave Keyes

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Samedi Glace- 3MA
Dis Lui Que Je L’aime Comme Mon Pays- Boubacar Traore Ft. Corey Harris & Cedric Watson

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Time Stamp Josh One
Clockwise- Josh One Ft. Quincy McCrary
How Soon is Now (Original Tempo)- October Star

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Resources- Mink
Mink Everything- Mink
Momsabop- Mink Ft. Abstract Rude & Jobe

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**Excerpt of My Conversation with Cee Knowledge the DoodleBUG of Digable Planets**
Creamspy Interlude- Digable Planets (live)
Soul Clap Interlude- Digable Planets (live)
Nickle Bags- Digable Planets (live)

The Whole Family

The first portion of the proGram had the entire family in mind, including the nose of the dog:

Sesame Street Theme- Delfeayo Marsalis
Georgia on my Mind- Rashaan Barber

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Pineapple Head- Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict
Hit Ones- Chet Doxas
Pénelope Ana (Love Interlude)- (U)nity
Perception- (U)nity
Us & Them- Ross McHenry Trio
At Odds With the World- Tony Burkill

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The Way Home- Ikebe Shakedown
Since You’ve Been Gone- The Allergies
Ce un Fantasma nel mio letto- Piero Umiliani
V.L.A.M. (Lack of Afro Remix)- Kind & Kinky Zoo
Fatebenefratelli- Funkallisto

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Answer to Mother Popcorn- Martha High
Going Down Slow- Dee Dee Bridgewater

greenarrowradio promo- Sharon Jones
Just Give Me Your Time- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
Dream Girl- Curtis Harding
Out on the Weekend- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats (live)

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Walking Again- King Leg
Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)- The Zombies

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Back Where It All Begins- Great Caesar’s Ghost Ft. Butch Trucks (live)
***Excerpt of my Conversation with Melody Trucks***
Every Hungry Woman- The Allman Brothers (live, Atlanta Pop Festival, 1970)
Gypsy Woman- Bonnie Blue
Shovelin’ Coal- Bonnie Blue

Nobody- Brady Clampitt
Kiss The Wind- Brady Clampitt

Tentacle Strength

The first portion of the proGram had that stick it to you pre-show jazzed up feel:

Days Limit Lie- GVSU New Music Ensemble
Location Sharing- GVSU New Music Ensemble
Round Midnight- Wadada Leo Smith
Najwa- Wadada Leo Smith
Ronald Shannon Jackson (The Master of Symphonic Drumming & Multi-Sonic Rhythms inscriptions of a Rare Beauty)- Wadada Leo Smith

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Ides of March- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy
Jitterfug- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy

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Around We Go- Richard X Bennett
The Camel- Richard X Bennett
Ask Me Now- Barry Altschul & The 3Dom Factor Ft. Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda

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Can’t We Be Friends- Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor & Lafayette Harris
The Brick- Lorenzo Feliciati
Piccadilly Sources- Schnellertollermeier
Affluenza- Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
MiCrOY Tyner- Phillip Gerschlauer David Fiuczynski Jack DeJohnette Matt Garrison Giorgi Mikadze
Zubatta Cheve- Gizmodrome

Introducing The Melody Trucks Band

Family. That’s how I feel about the many people I have met over the years while being in the arts scene. I recently had the opportunity to reach out to Melody Trucks to discuss her new project, The Melody Trucks Band. We got into how the project that started out as an unknown dream, turned into the beginning of a new family scene. Melody shares a few tales of how/when her father, Mr. Butch Trucks, first got a chance to hear her sing at a venue and how the surprise took place and how getting an opportunity to go on close to home tours with her dad will always be moments reflected on as irreplaceable. Being a new group, The Melody Trucks Band as of today have had three shows and we discussed each one slightly and how the band vibes with one another and even how at the end of the Family Jam, local musicians were invited to sit in and jam along. One of the big events on the band’s horizon will probably keep a long standing tradition alive of playing at The Funky Biscuit right around Christmas time. This year’s Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam is on December 23rd and will be celebrating The Allman Brothers Band and The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks will be Featuring Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Marc Quiñones (The Allman Brothers Band), Berry Duane Oakley & Other Special Guests including The Melody Trucks Band….What an amazing thing. While thus-far, the core group members have only played amazing cover tunes live, they have begun the creative journey of creating new stories together and I for one am looking forward to hearing what come out of it. One of the folks who adds to the band whenever humanly possible is Issac Corbitt and I would feel remiss if I forgot to call him out for his flexibility.

I have had the pleasure of being within the world of The Allman Brothers family through many great people, whether it was interviews with Derek and Warren or hanging with Chank at Gregg’s show in Connecticut, the warmth that surrounds these people is easily one of the coolest things I have been a part of. You will get that exact same feeling listening to Melody and I talk about the new beginning of this story she was never sure she would ever be telling.

The Melody Trucks Band

Head Light

The extra hour set turned on your head liGhts:

Kum Kum- Balkan Beat Box Ft A-WA
World Gone Crazy (feat. Lucinda Slim) (Sam Redmore Remix)- The Haggis Horns
Cold Fever (Trevor Jackson Dub)- Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas
M.Y.D.Y.- Mydy Rabycad

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Visitar América- Da Cruz
Nossa Maneira- Da Cruz
Negra Sim- Da Cruz
Galleria- Ursula 1000
We Go High (feat. Tee Double)- Ursula 1000

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At Mosp Here (Fujiya & Miyagi Remix)- Re-TROS
Red Rum Aviv- Re-TROS
Masseduction- St. Vincent
Dancing With A Ghost- St. Vincent
Fear The Future- St. Vincent
Who Is This Guy- Superet

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Newsflash (feat. Elmer Demond)- The Urban Renewal Project

Green Dot Mosaic

The second portion of the proGram had the eyes dotted:

Call On God- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
(Take My Hand) Precious Lord- Dee Dee Bridgewater
B.A.B.Y.- Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Hurry Back Baby- Camille Howard
Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks- Monogram Caribbean Orchestra
Oppin’ For Later- Duke Groner

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Think (About It)- Martha High
Ol Skool- Crack of Dawn
Booby Ruby- Crack of Dawn
Shifting Sands- Ikebe Shakedown

Soul Sister Interlude- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. DJ Soul Sister
Sister Soul- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. Wendell Pierce & Bill Summers

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Take a Little Time- Funkallisto Ft. Jess Roberts
Party Chez le Marquis- Kind and Kinky Zoo
Grandma’s Radio- Amp Fiddler Ft. Sound Boy
Keep Coming- Amp Fiddler

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Get Up!- B3 (live)
Blues Etude- B3 (live)
Young Street- Reggie Young
Humility- Kamasi Washington
Perspective- Kamasi Washington
Knowledge- Kamasi Washington

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The Liquid- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
The Wanderer- Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri Ft. DJ Mr. Sonny James

Neck Riffs

The first portion of the proGram has a long neck to the finish:

I’m Hurtin’- Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (live, Bridge School)
Heroes- David Bowie (live, Bridge School)
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Money Road Shuffle- Langhorne Slim
Bluebird- Langhorne Slim
House of My Soul (You Light The Rooms)- Langhorne Slim

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Something I’ve Down- Downchild
Not So Nice Anymore- Dave Keyes
Daily Bread- Bobby Kyle

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Keep on Moving- Kenny Neal
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)- Uncle Nephew Ft. Sami Stevens
World Keeps on Turning- Peter Parcek Ft. Luther Dickinson
Coffin Lid- Mark PORKCHOP Holder

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Let Me Out- Mark Sultan
Be The Blood- Mark Sultan
Mission Accomplished- Hard Working Americans (live)

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Don’t Forget About James Brown- The Original Blues Brothers Band
You Can Stay But t=That Noise Must Go- Chris Daniels & the Kings Ft. Freddi Gowdy

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She Came With Everything- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple
***Excerpt of My Pre-recorded conversation with Marcus Randolph***
(Intro) Transplant- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple
Mad At The World- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple

Transplant by Marcus Randolph

While known as Robert’s cousin, and a founding member and the drummer of The Family Band, there is way more to the man Mr. Marcus Randolph than the man on the kit in the back. “Transplant”, the debut release from Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple from American Showplace Music was released on October 20th and I have been sharing portion’s with the listeners slightly before. I had a chance to catch up with Marcus about the new album to discuss the piecing toGether of the album, from recuperating and recovering from his very own transplant, to how/why we can all relate to the track, “Mad At The World”, to how momma got in on a track and how working with and being a brother to Mr. John Ginty has assisted in getting the project to the finish line. The sounds that fly off this album are in a changing space throughout. From Rock and blues to some soulful grooves, the funk oozes off into your ear and trickles down to your feet. I am sure some stompin’ with take place once it reaches your roots. As listeners and people of music, Marcus and I call on you to check out the style and see how it fits into your zones. Check out out chat here:

Latest Project By Jay Blakesberg

“Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995” is a fine art, hardcover coffee table photography book that brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive collection of photographs from a wide range of photographers whose work has captured the Grateful Dead at different times throughout their career. Co-Edited by former Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron and famed rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, “Eyes of the World” was released on October 23, 2017 via Rock Out Books. Photographers featured in Eyes of the World include such legendary names as Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall, David Gahr, Mark Seliger, Herb Greene, William Coupon, Michael O’Neill, Adrian Boot, Michael Putland, Peter Simon, Baron Wolman and, of course, Jay Blakesberg. Included in the collection are iconic images, lesser known photos, and never-seen before seen images – each of them a singular perspective of a poignant moment that together help tell the Grateful Dead’s epic tale through large, bold imagery.

Jay and I played a little catch up since last time we spoke. We got into how this book came to be, the process of picking and choosing moments that represent each time time period/era of the band as well as a few interesting morsels of coolness discovered while researching and pieces the whole project toGether. Take a listen to find out the why and what the image chosen for the cover represents to Jay and Josh and which image even Phil Lesh said” “I’d Never Seen That Before”.

Reflections of the Colors We’re Made Of

I like all the colors to be represented in my sets:

Betrayed- Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson (live)
It’ Ain’t Gonna be a Good Night- Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Step By Step- Jim Byrnes
Ninety Nine and a Half (Won’t do)- Jim Byrnes

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Mailbox Money- Downchild Blues Band
Tell The Truth- Lance Lopez (live)
Shake it baby- Uncle Nephew
Big Boat- Mark PORKCHOP Holder

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Momma Sang- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple Ft. Sylvia Randolph
Truth Be Told- Kings & Associates
Cherry Street- The Original Blues Brothers Band
Them Changes- Chris Daniels & The Kings Ft. Freddi Gowdy
Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)- The Isley Brothers & Santana

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School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell)- Hard Working Americans
Breathless Pt.1- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Kiddie Boy- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Hey Pockey A Way- Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express (live)

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It Ain’t No Use- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live 8/11/1973, Keystone Berkeley)
***Pre-recorded Interview with Jay Blakesberg***
Mystery Train- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live 8/11/1973, Keystone Berkeley)
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Hound Dog- Dee Dee Bridgewater
Doc- Pigeons Play Ping Pong

Funk Out Cancer

On Saturday, November 4th, The Majestic Theater will be the spot to “FUNK OUT CANCER” with Phat Phunktion and Mama Digdown’s Brass Band. This concert and silent auction is being held in memory of Kate Gates Falaschi, to help raise awareness and assistance to end the battle for all with this monster. Each year the event happens, I get toGether with Kate’s husband and local Madison musician Al Falaschi (saxophones & vocals in Phat Phunktion) to help spread the word. This year we got another chance to remind folks of the importance of the research that’s ongoing, including a real wild story about one of Kate’s doctors….this is one of these stories you just couldn’t make up. Al also opened up a little about what, after 8 years, is something he really misses about Kate. We discussed the wild times the music will provide and the uniqueness of the shared moments for those in attendance. He rolled off a few names of special guests, including Mr. Jimmy Voegeli of The Jimmys hammering the funk out of it on the B3, as well as special tributes that will be complete one offs specifically for this event.

Al also shared with us some musical endeavors and happening that have been going on in his wide world of playing out. From the Phat Phunktion’s horns section knocking out the National Anthem at the sold out UW Women’s Volleyball match versus Nebraska, to the what’s ups of Steely Dane, it is always good to catch up with local family. Check out the above conversation and the website to see how you can become involved in this event and while this disease touches us all, that just might mean there’s more of us to help end the battles.

One World Radio Tribute

Into the space…fill the place…..thank you, brother.

Song of Beginnings- Chandrika Tandon
Song of the Worldly Dance- Chandrika Tandon
Spring- Ravi Shankar
Sweet Caroline- Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Khan, Kevin Hays, & Tim Ries
Tu Kaun Hai- Subhi
Hum Hain Kahan- Subhi
Ranaji- Barmer Boys
Bole to (Awaara Remix)- Barmer Boys
Tampani- Noaccordian
Upa Neguino- Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company
Aganyu Suite (Igbodu)- Michael Spiro & Joe Galvin
Oya Suite (Garabato)- Michael Spiro & Joe Galvin
Aganyu Suite (Bata Seco)- Michael Spiro & Joe Galvin
Haddii Hoobalki Gabay- Hibo Nuura
Ninkaan Ogayn – Gacaltooyo Band Ft. Faduumina Hilowle
Qays iyo Layla- Sharero Band Ft. Faadumo Qaasim
Kene Bo- Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet
Garaba Mama- Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Backyard Blues

The second portion of the proGram was left out too long:

All That’s Good- Kings & Associates
63 Hog Drive- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple
Blues in my Feet- The Original Blues Brothers Band
Soothe Me Baby- Chris Daniels & The Kings Ft. Freddi Gowdy

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I Just Want to Make Love to You- The Isley Brothers & Santana
I Can See- Blind Boys of Alabama
Stay- Boys II Men
Don’t be Cruel- Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dad, Turn It Up Interlude- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. Irvin Mayfield III
Don’t Worry Be Happy Ft. Jason Marsalis/Cyril Neville/Haley Reinhart/Glen David Andrews- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield
Trumpet Bounce- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield
Paper in My Shoe- Boozoo Chavis
Boss Cajun- Shorty LeBlanc
Sugar Bee- Cleveland Crochet & Jay Stutes
Happy- Bonerama

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Love Somebody- The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown Ft. Laura Reed
Intro- The Allergies
Entitled to That- The Allergies
Penny The Snitch- Ikebe Shakedown

Alabama Sue- Roy Gaines
Stainless Steel Shuffle- B3 (live)

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Secrets of the Senzae- Thunder Body
Neon Sign- The Reis Brothers
What a Shame- Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
Wititj (Lightning Snake), Pt. 1- Nai Palm Ft. Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi
Wititj (Lightning Snake), Pt. 2- Nai Palm Ft. Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi

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Evolution- Menagerie (feat. Fallon Williams)
Transference- E1sbar

High Knee Pedal

The first portion of today’s proGram had the hiGhknee blues and grOOves:

See What Love Did to me- Yusef
The Shape I’m In- Jim Byrnes
Like a Stone- Mapache
Blue Marble- Mapache

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Out of My League- The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men
greenarrowradio promo- Val Starr
Fear is Like a Forrest- Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Script- Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Why Can’t I Be Good- Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson (live)
Tracks of My Tears- Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson (live)

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Alone in Austn- Twin Brother
Zombie- Langhorne Slim
Opus II- Fifty Foot Hose
God Bless The Child- Fifty Foot Hose
This Strange Effect- The Shacks

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Twist it Shake it Rock and Roll- Trudy and the Romance
Glass Teeth- Living Colour
Stomp Holler- Hard Working Americans (live)
Run a Mile- Hard Working Americans (live)
Ain’t Nothing You Can do- Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express (live)

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Blues is My Business- Little Steven
***excerpt of a 2006 conversation with Little Steven***
I Been Up All Night- Albert Castiglia
Call of The Freaks- Duke Robillard
Was That The Human Thing to do- Duke Robillard w/Maria Muldaur

Inti-Illimani’s Jorge Coulon

Inti-Illimani is the modern face of the Chilean Nueva Canción movement, a modern world music genre that celebrates a renewal of Latin American folk music in response to the dominance of American and European influence in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s. After over forty albums, the group is celebrating fifty years of exploring human rights, imperialism, democracy and the Latin American identity through traditional Chilean folk music with an edgy twist. Inti-Illimani was formed by students at Universidad Técnica del Estado at Santiago, Chile in 1967 and became popular in Chile for their song “Venceremos (We shall win!)” which became the anthem of the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende . In 1973 as they were on tour abroad, General Augusto Pinochet launched a coup d’etat and took power. Having heard of the numerous extra-judicial killings of many fellow artists by Chile’s army, they took up residence in Italy, resulting in “the longest tour in history” as they remained in exile while continuing their efforts supporting Chilean democracy. In September 1988, days after they were no longer banned from Chile, they returned and started touring in the country again. They helped organize the voting down of the referendum that would have re-elected Pinochet.

I had the honor to talk with Mr. Jorge Coulon again recently to promote the Sunday, October 22nd event here in Madison at the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall. We talked about what someone new to the group could expect as well as spending time discussing the latest release, “El Cantos de Todos”, a celebration of the musical traditions and songs of Violeta Parra. Mr. Coulon and I talk about the process of taking these historically important songs and giving them a slightly more modern touch/feel. We talked a little about how it feels to land in the USA of today and I would have been remiss not to bring up a least one of the humanitarian efforts this dynamic group has made a difference in the world by getting involved with. Find out what Mr. Coulon has to say about these things by clicking play above.

Tree or For

The second portion of this week’s proGram had the liGhtning strike more than once:

Alap- Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Rasikpriya- Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition

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Anywhere and Everywhere People- Matt Wilson
Soup- Matt Wilson

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Ghost Guest 1979- Jared Sims
Take Me With U- Charles Owens Quartet
The Lucifer Rebellion (edit)- Cameron Graves
The Solemn Z-Men Credo- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Yer Fast- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Big Swifty- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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El Cando De Todos- Inti Illimani
***Pre-Recorded Conversation with Mr. Jorge Coulon of Inti-Illimani***
Arriba Quemando el Sol- Inti Illimani
Miren Como Sonrien- Inti Illimani

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Bananeira- Bebel Gilberto (live at The Belly Up)
Matter of Time- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

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Bang Boogie- Tricky Ft. Smoky Mo
Work My Mind- Cut Chemist Ft. Chali 2na & Hymnal
Intro- Ancient Astronauts & Azeem
Bruce Williz- Ancient Astronauts & Azeem
In Bronze- E1sbar

What’s The Worth

The first portion of this week’s proGram questions the value of the others:

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba- Christina Pluhar
Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra: VII. Waltz No. 2 (Arr. M. Haimovitz & C. O’Riley for Cello & Piano)- Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley
Strange Thought- Adam Rudolph

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Music Box- The Kadinskey Effect
Re Jungle- The Kadinskey Effect
We Make Our Own Holidays- The Kadinskey Effect

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Helitone 2b- The Heliosonic Tone-Tett
Heliotone 5b- The Heliosonic Tone-Tett

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Moe Is On- Joshua Breakstone
Freddie Freeloader- Dick Fregulia Trio
Overture- Dave Kline Band
Rockin’ in the Cape- Dave Kline Band

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Propensity- Rez Annasi Ft. Vijay Iyer/Rudresh Mahanthappa/Johannes Weidenmueller/Dan Weiss & Elizabeth Mikhael
Cantina Band- Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda (live)
You’ve Got To Have Freedomm- Bob Ferrel’s Jazztopian Dream Ft. Dwight West
Epistrophy- Mark Zaleski Band

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Sophisticated Lady- Bill Charlap Trio
Having an Average Weekend (Theme From “Kids in the Hall)- Joe Policastro Trio
Nardis- Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict
New Orleanian Love Song II (X. aTunde Adjuah Remix)- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

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Papiosco’s Match- Hilario Duran Ft.Jorge Luis “Papiosco” Torres
***Pre-Recorded Conversation with Mr. Hilario Duran***
Segundo Encuentro- Hilario Duran
Contumbao- Hilario Duran

Contumbao by Hilario Duran

Hilario Duran makes a triumphant musical homecoming on his new album, “Contumbao” (released on ALMA Records on September 23, 2017). Internationally recognized as a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader of the highest order, the Cuban-Canadian Duran has been based in Toronto for the past two decades, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. With “Contumbao”, Mr. Duran has created another compelling entry in a rich and rewarding discography. His earlier albums have earned him three Juno Awards (Canadian music’s most prestigious award) and a Grammy nomination (for 2006’s From the Heart, by Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band, featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Horacio Hernandez). His playing has also been featured on many other award-winning albums.

I spoke with Mr. Duran about how he was able to take the idea of going back to Cuba to create not only a record, but a family album or sorts. How he walked down the same streets in the now of his life and how that inspired the stories and memories of his Life. We talked about working with the master, Mr. Chucho Valdés on portions of this new record and how as a young man, Mr. Duran used to copy many of Mr. Valdés’ solos with an unmatched respect and a source of inspiration. We discussed the track entitled “Parque 527”, the address from which Mr. Duran spent many years growing up, and the significance of the time spent there on him as a player, but also as a man. We both agreed that the goal of this album was to try and reach out to a wider base of listener-ship, this album has many layers that leave the sophistication of jazz music at home sometimes and goes off into a more dance-able groove, so not only can this record captivate the mind, but also the dancing feet of its listeners. Towards the end of the chat, I found it very interesting to hear Mr. Duran’s response to my question about having a “special place” to go and either create, seek inspiration or just be with yourself.