The Arthur Davis System for Double Bass.

Art Davis was blacklisted in the ’70s for speaking up about racism in the music industry, then later earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and balanced performance dates with appointments to see patients. Known for his stunning and complete mastery of the instrument, Davis was able to jump between genres. He played classical music with the New York Philharmonic, was a member of the NBC, Westinghouse and CBS orchestras, and played for Broadway shows. The most enriching experience of his career was collaborating with John Coltrane. Described by jazz critic Nat Hentoff as Coltrane’s favorite bassist, Davis performed on the saxophonist’s albums including “Ascension,” Volumes 1 and 2 of “The Africa/Brass Sessions” and “Ole Coltrane.” Davis viewed his instrument as “the backbone of the band,” one that should “inspire the group by proposing harmonic information with a certain sound quality and rhythmic impulses,” Davis said in an excerpt from So What magazine posted on his Web site. He played with a long and varied list of artists: Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. By 1951 he decided to make music his career. He chose the double bass, believing it would allow more opportunities to make a living. At age 17 he studied with the principal double bassist at the Philadelphia Orchestra. But when he auditioned for his hometown’s symphony, the audition committee was so unduly harsh and demanding that the conductor Edwin MacArthur questioned their objectivity. “The answer was, ‘Well, he’s colored,’ and there was silence,” Davis recalled in a 2002 article in Double Bassist magazine. “Finally MacArthur burst out, ‘If you don’t want him, then you don’t want me.’ So they quickly got together and accepted me.”
This was a cat who found his home hanging right there, outside the box. A quality or trait I can only dream dream of matching.


A conference call with Chuck D.

So I was invited to be a part of a conference call with one of the original innovative wordsmyths of total coolth Mister Chuck D. of Public Enemy. I was able to be the first person from the U.S. press to ask him a question or two and I asked him more or less about the political natures of his new album…more on that disc to come……What a cool thing to have happen and I am thankful to Jolyn at the Brookes Company for the invite and for being a great hostess, and thanks to Chuck himself for making and taking the time…..Make some Noise.
So, the most important thing to take away from this isn’t that:”Damn that MisterG is too cool for school”, that goes without saying. The thing to focus on is my mentioning of the new Public Enemy album….get ready to get yours.


the Final Show on WHUS.

Well, being an adult…which someone told me I am…There was a situation at home that just had to come before my show. The Mrs of the G and Moustapha were dealing with boneheaded movers (NA) and I needed to get home to “get the final word”. So I was only able to be on air for 3 hours insted of 5. No worries, I will be broadcasting from Madison WI before you can say “cheeeeeeseeeee” But until then, here is the final show set list. I am always accepting new music and am staying current in the scene. New address updates soon.



Are you Ready- Grand Funk Railroad
Just got back from Baby- ZZ Top
Frontier Psychiatrist- The Avalanche
Got my Mojo Workin’- Cotton/Waters/J. Winters (live)
Human Cannonball- Webb Wilder (live)
You got the Best in Town- Billy Cox & Buddy Miles
Masterpiece- Chris Whitley & Jeff Lang
Underground- Chris Whitley & Jeff Lang
For your Love- the Yardbirds (live 06)
Still I’m Sad- the Yardbirds (live 06)
Dazed & Confused- the Yardbirds (live 06)
Sexy side of You- George Clinton
Round Oak Blues- Skeebo Knight
Jekyll Island Nights- Skeebo Knight
Vehicle- Reptile Palace Orchestra
Duct Tape- Darrin James Band
Had Enough of Me- Darrin James Band
Des Caminos- Omar Sosa (Live)
Balkan Trilogy- Terra Folk

1. Mystic intro

2. Ajde Jano

3. Ederneni Boyacilari

Nobody’s Fault but Mine- NO Blues
Lets do it Like They did it- Sol
You can Make it if you Try- Buddy Guy/John Mayer
Inner City Blues- Marc Broussard
Stargaze- Xavier Rudd
Footprint- Xavier Rudd
Message Stick- Xavier Rudd
Missing my Baby- G-love/Special Sauce
Beautiful- G-Love/Tristian
By July- Sirsy
The looks She’s Giving you- the Outer Vibe
Hot Sticky Nikki- Chow Nasty
Jin go lo Ba- Babatunde Olatunji
Kiyakiya- Babatunde Olatunji
Mofongo Raincheck- Secretary
New Age Ladies- Secretary
Life of the Mind- Club D’elf
Don’t Believe the Hype- Public Enemy
Infinity- Desdamona/Ill Chemistry
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around- LadyBUG Mecca/Lady Day *
Glad to be Unhappy- DJ LOGIC REMIX*

* Billie Holiday remixed.