Some Jazz the way I saw it

did a little open schedule fill in…spinning some jazz sounds the way I saw them fit together. Like the intrpretation of any painting or sculpture…this set list is built from scraps of each sound…

Thank you- Melvin Sparks
Baby Bouncer- the new Mastersounds
the Vandenburg Suite- the new Mastersounds
Freetime- Akashic Record
Funky or What- Celia Baron
Turkey on Bourbon Street- Skeebo Knight
Earth Mover- Grant Calvin Weston
Juju Fruit- Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston
See the World for the First time-Lee Konitz & Minsarah
One Dance Alone- Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet
the In Crowd- Javon Jackson
Abele Dance- Many Dibango
Nomra- Matana Roberts
Inside Straight- Cannonball Re Loaded
James Crow JR ESQ- Christian Scott (live)
Ow- the Gust Spenos Quartet
Mobius Trip- Imaginary Homeland
Chant- Coleman Hawkins
Work Song- Nat Adderely
Flute Bag- Rufus Harley
Monk asks Billy for a Smoke- Matt Eakle
Give us Peace- Yo Yo Ma w/the Assad Brothers
Vassourinhas- Yo Yo Ma w/the Assad Brothers
Pick up the Pieces- Quartet San Francisco
Size 101/2 Sneaks- Bill Frisell & Vernon Reid
A love Supreme- Carlos Santana
Cosmic Strut- the Mahavishnu Project
Yahoo- Yellowjackets feat. Mike Stern
New Boss- Bernie Worrell
Special Shirt- Charlie Hunter Trio
I know you Know- Esperanza Spalding
Nighttime Bird- Amy Regan
Nighttime is the Right time- Etta James
All Over Again- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Deep in the Sand- the Budos Band
Do you love me- Lee Fields & the Expressions
Mofongo Raincheck- Secretary
Exuberance- Rob Brown Ensemble
Wolfman-Bob James Trio (electronic tape collage)
Rhythm_a_ning- Ellis Marsalis Quartet
You’ve got to have Freedom- Pharoh Sanders (live)

Rhythm & Blues Yourself

Just went through the collection over this week and with constantly being busy this past few weeks, I went with some tunes I don’t get a lot of chances to spin doing my’s something rhythm and bluesy for you:

Diggin’ Uncle Sam’s Backyard- Paul Geremia (live)
Play with your Poodle- James Cotton
Shake your Money Maker- Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo
Shake what your Mama Gave you-Corey Harris & Henry Butler
Henry’s Boogie- Henry Butler
Don’t you Feel my Leg- Maria Muldaur (live)
I Pity the Fool-Shemekia Copeland & Robert Cray (live)
She just Wants to Dance-Gary US Bonds & Dickey Betts
Season of the Witch-Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills
Mystic Eyes- Them
The Hustler- Alvin Youngblood Hart
Do the Dirt- the Phantom Blues Band
I Only know one Love-Phantom Blues Band & Taj Mahal
Scratch my Back- Taj Mahal
Mumbo Jumbo- Davis Coen
No Such Thing- Mem Shannon (live)
Something you Got- Davell Crawford (live)
The Devil you Know- JJ Grey & Mofro
got to be New Orleans- Elvin Bishop
Red Yellow…-Treat Her Right
Back to Sin City- Treat her Right
Nightime is the Right time- Albert Castiglia
Love Freak- ScrapOmatic
Check Yourself- Oteil & the Peacemakers
Jackpot- Bad Apples
Let’s get Down- Sol Creech Band
Banal Reality- Organic Grooves
How do you let a good man down-Sharon Jones & the DapKings
**Conversation with Sharon Jones**
This Land is Your Land- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Fish in the Dish- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Stuck to you- Nikka Costa
Love you like a Woman- Koko Taylor
I Want you Cause I want you-EG Kight
Your Mama’s Talking- Shemekia Copeland
Rock me Right- Susan Tedeschi
Fretboards on Fire- Desiree Bassett & the Time Machine
I got loaded- Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery (live)
Snowed- Doug Cash
Hand it over- Keb Mo
Mighty Crazy- King Biscuit Boy
Good Understanding- Al Copley & Fabulous T Birds

MOFRO’d at the Majestic

As soon as I took one step into the theater, the Brass infused funk–N’Orleans style was booming courtesy of Troy “Trombone Shorty” and Orleans Avenue. I can’t say enough about the playing and the show they put on. Troy was holding notes longer than some people were in the bathroom and the band was on fire as usual. That is one act I hope to see return this summer around festival time!! JJ brought out Mofro with the stage set for a serious soul infection. Starting on the keys himself and hitting off with some new and some relative tracks to the new, the Majestic was electric with the mere presence of this band. Direction unknown was certainly on tap as we were treated to some soul, funk and let’s just say, JJ had his mojo workin’.

My recent conversation with JJ Grey before he hit Madison.


Sharon Jones brings it to Madison

On December 3rd at the Barrymore Theater, Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings will bring their high energy rhythm and soulful sounds into Madison. Ohh and Sharon will bring it so we can feel it…..From the rumble and grumble of thick funk jerking you to the dancefloor to the soaring soul guaranteed to make you sigh, one thing is for sure: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are legitimate heavy-hitters. I am thankful that Sharon was able to take a moment while at her moms after working on some new pieces to chat with me about the upcoming show, her appearance with Denzel and some interesting bits about Lou Reed’s BERLIN tour that might cause you to search the internet high and low. Opening the show will be Menahan Street Band, comprised of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and The Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), I have a feeling that on the 4th of December, many around here will just have witnessed the show of the year.

Check out my conversation with Miss Sharon Jones right here.

I got the GRASS & Blues

We made it to the Congress Theater after running into some of the great Chicago traffic we all hear about….this helped ease into the rippin’ blues that Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials were delivering as we made our way into the mouth of the theater. Lil Ed is a true showman and the skills of the band had the joint jumpin in rhythm and howling with the feelin’. I am big on Lil Ed!! Majors Junction picked their family style grass to the pleasure of the crowd, with tantalizing twanging, smiling faces and sweet sounds, Majors Junction was quick into the hearts of those with listening ears. In between all of the acts is a picking circle high up in the balcony, sort of Muppet show like at times with the spotlight hitting them up just right-they kept your foot stomping while waiting for the next act to follow on the big stage. In the front of the house was a second smaller stage filled with bands a plenty knockin’ it into the next big act in the great room. Ha Ha Tonka, neither blues nor bluegrass made its way on stage to a warm reception. These boys like to rock and with harmonies and moments of a’capella–they sure have a sound worth checking into on any billing. But the reason for my getting involved in this festival, the David Grisman Quintet made an immediate impact as soon as the Dawg and his mates took the stage. This is no ordinary act, no easy way to categorize Blues/Bluegrass or otherwise, this is a fusion of global quiet music set to the time of another place…a space occupied and polised up by the Dawg himself. I watched the crowd try to believe what they were seeing when that little Mandolin made such sweetness on stage. I look into the dreamy eyes of those witnessing the Quintet for the first time in complete amazement that these “old timers” could be so damn electrified without being plugged in. Chicago’s Don Stiernberg joined the group on stage for a few tunes and before you know it, the set was through leaving David and the audience ready for the next time. Closing out the evening was the Avett Brothers. Somehow these fellas have figured out a way of capturing true Americana in a bottle and releasing it at will onto those who never knew and those who love them so. I was somewhere in the middle when the night started and now am a fan. I am already looking forward to next year’s potential as this was the first go around for this festival, while the kinks are worked out—start preparing yourself for next year’s event now.

Check out my chat w/Mike Raspetello, the Director of the festival HERE.

Heading to Chicago

I was an early bird again, starting at 9am to fill in for WORLDS FARE, so I gave a little taste of the corners to the world I have been listening to…..then on with the show. Then it is off to Chicago for the Bluegrass & Blues Festival. A perfect day to be picked on wouldn’t I say….

Mahadeva- Anoushka Shankar
Sisko’s Blues- Slavic Soul Party
It Calls me- Hazmat Modine
Indios do Norte- Forro in the Dark
Gimme Shelter- Angelique Kidjo with Joss Stone
Kwi- Manze Dayila & the Nago Nation
Change(Barack OBAMA Song)-Manze Dayila & Nago Nation
Nago Nago- Nation Beat
A Cowboy in Brazil- Nation Beat
Djefrile- Djoliba
Kiyakiya- Babatunde Olatunki
the Hunt- Mickey Hart
T’Boli- Dr. Didg
Uncle- Xavier Rudd
Everything is Broken-Bob Dylan (Alt Take)
I Believe it Tonight- Buzzy Linhart
How you Remember it- Blues Traveller
**Conversation with Mike Raspetello**
What’d I say- Roy Orbison
Who’s got the Weed- G Love & Special Sauce
Hollywood AFRICA- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Check your Mind-Porter/Batiste/Stoltz/McConnel(live)
Zambezi- the new Mastersounds
Ain’t no Telling- the new Mastersounds
Pure-the new Mastersounds feat. Sam Bell
How do you let a Good man Down-Sharon Jones & the DapKings
Bruce Lee- Skeebo Knight
5 Finger Discount Liquid Soul
The Plain Truth- Karl Denson Trio
Love Buzz- Secretary feat. Big Boss
BBBeat- Balkan Beat Box
Gypsy Queens- Balkan Beat Box
Gat Swamba- Garage a Trois
Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro
***Conversation with JJ Grey***
On Fire- JJ Grey & Mofro
YBOR City- JJ Grey & Mofro
Funk Bomb- Doug Johns
What is Hip- Marcus Miller
Courage- Vieux Farka Toure (Fabian Alsultany’s UFO Over Bamako Remix)

JJ Grey’s Orange Blossoms

Heading into Madison this Sunday is JJ Grey and Mofro..bringing that sweet Southern Soul to a place that’ll keep warm to music like this. JJ’s newest album Orange Blossoms is making a splash all around music, hitting the tops of charts all over and we spend a little time here visiting with the album and its relationship to one other album of Mofro’s that seems to have a similar feel. Orange Blossoms is another Alligator Records release and this one is finding JJ in full musical bloom himself. There are hard hitters and soulful swayers, it is a complete album that is comfortable in its roots and the main people behind its blossoming, JJ and Producer Dan Prothero. There is a beautiful bevy of bandmates on this release and all of them deserve the same recognition I give to JJ, as I am sure he would tell you—it wouldn’t be the same without ’em.

check out our chat here.


Mister Rourke’s Terrorvision

Just in time for the Trick or Treaters…Mister Rourke’s TERRORVISION made it’s devious little way to my doorstep and I have been scaring, I mean sharing it with you ever since. The scratches are rhythmic and rowdy and believe it or not…this is one scratch album that has a plot and a story. We also learn something very interesting about Rourke’s project Guvna Dub, there is a special sax player working on the new project—a friend of greenarrowradio no doubt? If you never thought you were one for it, try it. We also spend some quality time talking about life, Elf Music and a couple of different ways in which inspiration is gained thru the eyes and ears of this scratch sculptor Mister Rourke.

catch our catch up session here.


Chicago Bluegrass & Blues

FESTIVAL!!! Man what a day it is going to be this Saturday November 22nd at the historic Congress Theater in Downtown Chicago. The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, a one day celebration of the roots of music will be taking place all day with doors opening at 11amCST. Aiming to help eradicate congenital heart defects in children, a portion of the event’s proceeds will contribute to the research efforts of the Chicago-based Saving Tiny Hearts Foundation. Until now, fans have had to travel far outside city limits and setup camp to witness a legend like David Grisman share a stage with the scene’s newest genre-defying sensations, The Avett Brothers, and a host of rising talents from the roots, blues, bluegrass, & jamband scenes.

The David Grisman Quintet
The Avett Brothers
Ha Ha Tonka
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Majors Junction
Dollar Store
Blue Mother Tupelo
Billy Childers
How Far To Austin

and many more…….

My conversation with Mike Raspatello, Director of the Festival.


FUNKY Beatles track released?

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney says it’s time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. McCartney says he wants to release “Carnival of Light,” a 14-minute experimental track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band played the recording for an audience just once, at an electronic music festival in London. It reportedly includes distorted guitar, organ sounds, gargling and shouts of “Barcelona!” and “Are you all right?” from McCartney and John Lennon. McCartney said during a recording session at Abbey Road studios he asked the other members of the band to “just wander round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it. It doesn’t need to make any sense.” “I like it because it’s The Beatles free, going off piste,” he told the BBC in a radio interview to be broadcast Thursday. Extracts of the interview were published Sunday in The Observer newspaper. McCartney said he still had a master tape of the piece and “the time has come for it to get its moment.” McCartney, usually regarded as the most melodically minded Beatle, told the BBC he had a long-standing interest in avant-garde music. He said “Carnival of Light” was inspired by experimental composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He said he had wanted to include the track on the Beatles’ “Anthology” compilation, but was vetoed by his bandmates. McCartney would need permission from Ringo Starr and the widows of Lennon and George Harrison to release the track.

In the BUZZbag—Music

Grandma’s Groove- Jake Shumabukuro
Antonella’s Birthday- Tommy Emmanuel
I’ll be the One- Warren Haynes (live)
Someday Baby- Bob Dylan (alt take)
Brother Man- the Subdudes
Hangman- Ha Ha Tonka
Rebel in You- Supergrass
Spend a Little Time- Barry Adamson
Wannamama- Pop Levi
Pretty Heavy Balance- FrEEkbaSS
I Wish I Could be Beautiful- Rithma
Take it Slow- BooZoo Bajou
Season’s Change-Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (live)
El Aire- Eljuri w/Sly & Robbie
Behind the Mask- eccodek
**Conversation w/Eccodek’s Andrew McPherson**
Black Beauty- Eccodek remix
Good- Supreme Beings of Leisure
Chump Suey- Doug Johns
On Fire- JJ Grey & Mofro
Soulful Bliss- Stevie Ray Vaughn & Marcia Ball
Iko Iko-Dr John/Chris Barber Jazz Band
So Fine- Sol Creech Band
Credits- the Aquarium
Muchas Gracias- MMW
What it Look Like- Grant Calvin Weston
Snail Underground- Razl
***Conversation with Razl***
Sugus Nectar- Razl
in the Buzzbag-the Brooklyn Funk Essential

MITCH MITCHELL, 1947 – 2008

Mitch Mitchell, the legendary drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died in his sleep of natural causes, US medical tests revealed. Mitchell, 61, whose fusion style allowed him and one of history’s greatest guitar players to feed off each other, was found early on Wednesday in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. His last days were spent celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix on the 2008 Experience Hendrix Tour. For nearly 4 weeks the tour travelled coast to coast in an 18-city tour in the US finishing in Portland. In addition to Mitchell the tour featured Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton as well as Eric Gales and Mato Nanji. The Mitch Mitchell Trust has been established to manage the MMT Drug Rehabilitation Through Music programme based in Bettws, Newport in Wales.

RIP Mitch Mitchell

Rotonova with Razl

What exactly is Intergalactic dirty guitar grooves for earthling weirdos. Razl (Raul Huelves) discuss that and more on his highly infectious guitar-and-beyond ridden groove-a-thon, Rotnova. We take the time to discuss the positives and let’s call them some learned experiences about putting out your own work, and we learn some insight as to who Razl would love to form a touring trio with, then the fun of imagining it begins. This album is for us earthling weirdos focused on funky fusion of a jazzed world experience meshed with the sound of maybe how Robots might play?

Listen it to find out more: Check out our conversation here.


SHIVA boom w/Eccodek

From the man himself, Andrew McPherson we hear about some of the musicians that are behind the wide openness sound of SHIVA boom, the new release from Eccodek on White Swan Records. Andrew is a friend of the program and it is always a charge chatting him up–this time is no different. We spend time talking about the making of the new album, have I mentioned it’s called SHIVA boom(?), on-going projects and thoughts about potential and hopeful future fusion collaborators. Currently SHIVA boom sits at #13 on the CMJ charts in the World category…and the love is just beginning around here. Get yourself in a spot to take a direction unknown around the globe journey that album # 3 from Eccodek is ready to provide—a charm!

Listen in on Andrew and I chatting it up here.

Eccodek’s SHIVA boom White Swan Records 2008

Billy Martin:3/26/08 Heinen Theater

Known for his galaxy creating percussion work in Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin is more than the music he creates. There is a soulful path to his avant sound exploits, there are reasons he ends up where he begins musically. This video is one of those special treats you sometimes (often) don’t get to be a part of-Vongole Films presents a rare live solo performance of Billy’s known in words as: COCONUTS FEEDING BIRDS. While the name itself conjures up odd images and the guessing of what sounds can represent this title—it becomes a thrill to watch, not just hear the avant thought expressed with rhythm and beats-and while you might not have been there originally, it is captured and caged for constant research and further experimental enjoyments–released on Billy’s Amulet Records-this is a live recording from The Heinen Theater HCC Central College Department of the Fine Arts. There are many reasons I would reccomend this video, but I want you to find out your very own likings, but for me the discussion of the master class experience, the chosen instruments, and the accompanying soundtrack to the photographic slideshow were all worth the first time view-thru!
Running time: 74 minutes


Its a Gypsy Twang World Bass

Today was one of those shows where I had too much music to try and squeeze into too little time. I think the selections were wise and make a nice community of sound but have half a bag filled with others who want to move into the neighborhood..tune in next week to find out who got left out, but as for this week:

Sativa- David Grisman
Rainbow Yoshi- Tony Trischka
Old Joe Clark- Charlie Haden with Jack Black
Whippin’ Post- Gregg Allman
When I call Home- Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Pet- Sirsy
When my Ship Sails Away- the Zydepunks
Haltura- Gogol Bordello
Keep on Waling- Mad Juana
**Conversation w/Sami Yaffa**
Bury me Standing- Mad Juana
Revolution Avenue- Mad Juana
Sister Twisted- Kinky
I Say Hey- Kinky
Music is a Medicine- BLVD
Bonita-Pimps of Joytime (DJ VADIM REMIX)
Infinity- Ill Chemistry
My Man is a Mean Man-Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Gee Baby Ain’t I good to you-Merl Saunders/Maria Muldaur
Move your Body- Dayton Flic
Higher Ground- Marcus Miller
James Brown- Big Audio Dynamite
Mandala- Thievery Corp w/Anoushka Shankar
Lover’s Trance- eccodek
Fantasy- Ali Akbar Khan
Nina Koba-Famoro Dioubate’s Kakande
Pirates- Super Rail Band
Queen Bee- Taj Mahal/Toumani Diabate Live
Red E Yo- the Afromotive