Above The Skin

The second half of The Yellow Light was cookin’ crisp:

Snells Fleet- Lespecial
Segunda- The Nels Cline Singers
A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling- Rob Mazurek & Exploding Star Orchestra
Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)- Rob Mazurek & Exploding Star Orchestra

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Mendocino Complex- Chord Four
Broken Windmills- Chord Four
Tzimtzum- Zeitgeist & Tucceri

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Anacardium- Manoel Vieira
Northbound- Gilad Hekselman, Will Vinson & Antonio Sanchez
You’re Gonna Hear From Me (version 2)- Bill Evans Trio live at Ronnie Scott’s

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Yare’ah- Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

The Walk Up Music

The first half of this week’s edition of The Yellow Light had that chosen for an All Start game:

Solar I- Anja Lechner & François Couturier
Solar II- Anja Lechner & François Couturier
Shadow- Anja Lechner & François Couturier
Love- A Love Supreme Electric: Vinny Golia/John Hanrahan/Henry Kaiser/Wayne Peet/Mike Watt

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Scoville- Gilad Hekselman, Will Vinson & Antonio Sanchez
What’s Behind- Chance Hayden
Play Somethin’- Gorden Campbell

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Be Thankful for What You Got- J. Felix Ft. Sol Goodman
E.V.A.- Lightning Head
Water No Get Enemy- sUb_modU
The Change- Olmeca Ft. Alex Chavez
Sobo El Gahwa- Zenobia Ft. Faten Shafeq Kabaha

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Get Down Tonight (Break Science Remix)- Blakkamoore Ft. Snoop Dogg
Salvación- Los Mitcos del Ritmo

Vanessa Williams: LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected & multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, she has also achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album & Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel & Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, three SAG award nominations, seven NAACP Image Awards & three Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy & Golden Globe for Best Original Song. A graduate of Syracuse University, Vanessa is a strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the LGBTQ+ community & minorities. She was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Vanessa’s autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Her recent Broadway credits include co-starring with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, (the #1 play of the 2013 season), After Midnight (2014) and a special limited engagement in Hey, Look Me Over at New York City Center in 2018. Vanessa was recently in previews for Josie Rourke’s City of Angels in London’s West End, when production was suddenly forced to pause due to COVID-19. Her charitable endeavors are many & varied, embracing & supporting such organizations as Concerts for America, Special Olympics and several others as well as the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Vanessa is one of the world’s most accomplished concert artists, appearing regularly with the most prestigious symphony orchestras in the world, most recently with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center.

I had the absolute honor to be invited to attend a national Zoom press conference with the one and only Vanessa Williams in support of the LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE: WOMEN OF BROADWAY: Vanessa Williams event on Dec. 5. This show is the final show in the Overture Center‘s Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway series. The show, transmitted live in HD with professional sound mixing, will feature a mix of Broadway showtunes, pop songs and personal stories from Vanessa’s celebrated career. The performance will take place at The Shubert Virtual Studios on Manhattan’s West Side. At-home audience members will be invited to email in questions to be answered during the livestream.

Here is the snippet of my time with Vanessa where we talk about music she has been getting into & how the band is doing ahead of this event on 12/5. Such a thrill!!

Fuzzy Kinda Thang

The final portion of this week’s proGram gave me a fuzzy kinda feeling deep in and around myself:

Wading Out- Favourite People
Shell Island- Favourite People
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five- Quantic
The Spell- Charles Webster Ft. Ingrid Chavez

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Your Way- Zeng
Germs- Sycco
Ordunun Dereleri- Altin Gün
Saku- Bicep Ft. Clara La San

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Beat Con Flow- Cimafunk
Get Down Tonight- Blakkamoore Ft. Snoop Dogg
Take Time (I-Grade Dub)- Blakkamoore
Holy Waterfall- Aesop Rock
Button Masher- Aesop Rock

Grown Magical

The middle portion of the proGram started from a seed and an idea…who knew what it would be as it grew:

Call Your Mom- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Lookout Weekend- Mr. Confuse
Cosimo- Polyrhythmics

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Say Their Names (interlude)- Gorden Campbell
Homeland- Gorden Campbell Ft. Eddie Brown & Kamasi Washington
Sludge- Damani Rhodes
Papa’s Shiny Shoes- Chance Hayden
One Plus One- Chance Hayden
Fall Afternoon- Azymuth/Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Ao Redor Do Samba- Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad/Azymuth

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Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite!- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Come Together/Chunga’s Revenge- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Run For Your Life- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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Serenity- A Love Supreme Electric: Vinny Golia/John Hanrahan/Henry Kaiser/Wayne Peet/Mike Watt

Owls Howls

The first part of the proGram finally caught the culprits of that certain song.

Life Out On The Road- Dale Watson
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Bitter- Go Analog
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Who Is He- Miss Emily (live)
Memphis Hotline- Brigitte Purdy
Sit Down Baby- GA-20
Pack It Up- Andy Watts

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Boogie Bomb- Boogie Bombers
Psycho Mind- The BluesBones (live)
Chuck Wein Introduction- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (live in Maui)
Lover Man- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (live in Maui)
Free Wind- Band of Heysek Ft. Kenny Brown
Wreckin’ It Up- Band of Heysek Ft. Kenny Brown

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The Sauce- Jazzy Ash
Southern Fried Funk- Honey Made
Skyline- The Drawbars

Photo by: B.Eagan

Keep Me Hanging On

The second half of this week’s “The Yellow Light” proGram had one left to drop:

Brazilian Trip (Amazonian Dub)- DJ Fede w/Silvia Donati Ft. Leo Mas & Fabrice
Baby Buffalo- Rarelyalways
Slave We- OBI

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Walter Duz Drugz- Midnight Dunes (live)
The Waiting – Ane Brun

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Spacefunk- Karaba
What’s Real?- JK Group
Patrizia- Ennio Morricone
Fantasmi grotteschi- Ennio Morricone
Beat per quattro ruote- Ennio Morricone

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Northeast Rising Sun- Susan Alcorn Quintet
Prints Tie- Shabaka Hutchings
Passed Down- The Nels Cline Singers

Autumn Imprint

The first half of this week’s “The Yellow Light” had nature laminated riGht on in there:

Union Dues- Chubby and The Gang
Chubby and the Gang Rule OK?- Chubby and The Gang
Moscow- Chubby and The Gang

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The People- Tambourinen
A Mind is A Terrible Thing- The Janitors
Message To Love- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (live in Maui)
Strawberry Fields Forever/Shove It Right In- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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Be Outside- Jazzy Ash
Chicken Sweats- Honey Made Ft. Tamara Mack

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Dub Enough- Loud Apartment
It’s Here Now- The Graduals

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Abalegele Gale- Jupiter & Okwess Ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Loose Noose- The Nix Ft. Andy Knowles & Vula Malinga
Nix- The Nix Ft. Nix Sana’a Sylvester Gonputh-Kellig

Fogside Down

The final part of this week’s proGram flipped under the sounds:

Virtual Signal- LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion)
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NY Latin Jazz Mambo- Papo Vazquez
Broke Blues- Papo Vazquez
Cat Jump- Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad Azymuth

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Opening- Sameer Gupta (live)
Bageshri (excerpt)- Brooklyn Raga Massive

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Gonna Take It Easy- Rocky Dawuni
Beautiful People- Rocky Dawuni
High Grade- Blackout JA/Kandiman/Liondub & Rumble

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A Riot In My Mind- Common Ft. Lenny Kravitz

SideAways Foggin’

The Middle piece of the proGram turned things on their side:

Free Thing- Menagerie Ft. Lance Ferguson
Say Goodbye- Lucas de Mulder & The New Mastersounds
Creeper- Gold Leader

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No Justification- Loud Apartment
**pre-recorded conversation with Nevaris A.C. of Loud Apartment**
Restless- Loud Apartment
Gimme Some Love- Loud Apartment

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Grab & Go- Chance Hayden
Double Over- Chance Hayden
Glad- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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Sounds Like Now- Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble
Rose Rogue- Jorja Smith

Within The Fog

The first part of this week’s proGram had a bit of a morning cloud puffin’ around it to start off:

Raindrops- The Besnard Lakes
Home- Martin Barre
Someday The Sun Won’t Shine- Martin Barre
Songs From The Wood-Martin Barre (live)
Freedom- Jim Hendrix Experience (live In Maui)

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Stop This Mess- Big Bill Morganfield
Let Me Know- Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi
**greenarrowradio promo- Alastair Greene
Chattahoochee Coochee Man (Southern Slide)- Wily Bo Walker

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She’s Mine- Billy J
Line ‘Em Up- Billy J
Back For A Taste Of Your Love- Sonny Green
If Walls Could Talk- Sonny Green

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Like You- Honey Made
What Have You Done for Me Lately?- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Take Me With You- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Only The Red Remained

The second half of The Yellow Light had all the pieces devoured but the one color remained:

Downtown- Yellowjackets
Oblique Angles- Rich Halley
Surfboard- Brandi Disterheft
Ganymede (Alt take)- Aaron Burnett & The Big Machine Ft. Esperanza Spalding

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The Lamp Is Low- Mariel Bildsten
Friendship Samba- Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge & Azymuth
One Fine Thing- George Kahn Quartet
Ely, MN- Alex Wintz Trio

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For Coltrane- Steve Reid Ensemble
It Feels Good (When You Sing a Song)- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis Ft. Hoots the Owl & Elmo

Flower Eats

The first half of this week’s Autumnal Spin-Off proGram, The Yellow Light, had a hungry plant to contend with:

Lorlir- Kaki King
Default Shell- Kaki King
Firefly Drone- Howlin Rain (Live)
Heavy Horses- Martin Barre

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Animate Become- Schnellertollermeier
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Free Today- Albertine Sarges
Fallin’- Common
Say Peace- Common Ft. Black Thought
Broken Tooth Skyline- Danalogue x Alabaster Deplume Ft. Joshua Idehen

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Sulette- Souleance
Disco Sega- Souleance

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Dewey- Yellowjackets
Sesame Street Theme- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis Ft. Big Bird/Elmo/Abby Cadabby

Loud Apartment’s System Breakdown

NYC-based funk art collective Loud Apartment has released their new album, aptly titled ‘System Breakdown’, produced by Bill Laswell and created at Orange Music in West Orange, New Jersey. This is Loud Apartment’s 2nd studio album & the first with the current lineup. Their unique NYC fusion of funk, soul & rock with Latin, reggae, dub & hip hop influences is inspired by growing up on the old upper west side. The band debuted in 2012 with their ‘Get Up Get Down’ LP, which was mixed by Mr. Laswell & featured Dr. Bernie Worrell* (P-Funk/Talking Heads), who also appeared with them for live performances at Galapagos Art Space, Drom, & Public Assembly in NYC. Their sound embodies the intersection of culture that is New York City, loose enough to give room for improvisation & extended grooves. Created by musician & technologist Nevaris A.C., the band’s current lineup includes legendary musician/producer Bill Laswell on bass, turntablist DJ Logic*, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum* (flute/sax), guitarist Will Bernard, drummer Lockatron, and Nevaris (voice, percussion, keyboards). “System Breakdown” refers to the collapse of the systems meant to protect citizens during a time like is being experienced right now. Access to healthcare. Access to a vital financial lifeline after the collapse of the live music industry during the pandemic. The album also takes aim at the incompetence & negligence of the current administration in the first 2 songs. The band began recording ‘System Breakdown’ in January 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic. Once it hit New York City, recording was halted & Nevaris began writing new lyrics that reflected his anger at the current administration. The band returned to the studio in the summer of 2020 to finish the album, including the new material, giving the record a more political tone.

I had the chance to catch up with Nevaris A.C. to dive ear first into the creation of the album and the way this current (and what I consider a mind-bending MVP group) lineup came toGether and some of the things working with people like trailblazers like Bill Laswell and Bernie Worrell brought to his creative spirit and creation approach. We talk about the current situation here in the States and how that was influential when wrapping this project up and we find out which songs Nevaris A.C. would choose off the new album if he was taking over for me in the studio. Get this record into your earholes!

Trail’s Head

The final portion of this week’s proGram was either the beginning on the end:

Interlude 5: One for the Darkness- Vladimir Torres
5 Días de Primavera- Vladimir Torres
The Midnight Step Rag- Lafayette Gilchrist

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Marsheland- Joel Ross
The Gospel Truth (Song of Songs)- Charles McPherson
Village Blues- The Generations Quartet

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Pulando Corda- Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Azymuth
The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair- Brandi Disterheft & George Coleman
Lizard Waltz- Benjamin Herman

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What’s New / There Comes a Time- Lucia Cadotsch Ft. Otis Sandsjö & Petter Eldh
Chain Reaction- Tony Brown
Sa Re Sa Sa- Shunia Ft. Hassan Hakmoun

Hawkeye

The middle part of this week’s proGram has the funky part of it’s eye on you:

Cupid Must Be Stupid- Sonny Green
I’m So Tired- Sonny Green
Crossover- Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Giving Up- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Red Dress- Kings and Associates

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Snake Hawk- The Budos Band
Silver Stallion- The Budos Band
Wiggles- Redtenbacher’s Funkestra
People Get Up- Danced Til Midnight
Soon Enough- Danced Til Midnight

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Coconut Milk- Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias
Jive Samba- Los Poboycitos

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Kaleidoscope- Shaun Martin
Wind Parade- Jordan Rakei

Released

The first portion of this week’s proGram had SUM feelings to let go of:

Rainbow Trout- Howlin Rain (live)
Sidekick to the Stars- Various Artists (Crawling Spider)
Estalacticas- Juana Molina (live)

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New Day Yesterday- Martin Barre
Cheap Day Return- Martin Barre
Within You Without You PT. 1/Stop Stop Stop- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Let’s Move To Cleveland/Fixing A Hole- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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greenarrowradio promo- Paul Boddy
Drinking Overtime- David Rotundo Band
She’s Dynamite- David Rotundo Band

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Mother Nature- Larry Keel
***pre-recorded conversation with Larry Keel***
So Black And White- Larry Keel
American Dream- Larry Keel

Singled Out Sighting

The 2nd half of “The Yellow Light” found some reasons to shake its tailfeathers:

Say Peace- Common Ft. Black Thought
1st Light- Potatohead People
Kettle Boiling- Potatohead People Ft. Bunnie
El Solitario- Olmeca

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Mek It Play- Blakkamoore
Summer Madness- Khruangbin

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Porsche 944 (Remix pour Les Dispanes)- Laurent Bardainne & Tigre d’Eau Douce
Bodyline (King Britt Remix)- Arandel w/Ben Shemie

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Swing Thing- Boogie Belgique
Love In Your Eyes- Boogie Belgique

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Galaxy- Alfa Mist
Illusion (Silly Apparition)- Skinny Pelembe

Sighting

The first half of this week’s Thursday niGht spin-off show, The Yellow Light” have a drive -by viewing of the majestic reminders:

Cry- Victor DeLorenzo
And Your Bird Can Sing- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Something In The Air- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Within You Without You (Part 2)- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Radio (edit)- FlowPoetry x Jeff Clarke (live)

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Weight Of The World- 5BID
Science Fair- Black Country, New Road
Wurms- The Spits

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Cara De Espejo- Juana Molina (live)
Bicho Auto- Juana Molin (live)

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Coliseum- Howlin’ Rain (live)
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Manifest- Dragondeer
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The Deal- Laura Rain and the Caesars
Leftovers- Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Rescue Me- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
Here I Am Baby- Sharon Jones & The DapKings

Larry Keel’s American Dream

Larry Keel is an award-winning innovative flat picking guitarist and singer/songwriter hailing from Appalachia. Raised in a musical family steeped in the mountain culture of the region, he began from an early age to forge a distinctive sound, taking traditional music and infusing it with modern light. With the acoustic guitar Larry has brought the flat picking form to its highest level of sophistication and sonic power with his muscular, yet refined style of playing. As a composer and singer, he integrates raw honesty and charming grit to form a unique brand of music he calls ‘experimental folk’, songwriting that is filled with reality, imagination, imagery and mood. He has appeared on over 20 albums, 12 of which he produced, and has written songs that have been recorded and performed by distinguished artists including Grammy-award winners Del McCoury and The Infamous Stringdusters. Mr. Keel has collaborated and continues to merge creative forces with some of the greatest artists in modern roots music such as Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, Al DiMeola, Tony Rice, Keller Williams and Sam Bush, to name a few. His latest creation is a solo album titled American Dream, whose every component—from the writing and arranging, to the instrumental and vocal performances, to the recording and production—spring straight from the mind, soul, and hands of the Virginia-born artist. Each of the album’s 10 tracks were composed by Larry and serve as an autobiographical overview of his life and career, as well as the influences and episodes that have shaped his personal perspective along the way.

I have the honor of calling Larry a friend. He and Jenny are like family to this G. it is one of those things that right from the first moment…it was more then just about the music. That being said. Larry and Jenny and I get into the new American Dream record and talk about it’s seed planting into it’s crop yield. We talk a lot about the real “solo” aspect of this recording and even get into the nooks and crannies of a couple of tracks, including a: “It’s Not Nice To Fool With Mother Nature” quote. And…if Jenny all of a sudden comes out with a solo bass album in the near future, you can thank this guy for that! Take a few moments a walk through the fields of this new album with Jenny, Larry and I and then maybe go get some of the music into your ears and collection, I think it belongs in both places.