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The Power Is Up

The first piece of this week’s proGram had the switches turned on and up:

Fallen- Cinder Wall
Hey Angelina- Kenny Roby
Don’t You Think I Know Know My Woman- James Swanberg
Nosotros Y Los Demas- Andrex Montenegro

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Strange World- PAINT
Flying Fox- PAINT
Sky Children- I Am Voyager 1
Loneliest Person- The Pretty Things (live at the Half Moon, 2010)

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Loose Connections- Grüt
Stairwells- Grüt
I Can Hear The Grass Grow- The Telephones
I Will Spite Survive- Deerhoof (live)
Bad Kids To The Front- Deerhoof (live)

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The Old Testament Of Love- Steve Hooker
Curb- The 81’s
I’ll Make Love To You Anytime- Paul Benjamin
I Ain’t Got You- GA-20

Bettye LaVette: Blackbirds

2020 Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette is a native of Detroit. Her first recording in 1962, at the age of sixteen, was on Atlantic Records. She later charted with such singles as “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty,” Since then she has recorded ten albums. Her most recent album Things Have Changed, also produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), was released on Verve in 2018 and received two GRAMMY nominations, which brings her total Grammy nominations to five. Her latest release, “Blackbirds,” features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other iconic black women in music, who she personally respected and admired. Set for release August 28, the album finds Bettye in top form delivering powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. It also re-unites her with legendary producer Steve Jordan and Verve Records. From Dinah Washington’s “Drinking Again,” Nina Simone’s “I Hold No Grudge,” Nancy Wilson’s “Save Your Love For Me” and more, all delivered in Bettye’s rich and raspy tone with a touch of the blues.

After having a chance to chat with Bettye a couple of years ago and hanging out with her backstage, we were like two peas in a soul sharing pod. Which made this time around even better. We talk about how this album came together, working with a producer that has the same ear and the tunes that make up this walk down music history lane. We spend a good amount of time talking about the timeliness of the song, “Strange Fruit” as social upheaval takes over the news cycles once again in the United States and beyond. This track says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today. The song was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. This album is one that can help bring a little focus on the way things were and still are in many ways, but I believe it also holds some of the keys to unlocking the new realities many want to see within the space of equality and justice…while honoring the people who helped build the bridge that led Bettye as a whole person to where she is today. The music joins the times of then to the times of now, and if you never knew…..just grab an earful.

Up And On

The second half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram kept reaching upwards:

Imaginary Lines- Ryan Cohan
Black And Green Blues- Ralph Peterson and The Messenger Legacy
A Light- Gerald Clayton

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Mascaram Setaba- Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
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Lost And Found- Brenda Nicole Moorer
The Core- Brenda Nicole Moorer
Marrow- Brenda Nicole Moorer
Sensuous Whisper- Johanna Saint-Pierre
Petite douceur- La Récré

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Tears Run Down- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Sister Wynona Carr
Afrodesia- Bahama Soul Club
Ballet of the Stars (303 Dreams Remix)- Peppermoth

Ceiling Shadow

The first half of the Hump Day fill-in proGram had a flicker of flowers presented above the night:

On Wisconsin!- Regina Carter Freedom Band
On The Edge- John Fedchock NY Sextet
Jelly- Matt Ulery
Cakes- Matt Ulery

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Hipsippy Blues- Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
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Muster Point I- Stanley J. Zappa
Muster Point II- Stanley J. Zappa
538 E 14th, City of Piss, USA- Stanley J. Zappa

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A Glimpse- Marcin Wasilewski Trio W/Joe Lovano
On The Other Side- Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/Joe Lovanao
Fashion Or Passion- Jimmy Heath

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Not Right Now- Derrick Hodge

Of A Kind

The final portion of this week’s proGram had them lined up in a row, to show…the go:

Babylon The Bandit- Paolo Baldini DubFiles Meets Dubblestandart
Black Board Jungle- Paolo Baldini DubFiles Meets Dubblestandart Ft. Lee SCRATCH Perry
Tajine Dub- C. Jones Meets Ale X

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Disco Venture (All Good Funk Alliance RMX)- Mr Moustache Ft. Lauren Joy
Breakfast in Space- Aldorande
Confliction- Olivier St. Louis Ft. Oddisee

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Soulful & Unique- Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft Roy Ayers
Sunflowers- Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft Roy Ayers
At the House, In Da Pocket- Jason Marsalis (live)

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Portsmouth Figurations- John Scofield, Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart
***pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Steve Swallow***
In F.- John Scofield, Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart
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John A.- Scott Sawyer
Blue Lounge- Scott Sawyer

Results

The middle portion of the proGram showed what a good watering will do:

It’s A Shame- Dedicated Men of Zion
Give Us Justice- Thee Sacred Souls

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Baby Girl- Young Gun Silver Fox
Gimme A Minute- DJ Williams’ Shots Fired
Entirely- Star Kitchen Ft. Eddie Roberts & Nate Werth
Shake It (Pimps Of Joytime RMX)- The New Mastersounds

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Catalina- The Greyboy Allstars
Italian Spiderman Theme- Enzo Bontempi
Do The Heavy- J&B Kings

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Mulatu- Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
Use Me- Gentleman’s Dub Club Ft. Kiko Bun
Web of Lies- The Arithmetics Ft. Eve Marie Jennings
Summer of Love- Space Kamp Ft. Jessica Lamb

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Nice To Be Nice- The Equators

From My Hose To

The first piece of the proGram made sure to give you a good soaking:

Potatoes- Johnette Downing and Dickie Knickerbocker
Farm Fresh Cookin’- Johnette Downing and Dickie Knickerbocker

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No One Hears My Prayers- Anthony Geraci with Dennis Brennan Ft. Walter Trout
Corner Strut- Grant Dermody
I Got You (I Feel Good)- Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors
Velvet Windows (Treme Trippin’)- Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam

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Like Wildfire- Hurricane Ruth
A Reason to Sing the Blues- Laura Green
Baby On The Run- Mandalyn
She Breaks Her Own Heart- Peter Karp

Necktie Party- Steve Hooker
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Helluva Deal- Paul Benjamin
Tramp- Branjae
As Far As We Know- Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers Ft. Brother GoodLove & Alan Evans

Swallow Tales With Steve Swallow

Friend of the proGram, John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, aply titled “Swallow Tales” – made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist Swallow, and they have continued ever since, in many different contexts. “I love these songs”, says Scofield of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here – a broad range including tunes that have become standards, as well as some lesser-known works. The rapport between Scofield and Swallow is evident in every moment. John: “Sometimes when we play it’s like one big guitar, the bass part and my part together.” Behind the drum kit, Bill Stewart is alert to all the implications of the interaction. “What Bill does is more than ‘playing the drums,'” Scofield says. “He’s a melodic voice in the music, playing counterpoint, and comping, while also swinging really hard.” The guitarist himself plays with fire and invention throughout: “These two giants bring out the best in me.” Swallow’s compositions, John notes, “make perfect vehicles for improvisation. The changes are always interesting – but not too interesting! They’re grounded in reality with cadences that make sense. They’re never just intellectual exercises, and they’re so melodic. They’re all songs, rather than ‘pieces’. They could all be sung.”

I had the honor of chatting with Mr. Steve Swallow about the way this album (out now on ECM Records), came together, from start to finish. We get into the way the three “generations” got to the working part of this piece of art. Talking with Mr. Swallow was a learning reminder of how things are born into change. Hearing him talk about how he had to wear a bassist hat rather than the person who brought these tunes into the world originally was just thrilling. Hearing a little of that mentor pride is his voice as he speaks about the way Mr. Scofield goes after it when making music, especially this music was equally ear-opening for me. As someone who loves to share these sounds with others and weave them into little neighborhoods over the airwaves, it is moments like this, getting a little mind-time with the artist(s) that reminds me why pushing those buttons and twisting those knobs is an important part of getting the entire story out there on behalf of these creators. Take a moment, and be in the room with Mr. Swallow and I.

A Place To Be With

The second half of the Hump day proGram found its spot:

Caribbean Girl- Dr. Michael White (live)
Daaayuuum- Derrick Gardner & the Big dig! Band
Blues a la Burgess- Derrick Gardner & the Big dig! Band

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Eldertown- John Scofield, Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart
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Quantum Entanglement- Dave Pietro
Fierce Heart- David Bach
Miraculous- David Boswell
Resilience- Jesse Fischer Ft. Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

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Violin 3.0- Reinaldo Moya
Chiggis Khaan- Auli Ft. Batzorig Vaanchig
Saturn- Billy Yfantis

Yellowstone: Photo by J.Grom

Stem Feelers

The first half of this week’s Hump day proGram had it’s ear feelers out and working:

Your Coffee Is A Disaster- Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Scarcely Cricket- Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

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Bebop Operations- Steve Fidyk Ft. Joe Magnarelli, Xavier Perez, Peter Zak & Michael Karn
Dear Old Southland- Louis Armstrong (live in France)
Rocking Chair- Louis Armstrong (live in France)
Blue Bassa- Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker

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Love Survival- Black Light Collective Ft. Dave McMurray & Rayse Biggs
Black Light- Black Light Ft. Dave McMurray & Allen Dennard

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N.I.T.T.- Jorge Perez-Albela
E.R.P.- Ricardo Grilli

Sink That Pink

The final portion of this week’s proGram saw how beautiful the insides AND ousides are:

Te lo Recordare (Black Lives Matter)- Lando Lavarra Ft. Sigrid & Mandy
Night Of Love- Arema Arega
6ixty 8ight- D.Foe
Lady Jane- Saib
Sweating- Alewaya

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Na Kozonga- Jupiter & Okwess
Freedom Groove- Keleketla! Ft. Antibalas, Nono Nkoane, Tamar Osborn, The Watts Prophets & Tony Allen
Papua Merdeka- Keleketla! Ft. Afla Sackey, Dele Sosimi, Tamar Osborn, The Lani Singers & Tony Allen

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Ancestry- Lex Amor/Faizal Mostrixx Ft. Hibotep
Utokapo- K15 & Labdi
Ghazal- Captain Planet Ft. Alsarah
Body Yako- Captain Planet Ft. Kongo Elektro & Thornato

Dread Lockdown- Dreadzone & Dubmatix
Revolution- Blackout JA Ft. Daddy Freddy & Liondub

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Afzelia- Alexander Flood
Genesis- Alexander Flood

Playful Visitors

The middle portion of this week’s proGram has a constant Summertime play-date in our ear-gardens.

Between Wars (Instrumental)- Cro Mags
Settle Down- Dexateens (live from Athens, GA)
Please Read Me (demo)- Nathan Hall

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Breakup Songs- Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith (live)
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Wadada Leo Smith**
Flower- Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith (live)
Snoopy Waves- Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith (live)

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Chinese Form- Greg Lisher
Ricasso- Rhy Dongju
Elvis Remember- Rhy Dongju
Splinter- ShwizZ

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I Yike It- Charlie Redd & Briana Wright
Have Mercy Joe- Bill King Ft. Dubmatix
Let The Music Take Your Mind- The Greyboy Allstars Ft. Fred Wesley
The Skipper- They Greyboy Allstars

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Thumper- Five Alarm Funk
Black Rider- Alan Evans Trio
Express 76- Crowd Company Ft. Ryan Zoidis & Eric Bloom

Off Leash

The first part of this week’s proGram was running all around the yard:

Morning Train- Grant Dermody
BBQ And Blues- Mark May Band
Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home- Mandalyn


Black Sheep- Hurricane Ruth
Who I am- Hurricane Ruth
Picture Perfect- Gravel & Grace

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Follow The River Home- CD Woodbury
Tutti Frutti Booty- Anthony Geraci with Dennis Brennan
My Days Are so Long- Linsey Alexander (live at Rosa’s)

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This House- Gregg Martinez
Cool Cool Thing- Peter Karp

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Crows Legs- Steve Hooker
Black Is The Color- G.E. Smith & LeRoy Bell
Johnny Porter- Shirley King Ft. Arthur Adams

Talking Change With Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most boldly original and influential artists of his time. Transcending the bounds of genre or idiom, he distinctly defines his music, tirelessly inventive in both sound and approach, as “Creative Music.” For the last five decades, Smith has been a member of the legendary AACM collective, pivotal in its wide-open perspectives on music and art in general. He has carried those all-embracing concepts into his own work, expanding upon them in myriad ways. Throughout his career, Smith has been recognized for his groundbreaking body of work. A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, he received the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and earned an honorary doctorate from CalArts, where he was also celebrated as Faculty Emeritus. In addition, he received the Hammer Museum’s 2016 Mohn Award for Career Achievement “honoring brilliance and resilience.” In 2018 he received the Religion and The Arts Award from the American Academy of Religion. Smith has released more than 50 albums as a leader on labels including ECM, Moers, Black Saint, Tzadik, Pi Recordings, TUM, Leo and Cuneiform. His diverse discography reveals a recorded history centered around important issues that have impacted his world, exploring the social, natural and political environment of his times with passion and fierce intelligence. His recent recording is 2019’s Rosa Parks: Pure Love, an Oratorio of Seven Songs. His 2016 recording, America’s National Parks earned a place on numerous best of the year lists including the New York Times, NPR Music and many others. Smith’s landmark 2012 civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers was called “A staggering achievement [that] merits comparison to Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in sobriety and reach.” Writing about Smith’s 2017 album Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk in the New York Review of Books, Adam Shatz notes: “For all the minimalism of his sound, Smith has turned out to be a maximalist in his ambitions, evolving into one of our most powerful storytellers, an heir to American chroniclers like Charles Ives and Ornette Coleman.”

This Legendary composer and trumpeter is now featured on Deerhoof’s new live album To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough, available as a Bandcamp exclusive from July 3rd, 2020 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Deerhoof is in peak form on the album, which culminates in a thrilling five-song collaborative set with Mr. Smith as part of New York City’s Winter Jazzfest at Le Poisson Rouge. All album proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter. We get into the making of the music and how the feelings of it translate from then to now, but also how the live set transforms moments in time and brings the listener to that ten, right now. We get deep into the movement and making real change. REAL CHANGE. Whether it’s the man, the music, that band or the movement, this all works so well for that change and I hope this conversation helps lead you to a new space in time, toGether.

Check out the album here.

Pollinate Brush

The second half of the Hump Day fill-in proGram helped nature to get it on:

The Night Visitor II- Dave Bryant/Charnett Moffett/Gregg Bendian
Battle Lines-Steve Fidyk Ft. Joe Magnarelli, Xavier Perez, Peter Zak & Michael Karn

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Solace- Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Shadows Of The East- Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Lang la Ku Shona- Guy Buttery & the Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble
Goulimine- Guy Buttery & the Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble Lang
Land Rights- Ben Tyree & Sameer Gupta
Long Pause- Ben Tyree & Sameer Gupta

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Surf- LA PINGOS ORQUESTA & Todd Clouser
Real de 14- LA PINGOS ORQUESTA & Todd Clouser
Camion- LA PINGOS ORQUESTA & Todd Clouser

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Hunnu Guren- Auli Ft. Batzorig Vaanchig

See Clean Clear

The first half of the Hump Day fill-in proGram had cleanser all over its face:

Freedom Day- Black Light Collective Ft. Isis Damil, Sowande Keita & Allen Dennard
Freedom For Sale- Black Light Collective Ft. Isis Damil

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Change: A Suite for Madiba Nelson Mandela- Michael Gregory Jackson
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O’ Canada- Daniel Hersog O’ Canada Orchestra
Torontango (after Astor Piazzola)- Ron Davis’ Symphronica
Blues Jawn- Eric Binder Trio Ft. Walter Smith III & Petros Klampanis

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Little Spots- Stirrup+6
Composition No. 61- Thumbscrew
Composition No. 157- Thumbscrew

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Twelve Wire Byrd- Vibration Black Finger
Soul Fire- Vibration Black Finger

Sun Nature Shine

The final part of the proGram had the sky light right down here with us:

Soul Dream- The Greyboy Allstars Ft. Fred Wesley
**pre-recorded conversation with Robert Walter of Greyboy Allstars**
Executive Party- The Greyboy Allstars
Les Imperials- The Greyboy Allstars

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Awooga- Five Alarm Funk
Put Some Mustard On It- Five Alarm Funk
Tripwire- Zbonics

Sugar and Spice- Jimi Tenor
Lover’s Bridge- Jimi Tenor

greenarrowradio promo- The Archives
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Even Now Prayer- Michael Olatuja
Lagos Pepper Soup- Michael Olatuja Ft. Angélique Kidjo & Lionel Loueke
Nothing But His Love- The Harlem Gospel Travelers

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Kind of Strange- Out Of The Ordinary Ft. Rosanne Erskine & Check Masses
To The People- All Good Funk Alliance Ft. Mustafa Akbar
Rebosando- Captain Planet

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Pardo- Céu
Lockdown- Neville Staple, Sugary Staple, FROM THE SPECIALS & NEVILLE STAPLE BAND
Cool Rockers- Black Ark Players
Ethiopia- Carole Cole
Stylee- Morgan Price & Billy Polo
Last Dance- Morgan Price & Billy Polo

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808 Defibrillation- Alexander Flood

Fire Danced

The middle piece of the proGram kept it warm all over:

All of My Lovin’- Shirley King Ft. Joe Louis Walker
At Last- Shirley King Ft. Steve Cropper
Phunk ‘n’ Grewv- Misty Blues
Memphis Heat- CD Woodbury
Let it On Out- Peter Karp

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The Thang- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jesse Johnson
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Joe Louis Walker**
Feed the Poor- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jorma Kaukonen
Old Time Used to Be- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Keb’ Mo’ & John Sebastian

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I Am A Ram- Mark Telesca
I Believe To My Soul- Greg Martinez
Walk The Walk- Victor Wainwright and The Train
Memphis Loud- Victor Wainwright and The Train

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I Feel Alright- Dedicated Men of Zion
Where Is Resolution Blue?- The Stance Brothers
Go Outside- Jazzy Ash

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Get Yourself Some- The Allergies
Penny Candy- Cliff Beach Ft. Mestizo Beat

Go On, Love- Matador! Soul Sounds
Fatty Gnar Gnar- Color Red All-Stars

Hard Skin

The first part of this week’s proGram had one shell of a time:

The Thing About Grief- Radnor & Lee
Flannery’s Dream- Boregard
Formaldehyde- Boregard

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D.A.E.L.- Jack Ellister
Bergwanderung- Jack Ellister
Hostage- The 81’s

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Hard Lovin’- Dexateens (Live from Athens, GA.)
Enough Of Nothing- Dexateens (Live From Athens, GA.)
Page Before- Venus Furs
Ain’t Nothin’ Here To Change My Mind- Greg Stackhouse Prevost
Edith Groove- Dick Taylor & The Red Squirls

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Boon Tune- The Purple Gang
Starstreamer- Mark McDowell and Friends (live)
Granchester Meadows- Crystal Jacqueline Acoustic Band

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Mountain Moves- Deerhoof (live)
Polly Bee- Deerhoof (live)
Welcome To Bobby’s Motel- Pottery
What Is Fashion?- Pottery
Under The Wires- Pottery

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America- G.E. Smith & LeRoy Bell
How Long?- Fantastic Negrito
I’m So Happy I Cry- Fantastic Negrito Ft. Tarriona Tank

Como De Allstars with Robert Walter

“Como De Allstars” is the title track from a surprise Greyboy Allstars studio album which dropped July 3. Self-described boogaloo revivalists, the band’s first new music in seven years captures a relentless Caribbean funk groove buoyed by an inspired message of unity: “Surviving in a bitter world…divided, confused by the states…united, come on friends we’re gonna make it brighter.” The quintet initially formed in 1994 to provide a live band alternative to the rare groove DJs who were spinning records from the dusty catalogs of labels like Blue Note and Prestige, as well as, the lighter funk of English acid jazzers playing to loops and samples. Comprised by saxophonist Karl Denson, guitarist Elgin Park, organist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield, Greyboy Allstars debuted with the revelatory and electrifying LP, ‘West Coast Boogaloo,’ featuring James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley as a special guest. Coinciding with the band’s forthcoming new album, reissue label Light In The Attic Records will deliver a fresh pressing of the long out of print ‘West Coast Boogaloo’ on August 7. Greyboy Allstars have slowed their recording and touring schedule down considerably over the years as demand has grown for individual members in other capacities: Mike Andrews (aka Elgin Park) is renowned for his film scores, including most recently ‘The King of Staten Island,’ Karl Denson tours as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, as well as his own Tiny Universe, Robert Walter plays keys for Phish bassist Mike Gordon and fronts his own ensemble 20th Congress, while rhythm section Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield are in demand sessions players whose resumes stretch from Elton John to Charli XCX. The magic between the five musicians returns instantly, however, when reunited—as ‘Como De Allstars’ so convincingly displays.

I had a chance to catch up with Robert Walter to talk about the new album and the re-issue of one of my favorite Greyboy albums. We do some comparing and contrasting, diggin’ into a few tracks and the growth of the players and the band, and just how it is they are able to get all the cylinders firing as if they never skipped a beat. We learn a little about what Robert has been doing with his “lockdown” time, kids…don’t be surprised it has everything to do with fundamentals and we build a set-list toGether which will lead the listeners to want him there more than they want me. I have to admit, Robert is one of those players for me that when I hear him, I know it is him and my joy level instantly rises. Just like when I tune into this new release.