Ice Sickle

The first half of the final The Yellow Light spin-off proGram for this crazy year’s Autumnal season. This part features new music sent from Junior. Merl & Jerry live making U feel like U are there:

Keystone Korner Jam- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live at Keystone Korner 5/21/71)
I Was Made TO Love Her- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live at Keystone Korner 5/21/71)
Save Mother Earth- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live at Keystone Korner 5/21/71)

In Ma Belly

The final portion of the proGram is what we imagined this deliciousness to do once inside of you:

Transmission for Jehn: Gnossienne No 1 (Exclusive Spoken Word)- Khruangbin
Don’t Go- Khruangbin
They Never Came Back- Arema Arega

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I Can’t Understand- Sylford Walker
Tune In- Ginjah
Nice Up The Dance- Kabaka Pyramid
Determination Skank- Tommy McCook/Bobby Ellis/Don Drummond Jr/Glen Brown
Rasta Have the Handle- Hugh Mundell
Champion Sound (Roots 7″ Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan

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Shepherd Song- Keleketla! Ft. Tony Allen/Nono Nkoane/Thabang Tabane/Gally Ngoveni/Sibusile Xaba/Afla Sackey/Antibalas & Esa
Star (A$AP Ferg Remix)- Machinedrum Ft. Mono/Poly & Tanerélle
Rise II- Bratři
Hidden Soul of the Fjords – Reflections (Rkw Club Remix)- Heidi Torsvik & Lazerus Winter

Steams Streams

The middle part of the proGram had you hearing its aromas:

Surplus Population (Ode to Boris)- The Pocket Gods
Sunday Afternoon- The True Loves
My Everything- Michelle Sarah
Brother Strut- J&B Kings

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Euphorbia Helioscopia- Tetrao Urogallus
Midnight Morning- Menahan Street Band
Der Optimist- Hamburg Spinners
Maries Mexikaner- Hamburg Spinners
Blind Spot- 35mm

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Fondue Party- Polyrhythmics
Fondeux- Polyrhythmics
Cracked Pepper- Polyrhythmics Ft. Eddie Roberts
Pà Pá Pà- Femi Kuti
Your Enemy- Made Kuti

Insides Of The Shepherd’s Pie

The first part of this week’s proGram starting warming the insides.

Before Everything Changed- Eric Andersen
Love Grows For Christmas- Davis Coen
Kids Falling In Love- Dope Lemon
Everything is Moving- Neal Casal
Green Moon- Neal Casal

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Winter Wonderland- Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets
Let It Snow- Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets

Merry Christmas Baby- Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
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Paint Me A Dream- The Chemistry Set
The Witch- The Chemistry Set

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Man-Child- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live: Keystone Korner 5/21/71)

Wingin’ This

The second half of THE YELLOW LIGHT was up and away after just the swatting was over:

Splashing Dashing- Naomi Cowan
Cool & Easy- Sammy Johnson Ft. Eli-Mac
Raised With Love- The Black Seeds
Mellow Up Yourself- Bonnie Gayle
None a Jah Jah Children No Cry- Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus

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Don’t Stop- Potential Bad Boy & MC Fats
Babylon Soon Fall (Rockers 7″ Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan
I Know That- Brilliantes del Vuelo
Freedom Groove- Keleketla! & Coldcut (Ft. The Watts Prophets/Tony Allen/Nono Nkoane/Tamar Osborn/Antibalas

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Supertonic- N to the Power
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Let’s Go On Sleigh Ride- Brian Bromberg
A Joyful Sound- Kelly Finnigan
The Only Present Is Me- Kelly Finnigan
Merry Christmas Too Me- Kelly Finnigan

Legs To Fly With

The first half of THE YELLOW LIGHT, a spin-off of greenarrowradio, we got a leGG up on the competition:

Wandlied- Anthroprophh
You Have Sailed With A Furious Soul- Anthroprophh
Dream Sequence- Miscellaneous Flux
Decoration- TV Priest

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Hit The Road Trump- Free R Me
Give It Up- Señor Kaos & Illastrate Ft. Boog Brown
B.T.R.- Señor Kaos & Illastrate

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Gentle Wind Of Gratitude- Ane Brun
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Hope- Menagerie
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Indoda (African Repraise)- Bongani Givethanks
Cosmic Dust- Feater
The Break- Olmeca

Windows Full

The final portion of the proGram had the complete look to it:

Someday Baby- Andrew Renfroe & Luke Sellick
Jolene- Andrew Renfroe & Luke Sellick
I’m In A Dancing Mood- The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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A Sleeping Bee- Bll Evans Trio (live at Ronnie Scott’s)
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Jack DeJohnette**
You’re Gonna Hear From Me (version 1)- Bill Evans Trio (live at Ronnie Scott’s)
Stella By Starlight- Bill Evans Trio (live at Ronnie Scott’s)

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For Charles Mingus- Michael Gregory Jackson Trio (live in Copenhagen 8/28/79)
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Pan Am #714- 35mm
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Sphere- Julian Loida Ft. Dan Cardinal

Window Part II

The middle payer of this week’s proGram took a glance from this advance stance:

Secrets Below The Embassy- Agent 3
Riding the Sunset- Sun Tone
Thunderball Reef- The Organauts

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Pharisäer- Hamburg Spinners
Haschrebellen- Hamburg Spinners
Der Kiezpanther- Hamburg Spinners
(Let’s Have an) X-Rated Xmas- Smoota Ft. Julia Haltigan

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To Be Young at Christmas- Kelly Finnigan
Santa’s Watching You- Kelly Finnigan
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch- Brian Bromberg
Jingle Bells / Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel / St. Thomas- Brian Bromberg
Winter Wonderland- Warren Wolf
Sleigh Ride- Warren Wolf

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Der Inder- Karaba
Levent- Karaba

Window Part I

The first third of the proGram looked at it from this-a-way:

Losing My Grip- Junior Mesa
Sit Crooked, Talk Straight- Sam Morrow
Slip Into- Alex Maas
All Day- Alex Maas
American Conquest- Alex Maas
Beg, Borrow, Steal- Demeter

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The Come Up- Eddie 9V
Ballad Of Rudolph- Travis Denning
All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues- Mike Zito
Please Mr. Santa Claus- Kevin Burt
Back Door Santa- Jimmy Carpenter

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That Ol’ Devil- K. Walters
Long Black Train- Red Red
In The pines- Red Red

Moan A Esque

The second half of The Yellow Light was not a copy, but merely inspired by:

I Will Survive- Myki Tuff & Friendly Fire Band
Universal Love- Double Tiger Ft. Karim Israel
Castle In The Sky- Gentleman’s Dub Club
Light It Up- Roots of Creation Ft. Mighty Mystic

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Handful of Cash- Sun Tones
If I Can’t Have You- Laura Rain and the Caesars
Big Bulbs- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Waiting On The Big Man- Kelly Finnigan
Heartbreak For Christmas- Kelly Finnigan
Just One Kiss- Kelly Finnigan

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Skating- Warren Wolf
Fiji Fiji- Karaba

Blue Flows

The first half of this week’s The Yellow Light proGram knew just where the deep spots were:

Don’t Go- The Masterminds
Going Insane In A Sanitized World- The Pocket Gods
Project Fear- The Pocket Gods

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Princess Phone- The Nels Cline Singers
Dark Wish (To Per Henrik Wallin)- The End
Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33)- Rob Mazurek & Exploding Star Orchestra
Homie Numero Uno (The Craft)- Lespecial
Homie Numero Tres (Homies Blurring Into One)- Lespecial
Boundary Dissolution- Lespecial
Moon- Godtet

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Ficción- Dino Saluzzi
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Dub Shall Live On (Babylon Soon Fall Bass Dub)- Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan
Babylon Soon Fall (Dubstrumental 7″ Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan

Talking Bill Evans Trio With Mr. Jack DeJohnette

Resonance Records proudly released Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott’s, the label’s 3rd collection featuring unheard recordings by the great pianist’s short-lived 1968 trio with bassist Eddie Gomez & drummer Jack DeJohnette, as a 2-LP Record Store Day exclusive on Black Friday, November 27. The album will subsequently be released as a 2-CD set and a digital download on December 4th. Unearthed by Resonance co-president Zev Feldman (a/k/a “the Jazz Detective”), Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (2016) was a two-LP/two-CD studio date, cut five days after the Evans-Gomez-DeJohnette trio’s Montreux appearance, which had sat unheard in the German vaults for 50 years. A 2nd historic discovery, Another Time (2018), was recorded two days later by the Netherlands Radio Union in Hilversum. Drawn from Jack DeJohnette’s personal archives, Live at Ronnie Scott’s comprises 20 scintillating tracks captured during the Evans trio’s month-long ’68 residency at the eponymous saxophonist-impresario’s Soho club. (It is Resonance’s second live Evans album to emanate from that venue: 2019’s Evans in England derived from a 1969 stand at Scott’s, featuring Gomez and drummer Marty Morell.) Recordings by the Evans-Gomez-DeJohnette lineup are as prized as they are rare. Mr. DeJohnette was an especially simpatico accompanist for Evans, for he had been a pianist before taking up the drums. Despite their chemistry, the trio played together for a mere 6 months. During their stay at Scott’s, Miles Davis stopped in to check out the band, and the trumpeter swiftly recruited DeJohnette for his new group. By the end of 1968, Morell was hired by Evans as his replacement, and he drummed behind the pianist through 1974. Distinguished British critic, author, broadcaster, & pianist Brian Priestley, who witnessed Evans’ ’68 trio in action, puts the London stand and Evans’ then-current repertoire in context in newly commissioned notes for the release. He writes that the performances’ “compelling, indeed at times overwhelming, musical quality is such as to impress this listener all over again. Live at Ronnie Scott’s also features a joint interview, conducted by Feldman, with DeJohnette and Grammy-winning pianist (and, in his early career, drummer) Chick Corea, who played with DeJohnette in Miles Davis’ storied late-‘60s lineups. And as with all of Resonance Records releases, the packaging/artwork & provided documented history makes this yet another “must have” to any music lovers collection. Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott’s will be the fifth Resonance title to feature unreleased music by the pianist: 2014’s Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate was the label’s first Evans collection. Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance, a mid-priced compilation, was issued in 2020.

I had the honor of chatting with the legendary, Mr. Jack DeJohnette about this release. We get into the time and place of its creation. How Mr. Evans was creatively at the top of his playing game and how fortunate we are that these recordings made it to all of us, with some fine cleaning up work, we get to re-live and re-feel moments that many of us never shared in originally. Mr. DeJohnette and I also talk a little about working within the change on a moment stylings of Miles Davis as well an naming off a few artists he sees as carrying on that ability to create in any situation, and how they can find some cracks in structure to find freedom.

Smudge

The final portion of this week’s proGram had the smoke to prove it:

Wide Open- Frank Kohl
Balzwaltz (alt take)- Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker
The Latin One- Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker Ft. Larry Coryell/Buster Williams/Tony Williams

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Very Early- Bill Evans Trio (live at Ronnie Scott’s)
Autumn Leaves- Bill Evans Trio (live at Ronnie Scott’s)
Take Five- Dave Brubeck
Watusi Jam- Dave Brubeck

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Schneller!- Sarah McKenzie Ft. Kenny Rampton
The Adventures of Snooky and Bumbles- The Pete Ellman Big Band
Goldfish Memories- Archie the Goldfish

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In It But Not Of It- Clifton Anderson
Mysticancients- Clifton Anderson

Caught That Light

The middle portion of the proGram grabbed onto a beam and everything was lit up just right:

Brother Levon- Bill King
Hey Bootsy- Bill King Ft. Magdelys Savigne
Shake Everything You Got- Soul Stew
Foots- Soul Stew

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I Feel Love- The Organauts
Love Will Tear Us Apart- Hot 8 Brass Band
Lady Day & John Coltrane- Pieces Of A Man Ft. Amp Fiddler

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Song In 6- Gorden Campbell Ft. Paul Jackson Jr., Sarah Reich & Sheila E.
Sleep Depraved- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts & Adam Deitch
The Chase- Sun Tone

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The Miracle Is Here- Kelly Finnigan
No Time T Be Sad- Kelly Finnigan
A Joyful Sound (reprise)- Kelly Finnigan

Rock Walk Day

The first part of this week’s proGram found a place to rock without the hope of any roll:

Been Struggling- Alex Maas
Puffin’ That Stuff- Andy Cohen
One Monkey Don’t Stop the Show- Andy Cohen
Blessed- Charles Ellsworth

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Rosarita- Sam Morrow
Wicked Woman- Sam Morrow
Papa And Mama- Ward Davis
16 Tons-The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Janey- Mylittlebrother

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I’m as Good as Gone- John Mayall Ft. Buddy Miller
Tall Skinny Papa- Lovecraft Country Cast Ft. Wunmi Mosaku
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On- Lovecraft Country Cast Ft. Wunmi Mosaku & Jurnee Smollett
Lovin’ Machine- The Lovecraft Country Band

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Supergroove- Andy Watts
Supernatural- Andy Watts
Time To Forget You (Bourbon & Candlelight Mix)- Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam

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