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.

Blues Comin’ On with Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is a four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.” Billboard writes: “His playing blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B. Walker’s guitar playing is fine and fierce.”. Joe won the 2016 Blues Foundation Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year award at the Blues Foundation Awards ceremony in Memphis. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

I had the chance to catch up with this living leGend to talk abut his brand new album, “Blues Comin’ On” out on Cleopatra Records. We got into the how the album went from an idea, a few lines of a poem to the moments of now when I prepare to give the listeners a deep dive in. It is always nice to be able to see backwards with an artists on how they became the person they are, the shapes and molds that they took on along the way, and Joe and I discuss how he became such an open-eared and open-minded artists. Real cool stuff. Just like the new album, there’s more to it then the blues, but he is truly one of the fine-tuners of that blues language.

Home Buzz

The final portion of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram has real sweet houses:

Lang la Ku Shona- Guy Buttery & the Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble (live)
Fênix do Amor- Céu
Mar Rojo- Ladama

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Double Wine- The Upsetters
Give Praises- The Silvertones
Let Love Touch Us Now- Bunny Rugs
Formula1- Fyah Roiall
Revolution Riddem- Liondub Ft. Natty Frenchy & Ricky T.

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Fire Spell 2020- Svjata Vatra
World, You Are Changing- Svjata Vatra
Maijodler- AULI Ft. Albin Paulus (Live at GORS, Rēzekne, 2019)

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Funky Egal- Zenobia
Shaglaba- Zenobia
Saffron- Lailoken x Benza
Theogony- BARDZ

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Orgone- Jyoti
Feel The Same- Ángela Muñoz

About To Burst Into

The first half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram knows that in just a few hours, we will be filled with color and bees:

Sergei’s Shuffle (after Sergei Prokofiev)- Ron Davis’ SymphRONica
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Segment- Jeff Reed
Mind Prelude 1- The Jerry Granell Trio
Your Mind Is On Vacation- The Jerry Granelli Trio
8 Ball, Side Pocket- Derrick Gardner & The Big Dig! Band

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Epistrophy- Thelonious Monk (live)
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Chihuahua Pearl- Dave Bryant
Dee Dee- Dave Bryant
Radio- John Scofield

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Ring Of Fire- Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio
Dewey Square- Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio
The Water Is Wide- Ben Tyree + Sameer Gupta = Unruly Neighbors

Munch

The final part of this week’s proGram needed to get a good bite:

Watchu Wanna Do- The Magic Beans
Oceans 413- Marcus Rezak
Burning Down The House- Dance Party Time Machine

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Shape Shifter- Add Noise Collective
Mango- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Arema Arega
Rebounder- Greyboy Allstars

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Five Alarm Funk Wake the Funk Up- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Leo P
**pre-recorded conversation with Tayo of Five Alarm Funk**
We Play the Funk- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Bootsy Collins
Chaos Is a Ladder- Five Alarm Funk

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Kind of Strange- Out Of The Ordinary Ft. Rosanne Erskine & Check Masses (live at the Voodoo Rooms)
I Like It Like That (Uproot Andy Remix)- Pete Rodríguez
The River (R.E.)- Romare
Heart Of The City- Sixfingerz
Control Your Roll- All Good Funk Alliance Ft. Black Masala

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Brother Man- Larry McDonald Ft. Shaza & Terri Lion

Petals Fall Perfectly

The middle portion of the proGram felt like it was place in a perfect spot:

Nice ‘n’ Mellow- Misty Blues
99 Years- Mark Telesca
Snatching It Back- Greg Martinez
Going Back to My Old Time Used to Be- Linsey Alexander (live)
Uptown to Harlem- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jellybean Johnson

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I Did You Wrong- Shirley King Ft. Elvin Bishop
**pre-recorded conversation with Shirley King**
Feelin’ Alright?- Shirley King Ft. Duke Robillard
Can’t Find My Way Home- Shirley King Ft. Martin Barre

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Heart-Shaped Box- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Pecan Trees Speak to Each Other- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
Not My Name- Cosmic Superheroes

What The Funk- Jimmy Layton & His “All American” Not Your Daddy’s Jazz Band
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Somma-The Ironsides

Ready Set Pollinate

The first part of this week’s proGram was ready to bee pollinated:

Fallen Angel- Bowregard
The Henrys- Bowregard
Das Wesen des Seins- Jack Ellister

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Baby Let’s Play House- Danzig
Nuke LaLoosh- The 81’s
Teenager- Dexateens (live from Athens, GA)
Don’t Talk About It- Cro-Mags

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Racing Car #9- Three Dimensional Tanx (live)
The Wind Coloured Like Laughing Rainbows- The Sugarman Band
See Emily Play- Fuchsia
Riding The Dog- The Deadbeat Poets
The Path of the Meeting- J.M. Baule

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greenarrowradio promo- The Get Right Band
No Flag- Elvis Costello
I Swear To God, I Will- The Claudettes