Tranceaphone from Victor DeLorenzo

Friend of the program and my brother, Victor DeLorenzo has a brand new stunner of an EP out to sharpen your senses and bring you to a place you remember, or maybe didn’t know you needed to be in. Victor is of course half of the drum and cello duo, Nineteen Thirteen (he’s the drum half) these days, but he has never stopped doing his own things, musically, artistically and humanly. When you find this new EP on one of the many platforms I am sure you find music at, you’ll immediate hear and feel a sense of that old Violent Femmes magic. That sound and feeling is the tranceaphone, I am sure of it. Victor reminds us what that instrument is, which Femmes track you might remember it from and how it lends itself on this brand new release. We get into how the idea to put out a solo effort took share, with the support and door opening from the first lady of cello, Janet Schiff. If this happens to be your first brush with his music, good for you, there is no time like now to start listening in and going back in time to catch up on anything you may have missed. With the uncertain times we are in now, there is a need to find something to fill a void and I personally think, as Victor does that you can never be alone a Tranceaphone.

The Skin You Are In

The second and final extra portion of the proGramming took on some new looks and feels:

Soleil Kréyol- David Walters Ft. Vincent Segal
Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering- Shabaka And The Ancestors
The Coming Of The Strange Ones- Shabaka And The Ancestors

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Returning From Pluto- Lisa Marie Simmons
Cozmic Confusion- Lisa Marie Simmons
Walk with Me- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Regina Carter

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Inside Rhythm Falls Pt. 1- Aruan Ortiz Ft. Andrew Cyrille & Mauricio Herrera
Push Pull- Ted Poor Ft. Andrew D’Angelo
Only You- Ted Poor Ft. Andrew D’Angelo

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The Dream- Oded Tzur
King Kutner- Avishai Cohen
The Cow & The Calf- Avishai Cohen

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Where We Come From- Thollem
Repeating History- Thollem

Extra Time Pole Start

Did a little extra radio making this week and the first portion of it went around the sphere and back to the starting line:

Resistance- Jake Shimabukuro
Red Crystal- Jake Shimabukuro

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Daphne- Stephane Wrembel
***pre-recorded conversation with Stephane Wrembel***
Dinah- Stephane Wrembel
Honeysuckle Rose- Stephane Wrembel

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Hypnotica- Sultans Of String Ft. Gündem Yayli Grubu
El Bint El Shalabeya- Sultans Of String Ft. Majd Sekkar/Demetrios Petsalakis/Fethi Nadjem

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C A’n A Dh’fhag Thu M’fhichead Gini- Karen Matheson Ft. Seiko Keita
Lovable- Anoushka Shankar Ft. Ibeyi
I Wanna Love Ya- Siaosi Ft. Jemere Morgan
Cumbia Universal- Beto Jamaica

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Oskarin Valssi- Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala
Raganu Nakts- Tautumeitas

Artistic Reflection

Sometimes the art itself reflects the moods we are in and other times it is the reflection of the art that does it. This portion of the proGram has a side or two of each:

Kathy’s Groove- Jason Miles & Kind Of New
Slappy- Karate Boogaloo
Eternal Question- Beat Bronco Organ Trio
Under Pressure- Beat Bronco Organ Trio

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Old Frenchman- Moon Hooch
War Room- Black Market Brass

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Canción del Aplauso (Pimps of Joytime RMX)- Gitkin
Carry Me Home- Kokoroko
A Song For Lara- Ekiti Sound

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Iron Ox- Emancipator
Daze – Missing & Messed Up Mix- The Orb

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We Wid It- Haleek Maul Ft. Jah Koda
No Biggie- Stro
Lace Up- Stro Ft. Dave East
Welfare Recipient Funk-MInk

Shady Dog Finder

The second portion of the proGramming took that dog right into the best and shadiest [arts of town…for this sound of it all:

Jam- Green Leaf Rustlers
Ramblin’ Man- Green Leaf Rustlers

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Pete Jive- Circles Around The Sun
Avond- Ben Tyree
Latitudes- Ben Tyree

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You Won’t Put Out This Flame- Whitney Shay
Time- Los Yesterdays
Ain’t That A Man For You?- The Devonns
Can’t Help Myself- The James Hunter Six
Ain’t Going Up In Once Of Those Things- The James Hunter Six

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Queen- Loren Oden & Adrian Younge
Liberian Calypso- Nina Simone

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Wake Up To Craft- The Lounge Bar Orchestra
Chances- Monophonics
Blue Lines- Alex Puddu
You Are My Fire- Alex Puddu Ft. Gene Robinson Jr
East Bay! All the Way!- Tower Of Power
Step Up- Tower Of Power
East Bay! Oaktown All the Way!- Tower OF Power

Dog Walkin’ Steps

The first portion of this week’s proGramming was easily one to walk the pooches with. It’s bark and bite were worth each lick:

Little Blue (Reprise)- The Wood Brothers
I Heard the Blues Somewhere- John Blues Boyd
Bad Blood On Mean Whiskey- Ben Rice & RB Stone

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Keep on Workin’- Liz Mandeville Ft. Philippe Fernandez
Keep on Swinging- Albert Castiglia
Dig What You Do- Avey Grouws Band
greenarrowradio promo- Jim Gustin and Truth Jones
I’d Been Drinking- Jim Gustin and Truth Jones

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Five Dollars- Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Albion Blues- The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood Ft. Kenya Hathaway
24/5- The Claudettes

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If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…- Leslie Mendelson
Don’t Run And Hide- Ane Brun
Somebody Else’s Tongue- Whim

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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy- London Underground
Mobius Trip- Mysterious Clouds Featuring Your Friend
Portland ’69- Echo Train

Turning Over The Hourglass With Stephane Wrembel

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django Reinhardt, Stephane Wrembel began playing guitar in his mid-teens. A Pink Floyd fan, he “spent hours learning David Gilmour’s style,” he said. “So I had a classical background in piano, a passion for rock music, and then I found out about Django. I fell in love with the very strong impressionist feel in his music.” His breakthrough came with his original composition “Bistro Fada,” a Django-influenced swinging waltz that was the theme song for Woody Allen’s 2011 Oscar®-winning film, “Midnight In Paris.” Since then, Wrembel has released five discs dedicated to Reinhardt (The Django Experiment Vol. I-IV & Live at Rochester) & recently produced the debut CD by Simba Baumgartner, Django’s great-grandson. His Django A Gogo festival, launched in 2004, has become one of the world’s most important and influential events, which includes an intensive music camp, celebrating and expanding Reinhardt’s music. In October of 2019, he released Django L’Impressionniste putting the spotlight on 17 little-known solo pieces Reinhardt recorded between 1937 & 1950. Stephane is the first and only interpreter who has performed all of these solo pieces and collected them in one definitive masterwork. It is available digitally and on double-vinyl with liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. The Django Experiment V was released on Wrembel’s own Water Is Life Records on January 23, 2020, the 110th anniversary of the birth of Reinhardt. As with the previous “experiments,” The Django Experiment V was recorded with Wrembel and his world-class band performing live, with no headphones or tracking, in a setting conducive to improvisation with each musician pushing their own boundaries to evoke new interpretations of Reinhardt’s music as well as songs by other composers. In addition to Jensen, Cohen-Folman and Anderson, Wrembel was joined in the studio by special guests Nick Driscoll (saxophone, clarinet) and Daisy Castro (violin). Stephane has several more recordings planned for 2020. In the meantime, he and his band will continue to tour behind the release of The Django Experiment V as he prepares for Django A Gogo 2020, which will be held May 5-9 in Maplewood, N.J. & New York City.

I had the chance to catch back up with my friend, Stephane ahead of his 4/2 event in Madison at Cafe Coda. We dive into the event a little but focus a more on the album the band is touring behind, The Django Experiment V and the artists that helped make it happen. We talk people and process, plans for the later part of the year with more new music and as always, we tap into the person behind the artist to make sure Stephane is feeling the goodness of his art as an individual and how he is enjoying life, the complete version. Not only is the art of sound Stephane (and his mates) something that reaches inside of me, I feel like he is someone I’d like to spend time around the dinner table with, just hanging out.

Floor To Wall

The final portion of this week’s proGram slid up and down the insides of the inner and exploded back outside the outer….ear:

Ceremony In- Spiritus Fonktus
Motherless Child- Spiritus Fonktus
#4 Solo- Moon Hooch
Cheat And Start A Fight- Black Market Brass

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Sweet Maybe (Synthstrumental Mix)- Casbah 73
All Day (Colorado Sound Studios)- Dragondeer
Slim’s Mood- Dr. Rubberfunk
Pressure Cooker- Dr Rubberfunk
Nu Reality- Lexsoul Dancemachine

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De La (Pimps Of Joytime Remix)- Gitkin Ft. Carol C
Squeeze dogs- The Mauskovic Dance Band
Theorie Amerikaan- The Mauskovic Dance Band

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Under- Jordan Mackampa
Power Is Taken (Felguk Remix)- Moby
Pull Up on Love- RJD2 Ft. STS & Khari Mateen

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Boris- The Reluctant Cosmonaut

Timed For Reflections

The middle section of the proGram saw what it saw and then saw it once again before deciding it was time to share:

Folsom Prison Blues- Green Leaf Rustlers
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Reverberation- The Third Mind
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Boy, Sit Down- Whitney Shay
Blood Red Blues (Protest Song)- The Devonns
When You Go Then You’ll Know- The Altons
Seems Like- Thee Sinseers
It’s Only Us- Monophonics
Brother Or Other- The James Hunter Six
How ‘Bout Now- The James Hunter Six

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Love And Unity- The Burroughs
Hard Play- Beat Bronco Organ Trio
Beat Bronco- Beat Bronco Organ Trio
Alex Puddu Be My Lover- Alex Puddu Ft. Gene Robinson Jr.

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Brassy Operation- The Lounge Bar Orchestra
Sideswipe- Steve Yeager

The Spot Below

The first portion of this week’s regularly scheduled proGram knows how to land but has to make sure of the footing:

My Wildlife- Shell of a Shell
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Warm Love- Seth Walker
Diggin’ Roots- G. Love & Special Sauce feat. Ron Artis II
Little Blue- The Wood Brothers
Bad Babe, Losin’ Touch- The Claudettes

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My Memory Take Me There Part 4- John Blues Boyd
A Beautiful Woman (for Dona Mae)- John Blues Boyd
Lobo Jam- Ben Rice & RB Stone

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Hey Babe) Ya Wanna Boogie?- Liz Mandeville Ft. Peter Struijk
Liz Mandeville He Loves My Biscuits-Liz Mandeville Ft. Ilana Katz Katz
greenarrowradio promo- Avey Grouws Band
Dirty Little Secret- Avey Grouws Band

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Me And The Devil- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
***pre-recorded conversation with Reverend Peyton***
It Is Or It Ain’t- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Frenchmen Street- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Surface Rock Biscuit

The final portion to the pre-show fill in time was something made here or maybe there but either way, it fits right in with us:

Intimacy- Cheer Accident
Plea Bargain- Cheer Accident
Photobomb- Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft & Nels Cline
Tseruli- Giorgi Mikadze Ft. Ensemble Basiani

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You Really Got Me- M’Lumbo & Page Hamilton
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Mosaic (Of Beauty)- Joey Alexander
***pre-recorded conversation with Joey Alexander***
Fragile- Joey Alexander
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The Warrior- Aditya Prakash Ensemble Ft. B.C. Manjunath & Josh Johnson
Roots (Ramakali)- Aditya Prakash Ensemble
Bright Eyes- Anoushka Shankar Ft. Alev Lenz

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Hot Milk- The Shakin Jamaican Ft. Everton Paul & Bruce Skerritt
Rid Them (Pitufo’s Marimba Version)- Piper Street Sound

There’s Sound In There

The first part of the pre-shoe fill in had plenty of sounds within and around and you only had to take a moment to be still in it:

Porto Alegre- Kenny Barron – Dave Holland Trio Ft. Jonathan Blake
Chapter I: On Your Mark- Mike Bond
Chase The Wind- Mike Bond
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise- Ernesto Cervini ft. Nir Felder

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Persistence- Amina Figarova
I’ve Got No Time- Amina Figarova

Bass Geige- Ernie Watts Quartet
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Y Do U Treat Me So Bad- Joseph Bowie & Adam Rudolph
Kampong- Adam Rudolph & Yusef Lateef
Artificial Happiness Button- Heroes Are Gang Leaders
Migration Celebration- Thollem

Warna by Joey Alexander

A funny thing happened to Joey Alexander over the past five years, a whirlwind period during which he became the most brilliantly precocious talent in jazz history—that is, a renowned festival and concert-hall headliner; the youngest musician ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category; and a media favorite who’s earned a profile on 60 Minutes, a front-page profile in the New York Times and other premier coverage. As heard on WARNA, his new major-label Verve Records debut, he’s simply become one of the most expressive and thrilling pianist-composers currently at work in jazz. Alexander’s precocity can still stun concertgoers, but his music, including original work and personalized interpretations of great songs, has now taken its rightful place in the spotlight. Translating as “color” from Alexander’s native language of Bahasa, WARNA follows four Motéma Music albums that garnered the pianist three Grammy nominations and such honors as historic critics’ and readers’ poll victories in DownBeat and JazzTimes. But whereas those recordings were documents of an extraordinary young musician in development, WARNA is primarily a collection of reflective, moving new music by an experienced, confident bandleader. He arrived in New York as a lightning bolt in the spring of 2014, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual fundraising gala. At the helm of a packed-out theater containing some of Manhattan’s most elite arts benefactors, he dropped jaws with a remarkably lyrical rendition of “’Round Midnight.” A standing ovation ensued, and he hasn’t slowed down since. The following spring, the New York Times wrote in an enthusiastic profile that “For a jazz pianist, the mastery entails a staggering breadth of knowledge about harmony, rhythm and orchestration, all converging in an eloquent synthesis. Joey Alexander has a handle on a good deal of that.” From there, he went on to receive three Grammy nominations, with two of Alexander’s four previous albums topping the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. His live performances have been equally celebrated. At the 58th Grammy Awards, in February of 2016, he played during both the pre-telecast and the primetime TV event. That same year, Joey also performed with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding for the Obamas at the White House, as part of a nationally televised International Jazz Day special. In 2018, Alexander headlined Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with a 20-piece string section orchestrated and conducted by Grammy nominee Richard DeRosa. On October 18, 2019, he made his triumphant Carnegie Hall debut to a sold-out Zankel Hall crowd. Early on in Joey’s ascent, the trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center leader Wynton Marsalis said that “there has never been anyone … who could play like that at his age.” Marsalis, who essentially “discovered” Alexander via his YouTube videos and invited him to New York, was spot-on in his assessment. But today, in light of WARNA, one could extend their judgment to say that Joey Alexander continues to perform at the highest level.

I had the chance to catch up with Joey about the creation of Warna. We got into how the album grew from the seed of an idea into the flower of sound I get to share with the listeners. We talk about how the musicians that join him were either selected or how they continued the musical conversations they had started earlier. Like I told Joey offline, Warna is an album I have been really happy to advise advise my pals who may not have stumbled onto it themselves to go ahead and when you feel like you need a Sunday morning to breathe, hit play and sink in.

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band Back in Madison

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for any bullshit.

I had the chance to catch up with Rev. Peyton ahead of the March 20th event in Madison at the High Noon Saloon. We get deep into what a live show is like and why is is an all hands on deck type approach and mentality for each and every show. We talk about how the latest album “Poor Until Pay Day” translates that live scene into a record situation. If you have not run into this band and their music or their live scene, you’ll be really amazed how the sound of the road, and taking every chance you can turns into some fierce and fun music that is relate-able for anyone who works hard for a living.

Into The Space Around Us

The final portion of the proGram had the other worlds and this one colliding into one another to find the space within:

Crispy Time- Beat Bronco Organ Trio
Easy Baby- Beat Bronco Organ Trio

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Nonphysical- Moon Hooch
Into The Thick- Black Market Brass
Undying Thirst- Black Market Brass
Lai Lai- Antibalas

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In The Twilight- SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS
Avalanche- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

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Your Silence Will Not Protect You- Ala.ni
Le Diplomate- Ala.ni Ft. Iggy Pop
Wales- Ala.ni
Sweet Tides- Thievery Corporation Ft. Lou Lou

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Champion of the Arena- The Shakin Jamaican Ft. Everton Paul & Bruce Skerritt

Fisheye View

The middle portion of the proGram saw what it sounded like from a different sort of spot:

Wai’alae- Jake Shimabukuro
**pre-recorded conversation with Jake Shimabukuro**
Twelve- Jake Shimabukuro
Wish You Were Here- Jake Shimabukuro

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Last One Standing- Monophonics
Tell Me- The Devonns

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Miriam and Roger- The Lounge Bar Orchestra
Back Against the Wall- Alex Puddu Ft. Duane Hobson
Sweet Maybe- Casbah 73 Ft. Bart Davenport
How Beautiful- Dr. Rubberfunk
Realisation- Flevans Ft. Laura Vane

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Bamboo Horses- Doctor Fluorescent
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Interlude- Jason Miles // Kind Of New
Ferrari- Jason Miles // Kind Of New (live)

Lentil Circles

The first portion of the regularly scheduled proGram had shape and taste to grow and heal:

A Dream’s A Dream- The Wood Brothers
Don’t Think About My Death- The Wood Brothers

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Two Days Off (and a little bit of liquor)- Avey / Grouws Band
Shake & Bake- The Mary Jo Curry Band Ft. Tom Holland

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Beautiful Bacon Dream- Anton Barbeau
Old Guitars Are Ghosts On The Sunset Strip- The Stillsouls
I Don’t Know I Don’t Care- Shplang
Flameout- Cat Frequency
Pretty Song from Psych-Out- Black Street Carnival
White Light, White Heat- Claudio Cataldi with Aldo Ammirata

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STRESSY- Hanni El Khatib
Jazzhound- The Buttertones
Like Something to Resemble- Cheer-Accident

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Journey in Satchidananda- The Third Mind

Bubbled Across

The final portion of the pre-show fill in took the colors across the sides and back around aGain:

Khazan- Divahn
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Cross the Line- Dubioza Kolektiv Ft. Manu Chao
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Champion Sound (Dancehall 10” Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan
Headline- Unified Highway
Rid Them (John Arthur Brown Version)- Piper Street Sound
Higher Wire- The Shakin Jamaican Ft. Everton Paul & Bruce Skerritt
Deeper Shade of Jack- The Shakin Jamaican Ft. Everton Paul & Bruce Skerritt

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Let The Rhythm Lead- Jenny Lewis, Habib Koite, Artists for Peace and Justice
Manyè- David Walters
Lady- David Walters Ft. Celia W

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Beyond- Talisk

Bubbled Down

Did a little pre-show early fill in. Here’s what bubbled over and out:

Revival- Laila Biali
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Seeds- JK Group
Bread Out Of Stone- Irreversible Entanglements
Murphy’s Law Impacts L.E.A.P.- Keith Oxman
Pass It On- Kenny Barron/Dave Holland TrioFt. Jonathan Blake
Worry Later- Kenny Barron/Dave Holland Trio Ft. Jonathan Blake

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Ride- Wolfgang Muthspiel
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Gotta Run- Guitar Elation (live)
The Rewinder- Guitar Elation (live)
Doctor Ghoul- Spiritus Fonktus
Mad Man- Spiritus Fonktus
Ceremony Out- Spiritus Fonktus

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Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’- Tbone Paxton & the RJ Spangler Quartet
Didn’t He Ramble- Derrick Shezbie
Caribbean Second Line- Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Ft. Amari Ansari/Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin

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Catwalk- Steve Yeager

More New Music From Jake Shimabukuro

It was nearly 15 years ago that the world first caught notice of the stunning musical artistry of Jake Shimabukuro. The young ukulele player’s gorgeous rendition of George Harrison’s classic rock ballad “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became one of the most-watched clips on the then newly launched YouTube platform. A lavish, exhilarating feast of a performance, it signaled the emergence of a prodigiously gifted virtuoso who was redefining how the ukulele was played and heard. Few artists arrive so clearly – and singularly – talented as Jake did. Guitar Player magazine called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” And no less than Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, himself a four-string enthusiast, weighed in with this glowing assessment: “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with him.” That’s because the Hawaii native was burning up the ground behind him. Since the release of his 2006 album, Gently Weeps, Jake has been riding a wave of breakthroughs and triumphs rare for any musician, let alone one who plays a ukulele. A tireless live performer, he’s floored audiences across the globe, appearing at music festivals as varied as Bonnaroo and the Fuji Rock Festival. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras at prestigious venues from the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. And all the while, he’s issued a string of chart-topping and award-winning albums that have challenged all notions of what is possible with a ukulele. Music fans will no doubt hail his latest effort, Trio as an highwater mark for Jake, and he regards it as a personal best. “Beyond playing the ukulele, I’ve really tried to grow as a writer,” he says. “Spending time in Nashville and being around great songwriters has inspired and influenced me, and of course, working with Nolan and Dave has brought me to musical places I never thought possible…”

Another year and another chance to catch up with what Jake is up to. We get into the creation of the new Trio album, including the artists that appear on it, the versions of a couple of classic rock covers and a very meaningful (and beautiful) traditional favorite. We talk about releasing this one on Mascot Label Group. Our conversation weaves us into deeper territory with some words on how music takes shape and changes depending on when you’re listening to it, and how maintaining balance is a key reminder. Trio is in fact, one of those albums where I can sense the growth as a person, an artist and an interpreter of sound that keeps some of then and branches off into the now while leaving room for the then. Aloha.