Orton Park Festival I

This was one time I had too much reality happening to be at this festival all day, however I managed to see everything I wanted to hit up. Brooklyn- based Latin alt-folklorico group Pistolera strutted their stuff in front of a medium sized but ready to “get it going” Orton crowd. They were rained out at the Waterfront Fest last year, but did put on a great rain-delayed show at the Crystal, and this year the weather was not playing a long nicely either but the set was incredible with melodic and danceable songs sung in Spanish and the strong political content of their lyrics which often talk about border issues, the plight of immigrants, and female strength is “perfecto” for the open minds of the east side of Madison.


After that hot set, we were treated to the brilliant and prolific Robbie Fulks and his music. His website states, “Robbie Fulks writes songs that make you think and feel and quite often laugh out loud.” He’s a favorite at our fests and when he takes the stage with his band there will be a throng of people there to cheer him on. His charm and incredible songbook make Fulks an ideal festival performer…Since it was Michael Jackson’s birthday, Mr. Fulks did this rendition on “Billy Jean” that was deep and mysterious, it was truly a mind blowing moment…and I thank him for. he took that right into the Jackson 5 thing know as “Goin’ Back to Indiana”, which was done in a country western twang that had that Robbie Fulks signature all over it.


Two acts I would see anywhere again.

The race in the Way

Man, getting to the station was crazy. A road race that cut right across a main drag, stopping traffic like no on else has anything else going on. Oh well, it helped me want to be nostalgic and rock.

I’m Wrong about Everything- John Wesley Harding
Oh Sweet Nuthin’- the Velvet Underground
Always see your Face- Love
This Flight Tonight- Nazareth
Folsom Prison Blues- Sirsy (live)
Bad Reputation- the Dollyrots
Destination Unknown- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

New Values- Pale Moon Gang
So Pretty- the Charms
Happy Together- the Passive Aggressives
New Agenda- MisLed
Take my Hand- Jennifer Gentle
Call me- Blondie (live)
I wanna see you Belly dance- Red Elvises
Tororo- Delta Nove
Internacional- the Brazilian Girls
Cocaine Blues- Hank Williams III
Manifesto No. 2- Shooter Jennings
I Dig Jazz- Hillbilly Hellcats
I Can’t pay the Bill- the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Pusher- Blind Melon
Soup- Blind Melon
Pictures of You- the Cure (live)
the Sun- Fridge
Lazy Eyes- Chow Nasty
Bring it on- Gomez
Bury me Standing- Mad Juana
Wannamama- Pop Levi
Lint of Love- Cibo Matto
Some Kind of Beautiful- Nikka Costa
All the Same to me- Anya Marina
Salt & Cherries (MC5)- Wendy & Lisa
I Feel the Earth Move- Carole King
Cantina Band- the Alexandria Kleztet
Ketsad M’rakdin- the Alexandria Kleztet
Hora Anticuta Draga/Don’t let me be Misunderstood-Les Triaboliques
Rivermudtwilight- Les Triaboliques
Imazeghen N Adagh- Tinariwen
Paradise- Vieux farka Toure/Toumani Diabate
Kafe- Manze Dayila & the Nago Nation

Como en un Sueno- Eljuri
Senor Olmos-Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars
Somos Tontos no Pesados- Los Tres
La Primera Vez- Los Tres
El Reggae de Paz Y Amor- Sumo
Beating Heart- Groundation
People in tha Middle- Spearhead
Summer Blue- Money Mark
I Don’t Know- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
La Chica Dulche- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
How Deep is your Love- Bee Gees ( Supreme Beings of Leisure Remix)
Music is a Medicine- BLVD
Face a La Mer-Les Negresses ( Massive Attack Full Remix)
Hear me- Dorado
Here we Come- Shiner Massive Sound System
Do your Thing- Papa Mali
Are you Gonna go my Way- Lenny Kravitz (acoustic & live)
She’s a Healer- Neil Young

Coming Home

Candidate- David Bowie
Dodo- David Bowie
Mystic Eyes- Them feat. Van Morrison
Papa Dukie & the Mud People- the Subdudes
Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down-North Mississippi AllStars
Echolalia- David Gans
Caravan- Les Paul & Chet Atkins
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise- Les Paul & Chet Atkins
Freeker by the Speaker- Keller Williams
Tailspin- Moe
Closet Disco Dancer- Red Elvises
Vino- Girl in a Coma
She Says she Does- Darren Gaines & the Key Party

Fire one- Telepath
No Bar do Samba- Zuco 103
Rush Hour- Mayra Casales
Meet the Flinstones- Emil Richards
Perspectiva- Hilario Duran & Perspectiva
El Alacran- Sonora Carruseles
Somos Tontos no Pesados- Los Tres
La Rubia Tarasa- Sumo
Look Sharp- Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
Brown Eyed Girl- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Don’t you Wish- Rebirth Brass Band
Liberian Girl- Rebirth Brass Band
I don’t Know- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
Freakshow- Big Brutha Soul (live)
Cool about it- Mr Fiddler
The Bounce- the Blue Method
Bufkin’s Tank- the Pnuma trio
Kam ma lay- the Derek Trucks Band w/Ruben Blades
Bailando/Aquatic Park- Santana
Grungly- Razl
Wide Open- Kyle Hollingsworth
Bar Wars- Willis Jackson
Missouri Uncompromised-Burton/Metheny/Swallow/Sanchez (live)
Blues for Denial- Stefon Harris & Blackout
Return of the Jitney Man- Branford Marsalis Quartet
The Black & Crazy Blues/A Laugh for Rory- JFJO

Smokin’ a Half Note- Mark Mosley
Azure Te- Reuben Wilson
The NOD- Fat Freddy’s Drop
Everyone Could Lose- Groundation
Not so Simple- Groundation
One Love- Playing for Change

Pata Pata- Vusi Malasela
Bongo Bong- Delta Nove
Gosalo- the Pimps of Joytime
Gotta Let me Know- Breakestra
Treadneck- the Dynamites feat Charles Walker
Ernest Funknine- U Melt
Loose Lucy- the Grateful Dead
Peace- Los Lobos (live)
Another Good Look- Jaik Miller Band
Report Weather- Omar Sosa & Greg Landau
Post Burn Syndrome- Rara Avis
Ketu- Zaman 8 & Hafez Modir
Sidearms & Parsnips- Fila Brazillia
Kiss my Whippet- Fila Brazillia
Furball Shindig- Fila Brazillia

A Celebration JAM for Barry J Trotter

This is what I thought I could do to celebrate Barry’s love of music.

Sunshine of Your Love- Ginger Baker
Ooh Mama Ooh- Moby Grape
How Come People act Like That- Tommy Talton
Things- Tommy Talton
Overtime- Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers (live)
Two Against them all- Floyd Miles
So Much Love- scrapOmatic
the Truth is in the Light- the Wood Brothers
Spirit- the Wood Brothers
Straight Shot- the Subdudes (live)
All the Time in the World- the Subdudes (live)
Hate to lose your lovin’- Little Feat
Yield to Temptation- Derek Trucks Band w/Col Bruce Hampton & Jimmy Herring (live)
Lovelight-the Derek Trucks Band w/Susan Tedeschi/Col Bruce & Jimmy Herring (live)
Teasin’ Brown- North Mississippi All Stars
No One to Run With- the Allman Brothers Band
Shake your Hips- Robert Randolph & the Family Band (live)
with a Little Help from my Friends-Richie Havens (live)
the Mighty Quinn- Bob Dylan
let the Good Times Roll- Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
it’s Alright with me- New Riders
Red Hot Mama- Fleetwood Mac (live)
Mule->I’ve been Working- Gov’t Mule (live)
the Letter- Joe Cocker (live)
Simplicity- Bob Seger
Check Yourself- Oteil & the Peacemakers
Slip Away- Honeytribe (live)
When I call Home- Honeytribe (live)
Elvin- the Derek Trucks Band
the Jonez- Blue Miracle
Rome- Tishamingo
Angelina- the Tony Tyler Trance
Universe- Mike Zito
Everything’s Alright- Floyd Dixon
Come and Go Blues- Warren Haynes & Gregg Allman (live)
Mountain to Climb- Floyd Miles & Gregg Allman
Anytime you Want- Sean Costello
Funked up- Joe Pitts
Loan me a Dime- Joe Pitts
My Friend- Pedro Arevalo & Friends
She’s my baby- Traveling Wilburys
Too much to Dream Last Night- Webb Wilder
Heads in Georgia- JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
Til the Money Runs out- John Hammond
Too Many Tears-Buddy Guy/Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi
Shake Rattle & Roll- Jeff Healey
They’re Red hot-Peter Green w/Nigel Watson Splinter group
Built for Comfort- Merl Saunders & his Funky Friends (live)
My Sisters & Brothers- the Jerry Garcia Band (live)


7 Steps to Havana-Jazz at 5

Having members from North America and Brazil, the Caribbean and Africa, Seven Steps To Havana possesses a sound that truly brings the world into the music. Lovely boleros, raucous rumbas, swinging sambas, and haunting horn trios, this band soars far and wide across the musical spectrum. They were firing on all cylinders as the Jazz at five series heading indoors to the Overture Center’s lobby atrium. Viviana Pintado (pianist/vocalist)- from Cuba, 3-time Latin Grammy nominee was absolutely brilliant in her playing and singing, exciting the crowd as she took familiar sounding arrangements and changed them to fit the “no stone unturned” approach to this Latin Jazz outfit. The other percussion setting the rhythms were created by Eliezer Freitas-Santos & Rey Rivera, and the bass playing of Yohannes Tona has blasts of Victor Wooten sounding explosions to the wooing jazz back bass beat that mirror the music’s pulse. The horns of Mark Miller (trombone), Bill Simenson (trumpet) & Douglas Little (saxophone/flute/leader) rounded out one frenzied fest of Latin sounds that spread smiles on the faces of those who let the music take them over.

Check out some of the photos from the event here.

with some Jazz and a Smile

A smile felt down to the ocean blue….

Very Saxy-“Lockjaw” Davis/Coleman Hawkins/Arnett Cobb/Buddy Tate
Lifeboat- Rob Brown Ensemble
Tell me about Her- Dafnis Prieto Sextet
One Dance Alone- Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet
Where Y’all at- Wynton Marsalis
Get Ready- Carl Allen & Rodney Whitaker
Shake it for me- Stefon Harris & Blackout
Him or Me- the Terence Blanchard Group
A New World……- the Terence Blanchard Group

Quixotic- the Stein Brothers Quintet
Dos Camino- Omar Sosa (live)
Black Flames- Chick Corea (live in Japan)
Kazuko Buleria- Chick Corea (live in Japan)
Imam- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Einbahnstrasse- Michael Wolff Trio
RhythmAning- Ellis Marsalis Quartet
Age of Everything- Vijay Iyer
I’m Going Home- Christian McBride
Head Hunters- Skeebo Knight
Shaw’Nuff- Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnnette
Cookie- Brian McCree

Green Apple Quickstop(Corre Corre)-Bill Cosby & the Hilton Ruiz Ensemble
Mornin Reverend- the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (live)
Don’t you Worry ’bout a Thing- Vanguard Jazz Orch. (live)
If you Could see me Now- Paul Motian (live)
Dizzy Moods- Charlie Mingus
Mamacita- Paul Carr
Juicy- Russel Blake
Jean Pierre- Marcus Miller
Ain’t no Sunshine- Deborah Flores
Scarlet Woman-Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate
Past Lives- Mike Clark
Cape Verdean Blues- Alvin Queen
Marika’s Delight- Tony Bunn

Juju Fruit- Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston
Beatbox 2- Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston
Pop goes the Weasel- Grant Calvin Weston
South by West- Matana Roberts
Inside Straight- Cannon Re Loaded
Having you is a Blessing- Jesse Jones Jr
Rewind that- Christian Scott
Blue Birdland- Maynard Ferguson
I Wish- Jack Prybyski
Tulips, Too Late- Stan Harrison
Explosions- Bob James trio
At Peace with a Mop- Phillip Johnston
Six Pack- Gary Burton & Friends
A Night in Tunisia- Emil Richards
Syndrome- Burton/Methany/Swallow/Sanchez (live)
From this Moment on- Mark Elf

Bailing out the Car

Won’t be fooled again- Richie Havens
She Said Yeah- Webb Wilder
Honey Be- Hot Buttered Rum (live)
Mask of Moses- Carrie Rodriguez w/Lucinda Williams
That’s alright, mama- Bill Frisell
Frank & Flo’s- Lau (live)
Shtick Shaft- the Alexandria Kleztet
Besame Mucho- Herb Alpert & Lani Hall (live)
Love Stands Time- Cashman
Shut Up- Purgatory Hill
Sweet Jane- Lou Reed (live)
O.P.- Joyce Randolph
Putting out the APB- Ana Popovic
Lives that don’t Exist- Ana Popovic

Jimmy Would- Chuck E. Weiss
Assassination Polka- ZzZz
Brotherhood- Santana
That’s what Keeps me Rockin’- the Robert Cray Band
Low on Cash- Eric Lindell
Goodtime baby- Gov. Davis & the Blues Ambassadors (live)
Give me back my Numbers- Geoff Achison
Marijuana Mantra- Kuno & the Marijuana Brass
(Hey Uncle Sam) Leave us pot Smokers alone-the Toyes
Too High for the Supermarket- the Uninvited
Grassfire- John Trudell
Chamber of Justice-Vusi Mahlasela w/Xavier Rudd
Ntombi Mbali- Vusi Mahlasela
Autorail-Toubab Krewe feat Umar bin Hassan (live)
It’s a Feeling- St. Maarten’s the Rolling Tones
Fifty Second Street Boogie Down- Catalyst
Burn it Down- the Dynamites feat Charles Walker
(It’s a) Sunny Day- the Dynamites feat Charles Walker

I thank you- Tower of Power w/Tom Jones
New Feet- Missy Andersen

You’ve got a Friend in me- Bonerama
Hoob a Joob- Paul Sanchez
White Wedding- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
the in Crowd- Javon Jackson
Night Train Express- the Microscopic Septet
Lobster Leaps in- the Microscopic Septet
Come Together- Dr. Lonnie Smith
Still Grooving- Reuben Wilson
Thermal Bad-the New Mastersounds (live in S.F.)
Hotwire- JTQ
Devil’s Dream- the Radiators

you don’t need a Dance- Breakestra
What it Look Like- Grant Calvin Weston
Lost Funk- Mike Clark
Fiesta en le Solar- Marc Rinoy y los Cubanos Postizos
No Duermas Mas- Sumo
El Haz Sensor- Los Tres
El Loco- La Excelencia
Desconocido Soy- David Byrne
Set the Children Free- Larry McDonald/Toots Hibbert/Lenny B Full Mix
Banger- G Love & Special Sauce w/Blackalicious
Can we Hang out tonight- Count Bass D
Weight- Raashan Ahmed
Arroz con Pollo- Maxwell
Soulshine- Gov’t Mule w/Little Milton (extended radio mix)

R.I.P. Rashied Ali

Rashied Ali, whose expressionistic, free-jazz drumming helped define the experimental style of John Coltrane’s final years, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 76.
In the mid-1960s, he joined Elvin Jones as a second drummer with Coltrane’s ensemble at the Village Gate in November 1965 He recorded with Coltrane and Jones on the 1965 album “Meditations” and, after replacing Jones as Coltrane’s drummer, on the duet album “Interstellar Space” (1967), one of the purest expressions of the free-jazz movement. On his own Web site, his playing is described as “a multi-rhythmic, polytonal propellant, helping fuel Coltrane’s flights of free-jazz fancy.” Born Robert Patterson into a musical family in Philadelphia. He started out on piano and dabbled with trombone and trumpet before finding his way to the drums, which he began to play seriously while serving in the Army. On returning to Philadelphia, he played in local rhythm and blues and rock and roll groups before moving on to jazz and moving to New York in 1963, where he played with progressive jazz musicians like Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. After Coltrane’s death in 1967, he toured Europe and, returning to New York, opened Ali’s Alley, a club intended as a showcase for free-jazz musicians. It operated until 1979. From the 1980s until his death, Mr. Ali performed and recorded with several avant-garde groups, including Phalanx and Prima Materia, an ensemble devoted to interpreting the music of Coltrane and Ayler. Most recently he performed with the Rashied Ali Quintet, which he formed in 2003.

May he rest peacefully.

Jazzed at Five

Madison jazz legends Ben Sidran and Richard Davis first played together in 1975. Over the years, they’ve played countless performances, (including an infamous tour of Wisconsin prisons in the 1980’s), and made several records together. This is their first time sharing the stage since the closing concert of the Oscar Mayer theater in 2004. Ben and Leo Sidran have also been performing together since the late 70’s, when Leo was a boy. They continue to record and perform together around the world, and in 2003 they launched the Nardis Music label to showcase their work. Leo relocated to New York in 2005. Joy Dragland, a former Madison mainstay, also moved in 2005 to New York, where she and Leo record and perform under the name “Joy and the Boy”. In Madison, Joy was a protege of both Richard Davis and Ben Sidran. Louka Patenaude is a Madison treasure, an original musician and composer and he joined in on a few selections to add a little guitar to the set.

Photos click here.

This is the first time all five artists will perform together and it was as great as it sounds…..The mixture of styles and family familiarity made the fingers snap, the toes tap and the smiles widen.

For more info click here for the Jazz at 5 website.

Fillin’ in with FORCE

Got some open schedule time in today with some beats and grooves that I might not otherwise make room for in sets on the Saturday morning version of the show….Trippin’ Hoppin’ and G-Roovin’ was in the tips of the fingers pressin’ the buttons…and it made a list like this:

I Wish I could be Beautiful- Rithma
Sex Sells- Rithma
Slank- EOTO
Until Next Time- Bassnectar
Thrill 103- DJ Vadim
Chapter 7- Mister Rourke
– Evil Genius
– Midnight Resurrection
– Universe and Beyond
– Slow Decay of the Mind
Funky Nawari- Jef Stott
136- Midival Punditz (Gautam’s Downtempo Mix)
Medicine- Rara Avis
Mangala- Zamon 8 & Hafez Modir
A Max- Sindacops
Sensei’s Theme- DJ Sensei
Pedestal- Portishead
What I might Say- Ill Chemistry
Infinity (Remix)-Desdamona/Carnage/Alexia Lindsay
Spirit Made Flesh-Dub Gabriel feat Karen Gibson Roc
High Life- Taragirl
She Do- the Pimps of Joytime
Bonita- the Pimps of Joytime
Uschi’s Groove- the Ballistic Brothers
Lubumba -98-a New Funky Generation feat Makira
Pojo Pojo- Cyberfit
Yo Voy- Novalima (Coba Soundsystem Mix)
World Party- Larry McDonald w/Shaza
Sister Twisted- Kinky
Digital Monkey- Balkan Beat Box (Soulico Mix)
intro (Sao Jorge)- Da Cruz
Ghettoblaster- David Last vs Zulu
Wand- Tristeza
Ynys Elen- Banco de Gaia
Private People- T.H. White
Mushaboom- Feist (Mocky Mix)
Lovertits- Feist with Gonzales
Can’t Stop- the RH Factor
Feet’s Don’t Fail me Now- Ministry of Sound
Take it as it Comes-The Sugarman 3 & Co feat Charles Bradley
Nealization Remix- Soulive w/Dub Fader
Bursting- Bassnectar w/Buckethead
Got me a Black Woman- Tony Bunn

For Reasons Already knowN

Bo Diddley- Soldier String Quartet
Music for a Found Harmonium-L.A. Guitar Quartet
Beatles Medley- Tommy Emmanuel (live)
Power of my Love- Elvis Presley
Devil with the Blue Suede Shoes- Chuck E Weiss
All I Do- the Derek Trucks Band (live)
She Makes me Want to Sing-Jerry Douglas w/Derek Trucks
Ring of Fire- Moonlight Wranglers
Let the Wind Carry Everything away- Les Breastfeeders
Solitary Lovers- Les Breastfeeders
Black Gang Coffee- Mike Watt
Overture(Behold the Sea)- the Veldt
6 o’ Clock- George Duke
Respect Yourself- Marc Broussard
Yes we Can can- Marc Broussard
Hey Yeah- King Johnson
What’s Happening Brother-Dirty Dozen Brass Band w/Bettye LaVette
Different View- Nicholas Howard
Anna Ann- Davis Coen
Scotch & Soul- Rufus Harley
Maybe Tomorrow- Inti Illimani
Descarga en la EGREM- Hilario Duran & Perspectiva
Ta Marindio- Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
Doni Doni- the Afromotive
Indios do Norte- Forro in the Dark
Expressions theme- Lee Fields & the Expressions
Be Easy- Sharon Jones & the Dapkings
Coming over Tonight- Cherine Anderson & Chuck Fenda
Amanda Dub- African Brothers meet King Tubby
Wailing- 10 FT Ganja Plant
India Haze- Telepath
Violin Solo- DJ Cheb i Sabbah
Marame Diname- DJ Cheb i Sabbah
Rabat- Beats Antique
Bad Wind (with a touch of acid)- Mike Mooney
Distractions 4- the RH Factor
Love Buzz- Secretary feat Big Boss
Honey Burgers Grill (new mix)- Skeebo Knight
Same Color Wolf- Chico Mann
the tiger- DJ Shadow
I got a Woman- Alvin Queen
Space Station- John Patton


More Good Friends & Good Music

Medicine- Brad Hammonds
Make you Crazy-Brett Dennen w/Femi Kuti
Revelry-Assembly of Dust w/Martin Sexton & Tony Rice
The Perfect Crime #2- the Decemberists
These are the Ghosts- a Band of Bees
Laser Beam- Super Furry Animals
Long Tall Sally- Walter Trout (live)
Traveling Light These Days- Brothers of the Southland
Don’t Let the Devil Ride-Clarence Fountain, Sam Butler & the boys
Makin’ Whoopee- Joyce Randolph
Ever Changing Emotions- Soul of John Black
Push it into the Night- the Soul of John Black

Katie La La- Howard Fishman
Food for Thot- Dr. John
Ya Ya- Buckwheat Zydeco
Talk Dirty to me- Zydecosis
Virgoid- Harry Connick Jr & Branford Marsalis
the Drum Thing- Alvin Queen
More Good Friends Good Music- Skeebo Knight
Frim Fram Sauce- Akiko Tsuruga

Tired of Fighting- Menahan Street Band
Money i$ King- Lee Fields & the Expressions
His Girl- the Budos Band
Let’s Get Fired up-Zigaboo Modeliste & Gaboon’s Gang(live)
Nasty Boogie Woogie- the Radiators (live)
Right on- the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Rally Cap:- mamarazzi
a. Middle Relief
b. 7th inning stretch
c. Extra Innings

Macumba- Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity
Palabras- Dawn Drake
Angels at my Door- Una
In the Mix- the JMC Project
accusations- the Juan McLean
my Tribute song (edit)- Israel Houghton
Thunder- SMV
Milkhunt- FreEkBasS- (Live)
Send a Gram- George Clinton & P Funk
Circus Life- Luciana Souza
Trespasser- HuDost
Trouble weighs a Ton- Dan Auerbach
Hell or High Water- Hundred Year Flood w/Taj Mahal