Bursts With

The second half of the hump day mixed bag proGram showed that sudden overnight burst to get the days going:

Geewa- Andy Milne & Unison
Wish- Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps Ft. Lenya Wilks
Somersault Of The Earth- Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps

Thor De Force 62 Avenue C- Thor De Force Ft. Stunn Gunn
New Stella- Thor De Force Ft. Abdullah S, Mads Michelsen & Lis Wessberg

Lifer- Will Bernard
Take It Back- Duski

The Guru- John McLaughlin Ft. Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain
El Impostor- Ed Rome
Feel No Pain- Ed Rome
Introduction Dub- Billy Polo
Feather Cap- Billy Polo

Shape Of Times

The first half of the hump day mixed bag proGram sees time in many shapes.. one size fitting for all:

Cold Early Morning- The Eighteenth Day Of May
Up The Hill- The Eighteenth Day Of May

Our Dear Leader- Moths & Locusts
Aftershave & Nicotine- Moths & Locusts
Livin’ In The Jungle- Banshee
Credo- Banshee
The Atomic Flu- Banshee
Ripples Thru The Band- THE GR RECORD HEAD

Cobbledstoned- Thollem
Recife- Chad Taylor Trio
Sorokaba- Karuna Trio

Homo Ludens- Dimitrije Vasiljevic

Photo by: Mammywak

The Color Is Here

The final portion of this week’s proGram brought the sign of Mother Nature’s door opening along:

Clyde Funk- RJD2
Twice Fried- Aesop Rock
Coffee Lounge- Bonus Points
Silent Silhouettes- Aksak Maboul

Liar IV: Pugilism- Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps
Heads or Tails- Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps Ft. Hannah Fearn
Overreaction- Jimmy Greene

The Shot- Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
D(efense) Up: The Untold Story of Darnell Valentine- Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
Jo Jo’s Magic- Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis

Om Shanti- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Meshell Ndegeocello & Georgia Anne Muldrow
Distant Mode- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. Gary Bartz
***pre-recorded conversation with Adrian Younge***
Jazz Is Dead- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. The Midnight Hour

Cents Within The Color

The middle portion to the proGram has more to it than what is on the outsides…for my two sense.

Vous etes seuls, mais je désire etre avec vous- Nina Simone
I Was Just A Stupid Dog to Them- Nina Simone
Color Is A Beautiful Thing- Nina Simone

La Vida Es Fría- Jason Joshua
Seems Like (Instrumental)- Thee Sinseers
Weak For Your Love- Thee Sacred Souls

Red Line- Izo FitzRoy
We The People- Will Bernard
Grunk- Will Bernard
Hefe- On The Spot Trio
Melvin- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. Melvin Seals

Stay High- Dragondeer
Haggis Express- The Haggis Horns
Lost in Space / Great Scott / 22-26- Thundercat

This Buds For Now

The first portion of this week’s proGram had another day of growth to show for it’s beginnings:

John Rice- Megan Lynch Chowning & Tristian Scroggins
Calhoun City- Matt Combs w/Mark Howard/Dennish Crouch/Chris Sharp/Mike Compton

Take It From Me- Jarrod Dickenson
My Love’s Already There (acoustic)- Fink
Lay It All On Me- Leslie Mendelson

Monday Musings- Thunderpaw
Fire With Rain- The Get Right Band
Milk And Honey- Hazel English

greenarrowradio promo- Blind Lemon Pledge
Sugar Rush- Blind Lemon Pledge
I Ain’t Good For Nothing- The Proven Ones
Wolf- Be Sharp Band
Call Of The Wild- Mike Zito

The Job Is Never Done- The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
Hold Back- The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
Om Mani Padme Hum- Reverend Freakchild
I Can’t Be Satisfied- Reverend Freakchild

Jazz Is Dead 001 With Adrian Younge

Adrian Younge is the next generation of soul music. A self-taught musician and recording engineer who has dedicated his life to the study of classic soul music, he finds himself at the center of a new soul renaissance with a vision for pushing the boundaries of the music itself. Beginning in 1998, he taught himself how to play various instruments to fully realize his vision; a soundtrack to a fictional film titled “Venice Dawn.” Recording the album over the course of the next year, he developed a sound that is equal parts Morricone, Air, and Portishead. Self-released in 2000, the moody, synth-drenched album was entirely composed, arranged, played, and recorded by Younge himself. Eight years later, he would find himself at the center of the Black Dynamite phenomenon. Instrumental in the film’s development, he not only edited the film, but also composed the original score, which was hailed as a modern blaxploitation masterpiece, solidifying himself as a force to be reckoned with, composing music for the accompanying cartoon series for Adult Swim. In 2009, he envisioned a new sound that would revisit his earlier, more baroque instrumental work, and mesh it together with the deep, gritty soul of Black Dynamite, releasing material under the moniker Venice Dawn. Something About April (2009) was a heavy, dark mix of psychedelic soul, and cinematic instrumentals, with hip-hop aesthetics. In spring of 2013, he released “Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics” (Wax Poetics Records), cowritten with William Hart, as well as Twelve Reasons to Die, a concept album with Ghostface Killah on RZA’s imprint, Soul Temple. Since then, he has launched his own record label (Linear Labs), and completed work with Souls of Mischief’s, a sequel to Twelve Reasons To Die, and produced albums for Bilal, and A Tribe Called Quest alumn, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, with whom he is in a real dynamic duo “The Midnight Hour” with…as well as a brand new project, Jazz Is Dead.

I had the honor of checking in with Adrian about the latest project Jazz Is Dead (the first album out is a teaser of what’s to come titled simply 001). We dive into the project, the new label associated with it and how the path to working with many jazz legends, whether from the day or in the now has been getting paved. To me, Adrian is an open-minded individual who wants to keep making the best of music that can be had from where it was at a time to how the conversation can be enhanced in the now for the future generations to take with them as they keep building on. It was an honor just to get to listen to this music, so getting a chance to connect with Adrian, a person I see as a visionary and pioneer, to find out more about how it all went down, is going down and what’s to come, was yet another reason why music is the bridge I try to help build.

Blurred Lined

The second portion of the hump day mixed bag fill-in took the chalk to it and scribbled out it’s plan:

Sight Lines- Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish
Dimahala- Karuna Trio

The Shephard- Chad Taylor Trio
Untethered- Chad Taylor Trio
Copycat II: Follow The Leader- Carla Bley Trio
Life Goes On III: And On- Carla Bley Trio

Friendo- Aaron Parks
Atrium Of Delirium- Thollem
Love In The Age Of Corona- Thollem

Nitte U- JMO

Ohhh Shoots

The first part of this week’s Hump Day mixed bag sorta thang shot up like like a rocket-ship on a secret mission…overnight it was just there:

Fade Away- Smoove &Turrell
King Of The Hill- Thundercat
Snowmobile- Aesop Rock
Frozen Caveman- Aesop Rock
Rat Skull- Aesop Rock

Labyrinth- Emancipator
Psych- Project X
Whirling Sand- Karavan Sarai

***The Hump Day Whack A Bush Session With Mustapha***
Put Your Hand on That Television- Alek Lee
It’s a Dub- Manuel Darquart
Night Rider- Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes Ft. Freddie Gibbs

At Any Time- Kingston Express- Ft. Lutan Fyah
Block Them- Kingston Express Ft. Macka B
Fire Red Hot- Kingston Express Ft. Longfingah
Amenawon- Antibalas

Inside The Sniff

The final portion of this week’s proGram got a close up peek into where that Spring smell comes from:

Blam Blam- Kingston Express Ft. Cheshire Cat
Simao- Victor Rice
Sinkhole- Death By Dub
Burn Down the Place Dub (Victor Rice RMX)- SunDub
Equal Rights- Dr Israel

Happiness- Gilfema
Here Comes The Sun- Al Di Meola

***pre-recoreded conversation with Mr. Al Di Meola***
Octopus’ Garden- Al Di Meola
Norwegian Wood- Al Di Meola

Ma Woule- Paul Beaubrun Ft. Jean Caze
Kay La Mande Wouze- Paul Beaubrun Ft. Trouble Boy & KANIS
Zing Nati Zing- Paul Beaubrun Ft. Jean Caze & Mikaben

Snot Boogie- Scott Brown/David Schlossberg
Soup Stones- Scott Brown/David Schlossberg

Buds Budding

The second portion of the proGram had more to show for itself than just yesterday:

Blame It On The Sugar- Crystal Shawanda
Get Love Intro- The Proven Ones
Get Love- The Proven Ones
Lo Hi Fi- Strange Majik

Over And Over- The Altons
Evil Eye- The Magic Beans
Westside Boogaloo- Cecil Moses & the SGs
Zenpocalypse- Atomga
Congo Conga- J&B Kings

How Sway- Thundercat
Funny Thing- Thundercat
String Stringalings- J Felix

Abuja Sunrise- Speedometer
Time to Slow It Down- Speedometer Ft. Najwa Ezzaher
Funky Amigo- Speedometer

Watching The Changes

The first portion of the proGram had something where nothing once was:

Faint Of Heart- Jarrod Dickenson
Way Past Midnight- Jarrod Dickenson
All In This Together- Coy Bowles
I Don’t Dream Anymore- Logan Ledger
Starlight- Logan Ledger

You’re The One- Raul Midon
The Mirror- Raul Midon
Everybody Wants To Rule The World- Making Movies

Halcyon Blue- Fine Motor
Rise And Shine- The Buttertones
Velour- The Buttertones
Rule My World- Datura4
West Coast Highway Cosmic- Datura4

I’ve Got A Long Way To Go- Andy Frasco & the U.N.

Across The Universe with Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola‘s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set. A retrospective of Al Di Meola’s nearly 50 year acclaimed career is expressed through his latest Ear Music release of March 2020 “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” with his virtuosic arrangements and creative interpretations of 14 Beatles songs with lightning speed electric guitar orchestrations balanced with lavish acoustic arrangements.

I had the honor of scratching off one of those bucket list items while catching up with Mr. Al Di Meola about the new album, “Across The Universe”. We talk about how he turned songs we all know deeply into brand new things, while keeping certain aspects and “Di Meola-fying” other parts. We find out who was harder to work with, Randy Breaker or his daughter and we walk through how “Dear Prudence” went from the one we know into the one that shows up on the new release. I hope you all get to cross off some things you have always hoped to do during these new kind of times, and while you do so, check out this chat and the new album.

Walk With Me

The second half of the hump day mixed jazz(ish) bag walked this way:

Passing Game- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
So New Orleans!- Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Ft. Dr. Brice Miller
Dr. Hardgroove- Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Ft. Khari Lee & Andrew Baham

Rejekt- Troy Roberts
Little Room- Troy Roberts
Algorythm and Blues- Gilfema
Brio- Gilfema

Emaphusheni- Nduduzo Makhathini
Umyalez’oPhuthumayo- Nduduzo Makhathini
Saziwa Nguwe- Nduduzo Makhathini
Suwakaba- Karuna Trio Ft. Adam Rudolph, Ralph M. Jones & Hamid Drake
Joulo- JMO
Hang Ever- JMO

March March Stumble- Thollem

Spring Still Sprouts

The first half of this week’s hump day mixed jazz(ish) bag saw the inches rise:

I’m In Love Again- Alexia Bomtempo
Thriving Ring- Enrique Haneine
Last Lullaby- Day Dream Trio
Vesper- Day Dream Trio

Shockingly Effective- Chris McCarthy
That’s All You Get- Chris McCarthy
P.S.- Antti Lotjonen Ft. Verneri Pohjola, Mikko Innanen, Jussi Kannaste & Joonas Riippa
Pocket Yoga- Antti Lotjonen Ft. Verneri Pohjola, Mikko Innanen, Jussi Kannaste & Joonas Riippa

Always There- Jimmy Greene
Spiral- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Marcus Gilmore & Steve Wilson
A Still Small Voice- Arturo O’Farrell & Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

I Remember

The final portion of this week’s proGram brought back memories of things I remember I like…I think:

Judy- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts & Adam Deitch
Mo’ Crunch- Speedometer
Hit The Deck- Shwizz

The Republic of Persevere- Out of the Ordinary (live at Voodoo Room Mix)
Skyline- The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Ambition Like Cream- Flevans Ft. Scooby Jones

Dear Prudence- Al Di Meola
Revival- Gregory Porter
I Put a Spell On You- Kandace Springs Ft. David Sanborn
Killing Me Softly- Kandace Springs Ft. Elena Pinderhughes
They Took My Hand- Nina Simone
Heaven Belongs To You- Nina Simone

photo by: MBass

What We Need To Nose

The middle portion of the proGram has a lot of information that comes out once you start to move it and groove it.

Quarantine Blues- Mike Zito
Whom My Soul Loves- The Proven Ones Ft. Ruthie Foster
New Orleans Is Sinking- Crystal Shawanda

Going To Kansas City- Eddie Tigner
Every Day of Your Life- Jimmy Johnson Ft. Typhanie Monique
Superhero’s Delight- Cecil Moses & the SGs
Tiger King- Greyhounds
Entertainment- Lexsoul Dancemachine
Chelada- Polyrhythmics

Rile ‘Em Up- The Allergies
Felony- The Allergies
Jane Fonda- The Sweatband
Purify- Izo Fitzroy
Runnin’ Wild- Olivier St. Louis

We Seed You

The first portion of this week’s proGram needs to get the goods in order to grow up strong:

Modern Appalachia- Sarah Siskind Ft. Bill Frisell
Winding Road Reprise- Fireside Collective
Jaded- Jeff Burnham and the Insiders
Capital Crimes- Andrew Bird

Bring It- The Burrito Brothers
**pre-recorded conversation with Chris P. James Of The Burrito Brothers**
Gravity- The Burrito Brothers
Sometimes You Just Can’t Win- The Burrito Brothers

No Expectations- Green Leaf Rustlers (live)
Groove Me- Green Leaf Rustlers (live)

Don’t Be So Shy With Me- Sophie Tassignon
Most Accidents Happen- The Claudettes
They Don’t Say A Word- Victor DeLorenzo

Edge Of Trust- Strange Majik
Here’s The Thing- Sports Team
You Be The Fool- Datura4

The Notorious Burrito Brothers

The Burrito Brothers celebrate an illustrious past while serving up fresh contributions for a bright future. They continue to climb the branches of the “many tall pines” first planted in 1968. Trace the winding paths of Country and Rock & Roll back, you’ll find them there. Anyone who had a heart and ears can tell these guys are world-class musicians and songwriters with one listen. Here they are in the years, carrying on the tradition of classic late-1960s and early ’70s “Hippie Country-Rock” music, expanding its boundaries, always exploring new horizons. Country Rock’s big bang came in Los Angeles in the late ‘60s. In 1968, Ian Dunlop and Barry Tashian started The Flying Burrito Brothers. Then in 1969, with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman at the helm, the group released their classic first LP, “The Gilded Palace of Sin”. Since then the band has carried on, always evolving. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that classic LP. Gram Parsons’ original vision for the band is still going strong. “I just ran 20 red lights in his honor,” says Chris P James. At the beginning of the 1980s the band moved their base of operations from LA to Nashville. At that point the name was shortened to The Burrito Brothers. The band has remained in Nashville ever since. Now, The Burrito Brothers are right on track with a brand new release that is ready cherish the legacy it was build upon.

I had the chance to catch up with lead singer/keyboardist/harmoicaplayer/songwriter for the band, Chris P. James to discuss the brand new album “The Notorious Burrito Brothers”, released last month on The Store For Music/MVD Entertainment. We dissect the few tracks I intend on sharing with the listeners – which leads into a fascinating story behind one of the tunes (“Sometimes You Just Can’t Win”)that comes with the finding of a Gram Parsons handwritten piece. Chris reminds us of the story of the band’s travels and name/lineup changes through all the years, and that easily ties back into the sound of this new album being a reminder of its epic beGinnings in the late 60’s/early 70’s. This album has that feeling of going back there and either reliving some moments or being able to desire them in the first place.

Hump Day Green Spot

The second half of the hump day fill in proGram found the one spot where things have been growing all along:

Wild Life- Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band
The Night You Never Made It Home, Pt. II- Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band
Ooh LA LA- Run The Jewels Ft. Greg Nice & DJ Premier
Unlearning- Evidence

The Possibility of a Dream Coming True- Robotaki
Obelisk- Robotaki
Dodo- Emancipator
Alligator- Emancipator
Qadir- Nick Hakim

Hanging Dub- Augustus Pablo
Hold Firm- Collie Buddz
Slaver (DJ Olive RMX)- Dr. Israel
Tomorrow (Escape Brooklyn Dub)- Dr. Israel
Ready Steady Go- Kingston Express Ft. Earl 16 & Horseman

Garden Of Embers- Karavan Sarai

Hump Day Beats

Did a little pre-recorded hump day fill in proGram with a focus on some new beats and grooves to help get you through…here’s the first half:

Choppa Fiesta- J Felix
Tewali Sukali- Nihiloxica
African Groove- B0nds

Hold On- Little Dragon
I Don’t Care- Ángela Muñoz & Adrian Younge
Introduction- Takahiro Izumikawa
No Satisfaction- Takahiro Izumikawa
Love Has No Heart- Thievery Corporation Ft. Shana Halligan

Ginkgo Biloba- Rone
Atlas- Bicep
Automatic (Tensnake Dub RMX)- Tensnake Ft. Fiora

Genesis- Myki
Precipice- Hector Plimmer
No Mo Dinin- Lily Haz