Seeds To Grow

The final portion of this week’s proGram knows how to get it where it is needed:

Spanish Castle Magic- Brian Bromberg
Hey Joe- Brian Bromberg
Common Animal- A Love Electric
Six In – Six Out- Ray Russell Ft. Simon Phillips

Red Snapper- Bright Dog Red
Sharper Than A Thumb Tack- Bright Dog Red
Incarnation (Chief Adjuah – Idi of the Xodokan)- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (live)
Busta Jones- Adam Meckler Orchestra (live)

Romp- John Finbury Ft. John Patitucci, Chano Domínguez, Antonio Sanchez & Magos Hererra
Sweet Synergy (Sweet Synergy Suite)- Charles McPherson Ft. Terell Stafford/Jeb Patton/David Wong & Billy Drummond

When I’m Sixty Four- Fred Hersch

And Blow

The middle portion of this week’s proGram is almost completely there…just needed a little help from you.

Fistful of Dollars- Bette Smith
I (Who Have Nothing)- Rachel Modest
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Damaged Heart- The Tibbs
All I Want Is Your Love- Alex Puddu Ft. Rodney Stith

Look at That- Free Radicals Ft. D-Ology
Already Guilty-Free Radicals Ft. Swatara Olushola

Casino & Church- Pigalle Connection
Vandetta James- Pigalle Connection
Poolside Desire- The 7 Day Weekend
Bacano Breeze- The 7 Day Weekend

Respect- Benjamin Koppel
Sing A Simple Song- Benjamin Koppel

Ground Color

The first part of the proGram this week made sure to look down before the steps we take:

The Whale Has Swallowed Me- GA-20 (live)
Tell Me Pretty Baby- GA-20 (live)
Shake Your Money Maker- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band & Dom Flemons Ft. Steve Cropper

Frog’s Hair- Big Joe Shelton
Containment Blues- Anthony Gomes
Bad Habit- Justin Saladino Band (live)
Next In Line- A Band Called Sam
greenarrowradio promo- Eric Johanson

Try Me- Jarrod Dickenson
Make Me Surrender- The Freedom Affair
Scars- Greg Blackman
Come Together- Richard Baratta

Take A Chance On Me- Vanessa Collier
I’m Still At The Bar- Rudy De Anda
Tetrao Urogallus- Tetrao Urogallus
Urquiza- Enrique Nicolas Noviello

Look Don’t Touch

The other half of this week’s maiden voyage proGram of the greenarrowradio spin-off show “The Yellow Light” had a lot of points to make:

Nostalgie- Zazou Bikaye
When You Say Nothing At All- Papa Rosko Ft. Gyptian
Simulation- Death by Dub

Questions (Intro)- L.Teez Ft. Jérôme Dupuis-Cloutier
Hold On- L.Teez Ft. Lea Keeley

Ella’s Song- Resistance Revival Chorus
This Joy- Resistance Revival Chorus

Betty- Dahlia Dumont Ft. The Blue Dahlia
Inexorable- Casamar

Paraphernalia- Temples
Surrender- Will Butler
Bethlehem- Will Butler
I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know- Will Butler

Soul Creature- Laura Rain and the Caesars
Different State of Mind- Laura Rain and the Caesars

In The Talls

The first portion of the new greenarrowradio Autumnal spin-off proGram called “The Yellow Light” showed off some of the berries within the tall grass:

Legend of Equator Village- The 7 Day Weekend
Don’t Hold Back- Alex Puddu Ft. Gene Robinson Jr.
Lizard Brain- Mestizo Beat
The Great Australian Heist- Free Radicals Ft. Bryte

Expatria- Sly5thAve Ft. Thalma De Freitas
Better Than I Imagined- Robert Glasper Ft. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello

Hold Me Up (Extended Mix)- Bob Moses
Ta Que Tiemba (Pachyman RMX)- Buscabulla
Vamono (Ela Minas RMX)- Buscabulla
The Screen Age- Ruthless Cosmopolitans
Golden Eye- Action Bronson

Jungle Warrior- Peter Cor
Naihi- Gerardo Frisina

Peppering The Set

The final portion of this week’s proGram had a little glossy bite to it:

Beethoven Pleads the Fifth- Ezinma
America The Beautiful- Kahil El’ Zabar Ft. Hamiet Bluiett
Endure- Ray Russell Ft. Simon Phillips

Jimi- Brian Bromberg
**pre-recorded conversation with Brian Bromberg**
Foxey Lady- Brian Bromberg
Freedom- Brian Bromberg

Cancion Del Alma- Beboluz
Affirmative- Gangstagrass
Nude Looks- Caithlin De Marrais, Ryan Pope, Post Animal
Giallo Contato- Devil on Parade
Field Modern- Caustic Enzymes

Consequence- Sly5thAve

A Lived Celebration

The middle part of the proGram just took time to know and remember:

Wrong Wrong Wrong- M Ross Perkins
I Can Tell- Greg Blackman
Princess Pouty- Ian Isiah
More Than A Memory- Ben Pirani

You Gotta Love This City- Snooch Dodd and The Pro-Teens
The Iguana- BT ALC Big Band Ft. Eric Krasno, Karl Denson & Alan Evans
Gun Metal Grey- The Budos Band
Gettin’ On- Freekbass

Lucidity (Flow Lab Kid Remix)- Atomga
Rebellion- Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step
El Camino de Caballo- Mesitzo Beat
Hen House Boogie- Mesitzo Beat

Two Faces- Stan Forebee

Nice Ride

The first part of the proGram remember ruling the streets with the biggest of wheels:

Follow- Elliott Park
Go With The Flow- The Frontier Needs Heroes
The Battle Is Over (but the war goes on)- Oliver Wood

Cut You Loose- GA-20 (live)
You Don’t Know How It Feels- Justin Saladino Band (live)
Buried Above Ground- Eric Johanson
Kws- Paul Gillings
greenarrowradio promo- Reverend Freakchild

Humility- Jimmy Chamberlin Complex
Waiting For The Man- Peter Parcek

Love Can Tell- Malaya Blue
Hot Love- Malaya Blue
Good To Ya- A Band Called Sam

Leave Your Hat On- Vanessa Collier

Bromberg Plays Hendrix: Remastered

A half century after his tragic death, Jimi Hendrix remains cemented in place near the top of anyone’s list of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. So why would anyone decided to pay tribute to the iconic axe-man on a full album without a single guitar? The virtuosic bassist and world-renowned producer Brian Bromberg tackled that audacious challenge on his 2012 album “Bromberg Plays Hendrix”, a blistering homage on which Bromberg’s fretless and piccolo basses stand in for the original’s fleet fretwork. Joined only by the in-demand drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bromberg summoned a whirlwind of sound from his four- and five-string arsenal to craft a smoldering set of classics in keeping with Hendrix’s exploratory spirit. A decade after its recording, the album remains dizzying in the virtuosity and visceral power of its musicianship and passion. Brian was happy with the original version of the CD, but after a big studio upgrade and new equipment he wanted to jump back into the project and do a remix/remaster to make the project sound as good as he felt it deserved to sound. On September 18, 2020 a newly remixed and remastered edition will be released digitally by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group.

I had the complete honor of discussing the newly remixed and remastered edition of this epic album with Mr. Bromberg. We got into how the original ideas took shape to make this sort of thing a reality. The absolutely attempt to not try and sound like Jimi Hendirx…because…well…how could anyone, nevermind a bass player. We dive into the heart and soul of how these songs work from the perspective of a listeners, the players behind them as well as someone like me, who likes to get it into people’s ears for the first time. When you or I listen to these songs, there will be that sense of familiar with a head twist to the different, I think it only adds to the already greatness of the music we know and allows something that has been there for us through so many days, into us in a newly imagined way. And With that, Mr. Bromberg and I talk a bit about the changes that were made in his new state of the art studio to make an album you already want to crank up, worthy of going to 11 or 12 on the volume knob. Wee…turn it up man. And what is this about a holiday album…just listen all the way through our chat to find out.

Top Of The Mushroom To Ya

The final portion of this week’s proGram had a view from the top:

Fem Skator- I.P.A.
Barnen- I.P.A.
Helen Of Jazz- Jose Rizo’s Mongorama

Isso É Que Eu Sei- Marcos Valle With Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Guinnevere- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (live at The Blue Note NYC)
Magnificent Madness- Adam Meckler Orchestra (Live In Minneapolis)
The Tao of Heavy D- Adam Meckler Orchestra Ft. Michael B. Nelson (Live In Minneapolis)

The Sound- Thollem
Three Egors- Merema

Something Hidden

The middle portion of the proGram was the spot you could hide along with:

Electricity- Bill Frisell
Baba Drame- Bill Frisell
Hungaria- Rez Abbasi
***pre-recorded conversation with Rez Abbasi***
Diminishing- Rez Abbasi

One For Geoff- Ray Russell
We Go Back a Short Way!- Ray Russell
Metatron’s Cube- Tom Guarna

Crosstown Traffic- Brian Bromberg
Purple Haze- Brian Bromberg

How Long- Cosmic Vibrations Ft. Dwight Trible


The first portion of this week’s proGram was a morning surprise:

Mack the Knife- Ella Fitzgerald (live, Berlin 1962)
Long List Of Troubles- Gregory Porter
Revival Song- Gregory Porter

You Rascal You (I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead)- Loudon Wainwright III
What I Say- The Flying Horse Big Band
Everybody Wear They Mask- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis

Evidence- Teodross Avery
Ugly Beauty- Teodross Avery

Revenge Of The Rabbit- Tomoko Omura
Erasmus- Ellen Andrea Wang

Oriental Folk Song- Chien Chien Lu

Rez Abbasi’s Django-Shift

Guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi is among a rare breed of artists that continue to push boundaries while preserving the traditions he has embraced. Consistently placing on DownBeat’s International Critics Poll alongside luminaries (friend of this proGram) Mr. Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny since 2014, he continues to forge new ground with his many multi-dimensional projects. He has established an enviable reputation over the course of fifteen albums as leader and years of touring internationally: not simply as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also as a musical alchemist with the ability to parlay his continent-crossing range of influences into consistently fresh and innovative compositions and reframings of the tradition. His deep musicality has been applied with equal conviction to contemporary New York acoustic jazz, the Qawwali and Indian Classical traditions of South Asia and the heady fusion sounds of the 1970s, each time applying the filter of his own musical personality to deliver inimitable results. Commissioned in 2019 to present a project on Django Reinhardt by the Freight & Salvage’s Django Festival in California, Rez boldly redefined his engagement by turning the focus away from Django, the codifier of the Sinti guitar vocabulary, and onto Django, the composer.

I had the pleasure of discussion the wonderful new release, “Django-Shift” which was released on August 28th via Whirlwind Recordings with Rez. First off, I always love when the artists I speak with is as energized by the conversation as I am. I could feel that energy when Rez picked up the call. We dive into how the album went from a moment of “Sure, I can play that gig”, to that eureka moment when he realized this should become a project. We talk how it he arranged the pieces for a contemporary trio featuring Neil Alexander on organ and electronics and Michael Sarin on drums. The results offer a fascinating and unique insight into an often overlooked aspect of Django’s genius, his skill as a composer. I think you’ll find that this conversation will lead you to want to give this album a bunch of listens, but it also may assist in opening your ear into the different avenues of many artists you think you love already…that desire to know more about the sound, the style the person or people is something I think Rez’s music, whether this album or one from the past does, it leaves that welcome mat out in from of the house…just knock.

No Thing But

The final part of this week’s proGram rose up to see what’s going on and on and on:

Auntie Anne’s Waitress- Vita and the Woolf
Shoemonk- The Nix Ft. Vula Malinga
Our Sons- Jabee Ft. TRISHES
Shadows- Zero 7

Sign- Roosevelt
Oh My Love (Bob Vylan Remix)- The Skints
Bucciarati- Open Mike Eagle Ft. Kari Faux
Keep That- The Keepaz

Milk Dub- Death by Dub
Tom Sprang- The Wailing Souls

Bakunda Ulu- Jupiter & Okwess
Khona Manje- Vusi Mahlasela
Molaetsa Keo- Vusi Mahlasela
Zimbabwe- Vusi Mahlasela

Unstick The Cracked

The middle portion of the proGram this week could get you unstuck:

Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro
He Is- Laura Rain & the Caesars
Seasons- Laura Rain & the Caesars
Your Sex is Overrated- Fantastic Negrito Ft. Masa Kohama
Pink Skirt- Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Truth- Michelle Sarah
Time Lapse- Monzanto Sound
Osvaldo’s Rebellion- Mestizo Beat

Taking Me Down (DJ Spinna Journey Remix)- The New Mastersounds
Hit the Deck (Doug Gomez Merecumbe Funk Remix)- ShwizZ
Dragonball Durag- Thundercat Ft. Smino & Guapdad 4000

Nickel And Dime Blues- Gangstagrass

Ripe And Ready

The first part of today’s proGram sounded ready when I gave it a good thump test:

Stars Align- Jerry Castle
Prison To Heaven- The Avett Brothers

Cookin’ At Home- Gas House Gorillas
Already Dead- Austin Lucas
No Teasin’ Around- GA-20 (live)
Hole In Your Soul- A Band Called Sam
Down To The Bottom- Eric Johanson
It’s The Monkey Or Me- Lisa Mann
greenarrowradio promo- Malaya Blue
These Foul Walls- Malaya Blue

Are You a Have or Are You a Have Not- Paul Gillings
You And Me- G.E. Smith & LeRoy Bell

Kiss Me Like You Mean It- Bey Paule Band
Give You What You Need- Johnny Rawls