Steps In Track

The final part of this week’s proGram made me think twice about leaving.

The Art of Passion (Hard Swing)- Donald Harrison

Gypsy Song- John Ellis Quartet
Jim Jim- James Zollar
Belleville- Hot Club of Los Angeles
Carlotta’s Galop- Hot Club of Los Angeles

Inception- Gerald Cannon Ft. Dave Kikoski & Lenny White (Live at Dizzy’s Club)

Great Awakening- Garry Dial & Rich DeRosa Ft. Wayne Krantz & Joe Hubbard
All the Things You Are- Kristen R. Bromley
Shiki no Uta- Jun Iida
My Anguish In Solidarity- Jun Iida Ft. Masami Kuroki, Josh Nelson & Jonathan Richards

Wuhoo- Kirsten Edkins
Baile Bailekita- The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective
In Orbit- Adam Schroeder & Mark Masters

Let’s Roll On

The middle parts of this week’s proGram knew it’s no game.

Voodoo Hunter- Larry Manteca
Zombie Mandingo (Trailor Music)- Larry Manteca
Tuareg Road- Larry Manteca
Upendo- Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Tout Petit- RAM
Minha amiga Teodora- Zezinho Noy
To the Moon!- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Midnight Milan- Eric Hilton
Scene One (Acceptance)- Mo Fingaz

Saylo- Seafood Sam
Tu sae- Ana Tijoux Ft. Talib Kweli & Plug 1
No, No, No Pt. 2- Sly5thAve Ft. Jonathan Mones
2 Positions (Sean McCabe Cosmos Dub RMX)- MrMilkDee & Jill Rock Jones
Find Your Peace- Keyon Harrold Ft. Common, Robert Glasper & Jean Baylor


The beGinning part of the show this week were more than play things.

Read My Mind- The Jack Rubies
Attack Of Sound- Volksempfanger
La Maison Du Bonheur- The Royal Family
Chocolat- The Royal Family
Kosmos Klub- Bhajan Bhoy

Surreal Good Fun Exciting- Heather The Jerk
***pre-recorded conversation with Heather The Jerk***
Believe It- Heather The Jerk
Du It Again- Heather The Jerk

Behind The Warrior’s Eyes- Brian Tarquin & Heavy Friends Ft. Jean-Luc Ponty
I Know So- The Kings
greenarrowradio promo- Jennifer Porter
Love on My Brain- Danielle Nicole

Bebaynetu- The Sorcerers
Zum Zum- Orgōne Ft. Mermans Mosengo
Peace For You- Orgōne Ft. Terin Ector
Parasols- Orgōne

Heather The Jerk – Surreal Good Fun Exciting Tape – Tape

After what could have been a great Adult Swim album, “Cable Access TV” from 2021, Heather The Jerk (The Hussy & Proud Parents) is back with 4 new garage rock/punk super fun tracks. Heather the jerk is the solo project of Heather Sawyer based riGht here out of Madison, WI. After playing a few shows HTJ released a 4 song ep titled “The Rick Shitty Sessions” recorded by Rick Freuhling of local bands Fire Heads & Dumb Vision. In between now and then Heather played in a couple touring bands and was pretty busy with that. Fast forward several years and a pandemic later, Heather wrote a bunch of songs and decided to record them all as a full band this time around. Cable Access TV is the result of the recording sessions. Recorded entirely by Graham Hunt at their practice space this last fall, CATV also featured Graham, and friend Tyler Fassnacht on some guitar and bass help. Cable Access TV is the result of some breakups, a pandemic, and smoking up. Now she is back with “Surreal Good Fun Exciting Tape”. The tape is comprised of her and her BF Josh and out now (if physical is still sold out – the digital is not) from Italy’s Goodbye Boozy Records. It was fun to hear how this record came toGether for Heather, what Josh adds to her thang and what is happening on February 17th at the Crystal Corner Bar – what’s this, a birthday show for the Jerk herself….she nEEds that. Check out our catch up chat around the new music below.

Hip Jazz Hop Glass

The final part of this week’s proGram felt like a giant piece of window decoration that made people walking by nod and smile.

Fever- Mid Century Modern
Stolen Moments- Mid Century Modern

Nickel Bags- Digable Planets
***pre-recorded conversation with Doodlebug/Cee Knowledge***
Swoon Units- Digable Planets
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)- Digable Planets

All Saints- Toussaint Morrison
Down With the King- Butcher Brown

Ki moun ou ye- Nathalie Joachim
Flaws- Les Amazones d’Afrique Ft. Mamani Keïta & Fafa Ruffino
Aliso- Manou Gallo
Talk- Reggaddiction Ft. Gisto

Willie Reilly (Eccodek Remix)- The McCades

Glasses Up and Down

The middle part of this week’s proGram tested the wrist.

Things Ain’t Always What They Seem- Chris O’Leary
Lucille- Brad Guitar Wilson
Wake up the Rooster- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Rooster- JJ Grey & Mofro
Let’s Dance- Umphrey’s McGee Ft. Huey Lewis & Jeff Coffin

Backstabber- Philip Sayce
The Wolf- Julien Kasper
King Cake- Julien Kasper

Slappin’ Rods & Leaky Oil- Ronnie and the Savoys
Domino- Ronnie and the Savoys
Made Up Your Mind- MT Jones
Living Proof- Bella Brown & The Jealous Lovers
Worm Rider- mega cat
Good Newts- mega cat

Winger (The Reluctant Cosmonaut Mix)- Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns
Permanent Touch- Thomas Fehlmann

And Spices

The first part of the proGram this week had some extra added into it.

Awakening (Version for Harp Guitar)- Jason Carter
Jezebel (Acoustic)- Eric Krasno

My Golden Years- The Lemon Twigs
Peace Sign- Ride
Rhapsody In Blues (One For Jeff)- Ricky Byrd
Remember A Day- The Fishheads
Egyptian Tomb- The Fishheads

Mosquito!- Nick Manzino

It’s Understood- Handsome Jack
Ain’t Got the Scratch- Texas Scratch
***pre-recorded conversation w/Jim Suhler of Texas Scratch***
I’d Rather Be Lucky Then Good- Texas Scratch
Texas Trio- Texas Scratch

While You Were Gone- Diego Mongue Band

Blue Note’s 85th Anniversary

85 years ago on January 6, 1939, a German-Jewish immigrant and passionate Jazz fan named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session in New York City founding what would go on to become the most iconic and longest-running Jazz label in the world. For 85 years Blue Note Records has represented The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and—after being relaunched by Bruce Lundvall in 1984—has remained the leading label dedicated to documenting today’s vibrant and creatively thriving Jazz scene under the leadership of current President Don Was, who took the helm in 2012. A concert celebrating the 85th anniversary of the longest-running jazz label in the world, called Blue Note Records, will come to Madison, Wisconsin, on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s (WUT’s) Jazz Series. The 90-minute Blue Note Records 85th Anniversary Tour event at Shannon Hall in Memorial Union will feature a collective of jazz stars that includes pianist and musical director Gerald Clayton, alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibraphonist Joel Ross, drummer Kendrick Scott, and bassist Matt Brewer. The collective’s tour performances around the country celebrate the label, which has a history that includes many music styles – including hot jazz and blues to cool jazz, bebop and fusion – and that built the bridge into today’s avant-garde jazz. “Blue Note has been such a wonderful home for the community for incredible musicians, for creativity for all these years,” Clayton said.

The visionary young voices of jazz have long been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records, and The Blue Note Quintet continues the tradition of rising stars of the roster joining forces to celebrate the label’s unparalleled legacy including Out of the Blue, Superblue, New Directions, The Blue Note 7, and The Blue Note All-Stars.

Mr. Gerald Clayton joined Blue Note in 2020 and has released two albums—Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard and Bells On Sand—as well as performing on Blue Note albums by Charles Lloyd, Ambrose Akinmusire, & Bill Frisell.

Mr. Kendrick Scott signed with Blue Note in 2015 and has released three albums for the label—We Are The Drum, A Wall Becomes A Bridge, and Corridors—and appeared on Blue Note albums by Terence Blanchard, Walter Smith III, & the Blue Note All-Stars.

Mr. Joel Ross came to Blue Note in 2019 with the release of KingMaker and has since released Who Am I? and The Parable Of The Poet with his latest album nublues due out in February 2024. He’s been featured on Blue Note albums by Makaya McCraven, Johnathan Blake, Joshua Redman, & Meshell Ndegeocello.

Mr. Immanuel Wilkins released his Blue Note debut Omega in 2020 followed by The 7th Hand in 2022. He is a member of Joel Ross Good Vibes & Johnathan Blake Pentad and was part of the Leonard Cohen tribute band Here It Is.

I had the honor of checking in quick with Mr. Clayton about this historic event and what someone in attendance will be in community with in Madison on January 26th at the Wisconsin Union Theater. We took a walk through how these artists will be working together as they play original tunes, some versions of Blue Note artists works and ‘surprises’ that will be welcoming individuals to feel this music. As good as the concept of this show sounds, I firmly believe this is a group that is poised to be discussed well after the fact as an event that united people with shared stories of records they used to spin and new music they are now going to seek. I would have been remiss not to talk a little about how spending time with and working with both Mr. Roy Hargrove & friend of the program Mr. Billy Childs added some new edges and ideas, as well as friendship. This is the kind of thing that will also be felt here in Madison on the 26th. Digg.

Whatsup With Cee Knowledge

Cee Knowledge, better known as Doodlebug of the Grammy winning hip-hop jazzified topic spittin’ trio Digable Planets, adopted the moniker Cee Knowledge while studying at Howard University. Cee-Know grew up in a city full of musical traditions from the cosmic jazz of the Sun Ra Arkestra to the new Philly soul of Bilal and Musiq Soulchild and that ground-breaking hip-hop force that is The Roots and Eve. He also forged that Cosmic Funk Orchestra combining and united jazz & hip hop artists from Delaware & Philadelphia. We all know about the genre-crossing star falling to Earth sounds of Digable Planets but that vision didn’t stop when DP stopped making music for some time, that same energy brought creative forces like Roy Ayers, Sun Ra Arkestra & friend of the proGram, Ladybug Mecca toGether to remix some CFO tracks. A winner of the NAACP image aways and a Sony Innovators award. I call him a friend.

I had the chance to set up a long overdue hanG with Cee recently to go over so many things that have been happening. First off we touch on why it was I saw my Digable Planets fam on my TV?! CBS hosted a Grammy salute to 50 years of Hip Hop and so many of the legends were there to honor, be honored and help build off the past. We got a chance to talk about the music and the feels of then and now of 30 years of their ‘Reachin” album. We both were astonished at how some of the ‘topical’ talk of then is still relevant today, and out on tour, how the crowds are filling up the spaces with diversity of all peoples’ is represented. One of the main reasons I wanted to catch up w/Cee this time around was his dippin’ his toe into Co-authorship on a graphic novel entitled: The Epic of the Heaven and Earth Association. We go from how this idea kinda developed with his love of comics, developed over time and is now almost to the point of another edition. There’s also a podcast and you can subscribe here. Cee details how the view from the lens in this podcast is not from the humans on Earth as we know them. Get heavy with this. of course our time toGether would not be complete without talking NBA hoops, especially where our rival teams are currently sitting in the division and who is ballin’ that we respect. Always a classic(ish) time with Cee & G.

Texas Scratch

Blues-rock band Texas Scratch released its new self-titled album on Quarto Valley Records. Texas Scratch is made up of three born-and-bred Texas guitarists, Jim Suhler from Dallas, Buddy Whittington from Fort Worth & Vince Converse from Houston. This mighty threesome of big dog guitar slingers takes no prisoners when it comes to red-hot guitar performances, both live and in-studio. This trio of six-string guitar beasts are accompanied on the album by drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Nathaniel Peterson. Their combined efforts have resulted in a debut album consisting of fiery, passionate guitar licks everywhere you turn, soaked in the blues and kicked in the ass by the blues-rock they all love to play. Some of the song titles on the album alone lets the listener know what they are in for – What the Devil Loves, Trip Hammer, Showdown and Louisiana Cock Fight – give a few clues as to what to expect musically. But the album is far from just a six-string shootout or shredding contest between top gun guitarists; the 9 total songs on the album feature 7 original songs written by a combination of Suhler, Whittington & Converse with killer arrangements, passionate vocals, tight ensemble playing, & clever lyrics. Suhler’s & Simon’s day jobs are longtime members of George Thorogood and the Destroyers,in fact, Mr. Simon is an original member of The Destroyers (he co-founded the band with Thorogood in 1973) and Suhler has been a Destroyer since 1999. Suhler is also a founding member of the band Monkey Beat since 1991. Whittington recorded/toured with blues legend John Mayall for 15 years before heading off to an acclaimed solo recording/touring career in 2008 that continues to this day. Converse made his bones with heavy blues-rock power trio Sunset Heights, touring with acts like Johnny Winter, Peter Green, Fats Domino, & Kenny Wayne Shepherd. A devoted blues musician, he now kicks ass with his band, Vince Converse and Big Brother. And Nathaniel Peterson was a member of Savoy Brown. For one reason or another through the years this HOTT blues album never got to see the light of day. That didn’t stop the stories from spreading throughout the music world about what a tremendous album it was. Recorded in October 2009, the album’s release took 14 long years to finally see the light of day as the musicians initially got together in New Jersey to jam and lay down each other’s tracks at the legendary Showplace Studios in Dover, NJ. The album was recorded in four days and produced by the late, great Ben Elliott.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Jim Suhler to get down and dirty into the new self titled album from Texas Scratch. We talk about songwriting and songs, dissect a couple of tracks including ‘I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good, which he co-wrote with Tom Hambridge. We discussed the choices of stretching out tunes in a live setting and sometimes not. It is clear where some of the influences of this music seem to come from, we do mention some of the pivotal music that helped shape Texas Scratch and most obviously, ZZ Top. Jim even shares an incredible tale of how Billy F. Gibbons officiated his wedding! By the end of the chat, I was very interested to hear what tune from the new record he would chose to build a setlist around and what other tunes/artists he’d combine to build that set. Always insightful and this was no less. At the time of this call, the Dallas Cowboys & Green Bay Packers had yet to play their playoff game, we share a quick ‘good luck’ to each other, and he once again, has a story of meeting some leGends of the game down in big D.

Light Of Day

The final part of this week’s proGram reflected & refracted to move around.

I Shall Be Released- Nikki Armstrong
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy- Nikki Armstrong & WLB (Live At The Turning Point Cafe 4/23/2005)
Piece of My Heart- Erma Franklin

Human- Bette Smith
Southern Gul- Erykah Badu
Lint of Love- Cibo Matto

Third Stone from the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say- Gary Clark Jr. (Live)

T.U.S.A.- Masters of Reality
Gimme Water- Masters of Reality
Take Me With You- Morphine
Get In Get Out- Randall Bramblett
Love You Too- Cornershop

Shine On Through

The middle part of this week’s proGram translated the glow into inspirations.

That’s All Right, Mama- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (Live 7/5/73 Lion’s Share)
Zillionaire- Rob Wasserman Ft. Jerry Garcia & Edie Brickell

I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man- Peter Green with Nigel Watson Splinter Group
Mississippi- Bob Dylan
Praise the Lord and Pass the Snakes- Hot Tuna (Live)

Little Miss Strange- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Long Hot Summer Night- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Rainy Day, Dream Away- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Bold As Love- Pretenders
Crosstown Traffic- Living Colour
Dearest Darling- Bo Diddley

What’s He Building- Tom Waits

Ice For A Cozy Up

The first part of this week’s proGram was a warming up blanket for the sore & tired.

Ripchord- Larry Keel Ft. Sam Bush
The Buzzards Was Their Friend- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks (live)

Slacabamorinico- Tommy Talton
Give a Little Bit (Tribute to Levon Helm)- Tommy Talton
Cold, Cold World- Floyd Miles Ft. Gregg Allman & Edgar Winter
Blind Bats and Swamp Rats- Gregg Allman

Killing Yourself On Purpose- Scrapomatic
I Know- The Derek Trucks Band (Live)
Rastaman Chant- The Derek Trucks Band (Live)
Cabbage- Yonrico Scott Ft. Col. Bruce Hampton & Rev. Jeff Mosier

Where Too

The final part of this week’s proGram had the arrows out with all directions covered.

Liquid Angels- Liquid Soul
Nothing But Net- Liquid Soul
Hardgroove- The RH Factor
Keep Talkin’- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Amp Fiddler & Tracy Nicole
Cool About It- Mr. Fiddler

Mystery- Miles Davis
Blow- Miles Davis w/Easy Mo Bee
Young Blood- M1 Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band Ft. Dead Prez & Blackbyrd McKnight
Relaxin’ At Camarillo (August 29)- Meshell Ndegeocello & Charlie Parker

Bus Ride- Reuben Wilson
Soul Special- Andrew Hill

Icy Switch

The times and dates don’t matter – the groove of the proGram took the cool of it and made it move.

Tropicalia- Dr. Lonnie Smith Ft. David Fathead Newman
Godchild- Steve Yeager
Gone- Stefon Harris & Blackout

I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door I’ll Get It Myself)- Grant Green
Upshot- Grant Green (Live at the Antibes Jazz Festival on July 18, 1970)

The Bird Wave- Jimmy McGriff
Groovin’ for Mr. G- Richard Groove Holmes
Hunk O’ Funk- Brother Jack McDuff
‘Round Town- Elvin Jones

Ice Of A Start

The beGinning parts of this week got off to an icy get go, but the music had to be set free to the slickness.

I Can Smell That Funky Music- Eric Mercury
Midnight at the Oasis- Pleasure
I Am Somebody Part 2- Johnny Taylor
I Got to Be Myself- The Rance Allen Group

Blast!- Marcus Miller
Higher Ground- Marcus Miller
Unchain My Heart (Part 1)- John Scofield
Legalize It- MSMW

Thank You- Melvin Sparks
Pick Up the Pieces- Melvin Sparks
Ice Cream Sammich (Remastered)- Skeebo Knight Ft. Chuck Leavell
Rat Fight- mega cat

That Sparkle

The final part of this week’s proGram had a certain somethin’ in that glow deptartment.

Punch- Ron Horton Ft. John O’Gallagher & Marc Mommas
Angular Logic- Rich Halley

Cañaveral En Llamas- Kenneth Jimenez Ft. Gerald Cleaver, Angelica Sanchez & Hery Paz
Trio Mengi- Anni Kiviniemi
As of Now- DIVR
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 42- The Gurdjieff Ensemble & Levon Eskenian

Pine Needles- Garry Dial & Rich DeRosa Ft. Mike Stern
Pluto Language- Garry Dial & Rich DeRosa Ft. Dick Oatts, Victor Provost, Anne Drummond, Mauricio Zottarelli
A-440- Garry Dial & Rich DeRosa Ft. Jeff Berlin

Aye- Muriel Mwansa Mwamba
Trails & Temptations- Muriel Mwansa Mwamba