A tribute to the great Lena Horne, brilliant singer, actress, and pioneering civil rights activist. New releases by John Stein Ron Gill, James Zollar, Allison Miller, Cindy Blackman, Tia Fuller and Pharez Whitted.
An unusually short opening oldies set this week, morphing after the first bumper break into a Transcontinental (thanks, Nails) global skankdown shindig happening everywhere from Tokyo to New York to London before we arrive across the galaxy at Sherwood’s orbital flying party palace to witness the Birth of a Planet ( Russ Garcia delivering the aforementioned healthy bouncing bundle of mountains, oceans and unstable weather). Later in Hour 2, a Melancholy Baby named Kedaco is born (delivered by Little Tempo. Witnesses include chanting weeds, mad Russians, and a jazz DJ named Garrity, among others, all grooving to the El Ovni Mambo. Hour 3 signals a 4(+2)@4 from Top Deck, most of it reissued on West Side. Ernest Ranglin and Alana Davis double-team this week’s Lollipop-in-reruns, and in place of a request ( Desmond Dekker’s This Woman, which we simply didn’t happen to bring this week; see next week) how about these women?… Shiina Ringo, Chara and The Bodysnatchers! After we pass Orion (and The Busters) on the homestretch, we get a Jump Start from the Forest Hillbillies. Hey, they had the cables… va-rooommm!!!
A mixed bag of music for this evening, from the opener of Jimmy McGriff doing an Al Green tune, to new music from Christian Scott, Brazilian music from Kenia, and great tunes from the Stein Brothers, Dexter Gordon, Dinah Washington, and more…
Welcome to another flight of the Rocket Ship… all abo-o-o-o-oard! This week, our ’60s set culminates in a Big Fight (in THIS corner, real-life onetime boxer and longtime pal of The Greatest, Voice Of The People head honcho PRINCEBUSTER!! And in THAT corner, onetime cop, archrival and later friend of Clement Dodd, and Treasure Isle head honcho DUKEREID!!) The bout takes up one entire side of a Blue Beat 45! Then, it’s all eras of ska with cuts by the Ska-Phonics, Derrick Patsy, Bad Manners, The Nails (newly reished on cd by City Beat!) and The Insteps with King Stitt, with Mobtown rounding off the hour. In hour 2, it’s Marc Ribot and Koop. with a double shot of solar vibes, but the night gets cool when the Coconut wafts outa the PA. Later, both Les Baxter and Cal Tjader Love Paris. The 4@4’s a colorful rainbow of ska_ just check the song titles! After an extended Lolli-lick by Bloodvessel and his merry krewe, it’s King Django back-to-back with King 7,
and before the hour’s up, we get a Party At Ground Zero… KABOOOOMMM!!!