Tribute to Bernard Vitet (1934-2013)

Summertime! with our “new best friends” Lynn & Johnalynn…

Episode #413 the midsummer Exotica special

DJ Danny Sigelman fills in for the voiceless Blanche

7/4 in a nutshell…

Jamaica’s Studio One house band the Soul Bros. were decades too early to have named their album Hot Shot in honor of the Granite Mountain fire crew who lost 19 of their 20 members battling the Yarnell blaze, but their loss is a loss for us all, so on went the title cut “Hot Shot” in their memory, to kick off this week’s RSST on a somber note, followed up by Bob Andy reminding us of what life could be. Roland Alphonso then picked up the pace with “Tall in the Saddle” and we were off to the races. The smart money was on Byron Lee and his Dragonaires taking “I Won’t Let You Go” for a track time of 2:13 for the win. Dawn Penn placed in second at 2:19 with “Why Did You Lie”, and showing up in third was Laurel Aitken, riding “Go Gal Go” to the finish line in 2:24. Emil Richards kicked off Sherwood’s Planet this week with his Stones calendar-album track “Ruby (July)” and Hal Blaine’s July tune will air next week. Steve Turre introduced our ears to Graciela Perez singing “Ayer lo vi Llorar” while George Russell and his orchestra went long with the 13:11 “Dimensions” from their Decca release Jazz in the Space Age. Quincy Jones and Benny Carter also displayed longevity with tracks from Journey to Next. Jones, Carter and Dizzy Gillespie are all represented by tracks on this Lightyear cd release of pre-existing music around which animated films were crafted, exactly the opposite of how a “soundtrack” usually comes into being. Sherwood hasn’t played Teebs in some time, but now that we’ve got Ardour in our collection, you’ll be hearing more of this guy, more frequently… space out! August Darnell, with his Aural Exciters, crafted one of the weirdest “Lollipops” we’ve ever heard and the Home Stretch kicked off with it. The 5@5:05 went Japanese, and locals The Dropsteppers, The Prizefighters and Umbrella Bed were hot on the heels. “The End” segued into absolute Madness (well, Dangermen) as the Morning Blend was having some trouble getting brewed on time this week… shame and scandal! And speaking of Madness, ain’t “Oui Oui Si Si… “ just the coolest? Tune in… and stay tuned!

More African female voices, from Ethiopia open our show today, before moving on to the recent visits from Femi Kuti and Amadou & Mariam and another preview of the upcoming show with Vieux Farka Toure’.

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I had some guests today. Larry McDonough and Richard Terrill stopped by to talk about their appearance at Blackbear Crossings as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Fest. During the last 1/2 hour, young pianist Will Kjeer came by to talk about the Dakota Combo, headlining the Youth Stage at the festival. Also played tunes from other artists appearing at the festival. The 45 rpm Single of the week was Blues for Trombones, by JJ Johnson & Kai Winding on Savoy, from 1954.