This week’s opening oldies set mutates into a tribute to Ringo (both Starr AND Shiina!) with the Skatalites and TSPO providing musical backing. Sherwood spins 2 more Shiina tunes, Mastretta’s lo-o-o-ongie First Exit, and heads for Adelaide by way of Bill Evans and Eddie Costa. Then a 4(+1) at 4 featuring 1st-generation ska from outside Jamaica… with Ska in both the lyrics and song title! Lollipop Week 35 is sung by German Heidi Bachert.
New music from Bill Heid, Nancy Harms, Ben Allison. Old music from Ike Quebec and Dexter Gordon. Classic stuff from Duke Ellington, Anita O’Day w/Gene Krupa, Slim Gaillard, and the Delta Rhythm Boys. And more….
The old-old-oldies set kicks off with a band normally known as the Church Street Five, who backed, among others, Gary US Bonds. They also recorded as Baby Earl and the Trini-Dads when dabbling in Ska, which they do here quite energetically! What follows is a lively mix of Jamaican and international first-generation ska.
In Hour 2, Sherwood gives us the Waters of Minnetonka according to Stanley Black, an 18th-century Penny Lane, spooky business that there wasn’t time for last week (and besides, there’s a Friday the 13th this month_ yaayyyy!), and two Shiina Ringo goodies. The 4-at-4 is all German Ska-Ska-Skandal bands that begin with the letter B, and we have our first movie action-hero Lollipopper in Steven Seagal, teaming up with Lt. Stitchie!
Talented guitar player and gypsy jazz artist John Jorgenson called in, talking about his sound and his upcoming show at the Dakota. I also played something from an Argentine jazz group, as well as new music from Roger James, Joey deFrancesco, and more….