This week’s highlights: a first-hour salute to the late Byron Lee’s Dynamic label and its roster of fine ska-tists, the long and short of it on Sherwood’s Planet, and yet another 4(+3)-in-a-row Bucket Hingley (Moon, Ska Satellite, Megalith founder) tribute in anticipation of his band The Toasters’ 10/22 appearance at Triple Rock. Barbie Gibbidyup Gaye’s pioneering Lollypop (see LOTW week 1) gets reprised, just to remind y’all who set the ball rolling back in ’56.
It’s the pledge drive edition of Rhythm Grooves, with music from resident artists like Easy Company, The Dakota Combo, and Connie Evingson, new music from Gerald Wilson, and Laurence Hobgood Kurt Welling, as well as classic jazz from Anita O’Day, Horace Silver, and Fats Waller, and more…..
This week, the soundtrack to Hour 1’s trip across the skalaxy is provided by a collection of sides produced by Arthur Duke Reid, many of which saw release on his Treasure Isle label. Sherwood drops the diamond on some old 12 black wax he brought in, resulting in a short set ranging from Edmundo Ros to Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith to onetime Kenton arranger Johnny Williams. Then he trains his CD laser on the likes of Pete Rugolo, Tom Waits and Stock, Hausen Walkman. Aahh, Funn is indeed good! 4(+2) choice German ska cuts lead off Hour 3, and Lollipopper Of The Week Betka Stankova libis Bob more than 30 years after Yvonne Prenosilova did.
An interview with Tony Dagradi, of Astral Project, the best contemporary jazz band in New Orleans, as well as tunes from Coltrane, Allen Toussaint, and a new one from Charlie Shoemake/Terry Trotter Quartet.