Archive for October, 2010

la explosion

October 25, 2010

Chucho Valdés is in New England this week for a couple of concerts. He’s playing with the Afro-Cuban Messengers, one of the jazz quartets he’s been working with over the last three decades or so. Next stop: the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College tomorrow night, 7pm.

This is a good video for some background:


playlist #132 (10/25/10)-walk around the globe

October 25, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #132 – Walk around the globe
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Alabina: Lolole (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood) / Rhythms in Common / World Market 26764 – (SPAIN/ISRAEL)
Strune: Zlestoko / Traditional Music from Macedonia / ARC Music 2307 – (BALKANS)
Irakere & Chucho Valdés: La Explosion / Afro-Cuban Jazz Now / Blue Note Records 31378 – (CUBA)
R’nBesk: Bitte Versteh / Muhabbet / Sony 82876814622 – (TURKEY/GERMANY)
New York Malagasy Orkestra: Lalana / Masoala / Cinq Planètes 17.126 – (NY CITY/MADAGASCAR)
Rita Marley: Who Is Your Neighbour / Harambe / Shanachie 43010 – (JAMAICA)
Owsin Chin Behilia: Sigi Traha e Bom / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO)
Mike Manieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet: All In A Row / Trinary Motion (Live in Europe) / NYC Records 6042 – (USA)
Galactic: Katey vs. Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Cheb Bilal: Nif Ou El Hemma / Nif Ou Lhama / Royal Music 29750 – (ALGERIA)
Balval: Kames? / Le Ciel Tout Nu (the naked sky) / Whaling City Sound 53 – (FRANCE)
Joan Soriano: Mi último llanto / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Marta Topferova: Mi Poema / Sueño Verde / Circular Moves 7014 – (NY CITY/CZECH REPUBLIC)
Frank Vignola: Swing 49 / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
Burhan Öçal & Jamaaldeen Tacuma: Groove alla Turca / PRI’s The World presents Global Hits / Public Radio International 7001 – (TURKEY/USA)
Baco Hiriz Band: Lover / Baco Hiriz Band / BHB 2010 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
Emad Sayyah: Belly Belly Belly / Modern Bellydance From Lebanon / ARC Music 2303 – (LEBANON)
2raumwohnung: Sexy Girl / Kommt Zusammen / it sounds 8547 – (GERMANY)
Yannick: Ces Soirées La (Oh, What a Night!) / Cover The World / Putumayo 208 – (FRANCE)
V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley: The Scalding Rain / Sleepless Nights / World Village 468097 – (INDIA/USA)
Ana Moura:  Como Uma Nuvem No Céu / Leva-Me Aos Fados / World Village 468099 – (CZECH REPUBLIC/USA)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & the Quintette of the Hot Club of France / 2009 – (MADE IN VT)
Ruben Blades: Dime / The Best / Sony 80718 – (PANAMA/USA)
Rokia Traoré: Tounka / Tchamantché / Emarcy 530785 – (MALI)

walk around the world

October 25, 2010

This week’s World of Music is a non-thematic journey through new recordings from Macedonia, Curaçao, India and beyond. Vibes man Mike Manieri has a new release, recorded live in Europe – Trinary Motion also features guitarist Marmix Busstra and a great band. We’re not quite done with the cover tunes yet, the last two shows have been dedicated to world music cover tunes and we have a couple more to share including an Israeli/Spanish cover of the Animals’ Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.

World of Music is a fearless trek of blues, poetry, jazz, and international music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.


October 18, 2010

I’d never heard this version of Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” until recently when I was doing a little digging to find some good international cover tunes to play on the show. I grew up listening to Dolly Parton (“Coat of Many Colors” is still a favorite) but it never really occurred to me to think of her as soulful.  Until now.

This is kind of a goofy, psychedelic video – but listen. Just listen.

playlist #131 (10/18/10)-under the covers, pt. 5

October 18, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #131 – More great international covers of tunes we know and love.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Tiempo Libre (covering Bach): Olas de Yemayá (on Bach’s Prelude in C major) / Bach In Havana / Sony Classical 88697 – (CUBA)
Diego Peláyez (covering the Beatles): Drive My Car / Melosofias / BMG 74321641222 – (VENEZUELA)
Natacha Atlas (covering Screamin’ Jay Hawkins): I Put A Spell On You / Ayeshtem / Mantra 1024 – (EGYPT)
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (covering the Beatles): Strawberry Fields Forever / Rey Azucar / Sony Discos 81596 – (ARGENTINA)
El Pollito de California (covering Tom Jones): No es nada extraño (It’s Not Unusual) / Perversiones Flamencas / Zomba Records 9221212 – (SPAIN)
Aswad (featuring Sting): Invisible Sun / Roots Revival / ARK 21 186810042 – (JAMAICA)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Dolly Parton (covering Bob Dylan): Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door / Heavenly / Shanachie 64098 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Cassandra Wilson (covering Bob Dylan): Lay Lady Lay / Closer To You / Blue Note Records 5099696087 – (USA)
The Lost Fingers (covering Technotronic): Pump Up The Jam / Lost In The 80s / Sony Music 88697556082 – (QUÉBEC)
Les Go (covering Hall & Oates): I Can’t Go For That / Cover The World / Putumayo 208 – (IVORY COAST)
Wasis Diop (covering The Talking Heads): Once In A Lifetime / Toxu / Mercury 14558198 – (SENEGAL)
Baba Yaga (covering the Beatles): Back In The USSR / Baba Yaga / Fono Records (N/A) – (IRELAND/HUNGARY/RUSSIA)
Nguyên Lê (covering Jimi Hendrix): Purple Haze / Purple / ACT Records 9410 – (VIETNAM/FRANCE)
Punjabi By Nature (covering KC & the Sunshine Band): That’s The Way (I Like It) / Jmpn For Joy / PBN 1002 – (INDIA)
Cedella Marley Booker & Taj Mahal (covering Bob Marley): Three Little Birds / World Playground / Putumayo 154 – (JAMAICA)
Luna Itzel: Besame Mucho / Frida: La Música Que Acompañó Sus Pasiones / Global e Rack 13217 – (MEXICO)
De Dannan (covering Queen): Hibernian Rhapsody / Hibernian Rhapsody / Shanachie 78005 – (IRELAND)
¡Cubanismo! (covering Bob Marley): Could You Be Loved / ¡Mucho Gusto! / Hannibal 1461 – (CUBA)
Freddie McGregor: Black & White / Reggae For Kids / RAS Records 3095 – (JAMAICA)
Tom Jobim: Wave / Tom Jobim / Sem Limite 73145487642 – (BRAZIL)
Mary Lee’s Corvette (covering Bob Dylan): Tangled Up In Blue / Blood On The Tracks / (Label name N/A)  – (USA)
Albert Pla (covering Lou Reed): El Lado Más Bestia de la Vida (Take A Walk On The Wild Side) / Perversiones Flamencas / Zomba Records 9221212 – (SPAIN)
Soweto Gospel Choir (covering U2): Pride (In The Name Of Love) / In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 826663 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Sunshiners (covering Supertramp): Take The Long Way Home / Sunshiners / BMG 21074 – (OCEANIA)
Kermit Ruffins (covering Johnny Nash): I Can See Clearly Now / Livin’ A Tremé Life / Basin Street Records 107 – (N’AWLINS)


October 17, 2010

We had so much fun on last week’s World of Music playing international cover versions of popular songs, we’re going to do it again this week in part five of the occasional series “under the covers”.

Listen in for twisted flamenco versions of Tom Jones’ “No es nada extraño” (It’s Not Unusual), and Lou Reed’s “El Lado Más Bestia de la Vida” (Take a Walk on the Wild Side) – along with groups from Senegal, Oceania, and Vietnam covering everything from Bach to Jimi Hendrix.

World of Music is a fully covered patchwork of blues, poetry, jazz, and international music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

playlist #130 (10/11/10)-under the covers, pt. 4

October 11, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #130 – It’s getting chilly. Sounds like it’s time to warm up with another installment of the popular ‘under the covers’ series! Featuring great cover versions of tunes we know and love.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry:  Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA/SENEGAL)
Stochelo Rosenberg (covering Stevie Wonder): I Wish / Ready’n Able / Iris Music 3001891 – (NETHERLANDS)
Toots & The Maytals (covering Stevie Wonder): Higher Ground / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
Tony Allen (covering U2): Where The Streets Have No Name / In The Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 826663 – (NIGERIA)
Coco Freeman (featuring U2): I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Rhythms del Mundo / Hip-O Records 7891 – (CUBA)
Lailo (featuring Gloria Gaynor): Yo Vivire (I Will Survive) / Sexy Latin Beats / Azucar Entertainment 90011 – (USA)
Los Destellos (covering Beethoven): Para Elisa / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Miriam Jarquín & Blues Latino:  Autumn Leaves / No Hay Palabras / 2005 – (COSTA RICA)
Grandpa Elliott: This Little Light of Mine / Sugar Sweet / Playing for Change 31841 – (USA)
Oslo Gospel Choir: Vaer Meg Naer (Kumbayah) / Salme Skatt / FX CD 272 – (NORWAY)
Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band w/Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown: St. James Infirmary / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)
Ana Cañas (covering Dylan): Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 / Amor e Caos / Sony 88697182782 – (BRAZIL)
Seu Jorge (covering Bowie): Life on Mars? / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / Hollywood Records 62494 – (BRAZIL)
Kruno: Puttin’ On The Ritz / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / Gypsy Jazz Distributions 2006002 – (SERBIA)
The Puppini Sisters: It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing / The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo / Verve 10416 – (USA)
Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion (covering Beethoven): Salsa No. V / Classic Meets Cuba / Sony 93090 – (CUBA)
La Fragua (covering the Beatles): Eleanor Rigby / De los Andes a los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Easy Star All-Stars featuring Frankie Paul (covering the Beatles): Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Discos CNR 21622 – (USA/JAMAICA)
Sunshiners (covering Duran Duran): Notorius / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter a Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Marcia Griffiths: Sea of Love / Truly / Heartbeat 11661 – (JAMAICA)
Shinehead (covering Sting): Jamaican in New York / Sidewalk University / Elektra 61139 – (JAMAICA)
Inner Circle (covering the Police): Bed’s Too Big Without You / Spirits in the Material World / Shanachie 45067 – (JAMIACA)
The Denver Dub Collective (covering Prince): When Doves Cry / Purple Dub / 2009 – (USA)
Easy Star All-Stars (covering Pink Floyd): Us and Them / Dub Side of the Moon / Discos CNR 21606 – (USA)
Ska Cubano: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) / Ay Caramba! / Cumbancha 1 – (CUBA)
Jim Carrey: Cuban Pete / The Mask / Columbia 66207 – (USA)
Tukuleur (covering Toto): Africa / Cover the World / Putumayo 208 – (SENEGAL)

getting cozy

October 10, 2010

With the cooler temps and chilly breezes off the Lake these days I thought it was about time for another in our occasional ‘under the covers’ series.

These week’s World of Music features international covers of everything from the Beatles and Dylan, to Beethoven and Prince and classics like the swinging tunes, “Besame Mucho” and “Cuban Pete”. If the recent bright fall sunshine isn’t quite enough to keep you warm, the dancing this show inspires sure will!

World of Music is a comforting, wool sock/hot apple cider autumn cocktail of blues, poetry, jazz, and international music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.


October 10, 2010

Excerpted report from a friend who attended Pat Metheny’s “Orchestrion” concert this past Tuesday evening at Burlington’s Flynn Center:

” … it was incredible! Initially I was just taken aback by his acoustic guitar playing and then hollow-body guitar playing (his ability to solo forever and outline complex changes is really second to none.) He also busted out what he calls a “picasso guitar”, it had a harp and two other sets of strings besides the main 6, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Following that, I don’t even know what to say about how cool his whole Orchestrion setup and Suite of music he wrote for it was. I pretty much had my jaw dropped the whole time as he controlled an entire orchestra through his guitar! And I’m still trying to replay the show in my head and figure out what everything was! Anyway, it was an amazing experience…”


in autumn

October 10, 2010

Vermont autumns are a colorful symphony of overflowing farmer’s markets, busy roadside general stores (every little town seems to have one) and the last of the outdoor music before the season knuckles down for real and frigid winds drive even the most resolute folks inside.

It goes beyond the classically quaint red maple/white steeple charm of every New England calendar you’ve ever seen. It’s a feeling. It’s everywhere. And it’s joyous on the wholly visceral level of warm pumpkin pie, woodsmoke in the evening air, and waterfalls of golden leaves falling on your shoulders during a walk in the woods.

Recent roadtrips recently have included visits to the thriving Montpelier farmer’s market (Saturdays summer through October), the Stowe Farmer’s market (mid-May through mid-October), and the historic, always entertaining general store/café in Rochester (where Robert Frost famously frequented the soda fountain in the summer heat).

I’ve heard everything from Celtic harp and flute duets to edgy Americana bluegrass played by local groups whose livelihood is closely tied to the farmer’s market culture here. While the markets are certainly about fresh, locally-cultivated fruits and vegetables they’re also about local art and friends and neighbors getting together once a week just for fun.

Enjoy all that the season has to offer, and do tell me about your favorite fall places to visit.

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