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playlist #102 (2/15/2010)-mardi gras

February 15, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #102 – Mardi Gras time, we’re serving up a down South gumbo of zydeco, cajun, dixie, mambo, and more…
Listen to 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)
James & Troy Andrews: Bourbon Street Parade / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)
Louis Armstrong: Basin Street Blues / Blueberry Hill / Milan 35617 – (N’AWLINS)
Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Down By The Riverside / Deep River: The Spirit of Gospel Music in Jazz / Riverwalk Jazz 8 – (SAN ANTONIO, TX)
Kermit Ruffins: Drop Me Off In New Orleans / Every Day Is A Holiday / Basin Street Records 703 – (N’AWLINS)
South Froggies: Basin Street Blues remix 07 / Nu Jazz Factory / Blue Flame 39850942 – (GERMANY)
Chris “Candyman” Ardoin: Good Good / Alter Ego / NuStep4Lyfe 87066 – (N’AWLINS)
Cedric Watson: La Vielle Chanson de Mardi Gras / Cedric Watson /Valcour Records 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Ramsey McLean & The Survivors with Charmaine Neville: Drink Jax Beer / City of Dreams / Rounder 11661-2196 – (N’AWLINS)
The Meters: Jambalaya / Good Old Funky Music / Rounder 2104 – (N’AWLINS)
Rick Trolsen: The Original Dixieland One Step / Sunrise on Bourbon Street / Lort Records 403 – (N’AWLINS)
Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos: Some of These Days / Hotel Child / Ao! Records 33 – (N’AWLINS)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now / Ears To The Wall / Mammoth Records 142 – (N’AWLINS)
Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras in New Orleans / New Orleans Piano / Atlantic Jazz 7225 – (N’AWLINS)
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas: I’m In Love / Zydeco / Putumayo 160 – (N’AWLINS)
Irma Thomas: Sweet Touch of Love / City of Dreams / Rounder 11661-2196 – (N’AWLINS)
Russell Batiste & the Orkestra from da Hood: Greetings from the Orkestra / The Clinic / RBJ 71944 – (N’AWLINS)
Gumbo: Alligator / Never Tell Me To Quit / Wild Rose 2009 – (OREGON)
Fats Domino: Walkin’ To New Orleans / The Genius of Dave Bartholomew / EMI 80184 – (N’AWLINS)
Otra: Con Otra in New Orleans / Todo Pa’La Gente / Otra 2004 – (N’AWLINS)
Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball and Tracy Nelson: Sing It / Legends of New Orleans / Blue Marble 2 – (N’AWLINS)
Johnny Adams: Body and Fender Man / Room With A View Of The Blues / Rounder 2059 – (N’AWLINS)
Los Hombres Calientes: Carnival (Havana) / Vol. 5 – Carnival / Basin Street Records 206 – (N’AWLINS)
Los Vecinos: A-Train Mambo / P’Aqui P’Alla / Category Seven Records 2002 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. John: Goin’ Back To New Orleans / Goin’ Back To New Orleans / Warner 26940 – (N’AWLINS)
Nueva Manteca: When The Saints Go Marching In – Cuban Comparsa / Congo Square-Tribute to New Orleans / (demo CD) – (N’AWLINS)
The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band: I’ll Fly Away / Down In New Orleans / Time Life 9548 – (ALABAMA)

when it’s party time down south

February 14, 2010

Mardi Gras comes once a year, and while that’s hardly the only reason for partying in the Crescent City these days (go, Saints!) it’s reason enough for this week’s World of Music to join the fun!

Like we need an excuse.

On the eve of the big event we’ll take a second-line stroll down Bourbon Street with N’Awlins natives Kermit Ruffins, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. We’ll stop off for visits with the Nevilles, the Marsalises, and the Flying Neutrinos, and hear from Germany’s South Froggies in a hip new mix of the Basin Street Blues.

World of Music is a krewe-hopping, bead tossing, Quatuor Français jambalaya of blues, poetry, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

And all dat jazz.

day for a parade

March 1, 2009


pre-parade drum circle on Church St.

pre-parade drum circle on Church St.

Bright, clear, and very, very ‘crisp’ (that’s typically circumspect New England-ese shorthand for ‘marrow-freezing cold‘) – yesterday was a remarkable difference of about 35 degrees from Friday’s highs in the 40s. But with full sunshine and little wind, it was also the best weather I’ve experienced so far in my four Burlington Mardi Gras celebrations. That must have helped to encourage the huge crowd that packed Church Street for the parade. Biggest crowd I’ve seen yet.  After a hot (both picante AND caliente), delicious, oversized bowl of Tom Yum at the Asian Noodle House, we took our place streetside and had a great time taking in the parade and the street scene. Caught some beads!

But the whole time I was watching the parade my imagination was still churning on the drum circle that got the party underway, playing for about a half hour on the street near the Firehouse Gallery. And then they picked up and went mobile, leading the procession up Church Street in an infectious cadence once the parade started.

I love drum circles. Yesterday’s group brought back the memory of being in NYC last year, mid-April. Still mud season here, so I was enchanted to arrive in the city and find magnolia trees blooming in the NYU Law School courtyard, and Washington Square’s cherry trees in full-on pink blossom. I had gone there for a one-day conference at the beautiful new WNYC facilities. Around 4pm, conference over, I left the station and the walk to Broadway to catch a cab took me by Wash Square Park.

I came around a corner to find overturned plastic paint buckets, hubcaps, glass bottle mallets thumping on stretched skins, along with the usual assortment of more traditional djembe, congas, and timbales, all working with – and against – each other in a complicated network of joyous rhythms that filled the whole Park and the Village. The players were as diverse as the percussion array – black, white, Asian, old and very young. With a little time to spare before catching my flight, I sat on a sunny stone step and soaked it all in.

Yesterday’s experience in Burlington may have been missing the cherry blossoms and some of the instrumental ingenuity of the NYC drum circle (and, around 60 balmy degrees of mercury…), but the same unmistakable driving spirit was very much there. And, you know? – it’s ALWAYS there, no matter the particulars of the place or instruments involved – where there are people, there is music. It’s as natural a means of expression to us as talking, and touching. We make music because we can’t help it. I’m glad we don’t try.                 

playlist: #61 (2/23/09)-Carnaval/Mardi Gras Time!

February 24, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #60 – 2/16/09 – Tomorrow’s Mardi Gras, and Carnaval is already underway in Brazil. It’s definitely time to fire up some dancing music!
Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: (Theme song) Bethe Bethe Kese Kese / Dub Qawwalli / six degrees 657036-1137 – (PAKISTAN/UK)
Kermit Ruffins: Treme Second Line (Blow Da Whistle) / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)
Joel Xavier: Carnaval / Sarava / JXP 2008 – (BRAZIL)
Buckwheat Zydeco: On a Night Like This / Legends of New Orleans / Blue Marble 2 – (N’AWLINS)
Marva Wright: You Are My Sunshine / After The Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS)
Timbalada: Na Ilha Grande & Bossa Nove de Sertão / Serviço de Animação Popular / Vale Music 376 – (BRAZIL)
Russell Batiste Jr., & Orkestra from da Hood: The Count / The Clinic / RBJ 71944 – (N’AWLINS)
Louis Armstrong: When the Saints Go Marching In / Louis Armstrong: Ken Burns Jazz / Columbia 61440 – (N’AWLINS)
Irma Thomas: Sweet Touch of Love / City of Dreams / Rounder 2196 – (N’AWLINS)
George Lewis: Just A Little While / Trios & Bands / American Music 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Little Booker: Doin’ The Hambone / The Genius of Dave Bartholomew / EMI 80184 – (N’AWLINS)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Don’t You Feel My Leg / The New Orleans Album / Columbia 45414 – (N’AWLINS)
Katie Webster: Love Deluxe / Two-Fisted Mama! / Alligator 4777 – (N’AWLINS)
Johnny Adams: Body & Fender Man / Room With A View Of The Blues / Rounder 2059 – (N’AWLINS)
Earl King & Snooks Eaglin: No City Like New Orleans / Hard River to Cross / Black Top 1090 – (N’AWLINS) – *Remembering guitarist Snooks Eaglin [b.1/21/1936-d.2/18/2009]*
The Meters: Jambalaya / Good Old Funky Music / Rounder 2104 – (N’AWLINS)
Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers (Los Hombres Calientes): Mardi Gras Bayou & Carnival Kongo / Vol. 5: Carnival / Basin Street Records 206 – (N’AWLINS)
Rick Trolsen: Puttin’ On The Ritz / Sunrise On Bourbon Street / Lort 403 – (N’AWLINS)
David Byrne: The Rose Tattoo / Rei Momo / Luaka Bop 25990 – (UK/BRAZIL)
Blade & Masquenada Family: Bahia / Una Viagen Nu Tempo / Blade 13 – (BRAZIL)
Dr. John: Goin’ Back To New Orleans / Goin’ Back To New Orleans / Warner 26940 – (N’AWLINS)
Aaron Neville: Louisiana 1927 / Warm Your Heart / A&M 75021 – (N’AWLINS)
Ray Charles: Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ / Eve’s Bayou film soundtrack / MCA 11670 – (N’AWLINS)
Neville Brothers: My Blood / Yellow Moon / A&M 5240 – (N’AWLINS)
Madison’s Lively Stones: When the Saints Go Marching In / Saints’ Paradise / Smithsonian Folkways 40117 – (N’AWLINS)
The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Hot 8 Brass Band: I’ll Fly Away / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 19548 – (N’AWLINS)

remembering Snooks

February 23, 2009

Got word last Friday that N’awlins guitarist Snooks Eaglin had died. Guitarist hardly says it, neither does singer. A personality and style that big needs adjectives to match: exuberant! quirky! virtuoso! And unpredictable, especially in live shows. Yeah, all of that.

I never had a chance to see him, but I’m looking forward to playing some of his tunes on the show later today – the theme: Mardi Gras and Carnaval. (Mais oui, bien sǔr!)

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