(June 4, 2017): Blue Boy – Remember Me

From the 2006 album, Mushroom Jazz.  This was the first of a series of compilations mixed by DJ Mark Farina for the Mushroom Jazz label.  The latest, volume 8, was released in 2016.  This volume was re-released in 2007 with a different track list. This tune samples “Woman Of The Ghetto” by Marlena Shaw.

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First Listen: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski & Scofield, ‘Hudson’

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/530600463/first-listen-dejohnette-grenadier-medeski-scofield-hudson

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(May 29, 2017): The Southern Bells – Viet Nam

From the 1967 7″ single, Viet Nam / Will You Be There. This year’s Memorial Day selection. Not really much out there about The Southern Bells (not to be confused with the Southern Belles) except that were out of Atlanta and recorded mostly gospel and “Georgia soul” tunes.  George Owens and Isaac Sumlin sang lead, but I cannot identify other band members.

 

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(May 28, 2017): The Allman Brothers Band – Revival

From the 1970 album, Idlewild South.  This was the first Allman Brothers LP that I bought, and this Dicky Betts composition was the first tune from the Allman Brothers that I can recall hearing.  I was hooked.  RIP Greg.

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Song Exploder

At 106 episodes in, I am just discovering Song Exploder – a podcast dedicated to dissecting songs and providing insights into the creative process.  Very nice.  http://songexploder.net/

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(May 27, 2017): George Harrison – Plug Me In

From the 1970 album, All Things Must Pass. Harrison’s first solo effort after the break up of the Beatles in April 1970 resulted in a triple album of material.  This tune is from the third disc, “Apple Jam”, a collection of informal sessions captured during outing.  Players on the LP include Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Gary Wright, Gary Brooker, Pete Ham, and Ringo.

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(May 20, 2017): A-Sides – Nature Girl

From the 2005 12″ single, Nature Girl / Take A Chance.  Jason Cambridge (A-Sides) has been producing music since 1990 and has released well over 500 tracks, including six long players. At one point he was running three record labels. Eastside was the most enduring, although it seems to have wound up in 2016 (at least the domain seems to be up for grabs: http://www1.eastside-records.com/?kw=real%20estate%20services). Still putting stuff up on soundcloud.

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