Sunday, May 29, 2011

...from Mark #16 - Gus "The Groove" Lewis - Let The Groove Move You

I had a lot of particularly fine Funk bands as session artists on God’s Jukebox over the years, not particularly because I'm big on Funk, just because there are a lot of great practitioners at the moment. However, to a man (and woman) every one of them followed the Meters/New Orleans/Allen Toussaint blueprint rather than the James Brown template. Perhaps because it's pretty tough to pull off any version of J.B.  I'm not well versed enough in the Funk to call this track unique, but it's surely a relatively rare example of the two styles pollinating on one disc. And what a disc:

though Gus (more on him here) surely owes a little to Robert Parker

My favourite James Brown track of the day is this one, this version featuring his daughter doing some "spirited"  moves , though rather ignoring the beat. No doubt there was a pocket money fine involved.

And here's the album version, which is far better

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

...from Mark #15 - Tom Waits - Helium Reprise

I set myself a series of 4 rules while broadcasting. One was to play as much Tom Waits as is humanly possible, the other three don't seem to matter right now. I certainly never got to broadcast this one as it somehow slipped through my net til this week, and even by Waits standards, it does seem very special.

As do the Tin Hat Trio (also known as just Tin Hat), who are not only the perfect Waits complement, they even have a touch of the Calexicos on this (which must surely be a great thing)

Finally, one of my Waits favourites, and a proper great video. I've seen this a hundred times and my pea brain still can't work out the sped up/slowed down effect. Is it just a proportion of frames removed?  I particular like the vocal backing track, the recording of which probably straddled the dividing line between fun and tedium.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Trails - Fats Waller - I'll Never Forgive Myself (1938)

Fats Waller joins Merle Haggard and the others currently playing over in God's Video Jukebox with a further pre-war 'myself' tune.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Featured Artist - Garnett Mimms (Part Three)

The final selection of Garnett Mimms tunes feature below, including A Quiet Place, a 1964 B side and a wonderful soul classic.  If you haven't heard this before, lucky you today.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Live Session - Ska Cubano

Mark Lamarr again brings God's Jukebox to the Far East of England in mid July at the 2011 Latitude Festival.  In addition to a DJ set, Mark will be introducing four bands and artists playing the Film & Music Arena.

Among them are Ska Cubano, performing Soy Campesino below.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Featured Album - Salsa Mundo: Colombia

Released on BGP at the end of April, Salsa Mundo: Colombia has 18 tunes from Columbia, covering the 60's and 70's. Here's a handful below. (Apologies in advance for the sexist images accompanying some of these tunes, posted by the up-loaders to YouTube).

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Featured Artist - Garnett Mimms (Part Two)

Three more tunes from the amazing Garnett Mimms.  You just don't hear enough of this kind of thing in life...and it's not right.  And a Who cover of the last track, for some a bonus, for others not I suppose.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

...from Mark #14 - Rico - Africa

Another Charlie Gillett related post this week, a man who I'm enjoying musically more now than when he was alive, largely because of this always-excellent site.
Throughout the 70's and 80's Charlie’s broadcasts were limited to London so I never got the chance to hear them til lately. I've listened to a bundle this week and particularly enjoyed this one where Charlie fruitlessly interrogates the great Rico Rodriguez.  Rico is a famously reserved gentleman, though what he lacks in verbiage he more than makes up for in cool.  This show was celebrating Rico’s masterpiece 'Man From Wareika' (the Wareika hills being the Rastafarian heartland) , a particular favourite of Charlies. The timing of the show is perfect, only a decade after Rico was releasing that string of great ska instrumentals and a few years before his rebirth with the Specials.

Let's hope people are still making this type of radio forever.

Incidentally while I was flitting around youtube I came across this

a pretty superb version of my favourite ska tune Don Drummonds Alipang 


Thursday, May 5, 2011

...from Mark #13 - Brother Jack McDuff

Obviously Jimmy Smith is the king of the Hammond, the best, the originator and all that, and I'll stand second to no man in marvelling at all those superb mid 60's Verve sides.  I've always had a bigger soft spot for the work of Brother Jack McDuff though, maybe because his backing bands seem to swing a bit more. Below is one I remember as a favourite on my GLR shows back in the mid 90's , though I probably only played it the once:

And here’s one of those must play tracks that I keep in my box for those infrequent DJ slots. Lots of Mcduff’s great Checker sides remain un-reissued for some reason, this one can be found on the best of Chess Jazz CD, but in very shoddy sound quality.  Not so below:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gospel Slot - Reverend Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis was a master of the guitar and a fine songwriter, gospel and secular.

Here are two tunes that demonstrate both talents.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Featured Artist - Garnett Mimms (Part One)

Four tunes below from the soulful voice of Garnett Mimms.  More to come through the month.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Aural Massage - Merle Haggard - I Can't Be Myself (1970)

Originally released as a 1970 single, and found on Merle Haggard’s 1971 album “Hag”, “I Can’t Be Myself” is a fine example of the power of song writing.  The refreshing lack of ambiguity in the lyric, there from the first line: “It's a way of mine to say just what I'm thinking” is matched by a simple tune and structure and all the more striking for it.

Then there's the glorious raised note in the refrain “I can't be myself and be what pleases you” where Hag’s emotional vulnerability (a common theme in all of his greatest songs) draws the listener in, so that when he reaches his conclusion: “I don't believe that you want me to” there’s little doubt about the outcome of the relationship.  This tune is a perfect example of a songwriter free from the often sentimental confines of country music, working things out in his craft, and enriching our lives at the same time.