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STEPPING INTO TOMORROW

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It’s a sad day in the world of jazz, I just found out trumpeter and teacher Dr. Donald Byrd passed away on the 4th. I have loved his albums for a good bit, from his solo albums to playing with Grant Green, or the BlackByrds, the Guru and Madlib. Here’s a few of my favorite albums, if you have a chance check em out, they are dope.

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I found the following story on the NPR iPad App:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2013/02/11/171529832/remembering-donald-byrd-jazz-trumpeter-who-spanned-generations?sc=ipad&f=124289519

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations
by Frannie Kelley
NPR – February 11, 2013

The trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd, a top jazz practitioner in the ’50s and ’60s whose later work shaped black pop music through multiple generations, died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. Haley Funeral Directors near Detroit confirmed the news, which was first circulated online last week. He was 80.

Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd played music based on bebop in the ’50s — in New York and in Europe — then funk-fusion and R&B in the ’70s, and wound up at the top of the charts. Soon after that, his music found its way into hip-hop. But no matter what style he was playing, Byrd was a teacher.

That Detroit Flavor

Born in Detroit, he attended Cass Technical High School. For jazz, Cass Tech has proved to be an incubator of talent: Alice Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter went there, among many others. From other area high schools, and public universities like Wayne State, the Motor City was turning out exceptional musicians in the ’40s and ’50s.

“Oh, there’s a million of ’em,” says the saxophonist Lou Donaldson, 86. “Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Yusef Lateef. Byrd came with what we call the Detroit clan … and he had that Detroit flavor to his playing.”

Donaldson is not from Detroit, but he did meet Byrd later, after they both played in military bands and moved to New York City.

“I was playing at Minton’s Playhouse and he came by with his horn,” Donaldson says. “To me he sounded great, like Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown. … We became friends, we got a group together and we played at the Café Bohemia.”

Donald Byrd played on more than 50 albums in that time, some with Lou Donaldson, and some of them with luminaries like John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Max Roach. Donaldson says they were all playing bebop, after the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie had turned jazz upside down. In particular, Byrd was at the center of a variant known as hard bop, which added rhythmic intensity and dialed up the blues.

“He was a very lyrical player, a very economical player, a very thoughtful player,” says Nicholas Payton, a contemporary trumpet player. “He was one of the real melody-makers at that time. A real thoughtful, introspective player with a very beautiful sound.”

Dr. Byrd

And Byrd was still in school while he was tearing up the New York scene. He got his master’s degree in music education from the Manhattan School of Music and studied in France. He got a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a law degree. Nicholas Payton says Byrd told him black musicians needed to be in academia.

“Someone needs to be able to lay things out in such a way so that we establish and have a voice in those circles,” Payton says. “That was a big part in why he sought out that part of his education, and why he had a heavy presence in historically black colleges.”

Payton says that in the early ’60s, Byrd was also worried that jazz was losing touch with the black community — that it was being co-opted by the mainstream. In 1963, he released a recording called A New Perspective, featuring a gospel choir and a song called “Cristo Redentor.”

“That album put him on the map,” said trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, 76. “It spoke to the black culture and the church, the home, and it spoke to the whole black aesthetic and all those beautiful voices. … That became everybody’s favorite.”

Belgrave says that Byrd continued to work in education after he had a hit on his hands.

“It’s a passion that you have for your craft,” Belgrade says. “It’s more important than a little money. Didn’t have anything to do with that. Has to do with what was in his heart — and what’s in his heart is this music. And this music needs to be promulgated.”

Jazz relies on an oral tradition: Musicians learn from their elders and play in bands with their students. Byrd wanted to help create curricula that built on that foundation. He taught at Rutgers and Howard and North Carolina Central and Delaware State. He and Belgrave were both at the Oberlin College conservatory in 2007.

According to Belgrave, Byrd stuck it out in academia even though he suffered the snobbery of peers teaching European classical music.

“At all these schools that he taught, he had a problem with the administration because of his approach to teaching,” Belgrave said. “Because they didn’t have respect for jazz.”

The Blackbyrds And Beyond

In the mid-’70s, Byrd debuted his latest evolution. He formed a band out of his students at Howard University and called them the Blackbyrds. He asked Howard alumni Larry and Fonce Mizell to work with him. The Mizell brothers had created songs for the Jackson 5, and the 1973 album Black Byrd didn’t sound like hard bop or “Cristo Redentor.”

The album hit the R&B chart, the jazz chart and the pop chart. The Blackbyrds’ subsequent albums were popular too, and Byrd became the rare jazz musician to make some real money. In fact, the story goes that when Miles Davis gave him grief for driving a Ford, Byrd replied, “That’s just the car I take to my plane.” Yes, he was a pilot, too.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz played on some of Byrd’s fusion recordings and became close with him.

“We got a lot of flack for all of that,” Bartz said. “You know, ‘They’re selling out, they’re selling out.’ We’re not selling out. First of all, when you make a record you want to sell it.”

Bartz says the purists that railed against Byrd’s funk-fusion sound were confused.

“There are no genres,” Bartz says. “There are no different types of music. You can’t have different types of water. You can have dirty water, you can have clean water, you can have Perrier, you can have Evian, but when it boils down, it’s water. … It’s just music.”

The trumpeter picked up a new generation of listeners when his work with the Blackbyrds was mined by hip-hop producers. Nicholas Payton says the Mizell brothers albums re-established his relationship with the young black community — and at just the right time.

“It was hip-hop before hip-hop,” Payton says. “A lot of his records were a part of the sound that, in the golden era of hip-hop, what a lot of those artists looked to, to sort of model themselves after. It was funky records from the ’70s of Dr. Byrd’s.”

Dr. Byrd welcomed hip-hop. In the ’90s, he worked with rapper Guru, who used his funk-fusion recordings for the Jazzmatazz project.

In an interview with JazzTimes, Donald Byrd predicted that when he was 80, he’d be hipper and mentally sharper than he was at 40. “I’ll know more stuff,” he said. Thanks to his constant evolution, we do too. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

JASSAFFRAS

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A picture of the Tarot Card The Magician from the the wonderful Tarot Card deck "The Cosmic Tribe" by Stevee Postman

A picture of the Tarot Card The Magician from the the wonderful Tarot Card deck “The Cosmic Tribe” by Stevee Postman

Jassaffras<<<<—- LEftY ClIcKy to be the SKaT, BoP, FUnK, sWiNG, SoUL, BEboP, Right NOw oR RiGhtY ClIcKy to DiG the BeAt aT YeR OWn DrUmMEr n 5/4 TiMe!

JaZz has always been there since the beginning of Time, from Debussy to Dave Brubeck, Gershwin to the Grateful Dead, from the first joyous inhale of life to the slow wimpering exhale of death, from the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, a single cell to an complex iris of a hazel eye and everything in between. Jazz is truth, creation, freedom, mistakes, mastery of sound and colorful magic.”The Magician is a seasonal transdimensional traveler who can simultaneously be here now and bear witness to the birth of the cosmos. He dips in the pool of time and ripples the dawn that illuminates our path” You may not know that you love Jazz, but you do , YOU ARE JAZZ, WE, as a collective, are a JAZZ ENSEMBLE. Capable of moving in any direction, FLUID, making notes that haven’t been heard of or invented yet, the space in between the space between , below and beyond, FAROUT, OUTTA SIGHT, DOPE and sensually close by, it is the GREAT I AM. Open yerself to the truth man, DIG! God hath used math, science, JaZz and luck to paint the universe, and you are THE drop on the tip of his paintbrush, a unique splatter of beautiful iridescent color, remember, “there will be never be another like you”. May you always experience the beautiful breath of life and be fruitful in everything you do!

1- Basic Hip – Del Close 00:00

2- Pinball Connection Remix – DJ Food 1:11

3- The Selma March – Grant Green 03:51

4- Babo – Johnny Lytle Trio 12:02

5- If You’re a Viper – Bob Howard 17:38

6- Concrete Jungle – Jenova 7 19:59

7- The Sun – Alice Coltrane 20:22

8- My Favorite Things – Alice Coltrane 23:57

9- Do You Dig U? – Q Tip 30:15

10-The Cool Rebellion – Howard Smith 33:13

11- In A Silent Way(Joe Zawinul) – Club d’Elf 53:25

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12- I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Bill Frisell 1:04:47

13- I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter – Madeleine Peyroux 1:12:16

HEAVY

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If you have 12 hrs and 3 minutes to spare, light some incense in the chalice and check out this spiritual jazz transcendence into auditory nirvana. HEAVY. Infinite Thanks to spaceinvaderradio.com for this fantastic journey, I have now left this earthly vessel to commune and get down with the great spirits of soul and sound! I will never be the same!

http://archive.org/details/BlackClassicalSpiritualJazz19552012

Reviewer: Black Classical – – February 18, 2012
Subject: About the show
Broadcast on February 12th 2012 http://spaceinvaderradio.com/
[12hrs:03mins] Spiritual Jazz.

The download is at 128k due to the streaming server restrictions.

Tracklisting:

Roy Campbell/Joe McPhee Music is the healing Force
Fred Stone Theme from Laurence of Arabia
Fred Stone Elissa
Bob Thiele lament for John Coltrane
Bob Thiele Love Supreme
Dwight Trible In the beginning GOD
Massimo Urbani Quartet Dedication to Albert Ayler
Elvin Jones Love Supreme
Massimo Urbani Quartet Dedication to John Coltrane
Family of Percussion Circulus Aquae
Sunday Palaver Last March
Blackclassical Remixes Sarah Webster Fabio
1. My Own Thing
2. Echo of Rain
3. Crossfire
4. I would be for you Rain
Cheikh Tidiane Fall African Spiritual Soldier
Cheikh Tidiane Fall African Ancestrial Piece
Sarah Webster Fabio Turn from Love
Sun Ra Antique Blacks
Soloman Iria: Prayer
David S Ware Theme from the Stargazers
Karmu Daahoud: Deep River In Her Voice
Kahn Jamal Drum dance to the Motherloade
Mor Thaim Return of the Fisher King
Pyramids Anomawa
Pyramids Birth speed and merging
Pyramids Lalibela suite
Pyramids Speed
Pyramids King of Kings
Pyramids Indigo
Pyramids Ya ke ya Ke
Pyramids Land of the eternal nile
Herbie Hancock / Don Cherry / Mtume Kawaida
Pyramids Queen of Spirits
Brother Ah Sweet Illumination
JJ Clayton Fragments
Jef Gilson Malagasy
Sam Rivers Topaz
Edward Vesala Call of the Sea
Oracy The Weight don’t make things no lighter
Warren Smith Echora
Richard Abrahams Degrees and levels of light
Sun Ra Mayan Temples
Amir Bakra I love Music
Amir Bakra Black Mass Excerpt
Don Rendell Space walk
Warren Smith Ann of Nizgh
Infinate Sound Spain
Infinate Sound Ocean
Babatunde Lee Lion’s walk
Infinate Sound Ocean (Reprise)
Griot Galaxy Necrophillia
Griot Galaxy After the Dream
Griot Galaxy Dragons
Dizzy Reece Nirvana
Dizzy Reece Possession
Dizzy Reece Crisis
Carlos Garnett Black Nile
Carlos Garnett Dawid
Griot Galaxy Khamti Noblia
Two Banks of Four One Day
Cheikh Tidiane Fall Few Maka Black Snow
Terumassa Hino / Mal Waldrom Reminiscence suite
Build an Ark Nature
Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth Black Survival
Edward Vesala Wind
Milton Marsh Everlasting
Organic Music Society Brazilian Ceremonial Hymn
Muhal Richard Abrams How are you?
Don Cherry Relativity suite part 1
Organic Music Society Manuscha Raga Kamboji
John Coltrane Welcome
John Coltrane Om
Karmu Daåhoud Poem for our Majestic Ancestors
Les Oubliés de Jazz Ensemble Nigger/UR/AH Musician
Nobuo Hara Sharps and Flats Sohran Bushi
Babs Robert Love Planet Extra Pol Action Ice Cream 70
Charles Tolliver’s Music Inc Ruthies Heart
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore Kongo Bells
Amiri Baraka There really was an Africa Poem
Masahiko Togashi The Beginning
John Coltrane Dearly Beloved
Dave Lee Jr Spirit Voices
Eddie Gale It must be you
Bruce Johnson Rainstorm/Calm/Peace
Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble Song for Searching
Cozzi Anatz Hortus
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble: Black Beauty
Azar Lawrence: The Beautiful and Omnipresence of Love
Sun Ra: When There is No Sun (horo)
Roland Kirk: Spirits up Above
Doug Hammond: Dat’n
Imamu Amiri Baraka: Chant
Pharoah Sanders: Red, Black & Green
Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness
Ornette Coleman: Trouble in the East pt 1
Pharoah Sanders: Creator Has a Master Plan
Ornette Coleman: Trouble in the East
Don Moye: Black paradlisia
Michael White: Preytude
Marion Brown: Karintha (Poem from Cane)
Black Artist’s Group: Sweet Street Song
Alice Coltrane: Galaxy Around Satchidananda
Sun Ra: When there is no sun (live)
Emil Richards: Journey To Bliss Part 3
Alice Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Albert Ayler: Change Has Come
Marion Brown: Karintha Part 2
Pharoah Sanders: To John
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Pt. 1 Acknowledgment
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Pt. 4 Psalm
Roach Om: A Poem for lost Souls
John Tchichai: Afrodisiaca
Last Poets: Invocation
Pheeroan Ak Laff: Michelle Del
Marion Brown: Flute Song
Lightmen: Free as you wanna be
Joe McPhee: Scorpio’s Dance
Hannibal: Sunrise Forest
Hamiet Bluiett: Ayana Nneke
Sonny Murray: Suns of Africa Pt ii
Khan Jamal: Pure Energy
William Norwood Look At Teyonda
Eddie Gale The Coming Of Gwilu
Eddie Gale Song of Will
Eddie Gale Understanding
Eddie Gale Fulton Street
Eddie Gale Walk with Thee
Eddie Gale The Gleeker
Eddie Gale Look At Teyonda
Eddie Gale The Rain
Piano Choir: Almoravids
Jayne Cortez: I am New York City
Oneness of Ju-Ju: Introduction
Gill Scott Heron: Peace Go with you Brother
George Russell: Events iv
Earth Wind and Fire: Energy
Muriel Winston: Song for Daddy
Build an Ark: Key to the Universe
Cheikh Tidiane Fall Few Maka: Diom Futa
Akira Miyazawa: Bull Trout
Brother Ah Sound Awareness: Beyond Yourself
Heath Brothers: Smilin’ Billy Suite
Heath Brothers: Maimouna
Sarah Webster Fabio: I Would Be for You Rain
Cecil McBee: A Feeling
Cecil McBee: Voice of the 7th Angel
Clifford Jordan 872
Ensemble Al-Salaam Music Is Nothing But A Prayer
The Sojourner Ensemble Al-Salaam
John Betsch Ra
George Russell Part ii Events
Stanley Cowell Lullabye
Pharaoh Sanders Prince of Peace
Brother Ah Love Piece
The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe Attica
Shamek Farrah/Sonelius Smith The World of Children
The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe two songs for a boy named Mark
Haki R. Madhubuti Medasi: Pyramids to projects
Letta Mbulu Sunrise
Southern Freedom Arkestra Love is where the spirit Lies
Don Cherry Malukans
Watts Prophets My People ill stop callin you Nigger
Don Cherry Daisy McKee
Don Cherry & Eternal Orchestra / Penderecki Actions
Stanley Crouch Aint No Ambulances For No Nigguhs Tonight
Don Ellis Mirror Pond Of Stars
Lester Bowie Amina
Marc Levin Twilight Dance
Nathan Davis Poem For Martin Luther King
Dave Lee Jr The Freedom Bells
Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio Imhotep
Barma Village Poet Blackman My Brother
Mombassa Kenia
Mombassa Holz
Barma Village Poet Social Narcotics
Art Blakey Elephant Walk
Horace Silver Message From Kenya
M’Boom! Re-percussion
Mike Knock Underground
Coalition Kenya’s horizon
Hannibal Revelation
Airto Encontro No Bar
Art Ensemble of Chicago Certain Blacks

Maybe some missed out but you get the point. Thanks for listening.

Dorothy Ashby, the Hip Harpist

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Softly ,as in a morning sunrise, her ancient strings are plucked, grasped and manipulated to achieve the sounds of angel wings floating on a heavenly breeze.The Harp, the earliest versions are found around 3500 B.C. and since then they have been strummed across this beautiful world, including the kora from Afrika, the koto in Japan, or China’s guzheng, even Guiness beer has it in their logo.

The harp used to be an instrument for the orchestra pit until two young girls from Detroit , both born in August, decided to pick up this stringed winged bird and fly off to the groove of the Jazz bebop beat. Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane are two of the most famous jazz harpists I could think of that has really changed the course of the harp. I could probably count the number jazz harpists on my hands, and thank goodness with each year that passes another calloused fingertip comes into this obscure fold.

Where Alice Turiyasangitananda Coltrane strummed transcendental spirit fire on her harp, Dorothy Ashby plucked those strings with the cool hip shaking Soul that dug down deep into your bone marrow! I love them both, really, two of my favorite artists!

As with Alice , Dorothy looked out into world music to express her soulful voice. Mrs.Ashby played everything from the piano, the Harp, and the koto. I encourage you to get lost in both of their magnificent albums, you will be pleased nonetheless.

In the meantime, you can groove your socks off to this Dorothy Ashby compilation, which is just the tip of the cool iceberg! If you have heard one of the tunes in a mixtape I’m not sorry for the repeat , just one of her songs can make a mediocre mixtape superb! As you listen to each pluck, strum and mastery of the vibration I leave you cats  to remember, Be hip, Be cool and always be groovy!

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DorothyAshbyMixtape<<<– Lefty Clicky to get yer harpy groove on now or Righty clicky to hear the vibrations later!                                                                                                                                                               

1) Soul Vibrations – AfroHarping                                                                                                   00:01

2) Feeling Good – The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby                                                  03:13

3) Myself When Young – The Rubiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                          08: 18 

4) Truth Spoken Here – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                       13:33

5) Heaven and Hell – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                               16:06

6) My Favorite Things – Django/Misty                                                                                         19:12

7) Fool On the Hill -Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                               24:46

8) Anto de Ossanha  – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                          28:07

9) Nabu Corfa – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                                    31:24

10) The Windmills of Your Mind – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                     35:07

11) Little Sunflower – Afro-Harping                                                                                              38:07

12) Essence Of A Sapphire – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                              41:40

13) What Am I Here For – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                 44:48

14) Flighty – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                                         47:04

15) Pawky – In a Minor Groove                                                                                                     50:27

16) Joyful Grass And Grape – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                               57:28

17) The House of the Rising Sun – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                 1:01:01

18) The Moving Finger Jazz – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                            1:03:53

19) Theme From Valley Of The Dolls – Afro-Harping                                                            1:09:27

20) This Girl’s in Love With You – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                 1:12:55

21) Dust – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                                              1:15:28

22) Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise – Django /Misty                                                               1:18:14

Spring Vipers in Full Bloom Mixtape

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SPRING VIPERS IN FULL BLOOM MIXTAPE<<<< LEfty Clicky to romp through the pollenated petals now or Righty clicky to save for later with your Love me nots.

Happy Spring everyone! I hope everyone is feelin' as groovy or even groovier than I've been. Here's a mixtape to keep that bob of your head, that groove to your walk and those bees a buzzzzzzing man!

1) Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It the First Time) – Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends
2) Subway Joe – Joe Bataan
3) Sensi for Sale – The Tufftons
4) Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield
5) Steppin' Razor – Peter Tosh
6) Don't Stand At my Grave and Weep
7) Take a Ride – Luscious Jackson
8) What I Call a Name – Michael Andrews (Me and You and Everyone We Know)
9) Too High – Stevie Wonder
10) Mr. Cool – Rasputin's Stash
11) Primitive – Groupies
12) Padrecito – Medeski, Martin & Wood
13) Nabu Corfa – Dorothy Ashby
14) Two Clowns – Galactic
15) Cantaloupe Island – Grant Green

White Rhino

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White Rhino <— Left clicky to enjoy now with your favorite strain or Righty Clicky to save enjoy later under the table.

A Dorothy Ashby induced album. Not too many jazz harpists out there,other than Alice Turiyasangitananda Coltrane. If you know of any other jazz harpists or vibraphonist let me know.
Enjoy with your favorite strain
WHITE RHINO
01 – Because-Come Together – George Benson
02 – The Windmills of Your Mind – Dorothy Ashby
03 – Incense – Herbie Mann
04 – Light My Fire – Ananda Shankar
05 – A Hundred Pounds Of Collie – Cornell Campbell
06 – Dub Apocalypse 2011-02-06
07 – Champagne & Reefer – Muddy Waters
08 – Storming The Death Star – Roots Radics Band
09 – This Girl’s in Love with You – Dorothy Ashby
10 – Clair De Lune – Jacques Loussier
11 – Coutchi Dub – Niney & The Soul Syndicate
12 – Love and Peace – Club d’elf 2010-08-26
13 – Mother Earth – Memphis Slim
14 – Don’t Bogart Me – The Fraternity of Man
15 – Outlaws – Bill Frisell With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
16 -The Moving Finger – Dorothy Ashby

Hip Cat’s Veggie BBQ – Chile Cornmealed Crusted Fried Tofu

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The Hip Cat’s Veggie BBQ- Chile Cornmeal Crusted Fried Tofu <<< LEFTY CLICKY TO BUST A MOVE NOW Or RIGHTY CLICkY TO ROCK OUT LATER!

Hip Cat's Veggie BBQ IV- Chile Cornmeal Crusted Fried Tofu
01 – Triangular Daisies – Rubblebucket
02 – Pass The Pipe – The Observers
03 – In a Rainbow – Sweetwater
04 – Lemonaide Kid – Kak
05 – Chalice To Chalice – Tappa Zukie
06 – Surfboard(dub) – Esquivel!
07 – Snatch It Back and Hold It – Junior Wells
08 – Sookie, Sookie – Grant Green
09 – Dancin' in the Street -Grateful Dead 05-08-77
10 – Filisko's Dream, for string quartet, blues harmonica & tabla – Corky Siegel
11 – Treat – Santana(Filmore 1968)
12 – Let's Go Away for Awhile -The Beach Boys
13 – Stop That Train – Bob Marley & the Wailers
14 – Drume Negrita – The Shi-Tones

Hello er’body

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I will be putting up mix tapes from here and back again at least monthly. I would love some feedback. Track listing should be up if not let me know, gotta give props to the wonderfully superb who play it dig. File this podcast under – Infinitely colored spectrum of multiple musical genres melting together with the couch vibes ,Jazz, Rub Dub Dub, ouds and sintirs, psychedelic, india, echoes of Whispers, Chamber musical freak outs and don’t forget the harp and puppies.