Category Archives: Urban Jazz

At the Jazz Club

Cool November sounds from the catalog of cool itself. This week’s Deeper Roots looks for some relaxed sounds; reminders of what it’s like to sit in a smokey lounge below street level in the Village and listen to solos, breakouts, and instrumental wizardry. Join us as we dig the swinging backbeat and improvisations that exemplify an urban sound from some of the greats. We’ve got Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Illinois Jacquet, and a host of others taking us into the Friday morning club here on Sonoma County Community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Charlie Haden Blue Pearl Now Is The Hour Amazon
3Roland Kirk Three for The Festival Mercury 1962 Amazon
4Buddy Rich Love For Sale The Best Of Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz Years Amazon
5Ben Webster The Jeep's Jumping The Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 2 [Disc 3] Amazon
6Illinois Jacquet Harlem Nocturne Swing's the Thing + Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
7Illinois Jacquet Las Vegas Blues Swing's the Thing + Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
8Ornette Coleman Ramblin Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
9Sonny Rollins I'm An Old Cowhand Way Out West [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
10Dave Brubeck It's Deja Vu All Over Again So What's New? Amazon
11Herbie Hancock The Eye Of The Hurricane Maiden Voyage Amazon
12Lee Morgan Hocus-Pocus The Sidewinder (RVG Edition) Amazon
13Joe Henderson Homestretch Page One Amazon
14Freddie Hubbard Arietis (Alternate Take) Ready For Freddie Amazon
15Kenny Burrell K Twist Midnight Blue Amazon
16Grant Green Falling In Love With Love The Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 2 [Disc 2] Amazon
17Count Basie Blues in Hoss' Flat Chairman of the Board Amazon
18Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd O Pato Jazz Samba Amazon
19Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery Night Train Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo Amazon
20The Oscar Peterson Trio/Milt Jackson Work Song Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour Amazon
21Miles Davis Jeru Birth of The Cool Amazon

Mambo Baby!

Well, it might be a bit of a stretch, and it might have been a bit of a fad, but it also flavored the beverage. Mambo. A lively mix born of a Latin dance of Cuban descent in the 30s and introduced by Perez Prado to an American audience in the 40s. It found it’s way into the popular music culture from big band to jazz and R&B. This week’s show samples some of the performances that were totally infected by its rhythm. We’ll hear from Mickey Baker, Wynonie Harris, and Tiny Grimes on the R&B side as well as the bandleaders who brassed it up including Perez Prado, Desi Arnaz, and Xavier Cugat.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Wynonie Harris All She Wants to do is Mambo Lovin' Machine Amazon
3Perez Prado Mambo #5 Cocktail Hour : Mambo Jambo Amazon
4The Andrews Sisters The Mambo Man Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters [Disc 4] Amazon
5Tito Puente Cuban Pete Mambo Kings Amazon
6Tiny Grimes Showboat Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
7Xavier Cugat Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) The Original Mambo King [Disc 2] Amazon
8Desi Arnaz Holiday In Havana The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King Amazon
9Desi Arnaz;Amanda Lane Cuban Pete The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King Amazon
10J.J. Jones After Hours Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
11Mickey Baker Guitar Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
12Ruth Brown Mambo Baby Miss Rhythm Greatest Hits And More Disc 2 Amazon
13Joe Liggins & His Orchestra They Were Doing the Mambo Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 6] West Coast Blues V2 Amazon
14Cherokee & Band Mambo Blues Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
15The Treniers Who Put The 'Ungh' In The Mambo You're Killin' Me Amazon
16Don Swan El Cumbanchero [Guaracha-Fast Rhumba] Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 2: Mambo Fever Amazon
17Fay Simmons Big Joe Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
18Big Maybelle New Kind Of Mambo The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-'55 Amazon
19Earl Bostic Mambostic Earl Bostic Flamingo Amazon
20Cozy Cole Cozy's Mambo 1 Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
21Jack Costanzo Peter Gunn Mambo Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 2: Mambo Fever Amazon
22Bill Doggett Real Gone Mambo (Si Si Nova) Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
23Esther Sutherland Clock Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
24Xavier Cugat Cuban Mambo Cocktail Hour : Mambo Jambo Amazon
25Link Wray & The Wraymen Rumble Mambo Walkin' With Link Amazon
26Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban Patricia Mambo Sinuendo Amazon
27Yma Sumac Taki Rari Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 2: Mambo Fever Amazon
28Billy May Hernando's Hideaway Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 2: Mambo Fever Amazon
29The Manhattan Transfer The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame) Anthology – Down in Birdland [Disc 1] Amazon
30Young-Holt Trio Wack Wack Big Noise: A Mambo Inn Compilation Amazon
31Tito Puente Hong Kong Mambo Cocktail Hour : Mambo Jambo Amazon
32Wynonie Harris Good Mambo Tonight Lovin' Machine Amazon
33Sonny Rollins Mambo Bounce Best of Sonny Rollins, the (Riverside) Amazon
34J.J. Jones Night Train Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
35Norton Buffalo & The Knockouts Harmonica Mambo King of the Highway Amazon

420 Music

It’s a topical theme…it’s a medicinal thing…it’s a blend of sounds celebrating vipers and jives from the past century. There is no shortage of material to pull from the well of Americana…whether that be from the 1920s or from the 2010s. We’ll hear mellow sounds from Trixie Smith, Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats, winsome themes from Fountains of Wayne, snark from The Harlem Hamfats, and recent relevance from The Devil Makes Three. While April 20th has passed, the topic is a lively one here in California these days and we’re mostly on friendly terms with the weed…even for those that don’t imbibe. The fact is, we have the freedom to do so if we so choose, right?

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Fountains Of Wayne Planet Of Weed Traffic And Weather Amazon
3Willie Nelson/Snoop Dogg/Kris Kristofferson/Jamey Johnson Roll Me Up (Album version) Heroes Amazon
4Hugh Laurie The Weed Smoker's Dream Didn't It Rain (Deluxe) Amazon
5Bea Foote Weed The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
6Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy All The Jive Is Gone The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
7Buck Washington Save The Roach For Me The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
8Don Redman & His Orchestra Chant of the Weed When Hemp Was Hip Amazon
9Buster Bennett Reefer Head Woman Chronological Buster Bennett (1945-1947) Amazon
10Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats Weed Smoking Mama Memphis Highway Stomp Amazon
11The Toyes Smoke Two Joints Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000: Disc 2 Amazon
12Harlan Pepper Reefer The Alternate Root 420 Sampler Amazon
13Neil Young Roll Another Number (For The Road) Tonight's The Night Amazon
14Trixie Smith Jack I'm Mellow The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
15Ray Charles Let's Go Get Stoned Genius – The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection Amazon
16Barney Bigard Sextet Sweet Marihuana Brown The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
17The Cats & The Fiddle Killin' Jive The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
18Fats Waller The Reefer Song Last Testament His Final Recor Amazon
19Cab Calloway Reefer Man The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
20Tampa Red & The Chicago Five I'm Gonna Get High The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
21The Harlem Hamfats Weed Smokers' Dream The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
22Julia Lee Marijuana Kansas City Star [Disc 4] Amazon
23Larry Adler Smoking Reefers The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
24Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb & His Orchestra Wacky Dust The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
25The Devil Makes Three Champagne And Reefer Redemption & Ruin Amazon
26Bob Dylan & The Band Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 [Live] The Complete, Historic "Isle Of Wight" Concert, 1969 (Remixed and Remastered 2013) Amazon
27Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin' Stay In or Stay Out – Pass the Dutchie Putomayo Presents Zydeco Amazon
28KC & the Sunshine Band I Get Lifted 25th Anniversary Edition Disc 1 Amazon
29Rick James Mary Jane Old School Friday Amazon
30Ringo Starr The No No Song Blast From Your Past Amazon

Cool Down R&B

Cool Down R&B
Cool Down R&B

Mellow R&B from a broad spectrum of performers who made a mark in the decade or so that preceded rock ‘n roll’s infancy. Indeed, they participated in the birth of the form with a sound that included the vocal quartet, jump and swing, and an incessant beat that could not be ignored. We’ll hear from the ‘feisty females’ of the day: Varetta Dillard, Blue Lu Barker, Big Maybelle, and Bernice Gooden right alongside Buddy Johnson’s Orchestra, the Three Bits of Rhythm, The Cats & the Fiddle, and Luke Jones and the Orchestra. Deeper Roots digs into a collection of tracks, some familiar, some from so deep in the archives that the dust is part of the sound, on another Friday evening of American roots sounds for Sonoma County community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Wild Bill Moore (vocal: Scatman) Rock 'N' Roll Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
3Luke Jones and His Orchestra Rompin' the Boogie More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
4Butch Stone & His Orchestra Ooh, Look A There Ain't She Pretty Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
5Three Bits of Rhythm Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
6Bebopper Lulu and Her Orchestra Mellow Scat More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
7Slim Gaillard Rhythm Mad Laughing in Rhythm: Groove Juice Special [Disc 2] Amazon
8Three Bits Of Rhythm The Man That Comes To My House Further Mellow Cats'n'Kittens – Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1946-1951 Amazon
9Coleman Brothers Raise A Rukus Tonight Hot Harmony Groups 1941-1949: Vol 3: When the Old Gang Amazon
10Austin McCoy Happy Pay Day Part 1 More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
11Nappy Brown Pitter Patter The R&B Years 1955 – Vol 2 Amazon
12Teddy Bunn With The Hootie McShann Trio In The Oven Further Mellow Cats'n'Kittens – Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1946-1951 Amazon
13The Herb Fisher Trio Don't Want Nobody Else More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
14Luke Jones & His Orchestra Jump Me Some Boogie Further Mellow Cats'n'Kittens – Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1946-1951 Amazon
15Gene Phillips Women, Women, Women Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
16Big Maybelle Rock House Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
17Varetta Dillard Mercy, Mr Percy Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
18Varetta Dillard Promise Mr Thomas Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
19Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra Fine Brown Fame The Best of Buddy's Amazon
20Bernice Gooden Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter (On A Teen-Age Date) Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
21Little Willie Littlefield Hello Kats Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
22Bob Gaddy Come On Little Children The Classic Old Town Records Amazon
23Bob Gaddy Could I? The Classic Old Town Records Amazon
24The Cats & The Fiddle Mr. Rhythm Man The Very Best Of Amazon
25Effie Smith Be On Your Merry Way More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
26Linda Hayes What's It To You, Jack Atomic Baby Amazon
27Johnny Alston and His Orchestra Everything Will Be Alright More Mellow Cats & Kittens Amazon
28Blue Lu Baker Here Is a Little Girl Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll Vol 2 [Disc 13] Amazon
29Hadda Brooks I Feel So Good I've Got News For You [Disc 1] Amazon
30Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends It Comes in Like a Lion Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 1 Amazon
31Big Maybelle Whole Lot-Ta Shakin' Goin' On OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
32Dolly Cooper Ay La Bah Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
33The Robins That's What The Good Book Says Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
34The Cats & The Fiddle Gang Busters The Very Best Of Amazon
35Black Cats and the Kitten You Better Ask Somebody Jazzin' The Blues Vol. 3 Amazon

Forties Rhythm

Forties Rhythm
Forties Rhythm

Just ahead of World War II, a sound began to bubble up through the floorboards. There was the new, brash, swinging sound of big bands, country swing had surfaced, and jazz was alive and well as an evident inspiration to both. But there was a raw, bluesy, expressive, jump sound coming from the barrooms and halls of the urban expanses of Chicago, Kansas City, New York City, and beyond; something that would become known as R&B and would later be the bedrock of rock and roll. Deeper Roots explores the sounds of Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Buddy Johnson and a host of others, including the ladies: Effie Smith, Nellie Lutcher, Julia Lee, and Viola Wells. This episode has them all and more…

Deeper Roots Goes To Mardi Gras

Deeper Roots Goes To Mardi Gras
Deeper Roots Goes To Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday or, translated to French, Mardi Gras, comes but once a year and signals the penitential season of Lent. It also provides us with an outlet for the many things that we do as part of our celebration. One of them involves the backdrop of music. We’ll visit the sounds introduced by the Second Line of “Sugar Boy” Crawford, Fats Domino, and Stop, Inc. We’ll follow with The Meters, Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolias, Louis Armstrong, and many others in a show that separates our locales by almost 2000 miles. Join Dave Stroud for the big beat coming from the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the Mississippi waterfront in our newest episode, another produced exclusively for KWTF, 88.1 FM, member-supported community radio for Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California.

Harlem In The 30s

036 - Harlem in the 1930sIn this episode of Deeper Roots Dave Stroud digs into the sounds of Harlem in the 1930s. From the Lafayette Theater to the Savoy Ballroom to the Cotton Club… experience the music of the Harlem Renaissance where jazz clubs gave many a place to let loose and celebrate in the face of the Depression’s impact in the streets outside.  We’ll hear the energetic sounds of Chick Webb, Ethel Waters, Buster Bailey and a host of others.

This show will also be posted on Mixcloud.