Ancestor Worship 70: Giant Steps

We’re continuing our investigation into the music of John Coltrane recorded for Atlantic Records during 1959-61 with a program exploring Trane’s preparations for recording his landmark Giant Steps album as documented in Disc 7 of the Atlantic Records box set The Heavyweight Champion. On April 1, 1959 Trane took Cedar Walton (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Lex Humphries (drums) into the Atlantic studios to work on a set of his compositions for the album, but he was evidenty dissatisfied with the results and ended up recorded the Giant Steps album with Tommy Flanagan and Arthur Taylor replacing Walton & Humphries on May 4-5, 1959. The “alternative versions” below are from April 1; the “alternate takes” are from the May sessions.

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GIANT STEPS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP WITH JOHN SINCLAIR 70

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 25, 2013 [JSAW-0070]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 1)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 2)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 3)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 4)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 5)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 6)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 7)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 1)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 2)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 4)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 5)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 6)

John Coltrane Quartet: Countdown (alternate take)

John Coltrane Quartet: Syeeda’s Song Flute (alternate take)

John Coltrane Quartet: Cousin Mary (alternate take)

Coltrane Quartet: Like Sonny (alternate version)

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

Sponsored by The Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

©  2013, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

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Beyond The Groove Yard 205: Opus De Funk

George Klein presents recordings by Hammond B-3 organists Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Freddie Roach from recordings in the 1950s & ‘60s that exemplify popular soul jazz styles.

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OPUS DE FUNK

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 205

George Klein, Groove Yard Studio, Ypsilanti, September 10, 2017 [GKBG-0205]

Jack McDuff:  Opus de Funk

Grant Green: Old Folks

Jack McDuff: Misconstrued

Richard “Groove” Holmes: I’ll Remember April

Richard “Groove” Holmes: Groovin’ with Jug

Richard “Groove” Holmes: See See Rider

Freddie Roach: Blues in the Front Room

Freddie Roach: I.Q. Blues

Freddie Roach: Althea Soon

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by George Klein for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by George Klein in Ypsilanti MI

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 George Klein. Used with permission.

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Sounds Of Blue 117: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Bob Putignano is playing music in Episode 117 by Danny Gatton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cannonball Adderley, Jeremy Baum, Jose Feliciano, Larry Carlton with the SWR Big Band, Hiram Bullock, Swing Out Sister, Rodney Franklin, and Charles Brown.

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MERCY, MERCY, MERCY

SOUNDS OF BLUE 117

Bob Putignano, Sounds of Blue Studio, New York, October 2017 [RPSB-0117

Twilight Zone Theme

Danny Gatton: In My Room

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Try A Little Tenderness

Cannonball Adderley: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Jeremy Baum: Amazing Grace

Jose Feliciano: The Thrill Is Gone

Larry Carlton with the SWR Big Band: Room 335

Hiram Bullock: Cactus

Swing Out Sister: Break Out

Rodney Franklin: The Groove

Swing Out Sister: Precious Words

Charles Brown: My Heart is Mended


Hosted by Bob Putignano for Radio Free Amsterdam

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Produced by Bob Putignano at Sounds of Blue Studio, New York

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Robert Putignano. Used with permission.

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Highway 61 Blues 13: Eisenhower Blues

Highway 61 with Scott Barretta

Scott Barretta presents a program of idiosyncratic political blues by Andrew Tibbs, J.B. Lenoir, Memphis Slim, Homesick James, Johnny Young John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Cassandra Wilson, Louisiana Red, Percy Mayfield, and Willie King.

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EISENHOWER BLUES

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 13

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, April 15, 2006 [SBHW-0013]

Andrew Tibbs: Bilbo Is Dead

J.B. Lenoir: Eisenhower Blues

Memphis Slim; Four Years of Torment

Homesick James: Wartime

Johnny Young: I Tried Not to Cry

John Lee Hooker: This Land Is Nobody’s Land

Junior Wells: Vietnam Blues

Cassandra Wilson: Vietnam Blues

J.B. Lenoir: Down in Mississippi

J.B. Lenoir: The Shooting of James Meredith

Louisiana Red: Red’s Dream

Percy Mayfield: I Don’t Wanna Be President

Willie King: Second Coming

Willie King: America

Willie King: Stand Up and Speak the Truth

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at University of Mississippi for Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Post-production & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2006, 2017 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.

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Red Rooster Lounge 280: Gone For Good

Here’s Cary Wolfson with a classic from the Red Rooster Lounge archives stashed at the corner of Jim & Washington Streets in a jukebox packed with records by J.B. Hutto, Guitar Shorty, Tail Dragger, Magic Sam, B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Boz Scaggs, and Elvin Bishop.

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GONE FOR GOOD

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 280

Cary Wolfson, Red Rooster Radio Network, 2006 [CWRR-0003]

Harlem Nocturne Theme

J.B. Hutto: When I Get Drunk

Guitar Shorty: I Wonder Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed

Tail Dragger: So Easy

Magic Sam: Tore Down

B.B. King: Please Love Me

Bobby “Blue” Bland: This Time I’m Gone for Good

Boz Scaggs: What I Got to Come Home To

Elvin Bishop: Take It On Home

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Cary Wolfson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, written & recorded by Cary Wolfson

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsred by Ceres Seeds & Hempshopper, Amsterdam

© 2006 , 2017 Cary Wolfson. Used with permission.

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The Blues Show 311: Birthday Blues

Bruce Pingree is playing blues this week by Shirley Johnson, Al Casey & Cousin Joe, Smiley Lewis, Wynonie Harris, Gatemouth Moore, Ruth Brown, Roscoe Chenier, Guitar Slim, Houston Guitar Slim, Louisiana Red with Little Victor, Hard Bargain, Paul Gayten, Roy Brown, Floyd Dixon, Lightning Slim, Alvin Robinson, Albert King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Little Walter.

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BIRTHDAY BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 311

Bruce Pingree, WUNH-FM, Durham, NH, August 20, 2017 [BPBS-0311]

Shirley Johnson: As The Years Go Passing By

Al Casey & Cousin Joe: The Old Age Blues

Smiley Lewis: Growing Old

Wynonie Harris: I Feel That Old Age Coming On

Gatemouth Moore: My Mother Thinks I’m Something

Ruth Brown: Can’t Get Excited

Roscoe Chneier: Lucky To Be Living

Guitar Slim: If I Had My Life To Live Over

Houston Guitar Slim: Things I Used To Do

Louisiana Red with Little Victor: Too Poor To Die

Hard Bargain: Birthday Blues

Paul Gayten: Happy Birthday To You

Roy Brown: A Tick of the Clock

Floyd Dixon: Till I Grow Old

Lightning Slim: You’re Old Enough To Understand

Alvin Robinson: Better Be Cool

Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown: My Time Is Expensive

Little Walter: Hate to See You Go

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Bruce Pingree for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Bruce Pingree at WUNH-FM, Durham, NH

Recorded by Joe McDonough

Editing, post-production, & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Ceres Seeds & The Hempshopper, Amsterdam

© 2017 Bruce Pingree. Used with permission.

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Fly By Night 237: Let’s Go hang Out At Tesco

Steve The Fly pops into the local supermarket to hear some tunes by Medeski Martin Wood & Nils Cline, Steve Noble & Alan Wilkinson, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra, capped by a few words from the late Ken Campbell.

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LET’S GO HANG OUT AT TESCO

FLY BY NIGHT 237

Steve The Fly, Fly Agaric 23 Studios, Amsterdam, June 25, 2014 [SFBN-0067]

Medeski Martin Wood & Cline: Arm & Leg
Medeski Martin Wood & Cline: Los Blank
Steve Noble & Alan Wilkinson: Let’s Go Hang out at Tesco
Medeski Martin Wood & Cline: Bonjour Beze
Sun Ra: A Call To All Demons
Sun Ra: We Travel The Spaceways
Medeski Martin Wood & Cline: Looters
Ken Campbell: Hagbard’s Booklet from Illuminatus Trilogy

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Produced by Steve “The Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam

Edited & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Ceres Seeds & The Hempshopper, Amsterdam

© 2014, 2017 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.

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John Sinclair Radio Show 733: Crying In The City

Episode 733 is coming from the Detroit headquarters of Radio Free Amsterdam at 55 Peterboro in the Cass Corridor and features an in-depth look at the brand new album by singer Robert Bradley called Down In The Bend, produced by Tino Gross for Funky D Records, plus an initial listen to a rough mix of a cut that features the great North Mississippi guitarist Kenny Brown from my forthcoming Funky D album, selections from Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis from the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, the Billy Davis Rhythm Machine, and four unissued cuts by Professor Longhair that I just found on a hand-burnt CD.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

CRYING IN THE CITY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 733

Cass Corridor, Detroit, November 21, 2017 [20-1748]

 

Little Walter: Juke with John Sinclair Intro

Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza: Okemos Breakdown

Marvin Gaye: You’re the Man (Parts 1 & 2)

Miles Davis: Excerpt—1972

Robert Bradley: Weather In Michigan

Robert Bradley: Born Again In Detroit

Robert Bradley: Friday Country Girls

Robert Bradley: Crying In The City

John Sinclair & Kenny Brown: That Old Man

Billy Davis Rhythm Machine: Money Talks

Professor Longhair: In The Dark

Professor Longhair: Longhair’s Way

Professor Longhair: Right Now

Professor Longhair: Fooling Around

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Tino Gross, Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

 

© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

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