Retrospective 07: Soul Sister / Pursuit

In this double dose of Radio Free Amsterdam retrospectives, Linda Lexy throws down funk tracks for the party train to roll on, all the way from Detroit to the world.

Harry Duncan is in the soul kitchen cooking up some jazz and soul stew, featuring music from Rahsaan Roland Kirk,  Mahavishnu Orchestra, James Cotton, Chick Corea, and Casandra Wilson. Enjoy, and please stay tuned.

–Steve Fly


Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios where she’s playing music in Episode 13 by Tino Gross, The Contours, Elsie Mae, The LPTs, Edwin Starr, Tony Camillos Bazooka, P-Funk, Charles Bradley wirh the Menahan Street Band, Arlene Brown & Lee Shot Williams, Mable John, Charles Clark & the Wille Dixon Band, Margie Joseph, The Temptations, Jerry O & The Funk Brothers, Earl English & The Apaches, Jay Wiggen, Theola Kilgore, Awesome Jarvis & The Whales, the Howling Diablos, and Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

SOUL SISTER

PARTY TRAIN 13

Linda Lexy, Funky D Studios, Detroit, June 10, 2016 [LLPT-0013]

Tino Gross: Little Soul Sister

The Contours: Can You Jerk Like Me

Elsie Mae: Do You Really Wanna Rescue Me

The LPTs: Long Cool Summer

Edwin Starr; Easin’ In

Tony Camillo’s Bazooka: Dynomite

P-Funk: I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing

Charles Bradley wirh the Menahan Street Band: Hurricane

Arlene Brown & Lee Shot Williams: Impeach Me Baby

Mable John: Wait You Dog

Charles Clark & Wille Dixon Band: Hidden Charms

Margie Joseph: Let’s Go Somewhere & Love

Temptations: I Know I’m Losing You

Jerry O & The Funk Brothers: Soul Sister

Earl English & The Apaches: Tryin’ To Make Ends Meet

Jay Wiggens: Sad Girl

Theola Kilgore: This Is My Prayer

Awesome Jarvis & The Whales: Worse Things Have Happened To Me

Howling Diablos: Prison Train

Hound Dog Taylor: Wild About You Baby

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Linda Lexy for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Linda Lexy & Tino Gross at Funky D Studios, Detroit

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steven Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Linda Lexy. Used with permission.


PURSUIT

This week’s episode of In The Soul Kitchen with Harry Duncan features great music by McCoy Tyner, Gigi, Illinois Jacquet, The Radiants, The “5” Royales, Cassandra Wilson, the James Cotton Blues Band, John McLaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea, and Jed Levy.

The john Sinclair Foundation Presents

PURSUIT

IN THE SOUL KITCHEN 07

Harry Duncan, KUSF-In Exile, San Francisco, May 17, 2011 [HDSK-0007]

McCoy Tyner: Pursuit

Gigi: Zumia

Illinois Jacquet: King Jacquet

The Radiants: Hold On

The “5” Royales: The Slummer The Slum

Cassandra Wilson: When It’s Darkness on the Delta

James Cotton Blues Band: Down At Your Burying Ground

John McLaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra: Miles Out

Zakir Hussain & John McLaughlin: You And Me

Terrence Blanchard with Cornell West: Choices

Chick Corea: Windows

Jed Levy: The Inflated Tear

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Stomping Grounds

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Harry Duncan for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Harry Duncan at Light Rail Studios, San Francisco

Recorded, edited & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2011, 2017 Harry Duncan. Used with permission.

Retrospective 06: Still Kicking / Tonight’s The Viper

In celebration of the vote to legalize Marijuana in the state of Michigan, here are two shows to help celebrate the good news and relax into the music.

Still Kicking by John Sinclair features cuts from his latest album on Funky D Records: https://funkydrecords.com/album/912130/still-kickin

Tonight’s the viper, presents an hour of cannabis tunes and features John Sinclair with the Planet D Nonet. Stay tuned.

–Steve Fly


STILL KICKING

 

Episode 768 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor, and I’m playing another round of music tonight by Guitar Johnny Nicholas from his 2-disc set called Too Many Bad Habits featuring cuts with Big Walter Horton, Boogie Woogie Red and Johnny Shines, plus two rough mixes from my new Funky D Records album, a cut from the Thelonious Monk concert I did with the Planet D Nonet at the Scarab Club last October, several cuts from a great release on Mighty Joe Young called Blues From The North Side of Chicago, and a closing little salute to Sun Ra by the Planet D Nonet that I’m sending down to David Kunian in New Orleans.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

STILL KICKING

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 768

Cass Corridor, Detroit, July 26, 2018 [18421]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Blues Walk

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: West Wind

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Blues Came Fallin’ Down

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Hootie Blues

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Move On Down The Line

John Sinclair: Still Kicking

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: round about midnigh

John Sinclair: Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness

Mighty Joe Young: Cruisin’ Down Highway 99

Mighty Joe Young: That’s All Right

Mighty Joe Young: I Can’t Quit You Baby

Mighty Joe Young: Wise Fool’s Express

Planet D Nonet: A Call For All Demons

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Johnny Nicholas, Tino Gross, RJ Spangler, & Leni Sinclair

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


TONIGHT’S THE VIPER

 

Steve The Fly with a program of super tokes from Kermit Ruffins, John Sinclair & the Planet D Nonet, Louis Armstrong, New Birth Brass Band, Howling Diablos, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars, the Wild Magnolias, Mezz Mezzrow, Rozetta Howard, John Sinclair & Steve The Fly, and Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

TONIGHT’S THE VIPER

FLY BY NIGHT 275

Steve The Fly, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 23, 2014 [18464]

Kermit Ruffins: If You’re A Viper

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: If You’se A Viper

Louis Armstrong: Hep Cats Ball

New Birth Brass Band: Smoke That Fire

Kermit Ruffins: Light Up

Howlin’ Diablos: Reefer Man

Jimmy Witherspoon: Ain’t Nobody’s Business

John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars: Ain’t Nobody’s Business

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: Sendin’ the Vipers

Wild Magnolias: Smoke my Peace Pipe

Mezz Mezzrow: Sendin’ the Vipers

Rozetta Howard: If You’re A Viper:

John Sinclair & Steve The Fly: Relaxin’ With Lee

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: Chant of the Weed

Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents: Weed Head Woman

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2014, 2018 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.

Finger Lickin’ Good: Music Sampler #25

Big City Rhythm And Blues Magazine are continuing with their series of music samplers called Finger Lickin’

The latest iteration, number 25 features tunes and links to all your favourite Rhythm and Blues artists. Thanks guys! The October / November edition of the physical magazine is now available.

Visit the website here:  http://www.bigcitybluesmag.com/

–Steve Fly

Finger Lickin’ Good!
Sampler #24 2018

Get the 2018 Big City Blues Sampler #24 CD FREE when you subscribe (or renew)

Sampler CDs are for promotiona use only. Not for sale.

1. ROBERT JR,
SUGAR MAE AND
HANDSOME BOB

“Smoke and Fire” (:52)
Sampler #24
BCRB Records
www.bigcitybluesmag.com


2. THORNETTA DAVIS
“I Believe (Everything Will Be Alright)” (5:44)
Honest Woman
Sweet Mama Music
www.thornettadavis.com


3. BILLY PRICE 
“I Keep Holding On” (3:49)
Reckoning
Vizztone Records
www.billyprice.com


4. MARKEY BLUE/ RIC LATINA PROJECT
w/special guest EDDY THE CHIEF CLEARWATER

“I Like It Like That” (4:58)
Raised In Muddy Water
Ellersoul Records
www.markeyblue.com


5. LITTLE FREDDIE KING

“Bad Chicken” (3:32)
Fried Rice &Chicken
Orleans Records
www.orleansrecords.com


6. JT LAURITSEN & THE BUCKSHOT HUNTERS

“Stay With Me”, (3:14),
Blue Eyed Soul Volume 1
Hunters Records
www.jtlauritsen.com


7 . BILLY HARRIS

“Sweaty Melons” (4:23)
Rise Above
Self Produced
www.billyjjams.com


8. JOHNNY FEDS & FRIENDS
“Deacon Of The
Blues” (5:04)
Pinky Gets The Blues
Elfedmo Music
www.facebook.com/Johnny-Feds-Da-Bluez-Boys-100210370066027

 
| 9. PETER V AND BLUES TRAIN

“I Don’t Want To Leave Memphis” (4:25)
Shaken But Not Deterred
Self Produced
www.petervbluestrain.com


10. J’MONQUE’D BLUES BAND 

“Mustard Greens” (3:28)
Old & New, Borrowed & Blue,
Reel Blues Music
jmonqued@yahoo.com


11. JONNY T-BIRD & THE MP’S 
“Hot Stuff” (3:53)
Hot Stuff
Neon Grub Jeer Music
www.jonnytbird.com


12. WHISKEY HAULERS
“Mardi Gras Beads” (4:08)
Whiskey Haulers
WHRecords
www.whiskeyhaulers.com


13. KEITH STONE with RED GRAVY
“Ain’t That The Blues” (3:54)
Keith Stone with Red Gravy
Self Produced
www.keithstonemusic.com


14. PAUL FILIPOWICZ
“Riding High” (3:55)
Unfiltered
BigJake Records
www.paulfilipowicz.com


15. FRANK BEY 

“Back In Business” (2:43)
Back In Business
Magg Records
www.frankbeymusic.com


16. The Little Red Rooster Blues Band
“Lock Up The Liquor” (3:29)
Lock Up The Liquor
LRRBB Records
www.littleredrooster.com

 
17. BOB AND APRIL
“Summer Song” (4:40)
Ying/Yang
Hanzie Records
www.hanzierecords.com


18. FOCO BLUZ BAND
“Tater Tot Blues” (4:32)
FOCO BLUZ BAND
FOCOBLUZRECORDS
Davidj6929@gmail.com

19. ROBERT JR,
SUGAR MAE AND HANDSOME BOB 

“Fingerlickin’Good” (:30)
Sampler #24
BCRB Records
www.bigcitybluesmag.com

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Retrospective 005: Reeling And Rocking / Ain’t That Good News

Two shows of back to back blues from Martino D Lorenzo and John Sinclair. Featuring the music of Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Albert King, Earl King, and a large dose of Muddy Waters, plus many more legends of the blues. Thanks for tuning in.Enjoy,

–Steve Fly

Big City Blues Cruise 57: Reeling And Rocking

Martino D’Lorenzo is playing the blues on 45s, 78s and LPs from behind the wheel of the Big City Blues Cruise bus, spinning his classic modern radio programs from the 1980s and 1990s originally aired on WEMU-FM in Ypsilanti MI and now heard every Saturday on Radio Free Amsterdam. Episode 57 features music by Red Prysock, Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Earl King, Percy Mayfield, Albert King, Clifton Chenier, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, The Blues Brothers, Elmore James, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Guy.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

REELING AND ROCKING

BIG CITY BLUES CRUISE 57

Martino D’Lorenzo, WEMU-FM, Ypsilanti, circa 1983 [18361]

Red Prysock: Jumbo

Dr. John: Croaker Courtboullion

Rockin’ Dopsie: I’m Just A Country Boy

Rockin’ Dopsie: Let’s Do The Zydeco

Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Those Lonely Lonely Nights

Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Oh Ba-Ba-Baby

Earl King: Those Lonely Lonely Nights

Percy Mayfield: Vote For Me

Dr. John Conversation with Martino D’Lorenzo

Albert King: Pretty Woman

Clifton Chenier: Worried Life Blues

Peter “Madcat” Ruth: Scratch My Back

The Blues Brothers: Shotgun Blues

Martino D’Lorenzo: Blues Nightmare

Elmore James: Dust My Broom

Chuck Berry: Let It Rock

Chuck Berry: Reeling And Rocking

Buddy Guy: Red House

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Martino D’Lorenzo for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Martin Gross at WEMU-FM, Ypsilanti MI

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 1983, 2018 Tino Gross. Used with permission.

 


Blues & Roots 34: Ain’t That Good News

 

Episode 34 features live music by Muddy Waters and cuts from Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer, Bobby Rush, Toni Lynn Washington, Mighty Sam McClain, the Lyman Woodard Trio, Albert Collins, and Little Walter.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AIN’T THAT GOOD NEWS

BLUES & ROOTS 34

John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, May 14, 2000 [18468]

Little Walter: Juke

Muddy Waters: Rolling And Tumbling

Muddy Waters: Hoochie Coochie Man

Muddy Waters: Can’t Get No Grinding

Muddy Waters: I’m A Howling Wolf

Magic Slim & The Teardrops: Country Boy

John Primer: Knocking At Your Door

Bobby Rush: Feeling Bad

Toni Lynn Washington: Oh What A Dream

Mighty Sam McClain: All We Need Is Love

Lyman Woodard Trio: Ain’t That Good News

Albert Collins: Mr. Collins, Mr. Collins

Little Walter: Lights Out

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

© 2000, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Sonny Fortune R.I.P

Radio Free Amsterdam would like to pay tribute to the mighty Sonny Fortune, who passed away this week at the tender age of 79.

Fortune played with all the greats, and soared upon some of my own personal favourite albums, including the electric Miles Davis albums “Agarta” and “Get Up With It”.

May the music live on and future generations live to enjoy the music of Sonny Fortune, multi instrumetalist, Sax legend and composer.

Mr. Fortune was known for his mix of urgency and grace, and his stalwart command — not just of the alto saxophone, his primary instrument, but also of the flute, clarinet, and soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. He made his biggest impact as a sideman with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Mongo Santamaria.–NYT

Miles Davis- November 8, 1974 Bottom Line Club, New York City, featuring:

Miles Davis: Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sonny Fortune (ss, as, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Dominique Gaumont (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); Mtume (cga, perc)

A Love Supreme Memorial Concert, featuring:

Mccoy Tyner – piano
Sonny Fortune – tenor sax
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Regie Workman – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Retrospective 004: Warm The Pot / Big City Funk

Today, we present two show selections, on a upbeat funk tip. Warm The Pot by DJ Soul Lucille, and Big City Funk, by DJ Linda Lexy will lay down the beat you need.

Two shows jam packed with funk from all corners, from New Orleans, To Michigan, New York To L.A, mixes beaming out from Florence, Italy and Detroit, these shows highlight the international culture under a groove. Keepin’ the funk alive.

–Steve Fly


WARM THE POT

 

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Fontella Bass, Bobby Byrd, Chuck Jackson, Willard Burton & The Pacifiers, Leon Thomas, The Dramatics, Pat Lundy, Love Committee, Rebirth Brass Band, the Wild Magnolias, Rasputin’s Stash, Milton Wright, Gil Scott-Heron, O.V. Wright, The O’Jays, and Robert Parker.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WARM THE POT

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 119

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, November 15, 2017 [DLSL-0119]

Fontella Bass: Its Hard To Get Back In

Bobby Byrd: Never Get Enough

Chuck Jackson: I Keep Forgetting

Willard Burton & The Pacifiers: Warm The Pot

Leon Thomas: Bags’ Groove

The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Pat Lundy: Work Song

Love Committee: Just As Long As I Got You

Rebirth Brass Band: Buck

Wild Magnolias & Rebirth Brass Band: Oops Upside Your Head

Rasputin’s Stash: What’s On Your Mind

Milton Wright: Friends And Buddies

Gil Scott-Heron: Gun

O.V. Wright: I Don’t Know Why

The O’Jays: Put Your Hands Together

Robert Parker: Hip-Hugging

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.


BIG CITY FUNK

Episode 4 of the Party Train show with Linda Lexy features music by Tino Gross, Ray Charles, The Sultans, The Valentinos, Little Ann, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Intensions, Sly Stone, The Meters, The Commodores, Lee Fields Sugarman & Co., The Howling Diablos, Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army, Pam Kellum, the Royal Blackbirds, the Staples Singers, Spearhead, and Longneck Strangler.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
BIG CITY FUNK
PARTY TRAIN 04
Linda Lexy, Funky D Studios, Detroit, May 3, 2016 [LLPT-0004]

[01] Linda Lexy Opening Comments & ID
[02] Opening Theme: Tino Gross: Little Soul Sister >
[03] Ray Charles: Hit The Road Jack
[04] The Sultans: Lemon Squeezing Daddy
[05] The Valentinos: What About Me
[06] Little Ann: Possession
[07] Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Ain't That A Bitch
[08] Intensions: I Don't Get Down Like That
[09] Sly Stone: I Get High On You
[10] The Meters: Just Kissed My Baby
[11] Commodores: High On Sunshine
[12] Lee Fields & Sugarman & Co:.Stand Up
[13] Howling Diablos: Good Good Vibes
[14] Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army: Big City Funk
[15] Pam Kellum: What You See You Can't Get
[16] Royal Blackbirds: I'm Goin’
[17] Staples Singers: Oh La De Da
[18] Spearhead: Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Linda Lexy for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by Linda Lexy & Tino Gross at Funky D Studios, Detroit
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Linda Lexy. Used with permission.

Retrospective 003: Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial

Fess’, Professor Longhair is a Radio Free Amsterdam hall of fame artist, beloved by anybody who has visited New Orleans and experienced its rich musical underpinnings. We celebrate and honor Fess’ in many shows here.

In August 2018, an exhibit opened feauring. pianist Tom Worrell and conga drummer Uganda Roberts live. The exhibit is open until July 2019! The Lousiana State Museum writes:

“celebrates both the New Orleans Tricentennial and the Centennial of the birth of the most beloved and influential pianist in New Orleans history: Henry Roeland Byrd aka Professor Longhair. This exhibit showcases all things Fess starting with his origins and development to his early hits such as “Tipitinas,” “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” and “Big Chief” to his 1970s comeback, his untimely death, and his continual presence in New Orleans since then.”

In another article featuring Me Got Fiyo, the Advocate  quotes Jazz Museum music curator and Radio Free Amsterdam DJ, David Kunian:

“he took very different strains of music and combined them into something uniquely New Orleans and uniquely his. And he changed the way everyone plays the piano here.”

Visit the NOLA Jazz Museum website for more details:

–Steve Fly

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 257: ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

Here is a special show from the Radio Free Amsterdam Archive, with John Sinclair and David Kunian together in 2009, celebrating the rich musical traditions of New Orleans, including Fess’.

David Kunian’s Kitchen Sink show on WWOZ continues for a second hour (viz. #256) in celebration of the Carnival season with more carefully selected Mardi Gras music by Dr. John, the Wild Magnolias, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Re-Birth Brass Band, All That, Galactic, the Meters, and Professor Longhair.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 257

John Sinclair & David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, February 17, 2009 [20-0916]

 

Dr. John: All on a Mardi Gras Day

Dr. John: Mama Roux

Wild Magnolias: New Suit

New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Tchfuncta > On That Day

Wild Magnolias & Re-Birth Brass Band: Shallow Water O Mama

All That: Mardi Gras Day ‘99

Galactic & Soul Rebels & Juvenile: From the Corner to the Block

The Meters: Hey Pocky Way

Dr. John: Iko Iko

Wild Magnolias: Shoo Fly

Professor Longhair: Big Chief

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair & David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Frenchy, Chris Jones & Ashley Thibodeaux

© 2009, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation