Jazz Lunatique 202: Reactor

David Kunian is celebrating Halloween 2018 with a program of music by Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Public Enemy, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Gun Club, Prince La La, Tammy Lynn & the AFO Executives, Candace Graves, R + R = Now, Go Go Penguin, and Dyson Malone & The Tangle.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

REACTOR

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 202

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, October 30, 2018 [18630]

 

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Space Is The Place

Public Enemy: Fight The Power

Screaming Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You

The Gun Club: Jack On Fire

Prince La La: Need You

Tammy Lynn & the AFO Executives: Mojo Hannah

Candace Graves: Six Eight

R + R = Now: Resisting Warrior

Go Go Penguin: Reactor

Dyson Malone & The Tangle: Pure As Gold

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Dancing In The Sun

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 201: Passion Dance

David Kunian is playing an hour of music by the great pianist McCoy Tyner from albums dating from the sixties to the present.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

PASSION DANCE

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 201

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, October 2, 2018 [DKJL-0201]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

McCoy Tyner: It’s About Time

McCoy Tyner: Ruby My Dear

McCoy Tyner: Paracina

McCoy Tyner: Lazy Bird

McCoy Tyner: Atlantis

McCoy Tyner: Passion Dance

John Coltrane Quartet: Soul Eyes

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 200: Vision

David Kunian is playing almost an hour’s worth of music by pianist McCoy Tyner tonight, with an opening cut by the Soul Rebels and a special visit from Todd Snyder in honor of Supreme Court nominee Bart Cavanaugh.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

VISION

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 200

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, October 2, 2018 [DKJL-0200]

 

Soul Rebels: Night People

Todd Snyder: You Got Away With It

McCoy Tyner: Vision

McCoy Tyner: Blues On The Corner

McCoy Tyner: Naima

McCoy Tyner: The Greeting

McCoy Tyner: Groove Waltz

McCoy Tyner: Ebony Queen

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Retrospective 009: Jazz A Samba / Cosmic Chaos / Funky Drummer

Three all-star shows from George Klein, David Kunian and John Sinclair. Featuring music by Sun Ra, James Brown, Charles Neville, Wayne Kramer, Dizzy Gilespie, Planet D Nonet, Charlie Parker and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.

Jazz and funk to kick back and relax too this Sunday. 3 hours of quality music brought to you by masters of the craft.

Radio Free Amsterdam.

Keeping the music alive!

–Steve Fly


FUNKY DRUMMER

Episode 757 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m recovering this week from cataract surgery and paying homage to my friend, saxophonist, poet and composer Charles Neville of New Orleans’ Neville Brothers, or “Charlie the horn man” as his brother Aaron always called him, who passed away last week at the age of 79. We’ll hear music recorded with his band Diversity at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the early 1990s, a new poem in his honor composed and recited by Don Paul, music by Roger Lewis with Kirk Joseph from a recent Charles Neville memorial at Sweet Lorraine’s in New Orleans, selections by Charles with the Harvey Diamond Quartet and the Workingman’s Jazz Band, my recording of his poem “History 101” with Wayne Kramer and the Blues Scholars, and three cuts by the Neville Brothers from their album Live On Planet Earth.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FUNKY DRUMMER

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 757

Cass Corridor, Detroit, May 13, 2018 [18267]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Planet D Nonet: Christopher Columbus

Billy Davis: I Come A-Crawling

Thornetta Davis: Set Me Free

The Neville Brothers: Her African Eyes

James Brown: Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

James Brown: Funky Drummer

Dennis Coffey with the Lyman Woodard Trio: Wade In The Water

Cecil Taylor Unit: Windsor (Part 2)

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

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


 

COSMIC CHAOS

David Kunian is playing his annual Sun Ra New Years show with extended musical selections interspersed with readings by Kunian from the poetic works of Ra.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

COSMIC CHAOS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 164

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, January 2, 2018 [18098]

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Space Is The Place

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Cosmic Chaos >

David Kunian Reads Points On The Space Age .

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Cosmic Chaos

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Intergalactic Research >

David Kunian Reads Strange Worlds In My Mind >

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Intergalactic Research

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Atlantis >

David Kunian Reads We Are Another Order of Being >

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Atlantis

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.


JAZZ A SAMBA

George Klein continues to examine variations on the Bossa Nova with Duke Ellington, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gabor Szabo, Bob Brookmeyer, Charlie Rouse, Ike Quebec, and Jackie McLean.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

JAZZ-A-SAMBA

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 238

George Klein, Groove Yard Studio, Ypsilanti, April 27, 2018 [18400]

Vince Guaraldi: Samba de Orpheu

Cal Tjader: Morning

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis: Jazz-a-Samba

Dizzy Gillespie: And Then She Stopped

Dizzy Gillespie: Pau de Arara

Gabor Szabo: Little Boat

Bob Brookmeyer: Chara Tua Tristeza/Col. Bogey Bossa

Charlie Rouse: In Martinique

Ike Quebec: Blue Samba

Jackie McLean: Jossa Bossa

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

© 2018 George Klein. 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

Retrospective 002: Thelonious Monk

Earlier this year, there came a surprise release of newly uncovered and prepared and packaged recordings by Thelonious Monk.

You can hear the tunes over at bandcamp. Where it states:

Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recently unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘Holy Trinity’. This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. The music was recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only for 4 Jazz artists ever to do so.

The performance, a mixture of Monk originals and interpretations of standards, showcases Monk at his prime: full of avant-garde flair and wit, but always with a swinging feel that explains his title as the ‘High Priest of Bebop’.

The original tapes, saved from a skip and blessed with the approval of the Monk estate, have been faithfully restored, mastered and cut using Gearbox’s legendary all-analogue process.

Line-up

Thelonious Monk – piano
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone
John Ore – double bass
Frankie Dunlop – drums

Released September 28, 2018

 


Here are two Radio Free Amsterdam shows from the archive which feature the music of Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners by David Kunian, and Thelonious by John Sinclair. Enjoy.

–Steve Fly

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159: BRILLIANT CORNERS

David Kunian is playing another hour’s worth of Thelonious Monk compositions as played by other artists including the Jason Moran Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch & His Trio, Wadada Leo Smith, Larry Young & Elvin Jones, Chris Spedding, Mark Bingham, Cecil Taylor, Jonathan Batiste, and the Miles Davis Sextet.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BRILLIANT CORNERS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, November 14, 2017 [18028]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Jason Moran Trio: Crepescule With Nellie

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere

Fred Hersch & His Trio: Booboo’s Borthday

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo Reflections & Meditations on Monk

Larry Young & Elvin Jones: Monk’s Dream

Chris Spedding: Work

Mark Bingham: Brilliant Corners

Cecil Taylor: Bemsha Swing

Jonathan Batiste: Straight No Chaser

Miles Davis Sextet: Straight No Chaser

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.


JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778: THELONIOUS

 

Episode 778 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor in celebration of the 101st birthday of Thelonious Monk with some early recordings by Monk, a poem of mine, cuts from Dave McMurray’s new Blue Note Records album, and three by Yusef Lateef as performed by McMurray at the Wright Museum of African American History earlier this month.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THELONIOUS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, October 24, 2018 [18561]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair: fly right

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious

Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn’t

Thelonious Monk: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Thelonious Monk: Bye-Ya

Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

Dave McMurray: Detroit Theme/Detroit 3

Dave McMurray: Naked Walk

Dave McMurray: Bop City D

Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (Live It)

Yusef Lateef: Yusef’s Mood

Yusef Lateef: Belle Isle

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Market

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 Michael Simmons & Charles Ezra Farrell

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Jazz Lunatique 199: Jam Up

Out of the Vintage Radio Vaults at Radio Free Amsterdam comes this special conglomeration of tunes from the Kitchen Sink Show with David Kunian on February 15, 2005; the New Orleans Music Show with John Sinclair on January 24, 1996; and Blues & Roots with John Sinclair on January 16, 2000 on WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, with music from Tommy Ridgley, Deacon John, Slim Harpo, Little Richard, Snooks Eaglin, Lee Dorsey, Chris Kenner, Lee Allen, B.B. King, the Jay McShann Orchestra, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Dinah Washington, Professor Longhair, Buddy & Ella Johnson, Johnny Adams, Timothea with James Andrews, and Tommy Ridgley in again at the end.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

JAM UP

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 199

David Kunian & John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans 2005 > 1996 > 2000 [18588]

 

Tommy Ridgley: Jam Up

Deacon John: Happy Home

Slim Harpo: Scratch My Back

Little Richard: Ready Teddy

Snooks Eaglin: I’m Slipping In

Lee Dorsey: Get Out My Life Woman

Chris Kenner: Packin’ Up

Lee Allen: Rockin’ at Cosimo’s

B.B. King: Five Long Years

B.B. King: Everyday I Have the Blues

Jay McShann Orchestra: The Jumpin’ Blues

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson: Kidney Stew

Dinah Washington: Blow Top Blues

Professor Longhair: Her Mind Is Gone

Buddy & Ella Johnson: I Don’t Want Nobody

Johnny Adams: Two Years of Torture

Timothea: When You Start Drinking

Tommy Ridgley: Let’s Try to Talk It Over

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian &John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

February 15, 2005 and by John Sinclair at WWOZ on

January 24, 1996 and January 16, 2000

Digitally transferred from cassette by John Sinclair at the Headpress

Bunker, London, June 2010 & November 13, 2010

Produced, edited & annotated by John Sinclair at Headpress Bunker,

London. November 13, 2010

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Dylan Harding, Larry Hayden, & Steve Fly

 

© 1996, 2000, 2005, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

 

Jazz Lunatique 198: America’s Favorite Pastime

David Kunian is playing music in celebration of the birthdays of Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, Ani DeFranco, John Coltrane, and Ray Charles, plus tunes by the English Beat, Todd Snyder, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, and a closing cut from Jon Cleary’s new album.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 198

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, September 25, 2018 [18574]

 

Bruce Springsteen: New York City Serenade

English Beat: I Confess

Todd Snyder: America’s Favorite Pastime

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue

Ani DeFranco: Spider

Jimi Hendrix: Jungle

John Coltrane: Untitled Original 11386-Take 1

Ray Charles: You Are My Sunshine

Louis Armstrong: Panama

Jon Cleary: 21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

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

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.