John Sinclair Radio Show 754: Unit Structures

Episode 754 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m featuring music this week in celebration of the life and music of the great pianist and composer Cecil Taylor, who passed away this month at the age of 89. From his myriads of albums since the mid-1950s I’ve selected three pieces from my own favorite Cecil Taylor album, Unit Structures on Blue Note Records, and offer a very rare hearing of the first half of Mr. Taylor’s performance with his Unit at the 1974 Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in Exile in Windsor, Ontario.

 

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UNIT STRUCTURES

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 754

Cass Corridor, Detroit, April 22, 2018 [18225]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Cecil Taylor Unit: Tales (8 Whisps)

Cecil Taylor Unit: Steps

Cecil Taylor Unit: Windsor (Part 1)

Cecil Taylor Unit: Enter, Evening

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

 

 

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 753: We Jukin’ Here

Episode 753 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m featuring music this week from the new blues compilation called We Jukin’ Here, Volume 23 from Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine in Detroit produced by my dear friends & colleagues Robert Jr. Whitall and his wife & companion Sugar Mae, with selections by Scott Morgan, Kathy & The Kilowatts, Kelly’s Lot, Alastair Greene, Little G Weevil, Mike Skill, Jesse Cotton Stone, Little Red Rooster, Peter V & Blues Train, Laurie Morvan, and the Backtrack Blues Band.

 

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WE JUKIN’ HERE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 753

Cass Corridor, Detroit, April 11, 2018 [18211]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Scott Morgan: Radio Revolution

Kathy & The Kilowatts: Let’s Do This Thing

Kelly’s Lot: Boom Boom Boom

Alastair Greene: Dream Train

Little G Weevil: Here I Come Knocking

Mike Skill: 67 Riot

Jesse Cotton Stone: Unbreakable

Little Red Rooster: 27 Dollars

Peter V & Blues Train: Running Out of Time

Laurie Morvan: My Moderation

Backtrack Blues Band: Heavy Built Woman

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

We Jukin’ Here selections produced by Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

 

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 752: I Gotta Sang The Blues

 

Episode 752 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’ve got the second installment of On The Road with Robert Junior Whitall & Sugar Mae from Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine in Detroit featuring music and conversation from the Blues Queen of Detroit, Ms. Thornetta Davis, and her album Honest Woman, a couple of cuts from her early Live At The Music Menu album, and her guest appearance on my album Detroit Life in 2008.

 

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I GOTTA SANG THE BLUES

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 752

Cass Corridor, Detroit, April 3, 2018 [18197]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Thornetta Davis: I Gotta Sang The Blues

Thornetta Davis conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Thornetta Davis: Honest Woman

Thornetta Davis conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Thornetta Davis: Get Up And Dance Away Your Blues

Thornetta Davis conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Thornetta Davis: I Need A Whole Lotta Lovin’ (To Satisfy Me)

Thornetta Davis conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Thornetta Davis: I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright)

John Sinclair & Thornetta Davis: Hold Your Horn High

Thornetta Davis: Feels Like Religion

Thornetta Davis: Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On

Thornetta Davis: Rock Me A Little While

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Thornetta Davis conversation produced by Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae Whitall

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

 

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 751: Come Rain Or Come Shine

 

Episode 751 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m getting ready for the 47th annual Hash Bash and the 2nd Hash Bash Cup festivities in Ann Arbor this coming weekend and kicking off with a salute to Opening Day at Tiger Stadium (rained out today, rescheduled for tomorrow), a short set by our personal savior, Mr. Elmore James, and cuts from Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Lauryn Hill, Mitch Ryder, John Sinclair & the Funky D All Stars, the New York Art Quartet, M.L. Liebler, a pair of songs by the Planet D Nonet, and my rendition of “it’s All Good” with the Beatnik Youth Orchestra in honor of Hash Bash next week.

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COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 751

Cass Corridor, Detroit, March 28, 2018 [18183]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: let’s call this

Elmore James: Madison Blues

Elmore James: Cry For Me Baby

Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers: Does Your Mama Know About Me

Lauryn Hill: Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

Mitch Ryder: The Terrorist

John Sinclair: Everything Happens To Me

New York Art Quartet: Banging On The White House Door

M.L. Liebler: Wade in the Water

Planet D Nonet: A Call For All Demons

Planet D Nonet: Come Rain Or Come Shine

John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth: Culture-Cide

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

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 750: We Will Fly Away

Episode 750 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor where I’m staying while I deal with my several physical issues at the nearby Detroit Medical Center and get ready for the annual Hash Bash and the Hash Bash Cup festivities in Ann Arbor the first Saturday in April while featuring music this week from all over the place, starting with a long set of great blues by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Larry Taylor, and Howlin’ Wolf, continuing with new music by my friends J.P. Morgan (not the financier) in Holland and Walter Noons in Boston, two cuts by the late Coco Robicheaux, another Bettye LaVette number from my 75th birthday party in Ann Arbor, and a cut with my dear friend and comrade, the great tenor saxohonist Elliott Levin who was in Detroit and played at Ziggy’s in Ypsilanti last Tuesday night with me, so I’m playing one more tune we made together in New York City with a band called Hollow Bones several years ago.

 

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WE WILL FLY AWAY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 750

Cass Corridor, Detroit, March 22, 2018 [18169]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Muddy Waters: All Aboard

Elmore James: Rollin And Tumblin

Elmore James: It Hurts Me Too

Elmore James: Shake Your Moneymaker

Larry Taylor: Knocking at Your Door

Howlin’ Wolf: Dust My Broom

J.P. Morgan: Travelin’

Walter Noons: Dust

Coco Robicheaux: Louisiana Medicine Man

Bettye LaVette: Serves Him Right with Intro

John Sinclair & Hollow Bones: friday the 13th

Coco Robicheaux: We Will Fly Away

Laith al-Saadi: Hoochie Coochie Man

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

We Jukin’ Here selections produced by Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae Whitall

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Elliott Levin, J.P. Morgan & Walter Noons

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

 

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 749: But Beautiful

Episode 749 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios at 55 Peterboro in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’ve just returned from New Orleans this week after a short stop in Chicago to see my dear friend Fritz Keilsmeier on my way home and now I’m planning to stay here in the D until well into May while I continue to deal with my several physical issues at the nearby Detroit Medical Center under the care of my splendid primary doctor Muhammad Kang at the Rosa Parks Geriatric Clinic and take care of some pressing public obligations coming up, like the 8th annual THC EXPO at the Roostertail this weekend, the 2nd annual Detroit Caregivers Cup there on Sunday, and the upcoming 47th annual Hash Bash at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Plus my close friend and comrade, the great poet and tenor saxophonist Elliott Levin is coming to Detroit from his home in Philadelphia this week and we’ll be playing together Sunday night at the Trisophenes club in Detroit and at Ziggy’s in Ypsilanti on Tuesday night, so this program will feature some of the music we’ve made together in years past, like in London with my Blues Scholars at our Obama Inauguration Party at the Café Oto in January 2009 and in New York City with a band called Hollow Bones with the blistering tenor saxophonist Ras Moshe joining Elliott in the front line.

 

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BUT BEAUTIFUL

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 749

Cass Corridor, Detroit, March 16, 2018 [18155]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair & Elliott Levin: Spiritual

John Sinclair & Elliott Levin: Consequences

John Sinclair & Elliott Levin: Blues To You

John Sinclair & Elliott Levin: The Destruction of America

John Sinclair & Hollow Bones: Humphf

John Sinclair & Hollow Bones: Monk In Orbit

John Sinclair & Hollow Bones: Rhythm-A-Ning

John Sinclair & Hollow Bones: Ruby, My Dear

John Sinclair & Elliot Levin: But Beautiful

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

We Jukin’ Here segment produced by Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae Whitall

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Elliott Levin

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 743: Funkin’ For Fun

Episode 743 is my last show to be coming from the Detroit headquarters of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor until the middle of March when I plan to return from the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so my next show will be the annual Mardi Gras music spectacular coming from somewhere in the Crescent City, but this last Detroit show is a special presentation of an hour of music by George Clinton selected and programmed by the great painter Jason Yates as a guest on the Pass The Paintbrush show on KCHUNG radio in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Day this year, with cuts by Parliament, Funkadelic, the Brides of Funkenstein, the Space Cadets, the Sweat Band, and The Parliaments.

 

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FUNKIN’ FOR FUN

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 743

Cass Corridor, Detroit, January 27, 2018 [20-1805]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Evan Walsh intro to Jason Yates

Funkadelic: I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing

The Parliaments: I Wanna Testify

Funkadelic: Me And My Folks

Funkadelic: You Hit The Nail on the Head

Jason Yates Comments with Evan Walsh

Brides of Funkenstein: Disco To Go

Space Cadets: Let’s Pump It Up

Parliament: Funkin’ For Fun

Sweat Band: Freak To Freak

Funkadelic: I Betcha

Jason Yates Comments with Evan Walsh

Funkadelic: What’s Good To You Is Good To Me

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

Special thanks to Celia, Sunny & Beyonce Sinclair and Jason Yates

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

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John Sinclair Radio Show 742: Master Blaster

Episode 742 is coming from the Detroit headquarters of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor where the weather isn’t quite so severe this week and my recuperation from the physical problems I’ve been suffering is coming along quite nicely now, while today is the anniversary not only of my mother’s birth in 1912 but of the Detroit “lightning campus dope raid” of January 24, 1967 that started my long struggle with the Michigan legal authorities to overthrow the state’s marijuana laws. which was ultimately successful some five years later. I was listening to Stevie Wonder playing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Martin Luther King on Episode 740 and it made me meditate on the greatnesss of Steveland Morris, the blind kid from Saginaw, Michigan who developed into one of the greatest musical artists of the 20th century, and made me want to play an hour of his music to add to the hour we offered in our last program for 2016, Episode 685, in honor of the City of Detroit renaming of Milwaukee Avenue in the New Center area as Stevie Wonder Avenue. And of course I must offer once again my special thanks to Stevie for helping get me out of prison on Deember 13, 1971 when he was only 21 years of age.

 

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MASTER BLASTER

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 742

Cass Corridor, Detroit, January 24, 2018 [20-1804]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Stevie Wonder: Bird Of Beauty

Stevie Wonder: Boogie On Reggae Woman

Stevie Wonder: Spiritual Walkers

Stevie Wonder: Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Stevie Wonder: I Was Made to Love Her

Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour

Stevie Wonder: I Just Called To Say I Loved You

Stevie Wonder: Ebony Eyes

Stevie Wonder: Part-Time Lover

Stevie Wonder: Jesus Children of America

Stevie Wonder: You’ve Got It Bad Girl

Stevie Wonder: Keep On Running

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

Special thanks to Celia, Sunny & Beyonce Sinclair

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

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