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.

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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



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.


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.

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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


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 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



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.

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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


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.


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.

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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

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 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.


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


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.


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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



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.



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



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



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

Retrospective 001: Democracy & The Freedom Suite

For the month of November we’ll present a series of posts highlighting past shows, connected by way of different themes., and including news items, video and audio releases and commentary.  Stay tuned with the Radio Free Amsterdam 24/7 player.

Here are two shows from the archives: Democracy by Bruce Pingree, and Freedom Suite by John Sinclair. Enjoy. Turn it up.

–Steve Fly



Bruce Pingree is playing a tribute to the recently departed Allman Boothers drummer Butch Trucks in his 300th episode for Radio Free Amsterdam with music from the Allman Boothers Band and Johnny Jenkins, plus a series of songs by Mighty Sam McClain, and cuts from Eric Mingus, Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, and Dr. John.


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Bruce Pingree, WUNH-FM, Durham, NH, January 29, 2017 [BPBS-0300]


[01] Allman Brothers Band: Hoochie Coochie Man

[02] Johnny Jenkins: I Walk On Guilded Spliters

[03] Johnny Jenkins: Voodoo And You

[04] Allman Brothers Band: Done Somebody Wrong

[05] Mighty Sam McClain: Love One Another

[06] Mighty Sam McClain: Give It Up To Love

[07] Mighty Sam McClain: If It Wasn’t For The Blues

[08] Mighty Sam McClain: Lord Will Make A Way

[09] Mighty Sam McClain: A Change Is Gonna Come

[10] Eric Mingus: Democracy

[11] Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire: Freedom

[12] Dr. John: Huey “Piano” Smith Medley

[13] Dr. John: Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya



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

© 2017 Bruce Pingree. Used with permission.


Our project for this month is an investigation into the music recorded by BYG Records following a music festival held in Paris in 1969, collected on a 3-disc boox set called JazzActuel produced by Thurston Moore & Byron Coley that I found in the collection of Mark Ritsema in Rotterdam. Tonight’s program features Volume 1, which includes cuts by Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, Sonny Sharrock, Grachan Moncur III, Clifford Thornton, and Jacques Coursil.


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John Sinclair, Hightop Circle, Hamden CT, October 23, 2013 [JSAW-0060]


[01] Opening Theme: Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

[02] Steve Lacy: Note

[03] Archie Shepp: Blasé

[04] Sunny Murray: Red Cross

[05] Sonny Sharrock: Soon

[06] Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

[07] Clifford Thornton: Pan-African Festival

[08] Jacques Coursil: Black Suite (Part 2)



Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Mark Ritsema, Steve The Fly, and Kathy Sinclair

© 2013, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation.