Roots & Branches 52: Totally Spinning


Destination Out with Kim Heron originated from WDET-FM in Detroit and this week’s episode presents music by Wycliff Gordon & Jay Leonhart, Joe Lovano & Joe Garzone, Conrad Herwig, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the Ken Vandermark 5, Mark Feldma, Sidney Bechet, Sarah Martin, Matt Wilson, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
TOTALLY SPINNING
ROOTS & BRANCHES 52
Kim Heron, WDET-FM, Detroit, February 4, 2007 [19340]
 
Wycliff Gordon & Jay Leonhart: Eddie Harris (Freedom Jazz Dance)
Joe Lovano & Joe Garzone: Malaya
Conrad Herwig: Seven Steps To Heaven
Rova Saxophone Quartet: Totally Spinning
Ken Vandermark 5: The Cooler
Mark Feldman: What Exit
Sidney Bechet: [Unidentified Selection]
Sidney Bechet: [Unidentified Selection]
Sidney Bechet & Sarah Martin: [Unidentified Selection]
Matt Wilson: Feel The Sway
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Beyond The Purple Star Zone
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by W. Kim Heron for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by W. Kim Heron at WDET-FM, Detroit
Digitally recorded as airchecks by Joe Peter
Post-production, editing, & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
Special thanks to W. Kim Heron, Joe Peter, Dr. Tim & Steve The Fly
 
© 2007, 2019 W. Kim Heron. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 51: Tetragrams


Destination Out with Kim Heron originates from WDET-FM in Detroit and features post-Coltrane jazz recordings and live in-studio performances. Kim was also the editor of the Detroit Metro Times. This week’s episode of Destination Out presents music by Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, Neena Freelon, the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Don Byron, Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz-Chad Palmor & the Spring String Quartet, the Bang On A Can All Stars, and Roland Kirk.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
TETRAGRAMS
ROOTS & BRANCHES 51
Kim Heron, WDET-FM, Detroit, January 21, 2007 [19326]
 
Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Tetragrams—Astrology 1
Neena Freelon: Over Joy
Jazz Jamaica All Stars: War
Jazz Jamaica All Stars: What’s Going On
Don Byron: Reach Out I’ll Be There
Andrew Hill: Pastoral Pittsburgh
Lee Konitz-Chad Palmor & the Spring String Quartet: Struttin’ With Siome Barbecue
Scott Quinnell: Bang On A Can All Stars: Eugene (Part 6)
Roland Kirk: Blue Rol
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by W. Kim Heron for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by W. Kim Heron at WDET-FM, Detroit
Digitally recorded as airchecks by Joe Peter
Post-production, editing, & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
Special thanks to W. Kim Heron, Joe Peter. Dr. Tim & Steve The Fly
 
© 2007, 2019 W. Kim Heron. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 50: Another Place


Destination Out with Kim Heron originated from WDET-FM in Detroit and features post-Coltrane jazz recordings and live in-studio performances. Our first episode of Destination Out in the Roots & Branches series presents music by Don Byron, Bunky Green, a tribute to Motown Records by Lonnie Smith, Steve Bernstein’s Millenium Orchestra, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Cassandra Kinley, plus Jessica Williams, and Freddie Hubbard.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
ANOTHER PLACE
ROOTS & BRANCHES 50
Kim Heron, WDET-FM, Detroit, January 21, 2007 [19312]
 
Don Byron: What Does It Take
Bunky Green: Another Place
Bunky Green: Tune X
Lonnie Smith: Trouble Man
Steve Bernstein’s Millenium Orchestra: Signed, Sealed & Delivered
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: My Cherie Amour
Cassandra Kinley: Let’s Get It On
Roland Kirk: My Girl
Jessica Williams: Little Bird Song
Jessica Williams: Serenata
Freddie Hubbard: Caravan
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by W. Kim Heron for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by W. Kim Heron at WDET-FM, Detroit
Digitally recorded as airchecks by Joe Peter
Post-production, editing, & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
Special thanks to W. Kim Heron, Joe Peter, Dr. Tim & Steve The Fly
 
© 2007, 2019 W. Kim Heron. Used with permission.
 

Roots & Branches 49: Majestic


Dominic Trix, Dan Gunning, and Loren Dobsonpresent the third hour of our 3-part tribute to the late saxophonist Steve Mackay from KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA in Episode 49, featuring recordings from the fiendish Mackay collection of Loren Dobson that showcase Steve’s playing under his own name, as leader of Carnal Kitchen, and with artists like “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Steve Mackay-Marlon Kasberg-Loren Dobson, the Moonlighters, United Scum, Smegma, Snakefinger, Joe Goldmark, James Williamson, and Round Eye.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
MAJESTIC
ROOTS & BRANCHES 49
Dan Gunning, Dominic Trix & Loren Dobson, KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA, February 24, 2016 [19288]
 
Steve Mackay & Carnal Kitchen: La Cuisine Charnelle
Blue Gene Tyranny: David Kopay (Portrait)
Steve Mackay-Marlon Kasberg-Loren Dobson: Tomorrow Never Knows
Moonlighters: Midnight In Memphis
United Scum: Soundclash: Sevad Kooh
Carnal Kitchen: Peresina
Steve Mackay: Dead Chevys
Smegma with Steve Mackay: Majestic
Snakefinger: Natural Ball
Joe Goldmark: Twine Time
James Williamson: She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills
Round Eye: PMS
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Dan Gunning & Company for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Dominic Trix at KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2016, 2019 The John Sinclair Foundation
 

Roots & Branches 48: Sans Frontiers


Dominic Trix, Dan Gunning, and Loren Dobson host the second hour of our 3-part tribute to the late saxophonist Steve Mackay from KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA in this episode, featuring recordings from the fiendish Mackay collection of Loren Dobson that showcase Steve’s playing under his own name, as leader of Carnal Kitchen, and with artists like Sonny Vincent & Spit, John Sinclair, Estel with Mike Watt and Steve Mackay, Banyan, The Stooges, the Radon Ensemble, and the legendary Charging Rhinoceros of Soul.
 
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
SANS FRONTIERS
ROOTS & BRANCHES 48
Dan Gunning, Dominic Trix & Loren Dobson, KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA, February 24, 2016 [19274]
 
Violent Femmes: Faith
Sonny Vincent & Spit: Dog On the Subway
John Sinclair & Steve Mackay: Introduction & Consequences
Estel with Mike Watt and Steve Mackay: Fun House
Banyan: Fun House
Dan Gunning Interview with Steve Mackay
The Stooges: L.A. Blues
Dan Gunning, Dominic Trix & Loren Dobson Conversation with Brian Turner
The Stooges: Fun House (Take 2)  
Steve Mackay & the Radon Ensemble: Sans Frontiers
Charging Rhinoceros of Soul: Unidentified Selection Live on NET
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Dan Gunning & Company for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Dominic Trix at KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2016, 2019 The John Sinclair Foundation
 

Roots & Branches 47: Freak Blues

Dominic Trix of KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA brought in my old friends Dan Gunning (of WCBN-FM in Ann Arbor many years ago, posing as Nancy Reagan on this soundtrack) and Loren Dobson, formerly of KUSF in San Francisco and fiendish collector of Mackay recordings, to construct a four-hour tribute to the late Steve Mackay, tenor saxophonist of Ann Arbor and San Francisco and a good friend of mine since 1968. I edited the talking but not the tracks to three one-hour programs for the Vintage Radio Vaults and we present them here this month for your edification and delight, featuring recordings made by Steve Mackay from 1966 to the past year, including in the first hour Steve Mackay & The Randoms, Andre Williams, Sigmund Snopek III, The Stooges, ZEV, the Commander Cody Band, the Ralph Shine Blues Band, Carnal Kitchen, the Mojo Boogie Band, and the Violent Femmes.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FREAK BLUES

ROOTS & BRANCHES 47

Dan Gunning, Dominic Trix & Loren Dobson, KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA, February 24, 2016 [19260]

Steve Mackay & The Randoms: Random Soul

Andre Williams: Freak Blues

Sigmund Snopek III: Eighth and Oklahoma

The Stooges: 1970

Dan Gunning Interview with Steve Mackay

ZEV & Steve Mackay: Live in the Pit @ KFJC-FM

Steve Mackay & Iggy Pop: The Prisoner

Commander Cody Band: Triple Cheese

Ralph Shine Blues Band: Up The Line

Steve Mackay & Carnal Kitchen: Go To Hell

Mojo Boogie Band: Traveling Riverside Blues

Violent Femmes: Faith

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Dan Gunning & Company for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Dominic Trix at KFJC-FM, Palo Alto Hills CA

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2016, 2019 The John Sinclair Foundation

Roots & Branches 46: The Last Word

Episode 46 is a special program hosted by Patty Jackson focused on the final album by the O’Jays, produced by Betty Wright and Steve Greenburg for Columbia Records and just now released.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE LAST WORD

ROOTS & BRANCHES 46

Patty Jackson, Columbia Records, April 19, 2019 [19256]

The O’Jays: I Got You

The O’Jays: Stand

The O’Jays: Start Stopping

The O’Jays: Enjoy Yourself

The O’Jays: Above The Law

The O’Jays: Do You Really

The O’Jays: Summer Nights

The O’Jays: Pressure

The O’Jays: Sweeter

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Patty Jackson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by The O’Jays at Columbia Records

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2019 Columbia Records. Used with permission.

Roots & Branches 45: May Day Special


May 1st is Workers’ Day around the world. It came about as such through Communists and Knights of Labor and International Workers of the World (the great, old Wobblies)—and all like that. Pagans celebrated renewal and the promise of crops around this time.

In Haiti May 1st is the Day of Agriculture. There the loa particularly celebrated on this Day is Kouzin Zaka, patron saint of peasants. Kouzin Zaka wears a straw hat. Kouzan Zaka swings a brilliant sash from his waist. Kouzan Zaka may smoke the big cigar from the tobacco that he raises. He shares fruits of the earth and his brothers’ and sisters’ labor from his sack of hemp and he and she and they will have a little whiskey too, this Day.

Freedom is another name for the justice we have when we gain our fair share of the fruits of our labors. May 1st happens with no mansions on the hill. There is no high and low but only us.
We’ll hear selections from Blind Wlllie Johnson, Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Cyndi Lauper, Langston Hughes, the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Anya Parampil & Tucker Carlson of Fox News, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars, Los Bunkers of Chile, Don Paul & Cacri Jazz, Boukman Eksperyans, and Tennessee Williams.

This May Day Special of May 4th, in truth, is dedicated to a dear friend of mine and of many, many more—the novelist, poet, teacher and all-round bosom inspiration Chuck Kinder, Charles Alfonso Kinder of West Virginia and Diane Cecily and of his brother and sister, mother and father and Janet too. Surely Chuck will forever wave his hand like a wand around kitchen tables with a “Z’ZZZ” in concert with the TV. Dear Chuck passed from this Life yesterday. He’d recovered miraculously once, twice, three times—like Muhammad Ali a champion—to give us real poetry. Giant Death! Hot Jewels! Poetry individual, deep, kind and wise as he’d become Dear Chuck!

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
MAY DAY SPECIAL
ROOTS & BRANCHES 45
Don Paul, Spiritual As Music, May 6, 2019 [19242]
 
Blind Wlllie Johnson: What Is The Soul Of A Man
Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer: Redemption Songs
Bob Marley: War
Laura Nyro: Lu
Cyndi Lauper: Carey
Langston Hughes: Rivers > I Too
Pharoah Sanders Quartet: You’ve Got To Have Freedom
Anya Parampil & Tucker Carlson on Fox News
John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: Smells Like Sulfur Here
Los Bunkers of Chile: La Exilado del Sur
Don Paul & Cacri Jazz: Don’t Ya Know Me
Boukman Eksperyans: Ave Maria
Tennessee Williams: To Brooklyn Bridge
 
A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
 
© 2019 Don Paul. Used with permission.