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.

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 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

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


BLUES SHOW 300: DEMOCRACY

 

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.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

DEMOCRACY

THE BLUES SHOW 300

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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.


ANCESTOR WORSHIP 59: THE FREEDOM SUITE

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.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

EXPLORATION

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 60

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)

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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.

Roots & Branches 21: Dizzy Atmosphere

This episode of Roots & Branches was produced by Michael Anderson for In The Doctor’s Office, his program on Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, in the Fall of 2002 with a series of pointed conversations with John Sinclair and illustrious recordings by Big Tree, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars, Al Green, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Piano Red, Amos Milburn, Howlin’ Wolf, and R.L. Burnside, plus spoken actualities from Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman, Teddy Edwards, and Dewey Phillips.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

DIZZY ATMOSPHERE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 21

Michael Anderson, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City, Fall 2002 [18587]

 

Big Tree: {Unidentified Instrumental]

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: We Just Change The Beat

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

{Unidentified Artist]: Shake That Thing

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Al Green: Take Me to the River

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Billie Holiday: Good Morning Heartache

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman > Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Michael Anderson Interview with Teddy Edwards

Charlie Parker Selection

Michael Anderson Interview with Teddy Edwards

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Write Me A Letter > Dewey Phillips DJ Rap > Piano Red: Let’s Dig That Boogie >

Amos Milburn: Put Something In My Hand > Dewey Phillips DJ Rap

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Howlin’ Wolf: Mr. Highway Man

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

R.L. Burnside: Roll & Tumble

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Michael Anderson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Michael Anderson at Sirius Satellite Radio, NYC

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2002, 2018 Michael Anderson. Used with permission.

 

Beyond The Groove Yard 251: No Refill

George Klein continues his exploration of musicians from the Golden Age of Detroit Jazz in the 1950s & ‘60s, including Thad Jones with Billy Mitchell, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and Elvin Jones, harpist Dorothy Ashby, and pianist Barry Harris.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

NO REFILL

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 251

George Klein, Groove Yard Studio, Ypsilanti, August 10, 2018 [18582]

 

Thad Jones: Tariff

Thad Jones: Slipped Again

Thad Jones: No Refill

Dorothy Ashby: Spicy

Dorothy Ashby: Lamentation

Dorothy Ashby: Moonlight in Vermont

Dorothy Ashby: Back Ralk

Barry Harris: Moose the Mooche

Barry Harris: Sun Dance

Barry Harris: Burgundy

 

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.

 

Mood Indigo 103: Waiting For The Sunrise

Leslie Keros is playing music in Episode 103 by Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine, Shorty Rogers & Art Pepper, Lea Delaria, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski Big Band, Eddie Harris, Cory Weeds, Johnnie Taylor, Wee Willie Walker & the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry, Benny Green, and the Miles Davis Quintet.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE

MOOD INDIGO 103

Leslie Keros, WDCB-FM, Chicago, May 4, 2018 [18581]

 

Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine: Trouble No. 2

Shorty Rogers & Art Pepper: Jive at Five

Lea Delaria: Down with Love

Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski: The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise

Ken Peplowski Big Band: If I Were a Bell

Eddie Harris: Freedom Jazz Dance

Cory Weeds: Getaway

Johnnie Taylor: I Got to Love Somebody’s Baby

Wee Willie Walker & the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra: The Willie Walk

Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry: Mumbles

Benny Green: Tales of Malone

Miles Davis Quintet: Dear Old Stockholm

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Leslie Keros for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Leslie Keros for WDCB-FM, Chicago

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Leslie Keros. Used with permission.

Roots & Branches 20: In The Doctor’s Office

This episode of Roots & Branches was produced by Michael Anderson for In The Doctor’s Office, his program on Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, in the Fall of 2002 with a series of pointed conversations with John Sinclair and illustrious recordings by Buddy Guy, Elmore James, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars, Muddy Waters, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Reed, John Lennon, the MC-5 and Albert King.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 20

Michael Anderson, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City, Fall 2002 [18575]

 

Buddy Guy: First Time I Met The Blues

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Elmore James: Bleeding Heart

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: Chicago Bound

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Muddy Waters: Roll & Tumble, Part 1

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bebop

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Jimmy Reed: Little School Girl

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Lennon: John Sinclair

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Lennon: Working Class Hero

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

MC-5: Jesse Crawford Intro > Kick Out The Jams >

MC-5: Jesse Crawford Intro > Motor City Is Burning

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Albert King: I’ll Play The Blues For You

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Michael Anderson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Michael Anderson at Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2002, 2018 Michael Anderson. Used with permission.