The Line-Up for 4-16-2010

So I know I've been slacking lately with the descriptions regarding the playlists. I apologize for that. Although, right now my computer lacks the internet so it's sort of weird that the extra material for this post is composed with my trust BlackBerry. Anyway, once again we have a show that's a bit of a hodgepodge due to my wanting to recognize Jazz and Poetry Appreciation Month, tomorrow night's Esperanza Spalding concert at the Carver Community Cultural Center, and my desire to play a song I've wanted to play since I first got this show. Hopefully, it all worked.

Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Last week, when I put together my Herbie Hancock episode, I told my mother about it. She asked me if I played "Rockit." I said no because I frankly hate this song. She joked that she would have listened if I played "Rockit." So, like I did with Joe Sample Day, I have a show of Herbie Hancock before the birthday and start the next week's show with Hancock as a hangover.
Stanley Clarke - All Over Again feat. Esperanza Spalding
Clarke's The Toys of Men album did not get enough credit. It was Clarke's return to form and I think many people slept on it. Also, this was my introduction to Esperanza Spalding and what an introduction it is.
Esperanza Spalding - I Adore You
This song is everything it should be, plain and simple.
Sam Sadigursky - The Dream Keeper
To finally bring in the poetry aspect, I went to Sadigursky. He's done some pretty great work on his own and with Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. Look into him and also read some Langston Hughes. Just because.
Miles Davis - Guinnevere
This is both mine and my fellow Morehouse brother, Saul Williams' favorite Miles Davis song. I've wanted to play this song since I've gotten this show but it wasn't in the station's computer until I found it on vinyl in a box set folks likely forgot about and recorded it in.
Kurt Elling - The Waking
Every time I hear this Theodore Roethke poem, I think about my Literary Form course back in my sophomore year. Elling did a good job here, largely due to this very simple arrangement.
Herbie Hancock - The Jungle Line feat. Leonard Cohen
To round out this poetry corner, I chose something that's not really a poem but is still pretty poetic. When Hancock put together his Grammy-award winning River: The Joni Letters, he noted that Joni Mitchell songs were really the first time he paid attention to the words of songs. His cover of "The Jungle Line" with Leonard Cohen merely speaking the lyrics gives credence to the poetic nature of Mitchell's lyrics. It totally fits here, I think. I would hope you agree.

Not bad for a post written on a tiny keyboard, huh?


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