Playlist for Wednesday, June 3, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thanks to Red West for letting me use his time slot to interview Gino Robair, so we could fill in listeners about the Matthew Sperry Memorial Festival and the shows happening June 4 and 5. Details are in a previous post.
The show’s opening set, including the Tom Waits songs, is built of pieces with Sperry’s bass playing in the mix. The Six Fuchs album, teaming German clarinetist Wolfgang Fuchs with five local musicians, was a particular highlight. It’s a strong album. Gino noted that an improv album is usually distilled from a couple of hours of recordings, but Six Fuchs presents pretty much what was played that day, in the order it was played. The group just really clicked that day; it was a moment to savor. Sperry died two weeks later.
The rest of the show is my weak approximation of Red West’s own show. Actually, he presents music from all over the map; I went for a mostly pop format that devolved into darker noisier forms later. Notes:
….. Mimi Dye is a local violist (yes, viola) who presents a Latin jazz side on River in the Sun. It’s very mainstream stuff, but well done — upbeat and snappy. I’d expected something softer and new-agey, since my only exposure to Dye’s playing is on her solo viola interpretations of Hildegard of Bingen‘s 12th-century songs.
….. “Oh Daddy,” dating back to 1991, is the closest Adrian Belew has gotten to having a radio hit. He and his daughter (who sings on the chorus) even got a photo and a brief mention in People magazine.
….. I picked a snappy, rocking pop tune from The Postmarks, but their album also sports a lush cover of “You Only Live Twice.”