February 20, 2008. Posted by Stevan Smith.
What's going on all! Welcome to my blog series "DIGGIN' THE CLASSICS"! When new releases in the music world get slow, we all tend to dig into our collections for some vintage pleasure. Join me for my weekly (or whenever I feel like it) quest for soundtrack satisfaction. This is a blog for music lovers! "Walk With Me".
This edition celebrates: Yusef Lateef- The Gentle Giant (1972)
1. Nubian Lady
2. Lowland Lullabye
3. Hey Jude
4. Jungle Plum
5. The Poor Fishermen
6. African Song
7. Queen of the Night
8. Below Yellow Bell
Now I will admit, I am really picky when it comes to instrumental recordings. There has to be something powerful about a rhythm that speaks without words. Yusef Lateef is most definitely gifted in this area. Lateef defines his brand of music as "-insert here-", but don't call it jazz. "The Gentle Giant" is evidence of his unique talents. With Lateef playing various instruments (flute, tenor, and oboe) and a 9-minute cover of "Hey Jude" (?), there is enough variety on this album to prevent it from boring the "A.D.D." listener. One stand out track is, "Nubian Lady". The title say's it all. With it's melodic rhythms and ultra cool vibes, songs like these leave no room for words. That would just mess things up.
"I'm smiling, but don't call it jazz fool!"
Another track that stands out is "Queen of the Night" (must be something about the ladies). A funky track that has a bass line tailor made for hip-hop. It is this variety that makes this album one of his most interesting works. This Lp speaks to generations, and most likely opened the door for world music. Some refer to this album as being erratic compared to his prior works. I feel this is just a classic display of any artists' journey to evolve. This album is a honest contribution to the foundation of jaz......I mean "-insert here-". It dares to be different. ...And it is the "different" that makes it an instant classic.
"What do you mean by different?"
© 2008 WBGO
February 19, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
The WBGO News Department was awarded six honors in the 2008 New York Association of Black Journalists Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner. NYABJ recognizes the best in Print, New Media, Radio, Magazine and Television reporting of issues that affect the Black Diaspora. WBGO News Director Doug Doyle led the way for the station's talented department, which received more radio awards than any other radio station.
Doug Doyle wins in the Spot News/General Category for story CorpsGriot
David Cruz, Adele Oltman, Andrew Meyer and D. Doyle win in the Public Affairs Category for WBGO Journal: 40 Years After the Riots
Doug Doyle wins in the Arts and Entertainment Category for Glee Club
Doug Doyle wins the International Category for Going to Ghana
Doug Doyle and Jen Poyant win in the Sports Category for Ring of Honor
Doug Doyle, wins 2nd place in the General Features-Long Category for The Clubhouse
The WBGO News Department has more 35 NYABJ Awards since Doyle took over the news department in 1998.
Special honorees included TV anchorwoman Roz Abrams, the late Gerald Boyd, Alphonso Van Marsh of CNN and Wilbert Tatum of The Amsterdam News. Also honored was Eric Tait, former ABC News and freelance documentary producer and WBGO major donor. Mr. Tait won in the Documentary Category for his program Lift Every Voice & Sing: The Choral Music Legacy of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities.
Way to go, WBGO!
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February 17, 2008
Rob Crocker played John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" as the winter fund drive faded into memory at 6 p.m. Sunday. Goals were met, audience sustained, and nobody got hurt too badly.
These fund drives are a major undertaking and consume the entire staff, so when its over, there is a collective "Whew!" around here. Listen to how quiet we sound for the next few days. Jock exhaustion.
Since this drive began, we've gone through the Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, the Super Bowl parade, the NHL and NBA All Star games and said Bye Ya to "Smooth Jazz" radio. We heard from you in Sudan, Iraq, Japan, UK, Ireland, Kuala Lampur, Bayamon, Sao Paolo and even exotic Lubbock, Texas.
Thanks to all of you who made a pledge this time around. You do nothing less than keep jazz alive on the radio. - David Cruz
© 2008 WBGO
February 8, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
This is another up-and-coming artist that I'm really excited about. Jaleel Shaw is one of the most talented and interesting young players that has come along in the latest wave of young lions. I first met Jaleel around 2002 - he was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition that year as well. I was completely blown away by this cat. This year, he is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, along with another great young talent, Kendrick Scott.
Oh, and Happy Birthday too!
© 2008 WBGO
January 31, 2008
On the second day ... we started to hit our stride. Believe it or not, these fund drives are as much science as art. Sure, you've got your witty and knowledgeable hosts and sidekicks (like me) but we actually plan ahead for the drive, coming up with themes and strategies, often based on what we hear from you.
I won't tell you what's different about this drive; I'll let you figure that one out yourself. Today's highlights included pledges from South Carolina and Rhode Island. I'm always amazed that people hundreds of miles outside of our listening area actually take the time to make a pledge of support. How cool is that?
Things you missed today, if you weren't listening include Michael Bourne's tale of smoking (not cigars!) with Dizzy Gillespie while watching soap operas; Gary Walker explaining what it means when the horse in a statue of a guy on a horse has one leg or two raised; and Rhonda Hamilton's really bad New England accent.
Now we three sidekicks (Doug Doyle, Andrew Meyer and I) are preparing for "Lessons Learned," our one-hour call-in show with Newark School Superintendent Marion Bolden. This could be interesting - David Cruz
© 2008 WBGO