I think I’m starting to get used to this going live thing. While I may still not have the entire “I totally prepared well in advance of my arriving at the on air booth” thing down, I at least had a few more ideas in place beforehand and I think this turned out to be a pretty cool show.
The Line-Up for 13 February 2015
Albert “Tootie” Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street – Reets and I
I’m just playing songs off Philadelphia Beat every chance I get. With a show this packed, the only chance I had was to play Heath, Iverson, and Street in the 1 spot this week.
DJ Harrison – Echo Parking
Jeremy Pelt – Nephthys
I am still head over heels in love with Jeremy Pelt’s new album, Tales, Musings, and Other Reveries, just as I fall head over heels in love with every Jeremy Pelt album.
Johnny Griffith – Princess Aura Goes to Phyrgia
Ben Gray was quite pleased with Johnny Griffith’s new album, Dance With the Lady, and I figured such a glowing endorsement was enough of a reason to have us all check this group out.
Teebs – LSP feat. Austin Peralta
10^32K (Frank Lacy/Kevin Ray/Andrew Dury) – Give It Some Thought
This group kept popping up in my email for an event they had coming up that had no interest to me because it was thousands of miles away and thus uncoverable (note to artists: any message sent to me about a gig is essentially useless and ultimately ignored), but I for some reason looked through past emails sent my way and liked what I heard, even if their 2013 album, That Which is Planted if full of extra long songs that definitely don’t fit radio format (another thing artist should note when making epics– someone still has to be able to play them) but I buckled nonetheless and figured I’d at least give some play their way.
Makaya – Split Decision
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet – Butterfly
I was pleased to learn Rez Abbasi has a new album out with his acoustic quartet, but once I saw the songs they would play — a take on Tony Williams’ “There Comes a Time”, Weather Report’s “Black Market”, and my complete weakness, Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” — I was just certain that this was going to be an album I needed to hear more of.
Marco Benevento – If I Get to See You At All
Benevento is playing in Austin at The Parish on February 28th and I’m really wanting to go. If you’re an Austinite or a Texan with enough gumption, it’d be dope to run into you there. If you aren’t but still are in the path of any of Benevento’s other US tour dates throughout the next few months, I’m sure it’d be dope to run into any of the other folks who have a good idea of what kind of party to go to.
Bonobo – Cirrus
DRKWAV – Darkwave
I’ve spoken of the release of The Purge, the new album from Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch, and I’m listening through the album lately now that I have it before its release on the 24th. It’s a ride.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.