WMM Playlist from June 19, 2019

Rod Parks

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Sound & Vision of Rod Parks

Rod Parks is owner of Retro Inferno. He serves on the board of directors for Owen Cox Dance Group and he is a long-time supporter of area artists and musicians. Rod lives in the Bruce Goff “Nicol House” commissioned by Jim & Betty Nicol in 1964, where Rod hosts fundraisers and house concerts. Rod Parks grew up in Smithville, Missouri, and started playing drums when he was 11. Rod graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and completed master’s degrees in education in 1993. Throughout these years Rod played drums in bands, worked in the grocery store business, and taught high school for ten years. Rod was accepted into the UMKC doctoral program in counseling psychology, and finished coursework for the PhD in 1996. Rod started buying mid-century modern furniture in the mid 1990s. In 1998, Rod opened his first store at 1712 Main, and in 2004, Retro Inferno moved to its current location at 1500 Grand Boulevard.

10:00

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Julian Lage – “The Ramble”
from: Modern Lore / Mack Avenue Records / February 2, 2018
[Julian Lage (/lahj/) was born December 25, 1987 in Santa Rosa, California. He is an American guitarist and composer. A child prodigy, Lage was the subject of the 1996 short documentary film Jules at Eight. At 12, Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. At 15, Lage became a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lage has studied at Sonoma State University and the Ali Akbar College of Music. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008. On March 24, 2009 Lage released his debut album Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, to favorable reviews. It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage’s second album, titled Gladwell was released April 26, 2011, to positive reviews. On March 2, 2015, Lage released his first solo acoustic album entitled World’s Fair, and on March 11, 2016, he released his fourth album as a leader, Arclight. As of 2018, Lage’s trio features bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Lage also has duo projects with guitarists Chris Eldridge, Gyan Riley and Nels Cline. For the 2017 guitar duo album Mount Royal, Lage and Eldridge received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.]

10:10

3. John Zorn – “Merkaba (performed by Gnostic Trio (Bill Frisell on guitar, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, Carol Emanuel on harp)”
from: Masada Book Three – The Book Beri’ah CD 7 Netzach – Gnostic Trio / TZADIK / 2018
[The Book Beri’ah—the final 92 compositions that complete the 25-year Masada legacy in a beautiful limited edition box set of 11 CDs! written by John Zorn).John Zorn was born September 2, 1953, and is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions, which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as “one of our most important composers”. Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s, performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone. He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987 and Naked City in 1990. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US, he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s. Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians. Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the Jewish music-inspired jazz quartet Masada, composed 613 pieces as part of the three Masada songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.]

10:17 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod got his first good drum kit at 12, and then another when he was 15 that he still has (and others). Rod played in bands in his teens and then not again until he was in his 30’s.

10:23

4. Brad Mehldau – “When It Rains”
from: Largo / Warner records / August 13, 2002
[Bradford Alexander Mehldau (/ˈmɛlˌdaʊ/) was born August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Mehldau studied music at The New School, and toured and recorded while still a student. He was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since the early 1990s. His first long-term trio featured bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; in 2005 Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy. These bands have released a dozen albums under the pianist’s name. Since the early 2000s Mehldau has experimented with other musical formats in addition to trio and solo piano. Largo, released in 2002, contains electronics and input from rock and classical musicians; later examples include touring and recording with guitarist Pat Metheny, writing and playing song cycles for classical singers Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter, composing orchestral pieces for 2009’s Highway Rider, and playing electronic keyboard instruments in a duo with drummer Mark Guiliana. Aspects of pop, rock, and classical music, including German Romanticism, have been absorbed into Mehldau’s writing and playing. Through his use of some traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them, simultaneous playing of different melodies in separate hands, and incorporation of pop and rock pieces, Mehldau has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire. More info at: http://www.bradmehldau.com]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod joined the family business managing grocery stores in Smithville, 1981 to 1986.

10:38

5. Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber & Jon Christensen – “Piscean Dance”
from: Solstice / ECM Records GmbH / January 1, 1975
[Solstice is an album by the American guitarist Ralph Towner that was released on the ECM label in 1975. It features Ralph Towner on 12-string and classical guitar & piano; Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano saxophone & flute; Eberhard Weber on bass & cello, and Jon Christensen on drums & percussion. The 1977 album, Solstice/Sound and Shadows, was released by Towner on ECM with the same quartet. Allmusic awarded the album with 4.5 stars and its review by Michael G. Nastos states: “Of the many excellent recordings he has offered, Solstice is Towner’s crowning achievement as a leader fronting this definitive grouping of ECM stablemates who absolutely define the label’s sound for the time frame, and for all time”. All compositions by Ralph Towner except “Sand” by Eberhard Weber.]

10:43 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod Parks Graduated High School 1975 and then went to MU in Columbia. Rod majored in Marketing Education. He coordinated a marketing education program in Versailles MO. from 1979 to 1981. After Rod worked in the Grocery business in Smithville, he taught school again from 1988 to 1998. Rod moved to Brookside in 1993 when I got into the UMKC Doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. Rod completed Masters and Ed Specialist degrees from 1990 to 1993.

10:49

6. Jakob Bro, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Morgan & Jon Christensen – “Lyskaster”
from: Returnings / ECM Records GmbH / March 23, 2018

Jakob Bro was born April 11, 1978. He is a Danish guitarist and composer. Bro leads a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan. In the fall of 2016 the trio released the album Streams (ECM). Bro also works with Palle Mikkelborg and Bro/Knak, a collaboration with the Danish electronica producer Thomas Knak. Bro is a former member of the Paul Motian Band (Garden of Eden, ECM, 2006) and a member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM, 2009). Bro has worked with Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Andrew D’Angelo, Bill Frisell, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian, Oscar Noriega, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Ben Street, Mark Turner, David Virelles, and Kenny Wheeler.

Palle Mikkelborg was born March 6, 1941. He is a Danish jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and record producer. He started playing professionally in 1960, and has since been a dominant figure on the Danish and international progressive jazz scene. He has released several solo records, and recorded with various co-founded groups, as well as appearing as sideman or arranger on numerous international records. Notable international collaborations include appearances with the Gil Evans Big Band, the George Russell Big Band, Gary Peacock, Jan Garbarek, and Miles Davis, for whom he composed and produced the 1985 (released 1989) record Aura. In 2001 he was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

Thomas Morgan was born August 14, 1981 in Hayward, California. He is an American jazz musician (upright bass, cello) in contemporary jazz. Morgan began playing the cello at 7, eventually switching to upright-bass at 14. In 2003 he received his bachelor’s degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harvie Swartz and Garry Diall. He has also studied briefly with Ray Brown and Peter Herbert. Morgan has worked with David Binney, Steve Coleman, Joey Baron, Josh Roseman, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardenas, Timuçin Şahin, Kenny Wollesen, Gerald Cleaver, Adam Rogers and Kenny Werner.[2] He has also collaborated with Jakob Bro, Dan Tepfer, Jim Black, John Abercrombie, and Masabumi Kikuchi, and he has performed with the Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Quartet. Morgan was featured prominently on the 2017 ECM album Small Town in a duet setting with guitarist Bill Frisell. The album documents a 2016 live performance at the Village Vanguard. In 2014, Morgan’s own trio, featuring a keyboardist and drummer, was reviewed by jazz critic Ben Ratliff in the New York Times.

Jon Ivar Christensen was born March 20, 1943 in Oslo, Norway. He is a Norwegian jazz drummer. He is married to actress, minister, and theater director Ellen Horn, and is the father of singer and actress Emilie Stoesen Christensen. In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary. He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi and Tomasz Stanko. He, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, was a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett “European Quartet” of the 1970s which produced five excellent jazz recordings on ECM Records.

10:54 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod Parks happened upon an estate sale while furnishing his Brookside house and started buying 50’s-60’s Mid-century modern stuff. People would come over and say it was cool, so he started trusting his eye and researching designers etc.

Rod started buying and selling furnishings. His garage and basement became full, so he started filling storage lockers, and then warehouse floors. Rod finished the coursework for the PhD in ’96. And then Rod resigned from teaching in 1998 and opened Retro Inferno in June of that year having accumulated a warehouse full of stuff.

11:00 – Station ID

7, Cymande– “Listen”
from: Renegades of Funk / Alaska Records / June 7, 2005
[Best of anthology from Cymande (See-man-day) was a British funk group that released several albums in the early 1970s and reunited in 2014 with a European tour and a new album released in 2015. The group was formed by Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson in 1971 in London, England, along with musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. The name Cymande is derived from a calypso word for dove, symbolizing peace and love. The group developed a subtle and complex, deep funk style influenced by calypso rhythms, jazz, African music, American soul and UK rock of the time. By the mid-1970s the band members were going their separate ways, and the group disbanded in 1974. It was not until 20 years later that they reaped any financial rewards, as their music became a popular source for samplers. Cymande’s original albums are still widely sought-after by DJs and funk aficionados. Perhaps the band’s best known recording is the soulful dance floor filler called “Bra”, which was later sampled by the American hip-hop group De La Soul and used as a breakbeat record by Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Cymande was accidentally discovered by English producer John Schroeder in a Soho, London club where they were rehearsing. He was there to see a rock band but the gig had been cancelled, and he stumbled upon these West Indian musicians. He soon signed the band and recorded their initial single “The Message.” The single was released by Janus Records, a division of Chess Records. The track reached #20 on the US Billboard R&B chart. This set the stage for Cymande’s self-titled release in 1972. Cymande traveled to New York after the success of the first album, and began a tour of the US with Al Green. They also shared a few bills with the Latin funk ensemble Mandrill. They played a few important venues, including The Apollo, and played a gig on Soul Train. The band released three LPs for Janus. However, their final album, Promised Heights, was not released in the US, where Cymande had achieved their initial success. Promised Heights included “Brothers on the Slide”, “The Recluse” and “Promised Heights”. The tracks “Brothers on the Slide” and “Bra” also were staples of the rare groove scene that developed in London and New York nightclubs during the 1980s.]
Cymande Discography

1972 – Cymande
1973 – Second Time Round
1974 – Promised Heights
1981 – Arrival
1999 – The Message (compilation)
2000 – The Soul of Rasta (compilation)
2003 – The Best of Cymande (compilation)
2003 – Nyah-Rock (compilation)
2004 – Renegades of Funk (best of anthology)
2007 – Promised Heights (reissue compilation)
2015 – A Simple Act of Faith

11:05 – Interview with Rod Parks (Retro Inferno)

Rod resigned from teaching in ’98 and opened Retro Inferno in June 1998 at 1712 Main.

In March 2004, Retro Inferno moved to its current location at 1500 Grand Boulevard.

11:11

8. The Jim Campilongo Trio – “Cock ‘n Bull Story (feat. Nels Cline)” [Live]
from: Live at Rockwood Music Hall Nyc / Bully Cat Music / November 13, 2017
[Jim Campilongo was born July 8, 1958. He is a New York guitarist from San Francisco and a member of The Little Willies with Norah Jones. Campilongo plays a Fender Custom Shop Campilongo Signature Fender Telecaster. He employs a hybrid right-hand technique that involves the use of both a plectrum and his fingers. He holds a mandolin pick between his thumb and forefinger while plucking with his middle and third fingers. He is a teacher and a contributing editor for Guitar Player magazine. Campilongo was born in South San Francisco, California. When he was nine, he discovered the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He became interested in improvisation, saying in one interview, “I knew I liked improvisation and long musical journeys…so I used to buy albums based exclusively on how long the tracks were…That’s how I discovered John Coltrane Live in Japan, John McLaughlin Devotion, a couple of different Cream albums.” Campilongo’s career began in the mid-1970s. He studied guitar in San Francisco with Bunnie Gregoire, who taught him to embrace many genres of music, including the work of jazz guitarist George Van Eps and country singer John Denver. He used green stamps to buy his first guitar. During high school, he played with his friend and drummer Ken Owen, and when he was seventeen he began performing with local bands. One of Campilongo’s biggest influences at the time was blues guitarist Roy Buchanan. His recording career started in San Francisco in 1996 when he formed Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats. After several years, he left the group and recorded Table for One in 1998. He has played with Al Anderson, Bright Eyes, Cake, J. J. Cale, Steve Cardenas, Burning Man, Chris Cheek, Nels Cline, Patrick Stewart, Charlie Hunter, Adam Levy, Sunny Ozell, David Rawlings, Peter Rowan, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, and Gillian Welch.]

10:22 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod Parks lives in the Bruce Goff “Nicol House”, commissioned by Jim and Betty Nicol in 1964. It’s his third house. His has moved each time within 10 blocks of each house, moving not for more space, but moving for the architecture of each place.

Bruce Alonzo Goff was born June 8, 1904 and died August 4, 1982. He was an American architect, distinguished by his organic, eclectic, and often flamboyant designs for houses and other buildings in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

A 1951 Life Magazine article stated that Goff was “one of the few US architects whom Frank Lloyd Wright considers creative…scorns houses that are ‘boxes with little holes.”

Bruce Goff’s father, Corliss, the youngest of seven children born to a builder in Cameron, Missouri, who learned to be a watch repairman at an early age, and moved to Wakeeney, Kansas, where he opened his own watch repair business. One day a young schoolteacher named *** came in to have own watch repaired. Romance blossomed quickly and the two were married in 1903 at the home of her parents in Ellis, Kansas. Soon after marriage, the couple moved to the farm town of Alton, Kansas, where their son, Bruce, was born.

Life was still very difficult for the Goffs in Alton, so they moved south to what would become Tulsa, Oklahoma, (but was then Indian Territory.) At the end of the first summer, they moved to Henrietta, where Bruce’s sister was born in 1906. Then they moved to Skiatook and Hominy, where he saw the Indians in ceremonial dress, and was very impressed with their patterns and color. He started school in Skiatook, where he was fascinated by a picture of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, his first real exposure to architecture, other than frontier structures. Later, after moving to Hominy, he began drawing fanciful pictures of such buildings on wrapping paper.

Golf’s family decided in 1913 to relocate to Denver, Colorado, where the father expected that his fortunes would change for the better. First, Corliss went ahead of the mother and children who stayed with her relatives in Ellis, Kansas. He bought a watch shop and opened for business. Meanwhile Bruce, displaying the talent of an artistic prodigy, learned to paint from nature [b] At the end of the summer, 1913, Corliss sent for the family to rejoin him in Denver. The economy did not favor his efforts, and Bruce later remembered going to bed hungry many nights, because his father could not afford enough food for the family. After a year and a half of constant struggle, Corliss realized that his fortune was not going to change there.

Goff’s parents decided to move back to Tulsa in 1915. Corliss had given up on the watchmaking business and became a grocery equipment salesman. Bruce was largely self-educated and displayed a great talent for drawing. He enrolled in the 6th Grade at Lincoln Elementary School, where his first art teacher, a Miss Brown, strongly supported his individualistic artistic expression.[2], p. 18. [c] His father apprenticed him at age twelve to the Tulsa architectural firm of Rush, Endacott and Rush.[d] Goff’s employers were impressed with his talent; they soon gave him responsibility for designing houses and small commercial projects. One of his earliest designs that was actually built was a house at 1732 South Yorktown Avenue in Tulsa’s Yorktown Historical District; another was the 1920 McGregor House, at 1401 South Quaker Street in what is now known as the Cherry Street District. This house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[2], p. 29-30. During this period, his work was heavily influenced through his correspondence with Wright and with Louis Sullivan, both of whom had encouraged him to practice architecture with Rush, Endacott and Rush instead of enrolling in Massachusetts Institute of Technology; they felt the formal education would stifle his creativity. Goff was made a firm partner in 1930.[3] He and his high-school art teacher Adah Robinson are co-credited with the design of Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Methodist Church, one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States. Goff designed the Tulsa Club, downtown Tulsa’s historic landmark, in 1927.

Chicago period – In 1934 Goff moved to Chicago and began teaching part-time at the Academy of Fine Arts. He designed several Chicago-area residences and went to work for the manufacturer of “Vitrolite”, an architectural sheet glass introduced during the 1930s.

Military experience – In March 1942, three months after the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Goff enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Naval Construction Branch (“Seabees”). Called to active duty in July 1942, he underwent basic training, at first in Rhode Island and then at Gulfport, Mississippi. After graduating in September, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and posted to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, where he spent 18 months. His design assignments were strictly conventional (e.g., a club house, a mess hall, an officers’ club), limited by military regulations, availability of materials, cost, schedules, etc.)

In March 1944, CPO Goff was ordered to report to Camp Parks, a naval complex in Dublin, California east of Oakland, for rehabilitation and reassignment (R & R). A senior officer, Admiral Reeves, who was familiar with Goff’s work in Alaska, had Goff assigned to the base operations staff. Goff would remain there until he was discharged from the Navy in July 1945

In 1943, the Marine command had ordered a project to enlarge some service facilities for men stationed there and their civilian visitors (families). The project included remodeling eight existing buildings and constructing the newly-approved McCann Memorial Chapel. Captain James Wilson, Chief Engineering Officer of the base, assigned CPO Goff the job of designing all of the projects. He reminded Goff that the same restrictions he had experienced in Alaska would apply here.

The chapel employed two surplus warehouse-type Quonset huts, each 40 feet (12 m) by 100 feet (30 m) and laid end-to-end, as the basic enclosure. A pylon, on which was mounted a two-sided cross, penetrated the hut wall behind the altar. Since the chapel had to be multi-denominational, one side of the cross (designated “Protestant”) was unadorned. The reverse side of the cross (“Catholic”) was adorned with a crucifix. For Jewish services, the cross could be concealed by the tablets of Moses.

According to Nicolaides, the Camp Parks chapel was purchased in 1956, as surplus military property and rebuilt in San Lorenzo, California., No more has been published about the building.

Post-war period – He also obtained a teaching position with the School of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma in 1942. Despite being largely self-taught, Goff was named chairman of the school in 1943. This was his most productive period. In his private practice, Goff built a large number of residences in the American Midwest, developing his singular style of organic architecture that was client- and site-specific.

In 1955, Goff, who was homosexual, was accused of “endangering the morals of a minor”, as homosexuality was not socially acceptable in Oklahoma in 1955. As a result of the unproven claims, he was forced to resign from his position at the University of Oklahoma. Historians and writers have expressed their belief that Goff was politically forced from his position specifically for being homosexual.

In 1955, Goff relocated his studio to the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, which had been designed by his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. There he continued to produce novel designs, and also spent considerable time traveling and lecturing. Articles about his ideas and designs appeared frequently in professional magazines, such as Progressive Architecture, Art in America and Architectural Forum. In 1960–1961 he had Arthur Dyson as an apprentice in his office and from 1958-1960 Harvey Ferrero also apprenticed with him.

Bavinger House – Goff’s accumulated design portfolio of 500 projects (about one quarter of them built) demonstrates a restless, sped-up evolution through conventional styles and forms at a young age, through the Prairie Style of his heroes and correspondents Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, then into original design. Finding inspiration in sources as varied as Antoni Gaudi, Balinese music, Claude Debussy, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and seashells, Goff’s mature work had no precedent and he has few heirs other than his former assistant, New Mexico architect Bart Prince, and former student, Herb Greene.[12] His contemporaries primarily followed tight functionalistic floorplans with flat roofs and no ornament. Goff’s idiosyncratic floorplans, attention to spatial effect, and use of recycled and/or unconventional materials such as gilded zebrawood, cellophane strips, cake pans, glass cullet, Quonset Hut ribs, ashtrays, and white turkey feathers, challenge conventional distinctions between order and disorder.

Many of Goff’s designs are on display at the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2002 director Heinz Emigholz produced the documentary film Goff in the Desert which depicts 62 of Bruce Goff’s buildings. He also used imagery from this movie for the music video Celtic Ghosts of German band Kreidler.

Goff was active from 1920s til his death, with posthumous projects completed by associates. His works were considered for listing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The following are selected major works:

1926: Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1927: Page Warehouse, Tulsa (demolished)
1928: Riverside Studio, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1938: Turzak House, Chicago, Illinois
1947: Ledbetter House, Norman, Oklahoma
1948: Bachman House, Chicago, Illinois
1950: Bavinger House, Norman, Oklahoma (demolished in 2016)
1955: John Frank House, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
1968: Glen Mitchell House, Dodge City, Kansas
1970: Glen Harder House, Mountain Lake, Minnesota
1978: Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California

Goff’s contributions to the history of 20th-century architecture are widely praised. His extant archive—including architectural drawings, paintings, musical compositions, photographs, project files, and personal and professional papers—is held by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bruce Goff’s headstone, designed by his student Grant Gustafson. His Bavinger House was awarded the Twenty-five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1987, and Boston Ave Methodist Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999.

Death – Goff died in Tyler, Texas, on August 4, 1982. His cremated remains are interred in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, with a marker designed by Grant Gustafson (one of Goff’s students) that incorporates a glass cullet fragment salvaged from the ruins of the Joe D. Price House and Studio.

11:28

9. Ceramic Dog – “Muslim Jewish Resistance (feat. Marc Ribot)”
from: TYRU Still Here? (feat. Marc Ribot) / Northern Spy / April 27, 2018
[Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars out of 5 with Matt Collar stating, “the pugilistic, stylistically expansive third album from Ceramic Dog, guitarist/singer Ribot’s punk-infused trio with bassist/singer Shahzad Ismaily and drummer/singer Ches Smith. Grounded by Ribot’s mutative, buzzy guitar lines and the band’s taut, often humorous lyrics piping with literate rage, YRU Still Here? has the feel of an ’80s hardcore punk 7″ recorded on a four-track over an intense few hours. While the band’s dissonant, MC5-esque brand of punk, improvisational jazz, and avant-garde rock has always evinced a kind of leftist artistic ire, it’s never been as overtly politically and socially minded as it is here”. PopMatters’ John Garratt rated the album 8 out of 10, saying, “Ceramic Dog slammed their collective hand onto a truly volatile moment to capture some appropriately volatile music. In a time when nationalism seems to be far too en vouge for comfort, you can always count on certain voices being raised (shouted?). Ribot was one of those voices before, and there’s no way he’s going to shut up now. … the album’s undercurrent muddies the water just enough to remind the listener that Marc Ribot and Ceramic Dog will never take the easy way out, even during the best of times. Sometimes, that’s how you stumble upon a future classic”. Marc Ribot was born May 21, 1954. He is an American guitarist and composer. His work has touched on many styles, including no wave, free jazz, rock, and Cuban music. Ribot is also known for collaborating with other musicians, most notably Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Vinicio Capossela and John Zorn. Ribot was born in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in the Montrose section of South Orange, the son of a noted physician. He has worked extensively as a session guitarist. He has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Caetano Veloso, John Zorn, David Sylvian, Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, The Lounge Lizards, Arto Lindsay, T-Bone Burnett, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Cibo Matto, Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, Tift Merritt, Allen Ginsberg, Foetus, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Susana Baca, The Black Keys, Vinicio Capossela, Alain Bashung, McCoy Tyner, Elton John, Madeleine Peyroux, Marianne Faithfull, Diana Krall, Mike Patton, Stormin’ Norman & Suzy Williams, Neko Case, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Ikue Mori and others. IN 2018 Ribot also released Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, assembling a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with appropriate ambition, passion, and fury. The eleven songs on the record are drawn from the World War II anti-Fascist Italian partisans, the U.S. civil rights movement, and Mexican protest ballads, as well as original compositions, and feature a wide range of guest vocalists, including Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Fay Victor, Sam Amidon, and Ohene Cornelius. Ribot began working on the project at the end of 2016, responding not just to the American elections, but to the political trends he was seeing around the world. “I am alarmed by Trump and the movement he’s part of,” he says. “I’ve spent a good chunk of my life running around the world on tour—I’m kind of an accidental internationalist—and I see that he’s not an isolated phenomenon. And if we don’t deal with what is going on, it is going to deal with us.” ]

11:33 – Underwriting

11:35 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod is a music fan and supporter of artists. He hosts receptions and house concerts in his Bruce Goff house. He hosts Art shows at Retro Inferno.

11:41

10. John Zorn – “A Void”
from: Insurrection / Tzadik / April 20, 2018
[John Zorn was born September 2, 1953, and is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions, which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as “one of our most important composers”. Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s, performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone. He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987 and Naked City in 1990. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US, he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s. Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians. Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the Jewish music-inspired jazz quartet Masada, composed 613 pieces as part of the three Masada songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.]

11:47 – Interview with Rod Parks

Rod has an extensive art collection and music collection.

11:55

11. Gyan Riley – “Inner Smile”
from: Sprig / National Sawdust Tracks / March 39, 2018
[Gyan Riley (was born 1i 977). He is an American guitarist and composer. He is a son of minimalist composer Terry Riley. They frequently collaborate, including a tour in Europe in September 2016. Gyan Riley studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He released his solo album Stream of Gratitude in 2013 on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. He also performed with Zakir Hussain, Dawn Upshaw, San Francisco Symphony among others. In 2015, he released Nayive Eviyan, a collaboration with Czech violinist Iva Bittová..]

12. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on June 26 Bill Sundahl joins us to talk over the details about KKFI Collaborations at The Folly Theatre, Saturday, June 29. We will also talks with Dick Von Dyke who host The Dick & Dyke Show every Thursday at 10:00 PM at Missie B’s and presents Night of a Thousand Dicks, Friday, June 28, at 8:00 PM at Missie B’s. Also next week the band Belle & The Vertigo Waves join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The Sound & Vision of Rod Parks

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Sound & Vision of Rod Parks

Rod Parks

Mark welcomes special guest Rod Parks who shares 10 of his favorite musical tracks from: Julian Lage; John Zorn & The Gnostic Trio (Carol Emanuel, Bill Frisell & Kenny Wollesen); Brad Mehldau; Ralph Towner & Jon Christensen; Jakob Bro, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Morgan & Jon Christensen; The Jim Campilongo Trio; Cymande; Gyan Riley; and Marc Ribot.

Rod Parks is owner of Retro Inferno. Rod serves on the board of directors for Owen Cox Dance Group and he is a long-time supporter of area artists and musicians. Rod lives in the Bruce Goff “Nicol House” commissioned by Jim & Betty Nicol in 1964, where Rod hosts fundraisers and house concerts. Rod Parks grew up in Smithville, Missouri, and started playing drums when he was 11. Rod graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and completed master’s degrees in education in 1993. Throughout these years Rod played drums in bands, worked in the grocery store business, and taught high school for ten years. Rod was accepted into the UMKC doctoral program in counseling psychology, and finished coursework for the PhD in 1996. Rod started buying mid-century modern furniture in the mid 1990s. Through his research he accumulated a warehouse full of mid-century designer furnishings. In June of 1998, Rod opened his first store at 1712 Main, and in march of 2004, Retro Inferno moved to its current location at 1500 Grand Boulevard. More info at http://www.retroinferno.com

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Show #791

WMM Playlist from May 2, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged

10:00 – Guest Producer: Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

We welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Cymande – “Anthracite”
from: Second Time Round/ Cherry Red / 1973 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]
[Cymande (See-man-day) was a British funk group that released several albums in the early 1970s and reunited in 2014 with a European tour and a new album released in 2015. The group was formed by Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson in 1971 in London, England, along with musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. The name Cymande is derived from a calypso word for dove, symbolising peace and love. The group developed a subtle and complex, deep funk style influenced by calypso rhythms, jazz, African music, American soul and UK rock of the time. By the mid-1970s the band members were going their separate ways, and the group disbanded in 1974. It was not until 20 years later that they reaped any financial rewards, as their music became a popular source for samplers. Cymande’s original albums are still widely sought-after by DJs and funk aficionados. Perhaps the band’s best known recording is the soulful dancefloor filler called “Bra”, which was later sampled by the American hip-hop group De La Soul and used as a breakbeat record by Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Cymande was accidentally discovered by English producer John Schroeder in a Soho, London club where they were rehearsing. He was there to see a rock band but the gig had been cancelled, and he stumbled upon these West Indian musicians. He soon signed the band and recorded their initial single “The Message.” The single was released by Janus Records, a division of Chess Records. The track reached #20 on the US Billboard R&B chart. This set the stage for Cymande’s self-titled release in 1972. Cymande traveled to New York after the success of the first album, and began a tour of the US with Al Green. They shared bills with Latin funk ensemble Mandrill. They played The Apollo, and played a gig on Soul Train. The band released 3 LPs for Janus. However, their final album, Promised Heights, was not released in the US, where Cymande had achieved their initial success. Promised Heights included “Brothers on the Slide”, “The Recluse” and “Promised Heights”. The tracks “Brothers on the Slide” and “Bra” also were staples of the rare groove scene that developed in London and NYC nightclubs during the 1980s.

Discography
1972 – Cymande
1973 – Second Time Round
1974 – Promised Heights
1981 – Arrival
1999 – The Message (compilation)
2000 – The Soul of Rasta (compilation)
2003 – The Best of Cymande (compilation)
2003 – Nyah-Rock (compilation)
2004 – Renegades of Funk (best of anthology)
2007 – Promised Heights (reissue compilation)
2015 – A Simple Act of Faith]

4. Cymande – “Promised Heights
from: Promised Heights / Newhouse Records / 1974 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]

5. King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan – “Living Bread”
from: King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan / Ropeadope / 2005
[Reissued 2018]
[King Britt is a DJ, composer & record producer from Philadelphia. He is a 1986 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia). In 1987 he started working at Tower Records, as a buyer for the singles/import section. His extensive knowledge of dance music made him an in demand buyer in the company. He went on to make many connections in the music community, bringing in records and new labels from all over the world. King attended Temple University. He produced King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan in 2005. A recreation of self-proclaimed bride of christ, Sister Gertrude’s original Preservation Hall album gets new life. The record goes on to be included in the Michael Mann’s 2006 film Miami Vice, on the AdBusters compilation, Live Without Dead Time and the HBO television show True Blood. Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900 – July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African American artist, musician, poet and preacher. Born in LaFayette, Alabama, she relocated to New Orleans in 1939, where she lived and worked until her death in 1980. Sister Morgan achieved critical acclaim during her lifetime for her folk art paintings. Her work has been included in many groundbreaking exhibitions of visionary and folk art from the 1970s onwards. In 1957 Sister Morgan received another revelation from God. Dreaming, she heard a voice that told her she was the Bride of Christ. She then discarded her black missionary attire in favor of an all-white ensemble made up of a nurses’ uniform, peaked nurses’ cap and matching white shoes. Music was another tool of Sister Morgan’s ministry. In the early 1970s, Let’s Make A Record was recorded in order to capture Morgan singing and playing her tambourine. In 2004 the original album was re-released on the Preservation Hall Recordings label. In 2005, Ropeadope released King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which took the a cappella/tambourine recordings of Let’s Make A Record and added contemporary beat programming and instrumentation. The album received rave reviews and created a new, young audience for Sister Gertrude Morgan. The album artwork featured her paintings.]

6. Nina Simone – “I Can’t See Nobody (Daniel Y. Remix)”
from: Nina Simone Remixed & Reimagined / Legacy /2006 [Reissued-Legacy RCA 2008]
[Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She died April 21, 2003. She was was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well-received audition. Waymon became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to racial discrimination. In 2003, just days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed on her an honorary degree. To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to “Nina Simone”. The change related to her need to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play “the devil’s music” or “cocktail piano” at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, and this effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist. Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. She had a hit in the United States in 1958 with “I Loves You, Porgy”. Simone’s musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.]

7. Thievery Corporation – “Music to Make You Stagger”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018
[10th album from Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. They decided to see what would come of mixing all these in a recording studio, and from this, in 1996 the duo started their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. The duo drew attention with their first two 12-inch offerings, “Shaolin Satellite” and “2001: a Spliff Odyssey” and with their 1996 debut LP, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement. Some of their earlier recordings even had specific artwork paying homage to classic releases by bossa nova artists like João Gilberto (His self-titled 1973 album) or Tom Jobim (Stone Flower). They also released “Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi” in 2001, a ‘best of’ compilation of 1960s–1970s material of Verve Records that includes Jazz, Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz works from artists like Cal Tjader, Wes Montgomery, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Luiz Bonfá, among others. Their 1997 debut album is also dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who died three years earlier.]

8. Thievery Corporation – “Voyage Libre (feat. LouLou Ghelichkhani)”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018

10:39 – Underwriting

9. Bettye LaVette – “Person to Person”
from: Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James / Sylvan Songs / Jan. 26, 2018
[Bettye LaVette was born Betty Jo Haskins, on January 29, 1946. She is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents’ living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man”, with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding. She next hit the charts with “Let Me Down Easy” on Calla Records in 1965. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue. After recording several singles for local Detroit labels, LaVette signed to the Silver Fox label in 1969. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty”. The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers. In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full-length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers, but Atco chose not to issue the album. The mid 1970s saw a brief stint and two 45s with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash on West End Records “Doin’ The Best That I Can”. In 1982, she was signed by her hometown label, Motown, and sent to Nashville to record. The resulting LP (her first album actually issued), titled Tell Me A Lie, was produced by Steve Buckingham. The first single, “Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)” hit the R&B Top 40. She briefly gave up recording for a six-year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar, appearing alongside Honi Coles and Cab Calloway. After LaVette had played her own personal mono recordings of Child of the Seventies for Gilles Petard, a French soul music collector, he sought the master recordings at Atlantic, whose personnel had previously thought they had been lost in a fire some years back. In 1999, he finally discovered the masters and then licensed the album from Atlantic and released it in 2000 as Souvenirs on his Art and Soul label. At the same time, Let Me Down Easy — Live In Concert was issued by the Dutch Munich label. Both albums sparked a renewed interest in LaVette and in 2003, A Woman Like Me (produced by Dennis Walker) was released. The CD won the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year”. In an interview, LaVette identified A Woman Like Me as the first album in the second phase of her career and said her 2012 autobiography was named after the album.]

10. C.W. Stoneking – “Jungle Blues”
from: Jungle Blues / King Hokum / 2008 [Reissued by King Hokum 2018]
[Christopher William “C.W.” Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. He has released three studio albums, King Hokum (March 2005), Jungle Blues (28 August 2008) and Gon’ Boogaloo (17 October 2014), on his own King Hokum Records label.]

11. Kevin Morby – “Slow Train (feat. Cate Le Bon)”
from: Harlem River / Woodsist / November 26, 2013
[Debut full length solo release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River with positive reviews. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His album Singing Saw was one of our 116 Best Recordings of 2016, In 2017 Kevin Morby released his 4th album, City Music on Dead Oceans Records. It was one of WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017.]

[Kevin Morby plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO. Saturday, May 5, at 9:00 pm, with Hand Habits.]

12. Mike Donovan – “Spiral Tee Shirt”
from: How to Get Your Record Played in Shops / Drag City / April 20, 2018
[Mike Donovan was born October 6, 1971. He is a San Francisco, California based musician best known as the guitarist and singer of Sic Alps (2004-2013). He has also released music by other San Francisco musicians with his Dial Records and Folding Cassettes labels. Donovan is a veteran of several other bands. He was a member of The Ropers, The Church Steps with Chris Douglas, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast and Yikes. In October 2013 he released his solo debut “Wot” on Drag City. In May 2015, Donovan formed the San Francisco lo-fi supergroup The Peacers, releasing a self-titled debut on July 17, 2015. The self-titled album was co-produced and co-performed by Ty Segall. The current lineup of The Peacers is Mike Donovan, Shayde Sartin, Mike Shoun and Bo Moore. The band release their 2nd record “Introducing The Crimsmen” on Drag City on June 16, 2017]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Matador! Soul Sounds – “Get Ready”
from: Get Ready / Color Red Records / March 12, 2018
[Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of Spanish bullfighting. A common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull—in reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla. Born from the vision of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) their fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band’s “banderilleros”. Adding a feminine energy to the band are Adryon de León and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions – jazz, funk & soul. The band made their official World Debut at Live for Live Music’s Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 and will be touring in the spring of 2018 behind their first full length EP “Get Ready”]

14. The New Mastersounds – “Chicago Girl”
from: Renewable Energy / One Note Records / April 13, 2018
[The New Mastersounds are a British four-piece jazz fusion and funk band from Leeds, England. Over the last 16 years, they have issued ten studio albums, two live dates, two remix collections, and a compilation album.In the late 1990s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Roberts had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, establishing The New Mastersounds. Their first rehearsal produced the release for Blow it Hard Records on two limited-edition 7″ singles in 2000.]

15. Grouper – “Parking Lot”
from: Grid of Points / Kranky / April 27, 2018
[Grouper is the solo project of US-American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris. She has been releasing material on her own label and other independent labels since 2005. Grouper released the critically acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill in 2008, followed by five more records, including a two-part album, A I A, and the piano-led album Ruins. Her eleventh album, Grid Of Points was released on April 27, 2018. On March 8, 2018, the song Parking Lot from the forthcoming album was released via her BandCamp. She has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Xiu Xiu, Jesy Fortino (Mirrorring), Roy Montgomery, The Bug, Lawrence English (Slow Walkers), and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Raum). Harris was born in Northern California and grew up around the San Francisco Bay area. She grew up in a Fourth Way commune there which was inspired by the philosophy of George Gurdjieff. The community was known as “The Group”, which would later serve as some inspiration for the moniker Grouper. According to Harris, the kids called each other and the parents ‘groupers’ sort of as a defiance. She says: “It was us making our own identities inside a pretty controlled environment, and sort of lashing back maybe… When I had to think of a name I felt annoyed at nothing sounding right. I wanted something that referenced me without referencing ‘Me.'” According to her, she “felt like the music was at its barest just a grouping of sounds, and I was just the grouper.”]

16. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Breathe in, Breathe Out”
from: Bon Voyage / Fat Possum Records / June 16, 2018
[Melody’s Echo Chamber is the main project of French musician Melody Prochet. When Prochet’s previous project My Bee’s Garden supported Tame Impala on their European tour in 2010, Prochet collaborated with Kevin Parker to produce her new solo material as Melody’s Echo Chamber. The material was recorded in Parker’s makeshift studio in Perth, Australia and Prochet’s grandmother’s seaside home in the south of France. The self-titled debut album was released on Fat Possum Records in the Fall of 2012.]

17. Lou Johnson – “Rock Me Baby”
from: Sweet Southern Soul / Water Music Records / 1969
[Reissued by Run Out Groove Records 2018]
[Born 1941, in Brooklyn, NYC. He is a soul singer & pianist who was active as a recording artist in the 60s and early 70s. He started singing in gospel choirs in his teens, before studying music at Brooklyn College. He learned keyboards & percussion, forming a gospel group, the Zionettes, who recorded for Simpson Records and achieved some local success. Johnson then formed a secular group, the Coanjos, with Tresia Cleveland & Ann Gissendammer, recording “Dance the Boomerang” before Cleveland & Gissendanner left to become the Soul Sisters. In 1962, Johnson signed as a solo singer with Bigtop Records, run by the Hill & Range music publishing company in the Brill Building. There, he met the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, who wrote Johnson’s 1st single, “If I Never Get to Love You”. Neither that song nor his 2nd record, “You Better Let Him Go”, were hits, but his 3rd single, “Reach Out for Me”, also written by Bacharach & David and this time produced by Bacharach, reached # 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1963. However, as it rose up the charts, the record company collapsed, limiting the record’s success. Johnson signed to its successor label, Big Hill, and continued to record Bacharach & David songs. In 1964, his original version of “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, with backing vocals by Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston, reached # 49 in the US charts. In the UK, a cover version by English singer Sandie Shaw rose to #1 on the British singles chart. Johnson also recorded the original versions of several other Bacharach & David songs that later proved to be bigger hits for other musicians. “Reach Out for Me”, “Message to Michael (Kentucky Bluebird)” (originally “A Message to Martha”), and “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” were all American hits, also produced by Bacharach & David, for Dionne Warwick. Several of his records reached the Cashbox R&B Top 20 including “Always” peaking at # 12 and “Reach Out” at #15. In the UK, Johnson’s version of “A Message to Martha” was his biggest hit, reaching #36 in late 1964, but was outsold by Adam Faith’s cover version. In 1965, working with the team of Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye on the reactivated Bigtop label, Johnson recorded a vocal version of Sidney Bechet’s instrumental hit of a few years earlier, “Petite Fleur”, entitled “A Time to Love, A Time to Cry”. He appeared on the UK TV program: Ready Steady Go!, but neither it nor its follow-ups, a version of the jazz standard “Anytime” and then a version of “Walk On By” co-produced by Allen Toussaint, were successful, and the record company’s choice of songs distanced him from his earlier audience. An album, called Anytime, went unreleased as the record company again collapsed. Johnson recorded two albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first, Sweet Southern Soul, for the Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion, was produced by R&B producer, Jerry Wexler, at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Allen Toussaint produced the 2nd, With You in Mind, at his New Orleans studio for Stax’s Volt label, but neither proved successful. After moving to Orange County, CA, Johnson became a nightclub entertainer. He sometimes performed in a latter-day version of the Ink Spots.]

18. Sir Stanley – “I Believe”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label / Numero Group / March 23, 2018
[20th volume of our flagship Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the “World’s Greatest Bail Bondsman,” swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the O’Jays Bobby Massey, Saru was a creative vortex that pulled Cuyahoga County’s greatest talent in, making a strong case for Cleveland to contend with Detroit, Philly, and Memphis as America’s soul music’s capital. Deluxe compact disc includes 25 obscure and unknown sides from the Out of Sights, the Elements, Pandella Kelly, David Peoples, Sir Stanley, the Ponderosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O’Jays.]

19. Miles Davis & John Coltrane – “Round Midnight (Live from Olympia Theatre, Paris)”
from: The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 / Columbia-Sony Legacy / March 23, 2018
[The latest entry in the award-winning Miles Davis Bootleg Series focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together, in Europe in the spring of 1960. Miles and Coltrane first collaborated in 1955, when Davis recruited the tenor saxophonist alongside pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This “first great quintet” made their Columbia Records debut in 1957. Those early recordings showcased the stunning contrasts between Miles’ spacious, melodic lines and Trane’s cascading high-energy solos, famously described by the critic Ira Gilter in 1958 as “sheets of sound.” While the quintet disbanded shortly after the release of ‘Round About Midnight, Coltrane was back in Miles’ ensemble in early 1958. A year late, the Miles Davis Sextet (Davis, Coltrane, Chambers, saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans or Wynton Kelly, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) recorded the historic Kind Of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. And for this final tour the rhythm section of Kelly, Chambers and Cobb backed Miles and Trane. These historic performances marked Miles and Trane’s last outing together and showcased both musicians’ incredible influence on the changing sound of jazz. The beautiful music they made together is presented here officially for the very first time. The 4CD set The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 includes concerts recorded in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm.]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee and Marion Merritt on the May 2, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

Barry Lee is the host & producer of Signal To Noise heard Friday nights at 9:00 PM.

We offered our sincere condolences on the loss of Barry’s friend and wife Caroline Lee who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family.

Caroline and Barry Lee

Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for KKFI beginning in 1985. When the station went on the air in 1988, she hosted a show called “Watusi Rodeo,” which was one of the first alternative country radio shows in the country.

After that, she guested often on Signal To Noise, tended her garden, went to music shows and doted on her cats.

Barry plans two memorial shows for Caroline Lee on May 4th and May 11th, at 9:00 pm on KKFI. Signal To Noise, will present “Watusi Radio” a tribute to Caroline Lee on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM.

There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads in July in her memory. She requested donations be sent to KKFI via http://www.kkfi.org/donate in lieu of flowers or cards.

Barry has been working on a special benefit he is producing for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

10:42

20. Beatles Tribute Band – “Two Of Us”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recordings / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar & vocals, Darrell Lea on guitar & vocals, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on bass & vocals]

10:46 – More interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show

All – Star band:
Mike Penner on guitar,
Darrell Lea on guitar,
Nate Holt on keyboards,
Paul Lemon on percussion,
Pat Tomek on drums, &
Michael Paull on vocals and bass

11:56

21. Beatles Tribute Band – “Fool On A Hill”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recording / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar, Darrell Lea on guitar, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on vocals and bass]

[An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.]

22. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next week, on May 9th David Wayne Reed joins us to share information the premiere of Eternal Harvest his new short film about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, that will be part of the Miami County Farm Tour May 12 in Louisburg, Kansas. Also next week we’ll talk with Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, Chris Tady about Woodstack 2018 on Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas featuring The Sleazebeats, Sopchoppy, Claire Adams, Erica Joy, Betse & Clarke, WyCo Low Riders, The Almighty Trouble Brothers and Pamper The Madman. Also next week we have an extended interview with Musician and Director Cody Critcheloe of SSION, just before the national release of the new SSION album, 0, thaty comes out May 11 on DERO ARCADE records. Also next week Shawn Saving joins us to share information about Workers Revival Fest – May 11 and 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boy, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wednesday MidDay Medley is Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Barry Lee

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugge
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Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Cymande, Kevin Morby, CW Stoneking, Lou Johnson, Tim Maia, Miles & Trane, King Britt, Grouper, Epic Soundtracks, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Barry Lee

At 11:30 Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

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Show #732