Archive for May 29th, 2007

1976: The Year In Mucus – Cover Art

29 May 2007

Here’s the cover art for my mix 1976: The Year In Mucus.

Read the complete liner notes for this mix.

Here’s the front cover:

Here’s the inside front cover:

Back cover:

The inspiration:

And here’s the track listing:
Ramones [1] Judy Is A Punk
Stevie Wonder [2] I Wish
Parliament [3] Unfunky UFO
The Modern Lovers [4] Pablo Picasso
Led Zeppelin [5] Royal Orleans
AC/DC [6] Rocker
K.C. & The Sunshine Band [7] I’m Your Boogie Man
Burning Spear [8] The Ghost
Steely Dan [9] The Fez
Aerosmith [10] Get The Lead Out
Bob Marley & The Wailers [11] Positive Vibration
Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters [12] Underground
Tom Waits [13] Step Right Up
Thin Lizzy [14] Running Back
Graham Parker [15] White Honey
Rose Royce [16] Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Black Sabbath [17] It’s Alright
Kiss [18] Detroit Rock City
Marvin Gaye [19] I Want You
Peter Tosh [20] Whatcha Gonna Do
Joni Mitchell [21] Coyote

What, me worry?

Buried Treasure: Shorty & Doc

29 May 2007

[Today: Two little-known trumpeteers join forces and spin jazz gold…]

Shorty/Doc - album

Trumpeters Harold “Shorty” Baker and Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham were hardly household names when they met for this session on January 17th, 1961. Baker was a veteran of Duke Ellington’s band, so he was known in music circles, but Cheatham was relatively unknown – this was just the second album to bear his name (after an obscure French session), which is misspelled on the cover. He would go on to an incredibly long and productive career that lasted into his 90’s – unheard of on such a physically demanding instrument as the trumpet.

The album’s only original composition ‘Baker’s Dozen’ might also be its finest moment, but there are plenty to choose from. Opener ‘Chitlins’ finds Baker and Cheatham economically and seductively blending the sound of their horns. ‘Good Queen Bess’ bounces, ‘Night Train’ chugs, and ‘Lullabye In Rhythm’ swings.

Joe Goldberg wistfully concluded in his original liner notes that “surely one (sic) Doc Cheatham album is not enough. Let us hope that this is the first of several.” He would get his wish, and then some. Doc would go on to record dozens of albums, but he never did better than Shorty & Doc.

[For more buried treasure, go here.]