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Monday, July 4, 2016

Unpopular Music 4th of July Spectacular

I wasn't quite together enough to get this ready in time to be posted for Saturday's webcast, so there's a special bonus playlist for the 4th of July. We celebrate America, the good, the bad, the ugly. (but, no, not, you know, him.)

As said by Carl Schurz (1829–1906), Union Army General, U.S. Senator from Missouri, Secretary of the Interior, journalist, newspaper editor, orator, and namesake of my favorite New York City park -
"The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, “My country, right or wrong.” In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."
See also some supplementary reading from Mr. Charlie Pierce.

No jazz to speak of today (which I admit is no way to celebrate America), but a variety of sounds all the same.

See the playlist after the break...

artist title album comments label / date
Marvin Gaye The Star-Spangled Banner 1983 NBA All-Star Game from a documentary, the name of which I forget You Tube
Bill Frisell Washington Post March Have a Little Faith Bill Frisell (g) Don Byron (clt) Guy Klucevsek (acrd) Kermit Driscoll (b) Joey Baron (d)
tune by John Philip Sousa
Graham Parker Over the Border (To America) Struck by Lightning Graham Parker (voc, g) Andrew Bondar (b) Pete Thomas (d) Cyndi Cashdollar (lap steel) John Sebastian (voc) RCA
Bob Dylan Narrow Way Tempest Bob Dylan (voc, g, p) Donnie Herron (stl g, bnj, vln, mnd) David Hidalgo (g, acrd, vln) Stu Kimball, Charlie Sexton (g) Tony Garnier (b) George G. Receli (d) Columbia
Talking Heads The Big Country More songs about buildings and food David Byrne (voc, g, song) Jerry Harrison (g, keys) Tine Weymouth (b) Jerry Frantz (d) Sire
Oliver Nelson The Artists' Rightful Place The Kennedy Dream Oliver Nelson (ts, ss, arr, cnd) Phil Woods (as) Snooky Young (trp) Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson (reeds) Don Butterfield (tba) Phil Bodner (eng hrn) Danny Bank (b clt) Hank Jones (p) George Duvivier (b) Grady Tate (d) John F. Kennedy (voc) Impulse!
Bang On A Can All-Stars; The Choir of Trinity Wall Street Speech Anthracite Fields All-Stars - Ashley Bathgate (vc) Robert Black (b) Vicky Chow (p) David Cossin (prc) Mark Stewart (voc, g) Ken Thomson (clt)
music by Julia Wolfe, text from a speech by John L. Lewis
Cantaloupe Music
Desaparecidos The Happiest Place on Earth Read Music/Speak Spanish Conor Oberst (voc, g) Denver Dalley (g) Ian McElroy (keys) Landon Hedges (b, voc) Matt Baum (d)
recorded the same week as the September 11 attacks
Saddle Creek Records
The Roots Masters of War I'm Not There concert song by Bob Dylan
Hans-Ola Ericsson Variations on ''America'' Organ Music from the USA music by Charles Ives Bis
Zoltan Kocsis; Amadinda Percussion Group Four Dances [What so proudly we hail] Cage: Works For Percussion Vol. 4 Amadinda Percussion Group (Zoltán Rácz, Aurél Holló) Zoltán Kocsis (p) Zoltán Gavodi (ten) Hungaroton
John Adams; BBC Symphony Orchestra My Father Knew Charles Ives - I: Concord The Dharma at Big Sur/My Father Knew Charles Ives music by John Adams Nonesuch
Howard Hanson; Eastman-Rochester Orchestra New England Triptych (Three Pieces for Orchestra after William Billings) - I: Be Glad Then, America Hanson conducts Ives, Schuman, Mennin music by William Schuman Mercury Living Presence

Bill Frisell The "Saint-Gaudens" in Boston Common [excerpt #2] Have a Little Faith Bill Frisell (g) Don Byron (clt) Guy Klucevsek (acrd) Kermit Driscoll (b) Joey Baron (d)
music by Charles Ives
David Alan Miller / Albany Symphony Orchestra American Symphonette No. 3 - II: Intermezzo Morton Gould: Concerto for Orchestra music by Morton Gould Albany Records
Matt Haimovitz Anthem Please Welcome... Matt Haimovitz Jimi Hendrix, after John Stafford Smith, arr. Matt Haimovitz Oxingale
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers Back in the USA Radio On: Stop and Shop Jonathan Richman (g, voc) Leroy Radcliffe (g) Greg 'Curly' Keranen (b) David Robinson (d)
song by Chuck Berry
John McEuen The Stars and Stripes Forever String Wizards song by John Philip Sousa Vanguard

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