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Guardian of the Groove: New Orleans Drummer and Composer James Black

From: David Kunian
Length: 59:51

One hour documentary with interviews and music about the life and music of New Orleans drummer and composer James Black

James ?Guardian of the Groove; New Orleans Drummer and Composer James Black.? features interviews with national and New Orleans luminaries including Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Charles Neville, Herlin Riley, Harold Battiste, Alvin Battiste, Edward ?Kidd? Jordan, Deacon John, Johnny Vidacovich, Steve Masakowski, David Torkanowsky, James Singleton, Chris Severin, Porgy Jones, Al Scrammuza, Patrice Fischer, Ramsey Mclean,, Dr. Bruce Raeburn, Kalamu Ya Salaam and others. This program features the music and drumming of James Black including his compositions Magnolia Triangle (covered by Yusef Lateef, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Mark Turner, and Stanton Moore), Monkey Puzzle (covered by Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Dr. John), Olde Wine (played by the AFO Executives and Medeski, Martin, and Wood), New Arrival (Nat Adderley), In The Bag (Nat Adderley and Kermit Ruffins) Hook and Sling (Eddie Bo), Semiocto (Yusef Lateef), Dee Wee, Swingin' at the Haven, and many others. There is also a short, captivating analysis of the Black's drumming techniques and composing styles by Black's friend Herlin Riley, drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and Ahmad Jamal. This piece has played on WWOZ in New Orleans in December of 2004.

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Piece Description

?Guardian of the Groove; New Orleans Drummer and Composer James Black.? features interviews with national and New Orleans luminaries including Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Charles Neville, Herlin Riley, Harold Battiste, Alvin Battiste, Edward ?Kidd? Jordan, Deacon John, Johnny Vidacovich, Steve Masakowski, David Torkanowsky, James Singleton, Chris Severin, Porgy Jones, Al Scrammuza, Patrice Fischer, Ramsey Mclean,, Dr. Bruce Raeburn, Kalamu Ya Salaam and others. This program features the music and drumming of James Black including his compositions Magnolia Triangle (covered by Yusef Lateef, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Mark Turner, and Stanton Moore), Monkey Puzzle (covered by Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Dr. John), Olde Wine (played by the AFO Executives and Medeski, Martin, and Wood), New Arrival (Nat Adderley), In The Bag (Nat Adderley and Kermit Ruffins) Hook and Sling (Eddie Bo), Semiocto (Yusef Lateef), Dee Wee, Swingin' at the Haven, and many others. There is also a short, captivating analysis of the Black's drumming techniques and composing styles by Black's friend Herlin Riley, drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and Ahmad Jamal. This piece has played on WWOZ in New Orleans in December of 2004.

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Excellent Program !

Thank you, thank you, thank you !

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Alto sax player with James for several months

Loved hearing this program. I enjoyed playing in a band with James on piano. I transcribed the charts and kept the book for the ensemble. I would be glad to relate anything about that time if you are interested. This was in late 1969. -Eugene Mueller

Broadcast History

Broadcast on WWOZ in New Orleans in December of 2004. Being distributed in January and February 2005

Timing and Cues

This piece is 59:50. The station break intro is at 26:28 and lasts :35. The station break starts after the announcer says ?So stay in the groove, and stay tuned? at 27:03. The station break lasts 1:03 until the announcer comes back in at 28:05.

Musical Works

Track listing ? James Black documentary 11/22/04

Hook and Sling ? Eddie Bo - Hook and Sling - Tuff City
Olde Wyne ? AFO Executives - Compendium - AFO
New Arrival ? Nat Adderley - In The Bag - Jazzland
Dee Wee ? Ellis Marsalis Quartet - Monkey Puzzle - AFO
Magnolia Triangle ? Ellis Marsalis Quartet - Monkey Puzzle - AFO
Swingin' At the Haven ? Ellis Marsalis Quartet- Monkey Puzzle - AFO
In the Bag ? Nat Adderley - In The Bag - Jazzland
Sister Wilson ? Nat Adderley - In The Bag - Jazzland
Sister Mamie ? Yusef Lateef - Live at Pep's - Impulse
Semiocto ? Yusef Lateef - Psychicemotus - Impulse
Olde Wyne ? AFO Executives - Compendium - AFO
Hook and Sling ? Eddie Bo - Hook and Sling - Tuff City
Psychedelphia ? Mary Jane Hooper - Psychedelphia - Tuff City
Riverboat ? Lee Dorsey
Beyond the Circle ? James Black - Home Recording
Tune #6 ? James Black - I Need Altitude - Funky Delicacies
Kickin ? James Black - I Need Altitude - Funky Delicacies
Magnolia Triangle ? Ellis Marsalis Quartet - Monkey Puzzle - AFO
Pepita ? Jazmine - Tropical Breeze - MMO Music
Jazmine ? Jazmine - Tropical Breeze - MMO Music
Secret Love ? Germaine Bazzle - New New Orleans Music Vocal - Rounder
Storm in the Gulf ? James Black - I Need Altitude - Funky Delicacies
After ? Ellis Marsalis - Syndrome - ELM