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Blues & Beyond #268: Vijay Iyer's crossing

From: WXPN
Series: Blues & Beyond
Length: 59:00

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Iyer_small In this hour of The Blues & Beyond, we'll visit a "threshold between worlds" as jazz pianist Vijay Iyer describes it. His latest album "Tirtha" is a collaboration with guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta, that combines their backgrounds growing up in India performing Indian music with Iyer's experience as an American of Indian descent who plays jazz. We'll also hear tablas played on a captivating new album from violinist Vicki Richards and her trio called She Vanishes. We have new soul music from Johnny Rawls, a song from jazz vocalist Jane Stuart's new album, and new jazz from trumpeter John Vanore and his band Abstract Truth as well as a group called New York Electric Piano with a newfangled rag for this still young new millennium...  also, Yank Rachell - - the "Blues Mandolin Man" album is back in print, finally available on CD. Plus a song from the final album of soul great Solomon Burke, recorded with the Dutch group De Dijk. On many of Burke's later albums, the great soul singer appeared less than confident and centered, very possibly because the music was being put together by fans (who also happenned to be stars) who gently led him. On this album, "Hold on Tight," Burke co-wrote every song and is clearly fully in command.

promo included: promo268

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Piece Description

In this hour of The Blues & Beyond, we'll visit a "threshold between worlds" as jazz pianist Vijay Iyer describes it. His latest album "Tirtha" is a collaboration with guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta, that combines their backgrounds growing up in India performing Indian music with Iyer's experience as an American of Indian descent who plays jazz. We'll also hear tablas played on a captivating new album from violinist Vicki Richards and her trio called She Vanishes. We have new soul music from Johnny Rawls, a song from jazz vocalist Jane Stuart's new album, and new jazz from trumpeter John Vanore and his band Abstract Truth as well as a group called New York Electric Piano with a newfangled rag for this still young new millennium...  also, Yank Rachell - - the "Blues Mandolin Man" album is back in print, finally available on CD. Plus a song from the final album of soul great Solomon Burke, recorded with the Dutch group De Dijk. On many of Burke's later albums, the great soul singer appeared less than confident and centered, very possibly because the music was being put together by fans (who also happenned to be stars) who gently led him. On this album, "Hold on Tight," Burke co-wrote every song and is clearly fully in command.

promo included: promo268

Broadcast History

WXPN-FM 8-21-2011

Transcript

Start: 0:00 Duration: 0:59
opening theme:
Bert Jansch and John Renbourn "No Exit"
Wooded Hill Recordings: Bert And John
© 1996 Wooded Hill Records/Transatlantic Records Ltd

Start: 1:12 Duration: 4:47
Papa John DeFrancesco "Dr. Mike"
Savant: A Philadelphia Story
© 2011 Savant Records, Inc.

Start: 7:05 Duration: 4:37
Solomon Burke & De Dijk "Text Me"
Verve Forecast: Hold On Tight
© 2010 Universal Music BV

Start: 11:42 Duration: 5:23
Jane Stuart "Summertime"
Jane Stuart Music: Don't Look Back
© 2011 Jane Stuart Music

Start: 17:08 Duration: 3:20
Johnny Rawls "Burning Bridges"
Catfood: Memphis Still Got Soul
© 2011 Catfood Records

Start: 21:06 Duration: 5:34
Yank Rachell "Des Moines, Iowa"
Blind Pig: Blues Mandolin Man
© 1990 Blind Pig Records

Start: 26:43 Duration: 4:27
Donald Ray Johnson "Working Girl Blues"
Mar Vista: It's Time
© 2010 Donald Johnson...
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Timing and Cues

00:00 Billboard: Show opens, opening theme, "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister."

00:59 Billboard ends.. "... in this hour of The Blues & Beyond."

01:00 "option" song: "Starting out, this is..."

05:59 "option" song fades

06:00 show re-intro: "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister....."

31:36 end of part 1:

"... after the break, here on The Blues & Beyond."

59-second bed plays

32:35 bed fades

32:36 part 2: show re-intro: "This is The Blues & Beyond. I'm Jonny Meister."

58:26 voice out on part 2 "... thanks for listening to this hour of The Blues & Beyond."

58:59 theme fades end of part 2

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
No Exit Bert Jansch and John Renbourn Bert And John. Wooded Hill Recordings 1996 :59
Dr. Mike Papa John DeFrancesco A Philadelphia Story. Savant 2011 04:47
Text Me Solomon Burke & De Dijk Hold On Tight. Verve Forecast 2010 04:37
Summertime Jane Stuart Don't Look Back. Jane Stuart Music 2011 05:23
Burning Bridges Johnny Rawls Memphis Still Got Soul. Catfood 2011 03:20
Des Moines, Iowa Yank Rachell Blues Mandolin Man. Blind Pig 1990 05:34
Working Girl Blues Donald Ray Johnson It's Time. Mar Vista 2010 04:27
Polytheism Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, & Nitin Mitta Tirtha. ACT 2011 :59
Neopolis John Vanore & Abstract Truth Contagious Words. Acoustical Concepts 2011 03:51
2nd Millennium Rag New York Electric Piano Keys To The City, Volume 2. Buffalo Puppy 2011 03:29
Tribal Wisdom Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, & Nitin Mitta Tirtha. ACT 2011 10:45
Gauntlet Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, & Nitin Mitta Tirtha. ACT 2011 02:06
Driving Till Dawn Vicki Richards She Vanishes. Temple Street Music 2011 03:17
Forty-Eight John Renbourn Sir John A Lot. Shanachie 1992 :56

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