musicology #0764

Nubag #32 (a year in the life)

Since Our Last Goodbye – the Menahan Street Band

ConZu..Until we meet again hold this piece…Every time I hear it I feel your presence.Dad xx

“Between the dark, heavily laden treetops of the spreading chestnut trees could be seen the dark blue of the sky, full of stars, all solemn and golden, which extended their radiance unconcernedly into the distance. That was the nature of the stars. and the trees bore their buds and blossoms and scars for everyone to see, and whether it signified pleasure or pain, they accepted the strong will to live. flies that lived only for a day swarmed toward their death. every life had its radiance and beauty. i had insight into it all for a moment, understood it and found it good, and also found my life and sorrows good.” -Hermann Hesse



musicology #0749

Nubag #18 (a year in the life)

Trombone Shorty – Hurricane Season

First outing on themusicologist for the multi talented Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews a cat who was BORN and RAISED with brass in his mouth.

“So advanced was he that, at the age of EIGHT, a club in the city’s Tremé district, where he was born and raised, was named Trombone Shorts in his honor”.  – Thom Jurek

This 2011 cut is highlighted from the ‘Backatown’ set which features, (among others), one of Nola’s GREATEST urbanemusicologists the majestic Allen Toussaint whose first, (credited), production the 1960 recorded mod/ern/ist R&B classic ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’, (musicology #334), was for Troy Andrews’ grandfather, (Jesse Hill).

“What we tried to do with the record is capture what we do live and then just tighten it up a little bit, make it translate on record. Live, we may come across some stuff and jam on it, but the record brings it in and focuses on what we needed to do. We worked hard and we didn’t rush it. I think we alright with this one.” – Troy Andrews


musicology #0745

Nubag #14 (a year in the life)

Mind Your Business – Saxon Lee &the Shadows International

African Funk selection..

keep yer nose out me beeswax…


musicology #0744

Nubag #13 (a year in the life)

 Jesus Children of America – Stevie Wonder

a personal favourite for themusicologist, RICH in memories of exposure to this set, Innervisions, as an impressionable 5 year old in 1973. Stevie was one of the BIG hitters on the stereo in them early years and Innervisions is a testement to the mans greatness, (having played and sung every part on this cut). I can almost taste the air of 1973 so strong and powerful are the connections.


musicology #0743

Nubag #12 (a year in the life)

This Old World Is Going Down – the Modulations

Heavyweight (mid 70’s) funk critique of this ‘Old World’.

From a time when music (the voice of the people) was critical…

The ‘secret’ power of music to influence ‘the group’ has been abused by the power structure over the centuries but, from my perspective, it’s in the 20th Century that we see the abuse of music, OUR greatest achievement, at it’s most cynical.

Hogarth’s critical ‘the Times’ (Plate II)  slots harmoniously into the narrative…

musicology #0735

Nubag #4 (a year in the life)

Wait Here – Al Green

BIG slice of funk from the ‘Reverend’. Highlighted from his final, (1978), secular album Truth n Time.

Couldn’t make the cut yesterday was at the ‘tower’ engaged in ‘deep work’.



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Nubag #3 (a year in the life)

It’s Your World – Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson

First outing (this year) on themusicologist for a GIANT of the arts and true ‘authentic human being’ the majestic, imperious, Gil Scott Heron, (this cut features Brian Jackson), who ALWAYS told it like it is/was and will be unless ‘we’ connect, communicate, collaborate and MOBILISE to build a nu world.

the power of the networked society is in connecting to (re)build a society that serves us rather than enslaves us.

KNOWLEDGE is FREELY accessible yet current society is being engineered for us to consume (mis)information and infotainment.

In the information age it is critical that we take control of the networked communication channel otherwise it will continue to take control of US.



musicology #0723

aHymnForCon #29

Maceo and all the Kings Men – I Remember

“The depth of the feeling continued to surprise and threaten me, but each time it hit again and I bore it…I would discover that it hadn’t, (yet), washed me away.”


musicology #0694


Gil Scott Heron – Delta Man

Next tune from the urbanpoet laureate, the mercurial Gil Scott Heron, the undisputed master of urbanemusicology. For me the man is up there with the great poets and troubadours. Authentic, deep, meaningful.

Highlighted from the 1977 LP – Bridges (featuring Brain Jackson).

YoungGil Scott

musicology #0682

aSongforCon #21

Ann Peebles – Until You Came Into My Life

“Oh the joy came over me when you came into my life,

Sweet love that you bring me cut through my darkness like a knife …..”

musicology #0597

Flow #16

Brooklyn Funk Essentials -For A Few Dollars More

Last day of the New York excursion…and signing out from the Big A with a cut from The Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Highly rate this collective of musicologists..proper 21st Century soundtrack..borrowed from their 2008 set ‘Watcha Playin’


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Flow #11

(Kool & The Gang – This Is You, This Is Me)

Tried to lay this one down yesterday but my service provider wasn’t responding to my calls for internet freedom so was stuck behind the bullshit. Circumnavigated it though so here it is…prime slice of 1973 funk from Kool and The Gangs top ranking LP ‘Wild And Peaceful’. Some BIG tunes on the album and this is one of them.

Special mention goes out to Tony Blue who, (along with Stevie Marriott), had to make a quick exit from a New York club in the early 80’s with members of Kool & The Gang on the warpath sporting weapons of mass destruction..(Shotgun). Every time I hear their music it reminds me of it.

musicology #591

Flow #10

Leon Ware – That’s Why I Came To California

Final cut of today’s 3 course ‘meal’ is one of my all time ‘Boogie’ favourites from a musicologist whose name should be known far and wide but sadly isn’t. Singer, song writer, producer, arranger who songs have been recorded by MANY a legend, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, Minnie Ripperton, Donny Hathaway, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones and the list goes on..this one is from 1982. BIG tune…vocal duties shared and co written by Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer fame..

musicology #590

Flow #9

Gil Scott Heron – Shut Um Down

Werner Herzog is quoted to have said: “The poet must not avert his eyes” and this mod/ern/ist poet has continued to tell it like it is regardless of whether Cats and Kittens want to hear it or not…today’s piece was one of a few delivered in response to the 3 Mile Island Nucleur Energy disaster in America in 1979. This cut is borrowed from his ‘1980’ Set…Gil Scott Heron step up and ‘speak’

“Did you feel that rumble? did you hear that sound,
Well It wasn’t no earthquake but it shook the ground,
Made me think about power like it or not,
Got to work for Earth for what it’s worth,
Cause it’s the only Earth we’ve got,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,

I heard a lot about safety and human error,
A few dials and gauges is just a wing and a prayer,
If you need perfection and that’s what it takes,
Then you don’t need people, can’t use people,
You know people make mistakes,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down

Did you feel that rumble? did you hear that sound,
Well It wasn’t no earthquake but it shook the ground,
Made me think about power like it or not,
Got to work for Earth for what it’s worth,
Cause it’s the only Earth we’ve got,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down..”

musicology #0579

mOareEssentials #2

(Bill Withers – Lonely Town, Lonely Street)

Round 2 of the mOare selection and I’m slipping and sliding out of the Reverend and into this marrow trembler from the magnificent Bill Withers who has always been, (and continues to be), a BIG influence on themusicologist’s heart and mind. Always a pleasure, (at least for me), to hear Bill Withers loud and whenever the opportunity arises to play one ‘out’ I like to grab it with both hands..

1972 release borrowed from his ‘Still Bill’ Set featuring the combined talents of Bobbye Hall, Benorce Blackmon, Melvin Dunlap, James Gadson, Raymond Jackson.

“You can life your life in a crowded city,
You can walk along a crowded street,
But the city really ain’t no bigger,
Than the friendly people, friendly people that you meet,
You might be a sweet young, sweet young pretty pretty,
At the dances you can’t keep your seat,
But if dances don’t lead to romances,
You might as well be born, be born with two left feet,

You might be a sweet toned sure nuff high class talker,
You might be a stone, stone expert at kissing,
But it don’t do too much good to be talkin,
Brother when there ain’t no, ain’t nobody listening,
And if you are shy just not much of a talker,
Don’t impress the people that you meet,
Might as well be a lonely walker,
In a lonely town on a lonely street….”

musicology #578


(Al Green – All Because)

Back in themusicologist saddle after attending and playing at the mOare music festival over the weekend. Quality music, good crowd, excellent hosts. Met some quality people..Hamish, Claire, Cath, Paul, Owen, Ashley, (to name a few)…musical highlight had to be Hamish and his daughter Emma performing together on stage. Brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Can only imagine how proud he was to share a stage with her.

What did I play? ESSENTIALS. Mainly Soul and Funk but I managed to slip some Studio 1 in there too !! Festivals can be a bit tricky for the DJ as he/she is not who the crowd come to hear but I really enjoyed this one so in honour of the event I’m going to lay a weeks worth of the cuts I spun..

The first song I played was this superb slice of Funk by ‘the Reverend’ Al Green. Released, (on Capitol), in 1971..produced by urban musicologist Willie Mitchell and almost certainly featuring one of the greatest drummers to have graced the stoll the legendary Al Jackson Jr….

Listen Tune..

musicology #577

Essential Cuts #7

(Fela Kuti – Kalakuta Show)

Today’s ESSENTIAL cut comes courtesy of, (for me), one of the ALL time greats none other than Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Genuine Virtuoso and giant of a man who stood for Freedom utilising the Universal language to highlight the injustice of politricks. Hold this 1976 cut..14 minutes of the hardest hitting musicology ever recorded that surely holds the power to wake the dead. Special mention must go out to MASTER Tony Allen…drummer supreme.

Listen Tuuuuuuune

musicology #576

Essential Cuts #6

(New Mastersounds Feat Dionne Charles – I Mean It So)

Small dilemma..not sure whether to revisit the preceeding 3 years of musicology and repost all the cuts or start again? hmmmm.

Anyway…while I’m pondering hold this ESSENTIAL mod/ern/ist Funk cut courtesy of The New Master Sounds, (Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Simon Allen, Joe Tatton), featuring Dionne Charles on the M.I.C

2008 release from their Plug & Play set.

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Essential Cuts #2

(Grant Green Sextet – Sookie Sookie)

Can’t linger too long in the semantic forest so I’ll just lay this Majestic Jazz/Funk/Rhythm&Soul cut down to get me in the mood for tonight’s excursion to see the Filthy Six, (among others), throw down at Soul, Soul, Soul. I choose this Live cut because for me it illustrates perfectly what a collective, (in both cases a sextet), are capable of when in perfect harmony, six sounds become one..anyone who knows me will testify that I’ve been banging on about the ‘Six since catching them at Vintage so I’m looking forward to seeing them weave the musicology again.

Recorded live at the Cliche Lounge in Newark on August 15th 1970 featuring not only the maestro, (Grant Green), but also the supreme talents of Idris Muhammad, Claude Bartee, Ronnie Foster, Joseph Armstrong, Neal Creque and William Rivens. The song was originally recorded by Don Covay in 1966.

musicology #568

Down The Road A Piece #4

(Leroy Hutson – Love The Feeling)

Saturday night at Vintage was B.I.G. The Soul Casino was rocking..Andy Weatherall threw down at the ‘Warehouse’ and the company kept was SUPERB. I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to make it through to see Leroy Hutson on Sunday night? but it was one of the main reasons for attending so I thought that if I stumbled around the festival into the early evening then I had a chance…

Why is Leroy such a legend?, (other than his musical genius), for those of us who had the pleasure to be ‘on the, (Rare Groove), scene’ back in the day (85-87), Leroy Hutson was one of the primary artists. His ‘Hutson II’ LP was IN DEMAND to say the least. If you were there you know what I’m talking about and to hear him perform today’s slice of the musicology pie Live and Direct was an experience never to be forgotten.

The legend wasn’t due on until 9pm so it was touch and go but I managed it, (due in part to Craig Charles who was on fire for the two and a half hours leading up to Leroy coming on). As soon as he walked on though I was buzzing and immediately found my second wind. The man proceeded to tear it up and wove his magic leaving the crowd screaming for more especially when he enticed a call and response session on today’s slice the Rare Groove classic ‘Love The Feeling’ getting the Kittens to sing “Love I Love I Love” and the Cats to sing “The way you make me feel” was as good as it gets and anyone who was there knows what I’m talking about. For me it will always be a cherished memory..Recorded for and released on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label in 1976.