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Apples & Honey. Print E-mail


What better way to bring in 5772 than a little Soul Junction?  Join us, as we check out music featured in the latest issue of Wax Poetics, including cover girl Nina Simone and Brazilian legend Dom Salvador.  Plus, funk-rock from Scott Bradford (featuring Nathan Davis!), pysch-influenced cumbia from Los Destellos, and classic Afro Beat from long time Fela bandleader Tony Allen!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm.


All the squares go home.

September 28, 2011 (5772)


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"From the Love Side"  Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters  7 Inch  (Polydor)

"Stumpy Bossa Nova"  Coleman Hawkins  Desafinado  (Impulse)

"The Prophet"  Cal Tjader  Puttin' It Together  (Fantasy)

"All Over"  Scott Bradford  Rock Slides  (Probe)

"Wake Up Brothers"  Doug Hammond & David Durrah  Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen  (Tribe)

"The Assignment Sequence"  Nina Simone  Black Gold  (RCA/Victor)

"Hey Western Union Man"  Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers  The Love I've Been Looking For  (Atlantic)

"Summertime"  Walter Bishop, Jr's 4th Cycle  Keeper of my Soul  (BlackJazz)

"Just Can't Get Ahead"  Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays  Introducing...  (Marlow)

"Late Late Party"  The Martinis  Late Late Party  (Bar/Light in the Attic)

"713/714 Blues"  John Lee Hooker  Free Beer & Chicken  (Impulse)

"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"  Gary Burton  Good Vibes  (Atlantic)

"Damn"  The Nite-Liters  A-nal-y-sis  (RCA)

"Go For Broke"  Bo Diddley  Another Dimension  (Chess)

"Got To Getcha"  Maceo Parker & All The King's Men  7 Inch  (House of the Fox)

"A Patricia"  Los Destellos  Constelacion  (Secret Stash)

"Reflexions"  Nils Jazz Ensemble  Peruvian Funk  (Secret Stash)

"Guanabara"  Dom Salvador & Abolicao  Som, Sangue e Raca  (CBS)

"Stories To Tell"  Flora Purim  Stories To Tell  (Milestone)

"Afro Disco Beat"  Tony Allen & Afrika 70  Progress  (VampiSoul)

"Put It On"  The Wailers  Burnin'  (Island)


Late Late Party. Print E-mail


Some great American music in store Wednesday night, featuring the first ever compilation of Stax Records horn man, Charles "Packy" Axton, and a set of funky blues from legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker & Howlin' Wolf.  Plus, we'll go abroad with new Canadian soul from Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays, Brittish acid jazz from The Filthy Six and lost Parisian jazz from Jef Gilson.  You'll dig it no matter what country you call home!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm.


Eye to eye.  Station to station.

September 14, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Gossip"  Cyril Neville  7 Inch  (Josie)

"Valse Pour Helene"  Jef Gilson  The Best of Jef Gilson  (Jazzman)

"Stick Buddy"  Nathan Davis  If  (Tomorrow International)

"Livin' in the City"  The Melton Brothers featuring Ms. Alfie Moss  Livin' in the City  (MDM/Favorite)

"People Make the World Go Round"  O'Donel Levy  Dawn of a New Day  (Groove Merchant)

"The World (Is Going Up in Flames)"  Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band  No Time For Dreaming  (Dunham/Daptone)

"The Take"  The Filthy Six  The Filthy Six  (Acid Jazz)

"Lanoola Goes Limp"  Revolutionary Blues Band  Revolutionary Blues Band  (Coral)

"Stone Fox"  The Pac-Keys  Late Late Party  (Hollywood/Light in the Attic)

"Sweetback"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones"  Sweetback  (Joka/Luv n' Haight)

"Riverside Drive"  Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays  Introducing...  (Marlow)

"Sugar Lee"  Donny Hathaway  Everything Is Everything  (Atco)

"Reconsider"  Chuck Ray  Mighty Mighty Soul: Curtom Club Classic Vol. 1  (Gemigo/Sequel)

"I'm a Man (Mannish Boy)"  Muddy Waters  Electric Mud  (Cadet Concept)

"Blues For Big Bob"  Mel Brown  Chicken Fat  (Impulse)

"Three Hundred Pounds of Joy"  Howlin' Wolf  The Howlin' Wolf Album  (Cadet Concept)

"Homework"  John Lee Hooker  Free Beer & Chicken  (ABC)

"Hole in the Wall"  The Packers  Late Late Party  (Pure Soul Music/Light in the Attic)

"N.T."  Kool & The Gang  Live at P.J.'s  (De-Lite)

"Give Everybody Some"  Mickey & The Soul Generation  Iron Leg  (Cali-Tex)

"Pain"  Houston Person  The Real Thing  (Eastbound)


Hotter than wasabi. Print E-mail


The international groove is always welcome at Soul Junction, so I have a host of Japanese jazz and funk lined up, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, and of course, my man, Masabumi Kikuchi.  Plus, a rare recording of Joe Henderson's storied tour of Japan (not the Milestone classic!) and J.J. Johnson & Nat Adderley's fabled Yokohama concert.  AND, there will be electric Peanuts music from Vince Guaraldi, jazz funk from Hubert Laws, and more from the reissue that keeps on givin'...Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones' Sweetback!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm


Hotter than wasabi.

September 7, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Beg Me"  DeRobert & The Half-Truths  Beg Me EP  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"  T. Honda  This Is Honda  (Trio)

"Gotcha"  Bobby Hutcherson  Solo/Quartet  (Contemporary)

"Linus & Lucy"   Vince Guaraldi  Oh, Good Grief!  (Seven Arts)

"Moss on the Rock"  Terumasa Hino  May Dance  (Inner City)

"I Had a Dream"  Hubert Laws  The Chicago Theme  (CTI)

"Hummin'"  J.J. Johnson & Nat Adderley  The Yokohama Concert  (Pablo Live)

"Everyman's Your Brother"  The Fourth Way  The Fourth Way  (Capitol)

"Jamaica Farewell"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones  Sweetback  (Joka/Luv n' Haight)

"So What"  Joe Henderson & Kikuchi/Hino  In Concert  (Fontana)

"Mombasa"  Sadao Watanabe  Sadao Watanabe  (CBS/Sony)

"Blue Bossa"  Joe Henderson  In Japan  (Milestone)

"Somebody Samebody"  Kazumi Watanabe  Lonesome Cat  (Denon)

"Hunt Up Wind"  Hiroshi Fukumura  Hunt Up Wind  (Inner City)

"Freestyle"  Biz Markie  Diggin' on Blue Note  (Blue Note Japan)

"New Native"  Masabumi Kikuchi  Susto  (Columbia)


You've got it bad, girl. Print E-mail


The Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones Sweetback album is so good, it inspired us to bring you three disparate versions of a Stevie Wonder classic.  Plus, we'll hear the original of a perfect Pete Rock sample, more from the Melton Brothers, and jazz funk from the Donald Byrd produced Vibes of Truth!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm


When they reminiscence over you. 

August 31, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Today"  Tom Scott & The California Dreamers  The Honeysuckle Breeze  (Impulse/Get On Down)

"Peri's Scope"  Bill Evans Trio  Portrait in Jazz  (Riverside)***

"Gichi"  Jimmy Owens/Kenny Barron Quintet  You Had Better Listen  (Atlantic)

"Shut Up"  The Eddie Fisher Quintet  The Third Cup  (Cadet)

"Thank You--Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin"  Eddie Jefferson  Things Are Getting Better  (Muse)

"The Foolkiller"  Ben Sidran  Don't Let Go  (Blue Thumb)

"I'll Take You There"  The Melton Brothers Band with Ms. Alfie Moss  Livin' In The City  (Favorite/MDM)

"Automne (Colchiques)"  Cortex  Troupeau Bleu  (Underdog)

"Space-a-Nova I"  Stanton Davis Ghetto/Mysticism  Brighter Days  (Outrageous/Cultures of Soul)

"Four Play"  Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns  12 Inch  (Atlantic)

"You've Got It Bad, Girl"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones  Sweetback  (Joka/Luv n' Haight)

"You've Got It Bad, Girl"  Yesterdays New Quintet  Stevie  (Stonesthrow)

"You've Got It Bad, Girl"  Stevie Wonder  Talking Book  (Tamla)

"African Reggae"  George Danquah  Hot & Jumpy  (Quamsa International/Secret Stash)

"Acid"  Ray Barretto  Acid  (Fania)

"Up From The South"  The Budos Band  The Budos Band  (Daptone)

"Brass in Africa"  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  7 Inch  (Handcuts)

"Backed Up Against The Wall"  The 3 Pieces  Vibes of Truth  (Fantasy)

"Master Rocker"  Bernard Wright  'Nard  (Arista)

"Sneakin' in the Back"  Tom Scott & The L.A. Express  Tom Scott & The L.A. Express  (Ode)

"Soul Man (octopus rmx)"  Sweet Charles  12 Inch  (Octopus Breaks)

***for Mark Ranzer


Hot & Jumpy. Print E-mail


Soul Junction returns!  We got a trio of great new international reissues from the always solid Secret Stash label, including impossible to find music from George Danquah, Tabou Combo and K. Frimpong.  Plus, Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones' ultra-rare Sweetback LP was just remastered by Luv N'Haight records, which contains possibly the craziest guitar solo on wax, not to mention the equally elusive album from the The Melton Brothers.  AND we'll have funky reggae from Studio One, electric jazz from Italy and new Nashville soul from DeRobert & The Half-Truths

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm

One good thing about music...when it hits you feel no pain.

PS:  Dig Saucegirl's new flyer!

August 24, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Humpty Dump"  The Vibrettes  7 Inch  (BGP)

"Stereo Freeze"  Jackie Mittoo  The Keyboard King at Studio One  (Studio One/Universal Sound)

"Respect"  Tabou Combo de Petion-Ville  Respect...  (Mini/Secret Stash)

"Conga, Bata y Chequere"  Mongo Santamaria  Up From The Roots  (Atlantic)

"Monkey Tamarind"  The Beginning of the End  Funky Nassau  (Alston)

"Just for a Moment"  George Danquah  Hot & Jumpy  (Tropic Vibe/Secret Stash)

"Che Che Cole Makossa"  Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra featuring Mayra Vega  12 Inch  (Daptone)

"Baabi a Obi Awuo"  K. Frimpong & Vis-a-Vis  K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas (The Blue Album)  (Continental/Secret Stash)

"Shaft"  Cedric IM Brooks  Studio One Funk  (Studio One/Soul Jazz)

"He Miss Road"  Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70  He Miss Road  (Kalakuta)

"Call My Name"  Joe Bataan  Call My Name  (Vampisoul)

"Confusion"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones  Sweetback  (Joka/Luv n' Haight)

"You're All I Need To Get By"  Booker T. & The M.G.'s  The Booker T. Set  (Stax)***

"Smokin' at Tiffany's"  the Coolin' System  the Coolin' System  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Just Don't Care"  DeRobert & The Half-Truths  Beg Me EP  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Livin' in the City"  The Melton Brothers featuring Ms. Alfie Moss   Livin' in the City  (MDM/Favorite)

"Iffilah Ha-Ha"  Mayafra Combo  Mayafra  (Carosello/Right Tempo)

"My Rival"  Steely Dan  Gaucho  (MCA)

"Flute Salad"  Ju-Par Universal Orchestra  Moods & Grooves  (Ju-Par)

"Give Me Your Love"  The Sisters Love  Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story  (Mowest/Light in the Attic)

"Funky Tramway"  Janko Nilovic  Funky Tramway  (Vadim)

"Keep On Dancing"  Alvin Cash Scott Brothers Orchestra  7 Inch  (Toddlin' Town)

***for Nick Ashford, R.I.P.


This Sunday on Neu-Matic: DE LA SOUL vs. STEELY DAN Print E-mail


Jim Bear brings you a special edition of Neu-Matic pitting the best of De La Soul against Steely Dan's finest. Mase, Pos & Dave square off versus Becker & Fagan this Sunday for two hours. From the Native Tongues, D.A.I.S.Y. Age and beyond to sinister jazz-rock for strung out music nerds these two bands made music like no one else before. Hearing them here together sounds pretty great, too. Listen for yourself from 3-5 PM on G-town Radio (8/21/2011). Click through for some random facts about both bands and the playlist from the show.

Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy. Print E-mail


Return to Forever is at the Mann Music Center Wednesday night, so in honor of their appearance (and resurgence!), let's spin two hours of fusion music.  Featuring music from RTF, Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin, Miles Davis and more, get ready for searing guitar, fleet-fingered keyboards and frenetic drums!  In your face, Stanley Crouch!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm

Where have I known you before?

***Disclaimer:  Philly area listeners should skip Soul Junction and head to the Mann Music Center!  Tickets are still available.  The show will be archived here, as always! 

August 10, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy"  Return to Forever  Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy  (Polydor)

"One, Two, 1-2-3-4"  Gary Burton Quartet  Duster  (RCA)

"What Game Shall We Play Today?"  Chick Corea  Return To Forever  (ECM)

"Stones"  Larry Coryell  Fairyland  (Mega)

"Passenger of the Dark"  Jean-Luc Ponty  Aurora  (Atlantic)

"John McLaughlin"  Miles Davis  Bitches Brew  (Columbia)

"Fusion"  Michal Urbaniak  Fusion  (Columbia)

"Kveten"  Emil Viklicky  The Funky Way of Emil Viklicky  (Vampisoul)

"Szczesliwy Nieszczesliwiec (The Lucky Unlucky Man)"  Extra Ball  Birthday  (Polskie Nagrania)

"Lopsy Lu"  Stanley Clarke  Stanley Clarke  (Nemperor)

"Gattox"  Allan Holdsworth  Velvet Darkness  (CTI)

"Sofistifunk"  Return to Forever  No Mystery  (Polydor)

"Para Oriente"  Trio of Doom   Havana Jam Vol. 2  (Columbia)

"Open Country Joy"  Mahavishnu Orchestra  Birds of Fire  (Columbia)

"New York On My Mind"  John McLaughlin  Electric Guitarist  (Columbia)

"Red China Blues"  Miles Davis  Get Up With It  (Columbia)

"Contusion"  Stevie Wonder  Songs in the Key of Life  (Tamla)

"Earth Juice"  Return to Forever  Where Have I Known You Before  (Polydor)

"Line Games"  Pat Martino  Joyous Lake  (Warner)

"Spain"  Return to Forever  Light as a Feather  (Polydor)



Headless Heroes of the Loud Minority. Print E-mail


Tributes to two greats who just passed away:  Frank Foster & Eugene McDaniels, also known as the Left Rev. McD.  Plus, music from Richard Evans, Monnette Sudler, and the unlikely pairing of Sonny Stitt & Eddie Russ.  And we'll start to prepare for Return to Forever's appearance at the Mann Music Center next week!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm

Try to make it real...compared to what?

August 3, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Susan Jane"  Eugene McDaniels  Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse  (Atlantic)

"Tin Tin Deo"  Art Pepper  Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Contemporary)

"Fire & Air"  Monnette Sudler  Live in Europe  (Steeplechase)

"Stretching"  Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers  Reflections in Blue  (Timeless Muse)

"One Day"  Kings Go Forth  The Outsiders Are Back  (Luaka Bop)

"Miss Millie"  Dennis Coffey featuring Kings Go Forth  Dennis Coffey  (Strut)

"Slippin' Into Darkness"  Reality  Reality  (Kindred Spirits)

"I Love Everything About You"  Syreeta  Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story  (Mowest/Light in the Attic)

"Jagger the Dagger"  Eugene McDaniels  Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse  (Atlantic)

"Tornado"  Sonny Stitt featruing Eddie Russ  Tornado  (Jazz Masters)

"Look Out Cleveland"  Odell Brown  Free Delivery  (Cadet)

"Compared To What"  Les McCann & Eddie Harris  Swiss Movement  (Atlantic)

"Patutu"  Richard Evans  Dealing With Hard Times  (Atlantic)

"Funky Fried Tofu"  Stanton Davis' Ghetto/Mysticism  Brighter Days  (Outrageous/Cultures of Soul)

"Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy"  Return To Forever  Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy  (Polydor)

"The Loud Minority"  Frank Foster & The Loud Minority  The Loud Minority  (Mainstream)

 "Supermarket Blues"  Eugene McDaniels  Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse  (Atlantic)


Picking up on the E string. Print E-mail



Tonight...the legendary bass of Carol Kaye.  And now that the heat wave is over, let's check out a trio of breezy tracks from Brazilian multi-instrumentalist luminary, Bebeto.  Plus, more from the Stanton Davis Ghetto/Mysticism LP, Memphis sounds from the Mar-Keys, and a Gil Evans' cover of Jimi Hendrix!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm

Stone free...do what I want.

July 27, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Tell All The People"  Merry Clayton  Gimme Shelter  (Ode)

"Red Clay"  Jack Wilkins  Windows  (Mainstream)

"Garvey's Strut"  Hal Singer & Jef Gilson  Soul of Africa  (Chant du Monde/Kindred Spirits)

"Durem"  Lee Morgan  Taru  (Blue Note)

"I Got Warrants"  Magic In Threes  Magic In Threes  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Mean Scene"  JD & The Evil's Dynamite Band  Explodes Across The Nation  (Soul Fire)

"Grab This Thing"  The Mar-Keys  The Great Memphis Sound  (Stax)

"Slim Jenkins' Joint"  Booker T. & The M.G.'s  Hip Hug-Her  (Sundazed/Stax)

"Red Onion"  the Coolin' System  the Coolin' System  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Palladium"  Tamba 4  Samba Blim  (A & M)

"P'Ra Nao Chorar"  Bebeto  Bebeto  (Whatmusic)

"Esse Crioulo Por Voce Se Fez Poeta (Nega)"  Bebeto  Bebeto '75  (Copacabana)

"Burning Spear"  Carol Kaye  Picking Up On The E String  (Gap)

"Boogalooin'"   Charles Kynard  Reelin' With The Feelin'  (Prestige/BGP)

"Web"  Hampton Hawes  Northern Windows  (Prestige)

"Boogaloo"  Carol Kaye  Picking Up On The E String  (Gap)

"Brighter Days/Brighter Daze"  Stanton Davis' Ghetto/Mysticism  Brighter Days  (Outrageous/Cultures of Soul)

"High Jazz"  Kenny Cook Octet  Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz  (Stonesthrow)

"Go With The Flow"  Michael White's Magic Music Company  Go With The Flow  (Impulse)

"Stone Free"  Gil Evans  Live at the Public Theater (New York 1980)  (Trio)



High Jazz. Print E-mail


Tonight on Soul Junction...some great new reissues of extremely rare records to bring your way, including Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism and Janko Nilovic's Funky Tramway.  Plus, more from the Coolin' System, organ grooves from Leon Spencer and electric harpsichord from Masabumi Kickuchi!

Soul Junction

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm.

Like a heatwave...burnin' in my heart.

July 20, 2011


Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Here Comes The Sun"  Charles Wright  7 Inch  (Warner)

"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"  Monty Alexander  Now Is The Time  (MPS/Pausa)

"Sunny"  Pat Martino  Live!  (Muse)

"Sunshine Star"  Open Sky Unit  Open Sky Unit  (Whatmusic)

"Sunshine Alley"  the Coolin' System  the Coolin' System  (G.E.D. Soul)

"Sun Country"  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons  Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story  (Mowest/Light in the Attic)

"Everybody Loves The Sunshine"  RAMP  Come Into Knowledge  (ABC)

"Sunshine Man"  Harold Alexander  Sunshine Man  (Flying Dutchman)

"High Jazz"  Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism  Brighter Days  (Outrageous/Cultures of Soul)

"Sitting Bull"  Janko Nilovic  Funky Tramway  (Vadim)

"Frustration"  The M.G.'s  The M.G.'s  (Stax)

"Clean Up Woman"  Betty Wright  7 Inch  (Alston)

"Message From The Meters"  Leon Spencer, Jr.  Sneak Preview!  (Prestige)

"Hey! Last Minute"  The Meters  Struttin'  (Josie)

"Apache"  The Jimi Entley Sound  7 Inch  (Espionage)

"If I Said The Sky Was Falling"  Masabumi Kikuchi  Matrix  (Catalyst)

"Hit or Miss"  Bo Diddley  Big Bad Bo  (Chess)



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