Monday, September 7, 2009

Evelyn Glennie, Allen Toussaint, Mascato: Playlist for The Open Window for September 7 and 11, 2009

The Open Window airs Mondays at 6:30 am and Thursdays at 10 am on Kootenay Cooperative Radio
Listen to a podcast of this show here:

Evelyn Glennie with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra directed by Paul Daniel: Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra by Ney Rosauro from Rebounds- Concertos for Percussion (RCA)

Evelyn Glennie is a world-renowned Scottish concert percussionist who has been deaf since she was a teenager. Yet she manages to play stage-fulls of marimbas, tympani, drums, chimes, gongs, etc., and she does it in her bare feet because that is apparently how she hears it. On a TED talk, Glennie talks and plays, telling us how her main mission in life is to help people learn to listen.

The piece I played on the show is a lovely thing by the Brazilian composer and percussionist Ney Rosauro. Evelyn Glennie will be appearing at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, B.C. with the Winnipeg Chamber Orchestra on Sept 15 and I'm going to it with the awesome Rosie.

Allen Toussaint: Egyptian Fantasy, Dear Old Southland, Winin Boy Blues from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch)

This is one of those CDs with no weak tracks. It's the legendary producer, arranger, composer, pianist who influenced R&B so much especially in the 60s and 70s, this time delving into traditional New Orleans jazz sounds, accompanied by a bunch of much younger jazz musicians who are not normally associated with that music at all except trumpeter Nicholas Payton who is joined by Don Byron, clarinet, Marc Ribot, guitar, David Pilch, bass, and Jay Belarose, drums.

The formidable pianist Brad Mehldau comes in for one track and plays a two-piano duet with Toussaint. Joshus Redman guests one track. Marc Ribot plays old-timey, which I have never heard before-- fascinating. The real glory here is Allen Toussaint's piano playing and the happy blues sound this CD has.

Mascato Youth Choir: Likonelam, Dubula, and Ntyilo, from Namibian Rhythms in Spain (Independent)

I bought this CD a few years ago in Nelson when this wonderful group sang here. They came with Edmonton's Kokopelli with whom they have a sibling choir relationship, and
Kokopelli in turn is a big city version, and a dear friend, of Nelson's Corazon.

Steve Dawson: 1000 Year Old Egg from Telescope (Black Hen)

Vancouver's Steve Dawson has been studying pedal steel with Greg Leisz, and he's good at slide guitar too, and I love both instruments.

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