CP S16 EP18 2022

Picture = Curious Theater 25th Anniversary Subscriber Brunch, Sat May 21 2022

MAY 23, 2022 – Colorado is known for being an arts friendly state. Not only do we have one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country but we have a world class art museum to go with renowned live theater venues like Curious Theater Company in Denver, named #1 Live Theater Venue by Best Things Colorado.

Claire and I are annual subscribers. It was great to great a preview of the upcoming 2022-23 season and to be a part of the 25th Anniversary celebration. There’s a great article in 5280 about founders Chip Walton and Dee Covington, who will leave the company at the end of its 25th season.

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TOP 5 #COMUSIC SPINS – WK END 5/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3, 88.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ANTHONY RUPTAK – Backrooms LP (Apr-22)
  4. THE WHITE MOMS White Moms III: Men Working LP (Mar-22)
  5. FIA NYXX – Red Umbrella LP (Apr-22)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

HOUR 1

Firefall Cinderella – Firefall (1976)
Poco Pickin’ Up The Pieces – Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969)
(D) Russ Hopkins I’m Not Ready Yet (2022)
Claire Heywood Letter Day (2020)
Slow Caves Out of State – Falling (2019)
Carolyn Hunter Hardest Part (2022)
Dango Rose Singularity – The Forgotten Years EP VOL. Two (2022)
Bad Weather CaliforniaI’ll Reach Out My Hand – Sunkissed (2012)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi BandTell Me Daddy (f. Erica Brown) – Tangled Road Again (2013)
Leftover SalmonCategory Stomp – Brand New Good Old Days (2021)
(D) Andy Eppler How Can You Rebuild a Soul – Lonely Disco EP (2022)
Porlolo I Was A Fool (Wasting Time) – Porlolo (2018)
Eddie TurnerChange In Me – Change In Me (2021)
Adam BodineSurface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

HOUR 2

Elton John Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
(D) Wood BellyOld Home – Great Big Skies (2022)

Bison BoneTell All Our Friends – The Lost Weekend EP (2021)
Sarah SlatonDance In the Sun (2019)
A.J. FullertonOh Frustration (2022)
Ambar LucidGet Lost In the Music – Get Lost In the Music (2021)
Wildermiss Carry Your Heart – Lost With You EP (2017)
The Mercury ProjectRefuge – Soapbox Jive (2004)
(D) The MotetBreathe Deeper (2022)

The Still TideGive Me Time – Run Out (2017)
Giant ZeroGood Ol’ Days – Shakes Me (2021)
(D) Sean McGowanCumbres & Toltec – Union Station (2022)

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CP S16 EP17 2022

MAY 16, 2022 – I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

TOP 5 #COMUSIC SPINS

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3 and eleven stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit non-commercial community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. FIA NYXX – Red Umbrella LP (Apr-22)
  4. ANTHONY RUPTAK – Backrooms LP (Apr-22)
  5. ELEKTRIC ANIMALS – Channels EP (May-22)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

HOUR 1

Freddi Henchi Band Celebration (f. Larry Wilkens) – Freddi Henchi Band (1981)
ZephyrDon’t Come Back – Heartbeat (1981)
(D) Sarah ChristineThe Year: Hang On Mom (2022)

OneRepublicRescue Me – Human (2021)
The LumineersLife In The City – Gloria Sparks EP (2019)
Wellington BullingsFlame (2022)
Yonder Mountain String BandInto the Fire – Get Yourself
Dan TreanorFrom African Soul – Mercy (2005)
The SubdudesWork Clothes – Street Symphony (2007)
(D) Thom LaFondNew Wildfire – The Moon Leans In (2022)

SUCH You (Icytat Vocal Mix) (2016)
The Still Tide Keep It – Between Skies (2020)
Keith Oxman The Splashers – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

HOUR 2

Mollie O’Brien Never Make Your Move Too Soon (Birmingham) – I Never Move Too Soon (1987)
Mary FlowerJane Jane (f. John Magnie and Steve Amadee) – Blues Jubilee (1994)
(D) Leslie TomTequila After Midnight (2022)

Kind Hearted Strangers The Egoist – East-West (2021)
DeVotchKa Exhaustible – 100 Lovers (2011)
Kick and the HugGirl You’ve Changed – Ladies & Gentlemen (2022)
Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsWarm Me Up – Moon Rock (2022)
Flobots The Rose And The Thistle – The Circle In The Square (2012)
Tierro Band w Bridget LawCharity – Allurement (2019)
(D) MaryLynn Gillaspie Skippy’s Dream (Hypnagogia) – Secret Language (2022)

Mark OblingerLittle Bird – High Water Line (2019)
Leftover SalmonBrand New Good Old Days – Brand New Good Old Days (2021)
Garrett Sayers TrioDiatribe – Thinkbox (2017)

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REVIEW: MARYLYNN GALLASPIE – SECRET LANGUAGE

Colorado is known for world class jazz, strange as that might sound. Colorado is also known historically for world class vocal jazz. Denver native Dianne Reeves has earned five Grammy Awards and an honorary Doctorate from Julliard for her work in that genre.

Boulder based Rare Silk earned two Grammy nominations for their vocalese / vocal jazz in the early ’80s, and Lannie Garrett blessed area stages into the 21st century with her torch and big band jazz stylizations.

MaryLynn Gillaspie started out with Rare Silk, a vocal quartet that she, her sister Gaile and Marguerite Juneman formed in the late seventies as a trio to sing songs influenced by and in the style of swing-era acts like the Andrews Sisters. Their debut, New Weave, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Vocal–Duo or Group category. Rare Silk ended their run in 1988.

MaryLynn Gillaspie wouldn’t be heard from again until 2012, when she began showing up with local Boulder/Denver musicians, sitting in for a song or two. That gave her the confidence to step into the studio, twenty-five years after Rare Silk ended.

Here’s a collection of songs MaryLynn has recorded since re-emerging in the scene a decade ago.

Secret Language (2022)

To be honest, with the exception of the standards, Dolphin Dance and Fly Me to the Moon, I knew almost nothing about the rest of the songs on the album. They could have all been self-penned for all I knew before opening it up and reading about it.

Fortunately, I listened without any real bias that way – it was a clean listen. And then I looked to see who wrote what.

It’s a shame really that I can’t find any liner notes. It would be nice to see who played what on each track. Based on the bits and pieces I have been able to collect, the notes read like a who’s who of Denver/Boulder talent, produced by Grammy winning Boulder composer and producer Kip Keupper at Coupe Studios.

Dophin Dance is a genuine joy. MaryLynn took the Herbie Hancock tune and wrote an original set of lyrics and a vocal melody for it. She also penned an original set of lyrics to Pat Metheny‘s (It’s Just) Talk. Not limited to being inspired by and influenced by jazz (old or new), MaryLynn turned to King Crimson‘s 1981 album Discipline for an utterly original retelling of Matte Kudasai.

As it stands now, on May 15 2022, MaryLynn’s return to full length “vinyl” (euphemistically speaking) is the stand out jazz album of the year from Colorado. It’s great to hear that voice again after more than THIRTY-FIVE years.

CP S16 EP16 2022

MAY 09, 2022 – Somewhere along the time line over the past two weeks I lost a day. I did manage to see a show Friday night (May 06) and even write about it. The next day (Saturday) while listening to the new LIVE album from Kaitlyn Williams, I wrote about that. That’s more writing than I normally get around to on a weekend.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and the Lumineers swapped places this week (big surprise – LOL). Nic Clark enters this week’s TOP 5. Nic’s debut hits the charts about a year after he moved out of Colorado, but the locally homegrown blues harp player and producer got plenty of spins from 88.9 KRFC Fort Collins the past couple of weeks to earn the slot.

Earth, Wind & Fire sax player Andrew Woolfolk passed away April 24. Lead singer and fellow Denver East HS grad Philip Bailey celebrated a birthday May 07. I paid tribute in this week’s show.

TOP 5 WEEKLY #COMUSIC SPINS

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3 and eleven stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit non-commercial community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ANTHONY RUPTAKBackrooms LP (Apr-22)
  4. NIC CLARK Love Your Life: Songs for the Whole Family LP (Jun-21)
  5. FIA NYXX Red Umbrella LP (Apr-22)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

HOUR 1

Earth Wind & Fire Africano – That’s The Way of the World (1975)
(D) Dafna The Man In My Dreams – When I Was With You! (2022)

Andy FrascoLove is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Slim Cessna’s Auto ClubMy Last Black Scarf – Unentitled (2011)
King CardinalRunaway (2022)
N3ptune, Rusty SteveBlack Horse – Renaissance (2022)
Zuba Imagine Freedom – The New Cruelty (1996)
Sherri JacksonTime & Time – Sherri Jackson (1997)
(D) Trevor Hall f. Marieme2 Oceans (2022)

Cassie Taylor No Ring Blues – Out of My Mind (2013)
Hugh PhillipsSteel Drivers Lament – It’s Been A Long Time (2021)
Kim Stone BandBob Goes to the Store – Earthschool + (1988)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & FireDevotion – Open Our Eyes (1974)
Earth Wind & FireShining Star – That’s the Way of the World (1975)
(D) Elektric AnimalsCome Clean (2022)

Liptruce You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020)
Dragondeer When I See You – If You Got The Blues (2018)
Wendy WooGood Old Days (2022)
Maddy and KevTrain Wreck – Take A Ride (2022)
The Apples In StereoAbout Your Fame – Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Acoustic JunctionOh Me Oh My – Strange Days (2000)
Flobots Me & You (Happy 2gether) (2021)
(D) Kaitlyn Williams Don’t Blink – Under These Lights (2022)

OneRepublicWanted – Wanted (2019)
Kind Hearted Strangers Red & Blue – East-West (2021)
Brian Claxton The Yard – The Yard (2020)

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