An Incredible Year

1968 certainly was an incredible year. We had highs, like orbiting the moon and tragic lows like losing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This album is an amazing find, with all the news clips from throughout the year. The headlines remind me of our current times, full of turmoil and tragedies, stuff you just can’t believe, like Bobby Kennedy was shot, the democratic convention riot n Chicago and a hijacked airplane. The disc also features highlights from celebrity civil rights speeches, like one from Sammy Davis Jr.’s.


Incredible Year

Side One

Prologue and Pueblo
Tet, Politics and Martin Luther King Assassination
Dissent, the Primaries and Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

Side Two

The Conventions; The Campaign, Protest and War
The World in Turmoil
Ring Around the Moon

Nothin’ To Hide From Poco

Poco is a Southern California country rock band originally formed by Richie Furay, Jim Messina and Rusty Young.

Formed following the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968, Poco was part of the first wave of the West Coast country rock genre. The title of their first album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, is a reference to the break-up of Buffalo Springfield. Throughout the years Poco has performed in various groupings, and was still active as of late 2013.


Side One

Nothin’ to Hide

Side Two

If It Wasn’t for You

The Modern Jazz Quartet For Ellington

The Modern Jazz Quartet was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played a style of jazz influenced by classical music, cool jazz, blues and bebop. The band performed over a 40 year span with only one personnel change. The band was also noted for their ability to play alongside a variety of other groups.

Under John Lewis’s leadership they carved their own niche by specializing in elegant, restrained music that used sophisticated counterpoint yet nonetheless retained a strong blues feel. John Lewis firmly believed that J.S. Bach and the blues were compatible, combining classical form with jazz improvisation and polyphony.


For Ellington

The Modern Jazz Quartet

Side One

For Ellington
Jack the Bear
Prelude to a Kiss
It Don’t Mean a Thing

Side Two

Maestro E.K.E.
Sepia Panorama
Rockin’ in Rhythm

Prince Buster

For this Monday’s Black History Month’s featured post, I wanted to focus on an artist I was completely unaware of, but certainly should have known more about. Growing up, I definitely had an interest in ska music and I feel proper credit should be given to one of the biggest influences to the genre. The American ska shows I went to as a teen were mostly white kids who would have no clue who Prince Buster is and with my post on musical appropriation going off tomorrow, I felt this was appropriate.

Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (born 24 May 1938, Kingston, Jamaica), better known by the stage name Prince Buster, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. His middle name was given to him by his family in honour of the Labour activist and first post-Independence Prime Minister William Alexander Clarke Bustamante.

He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that later reggae and ska artists would draw upon. In 2001 Campbell was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to music.


Side One

Ten Commandments

Side Two

Don’t Make Me to Cry

Stan Kenton

When I was going through Wikipedia, looking up Stan Kenton, I noticed his band was labelled as “controversial” so I went looking for the reason behind this labelling. I guess one of the main reasons for it would be in 1956, the Critics Poll in Down Beat reflected victories by black musicians in virtually every category. In response, Kenton dispatched a telegram which lamented “a new minority, white jazz musicians,” and stated his “disgust [with the so-called] literary geniuses of jazz.”.

There’s also the part where his daughter accuses him of a sexual relationship, but that claim was never proven and just remains a creepy antidote for now. I also am not focusing on sexual perversions in musicians right now as that may take forever, but do have a post planned that talks about cultural and music appropriation and bastardizations since it is Black History Month.

Jazz was started within the African American community in the late 19th century, much like hip hop was a few decades ago for you young ones. Stan Kenton was a white man, that entered the scene and later criticized the recognition the black artists were finally receiving. This might be the most outright case of biting the hand that feeds you when it comes to appropriation, but certainly isn’t the only one as my post tomorrow will go through. Pardon my language, but how in the fuck are you going to be disgusted with men of the same culture that created the genre you’re playing in winning some well deserved recognition?!?

Well, with that slight rant over, here’s a little EP from Mr. Kenton.

Stanley Newcomb “Stan” Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator.


Sketches on Standards

Stan Kenton

Side One

Sophisticated Lady
Begin the Beguine

Side Two

There’s a Small Hotel
Shadow Waltz

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires

Warning: Booty ahead! Whoever the model for this album cover was, they certainly had quite the rear end!

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires (known as Byron Lee’s Dragonaires since Lee’s death) are a Jamaican ska, calypso and soca band. The band played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world. Byron Lee died on 4 November 2008, after suffering from cancer for a long time.


Wine Miss Tiny

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires

Side One

Tiney Winey
Long Time

Side Two

Somebody in the Party
Rack Me
Love Up
Medley: Soucouyant / Me ain’t Fighting / Satan Coming Down

Carlos Montoya

Carlos García Montoya (13 December 1903 – 3 March 1993) was a prominent Flamenco guitarist and a founder of the modern-day popular Flamenco style of music. His unique style and successful career, despite all odds, have left a great legacy for modern day Flamenco. It is because of his pioneering work in popular Flamenco music that have allowed other great modern groups to take hold in all parts of the world.



Carlos Montoya

Side One

Toque de Lavarte

Side Two


The Swamp Boogie Queen

Katie Webster (January 11, 1936 – September 5, 1999), born Kathryn Jewel Thorne, was an American boogie-woogie pianist.

Webster was initially best known as a session musician behind Louisiana musicians on the Excello and Goldband record labels. She also played piano with Otis Redding in the 1960s, but after his death went into semi-retirement. In the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European tours and recorded albums for the German record label, Ornament Records.


The Swamp Boogie Queen

Katie Webster

Side One

Who’s Making Love
Sea of Love
Black Satin
After You Get Rid of Me
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)

Side Two

Try a Little Tenderness
Hold on to What You Got
Somebody’s on Your Case
On the Run
Lord, I Wonder