December 13, 2006
A Jethro Tull Christmas
producer: Douglas Grant
“Multi-instrumental musician, prolific writer, distinctive singer and conspicuous flutist Ian Anderson of the British band Jethro Tull shares colorful Christmas memories, and presents tracks from the “cynical and grumpy” Jethro Tull Christmas Album. Anderson talks about his relationship with the flute and relearning to play the instrument properly after three decades of recording and touring.
Broadly classified at times as Progressive Rock, Jethro Tull’s music spans many genres including Jazz, Folk, Classical and Blues, in ways that are as rich and brilliant as they are unique.
This humorous and engaging one-hour special provides a definite counterpoise to more conventional holiday programming fare, and is well-suited to a wide age range, given Jethro Tull’s lengthy and illustrious history which began in the 1960’s. The band has produced 30 albums and performed more than 2500 concerts in 40 countries.
Engineer and Producer Douglas Grant has also included original blends of a few of the band’s recordings which Tull fans may find interesting.
Listen to the full program on PRX
December 8, 2006
produced by Jonny Meister
Episode description from PRX:
“A look at John Coltrane’s career and music on the 80th anniversary of his birth. Coltrane greatly expanded our notion of jazz in his all-too-short career and life, enjoying both commercial success and acclaim, but also criticism and dwindling audiences later in his career. It”s impossible to cover a significant part of his musical output in one hour, but on this program we touch certain key musical turning points, using both full pieces and parts of pieces, from his first recording, a jam session while he was in the Navy, through his time with Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis, and his own leading roles on the Prestige, Atlantic, and Impulse labels. From soft ballads with singer Johnny Hartman to the madness that is “Ascension” we try to scratch the surface hard on one of the most intriguing musical careers of all time.”
Listen to Blues & Beyond here
November 13, 2006
Roger O’Donnell: One Man, One Instrument
by Bija Gutoff for Apple Pro
“British keyboardist Roger O’Donnell is best known for his work in the ’80s with groups like The Psychedelic Furs, The Thompson Twins, and The Cure. But being a band member had its ups and downs. On the upside, “you’re not out on a limb by yourself,” he says. “You’re getting paid. And,” he adds with a laugh, “you can always blame someone else when something goes wrong.” The Faustian deal, however, took its toll. “My whole creative flow was controlled by what was appropriate for the group,” continues O’Donnell. “I lost sight of the reasons why I got into music in the first place.”
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