October 10, 2014, First Half

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)

Opening Set:

  • She Put the Hurt on Me – Otis Redding (Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, 1966)
  • Different Shades of Blue – Joe Bonamassa (Different Shades of Blue, 2014)
  • (I Just Wanna (B with U – Transvision Vamp (Little Magnets Versus The Bubble of Babble, 1990)
  • (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone – Paul Revere & The Raiders (Midnight Ride, 1966)
  • Let It Rock – Etta James (The Right Time, 1992)
  • Dippermouth Blues – Dr. John (Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, 2014)
  • Slow – Leonard Cohen (Popular Problems, 2014)
  • Almost Like the Blues – Leonard Cohen (Popular Problems, 2014)
  • Rock and Roll Records – Eric Clapton with Tom Petty (Breeze: An Appreciation of J. J. Cale, 2014)
  • When the Sun Goes Down – Gary Clark, Jr. (Gary Clark, Jr. Live, 2014)
  • House is Rockin’ – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Goin’ Home, 2014)
  • Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles (Revolver, 1966)
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues with Kristy MacColl (If I Should Fall From Grace with God, 1988)
  • In These Shoes – Kristy MacColl (Tropical Brainstorm, 2000)
  • Laid – James (Laid, 1993)
  • Leader of the Pack – The Shangri-Las (Single, 1964)
  • Chevy’s Girs – The Not Ready for Prime Time Players (Gilda Radner, Lorraine Newman and Jane Curtain with Linda Ronstadt) (Saturday Night Live, 1976)
  • Reform School Girl – Nick Curran & The Lowlifes (Reform School Girl, 2010)
  • My-My Kind of Girl – The Ramones (Subterranean Jungle, 1982)

SNL

Chevy’s Girls (Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Lorraine Newman, Linda Ronstadt)

October 10, 2014, Second Half

Paul Revere                                                                                                                                                                              Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014)

  • Kicks – Paul Revere & The Raiders (Midnight Ride, 1966)
  • Hungry – Paul Revere & The Raiders (Spirit of ’67, 1966)
  • Good Thing – Paul Revere & The Raiders (Spirit of ’67, 1966)
  • Crown of Creation – Jefferson Airplane (Crown of Creation, 1968)
  • Run, Run, Run – The Velvet Underground & Nico (The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967)

Happy Birthday

Prine                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Prine, 1946

  • That’s the Way that the World Goes ‘Round – John Prine (Bruised Orange, 1978)
  • Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore – John Prine (John Prine, 1971)
  • Blue Umbrella – Steve Goodman (Jesse’s Jig & Other Favorites, 1975)
  • Lake Marie – John Prime (Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, 1995)
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Eva Cassidy (Time After Time, 2000)
  • Take Me to the River – Eva Cassidy (Live at Blues Alley, 1997)
  • Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – Eva Cassidy (Imagine, 2002 (posthumous compilation))

Hair

  • Sodomy – Steve Curry & Company (Hair (The Original Broadway Cast), 1968)
  • Don’t Put It Down – Steve Curry and Gerome Ragni (Hair (The Original Broadway Cast), 1968)
  • Hair – Original Cast (Hair (The Original Off-Broadway Cast), 1967)

Steve Curry 1                                                                                                                                                                         Steve Curry (Bottom) (May 11, 1946 – September 13, 2014)

  • Chim-Chim Cheree/March Over the Rooftops – Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews and the Company (Mary Poppins (The Original Movie Soundtrack), 1964)
  • Sunrise, Sunset – Zero Mostel and Maria Karnilova (Fiddler on the Roof (The Original Broadway Cast), 1964)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single, 1969)

 

 

October 3, 2014, First Half

  • A Minute Past – Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Monty Python’s Previous Record, 1972)
  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)

Opening Set:

  • Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker (Single, 1971)
  • Move It – Cliff Richard (Single, 1958)
  • Pickin’ Up the Pieces – Poco (Pickin’ Up the Pieces, 1969)
  • Lawless Times – John Mellencamp (Plain Spoken, 2014)
  • Oh! Beautiful – Joe Bonamassa (Different Shades of Blue, 2014)
  • Ko-Ko – The McCoys (Single, 1966)
  • Swallow My Pride – The Ramones (Leave Home, 1977)
  • Tell Me – Dead Boys (We Have Come for Your Children, 1978)

Buckingham 2                                                                                                                                                                                           Lindsey Buckingham (October 3, 1947)

  • Oh, Diane – Fleetwood Mac (Mirage, 1982)
  • Peacekeeper – Fleetwood Mac (Say You Will, 2003)
  • You Do or You Don’t – Lindsey Buckingham (Out of the Cradle, 1992)
  • Blood Orange – Chris Carroll (Current Shifts, 2013)
  • Summer Noon – Tweedy (from a forthcoming album, 2014)

Woody                                                                                                                                                                                  Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967)

  • Song to Woody – Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan, 1962)
  • Pastures of Plenty – Country Joe McDonald (Thinking of Woody Guthrie, 1969)
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen (The Ghost of Tom Joad, 1995)
  • Solartopia – Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Dave Bernz & The Rivertown Kids (Neighbor to Neighbor – Family Music for Sandy Relief, 2012)
  • Depression Blues – Louden Wainwright, III (Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), 2014)
  • Long Time Comin’ – John Hiatt (Terms of My Surrender, 2014)

 

October 3, 2014, Second Half

  • Bobby Thompson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World – Russ Hodges (October 3, 1951)Bobby
  • Troubled Man – John Mellencamp (Plain Spoken, 2014)
  • Blue Charlotte – John Mellencamp (Plain Spoken, 2014)
  • Porcelain – Edward Rodgers (Porcelain, 2011)

 

  • She’s Into Something – Toby Walker (What You See is What You Get, 2014)
  • Everything I Want – Toby Walker (What You See is What You Get, 2014)
  • You Better Get It While You Can (The Ballad of Carl Martin) – Steve Goodman (Santa Ana Winds, 1984)
  • I Remember – Eddie Cochran (The Eddie Cochran Memorial, 1960)
  • Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Texas Flood, 1983)

 

 

Eddie Cochran                                                                                                                                                                                  Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960)

SRV                                                                                                                                                                           Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990)

  • Little Girl So Fine – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (This Time It’s for Real, 1977)
  • Guardian Angel – Mink DeVille (Return to Magenta, 1978)
  • Soul Shoes – Graham Parker (Howlin’ Wind, 1976)
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, 1971)
  • Drivin’ Sister – Mott the Hoople (Mott, 1973)
  • 409 – The Beach Boys (Little Deuce Coupe, 1963)

 

  • Three O’Clock Blues – Gary Clark, Jr. (Gary Clark, Jr. Live, 2014)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single, 1969)

September 12, 2014, First Half

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)

Opening Set:

  • Be Bop Grandma – Solomon Burke (Single, 1061)
  • My Sweet Love – John Mellencamp (Life, Death, Love & Freedom, 2008)
  • One Last Kiss (Gum Rehearsal) – Jesse Pearson (Original Soundtrack to ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’, 1963)
  • I Got You, Babe – Etta James (Tell Mama, 1968)
  • Til’ the End of the Day – The Verbs (Cover Story, 2014)
  • Down For Too Long – Locksley (Be in Love, 2010)
  • The Last Day of Winter – George Usher & Lisa Burns (2014)
  • All I Want to Do – The Beach Boys (20/20, 1969)

CashJohnny Cash (at Folsom Prison)

February 6, 1032 – September 12, 2003

  • Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash (At Folsom Prison, 1968)
  • The Birds of St. Marks – Jackson Browne (Live, 2014)
  • This Time Baby’s Gone For Good – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (Recorded Live 1999; Released on Jukebox, 2006)
  • What a Wonderful World – Dr. John (Ske-Dat De-Dat, 2014)
  • Unkonwn Song Title – Sammy Davis, Jr. (Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, January 6, 1963)
  • Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) – Louden Wainwrigth III (Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), 2014)
  • Mellow Yellow – Donovan (Mellow Yellow, 1967)

Kenny ButtreyKenny Buttrey

April 1, 1945 – September 12, 2004

  • Are You Ready for the Country? – Neil Young & The Stray Gators (Harvest, 1972)
  • All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan (John Wesley Harding, 1967)
  • Move It – Chuck Berry (Rock It, 1979)

Lincoln AndersonLincoln Anderson from Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

  • Journey’s End – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (The Quality of Mercy, 2005)
  • Take the Men and the Horses Away – Steve Harley (Stanger Comes to Town, 2005)

September 12, 2014, Second Half

  • More – Andy Williams (The Academy Award Winning “Call Me Irresponsible” and Other Hit Songs From the Movies, 1964)
  • Wooden Ships – David Crosby (Live, 1996)/Kitty’s Back – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1975)

Happy Birthday, Maria Muldaur (1943)

maria muldaur

  • Richland Woman Blues – Maria Muldaur (Richland Woman Blues, 2001)
  • Any Old Time – Maria Muldaur (Maria Muldaur, 1974)
  • Meet Me At Midnight – Maria Muldaur (Meet Me At Midnight, 1994)
  • If I Were You – Maria Muldaur (Southland of the Heart, 1998)
  • It Ain’t the Meat (It’s the Motion) – Maria Muldaur (Meet Me Where They Play the Blues, 1999)

Bob CreweBob Crewe

November 12, 1931 – September 11, 2014

  • A Lover’s Concerto – The Toys (The Toys Sing “A Lover’s Concerto” and “Attack”, 1965)
  • Silence is Golden – The Four Seasons (Born to Wander, 1964)
  • Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (Breakout!, 1966)
  • I Wanna Love Him So Bad/Do Wah Diddy – Dinah Madoff/Patrick Cassidy (Original Broadway Cast Recording of ‘Leader of the Pack’, 1985)
  • Lady Marmalade – La Belle (Nightbirds, 1974)
  • St. James Infirmary – Bob Crewe (Crazy in the Heart, 1967)
  • The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – Frankie Valli (Solo, 1965)

The MonkeesThe Monkees TV Show

September 12, 1966 -March 25, 1968

  • (Theme from) The Monkees – The Monkees (The Monkees, 1966)
  • For Pete’s Sake – The Monkees (Headquarters, 1967)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single, 1969)

 

September 5, 2014, First Half

Opening Set:

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • It Came Out of the Sky – Creedence Clearwater Revival (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969)
  • Twisting By the Pool – Dire Straits (ExtendedancEPlay, 1983)
  • So Easy Rider – Bayonets (Crash Boom Bang!, 2014)
  • Soul Searchin’ – The Litter (Distortions, 1967)
  • Gotta Get Away – The Black Keys (Turn Blue, 2014)
  • Missionary Man – The Eurythmics (Revenge, 1986)
  • 1 Time, 2 Times Devastated – DM3 (One Time Two Times Three Red Light, 1993)

Glenn CornickGlenn Cornick (Jethro Tull) (April 24, 1947 – August 28, 2014)

  • To Cry You A Song – Jethro Tull (Benefit, 1970)
  • You and Me in the Jungle – Wild Turkey (You and Me in the Jungle, 2006)
  • Living in the Past – Kieth Emerson with Glenn Cornick (To Cry You a Song – A Collection of Tull Tales, 1996)
  • Vampire Blues – Louden Wainright III (More Love Songs, 1986)
  • Maggie Walker Blues – Corey Harris (Fulton Blues, 2013)
  • Nobody Knows His Name – John Hiatt (Terms of My Surrender, 2014)
  • Daydream Believer – John Stewart (The Lonesome Picker Rides Again, 1971)
  • Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart (Past, Present & Future, 1973)
  • Changes – Band of Gypsies (Live at the Fillmore East, January 1, 1970)
  • Parker’s Band – Steely Dan (Pretzel Logic, 1974)

September 5, 2014, Second Half

Robin WillamsRobin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

  • Robin Williams HBO Comedy Special, 1977

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  • I Remember Brooklyn – Tony Visconti (Visconti’s Inventory, 1977)
  • Brooklyn Boy – Kevin Devine (Put Your Ghost to Rest, 2006)
  • Brooklyn Girls – Black 47 (Green Suede Shoes, 1996)
  • Red Hook – Rome 56 (Trip Glasses, 2006)
  • Radcliffe’s on Rug Hill – The Shirts (The Tiger Must Jump, 2010)
  • Waking Up in Brooklyn – Amanda Thorpe (Promenade, 2002)

Brooklyn Map

  • Roller Coaster Town – Garland Jeffreys (The King of In Between, 2011)
  • Looking For an Echo – Kenny Vance (‘Looking For an Echo’ Soundtrack, 2002)
  • Coney Island Steeplechase – The Velvet Underground (Another VU, Recoreded – 1969: Released – 1986)

Susnet Park

  • Friday Night, Sunset Park – Bob of The Shirts (Townie, 2013)
  • Canarsie – Frank Zappa (Shut Up ‘n’ Play Yer Guitar, 1981)

Ebbets_Field

  • There Used to Be a Ballpark – Frank Sinatra (Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back, 1973)

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  • Stop That Train, Conductor – Carey Bell (Heartaches and Pain, 1994)
  • Same Love that Made Me Laugh – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • She Put the Hurt on Me – Otis Redding (Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, 1966)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single, 1969)

 

‘Black and White’ by Leslie Zimei, A Review

 

Black and White

BLACK AND WHITE by Leslie Zimei

Not your usual ‘covers’ album

 

Produced by:  Michael Mattia, Con Calenza, Leslie Zimei and Fred Guarino

Executive Producer:  Ray Hornosky

 

 

Musical tastes inspire generational conflict.  And, I suppose, this is more than expected, it is actually healthy and even encouraged.  Although sophistication is not a ladder to be climbed one rung at a time, certainly I don’t think one could argue the point that rock ‘n’ roll today is far more advanced than the songs of basic three- and four-chord progression pervasive in its infancy.  As one gets older, however, the musical tastes of the generations begin to blend when the younger listener now understands and appreciates the building blocks that formed the foundation of current popular sound.  A respect emerges.

The one form of music that bucks this trend is rhythm and blues.  Cross-generational love of R & B is almost instant and complete and we can probably thank Berry Gordy of Motown Records for recognizing the potential for this music to reach across racial lines as well as generational boundaries.  Of course it could be argued, and I’d make this argument myself, that early Motown, to insure its crossover appeal, was as much “pop” as it was “R & B” as Gordy and his team were feeling their way around this new territory.  As a matter of fact, Motown was so successful with its formula, combining catchy melodies with impeccable musicianship and the soulful harmonies of beautiful voices, that Gordy, himself, resisted the inevitable maturation process – that is, taking his music to the next level.  (Story has it that Smokey Robinson was instrumental in nudging Gordy along.  And the music of The Temptations is the perfect example.)  Gordy’s fears were completely unfounded as rhythm and blues continues to be popular today among young and old, black and white.  And if you really go back enough, you’ll learn that, thanks mainly to Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips, there is no ownership of R & B.

So, along comes Black and White, a new album by Long Islander, Leslie Zimei, released this summer and dedicated to her mom.  Ms. Zimei is no novice to music even though her name may not be immediately recognized.  She has sung with the likes of Ben E. King and Bo Diddley.  She has opened for artists such as Peggy Lee, Petula Clark and Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie).  She was lead vocalist for a local blues-based band, Cadillac Moon, and she currently sings with The Pearl Street Band.  And now, after more than 40 years recording and performing, she has finally put out her first “solo” album.

Armed with an enviable voice and a band of musicians so accomplished as to make the music sound, well, easy to create, Ms. Zimei has chosen to record an album of mostly covers from a wide range of rhythm and blues composers and performers from Billie Holiday and Etta James to Tracy Chapman.  She moves between deep soul (“Bill Withers’ “Same Love that Made Me Laugh” and Etta James “Tell Mama”) and blues (an original, “Black and White”) with effortless sincerity and compassion, and stops for some fun along the way (“Save the Bones for Henry Jones” (Nat King Cole)).  But mostly it’s straight rhythm and blues with style.

You only get one change at a first impression, as the saying goes, and Ms. Zimei has chosen wisely.  The disc opens rather strongly with a cover of Tyron Davis’ “Can I Change My Mind?”, and you know instantly that if the album can only live up to the promise of its beginning, you will be in for a treat.  And I’m happy to say that it certainly does, and you are.  For example, her cover of Cannonball Adderly’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” adds a female perspective to the song that oozes with a sexiness that can only come from a woman with a little mileage; and, from this reviewer’s point of view, that is a decisive virtue.  This song, above all, begs for the repeat button.

While a large majority of the album is a diverse assortment of impressive covers, the two originals, “Comin’ Home”, a sensitive, hopeful ballad in the soulful style of Dusty Springfield, and the aforementioned, bluesy title track, “Black and White”, both written with her former husband, Michael Mattia, complement their more familiar counterparts in rather impressive fashion, proudly putting Ms. Zimei’s own song-writing talents on display.  Perhaps at first glance, seeing the song list of mostly R & B covers, you might be tempted to dismiss this collection as more of the same – you know, another in the seemingly endless line of uninspired, over-interpreted R & B standards.  But after a listen or two, you’ll realize, as I did, that Black and White is really something quite special and deserves a place in your rhythm and blues collection.

Michael J Mand, On-web personality, OWWR

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2014, First Half

Opening Set:

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • Gimme More Rock ‘n’ Roll –Blondie Chaplin (Bondie Chaplin, 1977)
  • But You Let Me Go – The Hurricanes (Warning, 2013)
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So – Fuzztones (Snake Oil, 2013)
  • Oh! Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (Single, 1964)
  • Queen City – The Doughboys (Act Your Rage, 2009)
  • St. Valentine – John & Brittney (Stories to be Told, 2014)
  • Freak Flag – Chemical Wedding (RTZ, 1993)

Interview with Leslie Zimei:

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Leslie and Me (I’m on the right.)

  • Can I Change My Mind? – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • The Beginning of it All – Ben E. King (The Beginning of it All, 1971)
  • Black and White – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • Save the Bones for Henry Jones – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • Comin’ Home – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)