Geoff Anderson

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature tracks from the first two albums by the band Cymande. The band originally consisted of nine musicians from the West Indies living in England. Their first album, simply called “Cymande” came out in 1972 on Janus Records. The next, entitled “Second Time Round” was released the following year, also on Janus. The band called their music as Nyah-Rock but was described as a mix of funk, soul, R&B, jazz, rock, reggae, African music and West Indian folk.

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature one of vocalist Mark Murphy’s outstanding Muse releases, “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” Recorded in November 1979 and released the following year, the album features a great program including “All the Things You Are,” “Bijou,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Waltz for Debby” and more. The band includes many great players including Slide Hampton on trombone, Richie Cole on alto, Ronnie Cuber on bari sax, Tom Harrell on trumpet and Mark Egan on bass among others. Murphy was in his prime for this session and his interpretations of these songs are one-of-a-kind.

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature a classic from Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, their 1977 album on Arista records, “Bridges.” Many of the songs address the band’s time on the road. But, of course, politics plays a big role too with songs like “We Almost Lost Detroit,” about a near nuclear accident at a power plant near Detroit, “Tuskegee 626” about syphilis experiments and “Under the Hammer” which is maybe just about the struggle to get by. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson on The Night Beat, Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30pm on KUVO.

The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through their magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the original theme is revamped, subjected to genetic engineering and cross bred with strange genomes until it bears only the vaguest of familial resemblances; third cousins, twice removed, and sometimes, a whole new breed.

The Vinyl Vault goes to the Latin jazz side with a 1981 album from the late flautist Dave Valentin entitled “Pied Piper.” The album features Valentin’s touring band of the time plus guest appearances by Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Bobby Broom and Dave Grusin. Voted best jazz flautist 7 years in a row by Jazziz magazine, hear him at his peak on the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday, January 16 at 8:30 on KUVO.

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