The Night Beat

11:47 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Vinyl Vault: Do'a 1978/1981 Albums

This week on the Vinyl Vault we’ll hear some world music from the band Do’a. The Vault will feature tunes from Do’a’s first and third albums, 1978’s “Light Upon Light” and 1981’s “Ancient Future” both on the Vermont label “Philo.”

Do’a was the brainchild of guitarist Randy Armstrong and flute player Ken LaRoche although their instrumentation goes far beyond those two instruments to include sitar, tabla, recorder, African cowbells, Cameroonian shakers, Mandile wood drums, kalimba, Indian bansri flute, roto-toms, Japanese biwa, Tibetan ting-shaw and many more.

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3:30 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Vinyl Vault: "Echoes of an Era" 1982

This week on the Vinyl Vault, we’ll hear the 1982 album “Echoes of an Era.” The album features a lineup of first class players including Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. And on vocals…Chaka Khan in her first foray into jazz.

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5:23 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Vinyl Vault: "Silver 'N Brass" Horace Silver 1975

This Tuesday on the Vinyl Vault we’ll pay tribute to the late Horace Silver with a few cuts from his 1975 Blue Note album “Silver ‘N Brass.” The album consists of six original Silver compositions and features a nine piece horn section. Players include Tom Harrell on trumpet, Bob Berg on tenor, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Ron Carter and Bob Cranshaw on bass and Al Foster and Bernard Purdie on drums among many more.

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8:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Vinyl Vault: "Heavy Juice" Greg Piccolo 1990

This week on the Vinyl Vault we’ll hear some swingin’ rhythm and blues from sax man Greg Piccolo. Piccolo was a member, and for a while the leader, of the jump blues band Roomful of Blues and he’s joined on this album by many of his Roomful band mates including founder Duke Robillard on guitar and some vocals. The album is named “Heavy Juice” and it came out in 1990 on Black Top Records.

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Vinyl Vault
2:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Vinyl Vault: “Scenario” Al DiMeola 1983

1983 Scenario by Al DiMeola

This week’s featured album on the Vinyl Vault is “Scenario” from Al DiMeola. This 1983 release on Columbia is mostly a duet album with keyboard/synthesizer player Jan Hammer, although both Phil Collins and Bill Bruford make cameo appearances on drums. Despite the mostly duo format, the sound is much bigger than just two guys thanks to the judicious use of synthesizers and overdubbing. Like all of DiMeola’s other albums, this one showcases his virtuoso chops and top flight song writing ability.

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