1: Baby Dodds Trio – My Indian Red ~ AlBahooky
First heard this on the series 1 final episode of ‘Treme’, this tune celebrates the Indian ‘tribes’ of New Orleans of which I knew nothing about and now know a little bit more. After seeing it in this scene and this later visual which helped explain to me what a flag boy and a spy boy were. Recorded in the mid ’40’s, it has an infectious exuberance that you can’t ignore –
Here comes the big chief, the big chief …
2: The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu ~ Severin
Proof that health scares are nothing new. It’s terrible and dreadful – sniffle, cough. Excellent early Lee Perry production. It’s a killer.
3: Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys ~ Traveler Playboys Special ~ Tincanman
There’s a very absolute precision to the timing of who comes in when and what notes they play in Riley’s band. The drums and bass know their place here (i.e don’t interfere). There’s some friction with the guitar player’s role but he does get his chances, and to be allowed to support that fiddle-accordian dialogue, STFU.
4: Larry Williams – Hocus Pocus ~ RockingMitch
Larry was dubbed “The Bad Boy of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Originally taken on by Art Rupe’s Specialty label to replace Little Richard who had “turned to God”, he was dropped by the label for getting a drugs bust. He received 4 gold discs, but reckoned he made more money from his other business, running prostitutes in LA. He wound up dead, officially a suicide, but many believe otherwise.
5: Rudy Vallee – The Latin Quarter ~ Pairubu
A song I first encountered in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. I long assumed it was a spoof made especially for Bugs ! It wasn’t. Here it is in all it’s glory. It first appeared in the film “Gold Diggers in Paris” ( unsurprisingly, perhaps). It’s been stuck in my brain for years.
6: Tananas – Unamanucua 2 ~ bluepeter
Taken from the 1996 album Unamunacua, (it means ‘To cry when you’re dreaming’), this is free flowing South African jazz at it’s best. Sometimes it seems without form and almost lost, but that bass line just keeps on going. Like ‘Take 5’ on acid.