Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, passed away this week. Today, I went digging through my archives and found a 2010 interview we recorded upon the release of Roger Rosenberg’s Baritonality, an album Becker produced. I found it and wanted to share it immediately. Walter’s open spirit, humility, and excitement about the big and small things around music all come through. We’ll listen to some excerpts from that album and share the complete free wheeling conversation with jazz critic, John Coltelli, myself and the great Walter Becker.
Eric Krasno is the amazing guitarist/producer with artists ranging from Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded)to Norah Jones, 50 Cent, Aaron Neville, Phil Lesh, Derek Trucks, and, well, the list keeps going!
To celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Blood From A Stone, we got to hang with Eric at his home studio, hear him play some guitar and share what he’s learned so far in an incredibly prolific career.
The new album comes out July 8th.
Debo band explores the rich and varied traditions of Ethiopian music with a dose of funk, punk and soul. With a large instrumental ensemble and a charismatic singer Bruck Tesfaye it all adds up to an undeniable party band. We got to hang with the leader of this amazing group, Danny Mekonnen and here excerpts of their upcoming album Ere Gobez (FPE Records; May 20, 2016). They’ll be playing in NYC with Antibalas May 18th at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Debo Band is
- Bruck Tesfaye vocals
- Danny Mekonnen saxophones
- Gabriel Birnbaum tenor saxophone
- Danilo Henriquez trumpet and percussion
- Stephanie Baird trombone
- Jonah Rapino electric violin
- Kaethe Hostetter five-stringed violin
- Marié Abe accordion
- Brendon Wood guitar
- Arik Grier sousaphone
- PJ Goodwin bass
- Adam Clark drums
After a smoking live set last night from Foday Musa Suso, the great guitarist Raja Kassis came into WKCR with his smokin’ new album Human Being. Raja is known for his work with Blitz the Ambassador, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Seun Kuti, Antibalas and many others.
We conclude the broadcast with a track from Edwin Quirk’s new Fractal Caravan album.