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Ridgewood Radio features concert recordings by adventurous bands and experimental musicians and restored archival tapes from private and institutional collections captured at venues large and small across the five boroughs of New York. It is produced by David Weinstein and Outpost Artists Resources operating out of the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY, where you'll find more yellow bricks than on the road to Oz and the cemetery of your choice is never more than a few blocks from home.

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Options April 7, 2021: The Justice Selections

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Musical works that express or explore experiences of incarceration,
guilt, innocence, yearning, and fairness, from Matana Roberts, Jaimie Branch,
Frederic Rzewski, Miya Masaoka, and more. Image: Janis Joplin mugshot.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Esperanza Spalding  Land Of The Free   Options Radio Music Society  Heads Up International  2012  The vocalist/bassist’s piece for Cornelius Dupree Jr., who served 30 years on an unjust murder conviction. DNA evidence and the Innocence Project freed him.   
Branford Marsalis  Berta, Berta   Options I Heard You Twice The First Time  Columbia  1992  Music and sound design for playwright August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson during which characters offer a rendition of a Parchman Farm prison work song.  0:05:22 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Frederic Rzewski  Coming Together/Attica   Options Frederic Rzewski  Opus One  1974  In September 1971, a rebellion broke out at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, demanding improved health care, sanitation, food, and an end to beatings. Inmate Samuel Melville was killed during the police insurgency in retaking the complex. Composer Rzewski took this text from Melville’s letter of May 16, 1971. With Steve Ben Israel, voice and an ensemble that includes Jon Gibson, Alvin Curran, Garrett List, and Karl Berger.  0:10:23 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Richard Carrick  Prisoner’s Cinema   Options Ear Heart Music Series  SoundCloud  2013  Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian’s Hotel Elefant ensemble performs Carrick’s reflection on hallucination as experienced by people in solitary confinement, during meditation, or under self-assigned isolation.  0:39:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Miya Masaoka  III: Survival   Options Triangle of Resistance  Innova  2016  One section of the composer’s reaction to the U.S. government’s internment of her Japanese/American mother during World War II. With Jennifer Choi and Esther Noh, violins; David Wallace, viola; Alex Waterman, cello.  0:51:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jaimie Branch  prayer for amerikka pt 1 & 2   Options Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise  International Anthem  2019  From the composer/trumpeter’s long form musical call to action.  1:02:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Furry Lewis  Judge Harsh Blues   Options Frank Stokes' Dream: The Memphis Blues (1927-1931)  Yazoo  1968  Recorded 1928 by the country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee, born in Greenwood, Mississippi.  1:16:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan  Hurricane   Options Hurricane 1975 [Live]  YouTube  1975  Co-written with Jacques Levy, about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was falsely imprisoned for murder in 1966 until 1985 when it was proved that the conviction had been “based on racism rather than reason and concealment rather than disclosure.”  1:19:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Band  I Shall Be Released   Options Music from Big Pink  Capitol  1968  Composed by Bob Dylan, with Richard Manuel, lead vocal and guitar; Rick Danko, bass guitar and Levon Helm, drums, on harmonies; Garth Hudson, Rocksichord organ; Robbie Robertson, acoustic guitar. From the legendary album.  1:28:07 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bukka White  Parchman Farm Blues   Options Bukka White  Columbia  1970  1940 recording of Delta blues musician Bukka White singing of his experience at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary, known as Parchman Farm.  1:31:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Matana Roberts  Shoes of Gold/Her Mighty Waters Run   Options Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis  Constellation  2019  Coin Coin, is the composer/saxophonist’s acclaimed multichapter musical work exploring themes of history, memory, and ancestry. Excerpts.  1:36:17 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Taj Mahal  Shady Grove   Options The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal  Columbia  2012  A traditional Appalachian tune recorded in 1973 by the singer, here on banjo, with Hoshal Wright, electric guitar; Eric Ajaye, bass; produced by Allen Toussaint.  1:44:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gil Scott-Heron  The New Deal   Options Gil Scott-Heron – Live In New York  Vogon  2018  Known for a role in the starkly truthful Last Poets project, here at The Bottom Line club in NYC in 1977 introducing the Midnight Band. Excerpt.  1:53:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sam Cooke  Chain Gang   Options Swing Low  RCA Victor  1960  The song was inspired after a chance meeting with a chain gang of prisoners likely from Georgia State Prison. Danceability somewhat obscures stinging lyric.  1:55:43 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
          Thanks. Take care!  1:58:18 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm listener james from westwood:

Afternoon, Ridgewoodians and all!
Avatar 5:01pm david w:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02pm Threemoons:

Greets, all!
  5:03pm Che Chen:

Hey y'all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:04pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi David & Ruth! Interesting theme today!
Avatar 5:06pm david w:

Hello to Threemoons and Che and Henry. Really glad to have you along.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:08pm WR:

hi all. glad to be listening.
Avatar 5:08pm ranjit:

good afternoon!
Avatar 5:09pm david w:

Welcome WR and ranjit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:19pm chresti:

Hi David and ruth and Ridgewoodians!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:20pm doctorjazz:

Hi, David and Ruth!
Avatar 5:21pm david w:

Hi. chresti. Something to wash over you!
  5:27pm Che Chen:

wow, interesting hearing this kind of text with this Philip Glass/Julius Eastman kind of minimalism. Sounds like it could have been made this year
Avatar 5:27pm david w:

Hello to you, doctorjazz, hello.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:28pm WR:

A blog post about this Rzewski recording.


some one played a selection on WFMU last year, have had that link bookmarked since then.
  5:28pm ruth:

Hi everybody! Just spent the first 15 minutes in Blurtooth hell trying to get my laptop to connect to speaker. UGH!!
  5:28pm Che Chen:

Oh thanks, WR. I could use some context.
  5:29pm Che Chen:

Hi Ruth!
Avatar 5:29pm david w:

Thanks, WR. I'm playing the whole thing which rarely gets air.
  5:29pm ruth:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:33pm WR:

another link referencing this and another Rzewski composition.

thank you David for playing it whole.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm chresti:

Thanks David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Phillippe Bastille:

Avatar 6:03pm david w:

And howdy you, Phillippe.
  6:04pm Che Chen:

Fly or Die at Roulette was the last concert I saw before the city shutdown.
Avatar 6:08pm david w:

Me too! And Branch was feeling it coming...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm chresti:

Oh wait, you're still going!
Avatar 6:12pm david w:

50 minutes to Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Webhamster Henry:

I haven't heard the Live Hurricane -- not too bad!
Avatar 6:23pm david w:

Yes, he's totally "on".
Avatar 6:24pm still b/p:

Yeah, this is a good version, not heard before. This song had a hold on me for a while when it came out. For a high school art project I made several drawings on a large sheet...sort of a graphic/storyboard version of the song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm doctorjazz:

Time to head out, thanks David and Ruth!
Avatar 6:25pm david w:

Thanks for your head, djazz.
Avatar 6:26pm david w:

@still b/p: that storyboard needed lots of frames!
Avatar 6:27pm still b/p:

Readers Digest version.
  6:37pm Che Chen:

Do you know who's in this "Coin Coin" band, David?
Avatar 6:39pm david w:

Possibly Hannah Marcus, Ryan Sawyer, Matt Lavelle, Stuart Bogie, Kyp Malone, and Meshell Ndegeocello on bass.
  6:41pm ruth:

Love this one D!
Avatar 6:42pm david w:

Following us:
Gary Sullivan hosts Bodega Pop 7-10pm EDT: Nice Up The Dance: Jamaican dancehall hits, dis tracks, deep cuts, and come-ons
Sam Segal hosts If You Lose Your Horse 10-midnite
  6:46pm Che Chen:

Ah, yeah, beautiful track!
Avatar 6:51pm david w:

This one about yearning, which is part of the oeuvre I believe. Taj Mahal bands have a feel I love.
  6:52pm Che Chen:

Toussaint production too! never hurts.
  6:57pm ruth:

Sam Cook. My first love.
Avatar 6:58pm ranjit:

Thanks for a great show!
  6:58pm Che Chen:

Sam Cooke auditioned for a doowop band with teenage future members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and didn't make the cut!!!
  6:59pm ruth:

@Che Wow.Maybe it's a good thing considering what happened later...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, y'all!
  7:00pm ruth:

Bye !
  7:00pm Che Chen:

Thanks for the great show, David!
Avatar 7:00pm david w:

Thanks all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm chresti:

Thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm WR:

Thank you David and ruth!
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