This weekâ€™s programme is another super special Crossroads programme. I recently contacted that great piano player, Diz Watson of Diz and the Doormen fame to a) let him know that his LP BLUECOAT MAN, continues to thrill 27 years after it was made, and b) to ask if he had any new music â€“ and guess what â€“ he has. TONKY HONK, a CD on the Ace label.
I suggested that Diz may like to come into the studio and chat, play some of his music and play some records by people he liked. To my amazement not only did I get a reply, but it arrived on a postcard from Ilkley. Diz was visiting his sister, who lives there and he came into the studio to record the programme â€“ joy of joys. During the interview it transpired that he lived in Bradford as a lad although he was born in South Africa. His music is a â€œpotent gumbo of Barrelhouse, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll and Boogie Woogieâ€, although if you ask me that doesnâ€™t quite cover it. Itâ€™s full of energy and displays a musicianship that is outstanding. He makes it sound so easy but he claims he is still learning â€“ it takes 50 years to be really good at the piano. he said. It is clear he loves this music and this infectious enthusiasm shines through all his stories.
Here we are and another Sunday and another programme. This one starts quietly, a bit of jazz, JJ Cale and Aretha, goes down south to Tex Mex country, resurfaces with the loud type of Blues – new-ish Little Ed and old-ish Leadbelly, then some saxophone honkers and screamers, finishing with a wacky one.
Alysia - ten children and quite a character. She lives in Quebrada Verde a village in the desert near Lima
Lets see – now this was a more normal Crossraods programme. Starting with some of the great rock and rollers – Bobby Dylan, Robbie Robertson, the not as famous as they should be Blasters, some blues,Â mainly from Chicago, someÂ African stuff – where the Blues really came from, back to a classic rock run from Steely Dan, Ry and Tom Waits and finish with the lovely Rosana. Not a lot of plays for her but she is a crossroads favourite – should be heard much more – lovely songs, good backing- I only wish I knew what she was talking about.
Due to lack of medical facilities - these healing ponds are tried for a variety of illnesses in Lima - even mental illnesses
Oh goody a new toy, well if you don’t know the I Went To The Crossroads programme, get set.
Using the BCB kit to record sounds in Peru - looking for inspiration
On 18th OctoberÂ I did a reggae special for Black history Month, although nearly all the programme’s music orginates in some way from the blues (except the latin stuff and even thenÂ I bet it does).
So I played old stuff like The Congo’s Soddam and Gomorah and Stepping Razor byÂ Peter Tosh. With very old stuff like Toots and the Maytals and the Heptones.Â I try (fail you may say) to get the programmes to flowÂ old to new, slow to fast, quiet to loud so everything seems like a logical procession.