More India Every Day!

8 10 2013
robotEvery day more and more data and info and fun things to do are pouring into the India Music Week, Oct 6-13 webthing.  Just last night  •  a discography of Tibetan music from in India • links to the audio for a massive 78 collection  •  Indian music programs from the 80s on WNYC radio  •  THREE new concerts  • and even more on the curious relationship between India and ROBOTS!

The site is a sight – www.IndiaMusicWeek.org





Blue Post

26 04 2012

Its been a long time since we offered info on our Blues recordings here at the ARC and the Keith Richards’ Blues Collection.  We hope to make the metadata on the whole 10,000 plus discs available online soon, so stay tuned.  For now, here’s a sampling of recent cataloged additions to the collection, starting with this mint SBW 10″ from France.

Sonny Boy Williamson.   Le Grand Chanteur de Blues et Spécialiste de L’Harmonica: Jazz Classics No. 17  (RCA, France, 130 238, 10″, 33.3, LP,  19??).

Arhoolie label’s vinyl is getting harder and harder to find in good condition these days, and that prompted us to go after a pile of ones we were missing, all mint or sealed, straight from the people at Arhoolie/Down Home Music in CA.

• Dave Alexander.   The Dirt On The Ground  (Arhoolie, USA, 1071, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1973).
• Dave Alexander.   The Rattler  (Arhoolie, USA, 1067, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1972).
• Juke Boy Bonner.   The Struggle  (Arhoolie, USA, 1045, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1969).

• George Coleman.   Bongo Joe  (Arhoolie, USA, 1040, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• K.C. Douglas.   The Country Boy  (Arhoolie, USA, 1073, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1974).
• Snooks Eaglin.   Possum Up A Simmon Tree  (Arhoolie, USA, 2014, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Charles Ford Band With Robben Ford.   Charles Ford Band With Robben Ford   (Arhoolie, USA, LP 4005, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1972).
• Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly.   Carolina Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, LP 2005, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). Alex Seward is Guitar Slim; Louis Hayes is Jelly Belly.
• Roosevelt Holts & His Friends.   Roosevelt Holts & His Friends  (Arhoolie, USA, 1057, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).
• Earl Hooker.   His First And Last Recordings  (Arhoolie, USA, 1066, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Earl Hooker.   Hooker ‘N’ Steve  (Arhoolie, USA, 1051, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). With Steve Miller.
• Lightning Hopkins.   In Berkeley  (Arhoolie, USA, 1063, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• John Jackson.   Blues From Virginia  (Arhoolie, USA, 1025, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• John Jackson.   In Europe  (Arhoolie, USA, 1047, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  .
• John Jackson.   Vol. 2  (Arhoolie, USA, 1035, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1968).
• Lil Son Jackson.   Blues Come To Texas  (Arhoolie, USA, 1004, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1960).
• Johnnie Lewis.   Alabama Slide Guitar   (Arhoolie, USA, 1055, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).
• Mercy Dee.   Mercy Dee  (Arhoolie, USA, 1007, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.)
• Alex Moore.   In Europe  (Arhoolie, USA, 1048, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.)
• Alex Moore.   Piano Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, 1008, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.)
• Charlie Musselwhite.   Goin’ Back Down South  (Arhoolie, USA, 1074, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1974). Robben Ford, Lafayette Leake
• Charlie Musselwhite.   Takin’ My Time  (Arhoolie, USA, 1056, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).
• Piano Red.   Dr. Feelgood Alone  (Arhoolie, USA, 1064, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1972).
• L.C. Robinson.   Ups And Downs  (Arhoolie, USA, 1062, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1972).
• Doctor Ross.   His First Recordings  (Arhoolie, USA, 1065, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1972).
• Robert Shaw.   Texas Barrelhouse Piano  (Arhoolie, USA, 1010, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Smokey Babe.   Hot Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, LP 2019, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Soundtrack  [ Howard Armstrong ].   Louie Bluie  (Arhoolie, USA, 1095, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1985). R. Crumb Cover
• Various Artists .   Blues N’ Trouble Vol. 2   (Arhoolie, USA, 1012, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Various Artists.   Country Blues I  (Blues Classics, USA, LP BC5, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Various Artists.   Juke Joint Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, LP BC23, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1970).
• Various Artists.   Kings Of Country Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, 1085, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).  Dated 1969 and 1981
• Various Artists.   Louisiana Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, 1054, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1970).
• Various Artists.   Oakland Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, LP 2008, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1970).
• Various Artists.   Prison Works Songs  (Arhoolie, USA, LP 2012, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Various Artists.   Texas Blues Vol. 2  (Arhoolie, USA, 1017, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1968).
• Big Joe Williams.   Thinking Of What They Did To Me  (Arhoolie, USA, 1053, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Big Joe Williams & Sonny Boy Williamson .    (Blues Classics, USA, LP BC21, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Sonny Boy Williamson .   Sonny Boy Williamson 1937-1946 Vol. 2  (Blues Classics, USA, LP BC20, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Sonny Boy Williamson .   Sonny Boy Williamson Vol. 3  (Blues Classics, USA, LP BC24, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Ralph Willis.   Carolina Blues  (Blues Classics, USA, LP BC22, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).
• Johnny Young & Big Walter.   Chicago Blues  (Arhoolie, USA, 1037, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1968).  Big Walter Horton.

We’re still looking for a copy of : Big Joe Williams’ Tough Times  (Arhoolie, USA, 1002, 12″, 33.3, LP,).  It is out of print and no longer available from Arhoolie.

Just the other day an anonymous donor dropped off a munitions box stocked with 78s from the late 20s and 30s.  Here’s the Blues and Jazz related ones of interest.

• Benny Goodman Trio/Sextet.   “Body and Soul” / “After You’ve Gone”  (Columbia, 36781, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  With Teddy Wilson
• Benny Goodman Sextet.   “Limehouse Blues” / “If I Had You”  (Harmony, 1011, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Harmony may have been a Columbia subsidiary.
• Wynonie Harris with the Hamp-Tone All Stars.   “In the Evening” / “Good Morning Corinne”  (Hamp-Tone, 103, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  “Good Morning Corinne” side listed as “Wynonie Harris with the In the Evening Blues” instead of “with the Hamp-Tone All Stars.”

• Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra.   “Summertime” / “Billie’s Blues”  (Columbia, C135-7/C135-8  37496, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).    Probably part of an album of reissued tracks
• Cliff Jackson.   “Lime House Blues” / “Royal Garden Blues”  (Black & White, 26, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).
• Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers.   “Georgia Swing”  (Bluebird, B-8515, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).
• Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers.   “Wild Man Blues”  (Bluebird, B-10256, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).
• Kid Ory’s Creaole Jazz Band.   “South”  (Crescent, Number 1, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Recorded August 1944
• The Platters.   “The Great Pretender”  (Mercury, 70753, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).
• Tex Ritter.   “San Antonio Rose”  (Capitol, 20065, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).
• Bessie Smith.   “Cake Walking Babies”  (Columbia, C 31-3 / C 31-4; 35673, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  From album of reissued sides.
• Bessie Smith.   “Empty Bed Blues”  (Columbia, C 31-7 / C 31-8; 35675, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).   from album of reissued sides.
• Fats Waller and His Piano.   “Basin Street Blues”  (Bluebird, B-10115, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).


• Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band.   “Maple Leaf Rag”  (Jazz Man, Album 1, No. 1, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Recorded 1941.
• Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band.   “At a Georgia Camp Meeting”  (Jazz Man, Album 1, No. 4, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Recorded 1941.
• Sonny Boy Williamson.   Le Grand Chanteur de Blues et Spécialiste de L’Harmonica: Jazz Classics No. 17  (RCA, France, 130 238, 10″, 33.3, LP, ).
• Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra featuring Billie Holiday.   “Miss Brown to You” / “I Wished on the Moon”  (Columbia, C61-1/C61-2  36205, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Probably part of a 4-disc album of reissued tracks.
• Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra featuring Billie Holiday.   “Easy Living” / “When You’re Smiling”  (Columbia, C61-7/C61-8  36208, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).  Probably part of a 4-disc album of reissued tracks

Not quite Blues, but nice to find in the big box, Bill Haley with Haley’s Comets.   “Crazy Man, Crazy”  (Essex, 321, 10″, 78 rpm, n.d.).

Finally, Fred Patterson, our head archivist has graciously donated a pile of Blues, R&B, Jazz and world CDs.  Here’s 73 relevant to this collection:

• Johnny Ace.   Memorial Album  (MCA, Europe, MCD 32642, 5″, CD, 1995).  008813264220.  CD reissue of album with bonus tracks
• La Vern Baker.   Saved  (Sequal, UK, RSA CD 912, 5″, CD, 1997).  5023224091222.
• Bobby Bland.   Dreamer  (MCA, MCAD-10415, 5″, CD, [1974]).  008811041526.  CD release of 1974 LP
• Blues Busters.   Busted!  (HMG / High Water, HMG 6512, 5″, -, CD, 1999).  012928651226.
• Charles Brown with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.   Drifting & Dreaming  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 589, 5″, CD, 1996).  029667158923.
• Leroy Carr.   Blues Before Sunrise  (Portrait, RK 44122, 5″, CD, 1989).  07464441222.  accompanied by Scrapper Blackwell and Josh White
• Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell.   1929-1935  (Wolf, Austria, BoB 10-CD, 5″, CD, n.d.).  -.  guitarist Scrapper Blackwell plays on all the Leroy Carr tracks, too.
• Wynona Carr.   Jump Jack Jump!  (Specialty, SPCD-7048-2, 5″, CD, 1993).  02221170482.
• Ray Charles.   The Early Years  (Tomato, R2-71656, 5″, CD, 1994).  081227165629.
• Albert Collins.   The Complete Imperial Recordings  (Imperial / EMI, CDP-7-96741-2, 5″, CD, 1991).  07777967402.
• James Cotton.   Best of the Verve Years  (Verve, 314 527 371-2, 5″, CD, 1995).  731452737120.
• Bill Doggett.   As You Desire Me  (King, KCD-523, 5″, CD, 1987).  012676052320.
• Bill Doggett.   Doggett Beat for Dancing Feet  (King, KCD-557, 5″, CD, 1987).  012676055727.
• Bill Doggett.   Dame Dreaming With Bill Doggett  (King, KCD-532, 5″, CD, 1988).  012676053228.
• Willie Egan and others.   Come On  (Relic, 7042, 5″, CD, 1993).  724075704723.
• Cecil Gant.   Cecil Gant  (Krazy Kat, UK, KK CD 03, 5″, CD, 1989).  008637600327.  writing on cover
• Smokey Hogg.   Angels In Harlem  (Specialty, UK, CDCHD 419, 5″, CD, 1992).  02667141925.
• Smokey Hogg.   Sittin’ in With Smokey Hogg  (Mainstream, MDCD 906, 5″, CD, 1991).  727285906529.
• The Hollywood All Stars.   Hard Hitting Blues From Memphis  (HMG / High Water, HMG 6518, 5″, -, CD, 1999).  012928651820.
• Homesick James.   Got To Move  (32 Blues, 32175, 5″, -, CD, 1999).  604123217521.  plastic/cardboard package
• Earl Hooker.   Play Your Guitar Mr. Hooker!  (Black Top, CD BT-1093, 5″, CD, 1993).  0 11661-6593-2 2.
• Bull Moose Jackson.   Sings His All-Time Hits  (Audio Lab / King, ACD-1524, 5″, CD, 1988).  012676152426.
• Floyd Jones – Eddie Taylor.   Masters of Modern Blues  (Testament, TCD 5001, 5″, CD, 1994).  012928500128.
• Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys.   Do the Rump!  (HMG / High Water, HMG 6503, 5″, CD, 1997).  012928650328.
• Saunders King.   Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 865, 5″, -, CD, 2002).  029667186520.
• Smiley Lewis.   The Best Of Smiley Lewis, I Hear You Knocking  (Imperial / EMI, E2-98824, 5″, CD, 1992).  0 7777-98824-2 7.
• Papa George Lightfoot.   Goin’ Back To The Natchez Trace  (Rhino / Ace, CDCHD 543, 5″, CD, 1994).  0 29667 15482 6.
• Little Axe.   “Ride On (Fight On)  (Wired, UK, 28, 5″, CD, 1994).  5026184002826.  samples Howlin’ Wolf.  Three mixes of title track
• Little George Smith.   Harmonica Ace  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 337 MONO, 5″, CD, 1991).  0 29667 13372 2.
• Little Willie Littlefield.   Boogie, Blues and Bounce : The Modern Recordings Volume 2  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 1056, 5″, CD, 2005).  029667010122.
• Little Willie Littlefield and Friends.   Going Back to Kay Cee  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 503, 5″, CD, 1994).  029667150323.
• Blind Willie McTell.   Atlanta Twelve String  (Atlantic, 82366-2, 5″, CD, 1992).  075678236624.  recorded 1949
• Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers.   I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday  (Night Train, NTI CD 7079, 5″, CD, 1996).  048612707924.
• Robert Nighthawk.   Bricks in My Pillow  (Delmark, 711, 5″, CD, 1998).  038153071127.  Recorded for the United label in 1951, 1952
• Professor Longhair.   Big Chief  (Rhino / Tomato,  R2 71446, 5″, -, CD, 1993).  0 8122-71446-2 3.
• Professor Longhair.   Rum And Coke  (Rhino / Tomato, R2 71447, 5″, -, CD, 1993).  0 8122-71447-2 2.
• Jimmy Reed.   Best Of Jimmy Reed  (GNP Crescendo, GNPD 2-0006, 5″, -, CD, 1987).  05282400062.
• Jimmy Reed / Eddie Taylor.   Ride ‘Em On Down  (Charly, UK , CD CHARLY 171, 5″, -, CD, 1989).  0 82333 09872 5.  the first song is by Eddie Taylor,
• Billy Lee Riley.   Shade Tree Blues  (Icehouse, IHR 9434, 5″, -, CD, 1999).  097037943424.  Rockabilly legend sings blues.
• Jimmy Rushing.   Rushing Lullabies  (Columbia / Legacy, CK 65118, 5″, -, CD, 1997).  0 7464-65118-2 4.  Originally recorded 1959, this is a combination of two albums Rushing Lullabies with Little Jimmy Rushing and the Big Brass, includes liner notes by original producer Irving Townsend and reissue producer Phil Schaap
• Roscoe Shelton.   Roscoe Shelton Sings!  (Excello, Excello CD 3007, 5″, -, CD, 1995).  7 68501 30072 1.
• Johnny Shines and Robert Lockwood.   Johnny Shines And Robert Lockwood  (Paula, PCD-14, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  0 97453-0014-2 5.  featuring Sunnyland Slim on piano, the first song is by Johnny Shines.
• Huey Smith and Friends.   Pitta Pattin’  (Charly R&B, UK, CD CHARLY 225, 5″, -, CD, 1990).  8 82333 11412 8.
• Sunnyland Slim featuring Jimmy Rogers,  Willie Mabon, St. Louis Jimmy.   House Rent Party  (Delmark, DD 655, 5″, -, CD, 1992).  038153065522.  recorded for Apollo label 1949.  Sunnyland Slim plays piano on all but the two Willie Mabon titles–Mabon plays on those.
• Tampa Red.   The Guitar Wizard  (Columbia / Legacy, CK 53235, 5″, -, CD, 1994).  0 7464-53235-2.
• Little Johnny and Ted Taylor.   The Super Taylors   (Paula Records, PCD-503, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  0 97453-0503-2 4.
• Various Artists.   River Town Blues  (Hi, UK, HI UK CD 118, 5″, -, CD, 1988).  5014757271182.
• Various Artists.   Not the Same Old Blues Crap II: A Fat Possum Records Compilation  (Fat Possum Records, 80342-2, 5″, -, CD, 2001).  045778034222.
• Various Artists.   Barrelhouse Boogie  (Bluebird / RCA, 8334-2-RB, 5″, -, CD, 1989).  7863583342.
• Various Artists.   Angola Prisoners Blues  (Arhoolie, CD 419, 5″, -, CD, 1996).  096297041925.
• Various Artists.   Regal Records In New Orleans  (Specialty, SPCD 2169-2, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  022211216926.
• Various Artists.   Motor City Blues  (Alive / Total Energy, Ner3019, 5″, -, CD, 1998).  095081301924.
• Various Artists.   Super Blues: All Time Classic Blues Hits Volume Two  (Stax, 8559-2, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  025218855921.
• Various Artists.   Jumpin’ The Blues  (ACE, CDCHD 941, 5″, -, CD, 1990).  029667194129.
• Various Artists.   St. Louis Town 1927-1932  (Yazoo, 1003, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  016351010322.
• Various Artists.   Risqué Blues Volume One  (King, UK, KCD 6021, 5″, -, CD, ).  667677602120.
• Various Artists.   Jackson Blues  (Yazoo, L 1007, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  016351010728.
• Various Artists.   Atlantic Blues : Guitar  (Atlantic, 7 81695-2, 5″, -, CD, 1986).  075678169526.
• Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.   Live at Carnegie Hall  (Epic, EK 68163, 5″, -, CD, 1997).  074646816325.  Liner notes by our pal Andy Schwartz
• Mercy Dee Walton.   One Room Country Shack  (Specialty, SPCD-7036-2, 5″, -, CD, 1993).  02221170362.
• Dinah Washington.   The Complete Volume 1  (Official, Denmark, 83 004, 5″, -, CD, 1988).  031287002920.
• Dinah Washington.   The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury Vol. 1: 1946 – 1949  (Mercury, 832 444-2, 5″, -, CD, 1987).  042283244429.  66 songs
• Dinah Washington.   The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury Vol. 2: 1950 – 1952  (Mercury, 832 448-2, 5″, -, CD, 1987).  042283244825.  53 songs
• Dinah Washington.   The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury Vol. 3: 1952 – 1954  (Mercury, 834 675-2, 5″, -, CD, 1988).  042283467521.  53 songs
• Dinah Washington.   The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury Vol. 4: 1954 – 1956  (Mercury, 834 683-2, 5″, -, CD, 1988).  042283468320.  63 songs
• Junior Wells / Earl Hooker.   Messin’ With the Kid  (Charly, UK, CD CHARLY 219, 5″, -, CD, 1990).  082333112322.  Earl Hooker plays guitar on many of the Junior Wells sides.
• Robert Pete Williams.   Blues Masters  (Storyville, Sweden, STCD 8001, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  717101800124.
• Robert Pete Williams.   Santa Fe Blues: Last Recordings  (Blues Collection, France, 157832, 5″, -, CD, 1979).  3298491578321.
• Chuck Willis.   Let’s Jump Tonight: The Best of Chuck Willis  (Epic / Legacy / OKeh, EK 53619, 5″, -, CD, 1994).  074645361925.
• Chuck Willis.   Stroll On: The Chuck Willis Collection  (Razor & Tie, RE 2055, 5″, -, CD, 1994).  793018205528.  tracks recorded for Atlantic Records.
• Jimmy Witherspoon.   Jimmy Witherspoon  (Ace, UK, CDCHM 1062, 5″, -, CD, 2005).  029667011020.
• Jimmy Witherspoon.   Blowin’ In From Kansas City  (Ace, UK, CDCHD 279, 5″, -, CD, 1991).  029667127929.
• Jimmy Witherspoon.   Jay’s Blues – The Complete Federal Sessions  (Charly, UK, CD CHARLY 270, 5″, -, CD, ).  08233313502.





We Built This City On…

8 10 2009

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It is a little known fact that the ancient Nabataeans were early adaptors of new sound recording technologies.  They began with cylinder discs (called columns) but found them awkward.  Later, around 70 BC, they sliced the cylinders into wafer thin segments, well thin for the time, and began recording on the flat side.  Thwarted by a region-only spindle size and fierce competition from the Hittites (every tune a Hitt!) and the Phoenicians (the original Purple Reign), they were soon forced out of the market.  Not to mention the freight, as these babies were 33 1/3 tons.  Alas, here at Petra, unshipped goods, in a format that defies migration, linger still.

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But, I may be mistaken about all this.  What I do know is that the walk through Al-Siq, and the first glimpse of the Treasury through the slice of rock, luminous pink curtained black, is a remarkable thing and well worth a trip through time.

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All I can think of is our last administration, and the inability to tackle any problem successfully, and how everything was ‘hard work”   Please.  Have a look at Ajunta, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Petra.  Imagine signing off on 40 years to carve a rock facade and we can’t rebuild twenty rows of wooden shotgun houses in New Orleans!   Disgrace, I mean I digress.

I’ve spent the last 10 days here in Amman Jordan setting up the first stages of Muslim World Music Day (formerly the Muslim Music Crash Course) at Columbia Universities Middle Eastern Research Center.  It has been a whirlwind of meetings, show-and tells, planning, report writing and visits to archives, schools, libraries, embassies, musicians and government offices.  The project director handling things from Jordan – the man with ALL the contacts – is Kareem Talhouni.

If you don’t know, Muslim World Music Day is an attempt to catalog all the relevant recording in the world, in one day, and surround this core database with informational and entertaining content, online.  Read all about it at our pre-website blog  www.arcmmcc.wordpress.com

Dr+cassettes_smlOne nice find was a thesis, written in English, but only published in Arabic, on Jordanian music, written by Prof Abdel Hamid Hamam the Dean of the College of Art and Design, University of Jordan.  Written in Wales no less.  We will excerpt it in both languages on the Muslim World Music Day website.

Equally amazing is the work of Dr. Mohammed Taha Ghawanmeh , Music professor and Dean of fine art @ Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.  Dr Ghawanmeh has spent his life collecting the traditional music of Jordan, and the result is a 500 cassette edition, each cassette one hour long and accompanied by a booklet of lyrics, notation and explanatory notes.  This is hard work at its very best.  Only two sets of the series now exist and I can only hope that some scholars or universities that read this could find this work useful for their institution of scholarly pursuits.   Here’s the contact for the fine arts dept :  fac_finart@yu.edu.jo and Arabic speakers can call +962 79 574 3535

By the way on the road to Petra I has coffee, and after a 800 step climb rested in a rock solid tea room overlooking the rose red monestary.  Life used to be so hard…

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My favorite reaction to the project was from a woman at the Center who wanted to know if every whore and slut who parades nearly naked on the TV, shaking her stuff, and singing in Arabic would be a part of the website.  She then showed me a few of Nancy Ajram’s videos (mild by my standards) and then exclaimed with a smile, “This is my favorite!”  And shaking her shoulders, “I love to dance to this one.”   Hey, Nancy was on Ophra last month!

With downloading so prevalent and pirating commonplace, music shops have all but disappeared in Jordan – one small chain, The Music Box, holding its own.  Plus the visual versions are very seductive as DVDs and music on TV predominates.  Live music is scarce in formal performance.  This photo is from a concert at Al Hussein Cultural Center taken by Robert Reeder, an ex pro photographer visiting Amman.   Musically, it was the kanoon playing of Tewfik Mirkham (sp?) that was luminous.

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My endless search for actual music collections was finally rewarded on the last day of my visit to Amman with a trip to The Jordan Radio and Television Corp.   Our animated host, Ms. Hala Zureiqat, Director of Jordan Television, listened to our pitch, conferred with her Director, then nearly shouted, “We’re in!”   What has made this trip rewarding is that so many people in the region are willing to support the Muslim World Music Day -  a new idea, on first hearing – so enthusiastically.

In one of the rehearsal rooms we were treated to a short concert by 73 year old singer Mohammed Wahib – sweet, toothless and energetic.  The song is, “Slaima.”

The station has saved nearly its entire history since the 60s on reel to reel tape, and it is mostly catalogued.  The recent past is digitized and can be called up inhouse, electronically.   But for me the real fun was to finally see some real vinyl – 45s, LPs and a full shelf unit of approx 4,300 seventy-eights.

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We will work to make sure this material is cataloged for the project and who knows what trash or treasures we will unearth.  Maybe an early Nabataean disc?








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