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Instrumental Invasion, 4/20/22 April 21, 2022

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The April 20 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on March 1 (four segments) and 2 (two segments), the latter occurring before my guest reading stint. Pickups were recorded on the 4th, 8th, and 24th.

The playlist was created on February 26, but not annotated until the 28th, after which the talk break script was drafted.

I forgot to plug the video of “Angela” by the Bob James Trio that was recorded as they recorded:

The session was recorded as video and the Dolby Atmos audio from it was extracted for MQA-CD players. The version of “Angela” you heard on the show was ripped from the CD with regular audio, which is good enough for me.

Coincidentally, the day I started recording this show, Ken Levine (“la-vyne”) wrote a remembrance of Taxi, the series for which Bob wrote the theme. Ken and his writing partner David Isaacs went on to work with some of the Taxi staff – such as the Charles Brothers and Jim Burrows – on Cheers and its spin-off Frasier.

The Shilts anecdote after playing “All Grown Up” referred to his May 2012 show at Houndstooth Pub. Last night was the first time I mentioned the prank.

A few days before the show aired, I finally learned how to properly say Maynard Ferguson‘s first name: “may-nard,” not “-nerd” like for football players Brad and Don. Unfortunately, it was too late to correct the mistake, but rest assured it won’t happen again.

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Instrumental Invasion, 4/13/22 April 14, 2022

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The April 13 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded one hour per day on February 19 and 20, with pickups recorded before and after the second hour sessions. It was the first show recorded entirely at home with the Kaotica Eyeball shield.

The playlist was created on February 17 with annotations starting that day and continuing into the 18th. The talk break script was drafted on the 19th, before and after my friends’ daughter’s first birthday party.

I may have played six covers on a show prior to this week, but I didn’t notice until this time. My favorite has to be Maynard Ferguson‘s cover of “Eli’s Comin’” (from M.F. Horn) that led off the show, though I don’t like the beginning and end.

Valley in the Clouds” and “Jamaican Nights” were staples of The Weather Channel’s local forecasts in their day, but I wasn’t aware of the latter song until it played on CD 101.9 in November 1998. I played it in the premiere of the original The Instrumental Invasion on WGBB on July 13, 2004.

The last song of the show, “Summer Smiles” by Ken Navarro, was first heard last August 25, but this time, I said Tyler Mire‘s last name correctly: “meer.”

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11:40 AM UPDATE: From time to time, I miss things when making annotations and they don’t end up in the script. I missed that David Charles played percussion on “360” by Chuck Loeb, leading me to incorrectly call it a trio song. I didn’t notice the percussion – chimes, in particular – until just now while listening to the unscoped aircheck. To compensate, I’ll play it again in an upcoming show. Listen for it in June.

Instrumental Invasion, 4/6/22 April 7, 2022

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The April 6 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days in mid-February: the first hour on the 14th (Valentine’s Day), one second hour segment on the 15th, and the last two on the 16th when a pickup was also recorded.

The playlist was created on February 12 and annotated on the 13th. The talk break script was drafted before recording on the 14th.

A few days before work on this show began, I finally took the plunge and bought the Kaotica Eyeball microphone isolation shield. Since my remote location has minimal room echo, the Eyeball is for home recordings. It only took two days to ship from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Here’s how it looks from my chair:

It’s as big as my head, a challenge for Zoom meetings and for reading text on the right side of my monitor, but it works! Room echo was practically gone from any talk breaks I recorded at home. You will have to lower the pot (potentiometer) on your mixer. The Eyeball isolates background audio so well that more of the mic is picked up.

Thank you to actor and impressionist Jim Meskimen (son of Marion Ross) for recommending the Kaotica Eyeball in one of Mark Evanier‘s 2020 voice-over panel livestreams (cued to the relevant portion) and then jogging my memory about it in an Instagram post a few days before my purchase.

This wasn’t the first show with talk breaks recorded through the Eyeball, due to pickups I recorded for March 16.

After acquiring new music releases in the weeks leading up to this show, and the Friday after, I re-instituted two 2017 to present segments for the second hour. I included “Feet First” by Rick Braun unaware that it was the first single off his eponymous album. I did know that “Sun Princess” by the Jeff Lorber Fusion and “Out to Lunch” by Oli Silk were on the smooth jazz radio charts. So, I worked them in. Due to time constraints in the last segment, I couldn’t remind listeners about the accelerando at the end of the Bob James Trio arrangement of “Westchester Lady.” That same arrangement was part of their Blue Note set in November 2018, a month after Feel Like Making LIVE! was recorded. I said of the Blue Note performance:

This song had a call and response between the trio and ended with an accelerando that led me to polka dance [in my seat].

“The Big Windy Cat” by Nick Colionne was played 52 weeks after the previous cut from No Limits, “Headin’ Wes Before Dawn.” “Rippin’ n Runnin'” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, from That’s How We Roll, was played exactly six months after “Howdiz Songo?” We also went exactly six months between tracks from the Jeff Lorber Fusion’s Space-Time – “Louisiana” and “Sun Princess” – and between the last track to date from the previous Bob James Trio album, Espresso, and the first off Feel Like Making LIVE! The Espresso track was “Mister Magic,” which was also recorded for the new album.

Little did I know my inclusion of “Swingin’ for the Fence” by Nelson Rangell, and addressing personnel as “heavy hitters,” would coincide with the delayed start to the 2022 Major League Baseball Season, and appear in a show preceded by the baseball edition of The Rock Show. And it slipped my mind that an unusually late blizzard affected the New York metro area 40 years ago: April 6, 1982. You can watch WABC-TV‘s Eyewitness News coverage of that storm here.

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Instrumental Invasion, 3/30/22 March 31, 2022

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The March 30 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP marked two years since my Wednesday night premiere. The show was recorded one hour per day on February 5 and 6 with a pickup on the 7th.

The playlist was created on February 3 and annotated on the 4th. The script was drafted on the morning of the 5th.

As on the first anniversary show last year, the first hour format was 1984 and earlier, with songs released between 1963 and 1980, and the second hour format was 1985 to ’95, with songs running the gamut.

The talk breaks for the first two segments were wordy enough that I resorted to short liners and had to hurry the third talk break of the second segment, removing tidbits about Wes Montgomery‘s Goin’ Out of My Head album. The other four segments required padding with extra liners, starting songs after a talk break, or fading them up (not out) early.

Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione finally aired in its entirety after getting cut off by automation in the first show.

Give It One” by Maynard Ferguson led off the show, as I had bought a compilation CD of Maynard’s three M.F. Horn studio albums days before recording. I’ve been aware of the song since I downloaded an MP3 in the mid 2000s upon learning it was used as the theme to the 1974 pilot episodes of Wheel of Fortune. I incorrectly thought it was made for the show. The first part of the song reminds me an interchange on I-95 in Miami because I was looking at a photo of it while listening. When my travels took me past what’s known as the Midtown Interchange in March 2019, I took a photo of my own:

Thanks to a video slideshow I made for my family of the trip, including my cousin’s wedding, the new photo also makes me think of “Gods of Brazil” by Alison Brown. And speaking of Brazil, I was glad to talk about Iguazu Falls after playing the misspelled “Iguassu Falls” by Jeff Lorber.

Getting back to “Give It One,” trumpeter Eric Miyashiro, once part of Maynard’s big band, posted a great arrangement on YouTube back in October, featuring a solo by fellow Maynard alum Wayne Bergeron, then by him. Enjoy:

5/12 UPDATE: I learned in thanks to this interview with Eric that Maynard’s name was pronounced as it looks, not “may-nerd.”

As for the second anniversary edition of Instrumental Invasion, click here to download the aircheck MP3 or listen below:

Instrumental Invasion, 3/23/22 March 24, 2022

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The March 23 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded one hour per day on January 29 and 30.

The playlist was created on January 27. The first hour was annotated the same day – mostly by literally cutting (with scissors) and pasting (with tape) from the January 26 playlist – and the second hour on the 28th. I saved the PDF in grayscale again this week because the blue shade varied from the newly-written annotations to the ones on the printout. The talk break script was drafted before recording on the 29th, with digital copying and pasting from the January 26 script where necessary.

Much of the first hour was a do-over from January 26. About 40 minutes of that show’s first hour went unaired because the stream went out. The outage encompassed part of the first and third segments and all of the second. Rather than replay songs individually over subsequent shows, I made the unprecedented move of putting every unaired song in one show. I hope I never have to do this again.

Aside from the seven reused songs from January 26, “Bado Boy!” by Brian Bromberg was first heard last July 14. By this time, I knew the song’s origin: the titular Bado Boy is a male cat Brian rescued from Barbados. The last talk break, including the anecdote, was tough because there was too much information and too little time. Luckily, “Bado Boy!” had a long intro, allowing me to start the segment with the song, lower the levels for the Bruce Leonard liner and my talk-up, then bring the levels back up. On the other end of the spectrum, I had to pad out the first segment of hour two with an extra liner. Given a choice, I prefer having to pad segments out with liners than hurry my talk breaks, speed compress talk breaks, play shorter liners, or fade a song out early.

This was the second week in a row with two 2007-16 segments rather than two 2017 to present.

I realized this morning that Ken Navarro was playing real bass on “Running Toward the Sun.” It sounded too good to be synth bass; or as Ken calls it, “key bass.” I’ll be playing another song from Ken’s one-man band period (2014-16) on April 20, and I redid the back-sell of that song. Be sure to listen for that.

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Instrumental Invasion, 3/16/22 March 17, 2022

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NOTE: This post also includes scoped airchecks of the 57th anniversary programming that preceded me.

The March 16 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on January 26 (four segments) and 27 (two). Pickups were recorded on February 22 and March 3. More on that below.

The playlist was created on January 23, but I put off annotations until the 25th. (I saved the PDF in grayscale to hide the change in ink color when I switched pens.) The talk break script draft began on the 25th and was finished early on the 26th.

Jeff Kroll told me in December that March 16 was WCWP-FM’s 57th anniversary, so I played a song from 1965 to mark the occasion. That song was preceded by “Freedom Sound” by The Jazz Crusaders. I acquired Freedom Sound through a four-CD set containing seven early albums, plus one with Les McCann.

A few weeks before air, I learned from Jeff that the 57th anniversary would be treated like the original carrier current station’s 60th anniversary in October, led by a special edition of Strictly Jazz. He initially said Hank Neimark and John LiBretto would be hosting, and I redid the second talk break to acknowledge the ongoing celebration with just Hank and John as hosts. As noted in the 100th show post from two weeks ago, the spot breaks had promos for Strictly Jazz and Jeff and Pat’s edition of The Rock Show. I re-redid the second talk break because Jon Korkes was listed as a third host.

Here is the scope of Strictly Jazz (with so many great stories):

and The Rock Show:

2:46 PM UPDATE: Pat posted two photos taken during Strictly Jazz. The first is with hosts John LiBretto, Hank Neimark, and Jon Korkes:

…and the second photo adds Jeff:

As you can see, the shows were done from Studio 2, board operated by Jeff (when not posing for this photo).

Getting back to my show, “All ‘n All” by Nelson Rangell was first played last January 20. I used it in this show to set up how composer David Mann borrowed from it when writing “With You All the Way” by Steve Cole, which Steve wrote with Dave.

“With You All the Way” was part of the second 2007-16 segment, which I opted for in place of a second 2017 to present.

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Instrumental Invasion, 3/9/22 March 10, 2022

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The March 9 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days in mid-January: the first hour on January 17, two second hour segments on the 18th, and the last on the 19th. A pickup was recorded on the 21st after learning that it was the true release date of Someone’s Singing, Chieli Minucci‘s instrumental solo album. That makes “Bright Sky” the first song on a 2022 show from an album released in 2022.

The playlist was created on January 15 and annotated on the 16th. (The “11/16/21” annotation for Someone’s Singing was based on Amazon’s page for the digital version.) The talk break script for the first hour, and first break of the second hour, was drafted before recording on the 17th with the rest of the script drafted on the 18th.

I may have exaggerated the similarity between “Freight Train Joe” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and “Santa Cruzin” by Grover Washington, Jr. Their A sections are the same key, but that’s it. Grover was the first of six juniors I referenced throughout the show, and Tyrone Brown, the “Santa Cruzin” bassist, was the first of four Browns.

While drafting the script, I was surprised to learn that so many players on Bob Mintzer‘s All L.A. Band are faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, led by Bob himself.

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Like last week, I included promos for WCWP-FM 57th anniversary programming in my scope.

Guest reading at my old elementary school: Year 6 March 4, 2022

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Animation, Audio, Books, Education, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Photography, Radio, TV, Video.
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Other guest reading posts: 20152016, 2017, 2018, 2020

I returned to Leo F. Giblyn School in Freeport on Wednesday for Guest Reader Day, what they call National Read Across America Day. It was my sixth appearance as a guest reader (and photographer) and my first time inside Giblyn in exactly two years, a week and a half before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down anything and everything, taking education virtual. I had an opportunity to read virtually last year, a hybrid learning year (half a classroom’s students in person, half online), but I couldn’t get the pass code to log in.

It was so great to be back, and the faculty and students were glad I was back. This was the first year with Amy Lederer as principal, moving up from assistant principal following Amanda Muldowney’s retirement.

After photographing one guest reader, Ms. Lederer had me photograph the Freeport High School students who read to classrooms before I arrived at 11AM. I then mingled with my mother Lisa, a teaching assistant at Giblyn since I was in 4th grade there, and other faculty. Before photographing three more readers, Stephanie Huggard informed me which classrooms I would be reading to and when: 1:00, 1:55, and 3:00. I ended up reading to one more class after the third. The books I read were (teachers in parentheses):

Mrs. Connelly prompted me to tell Mrs. Souffront’s class about my WCWP radio show, which led me to promote that night’s 100th Instrumental Invasion, to share that I will be inducted into the WCWP Hall of Fame on June 11 in the Great Hall at LIU Post, and to view my website and YouTube channel. We listened to part of the aircheck from last Wednesday’s show and watched some of the video of my live Homecoming Weekend show in 2019. It was a lot of fun, especially using the large touchscreen monitor to scroll up or push buttons. I felt like a weatherman.

Reading Horton to Mrs. Carney’s class was quite a workout, as I did the voices from the 1970 TV special while reading. My radio show and accomplishments came up again, and we talked about animation and voice-overs. The kids in all classes loved my performances and had many questions that I was happily answered. It was challenging to read the non-Dr. Seuss books cold (site unseen), but still fun. Before I read to Mrs. Nicholas’s class, I stopped in Mrs. Jonza’s room, and we agreed I’d read to her kindergartners when I was finished upstairs. The only class where we didn’t visit my website and listen to last Wednesday’s aircheck was in Mrs. Carney’s. Mrs. Jonza’s students loved the sound of “Feel It Comin’” by Grover Washington, Jr. when I played part of last Wednesday’s full aircheck. (Unedited airchecks for every week of Instrumental Invasion are available for download here.)

As I was talking to Mrs. Carney’s students about myself, Lori Downing came in to read Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson. Mrs. Downing was a reading teacher at Giblyn until her retirement in 2020. I was pleasantly surprised to learn earlier in the day that she would be a guest reader, but this was the only room I was able to watch her read in.

Thank you, again, to everyone I interacted with on Wednesday. Special thanks to Anita Stevenson. Mrs. Stevenson has been highly supportive me through the years and yesterday was no exception. My photo with her is included in this year’s collage of select photos from the classes I read to:

I don’t want to limit our photo to the collage. Here it is in full:

Anita Stevenson, Mike Chimeri

Thanks again.

Instrumental Invasion, 3/2/22: Show 100! March 3, 2022

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The March 2 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the 100th Wednesday night show! It was recorded on January 10 (four segments) and 11 (two segments). A pickup was recorded on the 12th.

The playlist was created on January 8, annotated on the 9th, and the script was drafted on the 10th before recording.

With the LIU Sharks men’s basketball team in the NEC (Northeast Conference) tournament, I had to prepare for the possibility of the show getting bumped back a week. Not only would that mean realignment of the six shows that followed, but I had to redub any references to March 2 in the 100th show. Here’s a compilation of those dubs:

My worries were for nothing and those dubs went unused. Yes, the Sharks’ quarterfinal against Sacred Heart University was at 7:00, but I was told the show would be joined in progress after coverage concluded. However, listening to the stream around 7:30 and 8:00, I noticed The Rock Show was running as scheduled. Apparently, the game – which the Sharks won – wasn’t going to be streamed. The 100th Instrumental Invasion aired in its entirety, as you’ll hear (scoped) below. (7:15 PM UPDATE: The game was not broadcast because of a telecommunications issue which should be resolved by Saturday for the semifinal game against Wagner College.) (3/6 UPDATE: They lost.)

The format for this milestone show – as I said on the air, I couldn’t have imagined this when I volunteered to record shows to fill airtime – is the same as the one last March 24. This was only the second show without a David Benoit song, but there was plenty of Jeff Lorber to go around.

Starting with this show, I don’t say “on 88.1 FM and WCWP.org” at the top of hour 2. The legal ID has run without fail every week but the first, so it’s unnecessarily redundant. It took me 99 shows to figure that out, including the shows where I said “on WCWP Brookville.”

Three songs were played for the second time as they were singles when making the playlist (first time in parentheses):

I had the reverb shout for “People Power” in mind since hearing the song on SiriusXM’s Watercolors. I’d been meaning to play “Lunchbox” for a few weeks, but kept forgetting to include it. I learned “March Forth” would be the next single from Passage through Bill himself.

I was inspired to play the Jeff Lorber Fusion cover of “King Kong” after seeing Zappa, the Frank Zappa documentary mostly culled from his personal archives, on Hulu on Christmas Eve. I knew that Jean-Luc Ponty was part of The Mothers of Invention and post-Mothers ensembles, but I was surprised how many others were associated with Zappa, including one other performer on the JLF cover: Vinnie Colaiuta. Still another Zappa alumnus to play on the cover was Ed Mann.

I mentioned after “Sooki Sooki” by Gerald Albright that I saw his daughter Selina, who sang background vocals, at the Tilles Center in December 2017 as part of Dave Koz‘s 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour. Here’s a recap. Tilles is a short walk from WCWP’s Abrams Communications Building.

The last talk break was a pain to record because there was too much to say and too little time. It’s just as well since Hudson‘s cover of “Wait Until Tomorrow” started slowly fading out in its last minute. Plus, I didn’t get any sleep the night before, an occasional nuisance.

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As you’ll hear, I included promos for WCWP-FM 57th anniversary programming to air before my show on March 16.

Instrumental Invasion, 2/23/22 February 24, 2022

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The February 23 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the first to be produced and recorded in 2022. One segment was recorded on January 3, two on the 4th, and three on the 5th.

The playlist was created on January 2 with annotations and the script draft on the 3rd.

The passing of Nick Colionne on New Year’s Day led me to add a tag to his liner noting the date it was recorded. It doesn’t feel right to run liners posthumously without a tag.

Someday, I’d like to visit the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal via the National Historical Park, immortalized in Ken Navarro‘s “Skating on the C&O Canal.”

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Shortly after hour 2 began, my internet stopped the stream from playing, which means everything after “in 1999, the year” was taken from my segment files with a multiband compressor filter applied.