Gerry Lyseight – Phonic FM – 19/2/23

This is my first new show for a few weeks and I hadn’t done a live show in even longer so there was a lot of catching up to do. Sadly we have recently lost some major and significant artists but there wasn’t enough time to show respect to them all. I played 2 early Jeff Beck tunes in heavy rock mode, and I plan to play more from his fusion period in the next show. We also lost Barrett Strong, writer of some classic Motown hits and David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy the Dove, who was one third of the ground breaking De La Soul but, with no disrespect to any artists – alive or dead, Burt Bacharach probably touched more hearts in his 94 years than virtually anyone.

I could easily have filled the entire 2 hours with his melodies but restricted myself to a handful of my favourites, but still had to miss out a few.

Burt + Dionne – two phenomenal talents made for each other – like a hot, sunny day by the beach and an ice cold cocktail

New stuff from: Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter (feat. Nate Smith), more from the recent Unthanks, Kevin Fingier and Edwin Perez releases, a new posthumous collection from Ali Farka Toure. As well as vintage Chicago Transit Authority, Betty Wright, Arsenio Rodriguez, Carlyto Lassa, Irma Thomas and more.

Also, let’s not forget Grupo Lokito who will be launching their new Bamoko (translates as Unity) release this Saturday 25/2/23 at my Mambista night as part of a mini-tour taking in 3 more London venues over the next few weeks. With their patented mix of Congolese Rumba and Cuban Salsa Grupo Lokito always get the party started. Advance tix here

Chicago Transit AuthorityBeginningsChicago Transit Authority
Reece Madlisa & ZumaIy’ntsimbi Zase Envy (feat. Busta 929, Beast Rsa & Dladla Mshunqisi)Ama Roto, Vol. 2 (Kwaito Edition)
De La SoulThe Magic Number3 Feet High And Rising 
Bonnie Raitt Here Comes LoveJust Like That…  
Barrett Strong  Money (That’s What I Want)
Ali Farka Toure  SafariVoyageur
Ray Perez Y Sus KenyasTengo ControlRa! Rai! 
Edwin Perez Nos EquivocamosDirecto Al Punto
Josi Dias and The Kevin Fingier Collective Rua Nova Barão The Fingier Collective
Betty Wright Shoorah! Shoorah!7″
Irma ThomasI Need Your Love So BadStraight from the Soul  
Dionne Warwick The Windows Of The World  
Dionne WarwickI’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Luther Vandross A House Is Not A Home Never Too Much
The Carpenters Close To YouClose To You
Aretha Franklin I Say A Little Prayer 
Havana Maestros  Say a Little Prayer (feat. Dionne Warwick)AMERiCUBA
Havana Maestros Airplanes (feat. B.o.B. & Hayley Williams)AMERiCUBA
Andy Montañez Que Nadie Llore De Pena Vengo A Decir 
Grupo Lokito    Bomoko Bomoko 
The UnthanksThe Old NewSorrows Away
Jeff BeckYou Shook MeTruth
Jeff Beck GroupSpanish BootsBeck-Ola
Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter BounceGuilty Pleasures (feat. Nate Smith)
Carlyto Lassa BajalouxAfrica Na Moto
Frankie Dante Y Su Orchestra FlamboyanVenceremosSe Viste De Gala
Arsenio Rodríguez Mi Corazon No Tiene Quien Lo LloreArsenio Dice
Ben Rosenblum Nebula ProjectThe Village Steps A Thousand Pebbles