Creole Eyes and Classical Ears: Van Dyke Parks & Tom McDermott, 1/7/2015

Conversation with and music from Van Dyke Parks, an eclectic, popular classicist known as a composer and keyboardist, arranger and producer, with a great love of calypso and Hawaiian cowboy music. The man behind the curtain for so many artists, the Hollywood-based Parks is well-regarded for writing and studio work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Ry Cooder, Lowell George and Randy Newman, among many. He recently became a fan of pianist Tom McDermott, a St. Louis-born, New Orleans-dwelling and Brazilian-influenced vernacular virtuoso. Parks thought enough of McDermott’s recorded repertoire to collect and reissue some of it as Bamboula–so named for the composition by the mutually-admired New Orleans 19th century pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Tom McDermott, also a fan of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and James Booker, plays in his parlor for us.


00:00 Open Hour 1
segment A: INCUE: “(music) This is AR from New Orleans I’m NS…”
“America” Van Dyke Parks
“Sailin’ Shoes” Little Feat
“Sail On Sailor” The Beach Boys
“Jack Palance” Mighty Sparrow
“F.D.R. in Trinidad” Ry Cooder
“Wah She Go Do” Bonnie Raitt
OUTCUE: “…musical curiosities when AR returns.”
cutaway 1: “Simple Calypso” Esso Trinidad Steel Band
segment B: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS (music start)…”
Van Dyke Parks interview
OUTCUE: “…coming up on AR.”
cutaway 2: “Available Space” Ry Cooder
segment C: INCUE: “This is AR where we’ve been visiting…”
CLIP: Van Dyke Parks on Randy Newman
excerpt: “Vine Street” Van Dyke Parks
“Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad” Randy Newman
“Cheek to Cheek” Lowell George
“De Camino a la Vereda” Buena Vista Social Club feat. Ibrahim Ferrer
“Hawaiian Roughrider” Leabert Lindsay
“Cowboy” Van Dyke Parks
“Heroes and Villains” The Beach Boys
OUTCUE: “…I’m NS and this is AR from PRX.”
cutaway 3: “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Tom McDermott and Matt Perrine
1:00:00 “The Stars and Stripes Forever” end
00:00 Open Hour 2
segment D: INCUE: “(music) This is AR from New Orleans…”
“The Banjo, Opus 15 (Fantasie Grotesque)” Gottschalk
played by Amiram Rigai
“East St. Louis Baby” Professor Longhair
“Java” Allen Toussaint
“Tricks Ain’t Walkin’ No More” Jelly Roll Morton and Tom McDermott
“Sunny Side of the Street” James Booker
OUTCUE: “…Tom McDermott when AR returns.”
cutaway 4: “So Swell When You’re Well” James Booker
segment E: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS in New Orleans…”
Tom McDermott interview
“The Peanut Vendor” Billie & De De Pierce
“Bamboula” Tom McDermott
OUTCUE: “…Jerry Lee Lewis when AR returns.”
cutaway 5: “Boll Weevil Blues” Eubie Blake
segment F: INCUE: “This is AR our guest this hour Tom McDermott…”
“Have You Seen My Baby” Ringo Starr
“Hey Good Lookin’” Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott
“Lewis Boogie” Jerry Lee Lewis
“Eh, Petite Fille” Clifton Chenier
“Early In the Morning” Irma Thomas with Tom McDermott
OUTCUE: “…for AR from PRX. (music fade out)”
59:00 end

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