Tonight on "The Bottomless Pit," at 10, two weeks after the fact, we'll acknowledge the passing and celebrate the legacy of the great Jack Bruce (1943-2014). Jack is someone with a unique artistic voice, who made a huge impact on popular music. On the afternoon of October 25, when I read that he'd died, it was an unpleasant surprise; he was a musical hero of my youth, and beyond. So this evening, This evening, spanning from Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (1962) to Spectrum Road (2012), we'll sample as much from Jack's recorded legacy as we can fit in an hour. In other words, we'll just be scratching the surface, but it will all be stellar.
Please join me for tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, which is basically about two people, both favorite recording artists of mine: Bill Frisell and Joe Meek. I'll have three more tracks (the maximum allowed by digital copywright law) from Bill's great new album, Guitar In the Space Age. Then we'll hear a bunch of stuff that was filtered through the brilliant and deranged mind of legendary record producer and murderer Joe Meek. The building in London where Meek "lived, worked, and died," at 304 Holloway Road, is a national historic site!
Q: What do guitar hero Bill Frisell, Jimmy Miller and The Barbecues, Lil' Ray and The Premiers, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Frank Ifield, and Sam Amidon all have in common?
A: They're all on the playlist of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10! In the view of "The Bottomless Pit," Bill Frisell could "play the phone book" and make it into an ecstatic experience. His new album, Guitar In the Space Age, is pretty nice, and I'll tell you all about that and much more.
On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll pay tribute to two heroes of rock who, as of October 4 and 5, are no longer among the living and breathing: Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and The Raiders, and record producer, excellent human being and friend of mine, Lou Whitney. The 1965-68 incarnation of Paul Revere and The Raiders was one of the greatest rock and roll bands to ever walk the Earth. The band's history is a long and deep one and on this tonight's show, I'll salute that history and the departed person whose name is on it.
Lou Whitney was fun to be around, very sharp and interesting. He knew what it was all about and was one of a kind. He produced dozens of great records, some of the best I've ever heard.
On last week's "The Bottomless Pit," I ended up feeling like I'd just gotten started with my tribute to drummer Idris Muhammad, since some of my favorite tracks by him are 10-14 minutes long. So tonight at 10, I'm carrying on with more of him. He passed away on July 29, 2014. Last week I also played some remarkable tracks, with incredible musical accompaniment, by spoken word artist David Greenberger. The combination of David's stuff with Idris' stuff seemed really perfect somehow, so we'll have more David G. this week too. And after four weeks, the show is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration. So in other words, this week it'll be exactly the same artists as last week; I'll go a little deeper into their superb catalogs. And please support WFUV—and "The Bottomless Pit"—during the station's fall member drive by contributing online at WFUV.org.