Songs That Made the Phones Ring: July/August ’09

This new feature is in the spirit of one of the better people it’s been my pleasure to meet in this music, the late record producer and former jazz deejay Joel Dorn.  Joel, who had nine lives in this business, once produced an exceptional CD compilation of songs that made the studio phones light-up when he was on the air, this is the first in what I envision as a monthly listing of songs that made the phones ring on the Ancient Future radio program (scroll down for weekly playlists).  At WPFW we have an open listener contact policy where listeners are encouraged to call the on-air studio to make comments or seek further information on the music we’re playing.  So for the months of July & August 2009 these were the new/recent release songs that consistently drew positive listener calls and inquiries (listed in the following manner ARTIST-"TUNE"-ALBUM TITLE-LABEL in no particular order):


Oran Etkin

"New Dwelling"




Jack DeJohnette-Danilo Perez-John Patitucci

"Tango African"

Music We Are



Eddie Harris/Ellis Marsalis

"Out of This World"

Homecoming (reissue)



Lauren Dalrymple

"Stella By Starlight"




Chris Potter





Jackie Ryan

"’Dat ‘Dere"


Open Art


Babatunde Lea’s Umbo Weti

"Sun Song"

"The Creator Has a Master Plan"

Live at Yoshi’s: A Tribute to Leon Thomas



Kurt Elling

"It’s Easy to Remember"

"Nancy With the Laughing Face"

Dedicated to You



Abshalom Ben Schlomo

"We Need Peace"

Babylon Has Fallen



Steve Lehman Octet

"Living In The World Today"

Travail, Transformation & Flow



Kevin Hays


You’ve Got a Friend



Melissa Walker

"The Other Woman"

"Forget Me"

In the Middle of It All




Willard Jenkins

Open Sky

5268-G Nicholson Lane


Kensington, MD 20895




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