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This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Paolo Pavan, Bob Reynolds, and Somewhere Off Jazz Street. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.
I had worked with Joe Lee on several projects using master tapes he had recorded at Alley so when he asked me to work on a recording project with him I was all in. He had a folio or band book from when he had a touring band and he wanted to get some of the arrangements down on tape. Of course this was in the early days of digital recording so I actually went direct to computer.
The songs in his book were jazz standards. He had also written a song he called “Boppin’ At The Forest” because he loved playing at Blues Fest in Craighead Forest Park. He told me the song was based on a warmup riff he liked to play before a show.
Musicians on the song are Joe Lee, tenor sax; Dru Davison, bari sax; Craig Baker, trumpet; Joy Sanford, piano; Tom Mason, bass; and Mike Overall, drums. We set up the new Alley Studio in Joe’s house and recorded 14 songs, a fantastic album. Now here’s the title track, “Boppin’ At The Forest”.
Hot Java Blues
by Larry Heyl
licensed CC BY
Joe could dig some hot java to loosen up his teeth. He’d been too long on this rig and even if he was a whole lot closer than he was just a little while ago he was still worried. If he could just get back to Europa with this rock in tow everything would be all right. More than all right. He’d be alive.
When he saw the rock he let himself get greedy. Sure it was at the upper edge of the possible but look at that ore! And just look at the size of it! He let himself talk himself into it. And that was just his first mistake.
He filled the basket and hit the side of the percolator with his wrench until it started bubbling. Joe was still worried. He couldn’t get over woulda this and coulda that with his 20 20 hindsight.
He felt better with a hot cup in his hands. Still worried but better. The coffee soothed him but it reminded him of his problem at the same time. Sure he got the rock. Sure he turned it around. He’d be at Europa in a week. Maybe eight days. But he was still worried.
He still had at least a week to go on this bucket and he only had a three day supply of coffee left.
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