Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org en Aguankó's Latin Jazz http://wemu.org/post/aguank-s-latin-jazz-0 <p>While there was much more conversation than usual on 89.1 from the 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of April during the spring on-air pledge drive, we did play some good music. We are pleased to report that the most played new recording for the week ending April 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;was the excellent regional Latin jazz CD Elemental by Aguankó. We hold the leader of Aguankó, conga-player Alberto Nacif in the highest regard. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:03:23 +0000 Linda Yohn 28308 at http://wemu.org Aguankó's Latin Jazz James Hunter Tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/james-hunter-tops-wemus-sweet-sixteen <p></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; ">New / old school soul sensation James Hunter tops WEMU’s&nbsp;<i>Sweet Sixteen</i>&nbsp;with&nbsp;<i>Minute By Minute</i>&nbsp;from March 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 24<sup>th</sup>. It’s been five years since Hunter released a new CD.</p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; ">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:13:26 +0000 Linda Yohn & Linda 27521 at http://wemu.org James Hunter Tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen Harry Connick, Jr. tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/harry-connick-jr-tops-wemus-sweet-sixteen <p>WEMU listener favorite <a href="http://wemu.org/post/smokey-mary-harry-connick-jr-s-ode-krewe-orpheus">Harry Connick, Jr</a>. was staff favorite from March 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 17<sup>th</sup>.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:40:03 +0000 Linda Yohn 27158 at http://wemu.org Harry Connick, Jr. tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría tops Sweet 16 http://wemu.org/post/ciudad-de-los-reyes-gabriel-alegr-tops-sweet-16 <p><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt; ">One of the pleasures of working with the talented team of WEMU music hosts is discovering what the weekly consensus of the “most-played” recording will be. Each <em>Sweet 16</em>&nbsp;list topper reveals another aspect of the WEMU variety.&nbsp;</font>During the week of March 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 10<sup>th</sup>, the most played recording was&nbsp;<i>Ciudad De Los Reyes</i>&nbsp;by Gabriel Alegría and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:56:22 +0000 Linda Yohn 26829 at http://wemu.org Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría tops Sweet 16 Kevin Eubanks Six Strings Top Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/kevin-eubanks-six-strings-top-sweet-sixteen <p>WEMU wrapped up February and kicked off March with sixteen excellent choices for “our most played” category.&nbsp; “The Messenger” by guitarist Kevin Eubanks for Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records was at the top of the list where it deserves to be.&nbsp; Kevin came from a great jazz family in Philadelphia.&nbsp; From this essential foundation, Kevin Eubanks became one of Los Angeles’ in demand recording artists and the leader of The Tonight Show Band.&nbsp; After cooking in the cauldron of these experiences, Kevin Eubanks emerged with a strong individualistic sound on jazz guitar, borrowing libe Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:28:02 +0000 Linda Yohn 26536 at http://wemu.org Kevin Eubanks Six Strings Top Sweet Sixteen Jose James Tops the Charts - WEMU's Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/jose-james-tops-charts-wemus-sweet-sixteen <p>José James is simply beyond category. <em>No Beginning No End</em> is a culmination of his career and life weaving threads of jazz, balladry, R&amp;B, classic and neo-soul plus hip-hop into a sensual stream of consciousness.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:39:55 +0000 Linda Yohn 25564 at http://wemu.org Jose James Tops the Charts - WEMU's Sweet Sixteen Aaron Neville’s “My True Story” Most-Played CD on WEMU Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/aaron-neville-s-my-true-story-most-played-cd-wemu-sweet-sixteen <p><span style="font-size: 14.4px; line-height: 16.8px;">Given the repertoire, it was only natural that Aaron Neville’s “My True Story” would be the most-played CD on</span>&nbsp;WEMU<span style="font-size: 14.4px; line-height: 16.8px;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16.8px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;It is his stroll down memory lane from the “doo&nbsp;wop<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>era”, but it is also the soundtrack of so many of our lives cast through the prism of the pristine voice of Aaron Neville.&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p><p><embed allowfullscreen="false" base="http://www.npr.org" height="386" quality="best" scale="showall" src="http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=170012781&amp;m=170135501&amp;t=audio" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="800" wmode="opaque"><span style="font-size: 14.4px; line-height: 16.8px;">We received many requests for it plus we wanted to call attention to Neville’s interviews on “Morning Edition” from NPR and “Bob Edwards Weekend” about the authentic music and Neville’s undeniable soul.&nbsp; Pristine is also a way I’d describe the recording’s production values.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16.8px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">No expense was spared in the mix or mastering.&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16.8px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Producers Don Was and Keith Richards have created an American treasure with “My True Story”.&nbsp; If you’re looking for special Valentine’s Day dinner music, this would be perfect.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16.8px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">More: &nbsp;<a href="http://aaronneville.com/video/">aaronneville.com/video/</a></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia,'Times New Roman',Times,serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16.8px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:07:24 +0000 Linda Yohn 25246 at http://wemu.org Aaron Neville’s “My True Story” Most-Played CD on WEMU Sweet Sixteen Detroiter Scott Gwinnell tops "Sweet 16" http://wemu.org/post/detroiter-scott-gwinnell-tops-sweet-16 <p></p><p>What a way to celebrate the launch of a new label and a new concept in jazz!&nbsp; Pianist/composer/arranger Scott Gwinnell’s tribute to heart of Detroit –The Cass Corridor – was the most-played CD on WEMU from January 21<sup>st</sup> through the 27<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; &nbsp;“The Cass Corridor Story” is also the first release on the new imprint from Mack Avenue Records, Detroit Music Factory.&nbsp; WEMU has been a strong supporter of Scott Gwinnell for years, so we knew to expect great things from him, but this heart-felt original music exceeded our expectations!</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 24913 at http://wemu.org Detroiter Scott Gwinnell tops "Sweet 16" Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16" http://wemu.org/post/menahan-street-band-back-top-sweet-16 <p> With their snaky rhythms, spooky harmonies and catchy licks, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band once again takes the top spot on WEMU’s “Sweet 16” for “The Crossing”.&nbsp; All of the time spent backing up R&amp;B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:54:01 +0000 Linda Yohn 24617 at http://wemu.org Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16" Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen" http://wemu.org/post/aguankos-elemental-tops-sweet-sixteen <p>It is no surprise that "Elemental" the new CD by conguero/composer Alberto Nacif and his magnificent ensemble "Aguanko" topped WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" from January 7th through the 13th.&nbsp;&nbsp; We will always support great regional talent along with international music figures, but Alberto Nacif means more to WEMU than just great regional talent:&nbsp; he is family.&nbsp; Today's "Cuban Fantasy" program on Saturdays at 7PM grew out of an interview that Alberto did with evening jazz host Michael G. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:26:51 +0000 Linda Yohn 24385 at http://wemu.org Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen" Menahan Street Band Tops "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row. http://wemu.org/post/menahan-street-band-tops-sweet-16-two-weeks-row <p>The first few weeks of a new year are rough on hosts of free-form music programs.&nbsp;&nbsp; The big year-end push is over, the holiday recordings are retired and fresh music is yet to arrive in the mail or come via download.&nbsp; Thankfully at WEMU, we were able to snag some strong new music in late November and early December of 2012 to keep us jamming in to 2013.&nbsp; One of of our most delightful discoveries was "The Crossing" by The Menahan Street Band".&nbsp; I wrote a long article on their associations and genesis last week, so for more information check out the previous post.&nbs Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:01:57 +0000 Linda Yohn 24153 at http://wemu.org Menahan Street Band Tops "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row. Menahan Street Band Tops Sweet Sixteen At The End Of 2012 http://wemu.org/post/menahan-street-band-tops-sweet-sixteen-end-2012 <p>"The Crossing", the newest offering for The Menahan Street Band, is a two year journey in music.&nbsp; The outfit of multi-instrumentalists is the house band for Dunhan Records, a subsidiary of Daptone Records - the label that launched the careers of Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings as well as The Budos Band.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Menahan Street Band's star rose when their 2008 recording, "Make The Road By Walking" was sampled by hip-hop leaders Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Kid Cudi and more.&nbsp; In 2011 they backed funky soul sensation Charles Bradley on his highly acclaimed "No Time For Dreaming".&nbsp; 201 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:59:43 +0000 Linda Yohn 23859 at http://wemu.org Menahan Street Band Tops Sweet Sixteen At The End Of 2012 Winard Harper has the "Sweet 16" top spot http://wemu.org/post/winard-harper-has-sweet-16-top-spot <p>Between December 10th and the 16th, WEMU hosts played over 160 different new releases, so for one disc to rest atop that widely varied selection is indeed a rare honor.&nbsp; We are pleased to reveal that the leader of that week's "Sweet 16" was drummer Winard Harper and his magnificent group, The Jeli Posse.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:23:59 +0000 Linda Yohn 23354 at http://wemu.org Winard Harper has the "Sweet 16" top spot Pianist Julian Fouth tops "Sweet 16" third week in November http://wemu.org/post/pianist-julian-fouth-tops-sweet-16-third-week-november <p>When I opened the package containing "Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right" by pianist, singer and guitarist Julian Fauth, I knew that WEMU hosts would be happy to find this in the library.&nbsp; His 2005 CD, "Songs Of Vice And Sorrow" was a host and listener favorite even though Julian was then a relatively young and unknown performer.&nbsp; When I put the 2012&nbsp; sound of Julian Fauth into the player, I was fully convinced.&nbsp; This disc is tailor-made for WEMU.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:20:09 +0000 Linda Yohn 22533 at http://wemu.org Pianist Julian Fouth tops "Sweet 16" third week in November 2-man jam band Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola top "Sweet 16" 2 weeks in a row! http://wemu.org/post/2-man-jam-band-charlie-hunter-scott-amendola-top-sweet-16-2-weeks-row <p>A week after their Magic Bag Theater show, WEMU hosts continued to feature the timely and topical CD "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" by 7-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola.&nbsp; Both musicians are based in San Francisco and have been improvising partners for over 20 years.&nbsp; Neither has permitted their long association to allow them to slip in to cliches, reliable patterns or tawdry tricks.&nbsp; Rather, the two are stretching the definition of the jazz - jam band sound to include their duets and creative compositions.&nbsp;&nbsp; In WEMU's quest Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:09:16 +0000 Linda Yohn 21784 at http://wemu.org 2-man jam band Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola top "Sweet 16" 2 weeks in a row! Sweet Sixteen 2/27 through 3/4/12 http://wemu.org/post/sweet-sixteen-227-through-3412 <p align="center"><strong><u>WEMU Sweet Sixteen For The Week Of February 27 to March 4, 2012</u></strong></p><p align="center">These are the sixteen most played recordings on WEMU!</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:37:33 +0000 Linda Yohn 10586 at http://wemu.org Sweet Sixteen 2/27 through 3/4/12 Sweet Sixteen http://wemu.org/post/sweet-sixteen <p align="center"><strong><u>WEMU Sweet Sixteen For The Week Of February 27 to March 4, 2012</u></strong></p><p align="center">These are the sixteen most played recordings on WEMU!</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:56:23 +0000 Linda Yohn 8293 at http://wemu.org Sweet Sixteen