Wednesday, May 22, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Angela Hagenbach

Artist:Angela Hagenbach
Song:You Do Something To Me
Album:Weaver Of Dreams

Jazz singer Angela Hagenbach has been a staple of the Kansas City jazz community since the late 80s. She was born in 1960. Her parents were jazz musicians. Her dad Leslie Washington played sax in local dance bands. Her mom Emma Jean Washington played piano and sang. Angela was the seventh of eight children. So with a large family, Angela's parents were never full time musicians. But they made sure all their kids learned piano and an instrument of their choice. Angela chose to play trombone. After several years performing in local bands, she became a fashion model. She moved back to Kansas City in the late 80s and she performed for four years at Kansas City's Ritz-Carlton Hotel. She started her own label in 1994. Angela's version of the Cole Porter standard You Do Something To Me is from her 2000 CD Weaver Of Dreams. She works a lot with the local group The Sons of Brasil who are obviously Brazilian influenced. Their guitarist Danny Embrey arranged a lot of the album. Sons of Brasil drummer Doug Auwarter and percussionist Gary Helm also appear on the album. Other musicians are Joe Cartwright on piano, Greg Carroll on vibes and Bob Bowman on bass. Bassist Steve Rigazzi and drummer Todd Strait also play on this album. They are all local Kansas City guys. Angela's latest CD The Way They Make Me Feel was released by Resonance Records in 2009. She still performs locally and tours occasionally. Jazz fans should check her out. Here's Angela Hagenbach with Jake Blanton on guitar, Roger Wilder on piano, Steve Rigazzi on bass, Doug Auwarter on drums and Gary Helm on percussion at the 2006 Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise, ID. Except for Blanton, the band is The Sons of Brasil.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Christine Johnson and Jean Darling

Artist:Christine Johnson and Jean Darling
Song:June Is Bustin' Out All Over
Album:Carousel: Featuring Members of the Original New York Production

Christine Johnson was an opera singer who originated the role of Nettie Fowler in the 1945 Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. June is Bustin' Out All Over was written for her. Jean Darling was a child actress in the Our Gang comedies. She played Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel. It was her only major role in a musical. Christine was born Sept. 8, 1911 in Hopkinsville, KY. Her family moved to Owensboro while she was in high school. After studying voice in Nashville, she worked for radio station WSM. Christine moved to New York in 1937 and sang with many opera companies until she was cast in the original 1945 production of Carousel. After the show closed in 1949, Christine moved back to Owensboro, got married and retired from performing to raise a family. She occasionally appeared in local shows and taught voice to among others Florence Henderson. She died on June 9, 2010 at age 98. Jean Darling was born Aug. 23, 1922 in Santa Monica, CA. As a child she appeared in Our Gang shorts. And she continued to work as a teen. After earning a scholarship at the New York Municipal Opera Association, Jean began to appear on Broadway. As with Christine, Carousel was Jean's one major show. After the show closed, she hosted A Date With Jean Darling for NBC in New York and The Singing Knit-Witch for KHJ in Los Angeles. Then she moved to Ireland and wrote for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. She appeared on Irish TV reading her stories. She moved to Germany to live with her son and died on Sept. 4, 2015 at age 93. The 1945 original cast album for Carousel is available on CD. Here's a video of Christine Johnson and Jean Darling performing June Is Bustin' Out All Over from the 1945 production of Carousel.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Viviane Araujo vs Alexis Davis added to July 27 UFC show

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Raphael Marinho of Combate reported this afternoon that Viviane Araujo vs Alexis Davis has been added to UFC 240 July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Viviane confirmed the news with an Instagram post of her signing the bout agreement. This fight will be at Flyweight. Viviane is 32 years old from Brasilia, Brazil. Her record is 7-1. She made her UFC debut last week in Brazil with a third round KO over Talita Bernardo. Not only did Viviane come in on short notice but the fight was at Bantamweight and Viviane is a Strawweight. She beat Emi Fujino for Pancrase in Japan. Viviane said afterwards that she planned to move back down to Strawweight. Instead she is fighting at Flyweight. Alexis is 34 years old from Port Colborne, ON but she trains at Cesar Gracie in Lodi, CA. Her record is 19-9. She once got a UFC Bantamweight title shot. Since returning from pregnancy, Alexis is 1-2 at Flyweight. The last time we saw Alexis she lost to Jennifer Maia Mar. 2017, a fighter she should have beaten. Alexis' biggest problem is poor decisions during fights. She chose to spar with a boxer instead of using her ground skills to win. Alexis has the skills to be a winning fighter. But her fight IQ has deteriorated. She will have to be on her toes because Viviane is very aggressive and she wants to finish fights. We have already seen that a size disadvantage means nothing to her.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

Artist:Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
Song:The Warrior
Album:Greatest Hits

By the time The Warrior was a top ten hit in 1984, Scandal was on tour and in the process of disbanding. So Columbia Records was left to figure out what to do with them. Of course everyone remembers The Warrior because MTV played the video to death. It is not technically a one hit wonder as some of their other songs charted. But it's their only memorable song. Scandal was formed in New York City in 1981 by guitarist Zack Smith. One of my sources says he played in the late 70s with Elton John band members Dee Murray and Davey Johnstone. They were recording with Alice Cooper at the time. Other members were Patty Smyth on vocals, Keith Mack on guitar, Benjy King on keyboards, Ivan Elias on bass and Frankie LaRocka on drums. Smith and Smyth wrote most of the songs. They signed with Columbia and their 1982 EP was certified Gold. The singles Goodbye To You and Love's Got A Line On You charted. LaRocka was replaced by Thommy Price. Jon Bon Jovi was in Scandal briefly but he never recorded with them. The 1984 album Warrior was produced by veteran British producer Mike Chapman. The Warrior reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Nick Gilder (Hot Child In The City) and veteran songwriter Holly Knight. She wrote Love Is A Battlefield with Chapman. The problem was Scandal was disintegrating while on tour and they split up. Columbia unsuccessfully tried to keep Scandal together. Patty had solo success with the 1994 single Look What Love Has Done. You can get both her big hits on this budget comp. Scandal reunited for the 2004 VH1 Bands Reunited show and tour. Then they reunited again for the 2006 VH1 We Are The 80s tour. Scandal continued to tour. Patty and Keith Mack were the only original members. Scandal was supposed to release a new album. But it never happened though they did release a single in 2011. Their website is kaput so I guess they aren't around anymore. Here's the video for The Warrior by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Frank Pozen's Big Bad Podcast for May 19, 2019

UFC on ESPN+ 10 review and new fight announcements.

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Aspen Ladd vs Sijara Eubanks

Here's the match video of Aspen Ladd vs Sijara Eubanks from last night's UFC show in Rochester, NY. Though this was a close fight, I thought Aspen won decisively. I was surprised when in round one, Sijara took Aspen down early in the round. The problem was she did nothing with the position and eventually Aspen took Sijara down and was much more productive in attempting to advance her position. Then at the end of the round, Sijara knocked Aspen down. I scored the round 10-9 for Aspen because her takedown was more productive. Of course there are some who thought Sijara's knockdown stole the round. Well, that's if you think the takedowns cancel each other out. But I didn't think that. One judge scored it 10-9 for Aspen and the other two scored it 10-9 for Sijara. I'm not a believer in round stealing. I always look at each round as a whole. Aspen controlled round two. She came very close to a finish. Sijara defended well. I scored it 10-8 for Aspen. Two of the judges scored it 10-8 and the third scored it 10-9. I'm usually very reluctant to score rounds 10-8. Based on the judges scorecards, Sijara needs a finish in round three. She's not a finisher and Aspen is undefeated.  Round three was all on the feet. It was close but I scored it 10-9 for Aspen and so did all three judges. So I scored the fight 30-26 for Aspen. The judges scored it 30-26, 29-27 and 29-28. Round two killed Sijara's chances. At least it won the fight of the night bonus. Obviously Aspen Ladd is headed for a title shot but I think she may be a couple of fights away. She's doing well so far. Enjoy the video!

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Felicia Spencer vs Megan Anderson

Here's the match video of Felicia Spencer vs Megan Anderson from last night's UFC show in Rochester, NY. Megan was the betting favorite going into this. I guess it was because Felicia was making her UFC debut. Except based on her Invicta run, Felicia is a better fighter than Megan. And once Felicia took Megan down, it didn't take long for a finish. Felicia won with a rear naked choke. Of course the problem is the Featherweight division is so shallow, it's possible for Felicia to start at the top. Cris Cyborg tweeted last night that she wants to fight Felicia at UFC 240. The only thing is I don't think Cyborg has signed a new contract yet. Felicia's performance is about what I expected from her. Enjoy the video!

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Perpetual Groove

Artist:Perpetual Groove
Song:Teakwood Betz
Album:Sweet Oblivious Antidote

Perpetual Groove is a jam band in the tradition of The Grateful Dead, Phish and especially Garaj Mahal. Their music is a mix of rock, jazz and they also feature electronics and tape loops. They were formed in 1997 in Savannah, GA. A lot of jam bands have emerged from Georgia, most notably Hampton Grease Band. The founding members are Brock Butler on guitar and vocals, Brett Hinton on keyboards, Adam Perry on bass and Joe Stickney on drums. They were all students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. They started playing gigs while attending classes. They released a CD independently in 1999. As they got more attention locally, Perpetual Groove signed with Harmonized Records which is also the home for another popular jam band Garaj Mahal. Hinton and Stickney left after graduation and were replaced by Matt McDonald on keyboards and Albert Suttle on drums. Stickney is a member of the band Bear In Heaven. The album Sweet Oblivious Antidote was released in 2003 and they toured to support it. After that they recorded three more albums. McDonald was replaced by John Hruby in 2008 and then McDonald returned in 2011. There is a niche market for jam bands. I find this kind of music monotonous at times. And Perpetual Groove uses tape loops which I guess distinguishes them from other jam bands. Perpetual Groove went on hiatus in 2013. Actually, Butler went on hiatus and the rest of the band recorded an album as Ghost Owl. Perpetual Groove reunited for a couple of 2015 shows. They reunited officially in 2017 with a Kickstarter to finance a new album. That album is now out and Perpetual Groove will tour to support it. Here's Perpetual Groove performing Teakwood Betz at the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA Apr. 5, 2013. This concert is available on DVD from Tour Gigs.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Rizen

Song:View The City
Album:Stellar Award Hits 2004

Rizen was a traditional gospel music group who won Best New Artist at the 2004 Stellar Awards. Things didn't go so well after that. They released three albums on three different labels which is usually a bad sign. Adriann Lewis and sister Aundrea Lewis are from Saginaw, MI. Their dad is Elder Luciose Lewis Jr. of the New Galilee Baptist Church. Obviously they grew up singing in church and directing the choir. They formed Rizen with Kanika Trigg and Ashley Jones. The 2003 CD Rizen was released on Light Records. Adriann wrote all their songs including View The City. It did well on gospel radio and Rizen won Best New Artist at the 2004 Stellar Awards. The album is out of print but you can get View The City on this various artists budget CD. By the time the 2005 CD Rizen 2 was released, Kanika and Ashley left Rizen and that album was on Artemis. That album didn't do as well as the first one. Fred Hammond signed them to Verity and he produced the 2009 album Free. That was Rizen's final album. Like I said, they recorded on three different labels which is not good. Also, these are youngish singers trying to record traditional gospel while others are recording hip hop influenced gospel to reach young people. Rizen's music is aimed at an older audience. I don't know if there was record company pressure on Rizen to be more contemporary but that would not surprise me. The first two albums were recorded live which is typical for traditional gospel. I think the third Rizen album may have been recorded in the studio. Traditional gospel artists like the energy of a live audience. Adriann Lewis released a solo album last year on her own label. But for a brief time, Rizen looked like the next big thing in gospel music. Here's Rizen performing View The City on Bobby Jones Gospel 2004.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Two women's Flyweight bouts added to July 27 UFC show

Raphael Marinho of Combate reported two women's Flyweight bouts added to UFC 240 July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The first is Gillian Robertson vs Sarah Frota. The second is Mara Romero Borella vs Lauren Murphy. Gillian is 24 years old from Niagara Falls, ON and she trains with Din Thomas at American Top Team in Florida. Her record is 6-3 and 3-1 in the UFC. I like Gillian because she's a finisher. Sarah is 31 years old from Brazil. Her record is 9-1. She lost her UFC debut by split decision to Livinha Souza. She was on the Brazilian Dana White Contender Series. That fight was at Strawweight and Sarah missed weight by eight pounds. So she has moved up to Flyweight. Sarah is a striker who is terrible on the ground. Gillian will try to take her down and submit her. Mara is 32 years old from Italy but she trains at American Top Team in Florida. Her record is 12-5-2NC and 2-1 in the UFC. She won her last fight over Taila Santos by split decision. She didn't look very good. Lauren is from Alaska but she trains at MMA Lab in Phoenix with John Crouch. Her record is 10-4 and 2-4 in the UFC. Lauren is a striker with no ground game and she's ineffective. All her fights tend to be close because she doesn't do enough to win decisively. She's been like this since her Invicta days. She'll lose a close fight and then whine about it. She's pretty bad. I haven't seen anything from Mara to make me think she can win decisively either. So I am expecting three rounds of nothing and a possible split decision.

Frank Pozen's Big Bad Podcast May 17, 2019

Asuka and Kairi Sane, UFC on ESPN+ 10 preview, Invicta FC 35 analysis and new fight announcements.

Raquel Pennington vs Irene Aldana added to July 20 UFC show

The San Antonio Express-News announced several fights for UFC on ESPN 4 July 20 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. One of these matches will be Raquel Pennington vs Irene Aldana at Bantamweight. Raquel is 30 years old from Colorado Springs, CO. She trains at Triple Threat Gym. Her record is 9-7 and 6-4 in the UFC. Raquel was on TUF 18. She fought Amanda Nunes for the title last year and lost by fifth round TKO. In her most recent fight, she lost to Germaine De Randamie by unanimous decision. I know Raquel has been working around some health issues. Germaine is someone she should have beaten. I think she's a good but not great fighter. But she is a step up in competition level for Irene. Irene is 31 years old from Mexico. She and teammate Alexa Grasso train at Lobo Gym owned by Alexa's dad. Both fight a similar style. They are strikers with no power or ground game. So she's a points fighter. Her record is 10-4 and 3-2 in the UFC. She beat Bethe Correia last week with an armbar of all things. Irene was winning the fight anyway and then Bethe stumbled into the armbar. So I think that fight was a case of who is worse, not who is better. It doesn't make me think Irene can beat anyone good. But if Irene got a win over Raquel, she would have to move up the rankings. I just don't see her winning unless Raquel has slowed down through injuries.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Lee Ritenour

Artist:Lee Ritenour f/Maxi Priest
Song:Waiting In Vain
Album:A Twist Of Marley: A Tribute

Guitarist Lee Ritenour is a smooth jazz pioneer known as Captain Fingers. This 1993 cover of Bob Marley's Waiting In Vain featuring Maxi Priest was an R&B hit. He was born Jan. 11, 1952 in Los Angeles. Ritenour started playing guitar at age eight. And at age 16 he played on a Mamas and the Papas record after John Phillips saw Ritenour with his band The Esquires. He's been playing sessions ever since. Ritenour first recorded as a leader for Epic in 1976. Then he moved to Dave Grusin's GRP label in 1983. And he had plenty of success in the Smooth Jazz market. He is also a founding member of Fourplay. Ritenour's main influence is Wes Montgomery. So it's not surprising that that he recorded the 1993 Montgomery tribute album Wes Bound. The album is mostly covers of Montgomery classics. But this cover of the Bob Marley classic Waiting In Vain featuring the popular singer Maxi Priest charted in R&B. Other musicians are Dave Witham on organ, Aaron Smith on drums and Cassio Duarte on percussion. They are all session musicians. Jerry Hey of Seawind arranged the horns. This album is out of print and Waiting In Vain does not appear on any Ritenour comp CDs. But it does appear on this 2001 Bob Marley tribute album produced by Ritenour. Priest appears on two songs. Others on the album include Michael Brecker, Lisa Fischer, Dave Grusin, Jonathan Butler, Will Downing, Richard Bona, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Phil Perry, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin and Jochem and Digz. It looks like most of this album was newly recorded. GRP chose to promote it as a various artists CD instead of a Ritenour CD though he produced it. It is not part of Ritenour's standard discography. Waiting In Vain is not on a Maxi Priest CD. Ritenour currently records for Concord and his latest CD A Twist Of Rit was released in 2015. He will tour this summer. Here's the video of Waiting In Vain by Lee Ritenour featuring Maxi Priest.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Liz Carmouche vs Roxanne Modafferi added to July 20 UFC show

Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported yesterday that Liz Carmouche vs Roxanne Modafferi has been added to UFC on ESPN 4 July 20 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. Liz confirmed this fight with an Instagram post. This fight is at Flyweight. Liz is 35 years old. She trains at 10th Planet in San Diego with her long time trainer Manny Hernandez. Her record is 13-6 and 5-4 in the UFC. She is 2-1 since moving from Bantamweight to Flyweight. I have seen her since her Strikeforce days and she is a decent but not great fighter. And she has been slowed down by injuries. She hasn't finished a fight since 2013. I just don't see her as an elite fighter. Roxanne is 36 years old. She trains at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas. Of course Roxanne lived in Japan for several years. She was in TUF 18 and she finally made the UFC after TUF 26. She's also not an elite fighter though she's better than she used to be thanks to John Wood of Syndicate. There was a time when Roxanne refused to punch anyone and Wood cured that silliness. She's 2-2 in the UFC. Some think her split decision win over Antonina Shevchenko was an upset. That's because Antonina was overrated by idiots because of her sister. So Roxanne is also a decent but not great fighter. So I expect this fight to be competitive possibly ending in a split decision. It's not going to make me think that either of them can beat an elite fighter.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Tom Aldredge and Company

Artist:Tom Aldredge and Company
Song:Prologue: Into The Woods
Album:Into The Woods: Original Broadway Cast

Stephen Sondheim's musical Into The Woods interweaves several popular fairy tales. You may be familiar with the 2014 film adaptation. But it was first performed on Broadway in 1987. The show won three Tony awards. The show was a big hit and it has been revived several times. Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. James Lapine wrote the book and it looks like he also directed the show. Into The Woods takes Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella and ties it up with the story of a baker and his wife trying to start a family. That's actually the beginning of Rapunzel. Prologue: Into The Woods leads off the show and is performed by the majority of the cast. The video is from PBS's American Playhouse which aired Mar. 15, 1991. The narrator who ties the whole show together is played by character actor Tom Aldredge. He was a five time Tony nominee and he won a 1978 Daytime Emmy for playing William Shakespeare in Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare. The biggest star in this show is Bernadette Peters who plays The Witch. Others include Chip Zien as the Baker and Joanna Gleason as his wife, Robert Westenberg as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince, Kim Crosby as Cinderella, Danielle Ferland as Little Red Ridinghood, Ben Wright as Jack and Barbara Bryne as Jack's Mother, Pamela Winslow as Rapunzel and Chuck Wagner as Rapunzel's Prince. Jean Kelly played Snow White in the original show. She was replaced by Cindy Robinson for the TV show. The cast album is available as a budget CD. So if you liked the 2014 film of Into The Woods you should check out the original version. Here's Tom Aldredge and company performing Prologue: Into The Woods on PBS's American Playhouse Mar. 15, 1991. This is available on DVD, VOD and you can watch the whole show on Youtube.