Desert Island Jazz
Bob Mielke (2002)

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A decade before the psychedelic rock bands created `the San Francisco Sound,' the Bay Area was rife with traditional jazz combos who played music rooted in the early New Orleans sound. Lu Watters and Turk Murphy were the most prominent, but here's another, Bob Mielke's Bearcats, which featured banjo baron Dick Oxtot, who later led his sextet at the Point in Point Richmond, as well as the Oakland A's Swingers band. Even before he launched Arhoolie Records, Berkeley's Chris Strachwitz was running around with his tape recorder capturing music he liked. In this case it was the Bearcats septet at the Sail `N in San Francisco in 1958, which he has finally issued. The most amazing aspect isn't that the band is so lively and swinging, but that Strachwitz captured such good fidelity with only one microphone. From `Millenburg Joys' through `Bugle Boy March' this is a romping, stomping album, maybe not a historic breakthrough, but a lot of fun.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 New Orleans Feetwarmers featuring Kid Ory Johnny Dodds, 1926-1928 Gatemouth (JSP)
# 2 Muggsy Spanier, featuring George Brunies The Great 16 (LP) Livery Stable Blues (RCA)
# 3 Bunk Johnson, featuring Jim Robinson Bunk Johnson and His Superior Jazz Band Down by the Riverside (Good Time Jazz)
# 4 Ludwig van Beethoven Claudio Arrau "Eroica Variations", Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, Op. 35 (Naxos)
# 5 Louis Armstong, featuring Lawrence Brown Louis in Los Angeles, 1930 (LP) One Hour Tonight (Swaggie)
# 6 Henry "Red" Allen, featuring J.C. Higginbotham Henry Allen and His New York Orchestra, 1929-30, Vol. 2 Pleasing Paul (JSP)
# 7 Duke Ellington, featuring Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton The Blanton-Webster Band Sidewalks of New York (Bluebird)
# 8 Vic Dickenson The Complete Edmond Hall / James P. Johnson / Sidney de Paris / Vic Dickenson Blue Note Sessions (LP) High Society (Mosaic)
Book The Encyclopaedia Britannica
Luxury Item A solar-powered short-wave radio
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Bob Mielke's Bearcats The Bearcats Corrine Corrina unreleased as of broadcast date
Castaways by date
Melissa Aldana
11 Mar
Ron E. Beck
29 Apr
Pascal Bokar
07 Oct
Shanna Carlson
18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
Carlos D'l Puerto
22 Jul
Kellye Gray
15 Jul
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
Paul McCandless
08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Linda Oh
05 Aug
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
Jim Pugh
30 Sep
Fred Randolph
05 Feb
Harvie S
03 Jun
Jake Shapiro
10 Jun
Marcus Shelby
15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
Leslie Stoval
19 Aug
John Stowell
08 Apr
Toots Thielemans
02 Sep
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Paul VornHagen
14 Oct
Don Was
12 Aug
Danielle Wertz
27 May