Oct 31, 2013
Ah Halloween with all its sugary excess is upon us once again. Here in Western Massachusetts we’ve had two years in a row of tough weather around October 31st, with a freak snow storm in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Tonight they are calling for rain, but I hope the little ghouls in the neighborhood brave the elements and come over to our house for treats. Either way Nancy and I will be sipping our traditional Pumpkin Martinis for the occasion.
In past years I’ve done a Halloween podcast featuring songs with scary titles – check out these beauties from 2012, 2011 and 2009 – but this year I’m changing course and all the songs have one thing in common – they mention the Prince of Darkness in the title of the song or album.
No. not Miles Davis. Not even Dick Cheney. I mean Ol’ Scratch, Beelzebub, the Fallen One. The Devil himself.
Check out Podcast 387, featuring songs new and old, instrumental and vocal. And may your tricks be few and your treats many.
Mal Waldron – Title Track from Up Popped the Devil.
Patricia Barber – “Devil’s Food” from Smash.
Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland & Asaf Sirkis – “Devilled Properties” from Lighthouse.
Meschiya Lake and the Little B – Title Track from Lucky Devil.
Lester Young – “Pagin’ the Devil” from Kansas City Swing.
Esperanza Spalding & Kate McGarry – “Devil May Care” recorded at Sculler's Jazz Club, Boston 2006
Lee Morgan & Wayne Shorter – “Devil’s Island (Alternate Take)” from The Complete Vee Jay Sessions 1959-1961.
Loren Stillman Quartet – “Between the Devil and God” from How Sweet It Is.
John Abercrombie Trio – “Hell’s Gate” from Speak Of the Devil.
Mary Lou Williams – “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” from A Keyboard History.
Leni Stern – “Dancin’ With the Devil” from When Evening Falls.