Timekeepers: The Art of Drumming with JM Van Eaton, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tito Puente, Ben Riley and Shannon Powell


March 15th, 2017 ~ This week on American Routes, we're keeping the beat with drummers and rhythm makers across the genres: everyone from Sun Records' Rockabilly drummer JM Van Eaton, to jazz percussionist Ben Riley, who had to keep up with the unconventional rhythms of Thelonious Monk. In between, we listen live in-studio to New Orleans' King of Treme, Shannon Powell, whose music takes us from the church to the streets and beyond. The funky backbone of The Meters, Joseph, "Ziggy" Modeliste tells us what it really means to hit a groove, and we'll play an encore presentation of our interview with New York City percussionist, Tito Puente, El Rey de los Timbales.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Lil Liza Jane Preservation Hall with Shannon Powell
    Shake That Thing , (Preservation Hall recordings)
  • Feet Don't Fail Me Now Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Feet Don't Fail Me Now, Jazz
  • Doin' the New Low Down Bill Robinson
    Stars of the Apollo, Columbia
  • Get Rhythm Johnny Cash
    The Legend of Johnny Cash, Columbia
  • Hound Dog Elvis Presley
    Elvis: The King of Rock N Roll, RCA
  • Laughin' in Rhythm Slim Galliard
    Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of the Verve Years, Polygram
  • Instrumental: Raunchy Bill Justis
    Sun Records Collection, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: JM Van Eaton
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Jerry Lee Lewis
    The Very Best of Sun Rockabilly, Charly
  • Down Yonder We Go Ballin' Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family Records
  • Instrumental: Funky Banjo Don Vappie
    Banjo A La Creole, Vapielle Records
  • My Indian Red Baby Dodds Trio ft. Danny Barker
    Jazz A'La Creole, GHB
  • It Ain't My Fault Smoky Johnson
    It Ain't My Fault , Tuff City
  • SEGMENT: Shannon Powell
  • Air Mail Shannon Powell with Jason Marsalis
    Powell's Place, Shannon Powell
  • End Bed: Flying Home Benny Goodman
    Giants of Jazz: Immortal Concerts, Sarabandas
  • Open Bed: Cissy Strut The Meters
    Funkify Your Life Anthology, Rhino
  • Every Little Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On) Lee Dorsey
    The Masters Lee Dorsey, Eagle Records 1997
  • Right Place Wrong Time Doctor John
    Right Place Wrong Time, ATCO
  • SEGMENT: Zigaboo Modeliste
  • They All Asked For You The Meters
    Funkify Your Life Anthology, Rhino
  • My Girl Josephine Fats Domino
    Greatest Hits Walking to New Orleans, Capitol
  • Instrumental: Descarga Cachao Israel Cachao Lopez
    Master Sessions Vol. I, Crescent Moon/Epic
  • SEGMENT: Tito Puente
  • Soul Sauce Cal Tjader
    Cal Tjader's Greatest Hits, Fantasy
  • Straight No Chaser Thelonious Monk
    Thelonious Monk: The Complete Blue Note Recordings, Blue Note
  • Instrumental: Unsquare Dance Dave Brubeck
    Time Further Out, Columbia/Legacy
  • SEGMENT: Ben Riley
  • End Bed: The Bright Mississippi Allen Toussaint
    The Bright Mississippi, Nonesuch