Creole Eyes and Classical Ears: Van Dyke Parks & Tom McDermott


April 23rd, 2014 ~ Conversation with, and music from, Van Dyke Parks, an eclectic, popular classicist known as a composer and keyboardist, arranger and producer, with a great love of calypso and Hawaiian cowboy music. The man behind the curtain for so many artists, the Hollywood-based Parks is well-regarded for writing and studio work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Ry Cooder, Lowell George and Randy Newman, among many others. He recently became a fan of pianist Tom McDermott, a St. Louis-born, New Orleans-dwelling and Brazilian-influenced vernacular virtuoso. Parks thought enough of McDermott's recorded repertoire to collect and reissue some of it as Bamboula -- so-named for the composition by the mutually-admired New Orleans 19th century pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Tom McDermott, also a fan of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and James Booker, plays in his parlor for us.

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  • America Van Dyke Parks
    Tokyo Rose, Warner Bros.
  • Sailin' Shoes Little Feat
    Sailin' Shoes, Warner Bros.
  • Sail On Sailor The Beach Boys
    Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, Capitol
  • Jack Palance Mighty Sparrow
    The Early Years, BLS
  • FDR in Trinidad Ry Cooder
    Into the Purple Valley, Warner Bros.
  • Wah She Go Do Bonnie Raitt
    Takin' My Time, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Simple Calypso Esso Trinidad Steel Band
    Esso, Minky
  • SEGMENT: Van Dyke Parks
  • Instrumental: Available Space Ry Cooder
    Ry Cooder, Warner Bros.
  • CLIP: Van Dyke Parks on Randy Newman
  • except: Vine Street Van Dyke Parks
    Song Cycle, Warner Bros.
  • Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad Randy Newman
    Creates Something New Under the Sun, Reprise
  • Cheek to Cheek Lowell George
    Thanks, I'll Eat It Here, Warner Bros.
  • De Camino a la Vereda Buena Vista Social Club feat. Ibrahim Ferrer
    Buena Vista Social Club, Nonesuch
  • Hawaiian Roughrider Leabert Lindsay
    Na Mele O Paniolo, Warner Bros.
  • Cowboy Van Dyke Parks
    Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove, Warner Bros.
  • Heroes and Villains The Beach Boys
    Smiley Smile, Capitol
  • End Bed: The Stars and Stripes Forever Tom McDermott and Matt Perrine
    New Orleans Duets, Rabadash
  • The Crysanthemum Tom McDermott
    Danza, STR Digital
  • The Banjo, Opus 15 Louis Moreau Gottschalk
    American Piano Music Played By Amiram Rigai, Smithsonian Folkways
  • East St. Louis Baby Professor Longhair
    Professor Longhair's Boogie, Catfish
  • Java Allen Toussaint
    The Complete 'Tousan' Sessions, Bear Family
  • Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More Jelly Roll Morton and Tom McDermott
    New Orleans Duets, Rabadash
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street James Booker
    Junco Partner, Hannibal
  • Instrumental: So Swell When You're Well James Booker
    Spiders on the Keys: Live at the Maple Leaf, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Tom McDermott
  • The Peanut Vendor Billie and De De Pierce
    Gulf Coast Blues, Arhoolie
  • Bamboula Tom McDermott
    Bamboula, Minky
  • Instrumental: Boll Weevil Blues Eubie Blake
    Memories of You, Shout! Factory
  • Have You Seen My Baby Ringo Starr
    Ringo, EMI
  • Hey Good Lookin' Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott
    Live at Chickie Wah Wah, Chickie Wah Wah
  • Lewis Boogie Jerry Lee Lewis
    Complete Sun Singles, Bear Family
  • Eh, Petite Fille Clifton Chenier
    Louisiana Blues and Zydeco, Arhoolie
  • Early in the Morning Irma Thomas and Tom McDermott
    Simply Grand, Rounder
  • End Bed: The Crave Tom McDermott
    The Crave, STR Digital