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The Major Scale

Feb 26, 2020

It's birds of feather in this episode–Gary Peacock joins us to talk about a live date from 1999 featuring his long-time colleagues, the late great Paul Bley and Paul Motian. But first is Brandee Younger, one of the bright lights in today's music vanguard, and the hippest harpist since Dorothy Ashby and Alice...


Feb 19, 2020

In this episode, we take a spin on Nina Simone and some of the choice covers she made. She sang the songs of many composers, but today we’re going to zero in on her interpretations of pop, rock, and soul tunes. Songs that are associated with the likes of the Byrds, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, the...


Feb 12, 2020

Music without borders is the name of the game for Jon Lampley. When not showing the trumpet and tuba some love with the Stay Human Band on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, or touring with O.A.R., he's leading the Huntertones–making a multi-culti noise from the Emerald Isles to Zimbabwe and back to the Buckeye...


Feb 5, 2020

The word "mother" gets used a lot in this episode of The Major Scale, and we don't just mean it in the maternal way. When we heard Dwight Trible's stunning take on the Beatles psychedelic anthem "Tomorrow Never Knows," the song wasn't even half over before we were reaching out for an interview request. His Mothership...


Jan 29, 2020

Keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Saft is exactly the type of musician we love to talk about here on the Major Scale. He’s prolific, and leaves no musical territory unexplored–from rock to punk, and the experimental to all that Jazz. His work with Bernard Purdie, John Zorn, Bad Brains, the Beastie Boys,...