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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

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Options August 8, 2020: Amina Claudine Myers, Pianist, Organist, Vocalist, Composer, Master Improvisationalist, Actress and Educator.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Amina Claudine Myers  Cameloupe   Options Jumping in the Sugar Bowl  Minor Music   
Amina Claudine Myers  Intro (Croosings, Pt. I II & III   Options Sama Rou  Amina C. Records  0:16:12 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Down on Me   Options Sam Rou  Amina C. Records  0:35:03 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Thank You   Options Sam Rou  Amina C. Records  0:38:52 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Plowed Fields   Options Poems for Piano  Sweet Earth Records  1:11:11 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Plowed Fields   Options Circle of Time  Black Saint  1:17:12 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Jumping in the Sugar Bowl   Options Women in (E)motion  Modern and Traditon  1:24:27 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Country Girl   Options Women in (E)motion  Modern and Traditon  2:02:41 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers and Muhal Richard Abrams  Dance From the East   Options Duet  Black Saint  2:16:56 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  Jailhouse Blues   Options Salutes Bessie Smith  Leo Records  2:32:35 (Pop‑up)
Amina Claudine Myers  African Blues   Options Salutes Bessie Smith  Leo Records  2:42:06 (Pop‑up)
Jim Pepper  Ee I Ee I O   Options     2:57:13 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 2:01pm Linda Lee:

hello! so glad to hear! ready to be informed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah Linda Lee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm chresti:

Hello free woild!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Dave Sewelson:

chresti!
  2:04pm Tower:

Very nice opening selection here, really diggin' the groove.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:08pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah Tower
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:09pm Doug Schulkind:

Was grateful to attend your Pittsburgh performances in November. Am grateful for your lifetime of sonic wisdom!
  2:10pm DavidJ:

Hi Dave and all...and Amina!!!
  2:10pm Tower:

Wow, Amina has a record on Black Saint, The Circle of Time (Black Saint, 1983). I just checked and I don't have that one. Will definitely have to look for that one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Dave Sewelson:

Yeah Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm doctorjazz:

Hi, great opening track!
Avatar 2:12pm Dervish:

Bump up your mic a bit, Dave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm chresti:

Agree, nice camel groove.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Dave Sewelson:

doc and Dervish..coming up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:14pm WR:

Loved the groove of the opening selection. All ears for what we next receive.
Avatar 2:24pm Sem:

Dave! Ms. Myers! Free Worlders. Music!

Good day to one and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:25pm Dave Sewelson:

Sem....
Avatar 2:30pm Linda Lee:

wow. beautiful work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm WR:

" Intro (Croosings..." is so beautiful, so thoughtful and full of feeling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah WR
  2:42pm Peter Kuhn:

Hello Amina and Dave, beautiful show. Thank YOU!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:43pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah PETE!
Avatar 2:46pm Linda Lee:

such an honor to hear the artist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:46pm Dave Sewelson:

www.aminaclaudinemyers.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm Franco Twinkie:

Uh oh, crazy spells!
Avatar 2:51pm Linda Lee:

we've all got 'em now, so we'd best hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51pm Franco Twinkie:

Word up.
Avatar 2:52pm Linda Lee:

this is how to learn music. with love, as a tiny child.
Avatar 2:55pm Linda Lee:

wow ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave and Amina & Free worldlings
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58pm Dave Sewelson:

franco and sealy!
Avatar 2:58pm Linda Lee:

thank you for letting Ms Myers talk, Dave. so glad.
  2:59pm Ruth Luwisch:

Great, great show, Charlie Lewis! So entertaining. And enriching! Many thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00pm Dave Sewelson:

Ruth!
Avatar 3:01pm Linda Lee:

ho! do we remember we shouldn't 'feel sorry' for ourselves? are we making a career of it now? let's drop that one.
Avatar 3:02pm Linda Lee:

AACM?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Dave Sewelson:

en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 3:03pm Linda Lee:

thanks Dave. i just found them too!
Avatar 3:05pm Linda Lee:

beautiful ~
Avatar 3:08pm Linda Lee:

honest, there is no story like an artist's story.
  3:09pm DavidJ:

I would dig the rest of the show with Amina’s reminiscences!
Avatar 3:09pm Linda Lee:

yes. loft culture was beautiful & the community was really lovely.
Avatar 3:10pm Linda Lee:

lots of freedom to explore. i wound up downtown in 77. it was really a nice time. :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm Franco Twinkie:

Yup, this is top shelf story telling!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm WR:

Tell it Ms. Myers!
Avatar 3:12pm Linda Lee:

all kids should walk & play in dirt. build up lifetime immunity & strength.
i have crickets round my place daytimes too. the sound is really fantastic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm Franco Twinkie:

I want more!
Avatar 3:13pm Linda Lee:

that is the sound too! it echoes that same way.
  3:14pm Jade:

Rolling yellow yarn in the shade and listening; what could be better?
  3:15pm Jade:

oh my, this is beautiful
Avatar 3:15pm Linda Lee:

stunning.
Avatar 3:16pm Linda Lee:

i hear thunder in those fields!
Avatar 3:17pm Linda Lee:

now rain.
Avatar 3:17pm Linda Lee:

the way rain sweeps across grassy fields in sheets.
really beautiful.
Avatar 3:18pm Linda Lee:

wow. blown away. :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm deesat:

beautiful! thank you for this!
Avatar 3:19pm Linda Lee:

please thank Ms Myers for us all. so grateful.
Avatar 3:23pm Linda Lee:

(not grassy fields if they're plowed ~ that's just the image i saw.)
Avatar 3:24pm Linda Lee:

once in a while a piece of music makes you stop what you're doing to sit down & listen. those are magical moments. this is one of those.
Avatar 3:26pm Linda Lee:

whew! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah deesat thanks for stopping buy
  3:30pm Dean:

Leonard Feather rated this album five stars when he reviewed it in the LA Times. Just saying. I can hear from this track where Myra Melford learned some of her chops. She even enlisted the same drummer, Reggie Nicholson, for her trio.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32pm Dave Sewelson:

Oh Dean
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm WR:

Plowed Fields, so very beautiful, tears of joy and wonder at the piano poetry. Took me a bit to compose myself enough to comment.
Avatar 3:36pm Linda Lee:

glad it wasn't only me, WR.
  3:37pm Dean:

Though that must be the live version from a later album, still featuring Nicholson.
Avatar 3:39pm Linda Lee:

i *love* hearing a composer tell stories of compositions!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm WR:

Did not know Jumping in the Sugar Bowl was a kids game!
Avatar 3:40pm Linda Lee:

yes, maple syrup from the catskills! we have sugar lines all throughout our valley.
Avatar 3:40pm Linda Lee:

we tap in the springtime.
  3:42pm Dean:

Speaking of Steve Turre, she played with Ray Anderson's quartet for a while in California, including at Hollywood Bowl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:45pm chresti:

Fantastic, thank you!
Avatar 3:46pm Linda Lee:

hahah!~
Avatar 3:48pm Linda Lee:

there's a beautiful laugh.
  3:50pm Dean:

This story reminds me of Robin Harris's joke about the piccolo player in church.
Avatar 3:50pm Linda Lee:

imagine being remembered for a gig like that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm Gina Bacon:

Hey, Dave and Saturday people, and thank you Amina!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Dave Sewelson:

www.aminaclaudinemyers.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Gina Bacon:

Thank you, Dave!
Avatar 3:57pm Linda Lee:

thank you for a beautiful interview Ms Myers!
Avatar 3:57pm Linda Lee:

wow. the lady is so kind & generous with her time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Doug Schulkind:

It is a pleasure and an honor to be in your presence, Ms. Myers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm WR:

Where is best place to buy Sama Rou records? I see them on Amazon but want to buy from where Ms. Myers will get the most change.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm chresti:

Thanks Ms. Meyers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm Gina Bacon:

Yes, please!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm WR:

Country Girl!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm Franco Twinkie:

Railroad tracks and snakes - blackberries and plums. Yes, yes, YES!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm Dave Sewelson:

WR email Amina at amimye@aol.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm Franco Twinkie:

Sex on a checkered blanket under a tree?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm chresti:

mmm..brussels sprouts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm Gina Bacon:

This is so great!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:16pm WR:

It can be hard times in the country but good to celebrate the good memories.
  4:18pm Dean:

Did she just say that "Hardtime Blues" had not been recorded?
https://www.discogs.com/Amina-Claudine-Myers-Augmented-Variations/release/10274700
Avatar 4:18pm Linda Lee:

at least we can breathe here. step out the door & find we're in the presence of Grace.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:18pm WR:

Let's go to Istanbul!
Avatar 4:18pm Linda Lee:

let's go!! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19pm chresti:

Holy smokes!
Avatar 4:19pm Linda Lee:

this is beautiful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm Franco Twinkie:

I can't keep up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm doctorjazz:

Man, is this terrific!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Brian in UK:

Hello Dave and cool cats. Everyday is an ear opener in the free world.
Avatar 4:21pm Linda Lee:

wow!~
  4:21pm Dean:

Dang, I thought I had this record. Wishful thinking.
Avatar 4:21pm Linda Lee:

amazing & fantastic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Brian in UK:

Dean, you will have this record.
Avatar 4:22pm Linda Lee:

amazing energy!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm Brian in UK:

Surely, this is best heard live in front of you.
Avatar 4:22pm Linda Lee:

wow absolutely!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Franco Twinkie:

I think I've invented a new dance. To bad about that lamp!
  4:23pm Dean:

Lamp dance?
  4:23pm Dean:

Or did the light bulb above your head inspire the idea?
Avatar 4:23pm Linda Lee:

i'm feeling it here though ~ in this little mountain barn far from Istanbul! we sure are traveling & that is nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm doctorjazz:

Agree with Brian in the UK, 4:21, it's inevitable, Dean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm Franco Twinkie:

Break the lamp dance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm chresti:

I hear a little Danse Macabre!
Avatar 4:24pm Linda Lee:

the magic of music ~~ we fly everywhere instantly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm doctorjazz:

Shine On, Franco!
  4:26pm Dean:

I'll print out your comments, doctorjazz and Brian in UK, to show my wife that I have permission to acquire it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:26pm Brian in UK:

In triplicate.
Avatar 4:27pm Linda Lee:

beautiful choir class! coltrane, art ensemble..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm Brian in UK:

Scrinch me up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm chresti:

Haha, you Must acquire it, Dean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm doctorjazz:

Sure, Dean, I'll be calling on you for similar services in my house.
Avatar 4:28pm Linda Lee:

'you can teach anything. it's how you go about teaching.' yes Ma'am.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm Brian in UK:

Include me out of that game!
  4:31pm Dean:

Sounds kinda like check kiting, but I'll do it, doc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm Franco Twinkie:

Oh man, Jimmy Reed!?! Can I go back in time and be in your class?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33pm Brian in UK:

It occured to me a few years ago, that I did not KNOW anything.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:36pm doctorjazz:

I have this old slab of vinyl in the rack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm Franco Twinkie:

How do, how do, how do you do?
  4:40pm Dean:

Okay, might have to spin some of those Bessie Smith records later today. Ma Rainey, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Brian in UK:

Thank you Ms Myers. Coming to the UK?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Doug Schulkind:

I'm pinching myself. This has been a treat.
  4:42pm Dean:

What a joy to hear Ms. Myers talk about her career, her music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm chresti:

We had Bessie Smith playing daily on the family hifi, when I was growing up.
  4:43pm ifny on the road:

Thank you!! Beautiful show, it was an honour to listen!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm Franco Twinkie:

Thank you so much Ms. Amina. You have made this Saturday afternoon extra special.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm chresti:

Thanks Dave and Amina!
  4:44pm DavidJ:

Thanks Dave & Amina!!! Wonderful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45pm Brian in UK:

That shot of Amina is so demanding of my attention.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45pm Dave Sewelson:

Amina was in the UK with Archie Shepp
Avatar 4:53pm Linda Lee:

uplifting! thank you Dave & Ms Myers!
Avatar 4:54pm Linda Lee:

let's purchase music! :-)
  4:56pm Peter Kuhn:

Sweet way to go out. Thanks for a great show. Peace
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks to all! stay tune for Gina..playlist here.
wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks Pete
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm Gina Bacon:

Thanks, Dave and Amina! What a great and interesting show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm WR:

Worked nearly all night last night and expected to take a nap this afternoon, Music for a Free World always gives me good dreams; but music and stories from Amina Claudine Myers lifted me and carried through the day. Thank you Dave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Doug Schulkind:

Quite an epic offering, Dave. Wow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Brian in UK:

WOW.
  5:00pm DavidJ:

Details on this track?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Dave Sewelson:

www.youtube.com...
  5:01pm ifny on the road:

That was a ceremony song by J Pepper, thank you for playing part of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm WR:

Amina Claudine Myers With Jim Pepper. Afro Indian Blues (recorded 1991, released 2006)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Dave! Thanks Amina!
  8:22pm Amina Claudine Myers:

Thanks to all of the wonderful people who listened to my interview with music and the warm compliments I received. This has inspired me with a warm glow in my soul. I appreciate all of you! Love, Amina
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