Gilles Peterson (middle) with Stretch and Bobbito
I’ve been doing a bit more driving lately with my private teaching, so I’ve started to get back into some podcasts, specifically music related ones.
I have heard some interviews in the last couple of months that I found completely fascinating! I thought they would be worth sharing here in case any of you all would be interested. The Gilles Peterson interviews are older, but luckily they are still available on Soundcloud.
Gilles Peterson interviews Jon Hassell: https://soundcloud.com/gillespeterson/jon-hassell-words-music
- I only knew Hassell by name before listening here. Informative stories about working with David Byrne and Brian Eno, his formulation of the “Fourth World” concept, and how he views integrating and fusing different musical styles and traditions.
Lenny Kravitz with Stretch and Bobbito: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/20/640288231/lenny-kravitz-on-race-raise-vibration-and-duetting-with-aretha-franklin
- Kravitz talked about his childhood experiences with some of the greatest jazz and soul musicians, adjusting to growing up in LA vs. growing up in New York, how he was marketed by the music industry in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and much more.
Gilles Peterson interviews Goldie: https://soundcloud.com/gillespeterson/goldie-interview
- I was not familiar with Goldie at all before this interview, so needless to say I learned a lot! Goldie covers significant musical ground, talking about the Stranglers, UB40, Supertramp, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, Art Blakey, and Teena Marie, as well as soooooo much music from his peers in Drum and Bass music.
Gilles Peterson interviews Chaka Khan: https://soundcloud.com/mistral-productions/gilles-peterson-with-chaka-khan
- Some of the topics: Chicago funk, Charles Stepney, and Rotary Connection, leaving as a teenager for LA with Rufus, working with Rufus in general, collaborating with Miles Davis, how Stevie Wonder ended up writing “Tell Me Something Good”, her preferences for horns and horn sections, and a lot more!