A new album from NRBQ is always cause for rejoicing in the heart and dancing in the street. And there aren't many bands with the chutzpah or the credentials to name an album after a Sun Ra composition.
The NRBQ/Sun Ra connection goes all the way back to their first album, released in 1969, when Ra gave them a copy of his composition, "Rocket #9", to record, and Thelonious Monk has been a huge influence on the playing style of band leader & founder Terry Adams.
Over the years NRBQ has performed and/or recorded many of Monk's and Ra's compositions, and in fact on the new album they not only cover Ra's "We Travel the Spaceways" but Monk's "Bye-Ya" as well.
So this week's Whizbang will feature those and other new tracks from the album and also other Q covers of Monk and Ra played back to back with the originals.
Tuesday 5/1/12, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Popular Demand.