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10-08-21 Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #462 the Gaea Star Band is joined by a favorite guest, New York blues and jazz singer Ptah Brown for an hour of improvised music and songs featuring Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, acoustic guitar, celtic harp, ukulele and harmonica, Bob Sherwood on piano, Craig Harris on congas and Native drums and Ptah contributing her powerful voice.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts in September of 2021, today’s show begins with the dramatic “Green Dancing Trees”, a driving gypsy autumn song from Mariam with powerful backing from the band and fine countervocals from the singular Ptah.  “Rialiya” from Mariam’s “Release” album is given a powerful reading with driving percussion from Craig and powerful vocals from Mariam and Ptah before the band eases into the classic “Tracks Of My Tears” to support a powerful, affecting vocal from Ptah.  Mariam begins the next exploration with a plaintive, extended fanfare on Native flute as Bob sets up a compelling fusion framework for what slowly collects into the lush, mystical “Luna”, a swirling, majestic piece that features fine work from each member of the ensemble.  Mariam’s classic “I’m The Full Moon” from her 2012 album “Gaea Star Goddesses” is expressed with power and precision before the band slides into Mariam’s beautiful, tropical song “Islands”, a funky Hawaiian groove featuring Mariam’s 8-string ukulele.  Blues is the game for the last segment of today’s show with Ptah cutting loose on two powerful, improvised blues vamps as Bob digs deep into the 20th century to bring a powerful authenticity to Ptah’s vocal adventures.

Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com

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