Reclaimed Soul (Thursdays 8-10PM CST)

Featuring sound rich interviews and an all-vinyl playlist (courtesy of host Ayana Contreras), Reclaimed Soul is about taking old materials (records, buildings, ideas, et al) to push us all forward.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Reclaimed Soul takes it on the road with transportation-themed soul.

Vacation season is upon us and sometimes, getting to your destination is half the battle. Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras brings us soulful tracks that feature tales of both travelers and their journeys.

The melody for 1967’s Bacharach/David classic “The Look of Love” was inspired by Bond Girl Ursula Andress; and that iconic melody has inspired countless artists to record their own versions of the song. Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras brings us a selection of soulful vintage covers of “The Look of Love”. Plus, we hear groovy covers of other Bacharach compositions, as well (like “Walk on By” and “I Say a Little Prayer”).

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

The melody for 1967’s Bacharach/David classic “The Look of Love” was inspired by Bond Girl Ursula Andress; and that iconic melody has inspired countless artists to record their own versions of the song. Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras brings us a selection of soulful vintage covers of “The Look of Love”.
Photo: Flickr/flickr4jazz

1960s soul from Colombia.

Fifty years ago today, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. To celebrate, we listen to some of the soulful songs of that year.

Reclaimed Soul’s host, Ayana Contreras, wrote about the demolition of St. Laurence’s church on Chicago’s South Side:

There’s a metaphor here, somewhere. Perhaps it’s like watching a sleeping giant. Or a fallen warrior. Watching this building decay slowly has been surreal. Now that slow decay has been quickened.

I had a student a couple of years ago who didn’t really talk a lot. I asked her one day to sum up the toll an abandoned building puts on a block, on a community.

Her words still haunt me: “They are a black hole in the community”. Of course. Every thing dark circulates around them: drugs, crime, strife. Darkness itself is housed within it. Yet, St. Laurence’s still shone bright, especially on sunny, cloudless days. A passerby might almost forget that time was ravaging the building from the inside out. Still, if a building could be proud, despite decay, that building was.

Read more here.

In this installment of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras uncovers “covers”, or versions of popular songs that were created by local artists. The Chicago artists that she featured, like Gene Chandler and Rotary Connection, often injected a distinctly Chicago Sound into songs originally sung by artists like The Beatles and Otis Redding, respectively.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

Chicago Free Jazz saxophonist and composer David Boykin organized an event called 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The plan was to have 100 saxophonists convene and perform “Happy Birthday” at 12 noon in Washington Park on Thursday May 22, 2014, his 100th birthday.
Sun Ra is often recognized as the Father of the Free Jazz scene here in Chicago.
Produced by Ayana Contreras for Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo.

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On this installment of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras digs into vintage tracks that live on as samples, and suggests the value in listening to the uncut music, too.

Featuring music from Willie Colon, Pamoja, Mandrill, and more.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)