The Cocaine Years

Patrick Burnette By

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Listeners of a certain age will remember the Saturday Night Live "sound"—all squealing saxophones and twice-removed soul gestures. In this podcast we talk about one possible precursor to the sound and three of its best known practitioners—some of whom may or may not have partaken in Bolivian Marching Powder from time to time. No Pop Matters this round, as it ended up growing so big it got its own .5 edition.


  • Discussion of Donald Byrd's album Street Lady (Blue Note) 3:35
  • Discussion of Brecker Brothers's album Live and Unreleased (Piloo) 20:50
  • Discussion of David Sanborn's album Songs from the Night Before (Elektra) 35:50
  • Discussion of Randy Brecker's album Some Skunk Funk (Telarc) 50:10

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