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Interview: Denise Kaufman from the Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups, one of the first all-women rock bands emerging in the mid-sixties , were at the center of the San Francisco music scene and the summer of love in 1967.

Fifty years later, the group has come together to record a proper studio album of old and new songs. Listen here to Carol’s exclusive interview on the Test of Time with Ace of Cups’ guitarist & bassist Denise Kaufman.

Kaufman talks about the band’s past, present, and future. Their upcoming triple album on High Moon Records offers a vast array of songs with the help of many Bay Area musicians and friends. You’ll hear Kaufman share clips from the upcoming album and tell the stories behind them. It’s been a long time coming, but is well worth the wait.


Ace of Cups today; From L-R Diane Vitalich, Denise Kaufman, Mary Ellen Simpson, Mary Gannon

Jean-Luc Ponty Interview w/ Test of Time’s DJ Carol!

Carol of the Test of Time speaks with legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  A virtuoso violinist, Ponty was the first musician to treat the violin like a guitar, applying the use of distortion boxes, phase shifters and the wah-wah pedal to fuse this classical instrument with jazz and rock! Ponty talks about his vast recording career, his influential work with Frank Zappa, and the freedom allowed by his move to California. Listen to this informative interview here in it’s entirety, and catch DJ Carol every Friday this summer from 12-2pm, bringing you an eclectic mix of rockin, rollin, r&b and soul! Visit Ponty’s website for upcoming tour dates and additional information about the man himself.

Hear The Zombies interviewed on KZSC

On September 7th, Carol from KZSC’s Test of Time and Keith from Moon Majoon spoke with 1960s pop legends, The Zombies. It was hours before their show at The Catalyst with Bruce Sudano opening that they visited our studios. The Zombies regularly get named, alongside The Beatles and The Beach Boys, as the having the best songs and vocal harmonies of the 1960s. In the interview they speak about how those other two bands’ studio innovations directly benefitted the recording of The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, who together represent more than 100 years of professional musicianship, also share the story of the founding and dissolution of the Zombies and traced some of the impact that British jazz and choral music had on their songwriting and performing. We also learned what it was like to work with the infamously tyrannical director Otto Preminger, and how the Zombies stood up to him.

Hear Larry Coryell on KZSC’s Test of Time

On August 26, Carol from KZSC’s Test of Time spoke with prolific guitarist Larry Coryell who pioneered the progressive jazz fusion movement, integrating free form jazz with elements of rock, rhythm and blues.

Larry reflects on the vibrant music scene during the sixties and the first time he heard Jimi Hendrix. Other highlights include Larry’s diverse interest in music, the reunion of The Free Spirits and the first new studio album for The Eleventh House since 1976.

Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Aug 26 (1 pm): Larry Coryell interview

Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Photo by Jose Nieto (CC by 2.0)

Virtuoso guitarist Larry Coryell is known for standing at the forefront of the jazz fusion movement. He joined the jazz scene in New York City in the mid ’60s, recording with Chico Hamilton. But before the decade was out, he had also released a memorable psychedelic rock album with The Free Spirits.

Tune in to KZSC’s Test of Time this Friday at 1 PM for Carol’s in-depth discussion with this fusion guitar pioneer, covering several highlights of his storied musical career. His upcoming release, Seven Secrets, has Larry regrouping with members of The Eleventh House—once again exhibiting their collective power of collaboration and creation.

 

 

KZSC Interviews: Jorma Kaukonen

On October 30th, Carol from KZSC’s  Test of Time spoke with Jorma Kaukonen, the legendary guitarist, singer-songwriter and founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

It’s the 50 year anniversary of Jefferson Airplane’s formation, and Kaukonen spoke about how he helped developed their distinctive psychedelic sound. Other topics include meeting Janis Joplin, a new composition with Woody Guthrie and memories of the Sticky Wicket in Santa Cruz.

Jorma will be performing two solo acoustic shows at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Sunday Nov. 8.