Album of the Week, Dec. 20, 2023: 'The Next Noel' by Ekemi

Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

In 1989 Jeanne and I went to a small jazz club downtown Cincinnati, where we were living at the time. We heard two University of Cincinnati students playing. The duo was called Ekimi consisting of Billy Larkin and Chris Dahlgren. I chatted with them and bought their holiday CD. Fast forward 30-plus years, and I pulled out their CD to play. I was now a 30-year resident of Davis, and I Googled those two musicians. To my surprise, Billy Larkin had moved to Davis. Chris had relocated to Berlin.

The CD still sounds fresh, especially the "Little Drummer Boy" version. Billy can be heard around the Davis area -- check out his Facebook page at Billy Larkin. Now sit back and enjoy the music and the season.

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