Beyond Yacht Rock

The guys who made the internet show Yacht Rock talk about music other than Yacht Rock.


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The Host

JD Ryznar is a Hollywood writer. He knows very little about music, but enjoys imagining elaborate scenarios inspired by popular songs.

David B Lyons is a Hollywood Location Manager. He knows a little about music, but feels the need to compartmentalize genres, then rank them.

Hollywood Steve Huey is a former staff writer for, a former talking head for VH1, and currently the only unmarried man on this podcast.

Hunter Stair is from Flint, MI.


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Hollywood Steve eases the guys through a world of hot summer p’jazz.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Summertime Madness” by Kool and the Gang

- “Dancing in the Street” by Martha & the Vandellas
- “Global warming is a hoax”
- Mayonnaise-based side dishes
- Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
- Hammond B3 organ
- “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- Agua Fresca



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Margarita” by Marc Jordan (Amazon)

- “Sailing” by Christopher Cross
- Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald
- Jordan “is Yacht Rock’s answer to the Koconut Klown of the Keys” (relevant)
- Album “A Hole in the Wall” by Marc Jordan
- On the album: Steve Lukather, Jay “Poopin’” Graydon, David Foster, Mike Porcaro, Michael Landau (Maxus), Lenny Castro, Richard Page and Steve George
- “Marina Del Rey” by Marc Jordan
- SiriusXM Yacht Rock
- Album “Blue Desert” by Marc Jordan (produced by Graydon)



Cookout Jazz
Example song: “Hot Barbecue” by Brother Jack McDuff (Amazon)

Cookout Jazz is jazz, but with the grooves of funk, the lush arrangements of smooth 1970s soul, and less improvisation. It also has some strings, or synthesizers, or a Fender Rhodes piano. The goal: a little breeze underneath that 1970s jazz fusion, perfect for summertime relaxation.

The genre came of age as artistic black jazz artists sought to reconnect with the black populace after jazz was whitewashed through the 1960s. The music of Isaac Hayes, especially, served as an influence for these players to reconnect with mainstream black audiences.

- Jazz purists (Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather)
- Rare groove
- Booker T. & the M.G.’s
- Isaac Hayes (careful orchestration)
- J.D.’s “jizz-stravaganza” (R.D. Jizznar)



10. “Brazilian Skies” by Bill Summers (Amazon)

- Herbie Hancock’s “Head Hunters” band
- Album “Head Hunters” by Herbie Hancock
- Album “Feel the Heat” by Bill Summers (Skip Scarborough, who wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire)
- “Double Dare,” hosted by Marc Summers
- Churrascaria
- Everyone in Brazil has an amazing butt
- Zika Virus
- 2016 Summer Olympics
- Brazilian wax


9. “Reachin’” by Roger Glenn (Amazon)

- Glenn is a flutist, vibraphonist
- Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie
- Larry & Fonce Mizell (ayyy!)
- Album “Blackbyrd” by Donald Byrd
- Album “Uncontrolled Substance” by Inspectah Deck
- Pete Escovedo (Sheila E’s dad)
- Paul Jackson (a Head Hunter)
- Shaft
- Dos Equis guy
- Glenn is a search-and-rescue pilot
- Fonce Mizell wrote most of the Jackson-5’s early hits
- Larry Mizell worked on the Apollo lunar module


8. “Music is My Sanctuary” by Gary Bartz (Amazon)

- Album “Music is My Sanctuary” by Gary Bartz
- Syreeta Wright on the album (past work), along with Summers
- “She Sells Sanctuary” by the Cult


7. “Fantasy” by Johnny “Hammond” Smith (Amazon)

- Album “Gears” by Johnny “Hammond” Smith
- Google Docs
- Tacos at a craft beer festival


6. “Breeze and Soul” by Kool & the Gang (Amazon)

- Kool and the Gang’s pop hits: “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging,” “Celebration,” and “Ladies’ Night”
- Album “Kool Jazz” by Kool & the Gang
- Rose Royce
- Mavis Staples
- Kool & the Gang album “Kool & the Gang” (including the song “Raw Hamburger”)
- Kool and Ronald started in the Jazziacs



50 States in 50 Podcasts: North Carolina
“Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor (Amazon)

Other artists from North Carolina:
- Corrosion of Conformity
- Superchunk
- Chuck Brown (Soul Searchers, of the “Paid in Full” beat)
- Buzzov’en

- Carolina BBQ (and Carolina pulled pork)
- Chapel Hill
- New Jersey’s state song “is about getting out of New Jersey” (not quite)
- Taylor has had drug and mental issues
- James Taylor Bridge
- Kurt Cobain “is the next James Taylor”
- Merge Records



5. “Sweet Power, Your Embrace” by James Mason (Amazon)

- Roy Ayers Ubiquity
- Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer
- DJ Soulman World Of Beats
- Mason can play the ARP Odyssey, ARP String Ensemble, Fender Rhodes, Polymoog
- Clarice Taylor on vocals (DeFunkt; Downtown New York scene)
- Narada Michael Walden on the album


4. “A Hot Day Today” by the Blackbyrds (Amazon)

- Howard University (Historically Black Colleges)
- The Byrds
- The posse album in hip-hop
- Bill Cosby (ugh)
- “Walking in Rhythm” by the Blackbyrds
- “Rock Creek Park” by the Blackbyrds


3. “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers (Amazon)

- “Up your nose with a rubber hose”
- Herbie Mann (his great album covers)
- Rules for skincare in the sun


2. “Harlem River Drive” by Bobbi Humphrey (Amazon)

- Album “Blacks and Blues” by Bobbi Humphrey
- Humphrey on “Another Star” by Stevie Wonder (with George Benson) from “Songs in the Key of Life”
- Hollywood Steve’s All Music Guide review of “Blacks and Blues”; also, his writeup about Operation Ivy
- Harlem River is a tidal estuary that flows between the East and Hudson rivers
- Spuyten Duyvil Creek
- Harlem River Drive


1. “Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) by Donald Byrd (Amazon)

- Album “Places and Spaces” by Donald Byrd (Amazon)
- Album “Street Lady” by Donald Byrd
- Byrd is from Detroit (Koegol hot dogs)
- Bell’s Oberon Ale


Other proposed genre songs:
- “Everything Counts” by David Axelrod
- Terence Trent D’Arby
- David Hamburger selling his course on 50 jazz blues licks on YouTube


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