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22 May 2007

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Welcome to another 2 hours of jazz on Radio Mecha. As I have before, I'll be posting some links, comments and credits as the set plays, which I hope are of interest to those listening, as well as to those who come to this thread later.

In this program, we have more tunes than in any previous 2 hours of Jazz on Radio Mecha, despite having several numbers that clock more 7 or even 8+ minutes of playing time. But it's never the length of a tune that matters here, and I trust many of tonight's shorter tunes will make up in smile power what they lack in duration. A good example of a short tune with "smile power" is Sidney Bechet's "Stompy Jones" or Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes," which are coming up shortly. And we'll have a couple of version of "What A Difference a Day Makes," plus a one number foray into 80's live fusion jazz.

The tune that I open these sets with, "The Greeting" is from a later McCoy Tyner album, called Things Ain't What They Used To Be.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:00
#2 September Song

Art Tatum with the Kurt Weill tune (lyrics by Max Anderson) from the 1938 Broadway musical "Knickerbocker Holiday" via the CD "The Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Vol. 2".
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:02
#3 What a Difference a Day Makes

Coleman Hawkins accompanied by Michel Warlop and His Orchestra [Arthur Braggs, Noel Chiboust, Pierre Allier (trumpets), Guy Pacquinet (trombone), Andre Ekyan, Charles Lisee (alto sax), Alix Combelle, Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Stephane Grappelli (piano), Django Reinhardt (guitar), Eugen d'Hellemmes (bass) and Maurice Chailloux (drums)], from a March 2, 1935 recording date in Paris, via the compilation CD "Django Reinhardt: All Star Sessions."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:06
#4 Stompy Jones

Sidney Bechet and His New Orleans Feetwarmers [Rex Stewart (cornet), Sidney Bechet (clarinet and soprano saxophone), Earl "Fatha" Hines (piano), John Lindsay (bass), and Baby Dodds (drums)] with a Duke Ellington tune from a September 6, 1940 recording in Chicago via the 1991 compilation CD "The Legendary Sidney Bechet."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:10
#5 I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me

Billie Holiday with Buck Clayton (trumpet), Benny Morton (trombone), Lester Young (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass) and Jo Jones (drums) in a January 17, 1938 recording for Columbia in NYC of a tune by Clarence Gaskill (lyrics) and Jimmy McHugh, via the 1996 Columbia compilation CD "Billie Holiday: Love Songs."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:13
#6 Jumpin' At The Woodside

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra in a 1954 studio recording for Blue Note for the album "B.G. in HiFi" of a Count Basie tune, via the 1999 compilation EMI/Capitol CD "The Best of Benny Goodman."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:15
#7 My Little Suede Shoes

Charlie Parker and His Orchestra [Walter Bishop (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Luis Miranda (congas), and Jose Mangual (bongos)] in a March 12, 1951 recording for Clef Records in NYC of a tune of Parker's own composition. Via the CD box set "Yardbird Suite."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:19
#8 Old Devil Moon

Frank Sinatra with a Nelson Riddle orchestra and arrangement in a July 18, 1963 recording for Reprise in L.A. of the E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Burton Lane tune from "Finian's Rainbow", via the 1997 compilation CD "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:22
#9 Syeeda's Song Flute

John Coltrane from the 1990 CD re-issue of his 1960 album "Giant Steps", with a tune named for Coltrane's daughter.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:25
#10 Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Wes Montgomery from the 1987 Riverside CD re-issue of his 1960 album "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery" with a tune by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Huesen.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:32
#11 Scrapple From The Apple

Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz from the 1991 Polygram CD reissue of the 1957 Verve album "Getz Meet Mulligan in Hi-Fi", with a tune by Charlie Parker. On this cut, at the suggestion of Gerry Mulligan, Getz and he swapped horns, so we have Gerry Mulligan on tenor, and Stan Getz on baritone sax.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:37
#12 What a Diff'rence a Day Makes

Joe Williams from his 1985 CD "I Just Want to Sing" with an up-tempo reprise of the María Méndez Grever tune "Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado" with English lyrics by Stanley Adams, which we also heard previously in our #3 spot in this program.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:45
#13 Ruby, My Dear

Thelonious Monk with a tune of his own, from the 1987 Riverside CD re-issue of his 1957 album "Monk's Music." According to the original liner notes for the album:

"Ruby, My Dear" was the first tune set for the album. Monk heard it in his mind as a perfect vehicle for the Hawk's [Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax)] matchless ballad style; and he was right."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:49
#14 The Chief

Gary Burton (vibraphone) with Pat Metheny (guitar), Mitch Forman, Will Lee, and Peter Erskine with a Pat Metheny tune from the 1990 CD "Reunion."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:54
#15 From Dizzy

New England pianist Deborah Franciose with an original tune from her 1995 Cosmo Records CD "Can't Stop It Now."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 18:58
#16 Story from a Stranger

From their 1983 CD "Rejoicing," here are Pat Metheny (guitars & synths), Charlie Haden (bass) and Billy Higgins (drums) with a Metheny tune.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:03
#17 Aspan

John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Paco DeLucia from their 1982 CD "Passion, Grace and Fire," with a tune by McLaughlin.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:09
#18 T.T.T. - Twelve Tone Tune

One of the "middle" Bill Evans Trio, with Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums, from the 1991 Milestones CD re-issue of the 1974 album "Blue in Green - The Concert in Canada" recorded in August, 1974 for CBC Radio at Camp Fortune, Hull, Canada.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:13
#19 Insensatez

Stan Getz (tenor sax), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano), Luiz Bonfa (guitar), George Duvivier, Tommy Williams (basses), Paolo Ferreira (drums), Jose Carlos (drums and percussion), and Maria Toledo (vocal) on a February 8, 1963 recording in NYC, for the album "Jazz Samba Encore" of a tune by Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. Via the 1991 Polygram CD box set "The Artistry of Stan Getz, Vol. 1."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:19
#20 Soon All Will Know

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Marcus Roberts (piano), Robert Leslie Hurst III (bass), and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums), with May 30, 1986 recording of a tune by Marsalis for the CD "Wynton Marsalis: Standard Time, Vol. 1" via the 2001 compilation CD "Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis"
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:23
#21 The Right to Love

Carmen McRae from the 1991 compilation CD "Carmen McRae: The Jazz Collector Edition" with a tune by Lalo Schifrin with lyrics by noted jazz writer and lyricist Gene Lees. I first heard this tune back in 1991 or 1992, at a memorial service for one of the first victims of AIDS I personally knew, and in that context, it was both emotionally devastating, and tremendously uplifting.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:26
#22 Everything I Love

Paul Desmond (alto sax), Ed Bickert (guitar), Ron Carter (bass) and Connie Kaye (drums) with a Cole Porter tune from the CBS Records CD re-issue of their 1974 album "Pure Desmond."
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:30
#23 Endless Trouble, Endless Pleasure

Chick Corea (piano) and Gary Burton (vibraphone) from the ECM Records CD re-issue of their October 28, 1979 "In Concert, Zurich" album, with a tune by Steve Swallow.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:34
#24 Phase Dance

From the 1983 double live CD "Travels," The Pat Metheny Group [Pat Metheny (guitars, guitar synthesizer), Lyle Mays (piano, synthesizers, organ, autoharp, synclavier), Steve Rodby (acoustic and electric bass, bass synthesizer), Dan Gottlieb (drums) and Nana Vasconcelos (percussion, vocals, berimbau)] with a tune by Metheny and Lyle Mays, recorded during a fall concert tour in August, October and November of 1983. This is about as "80's fusion without the funk" as you can get.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:41
#25 When Your Lover Has Gone

Ben Webster (tenor sax) with Oscar Petersen (piano), Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums) from a November 9, 1959 recording session for the album "Ben Webster Meets Oscar Petersen" doing a tune by Einar A. Swan via a Polygram CD reissue.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:48
hey paulsc! kinda late to the show and in reviewing what was played, I'm sorry I missed it.
posted by phoenixc 22 May | 19:51
#26 A Volta

Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Elis Regina (vocal), Antonio Adolfo Saboia (piano), Roberto Menescal (guitar), Jurandir Duarte (bass), Wilson Das Neves (drums), and Hermes Contesini (percussion), with a February 9, 1969 recording in Stockholm of a tune by Menescal and Ronaldo Bôscoli.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:52
Better late than never, phoenixc! I, for one, appreciate you joining us, whenever you can.
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:53
#27 I Will Say Goodbye

Once again, The Bill Evans Trio, with Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums, takes us out with the title track from the 1977 album of the same name. To recap, in this set, we heard:

1. McCoy Tyner - The Greeting (2:27)
2. Art Tatum - September Song (4:10)
3. Django Reinhardt - What a Difference a Day Makes (3:23)
4. Sidney Bechet - Stompy Jones / Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers (2:51)
5. Billie Holiday - I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me (2:49)
6. Benny Goodman - Jumpin' At The Woodside (3:30)
7. Charlie Parker - My Little Suede Shoes (3:06)
8. Frank Sinatra - Old Devil Moon (2:56)
9. John Coltrane - Syeeda's Song Flute (7:05)
10. Wes Montgomery - Polka Dots and Moonbeams (4:44)
11. Gerry Mulligan & Stan Getz - Scrapple From The Apple (8:09)
12. Joe Williams - What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (3:43)
13. Thelonious Monk - Ruby, My Dear (5:26)
14. Gary Burton - The Chief (4:18)
15. Deborah Franciose & Moonfire - From Dizzy (4:20)
16. Billy Higgins/Charlie Haden/Pat Metheny - Story from a Stranger (5:52)
17. John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia - Aspan (4:09)
18. Bill Evans - T.T.T. - Twelve Tone Tune (5:59)
19. Stan Getz - Insensatez (3:22)
20. Wynton Marsalis - Soon All Will Know (3:36)
21. Carmen McRae - The Right to Love (4:15)
22. Paul Desmond - Everything I Love (3:50)
23. Chick Corea/Gary Burton - Endless Trouble, Endless Pleasure (5:36)
24. Pat Metheny Group - Phase Dance (8:03)
25. Ben Webster - When Your Lover Has Gone (3:59)
26. Toots Thielemans - A Volta (4:42)
27. Bill Evans Trio - I Will Say Goodbye (3:30)

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
posted by paulsc 22 May | 19:56
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