Monday, August 22, 2016

TUESDAY at 7 pm! Jazz-O-Rama Live Aug. 22, 2016: "Take the Coltrane"

"Take the Coltrane

Host Joe Bev presents some of his favorite LP recordings by jazz legend John Coltrane, both classic and obscure. Tracks will include:

01 - Blue Train - Blue Train
Blue Train is the second studio album by John Coltrane, released in 1958 on Blue Note Records, catalogue BLP 1577. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, it is Coltrane's second solo album, the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader, and the only one he conceived personally for the label. It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA.
Released    1958
Recorded    September 15, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre    Hard bop
Length    42:50
Label    Blue Note
BLP 1577
Producer    Alfred Lion

02 - Naima - Giant Steps
"Naima" is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959, and named after his then-wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. It first appeared on the album Giant Steps, and is notable for its use of a variety of rich chords over a bass pedal. It is mainly made up of a slow, restrained melody, though there is also a brief piano solo.
Released    January 27, 1960
Recorded    May 4–5, 1959
December 2, 1959
Genre    Jazz
Length    37:03
Label    Atlantic
Producer    Nesuhi Ertegün

03 - Eclypso - The  Cats
The Cats is an album credited to jazz musicians Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Idrees Sulieman, released in 1959 on New Jazz, a subsidiary label of Prestige Records.
Released    End of August 1959[1]
Recorded    April 18, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre    Jazz, hard bop
Label    New Jazz/Prestige NJ-8217
Producer    Bob Weinstock
Idrees Sulieman — trumpet
John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan — piano
Kenny Burrell — guitar
Doug Watkins — bass
Louis Hayes — drums

04 - Giant Steps - Giant Steps
Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in 1960 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1311. His first album for his new label Atlantic, it is the breakthrough album for Coltrane as a leader, and many of its tracks have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists. In 2004, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

05 - Centerpiece - Bags & Trane (CD bonus track)
Bags & Trane is an album credited to jazz musicians Milt Jackson and John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1368. Taking its title from Jackson and Coltrane's nicknames, it is the only collaborative record by the pair, although only Jackson contributed original compositions. In actuality, the album belongs in Jackson's discography, as he was the session leader and still signed to Atlantic under the auspices of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and not in that of Coltrane, who had left the label for Impulse Records at the time of this album's issue. However, like Prestige Records before them, as Coltrane's fame grew after he had stopped recording for the label, Atlantic used varied unissued recordings and released them with Coltrane's name more prominently displayed.
Milt Jackson — vibraphone
John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
Hank Jones — piano
Paul Chambers — bass
Connie Kay — drums

06 - Straight Street - Coltrane
Coltrane is the debut album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7105. The recordings took place at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey, and document Coltrane's first session as a leader. It has been reissued at times under the title of First Trane.
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Johnnie Splawn – trumpet on "Bakai", "Straight Street", "While My Lady Sleeps", "Chronic Blues"
Sahib Shihab – baritone saxophone on "Bakai", "Straight Street", "Chronic Blues"
Red Garland – piano on side one
Mal Waldron – piano on side two
Paul Chambers – bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath – drums

07 - Straight, No Chaser - Milestones
Milestones (CL 1193) is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis. It was released in 1958 by Columbia Records. "Straight, No Chaser" is a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk. It was first recorded on Monk's Blue Note Sessions in 1951. It has been recorded numerous times by Monk and others and is one of Monk's most covered songs.[1] It is a 12-bar blues in B♭ which, like one of his other B♭ blues, "Blue Monk", makes creative use of chromatics in the melody. Miles Davis recorded a famous version on his Milestones album, in which the tune is played in F rather than B♭.
Miles Davis – trumpet
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Red Garland – piano
Paul Chambers – double bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

08 - The Late Late Blues - Bags & Trane
Released    Mid July 1961
Recorded    January 15, 1959
Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre    Jazz, hard bop
Length    36:51 original LP
56:33 CD reissue
Label    Atlantic Records
SD 1368
Producer    Nesuhi Ertegün

09 - Bemsha Swing - The Avant-Garde
The Avant-Garde is an album credited to jazz musicians John Coltrane and Don Cherry, released in 1966 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1451. It features Coltrane playing the compositions of Ornette Coleman accompanied by the members of Coleman's quartet: Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. It is assembled from unissued results of two separate recording sessions at the Atlantic Studios in New York City in 1960.
Released    1966
Recorded    June 28, 1960
July 8, 1960
Genre    Jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz
Label    Atlantic
Producer    Nesuhi Ertegün
John Coltrane — tenor and soprano saxophone
Don Cherry — cornet
Percy Heath — bass
Ed Blackwell — drums

10 - Woody'n You - Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on 11 May 1956 and 26 October in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet. These four albums are considered to be among the best performances in the whole hard bop subgenre.[3] The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. It also emphasizes the Miles Davis' concentrated ballad-style playing with his medium-register trumpet.
Released    End of March 1958
Recorded    May 11 and October 26, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre    Jazz
Length    36:13
Label    Prestige
PRLP 7129
Producer    Bob Weinstock
Miles Davis - trumpet
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums

11 - Angelica - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962, and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records.
Coltrane said:
"I was really honoured to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better!"
Released    February 1963
Recorded    September 26, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre    Jazz
Length    35:05
Label    Impulse!
Producer    Bob Thiele
Duke Ellington - piano
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

12- Minor Mishap - The Cats
"In 1957, the greatest year for recorded music including modern jazz, Detroit was a hot spot, a centerpiece to many hometown heroes as well as short-term residents like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. It was here that Trane connected with pianist Tommy Flanagan, subsequently headed for the East Coast, and recorded this seminal hard bop album. In tow were fellow Detroiters -- drummer Louis Hayes, bassist Doug Watkins, and guitarist Kenny Burrell, with the fine trumpeter from modern big bands Idrees Sulieman as the sixth wheel. From the opening number, the classic "Minor Mishap," you realize something special is happening. Flanagan is energized, playing bright and joyous melody lines, comping and soloing like the blossoming artist he was. Coltrane is effervescent and inspired, hot off the presses from the Miles Davis Quintet and searching for more expressionism." - AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

13 - Chim Chim Cheree - The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays is a 1965 album by jazz musician John Coltrane.
Released    August 1965[1]
Recorded    February 17-18 and May 17, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
March 28, 1965
Village Gate, New York City
Genre    Avant-garde jazz
Length    37:52 original LP
59:23 CD reissue
Label    Impulse!
Producer    Bob Thiele
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone
McCoy Tyner – piano
Jimmy Garrison – double bass
Elvin Jones – drums

14 - Two Bass Hit - Milestones
Milestones is one of Davis' first forays into the developing modal jazz experiments – with his composition "Milestones", listed on the original LP issue as "Miles". (This modal piece is not to be confused with the earlier composition with the same title recorded by Davis and Charlie Parker in 1947.) These modal techniques were continued and expanded on the groundbreaking album Kind of Blue. It was also the last time the rhythm section of Philly Joe Jones, Red Garland and Paul Chambers played with Davis on record. enor saxophonist John Coltrane's return to Davis' group in 1958 coincided with the "modal phase" albums: Milestones and Kind of Blue (1959) are both considered essential examples of 1950s modern jazz. Davis at this point was experimenting with modes – scale patterns other than major and minor

Bio: John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane" (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967),[1] was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history. He received many posthumous awards and recognition, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

7 pm TONIGHT! -- NEW: "The Glenn Miller Orchestra Then & Now" on Jazz-O-Rama at Pawling Public Radio

Joe Bev presents...
"The Glenn Miller Orchestra Then & Now" 
Host Joe Bev presents two-hours of the music of Glenn Miller, including personally remasters 78 RPM records and selections from the current version of the band. 

01 - Glenn Miller - In The Mood (1939) 
"In the Mood" is a popular big band-era #1 hit recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and one year later was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade.
B-side    "I Want to Be Happy"
Released    September 1939
Format    10" 78rpm
Recorded    1 August 1939
Genre    Big band
Label    Bluebird Records
Writer(s)    Wingy Manone (c), Andy Razaf (w), Joe Garland (a)
This is one of the most recognizable and popular big band songs. Miller recorded it in 1939 and the song became wildly popular in early 1940, shortly before Billboard began publishing its "Music Popularity Chart." This makes it hard to gauge the song's appeal at the time, but it helped Miller become the top bandleader in the world - in that first Billboard chart he held down three of the Top 10 places. "In The Mood" is an expression that indicates a desire to have sex. It's pretty innocent now, but was a little racy at the time.

02 - Mission to Moscow - Nick Hilscher - Glenn Miller (2014) 
Nick Hilscher - Glenn Miller (2014) 
D&P Music
Nick Hilscher: Music Director, Vocals
Julia Rich: Vocals 
Kevin Sheehan: Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute 
Chris Herald: Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
Cody Leavel: Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
John Orsini: Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
Ian O'Beirne: Baritone Saxophone/Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Flute
Ashley Hall: Trumpet
Robby Yarber: Trumpet
Steve Morley: Trumpet
Joe Young IV: Trumpet
George Reinert, III: Trombone
John Tyler: Trombone
Joe Zeigenfus: Trombone
Jason Bennett: Bass Trombone
James Navan: Piano
Sean Muzzi: Bass
Dean Schweiger: Drums
03 - I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
(Stereo) (1942)

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Marion Hutton, The Modernaires, Nicholas Brothers, Tex Beneke, Jackie Gleason, Cesar Romero.
"(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" is a #1 popular song recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in 1942. It was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren and published in 1942. It was featured in the musical film Orchestra Wives and was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, featuring Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and The Modernaires, who released it as an A side 78 in 1942, 27934-A. The B side was "At Last". The song popularized the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although originally recorded by the Glenn Miller band with Tex Beneke on lead vocals, it was recreated by the fictional Gene Morrison Orchestra performing as the Glenn Miller Band and the Nicholas Brothers (performing the song as part of a dance sequence) in the 1942 20th Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives. The song was nominated for Best Music, Original Song at the Academy Awards, Harry Warren (music), Mack Gordon (lyrics). The Glenn Miller record was the year's best-selling recording in the United States, according to Billboard magazine. It spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard charts, including eight weeks in first place. The song was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of "Best Music, Original Song" in 1943.

04 - A String Of Pearls (1941) 

"A String of Pearls" is a 1941 song recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on RCA Bluebird, composed by Jerry Gray with lyrics by Eddie DeLange. The song is a big band and jazz standard. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "A String of Pearls" on November 8, 1941, which was copyrighted and published by The Mutual Music Society, Inc., ASCAP. It was released as an RCA Bluebird 78 single, B-11382-B, backed with "Day Dreaming", in 1941 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Bobby Hackett did the famous Trumpet solo in the Glenn Miller version of the song. The record was ranked No. 1 in the US for two weeks in 1942 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in a chart run of 21 weeks.  

05 - Juke Box Saturday Night (1942)
Jukebox Saturday Night is a song written by Al Stillman and Paul McGrane, recorded by Glenn Miller. ‘Jukebox Saturday Night:’ Glenn Miller’s Last Hit as a Civilian. On December 5, 1942, Glenn Miller & His Orchestra’s ‘Juke Box Saturday Night’ broke into the Billboard Top Ten, debuting at #9 on the charts.  A lively retelling of a wild party at a soda and ice cream fountain, ‘Juke Box Saturday Night’ celebrates revelry with lyrics that playfully reference the other artists that composed the party’s soundtrack including entire solos and choruses lifted directly from Harry James and the Ink Spots.  While successful, enjoyable and sufficiently light-hearted, ‘Juke Box Saturday Night’ is more notable as the last Top Ten hit issued by Glenn Miller as a civilian performer.

06 - Runnin' Wild (1939) 
"Runnin' Wild" is a popular song first composed and recorded in 1922, written by A.H. Gibbs, Joe Grey and Leo Wood.
It is probably best known for its inclusion in the classic 1959 comedy film Some Like It Hot, set in the late prohibition era. The song is performed during a rehearsal on a train journey, with Marilyn Monroe providing the vocals. A gypsy swing version done by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France in 1928. "Runnin' Wild" – arranged by Bill Finegan. Recorded by Miller in 1939

07 - Tuxedo Junction (1940)
"Tuxedo Junction" – was number one for nine weeks on Billboard's Juke Box chart in 1940. Buddy Feyne added lyrics. Glenn Miller copyrighted his arrangement of the song on February 8, 1940. The instrumental was a no. 1 hit for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra in 1940. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra had the most successful recording of the song in a best-selling (Billboard Number 1) record, RCA Bluebird B-10612-A. Miller's arrangement slowed down the tempo and added trumpet fanfares. The infamous trumpet lick in the original recording was played by band member Johnny Best. The main soloists on that recording were Best and Bobby Hackett. The Glenn Miller recording sold 115,000 copies in the first week alone. It was featured in the 1953 Glenn Miller biopic The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart and Harry Morgan.
08 - Tuxedo Junction - Nick Hilscher - Glenn Miller (2014)
"Tuxedo Junction" is a song co-written by Birmingham, Alabama composer Erskine Hawkins and saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. Julian Dash is also credited for the music. Buddy Feyne wrote the lyrics.

09 - Complete Glenn Miller NBC Radio Broadcast - Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke - 30-mins (December 30, 1938)
Moonlight Serenade
I Never Knew
This Can't Be Love
What Have You Got That Gets Me
Change Partners
When Pa Was Courtin' Ma
With You on My Mind

Down South Camp Meetin' 

09 - Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Nick Hilscher - Glenn Miller (2014)
"Pennsylvania 6-5000" – Chant by the band, written by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman, reached number five on the Billboard Best Sellers chart on August 31, 1940. Many big band names played in the Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge in New York City, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra.[1] The hotel's telephone number, Pennsylvania 6-5000, inspired the Glenn Miller 1940 Top 5 Billboard hit of the same name, which had a 12-week chart run. The music was written by Jerry Gray and the lyrics by Carl Sigman. The 78 single was RCA Victor Bluebird 78 B-10754-A backed with "Rug Cutter's Swing".

10 - Anvil Chorus (Parts I and II) (1941)
"Pennsyvania 6-5000" – arranged by Jerry Gray, adapted from Giuseppe Verdi opera Il Trovatore.
Bluebird (3) ‎– B-10982
US Released: 1941

11 - Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" is a 1941 song by Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (words). "Chattanooga Choo Choo" vocal Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. Recorded for the soundtrack of Sun Valley Serenade and then recorded on May 7, 1941 for RCA Victor in Hollywood, California. "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was number one for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1941. It also acts as a thirty nine second teaser in 1942's Orchestra Wives. Released as V-Disc 281A in October, 1944 with Sgt. Ray McKinley and the Crew Chiefs on vocals with Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra. The song was an extended production number in the 20th Century Fox film Sun Valley Serenade. The Glenn Miller recording, RCA Bluebird B-11230-B, became the #1 song across the United States on December 7, 1941, and remained at #1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart.  The flip side of the single was "I Know Why (And So Do You)", which was the A side.
12 - Sliphorn Jive
Slip Horn Jive
Dick Fisher (g) replaces Arthur Ens. Bill Challis, E.G. Eberhard & Eddie Durham (arrangers) added. RCA Victor Studios, New York – June 2, 1939, 1:30-4:30 PM

12 - Sun Valley Jump - Nick Hilscher (2014)
"Sun Valley Jump" – written by Jerry Gray. Released as a V-Disc, No. 281A, on October, 1944 by Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.

13 - The Lady's In Love With You (1939)

"The Lady's in Love with You" is a popular song. The music was written by Burton Lane, the lyrics by Frank Loesser. The song was published in 1939. The song was a major hit for the Glenn Miller orchestra, featuring a rare spoken interlude by Miller and vocal by Tex Beneke. 

14 - Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar (1940)
"Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" - written by Don Raye, Hughie Prince, and Ray McKinley, under his wife's maiden name Eleanore Sheehy; Ray McKinley would later lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in 1940 on RCA Victor Bluebird. 

15 - Sold American (1938)
Sold American was composed in 1938 by Glenn Miller and John Chalmers "Chummy" MacGregor, the pianist in the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The title was recorded on May 23, 1938 on Brunswick and again on June 27, 1939 for RCA Victor. A 78 was released in 1938 as Brunswick 8173 with "Dipper Mouth Blues". In 1939, a new recording was released as a Bluebird 78 A side, 10352A, with "Pagan Love Song". The title is based 

on an American Tobacco Company (ATC) radio ad jingle of the 1930s for Lucky Strike cigarettes featuring a tobacco auctioneer chant delivered by North Carolina tobacco auctioneer Lee Aubrey "Speed" Riggs which ended with the phrase, "Sold, American!", stressing that American only purchased the highest quality tobacco for its cigarettes. The song was performed live by Glenn Miller on March 8, 1939 and broadcast on the radio from a remote at the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. "Sold American" was released as a single in the UK paired with "Moon Love" on the HMV label as BD5854. The 1938 recording, Matrix number B 22974-1, was also released as Conqueror 9489, Okeh 5131, Vocalion 5131 and was reissued by Biltmore Records as 1108 in the 1949-1951 period. 

16 - Little Brown Jug (1939)
"Little Brown Jug" — traditional, although the songwriting credit is sometimes assigned to Joseph Eastburn Winner, who published a version in 1869. This traditional standard was arranged by Bill Finegan. It was recorded April 10, 1939. "Little Brown Jug" is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to "Eastburn" (Winner's middle name) by J.E. Winner in Philadelphia. It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to alcohol, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era. In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the tune with great success, and the number became one of the best known orchestrations of the American Big Band era.

"Tiger Rag" – composed by Nick LaRocca. "Tiger Rag" is a jazz standard, originally recorded and copyrighted by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. It is one of the most recorded jazz compositions of all time. In 2003, the 1918 ODJB recording of "Tiger Rag" was placed on the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The tune was first recorded on 17 August 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band for Aeolian-Vocalion Records (the band did not use the Jazz spelling until later in 1917) and released as B1206, "Tiger Rag One-Step Written and Played by Original Dixieland Jass Band", backed with "Ostrich Walk". The Aeolian Vocalion sides did not sell well, as they were recorded in a vertical format becoming obsolete at the time which could not be played successfully on most contemporary phonographs. Glenn Miller's version was recorded in 1940.

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