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"Two Hours Around Playlist" with Micheal Akutagawa (archive)

Out There a Minute Jazz Program
Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 10:00 to 12:00 | Playlist

Artist Song Album Label Comments
A3 Woke Up This Morning Exile on Cold Harbour Lane UMG, 1997 The spoken word portion of the song mentions nearly a dozen jazz/blues composers, musicians, or singers-- Charles Mingus, "Pithecanthropus Erectus", J. R. Montrose, Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf. 'Epitaph' is a Mingus composition which, according to Wikipedia, is over 4,000 measures long, takes more than two hours to perform, and was only completely discovered during the cataloguing process after Mingus' death. The piece was premiered as a concert produced by Mingus' widow, and was conducted by Gunther Schuller on June 3, 1989. There is also a Mingus composition specifically entitled 'So Long Eric', which can be heard on the album, 'Charles Mingus: Town Hall Concert, Music Played on European Tour - 64', recorded 4/4/1964, Jazz Workshop Records, 1990. Howlin' Wolf and B. B. King, to name but two blues musicians, have performed songs with the title 'Woke Up This Morning', but the idea is also somewhat conventional to the blues.
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus Pithecanthropus Erectus Atlantic, 1981 Recorded 1/30/1956. Charles Mingus, bass; Jackie McLean, alto sax; J. R. Montrose, tenor sax; Mal Waldron, piano; Willie Jones, drums. Mingus composition.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue Weasels Ripped My Flesh Rykodisc, 1990, 1995 Zappa composition. Album originally released 2/1970, digitally remastered for CD in 1989; FZ approved master, 1993.
Eric Dolphy Glad to be Unhappy Outward Bound New Jazz, 1987; Concord Music Group, 2006. Released APRIL 1, 1960. Richard Rogers tune from the 1939 Broadway production of "On Your Toes".
Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin A Love Supreme (Part 1. Acknowledgement) The Essential John McLaughlin Sony BMG, 2007 John Coltrane composition. John McLaughlin, electric guitar; Carlos Santana, electric guitar. Recorded 10/1972; originally appeared on the album, 'Love, Devotion, Surrender' (Columbia/Legacy CK 63593).
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane In a Sentimental Mood Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music Sony, 2000 Ellington composition. Originally appeared on the album, 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane', released 9/26/1962.
Tony Bennett Mood Indigo The Essential Tony Bennett Sony BMG, 2002 Ellington composition. Songs on this album were originally released 1951 - 2001. The album liner notes list the recording date and mix date of this version as "unknown", but copyright 1999.
Benny Green It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Green's Blues Telarc, 2001 Ellington composition; recorded 1/22 - 24/2001.
Shamalamacord East St. Louis Toodle-Oo S/T S/R, 2009 Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley composition; Mike Penny, tsugaru shamisen; Aaron Seeman, accordian.
Lester Young Star Dust Lester Young with the Oscar Petereso Trio Verve, 1997 Released 8/4/1952.
Billie Holliday Laughing at Life Billie Holliday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance Sony, 2002 The songs on this album were released 1937 - 1958; this recording, 6/7/1940.
Salif Keita Begin the Beguine Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter King Cole, 1990, 2006 Cole Porter composition; often sung by Ella Fitzgerald (among many others).
The Fine Young Cannibals Love for Sale Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter King Cole, 1990, 2006 Cole Porter composition; often sung by Ella Fitzgerald (among many others).
Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City Mojo: The Roots of Hendrix Mojo magazine, 12/2005 Written by J. Reed; copyright V J, 1961.
Dion Baby What You Want Me to Do Bronx in Blue Dimensional Music, 2005 Jimmy Reed composition. That's Dion DiMucci, who had over a dozen pop hits in the late 1950s and early 60s, with the group The Belmonts and without them, including 'Runaround Sue', 'The Wanderer', 'A Teenager in Love,' and 'Abraham, Martin, and John'.
The Muddy Waters Tribute Band Don't Go No Further You're Gonna Miss Me Telarc, 1996 Hillsborough resident and bluesman, and former member of the Muddy Water band, 'Steady Rollin'' Bob Margolin, vocals and guitar.
David Gogo Rollin' & Tumblin' Halfway to Memphis Cordova Bay, 2007 Released 1/1/2000. Also performed by Muddy Waters, among many others.
Howlin' Wolf Moanin' at Midnight Howlin' Wolf/Moan'in in the Moonlight MCA, 1959, 1986.
The Persuasions Little Red Rooster Right Around the Corner Bullseye Blues, 1994. Also performed by Howlin' Wolf, among many others.
Madlib Mingus Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz Madlib Invazion, 2010 Back to Mingus. Check out the painting on the album's cover: 'Jazzcats Crossing the Hudson'; attributed to Emmanuel Leutze, 1851--a 're-mix' of the famous painting: 'Washington Crossing the Delaware', by Emmanuel Gottleib Leutze, 1851. According to the legend given for the Madlib album painting, Mingus is seated there at the center of the boat, behind a hard-rowing Eric Dolphy.
Bill Frisell Pithecanthropus Erectus Hal Wilner Presents Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus Sony, 1992 Mingus composition; Bill Frisell, guitar.
Gunther Schuller Freedom Epitaph Columbia, 1990 Mingus composition, including the free verse poem heard here. Interested listeners should refer to Schuller's full liner notes/booklet for more information on the place of this portion of the ms. in the longer Mingus work, as well as for the text of the poem itself. Recorded 1989.
Marc Ribot St. James Infirmary Saints Atlantic, 2001 Marc Ribot, guitar