Saturday, May 23 2015


:04—Trad.: “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” Marcus Roberts (1963- ), piano [BMG 63149].

:06-- Trad.: “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” George Lewis (1900-1968) and the New Orleans Stompers – George Lewis, clarinet; Avery “Kid” Howard, trumpet; Jim Robinson, trombone, Larence Marrero, banjo; Chester Zardis, bass; Edgar Moseley, drums.
:11—Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “Come Sunday,” Andre Previn (1929- ), piano w/Mundell Lowe, guitar and Ray Brown (1926-2002), bass [Telarc 83303].

:16-- Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “Come Sunday,” Nigel Kennedy (1956- ), violin w/Alec Dankworth (1960- ), bass [EMI 47621]. Alec Dankworth is Cleo Laine’s son.

:19—Trad.: “Tin Roof Blues,” Sidney Bechet, soprano sax; Wild Bill Davison, cornet; Art Hodes, piano; Walter Page, bass; Fred Moore, drums, recording at WOR New York in 1949. “Tin Roof Blues” was written by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1923. A pretty typical 12-bar blues whose melody can be found on several older tunes. Walter Page (1900-1957), a pioneer of the “walking bass,” was a longtime bassist for Count Basie.

:22—Trad.: “Tin Roof Blues,” Red Nichols & His Five Pennies – Red Nichols (1905-1965(, cornet; Earl Sturgis, piano; Gene Englund, bass; Heime Beow, clarinet; Al Peligrine, alto sax; Rolley Culver, drums [LaserLight 15743]. Utah-born Nichols was a child prodigy and was gigging in NYC while still a teenager. He started in the New Orleans jazz style but moved beyond it. Like Paul Whiteman he was overpraised by critics until they discovered more seminal jazz musicians then suffered unfairly after that.

:26—Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941): “Original Jelly-Roll Blues,” Jelly Roll & His Red Hot Peppers, recorded in 1926 [Bluebird 2361]. Morton claims to have invented jazz, and an academic backlash against such a sweeping assertion led to a disparaging of his role for years. Modern academics are more forgiving and note that there is no evidence, on recording, or even in legend, of anyone playing piano the way he did at an earlier date.


:30—Charles E. King: “Song of the Islands,” Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra [Columbia 66498].

:34—King Oliver: “Creole Love Call,” Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with Adelaide Hall on vocal [Jazz Archives 158142].

:38—Scott Joplin (1868-1917): “Maple Leaf Rag,” Robert Strickland, piano [IndieBlu5970]. Published in 1899.

:41—Scott Joplin (1868-1917): “Maple Leaf Rag,” Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band, recorded November 1945 [Good Time Jazz 12022].

:44—Trad.: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band, 1954. Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) made the first jazz recording of it in 1938 but trombonist Kid Ory (1886-1973) predates Armstrong, who at one time worked for Ory. Ory died at 86 in 1973 – in Honolulu. [Jazz Heritage 13317].

:50—Trad.: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Sidney Bechet, soprano sax; Wild Bill Davison, cornet; Art Hodes, piano; Walter Page, bass; Fred Moore, drums, recording at WOR New York in 1949.

:53—Bob Dorough: “Something for Sidney,” Bob Dorough, vocals and piano; Joe Lovano, soprano sax; w/Christian McBride, bass; Billy Hart, drums.


:04—James P. Johnson (1891-1955): “Carolina Shout,” Marcus Roberts, piano [BMG 63149].

:08—Ory (1886-1873): “Muskrat Ramble,” Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band, 1954. Ory’s own tune, but Louis Armstrong’s wife named it on the spot when they recorded it and the man from the record label wanted to know the title. [Jazz Heritage 13317]. Ory had played banjo in his youth and his trombone style always helped the rhythm section. Alvin Alcorn, trumpet; George Probert, clarinet. Probert, born in 1927, died Jan. 10, 2015.

:12—King Oliver: “West End Blues,” Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five [Columbia 57179]. Recorded June 28, 1928 and considered one of the most influential jazz recordings ever made for its cadenza-like opening and Armstrong’s scat singing. The pianist is Earl Hines.

:16—Bennie Moten (1894-1935): “Moten Swing,” Les Paul, guitar w/Willie Smith, alto, and others. Recorded 1945. Billy May did the chart and plays trumpet. [Verve 840 035]. Count Basie’s band was formed from Moten sidemen after Moten died at 40 during a tonsillectomy.

:19--Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “Merry-Go-Round,” Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with Wellman Braud, bass, and Harry Carney on baritone sax [Jazz Archives 158142].

:23--Young: “Lester Leaps In,” Lester Young, tenor, and Count Basie & His Orchestra, Sept. 1939, first recording [CK 40835]. Seven musicians including Young, Basie, plus Buck Clayton and Dicky Wells on trumpet and trombone and the Basie rhythm section of Freddie Green, Walter Page and Jo Jones.

:27—John Nesbitt: “Stop Kidding,” McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, a band out of Detroit that could play charts that Ellington and Basie couldn’t [RD 030]. Don Redman did this chart in 1928.


:30-- Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “C Jam Blues,” composed in 1941, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with [Jazz Archives 158142].

:33—Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “C Jam Blues,” Andre Previn, piano w/Mundell Lowe, guitar and Ray Brown, bass [Telarc 83303]. Clarinettist Barney Bigard provided the theme, such as it is.

:38--Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “C Jam Blues,” Charles Mariano and the Jackson/Harris Herd, [Verve 840 036].

:41—Jimmy Mundy: “Rock and Rye,” Earl Hines & His Orchestra, recorded in Chicago for Decca Sept. 13, 1934. [RD 030].

:45—Kurt Weill (1900-1950): “Mack the Knife,” Ben Webster, tenor, backed up by a trio [Black Lion 760108]. Song comes from “The Threepenny Opera” and was originally a waltz when premiered in 1928.

:48—Bud Shank: “Kicks Swings,” [Verve 840 036]. This is how much jazz had changed by the 1950s.

:51—Moten: “Moten Swing,” Benny Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra, with Count Basie on piano and Walter Page on bass [RD 030]. Recorded for RCA Victor Dec. 13, 1932.

:55--Moten: “Moten Swing,” The Manhattan Transfer using lyrics written to the original Moten recording by Jon Hendricks [Atlantic 83012].

:52—Quincy Jones: “Li’l Ol’ Groovemaker… Basie,” Count Basie & Orchestra, recorded 1963 [Verve 821 799].

:55—Charles E. King: “Song of the Islands,” Count Basie & His Orchestra with Basie playing organ [Mosaic 229].

Saturday, May 16 2015


:04—Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sym. No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, first move., 1808,  Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia [London 400 060].

:12—Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Fifth Symphony, first move., 1902, Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra [Telarc 80569].

:25—Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Sym. No. 5, Op. 74, 1961, third move., Douglas Bostock, Munich Symphony [Classico 294].


:30—Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Sym. No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82, finale, 1915, Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra [Chandos 8388].

:40—Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Fifth Symphony, Op. 50, first move., 1921, Myung-Whun Chung, Gothenburg Symphony [BIS 370].

:49--Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Sym. No. 5, first move., 1946, Bryden Thomson, Scottish National Orchestra [Chandos 9103].


:04—William Schuman (1910-1992): Symphony for Strings (No. 5) finale, 1943, Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony [Naxos 8.559317].

:10—Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Sym. No. 5, 1950, first move., Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra [Mercury 432 755].

:15—Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): Sym. No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, first move., 1937, Karel Ancerl, Czech Philharmonic [Supraphon 67628].


:30—Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Sym. No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100, finale, 1944, Marin Alsop, Sao Paolo Symphony [Naxos 8.573029].

:40—Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937): Toccata, from Sym. for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, 1979, Marie-Claire Alain, organ [Erato 88111].

:46—Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Little Symphony No. 5, Op. 75, 1922, finale, Ensemble Villa Musica [Dabringhaus und Grimm 3449].

:48—Arthur Honegger (1892-1955): Sym. No 5, “Di Tre Re,” finale, 1950, Charles Dutoit, Bavarian Radio Symphony [Erato 88045].

:54—Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): Sym. No. 5 (concerto Grosso No. 4), 1988, first move.,  Riccardo Chailly, Concertgebouw Amsterdam [London 430 698].

Saturday, May 9 2015


:04—Arthur Honegger: Sym. No 3, “Liturgical,” third move., excerpt, Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic [DG 447 435].

:07—Gustav Mahler: Sym. No. 6 in A major, first move., excerpt, Pierre Boulez, Vienna Philharmonic [DG 445 835].

:10—Anton Bruckner: Sym. No. 6 in A major, scherzo (third move., excerpt, Eliahu Inbal, Frankfurt Radio Symphony [Teldec 8.44251].

:12—Hector Berlioz: “March for the Last Scene of Hamlet,” John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique [{Philips 446 676].

:19—Hector Berlioz: “March of the Pilgrims,” from “Harold in Italy,” Colin Davis, London Symphony [Philips 416 431].


:30—Tchaikovsky: March from Sym. No. 2, “Little Russian,” Vladimir Fedoseyev, USSR Radio Symphony [Melodiya 153]. Drawn from a Ukrainian wedding march.

:37—Beethoven: March from Sym. No. 7 in A, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmonic [DG 429 036]. If this is a funeral march it is a sly one.

:46—Vaughan Williams: March, “Seventeen Come Sunday,” from English Folk Song Suite, James Judd, Liverpool Philharmonic [Naxos 8.572304].

:49—Vaughan Williams: March, “Folk Songs from Somerset,” Adrian Boult, London Symphony [EMI 64022].

:53—Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, finale, march, Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony [Telarc 80195].


:04—Jacques Offenbach: March, Arthur Fiedlier, Boston Pops [RCA 66419].

:04—Tchaikovsky: Act 1 march from “The Nutcracker,” Andre Previn, London Symphony [EMI 69044].

:07—Gian Carlo Menotti: March from “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Andrew Schenck, New Zealand Symphony [Koch 37005].

:09—Bizet: “March of the Smugglers,” from “Carmen,” Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony [London 417 8389].

:14—Victor Herbert: “March of the Toys,” from “Babes in Toyland,” Keith Brion, Razumovsky Symphony [Naxos 8.559025].

:19—Zoltan Kodaly: March from “The Peacock,” Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, Neeme Jarvi, Chicago Symphony [Chandos 8877].

:21—Ottorino Respighi: “Pines on the Appian Way,” from “Pines of Rome,” Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony [London 410 145].

:26—Gustav Holst: March from Suite No. 1 for Band, Howard Dunn, Dallas Wind Symphony [Reference 39].


:30—Paul Hindemith: March from “Ludus Tonalis” (Interludium No. 6), Hans Petermandl, piano [Marco Polo 8.223338].

:33—Benjamin Britten: March from Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, William Boughton, English String Orchestra [Nimbus 5025].

:35—Vaughan Williams: Scherzo alla Marcia from Sym/ No. 8, Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic [EMI 47217].

:39—Vaughan Williams: Scherzo from Sym. No. 9, Bryden Thomson, London Symphony [Chandos 8941].

:45—Chopin: Funeral March, Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic [EMI65584].

:47—Vaughan Williams: March of the Kitchen Utensils, from “The Wasps,” James Judd, Liverpool Philharmonic [Naxos 8.572304].

:52—William Walton: “Crown Imperial,” Andre Previn, Royal Philharmonic [Telarc 80125].

Saturday, May 2 2015


:04—Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920): “The White Peacock,” 1915, JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos 8.559164].

:10—Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): “Carnival Overture,” Op. 92, 1891, Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonioc [MK 44923].

:20—Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953): “Overture on Hebrew Themes,” Op. 34, original version, 1919, Berlin Soloists [Teldec 73400].


:30—Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954): Overture in E flat, Op. 3, Alfred Walter, Slovak State Philharmonic of Kisice (“Koh-SHEET-sah”) [Marco Polo 8.223645].

:35—Edward Elgar (1857-1934): “In London Town,” a.k.a. “Cockaigne Overture,” 1901,  Andre Previn, London Symphony [Philips 442 152-2].

:50--Michael Torke (1961- ): “Bright Blue Music,” 1985, David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony [Argo 433 071-2].


:04—Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): “Maskarade” Overture, Andrew Davis, BBC DSymphony [Virgin 91210].

:09—Gustav Holst (1874-1934): “Walt Whitman Overture,” Op. 7, 1899, JoAnn Falletta, Ulster Orchestra [Naxos 8.572914].

:17—Doug Lilburn (1915-2001): “Aetearoa” Overture, 1940, James Judd, New Zealand Symphony ]Naxos 8.557697].

:26--Jack Gallagher (1947- ): “Diversions Overture,” 1986, JoAnn Falletta, London symphony [Naxos 8.559652].


:30—Haydn: “Farewell Symphony,” conclusion, Roy Goodman, The Hanover Band [Hyperion 66522].

:31—John Corigliano (1938- ): “Promenade Overture,” Lawrence Leighton Smith, Louisville Overture [0008].
:40—Robert Schumann (1810-1856): “Manfred” Overture, 1848, Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony [Delos 3146].

:43—Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914): Scherzo No. 1, Op. 16, Ivan Shpiller, Krasnoyarsk Symphony [Brilliant 94077].

:49—Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): “A Grand, Grand Overture,” 1956, Rumon Gamba, BBC Philharmonic [Chandos 10293].