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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for June 27, 2015

Another week, another American musical legend is gone. This time it's composer, conductor, educator, hornist, and musical philosopher Gunther Schuller. It is mostly the philosophical role that's influenced me, the idea that jazz could be as serious and sophisticated and "classical" music, and certainly not to be considered a lesser art form. His attempts to meld the two worlds, the so-called "third stream", were perhaps bested by others, although his contributions are not easily dismissed. (And, as Ethan Iverson points out, the third-stream identification distracts from his status as an premier modernist composer.)

Image result for gunther schullerI'd been listening to Ran Blake's excellent new album Ghost Tones, itself a tribute to the late George Russell, when I heard the news. Blake and Russell were Schuller's star hires for what was at the time New England Conservatory's Third Stream department (now known as the Creative Improvisation department), and both men have created works of substance and innovation, bringing academic ideas into jazz, as Schuller imagined. And so, that album became a jumping off point for this webcast. I tried to make some connections from these three, and other musicians associated with Schuller as well - Miles Davis and Gil Evans (Schuller played horn on Birth of the Cool and Porgy & Bess), Ornette Coleman (whom Schuller tried to tutor until Coleman felt he was being led from his instincts), fellow Birth of the Cool alum Gerry Mulligan, Joe Lovano (with whom Schuller collaborated on the fantastic Rush Hour album), Stan Kenton, who had his own third-stream ideas, object of admiration and inspiration Duke Ellington and one time NEC professor Jimmy Giuffre. (I couldn't find the right Mingus selection).

See the playlist after the break ...

artist song album comments label / date
Katie Lee Real Sick Sounds Songs of Couch and Consultation 1st part of theme Commentary Records
Naked City Inside Straight Naked City 2nd part of theme Nonesuch
Ran Blake Telegram from Gunther Ghost Tones Ran Blake (p) Peter Kanagy (trp) Aaron Hartley (tbn) A-Side
Tony Malaby Floating Head Novela Tony Malaby (ts) Michael Attias (as) Andrew Hadro (bs) Joachim Badenhorst (bcl) Ralph Alessi (trp) Ben Gerstein (tbn) Dan Peck (tba) Kris Davis (p, arr) John Hollenbeck (d) Clean Feed
Gerry Mulligan Quartet Open Country Gerry Mulligan Quartet at Storyville Gerry Mulligan (bs) Bob Brookmeyer (vlv tbn, tune) Bill Crow (b) Dave Bailey (d) Blue Note
Shelly Manne Africa Daktari music behind DJ Atlantic
Ran Blake Ballad of Hix Blewitt Ghost Tones Ran Blake (p) Peter Kanagy (trp) Aaron Hartley (tbn) Dave "Knife" Fabris (pdl stl g) Rachel Massey (vln)
composition by George Russell
Miles Davis Quintet Masqualero Live in Europe, 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol. 1
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts, tune) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d)
November 2, 1967 Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen
Morris Stoloff, Columbia Pictures Orchestra It's a blue world / Torn Shirt (Part 1) Music from the soundtrack of Picnic “Blue World” by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest; “Torn Shirt” by George Duning MCA
Gunther Schuller Transformation The Birth Of The Third Stream John LaPorta (as) Hal McKusick (ts) Robert DiDominica (flt) Manuel Zegler (bsn) Louis Mucci, Art Farmer (trp) Jimmy Knepper (tbn) Jim Buffington (tbn) Bill Evans (p) Teddy Charles (vbs) Barry Galbraith (g) Joe Benjamin (b) Teddy Sommer (d) Margaret Ross (hrp)
originally from Modern Jazz Concert
Aimee Mann Nothing is Good Enough Magnolia [Original Soundtrack] music behind DJ Reprise
Pony Poindexter with Booker Ervin
Front O'Town Gumbo! Pony Poindexter (as, ss) Booker Ervin (ts) Al Grey (tbn) Gildo Mahones (p) George Tucker (b) Jimmy Smith (d) Prestige
Booker T. & The MGs Time is Tight 7” single music behind DJ Stax
Ornette Coleman and Prime Time Bach Prelude Tone Dialing Ornette Coleman (as) Dave Bryant (keys) Chris Rosenberg, Ken Wessel (g) Bradley Jones, Al MacDowell (b) Denardo Coleman (drums) Badal Roy (tabla, prc) music by Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Ornette Coleman
after the prelude of Bach's Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 (listen closely for the beginning of the Allemande)
Stan Kenton and the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra Adventure in Emotion - II: Anger Stan Kenton conducts the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra Stan Kenton, conductor; Dalton Smith, Frank Higgins, Gary Barone, Ronnie Ossa, Ollie Mitchell (trp) Bob Fitzpatrick, Vern Friley, Gil Falco, Jim Amlotte (tbn) Vince DeRosa, Bill Hinshaw, John Cave, Richard Perissi, Arthur Maebe (hrn) John Bambridge (tba) Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper, Don Lodice, John Lowe (reeds) Emil Richards (vbs) Claude Williamson (p) Dennie Budimir (g) John Worster (b) Nick Ceroli (d) Frank Carlson (tym, prc)
composition by Russ Garcia
Creative World Records
Joe Lovano Kathline Gray Rush Hour Joe Lovano (ss) Fred Sherry (vc) Gloria Agostini (hrp) James Chrillo (g) Ed Schuller (b) George Schuller (d) tune by Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny arr. Gunther Schuller Blue Note
George Russell All About Rosie - 3rd Movement The Birth Of The Third Stream John LaPorta (as) Hal McKusick (ts) Robert DiDominica (flt) Manuel Zegler (bsn) Louis Mucci, Art Farmer (trp) Jimmy Knepper (tbn) Jim Buffington (tbn) Bill Evans (p) Teddy Charles (vbs) Barry Galbraith (g) Joe Benjamin (b) Teddy Sommer (d) Margaret Ross (hrp)
originally from Modern Jazz Concert
Wayne Horvitz This New Generation This New Generation music behind DJ Nonesuch
Paul Crossley Piano Sonata No. 1- II: Andante tranquillo Tippett: Piano Sonatas 1-3; String Quartets 1-3; Fantasia Concertante; etc. composed by Sir Michael Tippett in 1938
based on the Scottish folk tune "Ca' the yowes"
Peter Zazofsky, Paul Posnak Sonata for Violin and Piano - II: Lento Complete Works for Piano and Violin music by Aaron Copland Naxos
Ornette Coleman Sadness Town Hall, 1962 Ornette Coleman (as) David Izenzon (b) Charles Moffet (d) ESP
Paul Bley / Jimmy Giuffre / Steve Swallow Tango del mar The Life Of A Trio - Sunday Paul Bley (p) Jimmy Giuffre (ss) Steve Swallow (b) Owl
Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra Ko-Ko The Blanton-Webster Band Rex Stewart (crn) Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams (trp) Lawrence Brown, Tricky Sam Nanton (solo) (tbn) Juan Tizol (vlv tbn, solo) Barney Bigard (clt) Johnny Hodges (as, ss) Otto Hardwick (as, clt) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (bs) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Jimmie Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d) RCA
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra Gone George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Miles Davis (flg) Ernie Royal, Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci (trp) Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Dick Hixon (tbn) Willie Ruff, Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (hrn); Bill Barber (tba); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); Romeo Penque (fl, alto fl, cl); Phil Bodner (fl, alto fl, cl); Danny Bank (alto fl, bcl); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
song by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and Debose Heyward
Nadia Sirota and Nico Muhly Etude 1 First Things First music behind DJ New Amstedam
Joe Lovano Luna Park Universal Language Joe Lovano (ts) Judi Silvano (voc) Tim Hagans (trp) Kenny Werner (p) Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden (b) Jack DeJohnette (d) Blue Note

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