A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part I

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Herbie Nichols was a master of the piano which has inspired generations of musicians after his passing, despite the little commercial success that his albums obtained when first released.

2019 marks the centennial of his birth and to remedy the lack of retrospectives that his work should have, but hasn't received, this year, this week's edition of Mondo Jazz will be looking into the impact that his memorable compositions have had on a number of contemporary artists.

This episode includes both compositions that Nichols was able to record himself, as well as others that he never managed to bring to a recording studio, but other musicians after him did. As a special bonus, also never released material by the Herbie Nichols Project, one of the bands that championed Nichols' music.

  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Herbie Nichols "Terpsichore" The Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:12
  • Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band "2300 Skiddoo" Europe (Winter and Winter) 6:32
  • The Herbie Nichols Project "Delights" Strange City (Palmetto) 10:55
  • The Herbie Nichols Project "Query" Live at the Greenwich House Music School (NY -14 Jan 1994) [Unreleased] (Jazz Composers Collective Vaults) 18:15
  • Host talks 24:51
  • Ted Nash Quintet "Spinning Song (Live)" Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Plastic Sax) 26:55
  • Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio "The Gig" Constellations (hatOLOGY) 34:25
  • Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble "Some Wandering Bushmen" The Helsinki Tapes, Vol. 2 (Svart) 39:45
  • Simon Nabatov "Sunday Stroll" Spinning Songs of Herbie Nichols (Leo) 42:03
  • Host talks 50:38
  • Duck Baker "The Happenings" Spinning Song / Plays the Music of Herbie Nichols (DIW) 52:42


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