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Jazz and the Spoken Word


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This show examines the intersection of jazz and various forms of the spoken word, including rap, beat-era jive and classic poets like Langston Hughes, W. B. Yeats, and Walt Whitman. The musicians interpreting these works include Babs Gonzales, David Murray, Christine Tobin, and Deborah Harry & the The Jazz Passengers.


  • Henry Threadgill Sextett "I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00
  • Matt Wilson "Anywhere and Everywhere People" from Honey And Salt (Palmetto) 01:04
  • Tin Hat "yes is a pleasant country" from the rain is a handsome animal (New Amsterdam) 04:58
  • David Murray Infinity Quartet "Be My Monster Love" from Be My Monster Love (Motema) 07:42
  • Host Speaks 14:17
  • Madeline & Salomon "No Government / High School Drag" from A Woman's Journey (Promise Land) 16:28
  • Jayne Cortez "Global Inequalities" from Taking The Blues Back Home (Verve) 21:22
  • Darrell Katz "Lemmings" from Jailhouse Doc with holes in her socks (JCA Recordings) 25:17
  • Host Speaks 29:01
  • Neil Ardley "Dong with a Luminous Nose" from A Symphony of Amaranths (Dusk Fire) 31:56
  • Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, London Vocal Project "Humpty Dumpty" from Mirrors (Edition) 43:33
  • Host Speaks 48:51
  • Tony Adamo "Picasso At Midnite" from Tony Adamo & The New York Crew (Urban Zone) 49:58
  • Babs Gonzales "Dem Jive New York People" from Sunday Afternoon with Babs Gonzales at Small's Paradise (Dauntless) 53:14
  • Langston Hughes "The Weary Blues" from Harlem in Vogue (Fingertips) 57:00
  • Host Speaks 1:00:09
  • Trish Clowes "The Sphinx" from and in the night-time she is there (Basho) 1:01:29
  • Christine Tobin "The Wild Swans at Coole" from Sailing To Byzantium (Trail Belle) 1:07:15
  • Host Speaks 1:14:01
  • Deborah Harry and the Jazz Passengers "The City and the Sea" from Closed on Account of Rabies: Poems and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Mercury) 1:16:03
  • Kirk Knuffke "The Voice" from Witness (Steeplechase) 1:24:07
  • Host Speaks 1:28:53
  • Guru "Loungin'" from Jazzmatazz Volume 1 (Chrysalis) 1:31:03
  • Andy Milne & Dapp Theory "Scotopia" from The Seasons of Being (Sunnyside) 1:35:46
  • Host Speaks 1:41:03
  • Fred Hersch "Song of Myself, Part 1" from Leaves of Grass (Palmetto) 1:42:10
  • Frank Carlberg "Shaken and Shaken" from Variations on a Summer Day (Fresh Sound New Talent) 1:45:58
  • Jane Ira Bloom "Other Eyes" from Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline) 1:51:17
  • Art Ensemble Of Chicago "Odwalla / The Theme" from Selected Recordings (ECM) 1:54:49


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