John Lewis @ 100 and More May Birthdays

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May birthdays this week on G&M! Some big ones (of course): the John Lewis centennial, Dave McKenna @ 90, Arthur Blythe and Carlos Ward @ 80. It's also Stevie Wonder's 70th this month, and May celebrant salutes are in the house (Theo Hill, Ronnie Foster, Mel Lewis, and Richard "Groove" Holmes) doing 'Wonderful' tunes. We also celebrate the births of Jack Walrath (with one of my desert island tracks), Betty Carter, Darrell Grant, the late Wallace Roney, as well as Miles and Gil. Enjoy the show!


  • Jack Walrath "Piggy Love" from Revenge of the Fat People (Stash) 00:00
  • Theo Hill "Superwoman" from Reality Check (Posi-Tone) 04:50
  • Ronnie Foster "Tuesday Heartbreak" from Cheshire Cat (Blue Note) 09:28
  • Darrell Grant "Tight" from Truth and Reconciliation (Origin) 14:19
  • Betty Carter "My Shining Hour" from Round Midnight (Roulette) 19:31
  • Wallace Roney "Understanding" from Understanding (HighNote) 22:04
  • Thad Jones—Mel Lewis "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" from Potpourri (Philadelphia International) 29:00
  • Arthur Blythe "Nutty" from Light Blue (Columbia) 32:56
  • Arthur Blythe "Elaborations" from Elaborations (Columbia) 40:34
  • Don Pullen, Carlos Ward "Paraty" from Ode to Life (Blue Note) 48:19
  • Dave McKenna "Fidgety Feet" from An Intimate Evening (Arbors) 57:41
  • Dave McKenna "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" from Dave "Fingers" McKenna (Chiaroscuro) 1:04:09
  • John Lewis "Django" from Evolution (Atlantic) 1:07:51
  • Modern Jazz Quartet "Winter Tale" from A Quartet Is a Quartet Is a Quartet (Atlantic) 1:16:11
  • John Lewis "Afternoon in Paris" from Evolution (Atlantic) 1:21:37
  • Miles Davis "I Thought About You" from Miles Davis in Europe (Columbia) 1:27:10
  • Miles Davis, Gil Evans "Blues for Pablo" from Miles Ahead (Columbia) 1:39:12
  • Miles Davis, Gil Evans "New Rhumba" from Miles Ahead (Columbia) 1:44:31
  • Groove Holmes "You've Got It Bad" from New Groove (Groove Merchant) 1:49:22

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