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The Hall Overton Centennial & More


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February birthdays on Gift & Messages with the Hall Overton centennial. We feature his arrangement of "Little Rootie Tootie" for the Thelonious Monk Orchestra, where Hall takes the piano solo from the Monk's first trio recording and orchestrates it for the entire big band! You'll hear both back-to-back. Stunning, for the arrangement and the playing, is an understatement. But there's more (of course). Birthday salutes for organist Charles Kynard; singer/pianist Dena DeRose; trumpeter Jason Palmer; vibraphonist Behn Gillece; guitarist Pierre Dorge; saxophonists Kamasi Washington, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Joshua Redman, David Murray and Richie Cole; flautist Nicole Mitchell; pianists Ethan Iverson and James P. Johnson; and bandleader/drummer Chick Webb. Enjoy the show!


  • Charles Kynard "Odds On" from Afro-Disiac (Prestige) 00:00
  • Dena DeRose "Get Out of Town" from Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One (MaxJazz) 07:08
  • Jason Palmer "Giving You the Best That I've Got" from Sweet Love (Steeplechase) 15:34
  • Behn Gillece "Eviscerate" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 25:24
  • Pierre Dorge & The New Jungle Orchestra "Lions of Shanghai" from Live at Birdland (Stunt) 28:52
  • Kamasi Washington "Leroy and Lanisha" from The Epic (Brainfeeder) 34:38
  • Dexter Gordon "Willow Weep For Me" from Our Man in Paris (Blue Note) 43:53
  • Sonny Stitt "Blues for Yard" from 37 Minutes & 48 Seconds with Sonny Stitt (Roulette) 53:56
  • Joshua Redman "Groove X" from Joshua Redman (Warner Bros) 57:52
  • Thelonious Monk Trio "Little Rootie Tootie" from Thelonious Monk (Prestige) 1:03:46
  • Thelonious Monk Orchestra (Hall Overton) "Little Rootie Tootie" from At Town Hall (Riverside) 1:08:16
  • David Murray "3-D Family" from Home (Black Saint) 1:16:49
  • Nicole Mitchell "Sunday Afternoon" from Aquarius (Delmark) 1:26:32
  • Ethan Iverson "I Remember You" from Common Practice (ECM) 1:36:28
  • James P. Johnson "Daintiness Rag" from 1942-1945: Piano Solos (Smithsonian Folkways) 1:43:10
  • Chick Webb "Blues in My Heart" from Spinnin' the Web (Decca) 1:45:49
  • Richie Cole "Starburst" from Starburst (Adelphi) 1:48:50

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