6/3/2008 Dig Up The Roots


We listened in to some jazz recordings from 1938 - 1942 (mostly). Tenor sax giant Lester Young, the 'Pres' started the show with Billy Holiday, 'Lady Day' as he and later everyone called her. Lester Young, one of those sensitive beautiful people the world consumes on a regular basis. Maybe that's why he had to fend it off with his horn held in front of him at 45 degrees - assume the defensive position. We heard a great live session with 'Destination Moon' and then what is considered the first jazz recordings with an electric guitar, provided by Eddie Durham along with the Kansas City Five.

Some of Charlie Parkers' first recording sessions with Jay McShann from 1940, show a young artist busting out of the confines he performs so brilliantly. We also here some early pairings with Dizzy Gillespie.

Not to belittle the rest, but we also heard tunes featuring Georgie Auld, Ben Webster, and Coleman Hawkins. The show closed with music from Shep Fields and his New Music - an all reed band from the early 1940's. Jimmie Guiffre closed the show with somber beauty with The Train and The River.

Playlist Tracks: 
Billie Holiday Her Orchestra - Laughing At Life
Album: Evening of a Basie-ite: Lester Young Vol 5; Label: Columbia
Lester Young - Destination Moon
Album: 'Pres'; Label: Charlie Parker Records
Kansa City Five - Laughing At Life / Good Morning Blues / I Know That You Know
Album: Giants Of The Tenor Sax; Label: Commodore
Jay McShann His Orchestra - Honeysuckle Rose / Swingmatism / Hootie Blues
Album: Charlie Parker: A Studio Chronicle; Label: JSP
Clyde Hart's All Stars - I Want Every Bit Of It / That's The Blues
Album: Charlie Parker: A Studio Chronicle; Label: JSP
Georgie Auld His All-Stars - One O'Clock Jump
Album: Jazztime USA Vol 2; Label: Brunswick
Bunny Berigan His Orchestra - Caravan
Album: Jazz for people who hate Jazz...; Label: RCA Victor
Georgie Auld / Coleman Hawkins / Ben Webster - Salt Peanuts
Album: Jazz Concert; Label: Grand Award
Ben Webster - Jumpin' With Judy / Broke But Happy
Album: Bean Ben; Label: Harlequin
Coleman Hawkins - Flyin' Hawk / Drifting On A Reed
Album: Bean Ben; Label: Harlequin
Charlie Barnet His Orchestra - Comanche War Dance
Album: Jazz for people who hate Jazz...; Label: RCA Victor
Count Basie His Orchestra - Taxi War Dance
Album: Enter The Count: The Lester Young Story Vol 3; Label: Columbia
Shep Fields And His New Music - Autumn Nocturne / Shakey / Stormy Weather / Things Ain't What They Used To Be / Little Pink Elephants
Album: Shep Fields And His New Music 1942 - 44; Label: Hindsight
Jimmie Guiffre Trio - The Train and The River
Album: The Sound Of Jazz; Label: Columbia
Air Date: 
June 3, 2008