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Billy Mitchell And Al Grey

Former members of the 1950s Count Basie big band, tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trombonist Al Grey recorded a compelling mix of standards and originals.

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Tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trombonist Al Grey recorded a compelling mix of standards, originals, and pieces by artists such as Randy Weston and Melba Liston.

This week on Afterglow we’ll be featuring some of the dynamic small-group recordings that tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trombonist Al Grey made in the early 1960s.

Former members of the late-1950s Count Basie big band, Mitchell and Grey recorded a compelling mix of standards, originals, and pieces by artists such as Randy Weston and Melba Liston.

We’ll also hear music from Dakota Staton, Gloria Lynne, Pat Metheny with Brad Mehldau, Lou Rawls, Keith Jarrett, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Good Morning Heartache
Gladys Knight — Before Me (Verve, 2006)
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Good Morning Heartache
Gladys Knight — Before Me (Verve, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Up Pops Love
Nat King Cole — Stardust: 1955-59 (Bear Family)
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Namely You
Houston Person/Bill Charlap — You Taught My Heart to Sing (High Note, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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When Lights Are Low
Tony Bennett — Jazz (Columbia, 1964)
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Come Dance With Me
Diana Krall — From This Moment On (Verve, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Make It Easy On Yourself
Dakota Staton — Congratulations to Someone (LRC, 1973)

Notes: Burt Bacharach-Hal David song

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Unrequited
Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau — Metheny/Mehldau (Nonesuch, 2006)

Notes: New release. Brad Mehldau composition.

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Sunday, Monday, or Always
Gloria Lynne — At Basin Street East/At the Las Vegas Thunderbird (Collectables)
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Tin Tin Deo
Dmitry Baevsky — Introducing Dmitry Baevsky (Lineage Records, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Ol' Man River
Lou Rawls — Black & Blue and Tobacco Road (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
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Be Anything But Darling Be Mine
Sarah Vaughan — At Mr. Kelly's (EmArcy, 1957)
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Time On My Hands
Keith Jarrett — The Carnegie Hall Concert (ECM, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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J & B
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)

Notes: Billy Mitchell composition.

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Sophisticated Lady
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)
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You Turned the Tables On Me
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)
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Three/Fourth Blues
Al Grey — Snap Your Fingers (Argo, 1962)
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Just Waiting
Al Grey — Snap Your Fingers (Argo, 1962)

Notes: Melba Liston composition.

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On Green Dolphin Street
Al Grey — Snap Your Fingers (Argo, 1962)
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Passionova
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)
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Tamra
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)
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Just Waiting
Billy Mitchell — This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash, 1962)

Notes: Melba Liston composition.

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African Lady
Al Grey — Snap Your Fingers

Notes: Melba Liston composition.

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Hi-Fly
Al Grey — Snap Your Fingers (Argo, 1962)

Notes: Randy Weston composition.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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