Night Lights Classic Jazz

Best Historical Releases Of 2012

Our annual, highly-subjective roundup of classic-jazz favorites.

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Echoes Of Indiana Avenue

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ECHOES OF INDIANA AVENUE features recently-discovered studio and nightclub recordings that guitarist Wes Montgomery made in Indianapolis in the late 1950s.

This week we’ll be looking back at some of Night Lights’ favorite CDs from the past year that were either reissues or recordings that had never been released before. We’ll hear a live 1968 New York City nightclub performance from pianist Bill Evans, a couple of early-1940s tracks showcasing saxophonist Coleman Hawkins at the height of his powers, guitarist Wes Montgomery just on the verge of stardom, and music as well from saxophonist David Murray and vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Music Heard On This Episode

Yesterdays
Bill Evans — Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (Resonance Records, 2012)
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Yesterdays
Bill Evans — Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (Resonance Records, 2012)
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How Deep Is The Ocean?
Coleman Hawkins — Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-47 (Mosaic Records, 2012)
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The Man I Love
Coleman Hawkins — Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-47 (Mosaic Records, 2012)
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Diablo's Dance
Wes Montgomery — Echoes Of Indiana Avenue (Resonance Records, 2012)
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Body And Soul
Wes Montgomery — Echoes Of Indiana Avenue (Resonance Records, 2012)
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Round Midnight
Bill Evans — Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (Resonance Records, 2012)
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Gerry Mulligan — Legends Live (Jazzhaus, 2012)
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Fables Of Faubus
Charles Mingus — 1964-65 Jazz Workshop Concerts (Mosaic Records, 2012)
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Wrong Is Right
Gary Burton — Gary Burton Quartet In Concert (BMG, 2012)
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Ming
David Murray — Octets (Black Saint/Soul Note, 2011)
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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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