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Duets: Two Degrees of Separation

Duets from Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron, Mal Waldron & Jeanne Lee, Lee & Ran Blake, Ran Blake & Anthony Braxton, Braxton & Max Roach...is there a pattern here?

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Braxton BlakeOn this edition of Night Lights we’ll hear duets from Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron, Mal Waldron and Jeanne Lee, Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake, Ran Blake and Anthony Braxton, Anthony Braxton and Max Roach, and Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie. The concept for this program was rather accidental, as I was pondering a duets show and happened to notice how many of these artists appeared on other duet records. No appearances from Kevin Bacon, I promise…(I also cheated slightly; George Duvivier makes a surprise appearance on one of the “duet” tracks!)

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Sempre Amore
Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron — Sempre Amore (Soul Note, 1987)

Notes: Composed by Duke Ellington.

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To the Bitter
Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron — Sempre Amore (Soul Note, 1987)
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Straight Ahead
Mal Waldron/Jeanne Lee — After Hours (Owl, 1994)

Notes: Co-written by Mal Waldron and Abbey Lincoln.

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I Could Write a Book
Mal Waldron/Jeanne Lee — After Hours (Owl, 1994)
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Evil Blues
Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake — The Newest Sound Around (BMG International, 1962)

Notes: With George Duvivier added on bass.

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When Sunny Gets Blue
Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake — The Newest Sound Around (BMG International, 1962)
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Star-Crossed Lovers
Mal Waldron/Steve Lacy — Sempre Amore (Soul Note, 1987)

Notes: Break music.

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Soul Eyes
Ran Blake/Anthony Braxton — Memory of Vienna (Hatology, 1988)
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Four
Ran Blake/Anthony Braxton — Memory of Vienna (hatOLOGY, 1988)

Notes: Written by Miles Davis.

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Soft Shoe
Anthony Braxton/Max Roach — Birth and Rebirth (Black Saint, 1978)
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Tropical Forest
Anthony Braxton/Max Roach — Birth and Rebirth (Black Saint, 1978)
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Bastille Day
Max Roach/Dizzy Gillespie — Paris 1989 (A & M, 1989)
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The Underground
Max Roach/Dizzy Gillespie — Paris 1989 (A & M, 1989)

Notes: 6404

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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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