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“Jazz Impressions of Show Boat” Part 2

guitar choir Show BoatMore from last Friday evening’s Afterglow program devoted to jazz and jazz-vocal recordings of the songs from Show Boat. Hour 2 features several very different versions of “Ol’ Man River,” including a contemporaneous version by Bix Beiderbecke, a current-racing rendition by a Cootie Williams-Duke Ellington small group, and a ballad treatment from Art Pepper, from the sessions for his with-strings album Winter Moon. Also featured: two tracks from the Jimmy Raney-Barry Galbraith “guitar-choir” Show Boat LP.

Music Heard On This Episode

Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
Duke Ellington — Duke Ellington Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves (Fantasy, 1962)
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Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
Duke Ellington — Duke Ellington Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves (Fantasy, 1962)
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It Ain't Necessarily So
Andy Bey — Ain't Necessarily So (12th Street Records, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Embraceable You
Charlie Parker — Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes (Savoy Jazz, 1947)
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Bill
Margaret Whiting — Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve, 1960)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Why Do I Love You
Miles Davis — Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1948)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT. With Kenny "Pancho" Hagood on vocals.

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I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian — I Have the Room Above Her (ECM, 2005)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT. With Bill Frisell on guitar and Joe Lovano on tenor sax.

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I Still Suits Me
Bing Crosby/Lee Wiley — Bing Crosby and Some Jazz Friends (GRP/Decca, 1947)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Clifford Brown — With Strings (EmArcy, 1955)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Nobody Else But Me
Sarah Vaughan — The Explosive Side (Roulette, 1962)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT. Arranged by Benny Carter.

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Make Believe
Kenny Dorham — Showboat (Time, 1960)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Ol' Man River
Paul Robeson — Showboat (Universal, 1936)
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The Very Thought of You
Tony Bennett — Sings the Ultimate American Songbook V. 1 (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)
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Ol' Man River
Bix Beiderbecke — Complete Okeh and Brunswick Recordings (Mosaic, 1928)
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Winter Moon
Hoagy Carmichael — Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz, 1956)
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Godchild
Claude Thornhill — 1948 Transcription Performances (Hep, 1948)
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Ol' Man River
Duke Ellington/Cootie Williams — Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion and Okeh Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 1938)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT. Jerry Kruger on vocals.

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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve, 1963)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Bill
Kenny Dorham — Showboat (Time, 1960)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Make Believe
Lee Wiley — A Touch of the Blues (RCA, 1957)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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I Might Fall Back on You
Jimmy Raney/Barry Galbraith/the Guitar Choir — The New Jazz Sound of Showboat (Columbia)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Life Upon the Wicked Stage
Jimmy Raney/Barry Galbraith/the Guitar Choir — The New Jazz Sound of Showboat (Columbia)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Nobody Else But Me
Brad Mehldau — Art of the Trio V. 1 (Warner, 1997)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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Ol' Man River
Art Pepper — Winter Moon (Galaxy, 1981)

Notes: From SHOWBOAT.

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