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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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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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