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Jazz Studio 5 and 6: Ralph Burns and David Amram

Jazz Studio 6This week on Night Lights we conclude our summer tour of the Decca Jazz Studio series with the fifth and sixth (and final) volumes. V. 5, led by pianist and arranger Ralph Burns, includes trumpeter Joe Newman and little-known alto saxophonist Dave Schildkraut, who was once mistaken for Charlie Parker by Charles Mingus during a blindfold test. Selections include Burns’ originals “Cool Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Nocturne,” as well as Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around.” V. 6 was led by French hornist/pianist and Jack Kerouac collaborator David Amram, along with tenor saxophonist George Barrow; both were members of Charles Mingus’ Jazz Workshop, and this date bears a highly modernist stamp.

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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I'll Be Around
Ralph Burns — Jazz Studio 5 (Decca, 1955)

Notes: Written by Alec Wilder.

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Cool Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Ralph Burns — Jazz Studio 5 (Decca, 1955)

Notes: Written by Ralph Burns.

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Jazz Club U.S.A.
Ralph Burns — Jazz Studio 5 (Decca, 1955)
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Royal Garden Blues
Ralph Burns — Jazz Studio 5 (Decca, 1955)
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Nocturne
Ralph Burns — Jazz Studio 5 (Decca, 1955)
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Night Lights (1965)
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights

Notes: Break music.

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The Best Thing for You
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)

Notes: Irving Berlin song.

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Darn That Dream
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)
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Some Day Morning Will Come
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)

Notes: David Amram composition; Amram on piano.

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City Talk
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)

Notes: David Amram composition.

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Shenandoah
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)

Notes: Arranged by David Amram.

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Phipp's Quipps
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)
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Somewhere Along the Way
Amram-Barrow Quartet — Jazz Studio 6 (Decca, 1957)
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Night Lights (1963)
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights

Notes: closing theme.

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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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