Night Lights Classic Jazz

Meet the Jazztet

JazztetOn this edition of Night Lights it’s “Meet the Jazztet,” a program of recordings taken from the recent Mosaic collection of Benny Golson and Art Farmer’s work for the Argo and Mercury labels between 1960 and 1962. Some of the players who passed through the Jazztet included McCoy Tyner, Harold Mabern, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, and Grachan Moncur III; it remains one of jazz’s alltime great hardbop groups. (Golson, Fuller, and Farmer reunited in 1984 for further performances and recordings.) We’ll also hear from some of the solo records which Golson and Farmer recorded during that period. There’s more information about the Mosaic set here.

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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Shutterbug
The Jazztet — Jazztet at Birdhouse (Universal, 1961)

Notes: J.J. Johnson composition

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Killer Joe
Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA/Chess, 1960)

Notes: Benny Golson composition

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Park Avenue Petite
Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA/Chess, 1960)
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Five Spot After Dark
Jazztet — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1960)
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Rue Prevail
Jazztet — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1962)
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Milano
Jazztet — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1960)

Notes: John Lewis arrangement and composition

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Ruby My Dear
Jazztet — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Thelonious Monk composition

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Space Station
Jazztet — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Grachan Moncur III composition

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Out of the Past
Art Farmer — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1960)

Notes: Benny Golson composition

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The Masquerade Is Over
Benny Golson — Comp. Jazztet (Mosaic, 1962)
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Street of Dreams
Art Farmer — Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra (Mercury, 1962)

Notes: Oliver Nelson arranging and conducting

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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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