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When Mood Jazz Was Cool: Moodsville 2

On this edition of Night Lights it's "Moodsville 2," a followup to the Moodsville 1 program about the Prestige Records early-1960s series.

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Lem Winchester Moodsville LP cover

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Mellow vibes: Lem Winchester's Moodsville LP.

On this edition of Night Lights it’s “Moodsville 2,” a followup to the Moodsville 1 program about the Prestige Records early-1960s series that was a sort of “jazz-ballads-for-thinking-lovers” concept. This show features albums from vibraphonist Lem Winchester, a policeman-turned-musician who died in a tragic gun accident shortly after recording his Moodsville album; organist/pianist Shirley Scott, trumpeter Clark Terry, and tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson.

Watch Clark Terry with Phil Woods in 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt6dFVl0scY

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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Why Don't They Understand
Lem Winchester — With Feeling (Prestige/Moodsville, 1960)
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Long Ago and Far Away
Lucky Thompson — Plays Jerome Kern and No More (Prestige/Moodsville, 1963)
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No More
Lucky Thompson — Plays Jerome Kern and No More (Prestige/Moodsville, 1963)

Notes: Thompson's composition (different from the song Billie Holiday sang)

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I Thought I'd Let You Know
Shirley Scott — Like Cozy (Prestige, 1960)
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Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Shirley Scott — Like Cozy (Prestige/Moodsville, 1960)
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Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
Shirley Scott — Like Cozy (Prestige/Moodsville, 1960)

Notes: Music-bed break.

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But Beautiful
Lem Winchester — With Feeling (Prestige/Moodsville, 1960)
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The Kids
Lem Winchester — With Feeling (Prestige/Moodsville, 1960)
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The Simple Waltz
Clark Terry — Mellow Moods (Prestige/Moodsville, 1961)
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In the Alley
Clark Terry — Mellow Moods (Prestige/Moodsville, 1961)
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Same Language
Clark Terry — Mellow Moods (Prestige/Moodsville, 1962)
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Who?
Lucky Thompson — Plays Jerome Kern and No More (Prestige/Moodsville, 1963)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)
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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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