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Strange Enchantment: Jazz for Halloween

"Strange Enchantment" is a program of Halloween-related jazz, including music from Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Kay Starr, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and more.

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mysterious axeman“Strange Enchantment” is a program of Halloween-related jazz, including music from Duke Ellington (“Stalking Monster”), Bill Evans (“Witchcraft”), Kay Starr (“The Headless Horseman”), Rahsaan Roland Kirk (“Haunted Feelings”)and a very young Gil Evans with Skinny Ennis (“Strange Enchantment”) as well as tracks from Andrew Hill, Miles Davis, and Lenny Bruce’s Dracula-as-roadweary-musician monologue. You’ll also hear the true story of the New Orleans Axeman, who wreaked bloody mayhem in New Orleans in 1918-19 and who promised to spare anyone who happened to be playing jazz. You can read more about the New Orleans Axeman 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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Witchcraft
Bill Evans — Portrait in Jazz (Riverside, 1959)
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Headless Horseman
Kay Starr — Halloween Stomp (Jass Records, 1949)

Notes: Song written for Disney movie "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," narrated by Bing Crosby & Basil Rathbone respectively.

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Haunted Feelings
Rahsaan Roland Kirk — Dog Years in the Fourth Ring (32 Jazz, 1971)
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Pumpkin
Andrew Hill — Black Fire (Blue Note, 1963)
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Enchanted Transylvania
Lenny Bruce — Howls, Raps & Roars (Fantasy, 1993)
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Witchcraft
Bill Evans — Portrait in Jazz (Riverside, 1959)
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Hell's Bells
Sid Peltyn — Halloween Stomp (Jass Records, 1933)
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Strange Enchantment
Skinny Ennis/Gil Evans — Halloween Stomp (Jass Records, 1939)

Notes: Gil Evans arrangement; Evans also plays celeste.

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Frankenstein
Grachan Moncur/Jackie McLean — Grachan Moncur Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1963)

Notes: Music bed break

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Dark
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol, 1957)
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Night Creature: Stalking Monster
Duke Ellington — Complete Reprise/Symphonic Ellington (Mosaic, 1963)

Notes: Rec. w/Stockholm Symphony Orchestra

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Sorcerer
Miles Davis — Sorcerer (Columbia, 1967)

Notes: Herbie Hancock composition named for Miles.

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This Nearly Was Mine
Cecil Taylor — The World of Cecil Taylor (Candid, 1961)

Notes: Music bed for the story of the New Orleans Jazz Killer.

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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)

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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