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American saxophonist Charles Lloyd joins Alyn Shipton to select his best recordings.
American saxophonist Charles Lloyd joins Alyn Shipton to select some of the best recordings from his long career. He introduces work with musicians as various as Keith Jarrett and Cannonball Adderley.
In this Jazz Library podcast, the American saxophonist Charles Lloyd joins Alyn Shipton to select some of the best recordings from his long career. He introduces his work with musicians as various as Keith Jarrett and Cannonball Adderley, as well as discs by many of his own groups from the recent past.
Proms 2016: Quincy Jones Celestial Twin
Alyn Shipton introduces an interview with Brubeck in which he selects favourite recordings
Dave Brubeck: To celebrate the pianist's 87th birthday, Alyn Shipton introduces a conversation with Brubeck, in which he selects some of his favourite recordings from his catalogue.
To celebrate pianist Dave Brubeck's 87th birthday, Alyn Shipton introduces part of a conversation with Brubeck recorded during his quartet's 40th anniversary tour of the UK, in which he selects some of his favourite recordings from a catalogue that includes over 100 albums.
As well as such perennial favourites as Take Five by his historic quartet with Paul Desmond, Brubeck also looks at his collaborations with Gerry Mulligan, the London Symphony Orchestra and his present day band with saxophonist Bobby Militello.
Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select key recordings of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.
Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select key recordings of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, including with his quartet, sextets, ten-piece bands and the Concert Jazz Band.
Gerry Mulligan was one of the finest baritone saxophonists in jazz history, bringing an effortless grace to the large instrument, enhanced by his skill as a composer and arranger. Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select Mulligan's key recordings, from his "pianoless" quartet through his sextets and ten-piece bands to the Concert Jazz Band. The music ranges from the early 1950s until the 1990s, and includes Mulligan's final, emotionally charged recordings.
Alyn Shipton is joined by Gwyneth Herbert to pick the finest records by Louis Jordan.
Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert to select the best from the recorded catalogue of jump-jive saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan.
The saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan bridged the gap between jazz and rhythm and blues, pioneering many techniques that would be the foundation of r and b, and of rock, but always played as straight ahead jazz. Jordan produced dozens of classic recordings including "Five Guys Named Moe" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry". His discography stretches for over three decades from the mid-1930s and to pick his best work, Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert.
Alyn Shipton meets Bob Brookmeyer to pick the highlights of his recorded work.
Alyn Shipton marks the 80th birthday of trombonist, bandleader and arranger Bob Brookmeyer as he picks the highlights of his recorded work.
In 2011, trombonist, bandleader and arranger Bob Brookmeyer celebrated his 80th birthday. To mark the event, Alyn Shipton met Brookmeyer to pick the highlights of his recorded work, ranging from his pioneering small group playing with Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz to his big band contributions to the Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. Alyn also hears about Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, based in continental Europe, and discusses recent reissues of Bob's classics such as Traditionalism Revisited, and his trio with Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre.
Martin Speake joins Alyn Shipton for a selection of the essential discs by Paul Motian.
Martin Speake joins Alyn Shipton for a selection of the essential discs by Paul Motian - one of the most innovative and influential percussionists from the world of jazz.
From his early recordings with the Bill Evans trio in the 1950s, Paul Motian remained in the very highest echelons of jazz until his death in November 2011. His former colleague, the saxophonist Martin Speake, who worked with Motian on record and in concert, joins Alyn Shipton for a selection of the essential discs by this most innovative and influential of percussionists. As well as work with Evans, the programme includes pieces by Keith Jarrett, the trio with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell, and Motian's own Electric Bebop Band.
Richard Pite joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from drummer Shelly Manne's career.
Alyn Shipton is joined by drum expert Richard Pite to select highlights from Shelly Manne's prolific recording career, showing his total mastery of percussion in any idiom.
Alyn Shipton is joined by drum expert Richard Pite to select highlights from Shelly Manne's prolific recording career, showing his total mastery of percussion in any idiom. Manne spanned more different styles of jazz than almost any musician, ranging from the swing groups of Coleman Hawkins to the free jazz of Ornette Coleman.
Alyn Shipton with a tribute to free jazz drummer and Coltrane collaborator Rashied Ali.
Until his untimely death in 2009, Rashied Ali was widely regarded as the doyen of free jazz drummers. Alyn Shipton picks his best recordings with the help of an archive interview.
Until his untimely death in 2009, Rashied Ali was widely regarded as the doyen of free jazz drummers. He made his name in John Coltrane's quartet and went on to a wide range of musical activity in the forty-two years since Coltrane's death.
More of a colourist than a rhythm player, Rashied Ali changed the role of jazz drumming for ever. In a candid interview with Alyn Shipton he explains the importance of John Coltrane to his life and work, and selects the finest records they made together, before also selecting highlights of his discs with Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, Eddie Henderson and his own bands.
Alyn Shipton and Chris Garrick celebrate the career of violinist Stuff Smith.
Alyn Shipton is joined by Chris Garrick to celebrate the career of fellow violinist Stuff Smith, who was one of the most unusual instrumentalists in jazz.
To mark jazz violinist Stuff Smith's centenary year in 2009, Alyn Shipton meets fiddle player Chris Garrick to celebrate one of the most unusual instrumentalists in jazz. They chart a course through the available recordings, from the 52nd Street days of Stuff's Onyx Club Boys to his latter-day triumphs as a soloist in Europe, and also present new releases of previously unavailable material.
Gateshead Jazz Festival 2009 Episode 1: Sheila Jordan
Singer Sheila Jordan joins Alyn Shipton to select the highlights from her catalogue.
American singer Sheila Jordan talks to Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2009 to select the highlights from her catalogue.
American singer Sheila Jordan joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2009 to select the highlights from her half-century as arguably one of the most adventurous and individual singers in jazz. The programme features her minimal settings and explorations of timbre and timing, from her 1960s classic Portrait of Sheila to her most recent recordings.
Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through highlights of pianist Hampton Hawes' recordings.
Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through the highlights of pianist Hampton Hawes' trio recordings, made with figures such as saxophonist Art Pepper.
In the 1950s, Hampton Hawes was the most exciting and technically gifted pianist in Los Angeles. Pianist and author Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through the highlights of Hawes' trio recordings made with the likes of saxophonist Art Pepper, works which are considered landmarks in the history of jazz piano. After a period in prison, Hawes emerged a changed man - Richards also selects the key recordings from his later more contemplative years.
An interview with composer and theorist George Russell, reviewing his career higlights.
Alyn Shipton's interview with the late composer/theorist George Russell, in which he discusses highlights of his recorded music, including work with Dizzy Gillespie.
The jazz composer and theorist George Russell was a major innovator in jazz for over 50 years. In an archive interview with Alyn Shipton, Russell looks back at the highlights of a recorded repertoire that began with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and went on to encompass modal jazz and the dawn of jazz rock fusion.
George Russell was a ceaseless experimenter - spending most of his life writing his theoretical masterwork on Lydian Modal theory - but on the way writing extended compositions for Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, introducing Miles Davis and John Coltrane to modal jazz in the '50s, and mixing world jazz and rock with Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal in the 60s. His Living Time Orchestra ran from the '70s to the present decade and included innovative soloists from both sides of the Atlantic. In conversation with Alyn Shipton, who visited Russell at his home near the New England Conservatory in Boston, the composer looks back at what he considers the highlights of his work, and at his standard compositions such as All About Rosie and Ezz-Thetic.
Chicago-born pianist Ramsey Lewis joins Alyn Shipton to discuss his recorded highlights.
Following his recent 75th birthday and the release of his latest trio recording Songs from the Heart, pianist Ramsey Lewis joins Alyn Shipton to discuss his recorded highlights.
This month, Chicago-born pianist Ramsey Lewis celebrates his 75th Birthday and the recent release of Songs From The Heart, his latest trio recording. This acoustic format has been a central component of Lewis' sixty-year career, bringing chart success in 1965 with 'The In Crowd', a track recorded live at Washington D.C.'s Bohemian Caverns where the audience's whoops and claps became, in Ramsey's words, the 'fourth member of the band'. But, as Alyn Shipton finds out in this programme, Lewis' catalogue of discs is richly varied, including interpretations of Beatles ballads, forays into fusion (with the help of Earth, Wind & Fire) and a large-scale gospel album alongside his many trio outings. A natural storyteller, Lewis remembers his father introducing him to the virtuosity of Art Tatum (prompting the question: 'Dad, who are they?') and, in conversation with Alyn Shipton, he describes how Western Classical tradition holds an important position in his musical thinking.
Alyn Shipton is joined by Alan Barnes to explore key recordings by clarinettist Artie Shaw
Alyn Shipton is joined by Alan Barnes to explore the diverse key recordings of clarinettist Artie Shaw, including tracks by his big bands, and by Billie Holiday and Hot Lips Page.
Artie Shaw was one of the most technically brilliant clarinettists in jazz. He was also an improviser, composer and bandleader of the first order, until he ended his career at the age of 44, believing that he had said all he had to say as a musician. Alan Barnes, who has specialised in playing Shaw's music, joins Alyn Shipton to pick the key examples from Shaw's varied catalogue. The music includes tracks by his various big bands, by singers Billie Holiday and Hot Lips Page and by Shaw's small group the Gramercy Five.
Series 9 Episode 3: Joe Henderson
Ken Clarke MP examines the life and music of the saxophonist Joe Henderson.
Soweto Kinch joins Ken Clarke MP in the studio to discuss the life and music of the saxophonist Joe Henderson.
This week Ken examines the life and music of Joe Henderson, the tenor saxophone star of both Verve & Blue Note Records. Born in Ohio in 1937 Joe Henderson taught himself to play at the young age of 9, later perfecting his craft at college and university. By the time he was 25 he'd led his own band and joined a group with Kenny Dorham. Over the course of his career he went on to play with jazz greats such as Miles Davies and Herbie Hancock and even joined the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.
His own projects won several Grammys and in his later career he became something of a national star in America, even performing for Bill Clinton at his first presidential inauguration. He had a lovely lyrical style with a virtuosic technique and is widely regarded as one of the greatest improvisers in jazz.
Ken is joined in the studio by one of UK's leading saxophonists, Soweto Kinch.
Mark Lamarr explores the life of blues woman Memphis Minnie.
Mark Lamarr explores the life of blues woman Memphis Minnie, known for her guitar skills, her rowdy ways and the song When the Levee Breaks.
Mark Lamarr looks at the little-known story of Memphis Minnie, known for her guitar skills, her rowdy ways and the song 'When the Levee Breaks' a musical celebration of a key moment in Blues history.
'Levee', later made famous by Led Zeppelin and Dylan, was released in 1929, long before guitars found amplification, in reference (like many blues songs of the time), to the great Mississippi flood of 1927.
The flood was a huge factor in the Migration of African Americans into what would become the great RnB and Blues towns of Detroit, Memphis & Chicago. When the Levee Breaks is its most famous telling.
Neither born in Memphis nor called Minnie, the musician who wrote and recorded it travelled that now well worn blues journey both physically and musically in the first wave of blues musicians emerging from the Delta in the late 20s.
When the Levee Breaks was one of over two hundred songs written by Minnie during her lifetime, many are blues classics. Though her story has been largely ignored when compared to Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and other Blues artists of the time.
In a journey that starts along the banks of the Mississippi in a post Katrina New Orleans and ends in the promised land of the Blues, Chicago, Mark Lamarr explores her story, the flood itself and the development of the Blues that emerged around the Great Migration.
Producer: Rob Alexander
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.
John Etheridge joins Alyn Shipton to pick his recordings.
John Etheridge, one of Britain's most versatile jazz musicians, joins Alyn Shipton to pick his recordings, including Soft Machine and his acclaimed duo with John Williams.
John Etheridge is one of Britain's most versatile jazz musicians. He joins Alyn Shipton to pick his recordings, including Soft Machine and his acclaimed duo with John Williams.
Alyn Shipton picks the finest recordings of bandleader Boyd Raeburn.
Bruce Boyd Raeburn joins Alyn Shipton to select some unusual examples of the original works of his jazz bandleader father, Boyd Raeburn.