Jazz Record Requests
Jazz records from across the genre, played in special sequences to highlight the wonders of jazz history. All pieces have been specifically requested by Radio 3 listeners
Sat 6 Mar 2017
BBC Radio 3
Recently listeners have been sending in requests for long-lost albums, and in this week's selection of music in all styles of jazz from the postbag and emails, Alyn Shipton includes a long-lost track by tenor saxophonist Ben Webster recorded in London.
01. Skin Deep
Performers: Conrad Gozzo, Harry Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Linn, t; Herbert Harper, Hoyt Bohannon, Tommy Peterson, tb; Benny Carter, Willie Smith, Bumps Myers, Wardell Gray, Bob Lawson, reeds; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; John Simmons, b; Louis Bellson, d.
Verve MG N 1046 Side A Tr.1
02. The Ballad of Thelonious Monk
Composers: Rowles/ McHugh
Performers: Carmen McRae, v; Jimmy Rowles, p; Joe Pass, g; Chuck Domanico, b; Chuck Flores, d.
The Great American Songbook (Live)
Atlantic SD2 902 Tr.12
Performers: Ben Webster, ts; Dick Katz, p; Alan Haven, org; Spike Heatley, b; Tony Crombie, d.
Big Ben Time
Philips 840-820-2 Side A Tr.2
04. Spring Cleaning
Composers: Samuels/ Whitcup/ Powell
Performers: Herman Autrey, t; Gene Sedric, ts, cl; Al Casey, g; Fats Waller, p, v; Charlie Turner, b; Slick Jones, d.
Handful of Keys
Proper Properbox 71 CD3 Tr.18
05. Creole Love Call
Composers: Ellington/ Mills
Performers: Louis Metcalf, Bubber Miley, t; Tricky Sam Nanton, tb; Rudy Jackson, Otto Hardwick, Harry Carney, reeds; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, bj; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d; Adelaide Hall, v.
26 Oct 1927
Histoire des Big Bands
Chante du Monde 574 1481.90 CD1 Tr.19
06. Scotland The Brave
Ian Menzies & His Clyde Valley Stompers
Performers: include: Forrie Cairns, cl; Ian Menzies, tb; John Cairns, p; Norrie Brown, bj; Bill Bain, b.
Lonnie Donegan Presents Traditional Jazz
Pye NJL 26 Side B Tr.6
07. Onyx Bringdown
Performer: Joe Sullivan, p.
Joe Sullivan 1933-1941
Classics 821 Tr.4
09. I've Got Just About Everything I Need
Performers: Mark Armstrong, Gabriel Garrick, Paul Jayasinha, Ollie Preece, Martin Shaw, Steve Waterman, t; Brian Archer, Mark Nightingale, Dave Holt, Malcolm Earle Smith, Matt Coleman, Bill Mee, tb; Martin Hathaway, Matt Wates, Paul Booth, Ben Castle, Mike Hall, Jim Tomlinson, Bob McKay, reeds; Michael Garrick, p; Dominic Ashworth, g; Paul Moylan, b; Alan Jackson, d; Anita Wardell, v.
Down on Your Knees
Jazz Academy JAZA 5 Tr.4
10. Gana And Acka Raga
Indo Jazz Fusions
Performers: Joe Harriott, as; Shake Keane, t; Chris Taylor, fl; Pat Smythe, p; Coleridge Goode, b; Alan Ganley, d; Diwan Motihar, sitar; John Mayer, vn; Keshav Sathe, tabla; Chandrahas Paigankar, tambura
Indo Jazz Fusions
Columbia SCX 6122 Tr.3 & 4
Performers: Bill Charlap, p; Peter Washington, b; Kenny Washington, d.
Blue Note 7 243 5 41746 2 9 Tr.6
14. Mission Possible
Allan Holdsworth, Anders Johanssen & Jens Johanssen
Performers: Allan Holdsworth, g; Jens Johanssen, kb; Anders Johanssen, d.
Canyon International PCCY 0119 Tr.4
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Performers: Tommy Smith, ts, dir; Brian Kellock, p.
In The Spirit of Duke
Spartacus STS017 Tr.13
Performers: Don Weller, Art Themen, Mornington Lockett, Peter King, Nigel Hitchcock, Alan Barnes, reeds; Gerard Presencer, Steve Waterman, Henry Lowther, Patrick White, t; Mark Nightingale, Malcolm Griffiths, Pete Beachill, Andy Fawbert, tb; David Newton, p; Andrew Cleyndert, b; Bryan Spring, d.
33 Jazz 032 Tr.7
Words and Music
A sequence of music interspersed with well-loved and less familiar poems and prose read by leading actors
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent
Sun 7 May 2017
BBC Radio 3
Jenny Agutter and Peter Wight with readings and music inspired by the 1559 oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The painting depicts the folk traditions surrounding Carnival and Lent in the German lands in the early decades of the Reformation. The selection of music and readings explores the more universal struggle, between the desire to eat, drink, and let lose, embodied in Carnival, and the spirit of restraint and self-control personified in Lent. Including readings from Rabelais, Baudelaire, Donne, and Emily Dickinson, and music from Verdi, Mozart, Bach and Penderecki.
This programme was produced to contribute to Radio 3’s series Breaking Free: Martin Luther’s Revolution, marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting of 1559, The Fight Between Carnival & Lent, depicts the religious traditions and tensions in the northern German lands in the decades following the start of the Reformation, and the conceit of the programme is that Bruegel was tapping into the deeper undercurrents and repercussions of the Reformation. Whether the painting is a direct response to the specific ideas in play at the time is a moot point, but it is certainly a work deeply embedded in the cultural setting in which those ideas lived.
But of course the contrast between carnival and lent speaks to a deeper tension in the human condition, between discipline and liberty, release and constraint.
Donne and Lindenberg are intended to present the opening arguments. Donne’s Holy Sonnets offer a painfully personal presentation of a human predicament to which Donne can only see one answer, which is constantly absent: the love of God. I like the oblique, playful but slightly sinister atmosphere created by Lindenberg in Carnival as an alternative response: if what’s underneath is so painful, inhabit the surface instead.
The contrasting calls of Carnival and Lent are developed via a series of readings from Luke’s Gospel, Robert Herrick, Friedrich Nietzsche and Mikhail Bakhtin, along with Karol Szymanowski, Johann Herman Schein, Robert Schumann and Bob Dylan. Matters come to a head over drinking. I enjoyed setting Emily Dickinson’s plea for abstinence and James Stephens’ account of drunken dissatisfaction with two Bach variations on the same theme.
After George Herbert’s beautiful plea for reconciliation in The Invitation, we explore gluttony and an overly moralistic response to it. This opens out into the bleak landscape of Penderecki’s setting of the Improperia, Jesus’ remonstrations against his people from the Luke’s Passion (a piece of music that I find reminiscent of another of Bruegel’s paintings, The Triumph of Death). We end with the end of Lent in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poetic sigh of relief in Easter Communion, and an extract from Wagner’s Prelude to Parsifal, a piece of music that Cosima Wagner claimed was associated with the thought ‘This is how Good Friday ought to be’.
Producer: Luke Mulhall
First broadcast in May 2017 as part of Radio 3's Breaking Free season of programming exploring the impact of Martin Luther's Revolution.
Batter my heart, three persond God, read by Jenny Agutter
Carnival, read by Peter Wight
Gospel of St Luke, KJV
4:1 4, read by Jenny Agutter
To Keep A True Lent, read by Jenny Agutter
Johann Hermann Schein
Cantional, Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
Performer: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel (Conductor)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472773592 Tr.9
The Birth of Tragedy, read by Peter Wight
Rabelais And His World, read by Peter Wight
Be Drunk, read by Peter Wight
La Traviata, Libiamo ne lieti calici (Brindisi)
Performer: Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Rizzi (Conductor)
Deutsche Gramaphon 4775933 CD1 Tr.3
I taste a liquor never brewed, read by Jenny Agutter
A Glass of Beer, read by Peter Wight
The Drunk Poem, read by Peter Wight
The Invitation, read by Jenny Agutter
Aelred of Rievaulx
A Rule of Life for a Recluse, read by Jenny Agutter
LAscension - (ii) Alléluias Serein D'Une Âme Qui Désire Le Ciel
Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ of Salisbury Cathedral)
Continuum CCD1011 Tr.5
Gargantua & Pantagruel, read by Peter Wight
Gluttony & I, read by Peter Wight
Second Worcester Sermon, read by Jenny Agutter
St Luke Passion, Part II; Popule Meus (Improperia)
Performer: Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit (Conductor)
NAXOS 8 557149 Tr.16
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Easter Communion, read by Jenny Agutter
Parsifal, Vorspiel Prelude Nicht Dank! Ha, ha! Was wird es helfen?
Performer: Orchestra & Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev (Conductor)
Mariinsky MAR 0508 CD1 Tr.1