Bernstein's lecture "What is Jazz?" was recorded in New York City in July 1956. (Timing: 42:49) Originally broadcast on October 15, 1955 as part of CBS's "Omnibus" series, Leonard Bernstein's eloquent deconstruction of jazz attains the near impossible: it achieves an understanding and appreciation of the essence of jazz that is attractive and informative to both lay persons and more experienced listeners. Using interesting musical examples, Bernstein abandons the usual historical approach and gets inside the elements of jazz. The most delightful aspects of the first half of this CD are the terrific performances by Louis Armstrong, Teo Macero, Coleman Hawkins, Buster Bailey, Buck Clayton, and Bessie Smith, among others. And where elseRead more could you here a modernist rendition of "Sweet Sue" by Miles Davis and John Coltrane? The disc is rounded out by a live recording of Alfredo Antonini's concerto grosso setting of W. C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" featuring Louis Armstrong's Sextet backed by Bernstein and the Lewisohn Stadium Symphony Orchestra (the New York Philharmonic in its summer setting) and Howard Brubeck's "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra." The former features Armstrong at the height of his powers in 1956, while the latter is a delightful piece of "third stream" jazz featuring the delicately swinging Brubeck Quartet. Read less
Works on This Recording
St. Louis Bluesby W.C. Handy Performer:
Louis Armstrong (Trumpet),
Dale Jones (Double Bass),
Edmond Hall (Clarinet),
Trummy Young (Trombone),
Billy Kyle (Piano),
Barrett Deems (Drums)
Stadium Symphony Orchestra New York
Period: 20th Century Written: 1914; USA Date of Recording: 07/14/1956 Venue: Live New York City Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. Notes: Arranged: Alfredo Antonini This selection is a 'concerto grosso' arrangement of St. Louis Blues.
Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestraby Howard Brubeck Conductor:
Dave Brubeck Quartet,
New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century Written: USA Date of Recording: 01/30/1960 Venue: 30th Street Studio, New York City Length: 21 Minutes 34 Secs. Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
What is Jazz - Part One (Types of Jazz)
What is Jazz - Part Two (Popular Song - Improvisation)
St. Louis Blues (Concerto Grosso)
II. Andante - Ballad
III. Adagio - Ballad
IV. Allegro - Blues
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Wonderful after all these yearsJune 12, 2012By Julie K. (Munster, IN)See All My Reviews"I fell in love with Howard Brubeck's Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra while in college in 1968 or so. I had long discarded my 33s and was so glad when the CD came out for this. I love it just as much now, 40 some years later, as I did back then.Can't comment on the rest of the CD since I never listen to it."Report Abuse
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