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Bernstein Century - Bernstein On Jazz - Handy, Brubeck

Release Date: 07/14/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60566   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  W.C. HandyHoward Brubeck
Performer:  Louis ArmstrongDale JonesEdmond HallTrummy Young,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stadium Symphony Orchestra New YorkDave Brubeck QuartetNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 else
Read 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 Blues by W.C. Handy
Performer:  Louis Armstrong (Trumpet), Dale Jones (Double Bass), Edmond Hall (Clarinet),
Trummy Young (Trombone), Billy Kyle (Piano), Barrett Deems (Drums)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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 Orchestra by Howard Brubeck
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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. 

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful after all these years June 12, 2012 By 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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