One of the major figures in American Classical Music in the 1930s and 40s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – John Alden Carpenter – Tango from Dance Suite – NBC Orchestra cond. by Henri Nosco – July 6, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Some Americana tonight – actually North Americana approximating South Americana by a popular composer of the 1930s and 1940s, John Alden Carpenter who premiered his Dance Suite in 1943. Carpenter was considered one of the more accessible of the Modern composers. His works had an adventuresome spirit, while maintaining an aura of the familiar and he was very popular among the group of Modern American Composers during that time.
This performance, the first broadcast of the 2nd movement, is from July 6, 1944 and features the NBC Studio Orchestra conducted by Henri Nosco, as part of the radio series Music Of The New World. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a commercial recording available of this Suite and certainly no commercial recording of this performance.
So something perhaps unfamiliar and rare, all at the same time.
Gettin’ down to business.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Live at The Paris Olympia – 1958 – RFI
One of my all-time favorites this weekend. Art Blakey was one of the truly innovative, individual and massively influential drummers to grace the Jazz idiom. He took what had previously been considered a by-product of marking time to creating a musical instrument of percussion – giving the drum a voice.
And Blakey was also someone everyone wanted to collaborate with. And so the Jazz Messengers were a very exciting unit to experience as a whole. Here they are in concert in Paris, during the halcyon days where a lot of experimenting and direction-finding were going on.
This concert, recorded over two days (November 22 and December 17, 1958) was given at the legendary Paris Olympia, and features a group consisting of Benny Golson on tenor sax, Bobby Timmons on Piano, Lee Morgan on trumpet and Jimmy Meritt on bass.
Lucky for everyone the venerable Radio France was recording it all. It’s always amazing (but not so surprising) when recognition and the necessity to preserve comes from someplace that isn’t local.
Still happens – they obviously know something we don’t.
And in 1980 they looked like this . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – U2 – Live In Session at The BBC – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
Something familiar tonight, but early. U2 in 1980 as they were hitting the charts with I Will Follow (and the rest is history). It’s interesting to consider this band has been hugely successful for over 30 years now. I don’t recall at the time, that anyone really thought U2 were all that unique, except Bono had a compelling stage presence and the band had the ability to cross over to a larger mainstream audience.
They were also at the right place, at the right time.
But in 1980 it was still up in the air and U2 hadn’t been dubbed The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World yet.
How times change.