Episode 9 -- More Tapes

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Featured are performances by Chick Corea in the Loft, as well as engaging conversations and jam sessions captured by Smith’s recordings.


Episode 9 -- More Tapes: Featured are performances by Chick Corea in the Loft, as well as engaging conversations and jam sessions captured by Smith’s recordings.

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The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities; and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.


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Comments [4]

D. Divine

Thank goodness Gene Smith used open-reel tape to record these moments. (This format was professional for its day, and the analog tapes tend to be very long-lived unlike digital media today ) These recordings could've been lost to the ages, but thanks to this mammoth project, they live again.

Feb. 21 2010 04:21 PM
Kevin from NYC

It's an eery thrill to hear Edward Listengart playing - 50 years later. I'm a younger cousin of Eddie and I spent a lot of time visiting him in the last two decades of his life. On piano, I would accompany his tenor sax on those occasions when he was motivated to play for brief periods.. I later regretted never having set up a recorder to tape him.

I must correct Sara's otherwise impeccable narration on one point: Edward's voice is not that of the person "sticking up for" Charlie Parker, but rather the one who is heard putting Bird down. At times, he would make irrational comments that really did not reflect what he felt.

Oddly, he never even mentioned to me the loft scene of his youth. But he spoke of - and somehow seemed to know - a great many players. Now I know the reason. After hearing this great series, I would love it more than ever if I (and others in the family - young and old) could listen to even more of the exciting sounds from Eddie's "better days".

Nov. 26 2009 05:49 AM

Thank you, JPF.

Nov. 24 2009 11:56 PM

Since there's no comment link for the web extras portion of Episode 9, I'll have to put these here.

Re: the jam session accompanying Gene Smith's pictures - some identification of the players would have been helpful. I have my ideas, but I'd like them confirmed. Thanks for the music, though.

Re: Ron Free's second comment - that should be "ratamacue", not "rudiment ‘q’". And it's "paradiddle" and "flamadiddle." If you don't know, don't guess - ask someone.

Nov. 24 2009 07:36 PM

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