Episode #2895

Full Circle and Lukas Foss

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear three compositions written specifically for Canadian jazz-pop artist Holly Cole by Gavin Bryars, as played by the CBC Radio Orchestra.  Also, experience Gavin Bryars' "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet,” the late minimalist piece for orchestra and tape that opens with a homeless man singing a simple melody that is looped over and over again for the entire 74 minutes of the album.  Slowly, Bryars weaves in a beautiful string arrangement that develops underneath the melody, and singer Tom Waits joins in at the end. 

Then, hear songs by Tom Waits as sung by Holly Cole, who has never really cared whether the material she covered “belonged” in jazz or not.  And more.

PROGRAM # 2895, Foss and Full Circle (First aired on Mon. 2-2-09)





Gavin Bryars

The Sinking of the Titanic

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, excerpt [1:30]

Obscure #1, reissued on Virgin #45970, another recording with Tom Waits is on Point 438-823.* Also, visit for info.

Lukas Foss / Brooklyn Philharmonic

Lukas Foss - The Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Harrison: At the Tomb of Charles Ives [3:30]

Gramavision Records, 1983 GR 7006 (LP) Out of print.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet

Mozart to Modern

Foss: Saxophone Quartet [12:00]

MCA Classics #10055 Out of print, but try*

Gavin Bryars

The Sinking of the Titanic

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, excerpt [14:00]

See above.

Gavin Bryars

Gavin Bryars – a portrait

Jesus’ Blood Never failed Me Yet – single with Tom Waits [4:00]

Phillips 473296, 2CD set

Holly Cole

Live on Soundcheck, Jan. 28, 2009

Waits: Train Song [4:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Holly Cole & Gavin Bryars

I Have Heard it Said: Music of Gavin Bryars

Bryars: I have heard it said that a spirit enters [4:30]


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