Body and Soul

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75 years ago, a jazz record made history—it was a bold improvisation on the song “Body and Soul.” As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, that song had a way of taking musicians to inspired places.  Here’s this Fishko Files.  




For more from the speakers heard in this edition of Fishko Files...


Playlist for "Body and Soul"

Frank Sinatra. Recorded 1947. The Best of the Columbia Years, 1943-1952. Sony Music, 1995.

Benny Goodman Trio. Recorded 1935. Teddy Wilson: The Quintessence. Fremeaux & Associes, 2003.

Libby Holman. Recording date uncertain. Click to hear.

Louis Armstrong (etc.). Recorded 1930. St. Louis Blues Vol. 6. Sony Music, 1991.

Henry ‘Red’ Allen. Recorded 1934. Click to hear.

Art Tatum. Recorded 1938. Tatum Art. Storyville, 2008.

Coleman Hawkins. Recorded 1939. Body and Soul: 1933-1949. Naxos. 2001.

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden. Recorded 2010. Jasmine. ECM.

Billie Holiday (with Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Carl Drinkard, Kenny Burrell, Carson Smith, and Chico Hamilton). Recorded 1956. Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall. PolyGram Records, 1995.

Stan Getz. Recorded 1952. Stan Getz Plays. PolyGram Records, 1988.

Duke Ellington (with Aaron Bell and Sam Woodyard). Recorded 1961. Piano in the Foreground. Sony Music, 2004.

Thelonious Monk. Recorded 1963. Monk Alone. Sony Music, 1998.

John Coltrane. Recorded 1960. Click to hear.



WNYC Production Credits...

Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider 

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann