Ralph Ellison: Living With Music

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This compilation is based around the book Living With Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings, and co-produced and annotated by that volume's editor, Robert G. O'Meally. The idea is to assemble various pieces of music with some connection to Ellison or his writings, with the specific threads -- a direct comment Ellison might have made on a track, for instance, or a song that's referred to in one of his stories -- explained in O'Meally's notes. Those connections can sometimes be quite specific and, frankly, extremely tenuous at other times. For those not immersed in Ellison's writings, it's still a pretty fair collection of jazz, usually on the soulful and bluesy sides, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This compilation is based around the book Living With Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings, and co-produced and annotated by that volume's editor, Robert G. O'Meally. The idea is to assemble various pieces of music with some connection to Ellison or his writings, with the specific threads -- a direct comment Ellison might have made on a track, for instance, or a song that's referred to in one of his stories -- explained in O'Meally's notes. Those connections can sometimes be quite specific and, frankly, extremely tenuous at other times. For those not immersed in Ellison's writings, it's still a pretty fair collection of jazz, usually on the soulful and bluesy sides, from the mid-'20s to the early '60s, albeit entirely jazz that happens to be administered by Sony. Certainly Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven's "Potato Head Blues," Duke Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy," and Benny Goodman's "Flying Home" a 1939 track, not the same as Goodman vibraphonist Lionel Hampton's more famous and influential recording are major jazz classics. Ellington, Armstrong, and Jimmy Rushing are heard from two or three times apiece, and there are also quality selections from Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Teddy Wilson, Hot Lips Page with Joe Turner on vocals, and Jones-Smith, Inc. with Lester Young on sax and Count Basie on piano. Getting a little off the jazz track, there's also Mahalia Jackson's "The Holy Babe"; getting considerably off the jazz track, there's flamenco guitarist Vincente Escudero's "La Farruca." The set finishes with the only commercially available recording of Ellison's own voice, "Hidden Name and Complex Fate," an excerpt from a 1964 address at the Library of Congress.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 696998593527
  • Catalog Number: 85935
  • Sales rank: 347,225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong (3:09)
  2. 2 Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:57)
  3. 3 Work House Blues (3:16)
  4. 4 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:06)
  5. 5 Black and Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington's Washingtonians (3:26)
  6. 6 Moten Swing - Count Basie Orchestra (2:23)
  7. 7 Oh, Lady Be Good - Inc. Jones-Smith (3:09)
  8. 8 All of Me - Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra (3:03)
  9. 9 Sugar Plum - Teddy Wilson (3:01)
  10. 10 Flying Home - Benny Goodman Sextet (3:16)
  11. 11 Jump for Joy - Hot Lips Page (3:22)
  12. 12 Harvard Blues - Jimmy Rushing (3:10)
  13. 13 Downhearted Blues - Jimmy Rushing (3:29)
  14. 14 The Holy Babe (2:43)
  15. 15 La Farruca - Vincente Escudero (2:31)
  16. 16 Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:02)
  17. 17 Hidden Name and Complex Fate - Ralph Ellison (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Smith Vocals
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Mahalia Jackson Track Performer
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Danny Barker Guitar
Count Basie Piano, Leader
Charlie Christian Electric Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Eddie Heywood Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Claude Hopkins Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Ray Nance Trumpet
Nat Pierce Piano
Buddy Tate Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Teddy Wilson Piano
Jabbo Smith Trumpet, Soloist
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour Guitar
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Willie Cook Trumpet
Louis Metcalf Trumpet
Benny Morton Trombone
Frank Rehak Trombone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Jimmy Woode Bass
Mel Davis Trumpet
Grachan Moncur III Bass
Coleman Hawkins Saxophone
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Bubber Miley Trumpet, Soloist
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Wellman Braud Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass, String Bass
Gene Anderson Piano, Celeste
William Cat Anderson Trumpet
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Lil Armstrong Piano
Baby Dodds Drums
Danny Banks Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Artie Bernstein Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Billie Holiday Vocals
Abe Bolar Bass
Pete Briggs Tuba
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Clark Terry Trumpet, Soloist
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Collins Guitar
Shad Collins Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Duke Ellington Piano
Mildred Falls Piano
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Fred Guy Banjo
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Rudy Jackson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Osie Johnson Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Tom Mace Clarinet
Dan Minor Trombone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Rudy Powell Saxophone
John Sanders Trombone
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ted Sturgis String Bass
Earle Warren Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone, Soloist
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Charlie Green Trombone
Richard Clarke Trumpet
Carroll Dickerson Violin
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone
Fred Robinson Trombone
Mancy Carr Banjo
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Carl "Tatti" Smith Trumpet
Mack Shaw Tuba
Robert Prince Vibes
Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra Track Performer
James P. Johnson & His Orchestra Piano
Ralph Jones Organ
Joseph Nanton Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Technical Credits
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Duke Ellington Arranger
R.J. Jones Producer
Buster Moten Composer
Bob Stephens Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Justin Ring Producer
Tommy Rockwell Producer
Frank Walker Producer
Nedra Olds-Neal Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Sid Robin Composer
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