Watch the Closing Doors - A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot, Vol. 1: 1945-59

Watch the Closing Doors - A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot, Vol. 1: 1945-59

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Watch the Closing Doors - A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot is a six-volume series of double CDs from Year Zero that attempts to document the varied twists and turns of New York City music from the postwar 1940s through the dawn of the 21st century in 2000. Assembled and annotated by journalist, author, and scholar KrisSee more details below

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Watch the Closing Doors - A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot is a six-volume series of double CDs from Year Zero that attempts to document the varied twists and turns of New York City music from the postwar 1940s through the dawn of the 21st century in 2000. Assembled and annotated by journalist, author, and scholar Kris Needs, it's an ambitious and lovingly assembled archive that sees itself as a sort of search-and-rescue project as the city's musical landmarks, both physical and cultural, morph, change, and often vanish completely as one century marches into the next. It's all very impressive and it feels important, and it might well be the best audio history of what the city has been singing, playing, and building on in the past four-plus decades -- but in the end it's really an elaborate playlist, and luckily, it's a fun and considered one. Any set that includes Duke Ellington ("Take the 'A' Train"), Frankie Lymon ("Why Do Fools Fall in Love"), the Five Satins ("In the Still of the Night"), the New Lost City Ramblers ("How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live"), Thelonious Monk ("Brilliant Corners"), Charles Mingus ("Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"), and even Allen Ginsberg (reading his poem "Howl") is casting the net high, wide, and deep -- and here we're only talking about the first volume in the series, which covers 1945 to 1959.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Year Zero
UPC:
5055311050072
catalogNumber:
7

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Take the "a" Train  -  Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra
  2. Bad  - Cozy Cole
  3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  4. Mambo Mucho Mambo  -  Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra
  5. Shake a Hand  - Faye Adams
  6. Yellow Dog Blues  - Louis Armstrong
  7. Talking Union  -  Almanac Singers
  8. Matilda  - Harry Belafonte
  9. Minnie the Moocher  -  Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  10. Coffee Daddy Blues  - Danny Taylor
  11. Manteca  -  Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra
  12. Little Girl Blue  - Nina Simone
  13. In the Still of the Nite  -  Five Satins
  14. Autumn In New York  - Billie Holiday
  15. Summertime  - Gil Evans
  16. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat  - Charles Mingus
  17. Indeterminacy, Pt. 2  - John Cage

Disc 2

  1. Topsy II  - Cozy Cole
  2. Op  -  Honeycones
  3. Senor Blues  -  Horace Silver Quintet
  4. Southern Exposure  - Josh White
  5. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?  -  New Lost City Ramblers
  6. Duncan And Brady  - Dave Van Ronk
  7. Custard Pie Blues  - Sonny Terry
  8. Money Honey  - Clyde McPhatter
  9. Morning, Noon And Night  - Big Joe Turner
  10. Paradise Hill  -  Embers
  11. Twilight  -  Paragons
  12. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show  - Big Maybelle
  13. Brilliant Corners  - Thelonious Monk
  14. Ripples  - Raymond Scott
  15. Howl  - Allen Ginsberg

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barney Kessel   Electric Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Shackman   Guitar,Harmonica
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Rudy Stevenson   Flute,Guitar
Lisle Atkinson   Bass
Bobby Hamilton   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Allen Ginsberg   Composer
John Cage   Composer
Nina Simone   Arranger
Machito   Producer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Cab Calloway   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hal Mooney   Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Henri René   Producer
Cal Lampley   Producer
Leroy Kirkland   Arranger,Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Eugene Pearson   Composer
Raymond Scott   Composer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jimmy Merchant   Composer
Herman Santiago   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Kris Needs   Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Norman Span   Composer
Alfred Reed   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Rafael Blanco Suazo   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Dorothy Heyward   Composer
Fredericke Parris   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Charles Calhoun   Composer

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