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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Year Zero
  • EAN: 5055311050072
  • Catalog Number: 7

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "a" Train - Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra (2:57)
  2. 2 Bad - Cozy Cole (2:33)
  3. 3 Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (2:19)
  4. 4 Mambo Mucho Mambo - Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra (3:03)
  5. 5 Shake a Hand - Faye Adams (2:55)
  6. 6 Yellow Dog Blues - Louis Armstrong (4:18)
  7. 7 Talking Union - Almanac Singers (2:58)
  8. 8 Matilda - Harry Belafonte (3:14)
  9. 9 Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (3:11)
  10. 10 Coffee Daddy Blues - Danny Taylor (2:40)
  11. 11 Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:08)
  12. 12 Little Girl Blue - Nina Simone (4:19)
  13. 13 In the Still of the Nite - The Five Satins (3:05)
  14. 14 Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday (3:43)
  15. 15 Summertime - Gil Evans (3:20)
  16. 16 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus (4:48)
  17. 17 Indeterminacy, Pt. 2 - John Cage (23:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Topsy II - Cozy Cole (3:37)
  2. 2 Op - The Honeycones (2:31)
  3. 3 Senor Blues - Horace Silver Quintet (8:14)
  4. 4 Southern Exposure - Josh White (3:16)
  5. 5 How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live? - The New Lost City Ramblers (3:36)
  6. 6 Duncan And Brady - Dave Van Ronk (3:02)
  7. 7 Custard Pie Blues - Sonny Terry (2:59)
  8. 8 Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter (2:56)
  9. 9 Morning, Noon And Night - Big Joe Turner (2:43)
  10. 10 Paradise Hill - The Embers (2:15)
  11. 11 Twilight - The Paragons (2:50)
  12. 12 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Big Maybelle (2:52)
  13. 13 Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk (7:46)
  14. 14 Ripples - Raymond Scott (4:05)
  15. 15 Howl - Allen Ginsberg (21:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barney Kessel Electric Guitar
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Al 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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