You're Getting Better: The Word Jazz Dot Masters

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
As anyone who has ever been dragged to a poetry slam can attest, the vast majority of modern spoken word poetry kinda sucks. It's not always the poetry's fault; much of the blame can be laid at the poet's feet, especially when said performer feels that depth of feeling always increases in direct proportion to volume. Ken Nordine rarely seems to speak above a coolly modulated, richly burnished whisper, but he puts nearly all other spoken word artists to shame. A fixture on radio and television ads since the early 1950s, Nordine is best known today for the four Word Jazz albums he released on Dot Records later that decade, albums that true to their name matched Nordine's ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
As anyone who has ever been dragged to a poetry slam can attest, the vast majority of modern spoken word poetry kinda sucks. It's not always the poetry's fault; much of the blame can be laid at the poet's feet, especially when said performer feels that depth of feeling always increases in direct proportion to volume. Ken Nordine rarely seems to speak above a coolly modulated, richly burnished whisper, but he puts nearly all other spoken word artists to shame. A fixture on radio and television ads since the early 1950s, Nordine is best known today for the four Word Jazz albums he released on Dot Records later that decade, albums that true to their name matched Nordine's mellow voice and unfettered imagination to hipster jazz settings. At 55 songs, six of them previously unreleased, You're Getting Better: The Word Jazz Dot Masters gathers the entirety of those albums in remastered and exquisitely packaged form, and is essential for all fans both of spoken word releases and of beatnik-era cool.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498838839
  • Catalog Number: 000517102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wet Stranger (4:02)
  2. 2 What Time Is It (3:51)
  3. 3 My Baby (2:37)
  4. 4 Sound Museum (7:11)
  5. 5 The Vidiot (5:32)
  6. 6 Roger (5:15)
  7. 7 Hunger Is From (3:51)
  8. 8 Looks Like It's Going to Rain (3:31)
  9. 9 Flibberty Jib (4:46)
  10. 10 The Smith Family (2:02)
  11. 11 Miss Cone (2:46)
  12. 12 Outer Space (3:40)
  13. 13 Down the Drain (3:15)
  14. 14 Secretary (3:05)
  15. 15 Bubble Gum (2:39)
  16. 16 Looking at Numbers (2:25)
  17. 17 Anytime, Anytime (2:23)
  18. 18 I Used to Think My Right Hand Was Uglier Than My Left (2:19)
  19. 19 Lemming (2:20)
  20. 20 The Bullfighter (2:53)
  21. 21 Junk Man (4:37)
  22. 22 Charlie Zen (2:11)
  23. 23 Just a Breather (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. Big (1:59)
  2. 2 Smerd (4:29)
  3. 3 Bury-It-Yourself Time Capsules (3:09)
  4. 4 Faces in the Jazzmatazz (4:43)
  5. 5 Manned Satellite (2:20)
  6. 6 A Whistler (3:02)
  7. 7 7+1 (13:10)
  8. 8 Hafta Have You (2:08)
  9. 9 The Climber (3:24)
  10. 10 There's a She and a He (3:36)
  11. 11 Reaching into In (2:06)
  12. 12 Adult Kindergarten (2:03)
  13. 13 Spectrum (2:51)
  14. 14 Fireflies (2:14)
  15. 15 So and So (2:01)
  16. 16 Lesson Number 1 (1:34)
  17. 17 Confessions of 013-04-1920 (7:24)
  18. 18 You're Getting Better (2:09)
  19. 19 Original Sin (2:58)
  20. 20 Pacing (2:16)
  21. 21 Involutional Intellection (2:34)
  22. 22 Silly Ideas I Used to Have (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Nordine Primary Artist
Paul Horn Woodwind
Fred Katz Cello, Leader
Dick Marx Piano, Leader
Dick Campbell Piano, Leader, Vibes
Johnny Frigo Bass
Hal Gaylor Bass
Redd Holt Drums
John Pisano Guitar
Jimmy Bond Bass
John Michael Gray Guitar
Bob Frazier Drums
Emmett Frazier Bass
Forest Horn Percussion, Drums
Jerome Slosberg Drums
Ken Soderbloom Woodwind
Richard Campbell Piano, Leader, Vibes
Technical Credits
Laurie Anderson Author
Tom Waits Poetry
Ken Nordine Poetry, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Fred Katz Author
Tom Mack Producer
Jim Cunningham Engineer, Author
Erick Labson Mastering
Thane Tierney Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Manager
Mason Coppinger Engineer
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