From Spirituals To Swing


From Spirituals To Swing by Vanguard at Your Free Album. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. John Hammond's Carnegie Hall concerts brought a new legitimacy to black music and broke new ground in racial integration. These historic performances were previously excerpted on a 2-CD set in 1987, but now enough unreleased material (23 cuts!) has been discovered to fill another CD, including the only live recordings that Lester Young and Charlie Christian made together! Two hours and 51 minutes of monumental music. In many ways, these 1938 and 1939 Carnegie Hall concerts ushered in an exciting


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John Hammond's Carnegie Hall concerts brought a new legitimacy to black music and broke new ground in racial integration. These historic performances were previously excerpted on a 2-CD set in 1987, but now enough unreleased material (23 cuts!) has been discovered to fill another CD, including the only live recordings that Lester Young and Charlie Christian made together! Two hours and 51 minutes of monumental music. In many ways, these 1938 and 1939 Carnegie Hall concerts ushered in an exciting period of black music for the American public. While great bandleaders like Benny Goodman had been blurring the color line for years, From Spirituals to Swing was the first prominent Carnegie Hall production to present African American performers to an integrated audience. Besides the racial and political implications of John Hammond's controversial shows, the producer was able to bring together some of the era's finest talent in jazz, blues, and gospel music. Recorded straight onto lacquer discs before the advent of long-playing albums and first released in 1959, this three-CD set includes two dozen previously unreleased performances by the likes of the Count Basie Orchestra, bluesman Sonny Terry, the Golden Gate Quartet, and James P. Johnson. There are several notable moments in Hammond's Carnegie collection, previously unreleased and otherwise. Naturally, this includes swinging presentations by a Basie band that showcase star-studded soloists like Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Herschel Evans, and Harry "Sweets" Edison. There are also three dynamic performances by the Kansas City Six, which feature the rare pairing of tenor saxophonist Lester Young with early guitar great Charlie Christian. The box set also includes wonderful vocal contributions from Joe Turner, Helen Humes, and Jimmy Rushing as well as blues icon Big Bill Broonzy and gospel matriarch Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Unusual artistic combinations make these Hammond productions particularly distinctive. The live trio collaborations between boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Pete Johnson are fast-paced and terrifically exciting. The New Orleans Feetwarmers showcase the Basie rhythm section of bassist Walter Page and drummer Jo Jones alongside Sidney Bechet and piano legend James P. Johnson for some real Dixieland music. While gospel contributions from the Golden Gate Quartet and Mitchell's Christian Singers are powerfully emotive, it's the seasoned work of Benny Goodman that tops off this fascinating set of performances. With a group that included Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton, and pianist Fletcher Henderson, Goodman presents classic compositions like "I Got Rhythm" and "Stompin' at the Savoy." With a jam session finale of "Oh, Lady Be Good," From Spirituals to Swing sums up two historic musical events that should not forgotten. --Mitch Myers

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Manufacturer:
Vanguard
Category:
Piano Blues
Release Date:
1999-08-24
UPC:
015707016926
Artist:
Various Artists
Publisher:
Vanguard
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Format:
Box set
Publication Date:
1999-08-24
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
1.38 pounds
Item Size:
6.25 x 1.5 x 12.5 inches
Package Weight:
1.3 pounds
Package Size:
6 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches

 


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