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George Avakian

Alyn Shipton is joined by veteran record producer George Avakian to select the finest sessions that he supervised, including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Dave Brubeck.

To celebrate the 92nd birthday of George Avakian, the veteran record producer joins Alyn Shipton to pick his personal favourites from a long career in supervising record sessions, starting in 1939.
From the Chicago jazz of Eddie Condon and Jimmy McPartland, the programme covers a vast stylistic range including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis's quintet and his Gil Evans collaborations, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dave Brubeck's most famous quartet and the Louis Armstrong All Stars.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 19 Mar 2011 16:00


Music Played

  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans - Springsville

    Composer: Johnny Carisi. Personnel: Miles Davis, t; Gil Evans, cond; Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Taft Jordan, Johnny Carisi, t; Rramk Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennett, Tom Mitchell, tb; Willie Ruff, Tony Miranda, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Romeo Penque, Sid Cooper, Lee Konitz, Danny Bank, reeds; Paul Chambers, b; Art Taylor, d. 6 May 1957.

  • Eddie Condon & His Chicagoans

    There'll Be Some Changes Made

    Composers: Higgins / Overstreet. Personnel: Max Kaminsky, c; Brad Gowans, tb; Pee Wee Russell, cl; Bud Freeman, ts; Joe Sullivan, p; Eddie Condon, g; Clyde Newcombe, b; Dave Tough, d. 11 Aug 1939.

    • Dixieland All Stars.
    • BMG/GRP.
    • 16372.
  • Jimmy McPartland

    China Boy

    Composers: Wingree / Boutelje. Personnel:Jimmy McPartland, c; Bud Jacobson, cl; Boyce Brown, as; Floyd Bean, p; Dick McPartland, g; Jim Lanigan, b; Hank Isaacs, d. 11 Oct 1939.

    • Pure Gold - the Greatest Dixieland Jazz, Vol. 3.
    • Putlabel.
  • George Wettling

    I Wish I could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

    Composer: Piron. Personnel: Charlie Teagarden, t; Floyd O’Brien, tb; Danny Polo, cl; Joe Marsala, ts; Jess Stacy, p; Jack Bland, g; Artie Shapiro, b; George Wettling, d. 16 Jan 1940.

    • 1940 - 44.
    • Classics.
    • 909.
  • Frank Sinatra

    That Old Black Magic

    Composers: Arlen / Mercer. Personnel: Frank Sinatra, voc, Axel Stordahl, arr; Ray Hagan, d; Nat Polen, d; John Ryan, b; Frank Siravo, b; Mark McIntyre, p; Bill Clifton, p; George Van Eps, g; Matty Golizio, g; Jack Mayhew, fl; Mitch Miller, ob; Mischa Russell, Leonard Posner, David Frisina, Raoul Polikian, vn; Sam Freed, Sidney Brecher, viola; Fred Goerner, Anthony Sophos, cel.

    • The Voice.
    • Columbia.
    • 64368.
  • Erroll Garner

    Anything Goes

    Composer: Porter. Personnel: Erroll Garner, p; Wyatt Rutherm b; Fats Heard, d. 30 March 1953

    • Enjoys Rodgers and Porter.
    • Ocium.
    • 39.
  • Dave Brubeck

    Sometimes I'm Happy

    Composer: Grey / Caesar / Youmans. Personnel: Dave Brubeck, p; Paul Desmond, as; Bob Bates, b; Joe Dodge, d. 1955

    • Jazz Red Hot and Cool.
    • Columbia.
    • 61468.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Loveless Love

    Composer: W C Handy. Personnel: Louis Armstrong, voc, tp; Velma Middleton, voc; Trummy Young, tb; Barney Bigard, cl; Billy Kyle, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Barrett Deems, d.

    • Louis Armstrong plays WC Handy.
    • Columbia.
    • 88697492012.
  • Duke Ellington

    Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue

    Composer: Ellington Personnel: Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, t; Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders, tb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bars, cl, bc; Duke Ellington, p; Jimmy Woode, b; Sam Woodyard, d. 8 July 1956

    • Ellington at Newport 1956 (Complete).
    • Columbia.
    • 64932.
  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane - Ah Leu Cha

    Composer: Charlie Parker Personnel: Miles Davis, tp; John Coltrane, ts; Red Garland, p; Paul Chambers, b; Philly Joe Jones, d.

  • Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Miles Ahead

    Composer: Gil Evans / Miles Davis. Performers:Johnny Carisi, Bernie Glow, Taft Personnel: Johnny Carisi, Bernie Glow, Taft Jordan, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal, tp; Miles Davis, flh; Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, tb; Tom Mitchell, btb; Tony Miranda, Willie Ruff, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Sid Cooper, Romeo Penque, fl, cl; Danny Bank, bcl; Lee Konitz, as; Paul Chambers, b; Art Taylor, d. Gil Evans arr, cond. 10 May 1957

    • Miles Ahead.
    • Columbia.
    • 65339.