Wednesday, April 8, 2015

F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature


Joining me this afternoon, in the 5 o'clock hour, William J. Maxwell, author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature. Tune in for what promises to be a vital, provocative discussion of this immensely important new book. 

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"According to the Bureau's own declassified word, Hoover and many lesser FBI ghostreaders pored over scores of Afro-modernist poems, plays, stories, novels, essays, and reviews - some even before publication with the aid of bookish informers at magazines and publishing firms. Alarmingly, the files divulge that the FBI readied preventive arrests of the majority of the black authors shadowed in its archive. Twenty-seven of fifty-one were caught in the invisible dragnet of the Bureau's 'Custodial Detention' index and its successors, hot lists of precaptives 'whose presence at liberty in this country in time of war or national emergency,' Hoover resolved, 'would be dangerous to the public peace and the safety of the United States Government' (Hoover, Directive 409). By the time the Black Panthers and Black Power, Hoover's literary-critical G-men style of state minstrelsy bent to counterintelligence purposes of simulation, infiltration, and plausibly deniable manipulation. The early and creative intensity of the Bureau's watch on black literature has been unknowingly minimized, the files collectively suggest, both in literary studies and in recent historical exposes harnessing FOIA requests to uncover either the Bureau's 'war on words' or its 'secret file on black America,' parallel tracks that should acknowledge their parallel underground crossings. The backdating and thick description of FBI surveillance of legal dissent, a muckracking preoccupation since Hoover's passing, is thus due for extension into the field of African American literary history. And the Bureau's peculiar contributions to this history are due at least a moment of national self-reflection. Even now, when it takes massive NSA 'data mining' to excite resistance to the surveillance of daily life, it is not just an academic matter that U.S. state intelligence essentially arranged to jail the African American literary tradition at mid-century. Well before the labeling of the prison-industrial complex, the republic of black letters joined black urban communities as an exceptional zone of police supervision." ~ William J. Maxwell, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature 
Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover’s white-bread Federal Bureau of Investigation. But behind the scenes the FBI’s hostility to black protest was energized by fear of and respect for black writing. Drawing on nearly 14,000 pages of newly released FBI files, F.B. Eyes exposes the Bureau’s intimate policing of five decades of African American poems, plays, essays, and novels. Starting in 1919, year one of Harlem’s renaissance and Hoover’s career at the Bureau, secretive FBI “ghostreaders” monitored the latest developments in African American letters. By the time of Hoover’s death in 1972, these ghostreaders knew enough to simulate a sinister black literature of their own. The official aim behind the Bureau’s close reading was to anticipate political unrest. Yet, as William J. Maxwell reveals, FBI surveillance came to influence the creation and public reception of African American literature in the heart of the twentieth century.
Taking his title from Richard Wright’s poem “The FB Eye Blues,” Maxwell details how the FBI threatened the international travels of African American writers and prepared to jail dozens of them in times of national emergency. All the same, he shows that the Bureau’s paranoid style could prompt insightful criticism from Hoover’s ghostreaders and creative replies from their literary targets. For authors such as Claude McKay, James Baldwin, and Sonia Sanchez, the suspicion that government spy-critics tracked their every word inspired rewarding stylistic experiments as well as disabling self-censorship.
Illuminating both the serious harms of state surveillance and the ways in which imaginative writing can withstand and exploit it, F.B. Eyes is a groundbreaking account of a long-hidden dimension of African American literature.
William J. Maxwell is associate professor of English and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism between the Wars and the editor of Claude McKay’s Complete Poems.

"[An] immensely important story about the black authors that we thought we knew, from the 'notorious negro revolutionary' Claude McKay to the Black Arts poet Sonia Sanchez. . . . [A] welcome model for seeing state interference in culture as a two-way street."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"[A] bold, provocative study. . . . Maxwell's passion for the subject spills onto every page of his detailed, persuasive documentation that 'the FBI [was] an institution tightly knit (not consensually) to African-American literature.'"--Publishers Weekly (a Publishers Weekly pick of the week)
"[S]tartling. . . . Much of what Maxwell has discovered . . . paints a sobering picture of state-sanctioned repression and harassment over decades. It's a tribute to the strength of the panoply of FBI-targeted writers, intellectuals and leaders that they, for the most part, toughed it out and remain with us today as a fundamental part of the fabric of American history and letters."--Repps Hudson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[T]his well-researched volume illustrates the paranoia and self-censorship that altered the course of African American literature for decades as a result of the bureau's surveillance. This scholarly work will appeal to academic readers with a particular interest in African American literature or the FBI."--Library Journal 

Sunday 2/15/2015 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM

ArtistSongAlbumLabelComments
John ColtraneLush LifeLush LifePrestige
Thelonious MonkEpistrophyMonk's MusicRiverside
Billie HolidayCheek to CheekAll or Nothing at AllVerve
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Billie HolidayLove Me or Leave MeLady Sings the BluesVerve
Billie HolidayToo Marvelous for WordsLady Sings the BluesVerve
Nina SimoneLilac WineWild is the WindPhilips
Charles MingusWest Coast GhostEast CoastingBethlehem
Bill Evans TrioWhen I Fall in LovePortrait in JazzRiverside
Michel Legrand featuring Miles DavisWild Man BluesLegrand JazzColumbia
Michel Legrand featuring Miles DavisDjangoLegrand JazzColumbia
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Sonny RollinsCome, GoneWay Out WestContemporary
Joe HendersonBlue BossaPage OneBlue Note
Hank MobleyMessage from the BorderMobley's Second MessagePrestige
Thelonious MonkLiza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)The Unique Thelonious MonkRiverside
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Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble3 X 4 Eye3 X 4 EyeBlack Saint
Interview with William J. Maxwell by Justin DesmanglesInterview with William J. Maxwell by Justin DesmanglesInterview with William J. Maxwell by Justin DesmanglesInterview with William J. Maxwell by Justin Desmangles
Miles Davis QuintetBudoFacetsCBS-France

Monday, April 6, 2015

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) Know your history, know your culture. Your independence depends on your remembrance. Each one, teach one.


New Day Jazz

Justin Desmangles
Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) Know your history, know your culture. Your independence depends on your remembrance. Each one, teach one.

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Jazz

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Sunday 4/05/2015 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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Billie HolidayThem There EyesThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayNow or NeverThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayGimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of BeerThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayDo Your DutyThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Ntozake Shange (Laurie Carlos)SorryFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is EnufBuddha
Billie HolidayAin't Nobodies Business If I DoThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
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Mal WaldronBlues for Lady DayBlues for Lady Day: A Tribute to Billie HolidayArista
Adrienne RichPowerA Sign / I Was Not AloneOut & Out Books
Teddy Wilson & His OrchestraI Wished in the MoonThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 1Columbia
Teddy Wilson & His OrchestraWhat A Little Moonlight Can DoThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 1Columbia
Teddy Wilson & His OrchestraMiss Brown to YouThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 1Columbia
Margaret WalkerKissie LeeAnthology of Negro PoetsFolkways
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraBillie's BluesThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 2Columbia
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Eric DolphyGod Bless the ChildStatusPrestige
Langston Hughes (Ellen Holly)Mother to SonA Hand is on the GateVerve-Folkways
Billie HolidayGod Bless the ChildLady Sings the BluesVerve
Sonny RollinsGod Bless the ChildThe BridgeRCA
Billie HolidayLove is Here to StayAll or Nothing at AllVerve
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Teddy Wilson & His OrchestraThis Year's KissesThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 3Columbia
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraA Sailboat in the MoonlightThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 4Columbia
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraHe's Funny That WayThe Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 5Columbia
Maya AngelouTo a ManThe Poetry of Maya AngelouPerception
Maya AngelouFacesThe Poetry of Maya AngelouPerception
Lee MorganThe LadyThe RumprollerBlue Note
Herbie NicholsThe Lady Sings the BluesThe Third WorldBlue Note Re-issue Series
Billie HolidayLady Sings the BluesLady Sings the BluesVerve
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Sterling Brown (Gloria Foster)An Old Woman RemembersA Hand is on the GateVerve-Folkways
Richard Wright (James Earl Jones)Between the World and MeA Hand is on the GateVerve-Folkways
Billie HolidayStrange FruitLady Sings the BluesVerve
Mal WaldronStrange FruitBlues for Lady Day: A Tribute to Billie HolidayArista
Ronald StoneLady Day Spring-tonedNew Jazz PoetsBroadside Records
Archie SheppThe Lady Sings the BluesLive in San FranciscoImpulse!
Jayne Cortez & Richard DavisEssence of Rose SolitudeCelebrations & SolitudesStrata-East
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraSolitudeThe Billie Holiday Story Vol. 3(Okeh) Columbia
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraI'm in a Low-down GrooveThe Billie Holiday Story Vol. 3(Okeh) Columbia
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Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraThe Way You Look TonightThe Golden YearsColumbia
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraThat's All I Ask of YouThe Golden YearsColumbia
Billie Holiday & Her OrchestraGhost of YesterdayThe Golden YearsColumbia
John HicksGhost of YesterdaySome Other TimeTheresa
Billie HolidayCrazy He Calls MeThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Billie HolidayThat Old Devil Called LoveThe Billie Holiday StoryDecca
Johnny GriffinThat Old Devil Called LoveWhite Gardenia: A Tribute to Billie HolidayRiverside
Billie HolidayI Thought About YouLady Sings the BluesVerve
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Gil-Scott HeronPieces of a ManPieces of a ManFlying Dutchman

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ishmael Reed on "Bad Apples in Ferguson"

 
Sunday 8/31/2014 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM Returning to New Day Jazz this Sunday in the 5 o'clock hour, poet, playwright, novelist, Ishmael Reed. 
Photo of Mr. Reed by Lia Ching


 Bad Apples in Ferguson 
by ISHMAEL REED, Aug. 29, 2914

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Sonny Clark Be-Bop Sonny Clark Trio Blue Note
The Last Poets On the Subway The Last Poets Douglas
Phineas Newborn, Jr. Dahoud A World of Piano Contemporary
Phineas Newborn, Jr. Cheryl A World of Piano Contemporary
Teddy Edwards & Howard McGhee Perhaps Together Again! Contemporary
Teddy Edwards & Howard McGhee Misty Together Again! Contemporary
Thelonious Monk Pannonica Brilliant Corners Riverside
Thelonious Monk Liza The Unique Thelonious Monk Riverside
Gil Evans (Cecil Taylor) Pots Into the Hot Impulse
Eric Dolphy Tenderly Far Cry New Jazz
Gil Scott-Heron Inner City Blues Reflections Arista
Gil Scott-Heron Is That Jazz? Reflections Arista
Woody Shaw Tapscott's Blues The Moontrane Muse
Johnny Dyani Heart with Minor's Face Witchdoctor's Son Steeplechase
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Johnny Hartman I Just Dropped by to Say Hello I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Impulse
Johnny Hartman Stairway to the Stars I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Impulse
Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery Stairway to the Stars Bags Meets Wes Riverside
Abbey Lincoln Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise Abbey Is Blue Riverside
Sonny Clark Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise Sonny Clark Trio Blue Note
Ron Carter Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise Where? New Jazz
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Dizzy Gillespie The Manteca Suite (excerpt) The Manteca Suite Verve
Interview with Ishmael Reed By Justin Desmangles Interview with Ishmael Reed By Justin Desmangles Interview with Ishmael Reed By Justin Desmangles Interview with Ishmael Reed By Justin Desmangles
Dizzy Gillespie The Manteca Suite (excerpt) The Manteca Suite Verve

Armond White Returns


 
Sunday 8/17/2014 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon in the 5 o'clock hour, film and culture critic, Armond White. Real jazz, real talk, where every month is Black History Month. 

Genre

Classical, Jazz, Blues, Experimental, Poetry & Literature

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William Parker Orchestra Caravan Essence of Ellington: Live in Milano Centering Records
Roscoe Mitchell Chant Roscoe Mitchell: Duets with Tyshawn Sorey and Special Guest Hugh Ragin Wide Hive
Amir Mohammed Gurdum Gurdum Music in the World of Islam: The Human Voice Topic
Aqi Pishak (Love Song) Music in the World of Islam: The Human Voice Topic
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Farmers By Nature Love and Ghosts Love and Ghosts AUM-Fidelity
Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp Life Equation Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital AUM-Fidelity
Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp Sepulchre of Mandrakk Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital AUM-Fidelity
Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp Divine Engine Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital AUM-Fidelity
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Oscar Peterson - Ben Webster Quartet Perdido During This Time Art of Groove
Oscar Peterson - Ben Webster Quartet Cotton Tail During This Time Art of Groove
Steve Lacy Johnny Come Lately Avignon and After Vol. 2 Emanem
Steve Lacy Lush Life Avignon and After Vol. 2 Emanem
Steve Lacy U.M.M.G. Avignon and After Vol. 2 Emanem
Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran Star Crossed Lovers (Pretty Girl) Hagar's Song ECM
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Declared Enemy Flowers Salute to 100001 Stars: A Tribute to Jean Genet RogueArt
Declared Enemy Alberto's Workshop Salute to 100001 Stars: A Tribute to Jean Genet RogueArt
Eddie Harris Listen Here (excerpt) The Electrifying Eddie Harris Atlantic
Interview with Armond White By Justin Desmangles Interview with Armond White By Justin Desmangles Interview with Armond White By Justin Desmangles Interview with Armond White By Justin Desmangles
Morrissey World Peace is None of Your Business World Peace is None of Your Business Harvest

Shailja Patel on Gaza

Sunday 8/10/2014 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon in the 5 o'clock hour, poet, playwright, political activist, Shailja Patel, for further discussion on Gaza.

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Jayne Cortez Festivals & Funerals Celebrations & Solitudes Strata-East
Jayne Cortez Solo Celebrations & Solitudes Strata-East
Henry Threadgill The Devil is on the Loose and Dancing with a Monkey Rag, Bush and All Novus
Amiri Baraka Strunza Med New Music, New Poetry India Navigation
Charles Mingus Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians) Tijuana Moods RCA
Kenneth Patchen The Lions of Fire Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen Folkways
Gil Evans Sunken Treasure Out of the Cool Impulse
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Margaret Walker For My People Anthology of Negro Poets Folkways
Joe Henderson A Shade of Jade Mode for Joe Blue Note
Bobby Timmons A Little Busy Easy Does It Riverside
Abbey Lincoln Afro-Blue Abbey Is Blue Riverside
Abbey Lincoln Long As You're Living Abbey Is Blue Riverside
Sam Rivers Involution Dimensions & Extensions Blue Note
Andrew Hill Poinsettia One for One Blue Note
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Hampton Hawes Jordu All Night Session Vol. 1 Contemporary
Hampton Hawes Blue 'N Boogie All Night Session Vol. 2 Contemporary
Hank Mobley Snappin' Out The Flip Blue Note
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Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Lady Sings the Blues Verve
Billie Holiday God Bless the Child Lady Sings the Blues Verve
Sonny Rollins God Bless the Child The Bridge RCA
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Johnny Dyani Year of the Child (excerpt) Angolan Cry Steeplechase
Interview with Shailja Patel By Justin Desmangles Interview with Shailja Patel By Justin Desmangles Interview with Shailja Patel By Justin Desmangles Interview with Shailja Patel By Justin Desmangles
Johnny Dyani Year of the Child (excerpt) Angolan Cry Steeplechase
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Caetano Veloso Neolithic Man Transa Phillips
Caetano Veloso Neolithic Man Transa Phillips
Caetano Veloso Neolithic Man Transa Phillips

Quincy Troupe on James Baldwin

Sunday 8/03/2014 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon in the 5 o'clock hour, writer and poet, Quincy Troupe, for further discussion on the life and legacy of James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987) 

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Ntozake Shange No More Love Poems # 1 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Buddha
Howlin' Wolf Killing Floor The Real Folk Blues Chess
Ike Quebec Aquitted Heavy Soul Blue Note
Mildred Anderson Old Devil Called Love No More In Life Bluesville
Mile Davis Sorcerer Sorcerer Columbia
Bud Powell Marmalade Time Waits Blue Note
Margaret Walker Kissie Lee Anthology of Negro Poetry Folkways
Ray Charles But on the Other Hand, Baby Gretest Hits ABC-Paramount
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Miles Davis Riot Nefertiti Columbia
Herbie Hancock Riot Speak Like A Child Blue Note
Norman Pritchard Gyre's Galax New Jazz Poets Broadside Records
Sun Ra Pan Afro Discipline 27, Vol. 2 El Saturn Research
Lee Konitz Blues for Bird Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert Limelight
Ernestine Anderson Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' The Fascinating Ernestine Mercury
Teri Thornton Mood Indigo Somewhere in the Night Dauntless
Claude McKay St. Issac's Church, Leningrad Anthology of Negro Poetry Folkways
Claude McKay The Tropics in New York Anthology of Negro Poetry Folkways
Sonny Rollins Will You Still Be Mine? Freedom Suite Riverside
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Roscoe Mitchell C Roscoe Mitchell - Tony Marsh - John Edwards Otoroku
Sun Ra Enlightenment Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1 Shandar
Don Cherry Brown Rice Brown Rice EMI
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Sun Ra Neptune Discipline 27, Vol. 2 El Satrun Research
Ray Charles I Wonder Gretest Hits ABC - Paramount
Miles Davis Capricorn Water Babies Columbia
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Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles
Miles Davis Sweet Pea (excerpt) Water Babies Columbia
Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles Interview with Quincy Troupe By Justin Desmangles
Miles Davis Sweet Pea (excerpt) Water Babies Columbia

Frank B. Wilderson, Jr. on Frantz Fanon

 
Sunday 7/27/2014 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM Returning to New Day Jazz this afternoon, in the 5 o'clock hour, Frank B. Wilderson, Jr., author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, as well as Red, White and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. We will be continuing our discussion of Frantz Fanon and the relation of his pioneering work, The Wretched of the Earth, to the contemporary world.

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Bill Evans Solar Sunday at the Village Vanguard Riverside
Wayne Shorter Wild Flower Speak No Evil Blue Note
Julie London At Long Last Love All Through the Night Liberty
Blossom Dearie The Best Is Yet to Come May I Come In? Capitol
Elliot Lawrence Elegy for Two Clarinets Elliot Lawrence Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements Fantasy
Lee Konitz These Foolish Things Konitz Meets Mulligan World Pacific
Lee Konitz I'll Remember April Konitz Meets Mulligan World Pacific
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Nat King Cole Just One of Those Things Just One of Those Things Capitol
Frank Sinatra Baubles, Bangles & Beads Come Dance with Me Capitol
Sonny Rollins Wonderful! Wonderful! Newk's Time Blue Note
Jackie McLean I'll Take Romance Swing Swang Swingin' Blue Note
Chris Connor Everything I've Got A Jazz Date with Chris Connor Atlantic
Bobby Short Hottentot Potentate Bobby Short Atlantic
Ahmad Jamal Black Beauty The Ahmad Jamal Trio Epic
George Russell The Lydiot Jazz in the Space Age Decca
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The Quintet A Night in Tunisia Jazz at Massey Hall Debut
Dexter Gordon I Can't Escape From You Long Tall Dexter Savoy
Sonny Stitt All God's Chillun Got Rhythm Sonny Stitt with Bud Powell and J.J. Johnson Prestige
Carmen McRae Invitation Invitation Official
Andrew Hill Invitation Spiral Arista
Lee Konitz You Go to My Head Subconscious-Lee Prestige
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Gil-Scott Heron The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (excerpt) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Flying Dutchman
Interview With Frank B. Wilderson By Justin Desmangles Interview With Frank B. Wilderson By Justin Desmangles Interview With Frank B. Wilderson By Justin Desmangles Interview With Frank B. Wilderson By Justin Desmangles
Gil-Scott Heron No Knock (fragment) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Flying Dutchman
Gil-Scott Heron Lady Day & John Coltrane The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Flying Dutchman
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Gil-Scott Heron Pieces of a Man The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Flying Dutchman