Wednesday, August 08, 2007

YOWZAH! #7 "The Voyage of Life" August 8, 2007

This week on YOWZAH! I offer a musical tribute to the four-painting series "The Voyage of Life" completed by Thomas Cole in 1840. The first version of this series hangs in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, and is a moving allegory of the sweep of an individual's existence.
I am programming selections that refer to elements within the paintings, the ages they represent, and the theme of rivers generally. Each hour will refer to a different painting and the "age" it represents. Most Uticans have seen the paintings and are familiar with them, but if you'd like to refresh your memory of them, you may do so at this link.

(The paintings reproduced in this link are the second set completed by Cole in 1842, which now hang in the National Gallery of Art.) This show will be uploaded to my Live365 RADIOLA! site (see link below) as soon as I can digitize the recording.

Tune in Wednesday, August 8, at 8 PM to WPNR-FM 90.7 in Utica, NY. The full playlist will be available after the broadcast.


Rudy Vallee and his Conn. Yankees – As Time Goes By (1931) – Sony Special Products A2 23671
George Gershwin – Someone to Watch Over Me (1926) – Pro Arte Digital CDD 433
Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers – Doctor Jazz (1926) – JSPCD321
Jean Goldkette and his Orch. – Slow River (1927) – Jazz Tribune No. 48
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – My Angel (1928) – Naxos 8.120628
Joe Venuti’s Blue Four – I’ve Found a New Baby (1930) – JSPCD3402
Mildred Bailey (w/Paul Whiteman) – ‘Leven Pounds of Heaven (1931) – TOM mb103
Jan Garber and his Orch. (Benny Davis, vo.) – Baby Face (1926) – TOM mb119
Ray Miller and his Orch. – Cradle of Love (1929) – Sunbeam BXCD 13
Miss Lee Morse – Bring Back Those Rock-a-Bye Baby Days (1924) – Jasmine JASCD646
Cliff Edwards – Sweet Child (1926) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8043
Fletcher Henderson and his Orch. – Everybody Loves My Baby (1924) – Columbia C3K 57596
Hoagy Carmichael and his Orch. – Lazy River (1930) – JSPCD918B
Fred Rich and his Orch. – Baby’s Birthday Party (1930) – TOM mb101
Mae Questel – Animal Crackers in My Soup (1935) – PAST CD 7075
Paul Robeson – Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day (1934) – History of Pop Radio, Vol. 5


Ernest Hare and Billy Jones – In the Little Red Schoolhouse (1922) – Archeophone 9007
The Boswell Sisters – Down the River of Golden Dreams (1930) – Retrieval RTR 79009
Jack Chapman and his Orch. – Dreaming of a Castle in the Air (1925) – Victor (78) 19969
Ethel Waters – We Don’t Need Each Other Anymore (1926) – Classics 688
Thelma Terry and her Playboys – Mama’s Gone, Goodbye (1928) – Timeless CBC 1-041
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies – Imagination (1927) –Quadromania 222464-444
Bing Crosby (w/Guy Lombardo) – Young and Healthy (1932) – Columbia CK44305
Ben Pollack and his Orch. – Rollin’ Down The River (1930) – Jazz Oracle BDW8026
Irving Mills and his Hotsy-Totsy Gang – Harvey (1929) – Sensation 769 748 025-2
Jesse Stafford and his Orch. – Campus Capers (1928) – TOM mb122
Coon-Sanders’ Nighthawks – Dreaming of Tomorrow (1925) – TOM mb111
Waring’s Pennsylvanians – Collegiate (1925) – Collectors’ Choice CCM-175-2
The Boswell Sisters – Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On (1931) – Pro Arte Digital CDD 550
Gertrude Lawrence – Someone to Watch Over Me (1926) – RCA Victor 89026-63294-2
Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orch. – Imagination (1932) – Classics 592
Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Orch. – The Boy In The Boat (1928) – Jazz Archives No.78


Ruth Etting – Laughing at Life (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5008
Henry Allen-Coleman Hawkins and their Orch. – The River’s Takin’ Care of Me (1933) – Classics 540
Irving Aaronson and his Commanders – Let’s Misbehave (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5002
Jimmy Johnson and his Orch. – You’ve Got to be Modernistic (1929) – JSPCD928B
Annette Hanshaw – Big City Blues (1929) – Columbia C2K 52943
Ted Weems and his Orch. – Heartaches (1933) – Collectors’ Choice CCM-174-2
Red Norvo – In a Mist (1933) – Portrait Masters RK 44118
Rudy Vallee and his Conn. Yankees – The Thrill is Gone (1931) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5026
Ruben “River” Reeves and his Tributaries – River Blues (1929) – Timeless CBC 1-039
Quintet of the Hot Club of France – Solitude (1937) – JSPCD 349
Fred Astaire – Never Gonna Dance (1936) – 8.120718
Hal Kemp and his Orch. (Deane Janis, vo.) – Remember My Forgotten Man (1933) – JASS J-CD-639
The Boswell Sisters – Stop the Sun, Stop the Moon (1932) – Collectables COL-CD-6461
Dick Himber and his Essex House Orch. – It Isn’t Fair (1933) – Renovation 7002
Savoy Orpheans – Someone to Watch Over Me (1927) – Conifer CDHD 160
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Trav’lin’ All Alone (1930) – Jazz Archives No.26


Marlow Hardy and his Alabamians – Song of the Bayou (1929) – Masters of Jazz MJCD 105
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. (Bing Crosby, vo.) – High Water (1928) – Naxos 8.120520
Duke Ellington and his Orch. – What Can a Poor Fellow Do? (1927) – Columbia C2K 46177
Waring’s Pennsylvanians – The Old Man of the Mountain (1932) – Viper’s Nest VN-179
Albert Chevalier – My Old Dutch (1911) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5363
Mildred Bailey and her Orch. – Old Folks (1938) – Proper P1327
Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys – That’s Grandma (1928) – Naxos 8.120696
Fats Waller – Deep River (1939) – QED015
The Lion – Death (1939) – Rounder CD 1141
Art Tatum – Elegie (1940) – Charly CDCD 1065
Annette Hanshaw – The Song is Ended (1927) – Jasmine JASMCD 2542
Bing Crosby – Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1931) – MCS 8070-2
George Olsen and his Music – Beyond the Blue Horizon (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5388
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. (Bing Crosby, vo.) – Great Day (1929) – Biograph LP (CDR)
Bert Williams – When I Return (1918) – Archeophone ARCH 5003
Ben Bernie and his Orch. – Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams (1941) – Reader’s Digest LP Box Set

1 comment:

Nick said...

Thanks for the Cole art and the link to see more....wonderful colors!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the frequent addition of The Bozzies....I still consider them the greatest vocal team ever.

By the way, I'm still puzzled and somewhat saddened by the way history reports on the recordings of Red Nichols.

Forget about the sometimes entertaining {"The Saints" with Kaye & Armstrong is just plain entertainment} but mostly pointless "Five Pennies" flick....I remember as I started getting into classic jazz in the mid-1960's, the critical assessment of Nichols' body of work was so negative in several books & articles, I had difficulties understanding. It was like, "Is this negative critic hearing the same version of "Margie" I'm listening to here?"

This was hot jazz, 1920's style, on its own terms with its own style...different from Oliver, Morton, Beiderbecke & the others, but certainly this style, this sound, holds its own....