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JazzNotJazz

wed 3 apr 2024 17:00 hour
Composer: Louis Armstrong

In JazzNotJazz, we create a unique mixtape from 100 years of Jazz recordings, combined with relevant, or sometimes not-so-relevant facts. The focus of this program is The Soul of Jazz, so we will most definitely deviate to associated genres. We also have some infrequently recurring segments such as “De Niet Platgespeelde Standard” (The Unplayed Standard), “Ellington Train Songs,” “Jazz Cameos,” and “More is Better.”

That Hugh Laurie had a connection with music was evident from series such as A Bit Of Fry And Laurie and House. This English actor and comedian, famous for legendary series like the ones mentioned above as well as Blackadder, showcased his guitar and piano skills on screen, along with his vocals. But with the release of the album Let Them Talk (2011), it became evident that this interest had been a long-standing and profound passion for old music. Which is also clear from his own thorough and humorous liner notes. Hugh sought out a competent producer (Joe Henry) and talented musicians to create his debut album. His music was influenced by blues, jazz, R&B, gospel, and country, with occasional touches of Spanish music. For this episode, we’ve searched for the original versions of the songs performed by Laurie, as well as versions that inspired him, and occasionally, versions that we just simply love. Because who needs a reason to play some more Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith and Ray Charles? Famous, kindred musicians were eager to collaborate. So, if you think you’re hearing Dr. John or Tom Jones, you’re absolutely right :-). We primarily focused on the first album. A similar approach to the second album, Didn’t It Rain!, will follow later this year.

 

Track 01: Hugh Laurie, St. James Infirmary

Track 02: Louis Armstrong, St. James Infirmary

Track 03: Hugh Laurie, Buddy Bolden’s Blues

Track 04: Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Boldens Blues

Track 05: Hugh Laurie, After You’ve Gone

Track 06: Bessie Smith, After You’ve Gone

Track 07: Hugh Laurie, Police Dog Blues

Track 08: Blind Blake, Police Dog Blues

Track 09: Hugh Laurie, Tipitina

Track 10: Professor Longhair, Tipitina

Track 11: Hugh Laurie, Baby Please Make A Change

Track 12: Mississippi Sheiks, Baby, Please Make A Change

Track 13: Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk

Track 14: Little Willie John, Let Them Talk

Track 15: Hugh Laurie, Six Cold Feet

Track 16: Leroy Carr, Six Cold Feet In The Ground

 

 

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