Various Artists : Rhapsodies in Black - Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance

 

Genre: Jazz, Blues, Poetry

Dates: 1913-1935nt

Attention Teachers: this is a must for any unit on the Harlem Renaissance. Not only does this 4-disc set fully represent the wide range of African-American music of the period, but it also features actors, writers, and musicians of the present reading the poetry of the time. The box includes notes and art that will enchance your unit as well. If you're not a teacher…it's a cornucopia for the ears, anyway. Featuring Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and others; readers include rappers Ice T and Chuck D, actresses Alfre Woodard and Angela Bassett, musicians Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman—and Famous Amos!

Playlist:

DISC 1: STRUTTIN' & STRIDIN'
1. Negro Speaks Of Rivers, The - Quincy Jones (poem)
2. Cotton Club Stomp - Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra
3. Harlem Strut, The - James P. Johnson
4. Brother Low Down - Bert Williams
5. Letter From Aaron Douglas To Langston Hughes - Wally "Famous" Amos (excerpt)
6. There'll Be Some Changes Made - Ethel Waters & Her Jazz Masters
7. Sounds Of Africa - Eubie Blake
8. Sweet Man O' Mine - Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Band
9. Weary Blues, The - Branford Marsalis (poem)
10. Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But! - Ida Cox
11. Kansas City Man Blues - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
12. Indianola - Wilbur C. Sweatman's Original Jazz Band
13. Hard Hearted Hannah - Rosa Henderson
14. Sonnet To A Negro In Harlem - Angela Bassett (poem)
15. St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith
16. Copenhagen - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
17. Cake Walking Babies From Home - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
18. Long Gone - Darius Rucker (poem)
19. Railroad Blues - Trixie Smith
DISC 2: TESTIFYIN' & PHILOSOPHYIN'
1. Smoke, Lillies And Jade! - Carl Hancock Rux (excerpt, short story)
2. Here Comes Cookie, (Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) - Cleo Brown
3. Charleston - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
4. Chili Pepper - Fred Longshaw
5. Lucy Long - Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools
6. Chain Gang Blues - Ma Rainey
7. Mother To Son - Sylvia Rhone (poem)
8. Deep River - Paul Robeson
9. East St. Louis Toodle-oo - Duke Ellington & His Kentucky Club Orchestra
10. Lazy Drag - Thomas Morris & His Seven Hot Babies
11. How It Feels To Be Colored Me - Debbie Allen (excerpt, essay)
12. Senegalese Stomp - Savoy Bearcats
13. After You've Gone - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
14. Dead Drunk Blues - Margaret Johnson
15. No Images - Lou Rawls (poem)
16. Woke Up With The Blues In My Fingers - Lonnie Johnson
17. Worried Blues - Gladys Bentley
18. Humpty Dumpty - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra
19. Ham And Eggs - Johnny Dunn & His Band
20. Sugar - Alberta Hunter
DISC 3: PREACHIN' & PRAYIN'
1. If We Must Die - Ice-T (poem)
2. Honey, I'm All Out And Down - Leadbelly
3. My Handy Man - Victoria Spivey
4. Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
5. Handful Of Riffs, A - Lonnie Johnson/Blind Willie Dunn
6. Bright Boy Blues - Cecil Scott & His Orchestra
7. Debt, The - Joshua Redman (poem)
8. Harlem Fuss - Fats Waller & His Buddies
9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Bessie Smith
10. Fare Thee Honey Blues - Jimmy Johnson & His Band
11. Soon - Gregory Hines (poem)
12. Smashing Thirds - Fats Waller
13. Do Shuffle - Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orchestra
14. Wherever There's A Will, Baby - McKinney's Cotton Pickers
15. Dee Blues - Chocolate Dandies
16. Odyssey Of Big Boy - Chuck D (poem)
17. Minnie The Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song) - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
18. Panama - Luis Russell & His Orchestra
19. Royal Garden Blues - Ted Lewis & His Band
20. America - August Wilson (poem)
21. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed - Josh White
DISC 4: LUSTIN' FOR LOVE & LIFE
1. I Want To Die While You Love Me - Alfre Woodard (poem)
2. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time) - Ethel Waters
3. Corrine Corrina - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
4. Sweetie Dear - Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers
5. Damnation Of Women, The - LeVar Burton (excerpt, essay)
6. Baby - Adelaide Hall/Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
7. Happy As The Day Is Long - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
8. I Got Rhythm - The 5 Spirits Of Rhythm
9. Let's Get Together - Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Veronica Chambers (excerpt, novel)
11. Lady Be Good - Buck & Bubbles
12. Symphony In Riffs - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
13. Sendin' The Vipers - Mezz Mezzrow & His Orchestra
14. Down South Camp Meetin' - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
15. Day Breakers, The - Coolio (poem)
16. She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain - Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra
17. Minor Mania - Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra
18. Sensemaya: Chant For Killing A Snake - Eartha Kitt (poem)
19. Symphony In Black - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra/Billie Holiday
20. Echoes Of Spring - Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs
21. Lookie, Lookie, Lookie Here Comes Cookie - Teddy Hill & His Orchestra
22. Negro Artist And The Racial Mountain, The - George Duke (essay)
23. It Never Dawned On Me - Teddy Wilson
24. Honey Dripper Blues - Georgia White
25. I'm In The Mood For Love - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra