jazz's greatest buried treasure
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem brings you never-before-heard recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, and Fats Waller, live and in their prime.
These long-lost radio broadcasts offer inspired and extended performances recorded in super sound.
Volume One includes 18 masterfully restored tracks by Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Carl Kress, and Emilio Caceres.
The title track, “Body and Soul,” was recorded just eight months after Hawkins’ iconic studio version, and in 2010, topped Jazz Times' annual best-of list, years before it was even available to the public. “Some recordings seem as if they were meant to survive,” wrote New York Times critic Ben Ratliff, “as if they were too good not to.”
Other highlights include 21-year-old Ella and Chick Webb swinging their breakout hit “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” and a jam session featuring tenorman Hershel Evan’s last known recordings. Taken together, the collection adds new layers to the story of jazz as we know it.
May 17, 1940
Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra:
Coleman Hawkins, ts.,Thelma Carpenter, voc.
Probable personnel: Tommy Stevenson, Joe Guy, Tommy Lindsay, Nelson Bryant (tp), William Cato, Claude Jones, Sandy Williams (tb), Eustis Moore, Jackie Fields (as), Ernie Powell, Kermit Scott, (ts), Gene Rodgers (p), Gene Fields (g), Billy Taylor (b), C. Heard (dm)
1. Body and Soul
2. Basin Street Blues
3. Lazy Butterfly (Theme)
August 13, 1938
Ella Fitzgerald (voc), Chick Webb (d) Accompanied by unknown personnel from CBS Studio Orchestra
4. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
5. I’ve Been Saving Myself for You
October 22, 1938
Fats Waller and His Rhythm: Herman Autrey (tp), Gene Sedric (cl,ts), Fats Waller (p, voc), Al Casey (g), Cedric Wallace (b), Slick Jones (d)
6. Yacht Club Swing/ Hold My Hand (Medley)
7. I Haven’t Changed A Thing
8. Summer Souvenirs / Who Blew Out The Flame (Medley)
9. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby/ Sixty Seconds Got Together/ I’ve Got A Pocketful of Dreams (Medley)
10. Alligator Crawl
11. Spider and The Fly
December 28, 1938
Jam session with Charlie Shavers (tp), Vernon Brown (tb), Dave Matthews (as), Herschel Evans (ts), Howard Smith (p), Milt Hinton (b), Cozy Cole (d), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, voc).
14. Chinatown, My Chinatown
March 29, 1936
Carl Kress, Dick McDonough (g)
17. Heat Wave
October 19, 1937
Ernie Caceres (cl, bar), Johnny Gomez (g), Emilio Caceres (vln)
18. China Boy