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Various Artists:
Alistair Cooke's Jazz Letter from America
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Description As a tribute to the late great radio presenter Alistair Cooke, this 16 track CD captures the urbane and relaxed broadcaster in a somewhat chaotic environment of a live jazz jam session. Here, Cooke acts as compere, often struggling to be heard above the sound of such legendary jazz men as Sidney Bechet, Bud Freeman, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Mezz Mezzrow, Harry James, Teddy Wilson and many more all performing in the presence of jazz legend WC Handy (there follows a blistering version of Handyís "St Louis Blues" with Hot Lips Page). Here are 2 jam sessions, one chaotic from the St. Regis Hotel in 1938 and the other a more sedate affair with Cooke audibly in more control from the BBC Building on 57th Street in New York.
Track Listing
Alistair Cooke Intro
Keep Smiling At Trouble
Just The Blues (improvisation)
Hugues Panassie speaks
China Boy
Tommy Dorsey speaks
Someday Sweetheart
Sugar (Vocal: Lee Wiley)
W C Handy speaks
St Louis Blues
You Took Advantage Of Me

Alistair Cooke intro over a blues improvisation
Someday Sweetheart
Basin Street Blues (Vocal: Jack Teagarden)
Honeysuckle Rose
Nat Gonella Ė a few words
I Would Do Everything For You (Vocal: Red McKenzie)
Boogie Woogie Blues (Vocal: Jack Teagarden)
Iím Coming Virginia
** NB: Alistair Cooke makes various announcements and comments throughout all proceedings
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Label AVD - Avid
Number 855
Subsidiary Artists: Alistair Cooke
Hugues Panassie
Tommy Dorsey
Lee Wiley
W C Handy
Jack Teagarden
Nat Gonella
Red McKenzie
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