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Track Listing
1. Weary Blues
2. The Dream Keeper
3. Neighbor
4. Daybreak In Alabama
5. Sylvester's Dying Bed
6. Border Line
7. Reverie On The Harlem River
8. In Time Of Silver Rain
9. Bound No'th Blues
10. Democracy
11. Ma Lord
12. Railroad Avenue
13. Life Is Fine
Artist:
Langston Hughes
Title:
The Dream Keeper
Label:
Mode Records
Cat No:
MODEAVANT17
Format:
CD
Price £13.49
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• There have been many recordings featuring the works of the great Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes (1902-67), including Hughes’ own spoken word recordings, some with musical accompaniment. Perhaps the most well-known is the 1958 MGM release Weary Blues, featuring Hughes reciting his poetry over a jazz soundtrack composed and arranged by Leonard Feather and the legendary Charles Mingus. Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper is more closely related to the aforementioned 1958 recording in more ways than one. Not only does it combine poetry with jazz, but the narrator is none other than Eric Mingus, the son of Charles Mingus. The younger Mingus, a prominent jazz bassist and vocalist, utilizes these talents to full effect while performing Hughes’ poetry. The music was arranged and directed by jazz guitarist Larry Simon, who founded the popular Beat Night series in New York as well as the JazzMouth festival. Also contributing to the project is noted composer/conductor David Amram, who played with Charles Mingus, pioneered the first-ever public Jazz/Poetry reading in NYC with Jack Kerouac, and collaborated with Langston Hughes on the cantata, Let Us Remember, where he learned about Hughes’ own forays into jazz-poetry. When these three musicians (Simon, Amram and Eric Mingus) came together at one of the Jazzmouth festivals, they were easily sold on Simon’s idea “of making a CD honouring the poetry and the life of Langston Hughes,” and worked diligently to “honour every word that we heard and every musician with whom we [had] played.” Rounding out the talented group of musicians is Simon’s band, Groove Bacteria, and various special guests: Don Davis, alto saxes, clarinets; Catherine Sikora, soprano sax; Cynthia Chatis, flutes; Scip Gallant, Hammond organ; Chris Stambaugh, bass; Mike Barron, drums; with Shawn Russell and Frank Laurino on percussion.
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