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Ode To Gravity:
Presented by Harry S. Baptist

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

An eclectic collage of mostly unidentified music and sounds supposedly presented by those legendary KPFA music directors Harry S. Truman and John the Baptist. Some of the music heard can be tentatively identified as jazz pieces by the Phil Yost Trio, Chick Corea, and Benny Goodman, others seem to be by the Senufo peoples of Ivory Coast, and the pygmies of Burundi, as well as at least one and possibly two excerpts from Lou Harrison’s “Pacifika Rondo”. The program ends with an ambient sound recording that appears to be of a tropical rain forest perhaps mixed with the sounds of a game of pool. While the identity of some of these sounds may be subjective the adventurous and pleasing nature of the mix is not to be doubted.

Musical Selections:  [unidentified piece] / Phil Yost Trio -- [tribal chants] / [recorded by Hugo Zemp] -- Pacifika Rondo: The Family of the Court (1963) / Lou Harrison -- [song from Burundi] -- [unidentified work] / Chick Corea -- [unidentified piece] / Benny Goodman -- [unidentified piece] -- [song from Burundi] -- [unidentified music] / Lou Harrison ? -- [unidentified music] -- [unidentified music] -- [birdsongs, raindrops, and pool ball sounds]
Performers:  Phil Yost Trio
Oakland Youth Orchestra (Pacifika)
Robert Hughes, conductor (Pacifika)
Genres:  Jazz; Field recordings
Subject:  Jazz; World music; Music -- Ivory Coast; Orchestral music; New music; Music -- Burundi; Clarinet with jazz ensemble; Birdsongs; Ambient sounds; Field recordings
People:  Yost, Phil; Zemp, Hugo; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Corea, Chick; Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986
Recording Date:  11/11/1970
First Broadcast Date:  11/11/1970
 
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