Track 1 - Time: 10:58
Stella by Starlight. Eddie Costa, piano; Ronnie Free, drums; Bill Takas, bass. March 26, 1960.
Track 2 - Time: 3:15
Indian Summer. Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Dave McKenna, piano; Roy Haynes, drums; Eddie Dehaas, bass. March 29, 1960.
Track 3 - Time: 5:31
Continuation of previous track. Piano, bass, and drum solos.
Track 4 - Time: 2:07
Ed Sullivan's appearance on Long John Nebel's WOR radio talk show. September 1961.
Track 5 - Time: 2:09
John F. Kennedy's speech and news coverage, November 9, 1960, the day after the election. Water trickling in Smith's loft darkroom.
Track 6 - Time: 5:15
"Go Ask a Jazz Musician." Nelson Algren and Norman Mailer on a WBAI radio talk show discussing James Baldwin and civil rights. October 24, 1963.
Track 7 - Time: 8:59
Yesterdays. Roland Kirk, various horns; Jay Cameron, baritone saxophone; Edgar Bateman, drums. January 4, 1964.
Track 8 - Time: 13:35
Three Little Words. Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Paul Bley, piano; Henry Grimes, bass; Roy McCurdy, drums. New School for Social Research, NYC. Channel 13, public TV broadcast. June 29, 1963.
Track 9 - Time: 6:31
Sonny Rollins and Hall Overton in conversation at New School for Social Research, NYC. Channel 13, public TV broadcast. June 29, 1963.
Track 10 - Time: 4:00
W. Eugene Smith talking to David X. Young in the loft in 1971, reflecting on the heyday of the loft scene.
W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of audio recordings on 1,740 reel-to-reel tapes at 821 Sixth Avenue between 1957 and 1965. The tapes were archived at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona following Smith’s death in 1978. They had not been heard until the Jazz Loft Project began working to preserve and catalog this material. The transferred recordings reveal high sound quality and unique musical and cultural content, offering unusual documentation of an after-hours New York jazz scene.
Smith wrote 139 names of jazz musicians on his partial, haphazard tape labels: famous stars such as Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, and Lee Konitz, along with underground legends —drummer Ronnie Free, bassist Henry Grimes, drummer Edgar Bateman, multi-instrumentalist Eddie Listengart, and saxophonist Lin Halliday, as well as many unknowns. Research on the preserved tapes so far indicates that at least 300 musicians are represented. The tapes also reveal many of Smith's obsessions and other oddities, such as recorded street noise in the flower district, late-night radio talk shows, telephone calls, television and radio news programs, and random dialogues among musicians, artists, and friends and associates of Smith.
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