Walter Trego


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Track 1 - Time: 10:00

Street noise. W. Eugene Smith's cats Tabun and Tiger.  Room sounds. Circa fall 1962. 

Track 2 - Time: 10:42

Avalon. Zoot Sims, saxophone; Roy Haynes, drums; Dave McKenna, piano; Eddie Dehaas, bass; Ronnie Free, drums.  January 29, 1960

Track 3 - Time: 1:15

Smith telegram to the Long John Nebel radio show on WOR. February 1964.

Track 4 - Time: 10:08

Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton preparing for Town Hall concert. February 1959.

Track 5 - Time: 4:12

Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. 1965.

Track 6 - Time: 15:18

Oleo. Paul Bley, piano; Jimmy Knepper, trombone; Ronnie Free, drums; Freddy Greenwell, tenor saxophone. March 1960.

Track 7 - Time: 2:38

Jason Robards reads F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up." 1963.

Track 8 - Time: 4:44

Solar. Don Cherry, trumpet; Earl McKinney, drums; Jimmy Stevenson, bass. August 1963.

Track 9 - Time: 1:18

W. Eugene Smith calls publisher Ziff Davis.  February 1960.

Track 10 - Time: 17:00

A policeman visits W. Eugene Smith. Early 1962.

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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