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Harlem In Vogue: The Poetry And Jazz Of Langston Hughes

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29 track collection of classic material by Langston Hughes, a key innovator, novelist, playwright and poet whose best-known work sparked the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring the super rare Weary Blues album where Hughes incisive poetry was set to music by Leonard Feather's All-Star Sextet and Charles Mingus and the Horace Parlan Quintet from two late 1950 s sessions. An early conceptual piece, The Weary Blues highlighted New York life in Harlem at the end of the 50s painting a vivid story in words and also some fine jazz playing. The set also features Hughes spoken word versions of some of the tracks along with other socially-charged pieces including the influential I Have Known Rivers , which has been interpreted by jazz and soul exponents on many occasions since, as well as Hughes recollections of bars and boulevards and the emotive study of dark America on the poignant I Too . Finally, the collection closes with two Hughes interpretations by Bob Dorough With The Bob Dorough Quintet from the similarly rare vinyl album Jazz Canto Volume 1 .Remastered with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine s Dave Henderson. FINGERTIPS : Fingertips was created to bring together the great sounds that have became inspirational in the evolution of the good grooves, the soulful songs and the music that sends shivers up the spine. These releases feature artists who in many cases have been overlooked, key innovators who had an effect on the greats of music, stylists and purists who pushed the boundaries every which way they could. LANGSTON HUGHES : A stalwart of the Harlem Renaissance whose poems became inspirational sparring partners for jazz players who, in a variety of cases took his words and expressed them in song. Hughes' words remain hugely influential cultural views that have been revisited many times over the last 50 years, these original interpretations creating a distinctive sound coloured by Charles Mingus, Leonard Feather and Bob Dorough.

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released April 5, 2015

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