Continuation of last week's (4/3) Jazz til Dawn theme of Indian and Middle Eastern inspired jazz, however this broadcast differed in its focus on jazz of the aforementioned quality but written and performed by American musicians.
Today's show had three mini-themes: Negro spirituals, gospel quartets, and the gospel music of New Orleans. There was also a short feature dedicated to the Reverend Gary Davis, whose birthday is later in the month.
This week on Jazz Profiles, we looked at the work of Abdullah Ibrahim (b. 1934), a South African pianist and saxophonist influenced heavily by his time growing up in apartheid South Africa and by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.
1. Maria Stuarda-Live 1972 recording from Paris with Montserrat Caballe in the title role, Michele Vilma as Elisabetta, and Jose Carreras as Leicester. Nello Santi conducts.
2. Norma-Montserrat Caballe in the title role and Placido Domingo as Pollione. Carlo Felice Cillario conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.