Words & Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz-Shaped America & James Talley


March 28th, 2007 ~ Find the connections between the literary landscape and soundscape. We talk with Columbia University jazz scholar Robert O'Meally about the music writings of Ralph Ellison, the Harlem Renaissance author best known for the novel Invisible Man. And visit with songsmith and wordsmith James Talley.

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  • Chatter Box American Jazz Quintet
    In the Beginning, AFO Classic
  • I'm Not Talking Mose Allison
    Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology, Rhino
  • Can't You Read Big Maceo
    The King of Chicago Blues Piano, Arhoolie
  • Signifyin' Monkey Oscar Brown, Jr.
    Sin & Soul…and Then More, Columbia
  • You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover Bo Diddley
    His Best, Chess/MCA
  • Honey Hush The Johnny Burnette Trio
    Rockabilly Boogie, Bear Family
  • Instrumental: Whistle Stop Mickey Baker
    The Wildest Guitar, Sepia Tone
  • Words Solomon Burke
    Home in Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke, Rhino/Atlantic
  • In My Diary The Moonglows
    Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Chess/MCA
  • The Talk of the Town Little Jimmy Scott
    The Savoy Years and More…, Savoy Jazz
  • Work House Blues Bessie Smith
    Ralph Ellison: Living With Music, Columbia
  • Down Hearted Blues Jimmy Rushing and His Orchestra
    Ralph Ellison: Living With Music, Columbia
  • Instrumental: Smarty, You Know It All Count Basie and His Orchestra
    Vol.3: 1929-1937, Média 7
  • INTERVIEW: Robert O'Meally on Ralph Ellison
  • Flying Home Ella Fitzgerald
    Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5: Female Vocal Classics, Rhino
  • Flying Home Johnny Otis and His Orchestra
    Spirit of the Black Territory Bands, Arhoolie
  • End Bed: Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes original recording,
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter Lionel Ferbos & John Robichaux
    Lars Endegran Presents Lionel Ferbos & John Robichaux, GHB
  • Take Me Back to Tulsa Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan
    United Artists Hall of Fame, United Artists
  • W. Lee O'Daniel and the Light Crust Doughboys James Talley
    Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got A Lot Of Love, Cimarron
  • INTERVIEW: James Talley
  • Instrumental: Big Taters in a Sandy Land James Talley
    Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got A Lot Of Love, Cimarron
  • Paperback Writer Charles River Valley Boys
    Beatle Country, Elektra
  • Write me a Few of Your Lines / Kokomo Blues Bonnie Raitt
    Takin' My Time, Warner Bros.
  • Sad Letter Muddy Waters
    More Real Folk Blues, Chess/MCA
  • Death Letter Cassandra Wilson
    New Moon Daughter, Blue Note
  • The Letter Edged in Black Johnny Cash
    Personal File, Columbia/Legacy
  • Instrumental: Future Shot At The Rainbow Peter Lang
    The Thing At The Nursery Room Window, Takoma
  • Mansion on the Hill Bruce Springsteen
    Nebraska, Columbia
  • Mansion on the Hill Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams, Mercury
  • Richard Cory Simon & Garfunkel
    Sounds of Silence, Columbia
  • A Satisfied Mind Porter Wagoner
    Greatest Songs, Curb
  • My Back Pages The Byrds
    Younger Than Yesterday, Columbia/Legacy
  • End Bed: Anji Simon & Garfunkel
    Sounds of Silence, Columbia