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WBGO's Playdate: Coryell Honors Basie, Braith

Larry Coryell Playdate

This is bonus audio for Playdate #8. Explore all our shows and extras here.

This poignant "Body and Soul" was played by guitarist Larry Coryell with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Hart at the Village Vanguard on April 26, 1984.

Legendary bandleader William "Count" Basie passed away that very morning, and Coryell dedicates his performance to The Count.

Also at the Vanguard was George Braith, who sat in with the band on the Braithophone, an instrument he created by welding two saxophones together.

The result is similar to the sound created by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who also played multiple woodwinds simultaneously. Read more about George and his inventions here.

Here is the audio for "On Green Dolphin Street" featuring George Braith. Thank you for joining us on Playdate!


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Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and WBGO.

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Produced for WBGO by Alexander Ariff,
with Becca Pulliam and Duke Markos, Executive Producer Josh Jackson.

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