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Momotarō jazz opera

20 Aug

This video goes with the class for Tuesday, October 12, on Momotarō, the child-hero of a famous folktale, otherwise known as the peach boy.

It’s a performance from a March 1986 TV program called What a Great Night, hosted by the comedian Tamori.

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Momotarō jazz opera song list


opening credit

:00      ojīsan goes out walking: Charlie Parker, “Now’s the Time”

:24      obasan washes clothes in river: Kenny Dorham, “Lotus Blossom”


:48      look, a peach approaches: Miles Davis, “Milestones”


1:40    ojī and obā break open peach: Thelonius Monk, “Misterioso”


1:48    Momotarō bursts out: Monk, “Blue Monk”


2:02    ojī marvels: Horace Silver, “Sister Sadie”


…some years later

2:20    Momotarō makes his plea to voyage: Bill Evans, “Waltz for Debby”       (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH3GSrCmzC8)

3:38    Art Blakey, from the soundtack to Dangerous Liaisons (1958)

4:27    Momotarō sets out: Art Blakey, “Blues March”

4:57    sendoff for Momotarō: Sonny Rollins, “Doxy”

5:11    on the road, 3 animals: “Five Spots After Dark,” feat. Benny Golson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BlHRPXPx-4)

5:50    animal alliance: Bud Powell Trio, “Cleopatra’s Dream” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzzD09DnvZ0)

6:27    Momotarō subdues the animals: Herbie Mann, “Comin’ Home Baby” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJEjFh2FOzA)

7:00    ahoy, M hits the high seas: Herbie Hancock, “Maiden Voyage” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSj4oLRbQhg)

7:32    devils on Onigashima: Charlie Parker, “Donna Lee”–Saitō Haruhiko sings here

8:15 more devils assemble: Clifford Brown, “Cherokee” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y6U0TD3z34)

8:43    pacification: Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus”


9:02    victory!: Miles Davis,  “Round Midnight”


9:13    celebration!: John Coltrane, “Moment’s Notice”


9:47    ensemble: Sonny Rollins, “St Thomas” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4DTR0I7xhA)






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