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Program 526: Music for the Gift and Other Selections

KALW Broadcast Date: July 27, 2018 | Host: Mark Abramson

In 1963, Terry Riley recorded the Chet Baker Quartet in a Paris studio with the intention of using the raw recordings to create an electro-acoustic work. He created a tape looping process he called the “time lag accumulator” and used it to create the five movement work, Music for the Gift. The fruits of Terry’s labor was an approximately 25 minute musical mosaic that shifts back and forth between straight ahead recordings of the quartet and psychedelic abstractions of the music. Chet Baker was quite happy with the results and is quoted as having said, “Man… That’s some crazy s***,” after hearing the finished product. Also on the program, some new works by saxophonist Lea Bertucci and the flugelhorn/trumpet player Yazz Ahmed as well as some old works by Miles Davis and Chet Baker.

Program Audio

30-Second Spot

Track Info & Links

Title: Patterns for Alto
Composer: Lea Bertucci
Performers: Lea Bertucci
Recording Title: Metal Aether
Record Label: NNA Tapes
Catalog Number: NNA Tapes 108


Title: The Space Between the Fish and the Moon
Composer: Yazz Ahmed
Performers: Yazz Ahmed and Ensemble
Recording Title: La Saboteuse
Record Label: Naim Audio
Catalog Number: NAIMCD 340


Title: Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio
Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo / Miles Davis
Performers: Miles Davis and Ensemble
Recording Title: Sketches of Spain
Record Label: Columbia/Legacy
Catalog Number: 889858414312


Title: Music for the Gift
Composer: Terry Riley
Performers: Terry Riley and The Chet Baker Quartet
Recording Title: Terry Riley: Music for the Gift; Bird of Paradise; Mescalin Mix
Record Label: Elision Fields
Catalog Number: EF-10


Title: Alone Together
Composer: Chet Baker
Performers: The Chet Baker Quartet
Recording Title: Chet
Record Label: Polydor/Riverside
Catalog Number: 12299

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