Body and Soul

This is an excerpt from Oscar Micheaux’s classic 1925 silent film, Body and Soul, with an original jazz score by celebrated trombonist and composer, Wycliffe Gordon. Stuart Math Films and Coup de Cone Music co-produced this soundtrack recording, which is available now, for the first time, on DVD.

The performance for this DVD was recorded live at the Lucas Theatre in Savannah, GA on February 11, 2005 as part of a documentary on Wycliffe Gordon that is being produced by Stuart Math. The score is performed by an 18-piece jazz ensemble and features some of the best jazz musicians working today (see below for complete list of musicians). The performance was digitally recorded and mixed to Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist, composer and teacher, first came to prominence when he was invited to join Wynton Marsalis’ septet immediately following his graduation from college. He joined the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in 1992. He is currently on the jazz faculty at the Julliard School and travels and performs widely.

Oscar Micheaux
Between 1910 and World War II, close to 500 movies were produced by black film makers exclusively for segregated black audiences. The most famous and successful of these film makers was Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951). Over his career he produced 27 silent films and 16 sound films and was the first African-American to produce a feature-length sound film.

Many critics consider Body and Soul his masterpiece. The film features the screen debut of the great black actor and singer Paul Robeson, who stars in the film. Few have ever seen the original; when the film was released in 1925 the New York Board of Censors forced Micheaux to severely edit the film because of controversial scenes showing a black preacher who was both a womanizer and a drunk. The version of the film that is being released on this DVD has been restored to its full length.

Wycliffe Gordon, conductor & tb; Victor Goines, cl & ts; Walter Blanding, ts; Ted Nash, fl & ts; Wess Anderson, as; Joe Temperley, bs; Cyrus Chestnut, p; Aaron Diehl, p; Ron Westray, tb; Andre Heyward, tb; Vince Gardner, tb; Bob Stewart, tuba; Marcus Printup, tp; Mike Rodriguez, tp; Ryan Kisor, tp; Christian Jaudes, tp; Herlin Riley, dr; Reginald Veal, bass.

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