Les Paul died Thursday. In addition to a string of hits with his wife, Mary Ford, he is credited with the invention of the solid-body guitar as well advances in multitrack recording. He was 94. Piano Jazz remembers him with a program from 1999.
- "Summertime" (George Gershwin)
- "'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsh, Fred Rose)
- "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke)
- "I Found a New Baby" (Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams)
- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen)
- "Just One More Chance" (Les Paul)
- "How High the Moon" (Morgan Lewis)
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In this session from 1999, Les Paul and his trio perform jazz standards, including one by Paul.
In this session from 1999, Les Paul and his trio perform jazz standards, including one by Paul. Amy Sussman/Getty Images Entertainment
A phenomenal guitarist and pioneering audio engineer, Les Paul has been a major influence in 20th Century music, both as a performer and technical innovator. The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.
Paul's jazz roots go back to the early 1930s, when he performed Eddie Lang- and Django Reinhardt-style jazz on-air, during his evening radio show on WIND in Chicago.
In this program, recorded at Avatar Studios in 1999, Marian McPartland makes it a quartet, and they perform jazz standards and reminisce on Paul's long and illustrious career, including his early days as a country musician.
Originally recorded Jan. 28, 1999, at Avatar Studios, New York. Originally broadcast June 1, 1999.