What Is This Thing Called Love?
From the Wikipedia profile, adapted:
Cole Porter wrote this song for the musical Wake Up and Dream (1929).The revue opened in London while Porter’s Paris was still running on Broadway. Producer Charles B. Cochran asked Porter to write the score, even though in their previous dealings Porter had treated him with some discourtesy. Opening on December 30, 1929, the production was the last to open on Broadway in the 1920s. The chord progression of the song forms the basis of several jazz compositions, such as:
- “Hot House” by Tadd Dameron
- “Barry’s Bop” by Fats Navarro
- “Subconscious-Lee” by Lee Konitz
- “Fifth House” by John Coltrane
Leo Reisman & his Orchestra – 1930
James P. Johnson – 1930
James P. Johnson was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles. His style became known as Stride. As a boy, Johnson studied Classical music and Ragtime. He started playing professionally in a sporting house, and then progressed to rent parties, bars and vaudeville. He eventually became known as the best piano player on the East Coast and was widely utilized as an accompanist on over 400 recordings and from 1916 on, produced hundreds of piano rolls under his own name. He backed up many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s, such as Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith.
Jazzstandards mentions the following as disciples of James Johnson: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, and “even” Thelonius Monk.
Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra – vocal: Connie Haines — recorded on 27 June 1941. The band included
Charlie Peterson, Manny Klein, Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake(tp); Tommy Dorsey, George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Jimmy Skiles(tb); Fred Stulce, Manny Gershman(as); Heinie Beau, Don Lodice(ts); Bruce Snyder(bs); Milt Raskin(p); Clark Yocum(g); Phil Stevens(b); Buddy Rich(ds)
Billie Holiday – Session #53 New York 14 August 1945 Bob Haggart and his Orchestra (Decca) — Joe Guy(tp) Bill Stegmeyer(as) Hank Ross, Armand Camgros (ts) Stanley Webb (bs) Sammy Benskin (p) Tiny Grimes (g) Bob Haggart (b) Specs Powell (d) Billie Holiday (v) plus 6 Strings.
Artie Shaw’s New Music, vocal by Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones — recorded 25 June 1946 and issued as the 78 rpm single Musicraft 390 c/w In the Still of the Night
Art Pepper Quartet, recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 28 December 1956 — Art Pepper (alto sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), Chuck Flores (drums)
Marta Kubišová – 1964
Co znamená mít rád (What Is This Thing Called Love?) (Cole Porter) — Czech text by Zdeněk Borovec
From Vysílá studio A, 3.díl (Volume 3), 1964-1965; performance begins at 8:29, following introduction
Stan Getz – Stuttgart 1989 – Stan Getz (ts), Kenny Barron (p), Yashutto Mori (b), Ben Riley (dr)