First Take

Kara Pearson Gwinn

Real-estate reporter Margaret Jackson found herself seriously reflecting on the way gentrification has affected Denver after her dog groomer jokingly claimed to be the "last black man standing" in Whittier (east Five Points).; Information and text from

Written in 1957 by composer, arranger and trumpeter Neal Hefti, “Li’l Darlin’” was arranged for the Count Basie band, who  introduced the song.

In Visions of Jazz: The First Century, Gary Giddins said, “In the enduring ‘Li’l Darlin’,’ [Hefti] tested the band’s temporal mastery with a slow and simple theme that dies if it isn’t played at exactly the right tempo. Basie never flinched.”

"Crazy Rhythm"was composed by Roger Wolfe Kahn and Joseph Meyer, with lyrics by Irving Caesar. This swing show tune was written for the Broadway Musical Here's Howe

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Automobile as art?  It is when you talk to the engineers behind one of the more interesting designs of the 21st century, the Chrysler 300.  Brandon Faurote leads the Chrysler Brand design group in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

When the car was launched in 1955, "it stood for sophistication, elegance, and performance," said Faurote, whose team re-launched the vehicle in 2005 with an oversized grille that seems to take up a lane and a half as it barrels down the road (still with 300 hp).; Information and text from Wikipedia.

"Raincheck" was composed by Billy Strayhorn and arranged by Les Hooper. Recorded in the wake of Strayhorn's death by his long-time music partner, Duke Ellington, the song debuted in Ellington's 1967 album ...And His Mother Called Him Bill.

A tribute to Strayhorn, all album songs were either written or co-written by the great jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Strayhorn's and Ellington's collaboration spanned nearly three decades.