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  1. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    the above is probably his best work. Larry: she wrote a Billie Holiday bio which is full of the usual academic b.s. but which has one particularly offensive section about the late session which she did with Jimmy Rowles (which came out on LP and CD with their conversations intact). Now, if you listen, and you know anything about Rowles and Billie, she loved his playing and they were good friends. But Griffin writes about how Rowles was a white man that Billie didn't trust and she kept him at a distance, and that race was a deep divider between the two, and that this was made clear by the recorded conversation. It's complete and utter b.s., not just based on this conversation but on everything else that we know. And yet, the conversation, if she was actually listening, is clearly one of two comrades who love and respect each other. I just can't abide her kind of academic obfuscation, her clear lack of understanding of that life, her typical academic tendency to build a small, square ideological box and try to fit a lot of large round objects into it
  2. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    if Farah Jasmine Griffin thinks Maxine knows what she's doing, well, that's about all we need to know.
  3. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    I see that I am in a small minority here. I just wanted to mention that when it comes to playing behind the beat, the most interesting player I ever heard was Dickey Wells. He was uncanny, even in his dotage when, on a good night, he could still blow. And his playing was amazingly "outside." Dick Katz talked about how Dickey would play a full step above the chords. Whereas I found Dexter's behind-the-beat playing mannered and...well, grating.
  4. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    ah, Maxine. A friend of mine did a lot of work for her as a favor to help promote the Dexter book, I mean a lot. And as he told me "she didn't even give me a free damn book."
  5. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    it's pretty much true of everything I have ever heard Dexter play after, say, 1970. And btw, one of his drummers once complained about playing with him, because the rhythm section never knew where the hell he was. Everything he does, to my ears, is so strangely mannered that it's like llstening to a 33 rpm record at 16.
  6. Whither Allen Lowe?

    I just posted in that old thread.
  7. Sonny Stitt. Why didn´t he become as famous as Dexter?

    I’m coming a little bit late to the party, but a few things in this regard. It’s very possible that I am the one referred to as harshly disliking Dexter‘s playing. I mentioned it here some years ago and was reamed out, but I still stand by my sense that a lot of his playing is marred by a stoned-out sensibility that never quite catches up with itself. I have heard some late Dexter that is quite profound, but still I never listen to him for pleasure but only for some kind of historical instruction. As for Stitt, In person he could be quite intensive and personal, in his own way. I did have a very difficult encounter with him in Boston at the jazz workshop In the middle 1970s or so. I’m proud to say I told him off, because he was gratuitously nasty. But that’s another story. As for his gladiator-like ability to play in different keys, I have a feeling this is pretty much a myth. I knew Bobby Buster very well, and he told me this was all bullshit, that Stitt ended up playing in weird concert keys because he refused to transpose tunes when he switched horns; so he might play body and soul on the alto in the alto key of E flat, which would put it in concert G flat, just so he could play it in the same key as he did on tenor. Bobby was pretty adamant about this.
  8. Lee Morgan was shot dead 50 years ago.

    it must have been 1970 when I saw Mingus (or maybe 1969). Genet is/was a legendary French writer.
  9. Lee Morgan was shot dead 50 years ago.

    it's been a long time, but Slugs, IIRC, was small and narrow. I don't remember a kitchen. I saw Ornette there in transcendent form, and strangely enough, Jean Genet was sitting at a table on the night I saw Mingus.
  10. from what I know I've always thought Getz was a sociopath. And among other things, Bill Evans' wife said that on tours Getz would hit on the wives of the other musicians. Truthfully, as many of you know, I've never liked his playing, without even knowing about his personality. To me tonally he sounds narcissistic, as though when he is playing he is gazing at himself in the mirror.
  11. sorry I only like piano players who can play fast.
  12. well, not really. He only knew that he saw her, and reported what he had heard about her life.
  13. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thanks again, everyone. I thought I might just fade away, but things are strangely busy, like this:
  14. Francis Davis spotted her in Philadelphia - well, I don't remember, but it might be 20 years ago. Apparently, from what I was told, she married a rich guy and recovered from all the Getz crap. And is supposedly living in Philly.
  15. Whither Allen Lowe?

    as long as everyone is in a good mood, I will be doing an Indiegogo fundraiser in the next month. I am doing this to support three recording sessions in March and April, including one with Ken Peplowski, and the premium will include a copy of my upcoming CD, A Love Supine: Ascension into the Maelstrom, on ESP. So if you really feel sorry for me, stay tuned.
  16. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thanks, just saw it this morning.
  17. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Thanks… I just found out about this myself and am somewhat in a state of shock
  18. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Ken is doing pretty well, as a matter fact we’re going to record together in April. I’m not sure what the long-term thing is but he’s working hard and fighting.
  19. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thank you everyone. Back in April I really didn't think I would make it through the year, and your support is gratifying,
  20. Whither Allen Lowe?

    reporting in....much improved, can see well enough to drive. I still look extremely weird, and my final surgery to reconstruct my face is not happening until next July or August. I am uncomfortable but not in a lot of pain. Finally sleeping after a long period of constantly waking up. I am getting active; playing again, doing a recording session in April with Ken Peplowski (who himself has been quite sick), and another in March. Playing April 6 at Smalls and April 8 at Firehouse 12. May need to be accompanied by a nurse, but I have my pocket defibrillator and my medical marijuana and though my neuropathy makes me a bit unsteady walking, I am fine sitting and as long as I walk to the left (since I drift right) everything should be OK.
  21. Name Three People...

    on my wedding day, Sept. 12 1982, Dick Katz played piano. At the end of the wedding he was picked up to go to another gig by....Nobby Totah. That's a name you don't forget.
  22. Barry Harris RIP

    this was a shocker, old as he was. I talked to him in September and he was doing well, but 91 is 91.... Barry was my first musician friend when I lived in NYC in the '70s. Just a great man, humanitarian, musician, et al.
  23. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Thank you it’s a very tempting offer, but at this point I am in a great deal of pain and can barely see. Give me a few months.
  24. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thanks all, out of surgery 10 days. in some pain but the graft is holding though as i pointed out elsewhere i look like an aardvark. From what the doctors told me this thing would have killed me in another year or two, left unfixed. There will be one or more reconstructive operations in the next year (I suffer from major radiation poisoning; the treatment killed the cancer but caused other problems). but as long as I am here let me mention that I have a double cd coming out in November on ESP called Ascension Into the Maelstrom. Mention my disease and get 10 percent off.
  25. Whither Allen Lowe?

    well, from what I know, I will be out of commission for about 3 months. There will be a skin graft, sinus work, and tissue embedded between my sinuses and my brain; also some muscle transplant to rebuilt my very sunken forehead.