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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Love that one. Now playing: Louise Jensen - You Look Like Your Mother, Would You Like More Sauce? (Peacock). Alto sax and vocal improvisations, some with overdubs, from a Danish avant-gardist. I played on the same bill as her five or six years ago and bought this CD. I've never been able to bring myself to listen to it until tonight, because I'm pretty sure that she knocked my horn off its stand when I was out of the room and didn't tell me. I didn't figure it out until I tried to practice the next day and my horn was a wreck. I guess I'm finally over it. The CD's not bad.
  2. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    I love New Orleans clarinetist Tony Parenti. Tonight I spun three 78s from his late 1920s - 1930s New York days: Fred Rich and His Orchestra - Sing Something Simple/If I'd Only Listened to You (Columbia, 1930). Parenti has an eight-bar solo on side one and a pretty low-register melody statement on side two. Tony Parenti - Old Man Rhythm (Romeo, 1929). A hot clarinet solo with Vic Breidis on piano. The flip side is by banjoist Eddie Peabody. Chick Bullock and his Levee Loungers - With Plenty of Money of You/Where the Lazy River Goes By (Perfect, 1936). I looked for this record for years. It was worth the wait - the first side has a long solo by Parenti, as well good solos by an unknown trombonist and a trumpeter who is probably Max Kaminsky. Artie Shaw plays the clarinet obligato on the flip side.
  3. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Alec Wilder - Woodwind Quintet No. 2, Suite for Woodwind Quintet; New York Woodwind Quintet (Golden Crest LP)
  4. I was remembering a radio commercial, and I think it was for GEICO. And I just flashed on the opening line sung by a chorus to "Jersey Bounce" - "Good drivers can save a lot...."
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    George Wettling's Jazz Band (Columbia 10"). An altogether excellent record with two 1951 sessions - Wild Bill Davison, Ed Hall, Ralph Sutton, and Joe Sullivan are on board. I want to say that this is so good it could make believers out of folks who don't care for Dixieland, but that might be unrealistic.
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe (Jazz Connoisseur). Rotterdam, November 9, 1969. I've always been slightly disappointed with the only official recording of the Taylor Quartet including Sam Rivers, issued in the US as The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor. I just found a nice copy of this bootleg of the same group six months later. On first hearing, I like it better than The Great Concert, except for the poor sound.
  7. Probably not helpful, but I remember a commercial from my childhood with Benny Goodman doing a voiceover and and "Jersey Bounce" - possibly with lyrics about whatever product or institution was being advertised - which I don't remember. How's that for some detailed information.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    George Adams/Don Pullen Duo - Atlanta, January 18, 1986
  9. McCoy Tyner's Milestone sessions

    The second major jazz show I attended, at age 18 or so, was McCoy Tyner's group at a small club in Atlanta, with many of the musicians mentioned in this thread - Ron Bridgewater, Joe Ford, Charles Fambrough, Eric Gravatt, and I think Guilherme Franco on percussion. I was about four feet from Gravatt's ride cymbal, and it was intense.
  10. Jim posted a picture early in the thread (13 years ago!) that might be of my favorite baseball book, but the internet has taken the image away. My favorite book when I was a kid was Strange But True Baseball Stories, by Atlanta sportswriter Furman Bisher. It came out in 1966, the year the Braves moved to Atlanta. It's a kid's book, but I still read it about once a year. The best stories are from the depths of the minor leagues, where odd things could happen - and still do. I'm on my second copy, because about 22 years ago I was dating a woman whose sister and nephew were visiting. We went to a Braves game, and the sister complained that she couldn't get her son to read. The next day I gave him this book, and he read the whole thing in the car between Atlanta and Knoxville.
  11. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Recorded June 6, 1945. There's only 18 minutes of music in this three-disc album, so if it was put on LP, it was probably combined with material from the sessions Jerome did for the related Asch label. I've got two of those Asch 78s, and they're by larger bands - with bass and other pianists. So that's what Yanow probably was hearing. Tonight I spun those other two Jerome discs, plus this set again. All excellent, but Fingers... uh, Teddy... just kills it. And thanks for that last sentence. I'll keep posting.
  12. NOLA trombonist Wendell Eugene, RIP

    New Orleans trombonist Wendell Eugene died on Nov. 7 at the age of 94. I have a special place in my heart for Wendell Eugene. I had never heard of him when I first visited New Orleans in 1990 and picked up an LP of previously-unreleased tracks on the 504 label. Three of the tracks were by Wendell Eugene's New Orleans band, and they were excellent, with muscular, intelligent New Orleans tailgate trombone. It took me a while to track down Eugene's own full-length LP on 504, West Indies Blues, but I finally snagged it. I somehow never heard him in person until very late in his performing life - at the Palm Court Cafe in 2014. He was obviously past his prime, but I remember a very moving blues from that evening. His older brother Homer (1914-1998) was also a trombonist, as well as a guitarist. There's a Peter Bocage recording from the 1950s which is all over the place stylistically, in a kind of wonderful way - Bocage's smooth, Creole trumpet, Emile Barnes' raw clarinet, and Homer Eugene's bebop guitar licks. RIP, Wendell Eugene.
  13. October Revolution in Jazz 1964... Any recordings?

    I think your choices are good. I would point out that the John Tchicai Quartet was the group that shortly thereafter took the name New York Art Quartet. Their ESP album was recorded in November.