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  1. Yeah, it was more realistic than 'A Man Called Adam' with Sammy Davis Jr., another jazz movie made around the same time about a messed up jazz musician. They were both made in gritty B&W, but the cinematography was tons better on AMCA. SLB was a much lower budget movie, taken from a novel by John Williams named "Night Song". They said they cut the movie too much, and that might account for the disjointed feel of the whole thing. Jan Murray was good as a down and out academic who bonds with DG, as they both drink and drug themselves to death. DG gave a very realistic portrayal of a junked out jazzer. Robert Hooks, in his first role, was good as a Chile Place/Bar owner who gives the messed up duo a new lease on life, by giving them jobs at his place.
  2. He was also in a jazz movie, loosely based on bird's life, in 1967, playing an alto player named 'Eagle' Stokes. George Coleman did the ghosting for him, and Mal Waldron composed the score.
  3. Chuck Loeb RIP

  4. whats the deal w/ clifford brown on 'A night at Birdland'

    Joe Masters was another obscure, white pianist who played a few gigs with Art Blakey. He recounted the story of his first gig with AB in one of his taped interviews in The Jazz Loft Project. JM said he'd take the gig, but he couldn't handle any of the burning tempos that were characteristic of the AB Quintet at that time. AB said not to worry about that, because he wouldn't call any fast tempos that night. On the night of the gig, the first tune AB called was off the metronome! Masters turned around to look at AB, and AB had a big smile on his face, and said, "I was lying..."
  5. whats the deal w/ clifford brown on 'A night at Birdland'

    You could say that Bill Evans' choice to take the gig with Miles Davis was proof that EH probably made the right decision. Sure, it put him on the map as an important jazz musician, but the racism he encountered from black audiences, and even members of the band, made the gig unbearable. He could only last about nine months before he had to split the band, but not before acquiring a habit he never really recovered from...
  6. whats the deal w/ clifford brown on 'A night at Birdland'

    Maybe we've found the problem with jazz today; Bird's not around to recommend anyone anymore!
  7. Solo albums

    Johnny Smith- "The Man With The Blue Guitar"
  8. George Duvivier corner

    He wrote a nice tune with Chico called 'Autumn Landscape' on one of CH's records. I always got it confused with another tune when i played it with my trio eons ago. Whichever tune I played, I called it AL, because it sounded more artistic, and ya wanna sound artistic when your 18 years old...
  9. I'm still looking for one track OP played with Eddie Costa, "Taking a Chance On Love", although I doubt it's on this compilation. I know it's on OP's LP, "Discoveries", but that has only been released on vinyl, and it's both hard to find, and very expensive, considering I just want ONE track. I've heard it was an extra track from the "Winner's Circle" LP, which I finally found. It would be ideal if someone put that out on CD with the extra Costa/Pettiford track, because the sound on the LP is terrible.
  10. George Duvivier corner

    There's a great you tube video of the Master live with his old buddy Johnny Smith, plus Ray Pizzi, Alan Dawson, Bobby Shew, and Larry Lappin. Just enter Johnny Smith Live, and look for the 27 minute version of a great jazz clinic concert they had, back when Wynton didn't have to approve you to teach jazz... Twenty minutes into it, George is featured playing a composition of his called 'E.K.E's Blues, written for Duke, and originally played by Harry Carney.
  11. Jimmy Hastings

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. It's great to see that he's still doing jazz gigs in London, and playing concerts with Caravan at the age of 79!
  12. Jimmy Hastings

    I just heard Jimmy Hastings' great flute solo on 'Binoculars' on the National Health album, 'Of Queues and Cures'. I was able to find one song by Caravan (Love Song with Flute) that featured JH on flute, but are there any other albums by Caravan or preferably more jazz-oriented people like Phil Moore, Dave Stewart, Humphrey Lyttleton or any others that featured JH on flute? TIA
  13. I found a copy of Winners Circle for $3 at Planet 9 in Richmond VA. It has some great playing by Trane, Donald Byrd, Rolf Kuhn, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Costa, Oscar Pettiford,, Philly Jo, Frank Rehak and Gene Quill. Supposedly, a trio recording of 'Taking a Chance on Love' featuring Costa, Pettiford and one of the two drummers on the session, Ed Thigpen or Philly Jo, came out of this session. It's available on Pettiford's "Discoveries", but that's a hard one to find. I also picked up Philadelphia legend's Joe Sgro LP, "A Guitar and a Girl", which features a picture of a nude woman with a classical guitar covering her privates on the cover. She is looking straight at me, promising me many pleasures of the flesh, yet they have failed to materialize yet... Sgro, a devout Jehovah's Witness, plays with only vibes, bass and drums. He plays a few standards, and then some of his semi-classical arrangements of things he calls 'Rachmaninoff and You', Tchaikovsky After Hours', Ravel After Hours, Tcaikovsky Sits In, and The Lady Likes Chopin. He plays solely in what guitarists call 'chord melody' style without any single string improvisation, with the vibes doubling the melody in octaves; a variant of the 'Shearing Style', as if to say, "We don't need no steenking piano". On Harlem Nocturne, the last number, he finally lets loose with some single string improvisation, and sound quite capable. Another $3 special.
  14. You can say that again! Paul Shaffer said in a recent interview that Letterman told him not to play any jazz, because he (DL) hated it. You can say that again! Paul Shaffer said in a recent interview that Letterman told him not to play any jazz, because he (DL) hated it.
  15. No man, it didn't happen; it's all in your mind. No man, it didn't happen; it's all in your mind.