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  1. Dick Dale RIP

    In an interview for The History of Rock & Roll documentary I used to play for my students, they have a segment on DD living out in the desert with his lions, and he talks about Gene Krupa being the biggest influence on his style of guitar playing. RIP to a very cool guy. That Bobby Fuller version of The Miserlou was great!. There's a website about dead musicians named after him called "Fuller Up".
  2. Ed Bickert, RIP

    I just found a Cornerstone CD on ebay that EB did back in 1999, that wasn't released until 2013 for some reason. It's the same group as the "Live at the Senator Club" CD, with just guitar, bass (Steve Wallace) and sax (Mike Murley). It's called "Test of Time". All different tunes other than "I Should Care" and "Golden Earrings". The clips sound great, with a lot of interplay between Bickert and Murley.
  3. Ed Bickert, RIP

    I just got back from following your link, thank you by the way, and on the good side, they have an unbelievably great concert of Ed, Lorne, Neil and Terry at the Ontario Science Center from 1984, which you introduce. All the players are at their best, and every cut is just phenomenal! On the bad side, the 'interview' with Ed that they have is from 1981, and they cut out the interviewer (which I presume is you), and just have Ed's short answers to three questions!!! At least they include your questions in the transcript, and the third question is a great one, asking him about Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow's influence on his playing, which he acknowledges, along with Johnny Smith, Kenny Burrell, and Jim Hall.
  4. Ed Bickert, RIP

    Yeah, Joey Goldstein told me about that situation. He said it was a huge blow to jazz radio in Canada.I don't even want to think about what the person's sensibilities of what is "essential" is today.They'll probably tie it in to hip-hop...
  5. As a little kid, I never thought that was a guitar, but I remember that music. Thanks for posting that.
  6. Ed Bickert, RIP

    Hey Ted, I read that you did an interview with Ed in Coda, 1984. Are there any links to it? Thanks.
  7. OBJ

    The Giants need an offensive line that can block. As great as OBJ was, he missed 21 games, threw temper tantrums that divided the team, and the Giants turned into a losing team. If they don't get a good offensive line with the first round draft choices they're getting from Cleveland, I'm going to turn from being a life-long Giants fan into a Jets fan.
  8. Hal Blaine, RIP

    Yeah, I think Shelly kind of regretted not getting into that circle like Earl and Hal. He called up Hal and asked him why he was getting so many more calls than he was getting.
  9. CDs for Sale

    We finally agree on something! I wore out the grooves on that one, and had to buy the CD.
  10. Hal Blaine, RIP

    He started out as a jazz drummer, and even went on the road with Basie. When he came to LA, Shelly Manne was the top studio drummer, and Shelly turned down all the rock dates he was called for, because he thought they were beneath him, and gave them to Hal. Next thing you know, Hal played on every hit record of that time. In the 80's, drum machines took over the studio scene, and HB wasn't as busy as he used to be. His sixth wife took everything he had in a bitter divorce, and HB would've been broke if not for his Union pension. RIP.
  11. Hale Smith 1925-2009

    Yeah, he was a real character. Reminded me of Fats Waller. The fact that he hung with the homeboys in his community at the local jazz club made him extra cool.
  12. 8 No need to confess my son.We are all victims of the Great 'Tonal Cleansing' alluded to in the 60 years too late article by Thomasini. Other direct victims included John Lessard (who defected after suffering the panic of being left out) Koechlin, Hanson, Harris, Persichetti, Schuman, Walton, Cowell, Ruggles, Chavez, Villa-Lobos, Crumb and many others.
  13. Hale Smith 1925-2009

    Hale was a cool guy. I first met him on Lawnguyland when he accompanied Billy Mitchell to a rehearsal of his chart on "I Remember Clifford" which was being played by a jazz big band I was in. Then I met him a few years later, when I used to sub for a pianist at a great club called The Steer Inn, where they only featured bebop players. One night Jerry Tillitz, the trombone player was playing there, and he told us he wanted this arrangement of a tune of his to go into a dixieland section for a few choruses, and then back into a bop feel. When we went into the dixie section, the owner of the club shot out from out of nowhere, and started yelling at Jerry for playing dixieland in his club! "You don't play no dixieland jive in my club", he told Jerry, and Jerry profusely apologized. I met Jerry years later in Mike Stern's club, 55 Grand St., where Mike was playing with Steve Sleagle. I went up to Jerry and told him about the dixie incident at The Steer, and he vehemently denied that it ever took place! He then left the place, and left his wallet and keys at the table. he took off for Europe shortly after that. Anyway, I met Hale hangin' out during the daytime at The Steer, and I freaked out and said , "Holy schlitz! You're the famous black composer, Hale Smith!" (I was still in my teens at the time). He got all over me for that idiotic comment, and went into a diatribe about how he was a black composer because he filled up the paper with a lot of black notes, while a white composer like Hindemith used a lot of whole notes and half notes, etc... i apologized for the stupid comment, but he just kept going on to teach me a lesson. I saw him that night in his famous derby, smoking his omni-present cigar, as he got up to the mic and started scatting some great bebop choruses. Like I said, cool guy.
  14. What Are You Watching

    "Burning"(2018), first film by Lee in eight years.