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  1. They don't use that cycle, they use the Ab major instead of Fminor.
  2. Yeah, he's doing it on the solos, but I don't hear him doing it on the head. I look at subs like that as ascending in fourths, rather than descending in 5ths, because Major 7th chords don't really have a dominant function like Dominant 7th chords. You should write Maj7 chords using the "Maj7" designation or the triangle followed by a 7, because it can be easily confused with a Minor7th chord, even though you are using a capital "M". I can't stand reading charts that use M7 instead of m7, because I'm not sure what the arranger means. The fact that Lennie uses that chain of Maj7ths to get to Ab rather than F minor goes back to the way swing and Dixie players used to play the tune. It always freaks me out that a swing band I play with always starts that last part of the tune on the tonic rather than the relative minor like Bird did on Donna Lee. Lennie had strong ties to the Swing Era, so there are a lot of examples of him using things from the Swing era,- eg. those closed voicings he uses. The idea of using that type of sub is just an extension of a sub on a tune like "Autumn Leaves". In the key of G: Am7 D7 GMaj7 CMaj7 the Cmaj7 is an example of that kind of sub. Lennie is just extending it so it leads to the bII of AbMaj7. I just used that sub in my arr. for big band of a tune that stays on a Maj7 chord for two measures, to give more harmonic interest to the otherwise dull sound of a Maj7 chord for two measures at a slow tempo. Lee was playing great back then; it's too bad he changed his way of playing later on. Warne and Lennie sound great, too!
  3. What happens to your collection?

    A friend of mine was so spooked by the pandemic in NY, he called me from his lawyer's office to tell me he had just left me his record collection of largely Blue Note records. AFAIC, it will probably be like the scene in "Zorba the Greek", where the people raid the rich woman's house, grabbing things off her corpse, but in my case it will be the rest of my family.
  4. RIP Ira Sullivan

    RIP to another one of the greats.
  5. “Schiltz Salute to Jazz”

    Diz said back in the 60s: I was waiting for the brothers to show up in the 50s, and I'm still waiting."
  6. RIP Leo Ursini

    Alto sax player, Leo Ursini passed a few days ago at the age of 82, after a long battle with cancer. He played and recorded with the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, the Birdland Big Band, and The Lew Anderson Big Band. He taught Jazz saxophone at Columbia University. He was well known for performing with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and appeared in the motion picture "When Harry Met Sally', plus any Woody Allen movies featuring a jazz big band or small group,and countless Broadway shows. In short, he was the prototypical, successful NY sax player. I played many gigs with him in various bands, and he completely floored me once by an astoundingly perfect, 'night in tunisia'-like ' break on my big band arr. of "Motherless Child", the first time he ever saw it! Many other alto players underwhelmed me with their attempts at playing this break at a blistering tempo....
  7. RIP Leo Ursini

    He had cancer on and off for the last approximately ten years or so. Maybe it was on at that time.
  8. RIP Leo Ursini

    I'll have my analysts working on it 24/7. Will get back to you after a peer-reviewed study.
  9. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    The last gig I did before the pandemic was with a drummer who had recently come off the road with VM. I hope he's okay...
  10. RIP Stanley Crouch

    He came down on Phil Woods for some BS racial stuff, so his puppet , Wynton, thought he could get away with the same thing publicly, on a jazz cruise gig. What he didn't know was the daughter of Chan and Phil was aboard the cruise, and she gave the puppet a piece of her mind. Wynton was so embarrassed, he made a public apology to the people on the cruise. See "Cats of any Color" by Gene Lees for the full story.
  11. Dr. Lyn Christie- R.I.P.

    Very sad to hear that. I was aware of him since he played with Tal Farlow on one of those comeback albums after his break. He even looked like Tal Farlow. He was from Australia. I played with him at a Jazz Festival Band that had Don Friedman and members of the VV band in it. Like Tal he was a nice, quiet person.
  12. RIP Leo Ursini

    That must be that place on Main St. in Cold Spring Harbor/Huntington. It's like the Smalls of Lawnguyland; only a certain circle of players get to play there. I think you've got to show them some secret tattoo or something. Leo was one of those super talented guys who could be kind of moody. Send me a transcript of your conversation with him, and I'll have my team of analysts tell you what you said that rubbed him the wrong way.
  13. RIP Leo Ursini

    Wow! Did you grow up on Lawnguyland? Leo taught HS there somewhere. I was thinking about him the other day. We had a session once, and Leo said he was glad I didn't comp 4/4 rhythm like Freddie Green. I told him I only comp like that on a big band when we're doing Basie-type charts. We were playing small group bop stuff. So then he told me about a small group gig he led in a big hotel in NYC, and the guitarist would comp 4/4 rhythm on every tune. Leo started yelling at the guy for playing that way, but the guy wouldn't stop. Leo let him have it again, and the guy packed up and walked off the gig! I asked Leo who it was, but he said he was a very heavy, well known guitarist, and he couldn't tell me, because the guy was still around. Now I'll never know.
  14. The USPS SUCKS

    I got it through my union, so maybe it's part of various union's plans.
  15. The screenplay was written by the same guy who wrote the bio on Tubbs, "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant", Simon Spillet.
  16. The USPS SUCKS

    The same thing recently happened to me. The package was way delayed to begin with, and then they said it was shipped to the post office in the town I live in in NY. The next thing I knew it got shipped to Jersey City the same night that it was in my post office! I called them up and they said some BS about how it's got to follow an algorithm, and it would be sent BACK to my post office SIX days later! I told them it would take me an hour and change to drive to Jersey City, but they told me I had to wait for it to be delivered. I wouldn't mind if it were just some CD or something like that, but this was a medical package from Express Scripts. My union medical plan pushes ES for some reason, and who wants to go to a drug store in a pandemic when you can get it delivered to your home. This was the last straw, I'm never using ES again.
  17. Vinyl Outselling CD's

    An older friend of mine has gotten so spooked by COVID-19, he called me up a few months ago to tell me he just made up his will to give me all of his vinyl collection. It's packed with original Blue Note records. Maybe they'll be worth something. I never would've believed it.
  18. Dame Diana Rigg, R.I.P.

    Serious teenage crush on her as a kid. I won't get graphic. Loved the Avengers theme by Laurie Johnson (a close friend of Bernard Herrmann, a serious Anglophile), and figured it out and played it on the guitar. Was annoyed at her replacement, Linda Thorson for a while, but got used to her after a while. Quirky stories by the prolific Brian Clements When they brought back the Avengers with Joanna Lumley, all that was left was the music score, which had an excellent polyrhythmic drummer playing on it.I don't know who it was, Randy Jones? DR was also in "The Hospital", written by Paddy Chayefsky, with Geo. C Scott, where she played the hippie daughter of an insane doctor, who murdered a bunch of patients in a NYC hospital. Then she played the daughter of Vincent Price in"Theater of Blood", a very witty horror flick where she helped her dad, VP, murder a bunch of theater critics, because they panned her father's performances in the theater. The murders were all taken from Skakespeare's plays. RIP, Mrs. Peel...
  19. HeyJoeyousosmartwhownasecondworldwar?
  20. I filled it out, and had to write-in Eddie Costa, because they left him out of their 'survey'. How dare they!
  21. The Blues Project--"The Flute Thing"

    Al Kooper claims he got the melody for FT from a lick in a Barney Kessel guitar solo. He said it was an idea that BK played on the last chord of a tune. I could hear BK doing it on a minor 9th chord. I was pretty young when I first heard it on my sister's stereo, and it acted like a gateway drug to jazz (along with that CM song). I copied it, and taught it to my friends in my little kiddie rock band, and we'd jam on it for hours. The original studio version is pretty lame, solo-wise, so I think that's what AK meant when he made that vomit comment, but I think they realized how lame the flute solo was, and they did a live version that put the flute through an echoplex that made the flute solo sound much more effective. Shades of Don Ellis! That whole scene with Kooper, Katz and Colomby forming BS&T, and then Katz and Colomby forming a mutiny that led to Kooper quitting the band was something I was completely unaware of at the time, and a good resource on it is Steve Katz' autobiography, which presents the other side of the Kooper BS&T split. Kooper and Katz still hat each other's guts up to this very day!
  22. Liner note bingo

    Damn, my father used to have that album. It had a tune called "Cork 'n Bib, named after a jazz club that actually existed in Lawnguyland, where I grew up. I remember wanting to go there when I found out about it, but it was long closed by then. I worked a lot with the pianist on the Woody Herman album "East Meets West" and he used to be the house pianist at the Cork 'N Bib. He said Sonny Rollins played there and told the P-B &D to go home, and he played the whole gig there-solo!
  23. Yeah, that can do it alright. I thought I was through after a serious case of DVT, so I made a CD of my own tunes. Then a specialist said it completely cleared up, and i didn't do anything with my CD. Covid-19 had me so freaked out (I live in what WAS the epicenter of the epicenter), I churned out fifteen new big band charts. Then things got better, and I haven't even printed the parts out yet! We won't be able to play them till the new year anyway.
  24. Liner note bingo

    Leonard Feather could be a real jerk...
  25. The only other John who was a producer at Columbia that I can think of was John Simon, but he might have quit to produce the first BS&T album under the advice of Al Kooper. If you compare the first and second BS&T albums, you can hear what a fine producer Simon was. The brass on the fast part of "God Bless the Child" is simply pitiful. Bobby Colomby must have had a tin ear. Yeah, that seems to describe someone we all know...