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  1. I was just talking to a student about "Giant Steps" chord changes, and the question occurred to me (again):Other than the alternate takes from studio sessions, are there any recordings of Coltrane's group doing that tune on gigs. The same question would apply to "Countdown" and "26-2." There's the common belief that Coltrane wrote those tunes more as practice etudes, but after going to all the trouble to learn/work on/record them, did any of them ever make it into the rotation of live gig tunes? In the stack of books about Coltrane, is there any discussion about this?
  2. eBay craziness...

    So I'm wandering around on eBay, and I do a search for saxophone mouthpieces using the search terms "otto link" (a well known brand of mouthpieces). The search returns lots of overpriced 'vintage' mouthpieces, and this item: a pair of cufflinks used as props in the film "In Harm's Way" by Otto Preminger. Who saw that one coming? Anyone else stumble on unexpected results on an eBay search?

    Woo-hoo! Happy Birthday, Jim!!!
  4. Santa Fe

    Enjoy your visit, Michael. Lots of beautiful scenery in these parts!
  5. recommended: lower u.s. drunk driving threshold

    No doubt, it's the safe thing to do. Sadly, it likely will correlate with musicians' pay on jazz gigs in clubs going down from $80 to $50. When customers limit themselves to splitting one drink between two people, the bar receipts don't justify spending much on entertainment. Cheers (but not too much)!
  6. Happy birthday Free For All

    ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Pablo!
  7. happy Birthday JSngry

    Hope your birthday is SWINGIN', Jim!
  8. Ralph Moore,

    Since the mid-90s RM has been a member of the band on Jay Leno's show, although I heard that there have recently been changes in the band.
  9. Ralph Moore Transcription

    I've always enjoyed that record. RM plays such clear, melodic bop lines. Thanks for posting, Scooby.
  10. Bob French, R.I.P.

    When Branford mentioned French last night, I was unaware of who French was. Glad to learn a bit about him; sad to be learning about him after he's already gone.
  11. Happy Birthday DukeCity!

    Pancho spent several years teaching at a college in Oklahoma, and maybe 10 years ago moved to Las Cruces to teach trumpet and jazz at NMSU. AJO is still going. I've been playing in the band since I moved here, and have been leading it for the last couple of years. Bill Wood told me about the Vipers. He retired from UNM a few years ago, and doesn't play much that I know of, but I see him occasionally, and he's still doing some composing.
  12. Happy Birthday DukeCity!

    Garduño's is still here, although the Garduño family had financial problems a few years ago and are no longer the owners. Cooperage is still here. When I moved here in '95 it was pretty much exclusively Salsa bands 2-3 nights a week. Some other styles now, and a fair amount of Salsa DJ stuff. Bob Farley Music closed in '91, and he passed in '04. I still hear folks mention it. Sounds like it was a good shop. Plenty of folks here still living in the last century...
  13. Happy Birthday DukeCity!

    Thanks, everyone! I don't post much here, but I check in almost every day to see the shenanigans. Never a dull moment! Cheers!
  14. Happy Birthday, John Coltrane

    Played a benefit concert at a church tonight and performed "Equinox" and "Autumn Serenade" ( from the album with Johnny Hartman). AND at intermission, among the potluck of sweets there was sweet potato pie (Trane's favorite).
  15. What is this Ellington song?

    The local rehearsal band I play in did a swing dance gig a few weeks ago, playing lots of Fletcher Henderson/Goodman charts, Lunceford, Basie, etc. It was great having a bunch of dancers (in addition to lots of folks sitting and listening), and I think the band grooved a LOT harder than usual, knowing that we were playing for dancers rather than getting all in our own heads "thinking about how to swing."
  16. Sonny Rollins on french tv

    Mark, at the 3:00 mark we're seeing Sonny unpacking his horn and there's a mirror behind him. That's the "reversed" image. When Sonny stands up, the camera man keeps shooting into the mirror.
  17. Holding a grudge

    The first step is admitting you have a problem. Alc. Anon.
  18. ICP Box set

    That was my first thought when I saw "ICP" (Insane Clown Posse). Shows how not hip I am, I guess...
  19. Incredible Dexter Quote

    It is a different performance. Check it out when you have YouTube access. Yeah, LTD plays lots a quotes, but this one is really good. What sets it a apart, to my ears, is the fact that it (sort of) works over a few bars, as the chords of the blues change. But it's a pop tune that is nowhere near a blues. Really imaginative musical hearing on Dexter's part, even if it was premeditated. I remember reading an interview with Sonny Rollins (also a frequent quoter) about quoting. Sonny said that he typically does not consciously start a quote. Rather, he is just improvising a line, and a few notes into the phrase he realizes, "Hey, that sounds like the first few notes of..." and he feels that if his musical ear has led him there, he might as well finish the idea. Do you remember on which tune/performance he used it?
  20. Incredible Dexter Quote

    Good one! He must've been checking out this RRK performance. Or he was inspired by the hipness of his own vest. Or he was inspired by the hipness of Thad's dashiki. Or he was inspired by the uber-hipness of having an invisible big band backing him up. So much goodness in that clip. Is there more? What's the deal?
  21. Joe Williams -- Basie band JW, that is

    Carol Kaye on electric bass? In addition to Walter Booker? Separate sessions? What's the deal there?
  22. Clearing the Decks- Miles Davis

    Sending you a PM for the Seven Steps box...
  23. Kenton Innovations Orch Live Recordings

    BTW: Looks like the library at UNT in Denton has 4 copies of the Private Party album. Don't know what the situation is regarding listening opportunities . Kenton Private Party Edit: to add that my mom and dad had one of their first dates at the November '51 Innovations concert in Seattle. They were both college students and my dad (a musician who played sax and piano) was a big Kenon fan. Mom was not "experienced" and apparently had a difficult time with some of the charts.
  24. Joel DiBartolo

    I met Joel a couple of times when he was teaching at Northern AZ Univ. Sweet cat, and he had some great Buddy Rich stories! Including a framed scrap of crumpled paper, in Buddy's handwriting: " June 17, 1977 (or whatever the date was) the Buddy Rich Band is disbanded." Apparently Buddy was so pissed at the band after the gig, he went back to the hotel, wrote out 15 identical slips of paper and distributed them to the guys the next morning as they got on the bus. They rode a few hours, got to the next job, played the job, and no be mentioned the firing again. RIP, Joel. Thanks for the music and the stories!