johnblitweiler

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  1. Those that left us in the world of jazz in 2016.

    Damn. I missed a chance to hear him when I was in London a few years ago.
  2. Out of character recordings.

    Bud Freeman played clarinet with something of a Pee Wee Russell sound on Bud's 1935 sextet session. Sounds very good, too, with Bunny Berigan, trumpet, and Bud also on tenor. Jerry Garcia on Ornette's last Columbia is not especially odd considering the spacey guitar solos on some Dead recordings. Also, there are allegedly recordings of times when Ornette sat in with the Dead.
  3. Connie Crothers RIP

    My favorite Connie Crothers show was the evening she played the Hungry Brain in Chicago. Some members of the Tristano family were there and Connie played a whole evening of Tristano songs, solo. So melodic. She usually sounded good at Vision Festival events, too, though these were in the company of others. She seemed to inspire Henry Grimes one night a few years ago. After her long time of obscurity she apparently was active on the NY scene in the 21st century, and that was a good thing.
  4. Private Press Recordings

    Yes, indeed, very true. McDougal was a beautifully melodic tenor saxophonist.
  5. Gotta Be Honest

    I can't get nostalgic about all the interference from other nighttime stations when I (northern Indiana) tried to listen to Randy's (Nashville) at night ca. 1955-58. Even though WLAC was 50,000 watts.
  6. Name Three People...

    Mama Too Tight Too Tight Jim Loose Goosey
  7. Name Three People...

    Ivan the Terrible The Dunwich Horror Satan
  8. Name Three People...

    My one and only love Dearest Darling Heartbreaker
  9. Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Ranker

    To oversimplify: As an old ancient Greek philosopher (forget his name) said, each mode (and by extension, melodies, harmonies, rhythms) creates specific effects in listeners. Textbooks show composers which combinations of sounds / rhythms / dynamics make listeners sad, happy, nasty, loving, etc. etc. For example, some emotions like sentimentality in music are relatively easy to invent. More active feelings, not so easy. If you're like Socrates, you think only music that inspires men to go to war should be allowed. A lot of listening and remembering and being aware of what's valuable in life goes into choosing which music is inherently good and which music you listen to merely to make you feel better. As for me, I wanta boogie tonight.
  10. Favorite Monk tributes (single artist)

    . Damon Short's bands all reward serious listening. He's a very fine, subtle composer-arranger-drummer. This goodie is from the 1980s. Stan Tracey may have come closest of any pianist to the essence of Monk's piano art. Especially Monk's terrific swing. On a good night both of them could blow ou and me away.
  11. The Legend of Willie Brown

    now THAT'S mythology
  12. Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Ranker

    Lots of my favorites are far from great.
  13. The Bill Savory Collection

    "Morally ugly" or even immoral - I've been seeing this forever from 2nd-rate pundits, usually political, who claim if you disagree with them, you are either ignorant or else have your secret sinister agenda.
  14. The Bill Savory Collection

    We all write regrettable things now and then. The trick is in acquiring the sensitivity / education / experience to appropriately regret. McDonough is interesting to read and sometimes - his Pres research is a great example - he really gets it right. John, sometime in the 1980s, did a sensitive (that word again) and thoughtful interview with a very elderly Natty Dominique. It's in the Jazz Institute of Chicago Archives. So whether or not he thinks pre-swing jazz is merely a precursor, he's shown sympathy. The attitude that early jazz - New Orleans, 1920s black Chicago, territory bands - is of lesser value, primitive, has less integrity, is an attitude that I don't appreciate. It's why I was disappointed in Ted Gioia's history. Nowadays among an awful lot of jazz lovers my age and younger, they're not even interested in any jazz before the LP era unless it's Charlie Parker.
  15. The Watts Towers are just a short block from Charles Mingus's LA home, where they now have Mingus youth programs, mostly non-musical IIRC.
  16. The Bill Savory Collection

    I'd listened especially to the Basie / Young / Evans pieces in the Savory collection, in 2011 and 2015, and wondered if the Harlem Jazz Museum added and subtracted some selections that were on the computer during the intervening years. There's a bit of duplication of music that was on bootleg LPs and CDs. Anyway, that collection includes some of the greatest jazz music ever.
  17. Who did you miss when they were alive

    Me too. Most of all I'm sorry I heard the Ellington band only once, though I did get to hear Ellington's "My People" the season it debuted - I believe some Ellington alumnae were on that band. Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase has been absolutely a blessing here in Chicago. Joe brought in an incredible number of old and young musicians to Chicago - even Cecil Taylor at least 3 times, and he never enjoyed Cecil's music.
  18. Who did you miss when they were alive

    Must have been the winter the Arkestra was hung up around the McGill University area. John Szwed's book would have details.
  19. Return Of The Film Corner Thread

    It grows steadily more perverse with every scene. Just like the novel. A good one for perverts like me.
  20. Lovely story from Detroit

    You have some endearing philanthropists up there in Detroit. First that gigantic gift to the Detroit Jazz Festival and now this.
  21. Dick Gregory on the Miles Davis movie

    An 18-year-old youth went to the Village Vanguard every night in about 1967 or so when the quintet with Hancock and Williams was still together. After a few night Miles noticed how intently the young man was listening .and said to him, "Do you play the trumpet?" "Yes." "Come to my house tomorrow, I'll give you a lesson." So every day for the rest of Miles's month-long engagement the young trumpeter went to Miles's house, Miles sat him down at the piano, and taught him harmony. That formerly young man is now a newspaper editor who sits in now and then on Sundays with Curtis Black's quartet in Chicago. He said Don Cheadle captured Miles Davis perfectly, including small nuances and details. He liked the movie. The movie bugged me. But I was told that Howard Reich, in print, shared my objections. So I must have been wrong.
  22. Nicole Mitchell Recommendations?

    "Emerald Hills" (Rogue Art) and "Artifacts" (482 Music). "Artifacts: is by Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed.
  23. MLB 2016 Season Thread Of Discussions

    Cubs, at their current rate, expect to win 116 games this season. Can it be 1906 all over again?
  24. Paul Smoker - RIP

    He was a good man and definitely a colorful trumpet player. He sounds great on his CDs with Damon Short and as a member of Damon's band.