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  1. Name Three People...

    Danny Boy Boyd Raeburn Raeburn Flerlage
  2. Name Three People...

    Monty Wooley Wooly Bully Vladimir Putin
  3. R&B artists with jazz backgrounds

    Charles Brown said he began by playing classical music, as a youngster, and only later came to play blues. A very fine pianist, too, more "sophisticated" than most other blues pianists, but his style was not like Nat King Cole's.
  4. Name Three People...

    Major Hoople Charles Major Minor Hall
  5. Bill Hardman

    Thanks, Joe, it's good to hear Hardman in the vido. Intriguing Bennie Maupin solo - he seems to try to seize that theme and it keeps escaping him.
  6. Name Three People...

    Tammy Grimes Leann Rimes Emily Dickinson
  7. Now reading...

    Intriguing looks at a recent sub-genre that I'm unfamiliar with. I enjoy David Whiteis's writing and often agree / disagree with him. Denise Lasalle's foreword is a charming history of the blues.
  8. Bill Hardman

    He used to play a lot of notes, but they were really musical notes - more rewarding music than some virtuosos trumpeted. I interviewed him in Down Beat in 1976; nice guy, serious.
  9. Name Three People...

    Lance Armstrong Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy A Jackson in Your House
  10. Name Three People...

    Scarlet O'Hara Bridgid O'Shaughnessy Maxine O'Flaherty
  11. Very good people there. The owner is a former WHPK disk jockey.
  12. Lou Donaldson

    I've never heard "Sweet Slumber", but Little Willie Jackson was Joe Liggins' alto man. Thanks, Paul. And was Jackson's brother the tenor player for Liggins? I don't have the albums any more, so may be wrong about about L.D. sounding like Jackson. But Jackson had a singing sound. The Lush Life CD may be a reissue of an LP that originally was titled Sweet Slumber.
  13. Lou Donaldson

    Gene Ammons made a recording of "Exactly Like You" that was popular around the early 1960s or late '50s. In the 1970s Blue Note issued a Lou Donaldson LP in which L.D. phrased the theme just like Jug - very distinctive. The trick was, Lou had recorded that one before Ammons had recorded his version. Other pieces now and then, "Blues Walk" for ex., suggest a real felllow feeling between the two. That lovely Lou Donaldson version of "Sweet Slumber": Who does he sound like? It certainly reminds me of the alto player in the Joe Liggins 1940s band.
  14. aloc

    Aloc, I hope you weren't covered in snow and ice there in Ohio.
  15. Wish List for 2014

    I wish that the LPs I lost in the fire were on CD. Cecil Taylor and Byrd-Gryce at Newport, for example, and the Indiana Hoagy Carmichael anthology box.
  16. Malachi Ritscher suicide

    Mark, thanks mightily for that Public Collectors link. It's true, Malachi was certainly one of the non-musician MVPs here in Chicago. And reading this reminds me of the despair we felt during the long, long Bush-Iraq War years.
  17. Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey Tour 2014

    from the Anti-House CD, "Big Bang" is hilarious
  18. Long ago in a Chinese-Filipino restaurant I ordered the cheapest shrimp dish on the menu. Took one bite: it tasted like a garbage truck smells. Tried to wipe the taste out of my mouth and heard a bunch of people laughing at me. They were the non-English-speaking employees of the restaurant behind my back - they apparently liked to snoop on gringos who made the mistake of ordering that stuff. It was apparently fermented and apparently a familiar dish back home.
  19. Worst telephone "Music on Hold"

    I spent much of today in at&t telephone-hold hell. Prolonged exposure to awful music wears down the soul, so that even a pre-high-school-level version of "Girl from Ipanema" was welcome relief from the rest of the stuff on the line.
  20. Allen, don't break a leg and don't break down. Just play good music.
  21. Name Three People...

    Boots Mussulli Walter "Foots" Thomas Thomas "Fats" Waller
  22. Kind of Blue Question for Members Who Were There At the Time

    I heard a Miles Davis quintet with Jimmy Heath, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb at the Regal Theater in Chicago in spring, 1961.
  23. Fun, surely. Many years ago at a Chicago festival Roscoe led a sextet of bass sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, bass violin, and bass drum - as I recall the others were Wallace McMillan, Joseph Jarman, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, and Lester Bowie. The earth shook.