Larry Kart

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  1. Bridge Records Podcast from WFMT

    Another version of the Passacaglia (also on Bridge): And some of the best Wolpe performances ever: BTW, I've been told by someone who should know that Holzman's Wolpe is close to dog shit.
  2. What are you listening to right now?

    I don't know enough about Bailey's personality to say, but as Jeffcrom said in his original post, it sounds like Bailey is just being Bailey for the first (acoustic guitar) half, as though CT isn't there, while CT eventually nibbles at the edges of this with sotto voce vocal sounds and then inside-the-piano plucking of strings, though one does tend to process the literal simultaneity of what happens there into some sort of discourse, say a non-dialogue dialogue. Whatever, it's not boring, at least not to me. Then the second half, with CT interacting on piano with much subtlety and empathy, and Bailey on electric guitar being Bailey, at once moving ahead and sideways like a crab, but it's impossible (at least for me) not to feel that some intense interaction is taking place, even if CT is the primary or even the sole initiator of this. I'm reminded of something a character in John Casey's novel "An American Romance" said about Ezra Pound's method of engaging with the works of those contemporary writers (like Joyce and Eliot) whom he found admirable/interesting, that he more or less climbed onto their shoulders and stuck his tongue in their ear.
  3. What are you listening to right now?

    Just listened to it again. Fascinating, indeed. I hung on every note. What Cecil does to work his way into Bailey's world is amazing -- both in musical and human terms.
  4. BFT 140 - Discussion of Straight No Chaser

    The liner notes to the latter-day (late '50s) album "Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements" (Clef)  state: "Mulligan's only retrospective comment is, 'It came before Four Brothers.'"
  5. Vocalese: Does it please?

    Eileen Wilson (dubbing for Ava Gardner) and Dick Haymes sing it in the film version. A bit creepy to see the inherently creepy Robert Walker ("Strangers on a Train") opposite Gardner:
  6. Shorty Rogers Plays Richard Rogers

    Yeah -- I can see the "impossible person" part, but "Art never had that much talent"? 
  7. Shorty Rogers Plays Richard Rogers

    Listened to side 2 last night, no less enjoyable; the big-band charts were not casually assembled by Rogers but have a near-storytelling coherence. Personnel listing on the jacket and online is somewhat random: Giuffre isn't mentioned but is there soloing on clarinet (one track) and baritone (several), though most of the bari solos are Pepper Adams', quite a contrast. Maynard isn't mentioned either but is there. Rosolino takes most of the trombone solos, but I'm pretty sure that Milt Bernhart gets a few. To say, as I did, that Holman is Rollins-esque here may be an exaggeration, but he's headed in that direction. Didn't detect any Jack Montrose solos (he's in the section); that might have been interesting.  As someone who doesn't care at all for latter-day five-string Red Mitchell, I have to say that his section and solo work here is excellent. I'm not a Herb Geller completist and resented his snotty putdown of Art Pepper's playing of the time, but he seems to me to be at his best here. BTW, if you run across an LP copy, as I did, you'll probably have to crank up the volume level a good bit.
  8. Shorty Rogers Plays Richard Rogers

    West Coast, in the realm of music we're talking about, doesn't necessarily refer to where one was born or reared but to where and how one's music took shape. Further, as far as Rogers and a good many other key West Coast figures were concerned (Rogers being inspired by Sweets goes without saying), what might be called a polite reduction of the '30s Basie band was a frequent hallmark of the style, especially in terms of rhythm, as was (though much less common) a screaming expansion of the '30s Basie mode on albums like Rogers' "Shorty Courts the Count." What typically was left out of the musical picture in what is commonly regarded as West Coast jazz (the style again, not literal geography) was bop. I say this BTW as someone who enjoys a lot of West Coast jazz.  
  9. Shorty Rogers Plays Richard Rogers

    Actually, I noticed on this one a certain East Coast-related stiffening of the laid back West Coast spine -- thanks to Pepper Adams' razor's edge articulation and tone (does he sound good here), Holman's rather Rollins-esque muscularity, and Geller's relative heat. Rosolino, of course, always was as boppish as heck. And in the rhythm section Jolly certainly was not unaware of Horace Silver, while Levy never lost his 52nd St. affinities. There is, however, at least one Jimmy Giuffre sub-tone clarinet solo, a good one, too.
  10. Picked up a used LP of this one from 1957 today and am tickled so far. Nice rhythm section (Pete Jolly, Red Mitchell, Stan Levy) backing a medium-sized big band on some tracks and six horns on the rest. In addition to the leader, Herb Geller (in exceptional form), Bill Holman (Rollins-esque; sounds like he was still playing a good deal at the time), and Pepper Adams (one senses the other players are digging him) are frequent soloists, as is Frank Rosolino, Jolly is lively, Mitchell gets several solo spots and is not yet into his latter-day swoony bag. Despite the seemingly gimmicky Rogers/Rogers premise, Shorty's charts are not cute but committed/intense, with Maynard Ferguson notably present in the section on the big band tracks, which are a bit different in style from the Rogers big-band work of a few years earlier -- less Kentonian, no massed trumpets for their own sake. Overall the feeling is of guys just enjoying themselves.
  11. Von Freeman Corner

  12. What are you listening to right now?

    IIRC Silver's comping on this one was exceptional.
  13. What are you listening to right now?

    Don't think Mingus' taste for bivalves had much to do with the album. 
  14. Sonny Rollins´ odd remark on bass-players

    Hampton's electric-bass hookup was IIRC because that was what Monk Montgomery already played.
  15. Robert Craft

    1) 2005 2) 2009 3) 2015