Larry Kart

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About Larry Kart

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  • Birthday 05/16/1942

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  • Location Highland Park, Il.

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  1. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    My favorite (albeit not perfect) performance of (probably) my favorite Mozart work: Sonata in B Flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 454. The work itself is sublime -- in particular the formal and emotional relationship among the three movements: Forgive these groping characterizations: The first movement, immensely poised, balanced, and poignant; the second, a solemn immense and wholly Mozartean sadness; the third; a tremendous outburst of bouncing contrapuntal energy and joy that nonetheless is not without reference to the second movement's sadness and the first's poise snd balance. My favorite performance, (from 1974): Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu (London). Not perfect because Goldberg, arguably the greatest Mozart fiddler of the 20th Century, is here in his mid-60s, maybe a decade or so past his prime, amid all of his beauty, wisdom, and insights. Lupu is in prime, and clearly inspired by his partner, but given Goldberg's age there are times when Lupu comes close to rushing him off his feet. Nonetheless, I've yet to find a superior version.
  2. RIP Helen Reddy.

    I love it when Andrea Martin blows into her palm and then smells in an attempt to see if she has bad breath.
  3. Ella Fiitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes

    How does the CD sound compare to the clips? It was on the latter that I found Ella's voice harsh and blarey.
  4. Ella Fiitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes

    Maybe it's just me or the sound quality of these clips, but while I've heard and enjoyed a good deal of live Ella, her voice here sounds rather harsh, forced, and blaring to me.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Barron's ability to give a subtly different weight to each note in a multi-note line is something else. Yes, it's a tribute album (to Lee Morgan), but the choice of pieces is shrewd, and the band is hot and really together.
  6. Reservoir report

    Yesterday by way of Tommy's Jazz I got my order of ten Reservoir CDs. Initial thoughts as I sample along: John Hicks' trio album "Beyond Expectations" (with Ray Drummond and Smitty Smith) is solid gold. I coiuld kick myself for not delving into Hicks' work under his own name before, much as I've liked him as a sideman. He was a superb, quite individual player. Nick Brignola's "All Business," with Dave Pike, guitarist Chuck D'Aloia, John Pattitucci, and Billy Hart. Nick's up tempo take on "Pent-Up House," a virtual duet with Hart, is something else -- rip-roaring, as one might expect from Brignola, but SO coherent that it's almost a composition in itself. Excellent Jim Anderson sound. Moving on.
  7. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    It's on the way to me.
  8. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    Thanks, Jim and Dave.
  9. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    Many thanks to Jim Sangrey for recommending this fine album (see below), which has the best latter-day Bill Perkins I know; on this one at least it all came together for him. My guess is that the springy somewhat reminiscent of early Gary Peacock bass playing of Chris Colangelo had a good deal to with this. Anyone know when this album was recorded?
  10. Suburban vignette

    My wife missed getting the license plate. The next time, if there is one, she won't. BTW the official motto of our town -- Highland Park, il. -- is "courtesy counts."
  11. A week or so ago my 62-year-old wife was walking the dog on the sidewalk when a kid aged 12-14, on a bike came barreling up from behind with no warning and almost knocked her down. She yelled at him that he should be riding on the street (that's the law here) or at least shout in warning "on your left"or "on your right" or walk his bike when approaching a pedestrian from behind at high speed. He did yell "sorry" as he rode away. So today she was walking the dog again when a woman in a white Cadiliac SUV pulled up alongside her and began yelling at her for yelling at her kid that day -- the kid was in the SUV's front seat, which is how the mom knew my wife was the "culprit" who dared to admonish her offspring. My wife replied that her son should be riding his bike in the street, per the traffic laws, not mowing down pedestrians from behind; the mom replied that the streets here are too narrow for that, which is b.s. Then the mom angrily gunned the SUV's engine several times, seemingly to express how furious she was, and drove off.
  12. RIP Ira Sullivan

    Ira, Johnny Griffin, and bassist Nevin Wilson are on the cover of my book: The uncredited photo was taken from almost exactly where I was sitting that Monday night at the Gate of Horn, though it may have been taken at another club. Couldn't believe my good fortune when I found it in the Chicago Tribune "morgue," from whence I borrowed it. BTW, when Ira came back to Chicago to play at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in 1967 IIRC after a long stay in Miami, I did an interview with him for the Tribune. He couldn't have been nicer or more real. My favorite Ira tenor solo -- with Red Rodney, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones in 1957. The transition Ira makes from the Latin-portion into straight time!
  13. Your audio equipment?

    B&W 800 speakers Marantz SC-11SI amp Marantz SA-15S2 CD player Rega PS2 turntable Audio Technica VM740ML cartridge Sennheiser 655 headphones Schitt Magni heaphone amp cables whose names I don't recall Tripp-Lite power conditioner Onkyo TA-RW255 cassette deck
  14. Gale Sayers, RIP

    Have never forgot some sequence photos of Sayers in maybe his first or second year versus the Lions. He'd broken through the line a bit and was faced by two Lion linebackers -- Joe Schmidt and another guy, one facing Sayers directly maybe two feet away from him, the other also close up and a step or two to Sayers' right. In the next photo in the series Sayers was several steps to the left of the two Lions (i.e. he'd moved sideways) while the two Lions were still rooted in their former spots, after which Sayers turned upfield. If a guy can move sideways that fast and that smoothly... He was a joy to watch. Then there was the day he scored six or seven TDs against the 49ers on a muddy field, all of them needed for the win -- the last one on a kickoff return where he scored untouched.