BeBop

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About BeBop

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  • Birthday July 21

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  • Interests People. Yes, all 6.9 billion of 'em. Therefore: travel.

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  1. Sssssoulstation - Happy Birthday!
  2. happy Birthday JSngry

    Late to the party, but happy birthday, JSngry.
  3. Toilet Music

    I have been working in Japan for a couple of weeks. Toilets here are about as far from my home area as one can get. Some even provide music to obscure, well, toilet noises. So, what's your toilet music?
  4. 2005 Holiday Tunes for you!

    Up! for the 2018 Holiday Season!
  5. Upcoming Uptown Records releases

    Good. For me, 40-page booklet: bonus!
  6. Upcoming Uptown Records releases

    I just got an instant reply. Sounds like I'm "in". Thanks, Dan!
  7. Happy Birthday Crisp!

    Happy birthday!
  8. Happy Birthday Felser

    Have a great birthday!
  9. Have a swingin' birthday!
  10. I get a week off work in December, and I'm planning to go to Osaka. (Medical stuff to attend to.) Being in a place where jazz is performed in kind of a one-week-a-year thing for me. I expect to have time in the evenings to get to a show or two, and I know Osaka has jazz. (The record store scene is insane. https://groovenutrecords.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/osaka-record-map-2018/) As I recall, the Royal Horse was good, with international acts. Bunk Johnson (can't lose with a name like that) was another place I either saw or visited. Lots of the websites are tough to penetrate for people who don't read Japanese. "Rug Time" lists, among many pages of Japanese: 橋本 裕(g)、 橋本 有津子(org)、 Akira Tana(vo) Hmm. COMODO seems to feature vocal acts: not "my thing". Anyone with knowledge of Osaka?
  11. Happy Birthday GA Russell!

    Happy Birthday!
  12. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    The betting pool will open in January.
  13. Sonny Criss and other "almost theres"

    I think this is one where I'd resist the temptation to "figure it out". I've had enough people I've looked up to tainted. Fortunately, this isn't as bad as some of the stuff that's come out about others. One guy who was kind of a friend of mine, late in his life, probably lost some professional achievement potential based on his attitude; this attitude was apparently worse in the days before I knew him. If you want to read about it, it's here. I want to be fair, though. He was never less than nice to me. But unfiltered honesty can be abrasive. The book was written after what would have been the peak of his career, so the book is just the legacy of an attitude he had for a period.
  14. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    I was born and raised in Oakland. I'd love to go back. But the house that I sold in 1989 for $177,000 is now $1.9MM (sez Zillow). I put the proceeds of the sale into traditional, retail investments (CDs, mutual funds...) but, well, they haven't kept up with local prices. Living in the U.S. may not be viable at all. I may go back to Panama or just stay here on the continent. But, hey, I'm at least a transitory optimist! Conicidentally, I met a guy from Raleigh last week on a flight from Freetown to Monrovia. He was going to do some volunteer work. One of few Americans I just "run into", so it was nice to chat.
  15. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    I gave up lending out my new LPs when I was a teenager....wait, maybe that's not what you meant. My LPs and CDs have languished for 32+ years now, unplayed, aside from ripping things (mostly the CDs) to my MP3 player when I get to the States. I'm on the verge of a life change that will enable me to return to the U.S. for a significant part of the year and finally listen to many things not heard in decades. It's intimidating - where to start? - but I'm looking forward to it. If nothing else, I'll admit here, it will be a test of my attention span - a characteristic not reinforced by the past three decades of work. Heck, maybe I'll start posting here again more regularly; presumably I will have something/more to say.