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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Since it is the "21st night of September" . . .
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Disc 4 of 4, billed as "The Ultimate Live Otis Redding Show".
  3. insert "spit take" here! So, I'm curious -- does Ninotchka fall into the "too overdone" or the "not good" category in your opinion? IMHO it's a film classic. But then, I'm a big Billy Wilder (he was one of the co-writers on that film) fan, which brings me to my most recent viewing -- I'd never seen this one before. It's a good movie, but one I'm sure would not be to every one's taste. It is an amazingly fast paced comedy (I felt kind of tired from trying to keep up with everything by the end of the film) and doing that successfully would have been a feat in itself. But this film about the East -West Cold War was shot in Berlin and while they were filming, the Berlin Wall was unexpectedly erected, causing rewrites and various other production problems (they even had to rebuild the Brandenburg Gate in Munich!!!). James Cagney is great delivering the rapid-fire dialog, and he is able to make an audience sympathetic to the plight of his rather unlikable character. Unfortunately, his experience making this film caused him to decide to retire from films (until his brief but welcome appearance in Ragtime two decades later). The film makes lots of sly, witty references to other films including Ninotchka, Public Enemy, Little Caesar, Gone With The Wind and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    All 3 discs, while admittedly skipping over a few tracks (if I never hear "Born In The U.S.A." again in my life, I'd be perfectly okay with that).
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Kind of appropriate, given the album title, that the image is somewhat skewed. I still miss Jazzbo (aka Jazzbeaux) -- he truly was one of a kind. The main musician of interest to me here is Bob Wilber, playing in a more modern, less swing/traditional mode than I'm used to hearing him play. Giving Hank Jones an electric piano is like giving Hank Aaron an aluminum bat!
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    A mostly solo concert (Howard Johnson joins in on 5 tracks) from 1993. At one point, Taj Mahal has to stop the show to teach the German audience how to clap on 2 & 4 instead of 1 & 3, explaining that this is schwarzer musik!
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    From 1982, so it's post-disco, but it does have an undeniable 80's production sound to it (which is not a bad thing, IMO). It's a longtime favorite of mine, one of those albums which always make me feel just a little younger again when I play it. Ernie Watts gets a few brief solo spots on this Quincy Jones produced album, including on a very credible version of "Lush Life", one of the best performances of that tune by a non-jazz singer I have encountered.
  8. Jazz CD bargains

    As of this writing, there are 3 copies of this CD available as an add-on item at Amazon for the low, low price of $3.96! Get it while you can! https://www.amazon.com/After-Hours-Willis-Jackson/dp/B00064VQRG/ref=sr_1_17?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1536543662&sr=1-17&keywords=willis+jackson