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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Dee Dee Bridgewater is a vocalist I have never quite warmed up to, but this tribute to Horace Silver is probably the best thing I have heard by her. HS himself guested on two tracks and Jimmy Smith showed up for another two. Anything by Maxine Sullivan is A-OK in my book and this album is no exception. It benefits by the inclusion of some lesser known tunes such as "Have Feet Will Dance" and "Poor You". Includes guests such as David Murray, David Sanchez, Randy Brecker, Joe Locke and Don Alias. A mixed bag.
  2. Chuck Berry R.I.P.

    It kind of struck me just how relatively "young" rock music is, given that 4 of the music's most influential "founding fathers" were still with us: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. They may have been eclipsed by subsequent developments in rock, but they were huge figures in their time and helped put rock into the ears of millions of listeners in the early days. The fact that they were still with us as sort of living national monuments was kind of comforting. Now the first of them has passed. Roll over Beethoven, Chuck Berry is on his way. May he Rest in Peace.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    This 2007 CD is a rare showcase for the pianist. Her younger brother Willie does pop up on the opening and closing tracks to sing a pair of his songs.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The sultry, swinging sounds of Darlene Edwards brought much joy to my heart today, so I thought I would share a bit --
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    That Piano Jazz episode with Amina Claudine Myers is the only recording I have by her and really, I have not heard much about her for the past 25 years or so. What has she been up to? Now playing:
  6. Fred MacMurray sure must have been a Pushover as far as blondes were concerned. First Barbara Stanwyck and now Kim Novack managed to turn his head and get him shot full of lead. Mr. MacM plays a police detective assigned to get close to a young woman who is believed to be the girlfriend of a wanted bank robber in hopes that the police can find out the whereabouts of that robber and the $200,000 he recently stole. As these things will, it goes from being just a job for him into something much more personal as he falls in love with the woman. She learns he is a cop and manages to convince him that he should kill her bankrobbing boyfriend when he returns to town and then the two of them can skeedaddle with the loot. Though there are some questionable plot contrivances/cliches (including the one cop who is just looking forward to collecting his pension soon -- we all know what is going to happen to that fellow, and it does!), the movie does a pretty good job of incrementally amping up the tension with added complications. The main problem for me is the casting. By the time this movie was made in 1954, Mr. MacM was in his mid-40s and literally old enough to be Kim Novack's father. The thought that the first time she laid eyes upon him her loins burned with lust is hard to believe. And watching the beautiful young Ms. Novack have to kiss his jowlly mug is certainly unsettling.
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    An appropriate St. Patty's Day album from an Irish lassie. It even concludes with "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral". She was backed by Nat Pierce, Jake Hanna, Monty Budwig, Scott Hamilton and Cal Collins on this 1978 album.
  8. Album covers featuring statues

    "The stuff that dreams are made of . . ."
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I like Sue Raney's voice and I'm one who should generally have been receptive to this album, but it did nothing for me. In fact, the sheer vapidity of it as really off-putting to me. Now playing: I also like Ms. Ver Planck's voice, but the difference is this album works for me because i get a sense of "her" within her performances here. I got nothing of that from the Sue Raney album I felt I might as well have been listening to Connie Stevens. Anyway, on this 199 album, in addition to her performances with the mentioned special guests, the piano trio which accompanied Ms. Ver Planck on most of the tracks here included Hank Jones, with whom the liner notes state, she recorded for Savoy back in 1955.
  10. This is 2017. Experts in any field are no longer welcome. "Alternate experts" are all the rage. Make Jazz Great Again!!!!!!!!