garthsj

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  • Birthday 03/02/1940

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  • Location Houston, TX
  • Interests Jazz, Movies, margaritas, and lying on the beach, when I am not doing the usual things like teaching, reading, researching, and writing as a professor of communication at the University of Houston.

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  1. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    I am a little late replying to this .... just getting back to this great site after a long hiatus. I once took a 10-week course on jazz history with Oscar Peterson at his "college" in Toronto. (This is a story for another time). The P&B album had just been released a few days before, and Oscar played it for us after class. He especially focused on "Gone" playing it several times pointing out how difficult the orchestrations by Gil Evans were, and how the sax section was all at sea. In particular he pointed out that baritonist Danny Bank was just not making it. Oscar suggested that Columbia was so eager to get the album made and released to cash in on the release of the film, that they had rushed the rehearsals. I am not sure he was right, but whenever I listen to that album, I remember that little bit of information. It is true that later takes from that session get much better.
  2. Happy Birthday, garthsj

    Thanks Joe. Unfortunately it is NOT my birthday today (actually March 2nd), but I will accept your belated wishes from an old comrade from the trenches of academe. I’m glad to see you so active on this list. How’s Hollywood doing?
  3. Happy Birthday, garthsj

    ITS AMAZING! I have not been very active on this list for several years, (a long story ... other writing projects kept me busy) and here I discover all these warm birthday wishes over the years that I did not answer. I apologize for that. I am a little grayer, but the same guy .... and now that the 7th edition of the propaganda book is put to bed, I hope to be more active again.
  4. Russ Freeman et al.

    Hi Larry ... You bring back a great memory for me. I was 15, growing up in Cape Town, and I clearly remember buying this album with a week's worth of pocket money. It was originally issued as a 10" album called "Hollywood Party" and I played that album on an inexpensive red plastic Swedish portable machine with a needle and cartridge that must have weighed at least a pound! Like you I have the Fresh Sound copy now, and I still thrill to the interplay between Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, and the underrated Bob Gordon on baritone. (Maynard just gets in the way!) There is still a lot of great "West Coast Jazz" waiting to be appreciated.
  5. Buddy DeFranco RIP

    Sadly, I am rather late to this topic. As many of you know over the years I have been a great champion of Buddy DeFRanco, and a self-proclaimed "number one fan." His death was a very personall loss for me. That said, I want to respond to this question about his MGM period. I first "discovered" Buddy's music in far-off Cape Town when I was twelve years old, after taking up the clarinet. I was in a music store when the clerk (Bernie .. he became a trusted advisor) recommended that I try listening to DeFranco rather than Goodman, or Shaw, and he sold me a 10" 78 of "Carioca"backed by "Just One Of Those Things" ... I was never the same after that ... it also somewhat demoralized me in that I realized that I could never ever hope to play like that. I acquired every MGM DeFranco I could find and this was the true start of my life-long relationship with jazz. The very first LP I ever purchased was a 10" of DeFranco's "KIng Of The Clarinet" -- which now sits in a glass frame on the wall of my study. These MGM singles have been reissued over the years, the best collection being on the Hep label ... Many of the quartet sides feature Art Blakey and Kenny Drew, and they are consummate "bop" interpretations. I still marvel at DeFranco's advanced harmonic explorations, and it is no wonder that Charlie Parker considered DeFranco so highly. So ... I do not consider these to be tentative explorations, but high;y confident and mature interpretations in the bop idiom. They are essential for any DeFranco fan.
  6. Some jazz musicians, like the great and woefully under-appreciated Art Farmer, remained immaculately dressed throughout their careers. The last time I saw Miles Davis live, he was wearing a bright red leather jump suit, and looked ridiculous ...
  7. Aaron Sachs

    I "discovered" Aaron Sachs back in the fifties when I was fascinated by bebop clarinet. Despite his great reputation with other musicians he made very few albums under his own name. There is a set on the Dawn label that has been reissued, another on the Rama label that has been reissued by Fresh Sound, and the previoulsy mentioned Xanadu material. eMusic, the download site that offers an adventure in jazz every day with their eclectic mixture, recently made available this early Bethlehem 10" album: http://www.emusic.com/album/aaron-sachs/aaron-sachs-quintette/14652673/ Sachs actually did a lot of composing and arranging of Latin jazz, and worked with Latin greats like Machito and Perez Prado. What a pity he did not leave behind more recodingds .... R.I.P. Aaron Sachs.
  8. Massive Fantasy Sale On Oldies.com

    I am sorry to have revisited this topic ... Because I am working on a publishing deadline I cannot visit here as often as I used to ... so I do tend to miss things ... and my search skills are not very finely honed ... but my intentions were good (like the road to Hell!). :blush2: Garth.
  9. Massive Fantasy Sale On Oldies.com

    I am not sure if anyone else has posted this information. I received a catalog from Oldies.Com yesterday which has a massive load of Fantasy material, at $4.98 and $5.98 (The Sonny Stiitt 3-CD set "Stitt's Bits" is $4.98!!) ... I guess that Concord is offloading stock. This is a good chance to fill some OJC gaps, and the prices, with the low postage, makes this a little cheaper than used copies from Amazon dealers ... WWW.Oldies.com
  10. Is this for real .... ? Anyone have any further information on this book ... http://www.amazon.com/Somethin-Else-Story-...5900&sr=1-5
  11. RLP 2517 Don Elliott/Rusty Dedrick - Six Valves

    Hi Ubu .. I used to make my (very good) living in the "ad biz" in the early 1960's (shades of the tv show "Mad Men")... Jingles were a major musical art form for a long period in the history of commercial radio ... for an interesting perspective see this: http://www.amazon.com/Killed-Jingle-Unique...0708&sr=1-4 BTW, I am returning to Cape Town, to live there permanently sometime in the next two years Garth.
  12. Buddy made many albums for Norgran/Clef/Verve that did NOT include Sonny Clark. Some of his earliest, and greatest sets used Kenny Drew on piano ... and he did two wonderful albums with Oscar Peterson.
  13. Does anyone have any further information about when this book will actually be published? It seems to have mysteriously disappeared from several bookseller sites. Garth.
  14. The flute thread

    WOW! I am just getting back to this site after several weeks of grading and I find a "jazz flute" thread that does not mention Frank Wess!! It is just my opinion, of course, but his classic album with Milt Jackson on Savoy, "Opus De Jazz" has to be the most swinging jazz flute found anywhere .... and also no mention of Jeremy Steig's seminal album (which he never really ever duplicated) "Flute Fever", with Denny Zeitlen. Both worth a listen to ... Garth.
  15. New Sony "Classic Albums" sets

    .... and you live in Texas .. call yourself a REAL man! Thanks .. I should have checked U.S. sources .. I see that Caiman, through Amazon, are selling these for about $20.00 ... a good deal ...