Teasing the Korean

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  1. East and West of Jazz - Duke Jordan, Sadik Hakim - Charlie Parker PLP-805

    Thank you! I prefer conversations over printed discographies, but I do appreciate your suggestion. Maybe there was not enough room on the LP for the rest of that track. God knows where the CP master tapes ended up. Probably in a landfill in north Jersey.
  2. Imagine your beloved TTK in the early 1990s, surrounded by 50-cent thrift store LP acquisitions, including jazz LPs, EZ LPs, exotica LPs, soundtracks, and anything that fell in the cracks between these genres. So here am I, listening to the latest haul, which includes an LP on Charlie Parker Records called East and West of Jazz. Side 1, the "east" side, is by Hakim; side 2, the "west" side, is by Duke Jordan. The last track on side 1, "Little Lou," clocks in at only 2:30, and abruptly fades in the middle of a guitar solo. What is the story? Did CP randomly assemble tracks by these two artists? Is there a longer version of "Little Lou" someplace?
  3. Hal Blaine, RIP

    Inviting strangers into your house once a week - and every day, when you're syndicated - creates just as much of a cultural impact.
  4. Hal Blaine, RIP

    Well, Shelly Manne played on a lot of TV themes, so many of those could have the equivalency of a number one record. How about the Jetsons theme?
  5. Hal Blaine, RIP

    I can't tell you how many LPs I own that have a blurb on the back cover reading "Shelly Manne appears through the courtesy of Contemporary Records."
  6. Who do you think is the guy on the left?

    Shecky Greene?
  7. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    Beautiful. Did all of this happen in black and white? I have an older French friend who has lived in the US for many decades. He saw Ella Fitzgerald when she came to Paris in the 1950s. He said when he remembers his youth in Paris, he sees it in black and white! When I hear a walking bass, the first images that will pop into my mind are young, well-dressed, slightly disheveled Frenchmen, collars undone, smoking, listening to jazz in a cellar club. In black and white, of course. Growing up, one of the jazz albums that my Dad owned was the Double Six album on Capitol. This was the album that was released in Europe as Sing Quincy Jones or something similar. This album made a huge impression on me as a kid and no doubt helped me form in my mind a deep connection between Europe and jazz. The cover art for the Swingles with MJQ, the European version, visually encapsulates this connection. The US is getting to be an ugly place these days, and I know that Europe is confronting many of the same issues. But when the racism and xenophobia start to get me down, there is nothing I like to do more than to uncork a nice bottle of wine and spin something on the Philips label, either classical, jazz, or a combination of the two. The best revenge, as they say, is living well.
  8. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    It's funny, but being from the US, I think of those albums - along with the Swingles - very differently. They exemplify an idealized, moderne Europe, the one that I would see on late-night movies as a kid, the suave and urbane Europe that is equally at home with Mini Coopers, urinating cherub fountains, mod fashions, and Roman ruins. I never would have gotten into jazz to begin with, had it not been for the fact that the French invented it.
  9. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

  10. Columbia Groovy Songbirds

    She is also Bernard Herrmann's mother!
  11. I listen to Pandora all day long at work. I created an electronica station. It's the best music for me to work to. I don't do premium; I can live with the occasional commercial. I guess they are making money from me through their advertising.
  12. Korla Pandit

    I just watched the documentary Korla: A Film by John Turner and Eric Christensen. Well worth finding for fans of THEE GREAT KORLA PANDIT!
  13. Andre Previn (1929 - 2019)

    Stylistically, sure. I was referring more to an overlap of the timelines between his jazz and film music career.
  14. Andre Previn (1929 - 2019)

    Dunno, but he did some Mooged out, spaced out funk on Rollerball!
  15. Andre Previn (1929 - 2019)

    Simplified and generalized timeline: Film music was first. There was some overlap between his jazz work and his film work. "Classical" - conducting and composing - came later. Previn still occasionally played jazz along the way during the classical phase.