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  1. Don't knock Hello Dolly--Satch's version of "Moon River" on that record is to die for! But, getting back to Jack-Armstrong, that has always been my favorite of the things they did together in the studio for RCA in the mid-40s and my favorite Satch from the whole decade. Listen to him wail on that thing! Is this version also the one on Jasmine's 4-cd Swinging on a V-Disc set?





  2. On 11/10/2020 at 6:57 AM, jazzbo said:

    That was not enough Big T. 

    Jack Teagarden "Big T's Dixieland Band" Capitol mono LP


    Jack really knew how to pick and present a band. I especially like those, like this one, where Don Ewell is on piano and Ronny Greb is on drums.

    There can't BE enough Big T!!  :D




  3. Steve, the 882 101 number is indeed from the Jazz in Paris booklet which reads, in toto: "Reissue of the Fontana 10" LP 882 101." Lord lists the title of the session as "Chanteurs/Chanteuses" which title that site also credits to an Emarcy cd with the same catalog number as the Jazz in Paris disc. Odder yet, that is *not* the title of the Jazz in Paris disc! And I too was surprised to see "Blue Moon" as a track on an EP because, as you said, the Jazz in Paris series was usually pretty thorough. I looked up the tune on Lord, and while it was recorded many times during that period, I couldn't find any recordings on Fontana!

    I appreciate your interest in this! I couldn't find any more info on-line.





  4. The Fontana number I listed was the only one I could find, and as Mike says, there's no personnel in Lord. Likewise, the only recording date listed was "1959," which is pretty unhelpful! The players behind Nicholas *sound* to these ears like they are the same throughout, but, of course, I guess it could be some kind of compilation. I wondered if the flute player could be Bobby Jaspar, but he appears to have been on this side of the water from late 1958 through early 1960. It's a fun set, and Nicholas sings with gusto.





  5. 4 hours ago, Matthew said:

    That's what makes The Big Sleep such a great film, the acting and dialogue are so great, that you don't care you never find out how Owen died, they asked Chandler, and he had no idea either!

    It may be the greatest movie ever made that made no sense at all.






  6. So I'm listening to this delightful session in which the great dancer sings very well. It was recorded in Paris for Fontana (882101) sometime in 1959 and reissued by Verve Gitanes in its wonderful Jazz in Paris series along with sessions by June Richmond and Andy Bey. Alas, there is no personnel for the "orchestra" that accompanies Nicholas (and Lord, which shows the session, simply labels the personnel as "unkn"). Anybody have any notion who was on this session? There's very good flute--maybe Barney Wilen??--as well as some fine trombone, trumpet, and piano. Here is the cover of the reissue:



  7. Local record store (Music Millennium) had a bunch of these Avid comps for sale, so I got a few, including this one. Gotta love Toots! Now, there's an artist whose stuff is spread out all over the place. I have some of this already somewhere, and I'll figure that out at some point, but I'm enjoying it right now!



  8. On 10/27/2020 at 0:29 PM, Larry Kart said:

    in Dan Morgenstern's fond reminiscences of Ira, he mentions that estimable and outspoken mainstream trumpeter Joe Thomas confronted Ira after he sat in at a session and told him that he should never again get up onstage with professional musicians. Soon after that, Ira put down his horn for good.

    What is it Dirty Harry said? "Man's gotta know his limitations." That's a great story! I think Gitler did the music a great service as a chronicler, booster, and, yes, critic.




  9. 9 hours ago, EKE BBB said:

    Ken, I guess you are referring to:



    In any case, there are plenty of Fats Waller broadcasts and airchecks out of the JSP collection, plus several private recordings, as well as some alternative takes from commercial recordings. So, being a Fats Waller completist is not that easy.


    Yeah, radio broadcasts are the Achylles heel for anybody who wants to be a completist on artists who were active from the 30s to the early 50s. I have over 25 cds worth of Sinatra singing on the radio and an additional 30-cd set of him in speaking roles, and I'm sure there are more.