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  1. Liked the movie but it begins with a title card saying something to the effect that Beale Street is in New Orleans and that Louis Armstrong and jazz were born there. None of this is true. Is that in the book? Is it meant to be metaphorical?
  2. I can't find any reference to a quartet version of Punjab and the full orchestra version has never been released. However Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project did record Gil's arrangement on their cd "Centennial". Do you know which other unissued recordings exist?
  3. King of Jazz. Not much jazz (43 seconds of Venuti /Lang and you get to see Frankie Trumbauer clowning around) but some amazing production numbers -though I fast forwarded through a couple of them the music was so boring. Also interesting commentary by Gary Giddens amongst others.
  4. I just discovered (In the new photo book about the Great Day in Harlem photo) that the original photo was by Art Kane and the model was his wife.
  5. My wife got it for me for Xmas. I love it. Makes me very nostalgic for the era and my youth.
  6. I know this has been discussed in a thread devoted to Thompson but not much was said about this specific release. I'm very impressed by it. I'm not that familiar with Thompson's work. I think that the only recordings I have of him are Milt Jackson cds on which he's a sideman, though I really liked his work on those. This newly released 2 cd set consists of 2 performances: one with an octet in a 1964 concert and the other with a quartet at The Half Note a year later. The "Jazz on Broadway" concert is very ambitious, all original compositions, the writing at times reminding me of Mingus. The brochure includes a review of the Little Theater concert by Whitney Balliett which states that "Thompson's style is the best possible distillation of the styles of Webster and Byas." But especially on the 1965 cd his work on tenor at times reminded me much more of Lester Young. Is he not usually considered a disciple of Prez?
  7. Of course I like the Charles Brown Version too, but this is 7 minutes plus of Elvis singing the blues.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    He did enough recording at those Feb 7-8 sessions that they released two records: the other one is called "Historically speaking and it's all older compositions by Ellington or Strayhorn. You may have all of the 23 songs on 1 cd set. Before Newport he also did a couple of small sessions for "the stockpile" which were released much later I believe. (I am becoming a pedant in my old age.)
  9. Verve - The Bottomless Pit Of "Who Knew?"

    He made at least three movies. The first one was his biography called "Crazy Legs". The last one was "Zero Hour" a film based on a Canadian tv drama called Flight into Danger by Arthur Haley who went on to write "Airport" and" Hotel". Most important Zero Hour was the basis for "Airplane". (I used to be pretty good at Trivial Pursuits.)
  10. I heard an interview with Lane once and he talked a lot about how much he loved jazz and how much he had been influenced by Nat Cole. You sure can here it here but not in his later work.
  11. Verve - The Bottomless Pit Of "Who Knew?"

    Unchained Melody was already an oldie when they recorded it. IIRC Al Hibbler had had a hit with it years before. and it was from a prison movie starring Leroy "Carzylegs" HIrsch.
  12. East Coast dates. Since I presume your dad was neither Duke Ellington nor Irving Gordon, was he J Farmer or J McNeely?
  13. The COLEMAN HAWKINS thread

    Wow. A few years ago I was looking for something like this and presume it was too daunting a task for anyone to have taken on. And I'm right that these are only the numbers on which he takes a solo? Do you presume he's going to continue with the '60s?
  14. My experience too amongst women I know. In fact if you include things like groping in the subway it's almost 100%.
  15. Athletes who were/are jazz fans

    Don't blame the cabbie. I saw Jimmy Smith in a club and shortly after I said to my wife "Holy shit, Sonny Rollins is here", Smith introduced a celebrity in the audience, Don Newcombe. Given another thread here I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Jack Johnson.
  16. How'd you like it? I stopped watching after an hour (shortly after Natalie Portman first appears!). I almost never do that but I really disliked the film.
  17. Jeff sent me ot a website with the following: " Bryant - trumpet, Odell Williams, Harold Blanchard and Bobby Sands clarinet & sax and Charlie Dixon (ex-member of Fletcher Henderson) on banjo. Drums? Some believe Chick Webb, others Kaiser Marshall - but most probably it is a certain Herbie Cowens." And then sent me to the Wikipedia entry for Cowens which had the following: ". He worked with Garvin Bushell in 1942,"
  18. Not as bad as Sting singing Every Breath You Take. BTW Changing the subject: anyone remember Teach Me Tonight?
  19. Nancy Wilson RIP

    Billy's father produced jazz shows while he was working at the Commodore Record store with his brother-in-law (Billy's uncle) Milt Gabler. Billy was named "Face" by Willie the Lion and his production company is called "Face Productions". He tells a great story about seeing "Shane" with Billie Holiday.
  20. Anyone notice that the string bass player (is he also the tuba player?) uses his bow the whole time and never plucks his strings? BTW How did you find this? It's amazing. I sent the link Jeff Kaufman who made "The Savoy King" which has what he thought was the only (very brief) footage of Chick Webb. Haven't heard back yet.
  21. Galt MacDermot (1928-2018)

    First Cannonball Adderley record I bought was African Waltz. The song got a lot of play because McDermot lived there at the time.
  22. My advice is watch it at home. A lot of people won't get it and there is a lot of gratuitous nudity (apparently Oja's idea-- she brags about bringing a sexuality to the film that Welles had never delivered before). I suspect that there's a lot of swearing also but I don't tend to notice that so don't remember for sure.
  23. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead is 98 minutes long. Not sure of the length or title of the other doc. I think the best way to see Wind is to see it before the docs so they don't influence you or the way you perceive the film. It's hard not to keep thinking about the way the film was made while You're watching it if you see the docs first. (Hard to give examples without spoilers.)