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  1. I 'm not sure I've even ever heard Kay Kyser but he's an interesting example of cultural amnesia. In his book "Jammin' at the Margins (Jazz and the American Cinema)" Krin Gabbard devotes several pages to Kyser pointing out that he was incredibly popular right up there with Goodman and Dorsey and sold way more records than Ellington but he's usually dismissed as not only not swinging but not even playing jazz. However after generally denigrating him, Gunther Schuller in "The Swing Era" does admit that the band "could, when required, play with an infectious rhythmic swing". BTW I used to be an academic and the book this thread is about is a good example of why I'm glad I'm not anymore.
  2. I just watched it too. I don't think I'd ever seen all of it before. It is indeed wonderful.
  3. Does anyone here have information about who plays on "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis?
  4. "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis

    Thanks so much.
  5. Wow Thanks. This isn't even in The New DESOR. IS it ok to share this with the Duke Ellington List-Serve?
  6. Now reading...

    Do you think Alan Furst's books capture it well?
  7. There was once a discussion of this here and as I remember it the songs musicians didn't want to have to play were "in the Mood" and a slow instrumental blues I can't remember the name of. Any one remember (or any guesses)? BTW I think the rock equivalent is "Mustang Sally". The drummer in my wife's bar band just refuses to play it.
  8. Gil Evans's "Svengali".
  9. Arthur N. Rupe Foudation

    WOW. It's in Santa Barbara, where I live, and I've never heard of it.
  10. Could you explain the difference please. I guess you mean "transcriptions" were made at the club itself and "airshots" were taken at a remotes place having been sent over telephone wires-- which apparently Savory did for a living.)
  11. In '42 they were broadcast by NBC.
  12. There are several air checks of Ellington from the Hotel ShermanChicago.
  13. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    IIRC (and I often don't) shortly after the film opened there was an article in Time or Newsweek citing all the P&B records that had been released and saying that the Miles/Gil was the best or perhaps that it was even the best selling.
  14. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    I forgot. I have it too. It's interesting (I mean that in a good way.) Summertime by the Ellington band is out of place but otherwise it is a pretty good attempt at presenting the entire show with an a narrator and a variety of singers playing roles: there's Mel Torme and Francis Faye in the titles roles but also Johnny Hartman, Betty Roche and even (briefly) Bob Dorough.
  15. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    I have Miles, Ella and Louis, Bill Potts, The Clark Terry doing Gil's arrangements, the Pete Jolly, and Ray & Cleo. Once owned Belafonte & Lena Horne-- didn't care for it.
  16. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    Was there once a thread about all the jazz versions Porgy and Bess? I just found another: In the Charlie Parker Records box set that came out a few years ago there's a record called Pete Jolly Gasses Everybody where all of the songs are from P&B. I think that makes about the 6th version I have. I don't know if it counts as jazz but one of my favorites is the Norman Granz produced one with Ray Charles and Cleo Lane.
  17. Bob Dylan corner

    Hmmm. I wonder if they'll use any of Renaldo and Clare? And IIRC Joni Mitchell played more than one show. (I saw the Revue in Toronto and even saw Renaldo and Clare, though I don't remember much about it.) And BTW there's already a bootleg series box-- vol 5-- from 1975 and the Rolling Thunder Review.
  18. Bob Dylan corner

    Uhhh..... What Netflix documentary?
  19. Revisiting Oliver Nelson - Help Appreciated

    Creedance Clearwater couldn't have hurt.
  20. BFT 181 link and discussion

    Actually it became Feed'n the Bean which Hawkins recorded with the Basie band later that year. Then even later it became The Bean Stalks Again in The Hawk in HiFi. (Where Bean and the Boys became 39"-25"-39" I had much the same experience seeing him shortly before he died. I wouldn't have recognized him by his playing. (Though he did of course play Take Five.)
  21. Any *early* Pink Floyd fans? (67-72 era)

    Am I the only one here who was into Jazz before I was into Rock? As I said earlier I was a jazz snob when I saw Pink Floyd and The yardbirds in the '60s. I had liked Elvis when he made hi first Lps and liked Little Richard and Fats Domino but I didn't get Chuck Berry at all. I thought the duck walk was embarassing. As I said I was a teenage jazz snob. I finally got into the Beatles in 1966 or so but never understood my students who liked groups like The Kinks.
  22. Wadada Leo Smith

    Just got an e-mail from the Ojai Music Festival (where I'm spending the day Sunday): Update from Tom Morris: Wadada Leo Smith I am so happy to tell you that Wadada Leo Smith is fine! As you may know he fainted on stage at last night's concert at the end of the incredible evening. He was suffering from dehydration after a busy day, plus long travel Wednesday from the east coast. EMS determined the cause of the problem backstage and Wadada quickly revived. They took him to the hospital as a precaution where he was checked out thoroughly and released around 1:30 pm. I was with him at the hospital, and took him back to his hotel, where he will rest today before returning home tomorrow. Wadada, who defines generosity, said late last night with his customary twinkle, that he was sorry he could not play his encore for everyone! I know you join me in the good news that he is doing fine.
  23. Now reading...

    I was wrong: I have a "collected" short stories but not a complete short stories. I just discovered that you can buy a kindle edition of The Complete Writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald for $1.49! (I think most of his work is now PD despite the new opyright laws.)
  24. Amazon searches gone haywire?

    Here's a very recent story about Amazon backing off of some of these practices because of political heat from E. Warren:
  25. Now reading...

    I read a version that supposedly was the "revised" edition that Fitzgerald prepared after the commercial failure of the original edition. May have been a mistake on my part. The first two: Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality are good, easy reads and important for understanding Smiley. I have a "complete" short stories volume and somehow didn't notice that some of them involved continuing characters. (Except the Pat Hobby stories.) How many Basil &Josephine stories are there?