fasstrack

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  1. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    You can damage your ears, though...
  2. Stevie Wonder's Modulations

    I like the places the bridge goes in Visions. I don't know that it modulates exactly, more like it wanders then comes home like the prodigal son. Reminds me of some of Benny Golson's tunes like Along Came Betty or Whisper Not with the half-diminished pivot chords. When I have some energy I'll post the changes. Took it off the other day. Then there is this wonderful surprise at the end of You and I: The tune is in F. When he sings 'You and IIIIII...' that last time he flips very cleverly to the key of Ab. Off the top of my head, away from the guitar: First measure Db Maj7 (3 beats), Db Maj7 C Min7 Bb Min7 (8th note triplets on last beat) 2nd measure: Ab Maj7 (3 beats), Ab Maj7 G Min7 F min7 (8th note triplets, last beat) 3rd measure: Bb/C (2 beats w/ritard starting) C7 (b9? 2 beats w/fermata) // F maj7 Fine Now that I think about it, another nice little deviation---though not a modulation---is in the bridge of If It's Magic: after it goes to Amin for a bit it resolves to E Maj 7 rather than the expected and much more common E7. Little touches like that make him the songwriter he is. Beautiful stuff, and his voice still gives me chills...
  3. Someone on FB put this up. Tom is an old friend, and I think he sounds wonderful here, really stretching out---as does everyone. I think it's Eric Ineke on drums. No clue who the bass player is:
  4. James Clay, Tom Kirkpatrick, Rein de Graaf Trio

    Shelley Carrol! Where is he? He was in NY maybe 15 years ago. I think we played once. He's great...
  5. How's the weather?

    Horribly hot and balmy again in NYC. Endless summer...
  6. James Clay, Tom Kirkpatrick, Rein de Graaf Trio

    Thanks, and sorry I spelled Rein de Graaff's name wrong. Can't edit the title, unfortunately...
  7. Lament

    Nice rendition, a keeper...
  8. Lament

    Jim: I was researching online videos of J. J. Johnson's tune, so I could do a chart. I came across Organissimo's version, with a guest trombonist. Nice rendition and playing, cats...
  9. Denis Charles

    Thanks, gents, for the nice response. Good to know he's remembered. I liked him. FWIW: That street band played by the fountain just east of the Plaza Hotel. The other members were a bassist from Japan whose name I've long since forgotten (I do remember he had Sam Jones's autograph on his bass), and a 20-year-old Don Braden, new in town. That trombone player has long since receded into the ranks of jazz supernumeraries, a crowded field... He also played with Sonny Rollins in the Bridge period. According to Denis, everyone in the group got a vote on whether to keep him---and Jim Hall voted him out (possibly because of his 'habits')...
  10. Editing Signature

    I'll look for it. Thanks...
  11. Editing Signature

    The little saying at the bottom of posts. How do you do it? Thanks in advance, Joel
  12. Happy 86 Sonny.

    Wow! Indeed...
  13. Percy France - I SHOULD CARE (1980)

    CD just came. Thanks so much, Allen. You're a peach...
  14. Things called Jazz that are not Jazz

    It's a clothing chain, mostly in the 'hood...
  15. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    You buying? I'm down ...
  16. How's the weather?

    Finally seasonably cooler in NYC. Finally...
  17. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    Well, my days of street pick-up tries are long over, earbud defense or no. Too old, and anyway never was much good at it. But the woman who wrote the Guardian article only makes my point: the reason for wearing the damned things is (I'll be optimistic and say in part) to shut other people out. 'I vant to be alone'---Greta Garbo 'Be careful what you ask for in life. You just may get it'--Some wag or other...
  18. A photo album of my life, career and music business friends/colleagues. Some of the shots go back to the early 1980s. They mean a lot to me. Click on a pic to enlarge and read my captions. Welcome to my world, and enjoy: 

    http://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/members/fasstrack-albums-facebook-pics.html

  19. I write this after the fact. I messed up in not posting it before, because I love both these guys and their playing. Ed will swing and blues you into bad health. Here's the skinny on FB, with pics (none of Ed, unfortunately): https://www.facebook.com/joel.fass To remedy the above, here's Ed at work:
  20. Gene Ammons

    That was the one! Thanks. How could I have forgotten that face?
  21. Gene Ammons

    I used to have this record. Patti Bown, piano, right? Had a different title, I think, but it was all ballads. So relaxed...
  22. Gene Ammons

    I used to read Bob's blog, called Currents, and his sometimes-merciless public thrashings of very good musicians started to get to me. So I reached out to him via email---prefacing my comments by saying he was a hero---and respectfully calling him out on some of the things he had written. He gamely responded, writing that he 'had some strong opinions. Maybe they are not correct, but I listen for a living'. Then he proceeded to tear into the same people again, if anything even more viciously. He called one guy who is a friend and a terrific player and person a 'fake', etc. OTOH, he was very supportive of and devoted to his students and their charts at the BMI workshop and elsewhere, and very devoted to and loving of friends he admired like Bill Finegan. I suppose a person has a right to call them the way they see them. I just don't know where people are coming from sometimes, or what good especially pillorying people publicly does the world. Don't feature throwing wood on fires myself. I remain an admirer of Mr. Brookmeyer's playing, composing and thinking about same...
  23. Art Pepper and Warne Marsh - Art N Warne

    Also free on Ms. Pepper's site: AP and Lee Konitz. Tune is on the changes of This Can't Be Love, to which they briefly allude at the end: http://artpeppermusic.blogspot.com/