Don Brown

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  • Birthday 11/22/1932

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  1. Horace Silver on tenor sax

    Yes, he was born with his hair like that. As Horace told an interviewer in the 1960s, "Paul Gonsalves and I are the only Portuguese Creoles in jazz." At that time that was probably true.
  2. Essential Benny Goodman

    As I recall the two Columbia LPs, which were called something like "Benny Goodman Jazz Concert # 2", were made up completely of Savory airchecks taken from radio broadcasts such as Benny's Camel Caravan broadcasts..A few years later MGM issued three LPs that were also made up of Savory's airchecks. This MGM material was later issued by the Book-of-the-Month club in a three LP boxed set.
  3. I saw 44 of them. Toronto was always an excellent place for jazz. Most of these artists appeared at either the Colonial Tavern on Yonge Street or the Town Tavern on Queen. The Town booked mostly "modernists" while the Colonial booked everyone from Monk to Eddie Condon.
  4. Sonny Fortune R.I.P.

    I saw Sonny Fortune here in Toronto with Abdullah Ibrahim..
  5. Budd Johnson

    I don't think anyone here mentioned the famous Coleman Hawkins Apollo recordings from February of 1944 (available on Delmark DD459). These titles, which are generally considered to be the very first bebop recordings, were all arranged by Budd Johnson, who is also part of the reed section along with Hawkins and Don Byas. Dizzy Gillespie is here as well. Budd Johnson was always in the vanguard of the music.
  6. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    The store two doors north of Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street was called A & A Records. Actually, A & A had been there first. When Sam's moved from 714 College Street to 333 Yonge Street it was a pretty daring move. There was only Steele's Tavern between Sam's and A & A, which at that time was the biggest record store in Toronto. The competition between the two stores was fierce which certainly benefitted record buyers.
  7. Jazz's Transition to CDs

  8. Happy Birthday John Tapscott!

    Happy, belated, birthday greetings to you, John.
  9. Hamiet Bluiett R.I.P.

    The Mingus band with Bluiett and Adams played in the basement of a hotel on Church Street south of Wellesley. Ted O'Reilly will remember the name of the place. As I recall, the band with Walrath and Adams played first at the Colonial Tavern then, later in the year, at El Mocambo.
  10. Hamiet Bluiett R.I.P.

    I remember seeing Hamiet Bluiiett and George Adams with Charles Mingus here in Toronto. At that time no one had heard of either one them, or of Don Pullen, who was the pianist in the band. The music they played had a visceral edge that most of us in the audience found to be very satisfying and it was obvious that Mingus was enjoying the music as much as we were. A couple of months later Mingus was here without Bluiett who'd been replaced by trumpeter Jack Walrath. Walrath was great but Adams didn't impress me as much as he had when playing alongside Bluiett.
  11. Jo Jones

    I have a copy as well, Ted.
  12. My set arrived yesterday. Haven't had a chance to play any of it yet but it looks great.
  13. Sets you wish Mosaic would do

    FNAC in France did a great job with their superb LP reissues of Vanguard material but they didn't quite get all of it. I think it would make perfect sense for Mosaic to do what they've made their name doing over the years and issue a truly complete Vanguard box.
  14. Sets you wish Mosaic would do

    Yes, I can see it now: The Complete John Hammond Vanguard Sessions. That would be a beautiful set that I would buy in a minute. I believe the Vanguard material is still owned by the Welk corporation where it has been badly mishandled. While they did a fine job of remastering the Welk people reissued the music in an utterly chaotic fashion. It's about time this classic material was made available in the order in which Hammond recorded it.
  15. Ellington Treasury Shows

    Thanks, Lon.