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  1. Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

    Every time I hear it, I still hear the skip in Barry Harris’ third chorus of the title cut after all these years - don’t miss my vinyl copy.
  2. Robin Kelley’s notes to the Monk “Palo Alto” release mentions this in passing. Does anyone remember this? Pittsburgh was one of the stops, although I don’t recall the Schlitz name being attached. It was Cannonball (opening with “74 Miles Away”), Gary Burton (with Coryell and Roy Haynes), Herbie Mann (Roy Ayers, Sonny Sharrock & Miroslav Vitous), Hugh Masekela (replacing Wes Montgomery, who was announced as part of the lineup, but recently passed - Masekela was subbed, probably on the basis of having a surprise “hit” record at the moment), Dionne Warwick and Monk. Wow! We used to take these kind of shows for common, although, outside of Newport, that was about a strong a lineup as I ever heard.
  3. Years ago (before the Japanese reissues), looking for Rudolph Johnson’s “Second Comimg,” I tried ordering it on a Black Jazz website. No luck, couldn’t get it to work. But somehow I found a telephone number, somewhere in California, the guy who answered, apologized - couldn’t have been nicer - and sent it to me for free! Sounded like the whole operation was located in his garage. Does anyone know about this?
  4. “The Jazz Communicators”

    Wow. That clears that up! And thanks Nliko for digging up those pictures. A lot of great music in the neighborhood, we probably thought it would last forever.
  5. “The Jazz Communicators”

    Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, Herbie Lewis and Louis Hayes. They played a week at the Crawford Grill, here in Pittsburgh, sometime in the fall of ‘67. The only tune I remembered them doing was ‘Backlash.’ I’ve never seen a reference to the group, any recordings... Obviously short-lived, although if they went to the bother of coming up with a name (as opposed to something like the Freddie Hubbard-Joe Henderson Quintet) it makes me think they may have had plans for the group. Anyone hear them? Did they have other gigs? (Those were the days, when you could hear Freddie Hubbard in a neighborhood club.) Is my mind playing tricks on me?
  6. Rarest "classic" BN in CD Era?

    There are some corrections to Colinmce’s list, I’d need to take some time to go over it, but the first item (Donald Byrd) did have a domestic CD release, as did many others. (The CD era began in the mid-80’s, and a lot of stuff came - and went - quickly, easy to miss.)
  7. Grant Green interview

    There’s an interesting story about the album in (of all places!) an Amazon review, by someone named Travis Klein (if that’s his real name, who knows about those reviews). He recalls the recording as being 1965, and that is a period when Young was working and recording with Green. However, a common recording date is 1967, and Patton was working with Green then (I saw the group at a gig that year at the Hurricane, an organ bar on Center Ave., up on the Hill.) Whoever it is, and I’ll go with Young, it’s hard to identify - nothing really stands out, the organist is working the standard organ vocabulary.
  8. Cleveland Eaton: 1939-2020

    I also put “Upendo...” high on my list, Eaton is particularly strong on it - but part of the reason he stands out is that the recording puts him right up front, he almost dominates! He is also strong on “Dancing in the Streets,” recorded live in San Francisco, which is actually one of the least commercial of Lewis recordings. (I think the original trio was better experienced in person - Young, and especially Holt, were showmen, that was part of the presentation, which doesn’t come across on record.)
  9. Grant Green interview

    Thanks! You’re right, it’s mostly the interviewer - who’s frothing over that number from “Final Comeback,” where Green is hardly a factor. (Although, maybe he played it in that club, and did more with it.) The new Cobblestone LP they talked about was actually recorded several years earlier in a studio in Pittsburgh (released as “Iron City”), and the debate rages over the name of the organist.
  10. I swear I saw Greg Abate on a commercial for a local furniture store on a trip to Providence.
  11. RIP Johnny Mandel

    I don’t think Frank Sinatra made a more swinging album than “Ring-a-Ding Ding.”
  12. Stan Kenton Short on TCM

    Quite a week on TCM - “Odds Against America,” “Elevator to the Gallows” and “Knife in the Water.” Maybe I’ll put off cutting the cord awhile longer
  13. TTK's First Organ Groove Record

    “Son of Ice Bag” had a brief moment around that time, but with a couple of later exceptions, seems to have disappeared. I heard Jack McDuff do it once, and Hugh Masakela (who also recorded it). Was always curious about it, there had to be a story there...
  14. Stan Kenton Short on TCM

    And last night.. “The Glenn Miller Story” AND “The Gene Krupa Story,” followed by something with Benny Goodman and later, Kay Kyser. And commentary with Christian Sands! Surreal.
  15. Paul Horn Corner

    3 tracks from “Cleopatra” show up on a compilation of Columbia material on a CD called “The Jazz Years,” on the Black Sun label. (His first 2 Columbia albums were out on Collectables, one of that labels more sensible efforts.) A stray track from the “Profile” sessions - “We Three Kings” - was on the original “Jingle Bell Jazz” LP - that, and Chico Hamilton’s “Winter Wonderland” (with Charles Lloyd) never made it to the altered CD version.