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And the AOW Chairman for Aug 24-30 is...

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Considering the dearth of West Coast selections and discussion around here, there's no one better to lead than Late. No pressure.

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Pressure! ;)

Selection will be posted in a couple of days. First, however, I need to jump in on the "Nefertiti" discussion.

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OK, decided sooner than I thought. West Coast? Allright ...

The Album of the Week for August 24th-30th is:

criss_sonny_sonnysdre_101b.jpg

Available here. Yanow Says (which is a variant of Simon Says):

For Sonny Criss this was an unusual date. The altoist is backed for the set by a nonet arranged by the great Los Angeles-legend Horace Tapscott. The arrangements are challenging but complementary to Criss's style and he is top form on the six Tapscott originals. The CD reissue includes two additional alternate takes and is highly recommended for both Criss's playing and Tapscott's writing.

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Nice choice, fortunately I have the lp.

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OK, decided sooner than I thought. West Coast? Allright ...

The Album of the Week for August 24th-30th is:

criss_sonny_sonnysdre_101b.jpg

OH

HELL

YEAH!!!

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For those who are interested, check out Tapscott's autobiography, SONGS OF THE UNSUNG, for some of the details behind this session.

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As he's posted in this preview thread, I thought I'd list the AOW Chairman for August 31st - September 6th. The nominated member is ... Joe Milazzo. (Applause!)

Ghost, does that autobiography list the musicians that Tapscott intended for this session? Though I've heard that Tapscott was infuriated when Don Schlitten had already hired musicians for the gig, I can't say that Schlitten didn't make good choices. Who would have thought that Conte Candoli and (even) Tommy Flanagan would mold their own aesthetic so fittingly to Tapscott's music?

At any rate, it would be interesting to see who Tapscott personally had lined up. If I remember correctly, only the drummer was Tapscott's choice.

Now — must ... catch up ... on back-logged AOW's ... :rhappy:

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As he's posted in this preview thread, I thought I'd list the AOW Chairman for August 31st - September 6th. The nominated member is ... Joe Milazzo. (Applause!)

Ghost, does that autobiography list the musicians that Tapscott intended for this session? Though I've heard that Tapscott was infuriated when Don Schlitten had already hired musicians for the gig, I can't say that Schlitten didn't make good choices. Who would have thought that Conte Candoli and (even) Tommy Flanagan would mold their own aesthetic so fittingly to Tapscott's music?

At any rate, it would be interesting to see who Tapscott personally had lined up. If I remember correctly, only the drummer was Tapscott's choice.

Now — must ... catch up ... on back-logged AOW's ... :rhappy:

More applause for Joe Milazzo! :party::party:

Late, I'm at work and don't have the book with me, but I'll check when I go home tonight. Yes, Tapscott was infuriated, and nearly walked out on the session until his wife talked him out of it. I believe it was Tapscott's working band of the time, the Arkestra, that was going to be on the session--I'll look it up and post tomorrow a.m.

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WAIT a second here!!! How is it that a "coming soon" thread is running laps around my own AOW thread? Maaaaaaaan..... :g :g :g

Seriously though, I can't wait to see what Joe has in mind (and if I'm not mistaken, I believe this means that the entire Texas contingency of Organissimo has been properly represented in the AOW!).

Edited by Big Al

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Great choice - one of my all-time faves ! :excited:

I seem to recall reading that drummer Everett Brown was the only musician in the original Tapscott lineup that did the recording. Having said that, I'm suprised that Al McKibbon and Ray Draper were not automatic choices but I guess they were not part of the Arkestra.

Interesting time this for Ray Draper. Within a couple of years of this recording he was temporarily resident with his wife in London, having left LA. From the tone of an interview he did for 'Jazz Monthly' around 1970 the LA scene of the late 60s must have gone into near free-fall.

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WAIT a second here!!! How is it that a "coming soon" thread is running laps around my own AOW thread? Maaaaaaaan..... :g :g :g

In the spirit of Al(s), just lie down and take it.

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Interesting then that an anagram of Late's first name is NOT AL.

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Big Wheel, your license has been revoked until you wish to prove you can handle the responsibility of holding AWESOME knowledge that could shake the foundations of our very existence.

Really, you should be more careful.

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Interesting then that an anagram of Late's first name is NOT AL.

How about "et al?"

In the spirit of AL(z) everywhere, I'm going back to sleep. Think I'll read my AOW thread to get me there quicker! :P

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Excellent! I've actually got this one. I'll have to throw it on soon and give it a listen or three.

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I seem to recall reading that drummer Everett Brown was the only musician in the original Tapscott lineup that did the recording. Having said that, I'm suprised that Al McKibbon and Ray Draper were not automatic choices but I guess they were not part of the Arkestra.

Checked SONGS OF THE UNSUNG this morning and all Tapscott says is that the original group was made up of "cats from the Ark." You're right about Everett Brown--he was the only one who actually made the date.

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Sonny's Dream is absolutely one of the best jazz albums of all time. The title song is off the hook and Sonny plays unlike anyone else, a true master, sadly underappreciated. 

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