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Chuck Nessa

Bill Brimfield RIP

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Waited all day for someone to post this. If I missed it I am sorry.

He was a wonderful player and interesting personality.

He can be heard on Joseph Jarman's Song For and with Fred Anderson on Dark Day and Milwaukee Tapes.

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Sad news indeed. r.i.p.

Judging from what little I've heard ("Song For", "Dark Day" and half a dozen ROIOs) he was a fine musician!

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Sorry to hear this.

I guess Fred Anderson Quartet, Vol.1 (Asian Improv), also with Brimfield, is no longer regularly available. It goes for ridiculous prices on Amazon...

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Always enjoyed his playing.

Another one gone.

Tick tock, and maybe you DO stop?

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Brimfield was a key soloist in our unofficial high school jazz band back in 1959-60, made up of students from New Trier and Evanston high schools, led by bassist Bruce Anderson. Drummer was the late Steve Bagby, succeeded by my longtime friend Doug Mitchell. Vocalist, until she was let go, was Ann Margret. She was a good enough singer but too much the chanteuse in manner.

Years later wrote a favorable review for the Chicago Tribune of a band with Brimfield in it at a Hyde Park restaurant. He wrote or called to say thanks but in a manner that implied (or so I thought) that I was being kind to him for old times sake. I wasn't at all; he sounded excellent, a bit like Bill Hardman.

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Vocalist, until she was let go, was Ann Margret. She was a good enough singer but too much the chanteuse in manner.

The movie star Ann-Margret? I've always liked her. So sexy. She must have been a knock out back in 59'-60'.

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Vocalist, until she was let go, was Ann Margret. She was a good enough singer but too much the chanteuse in manner.

The movie star Ann-Margret? I've always liked her. So sexy. She must have been a knock out back in 59'-60'.

Yup. She was something else in high school, like vintage Rita Hayworth. In the school variety show she sang a number (I think it was "Steam Heat" or something like that) in a tight red dress that was slit up one side -- way up. There were fathers of students who came to every performance.

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Miss AM

Can't say I'm impressed...

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check post #6. :smirk:

Oops, sorry, missed that one.

Miss AM

Can't say I'm impressed...

Try this:

Or this:

I meant the singing :)

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It was high school. :rolleyes:

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Miss AM

Can't say I'm impressed...

Try this:

Someone should dub "All the Single Ladies" to that...

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Tomorrow evening, Monday, October 15, I'll play Bill Brimfield recordings, including his appearances on Don Moye and Ed Peterson, etc ., CDs, and John Tchicai recordings. It will be on Zoundz!, WHPK 88.5 FM, which begins at 6:30 pm Chicago time and, for listeners to www.whpk.org, at 11:30 Universal Time.

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