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  1. Name Three People...

    Alan Hale Oliver Hardy Wellman Braud
  2. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    I have listened to a few of the new songs online and this is an album I will definitely be skipping. An assortment of reviews for any one interested: Van Morrison’s Latest Record Project is paranoid and Covid-sceptic – yet oddly good Van Morrison’s ‘Latest Record Project’ Is a Delightfully Terrible Study in Casual Grievance Van Morrison's New Album Is an Utter Embarrassment
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Two albums, one recorded live at Shelly's Manne-Hole and one in the studio, from the early 1960's. This 2020 reissue includes brief introductory notes from both Terry Gibbs and Pat Moran. C'mon everybody, let's "Hippie Twist" again like we did last century!
  4. It's sometimes amazing what music gets put into and stored away one's brain at an early age. For example, this little ditty has been known to unwittingly pop up in my mind from time to time even though it has been nearly 50 years since I last heard/saw it performed -- RIP Witchiepoo and Mammy Yokum.
  5. Name Three People...

    Jack Six 5 from Peanuts George Foreman
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Over the past week and a half I've gradually made my way through all 5 discs of this set. Some random thoughts: Considering some of the musicians involved were into their fourth decade of playing this material, the music here is kept lively and fresh for the most part. I didn't hear any one "phoning it in" on these sessions. The final session, from 1962, is perhaps the weakest. I mean, these guys playing "Baby Elephant Walk"? These guys were not Mancini guys and it shows. 1906 was a good year for jazz. Vic Dickenson, Bud Freeman and Wild Bill Davison were all born that year! Did any one ever want to be Louis Armstrong more than Bill Davison? Not that he was an imitator, really, but he obviously learned a lot from Armstrong's records, adopted/adapted what he heard and came out with his own exciting, if not entirely unique, style. He was much too good a trumpeter to be all but ignored these days. It's perhaps easy to overlook just how good Edmond Hall was. I suppose most people in general (not the jazz devotees here, of course) know/heard him from the time he spent as a member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars. But he was truly a master of his instrument and much more than just another sideman. Walter Page -- Sure, sure "Bird Lives", but Walter Page Abides! Folks two counties over could tell you exactly where the beat was when Walter Page laid it down! There is an energy, a vibrant force to his playing which still comes across these many decades later. A couple of young cats were involved here. Ralph Sutton impresses right away on the few tracks on which he plays. Bob Wilber, while good, still had some growing and learning to do.
  7. Marble League 2020

    I wish to take back my previous comments about Red Eye. His dominating performance in this Marbula One race today was remarkable! I've only been a Crazy Cat's Eyes fan for a year now, but it sure feels good to be able to say "They did it!". Woohoo!!
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Would any one here know how long singer Milt Grayson was with the Ellington band? I have sometimes wondered why he did not become a a more famous singer. I love his voice and especially love his work on "The Lonely Ones", heard on this CD.
  9. For the first time since high school -- Thank you Mr. Steinman for adding some imagination, flash and drama to my teen boyhood years. May you rest in whatever state you desire.
  10. I like this one. It has a killer version of "Sofrito"
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Not a jazz album at all, but quite listenable for what it is. "Produced by Sergio Mendes" -- ah, but if that collaboration could have happened back in the 1960's instead of the 1980's, what an album that would have been!
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Proof that "rarities" does not equal "necessities". The good stuff comes at the very beginning and the very end of this collection of tidbits. The CD starts with 8 tracks from a 1955 octet session. It's some of the usual Kenton guys (Carl Fontana, Bill Perkins, Charlie Mariano, Mel Lewis), playing textbook West Coast jazz. One realizes quite quickly however that that is not Smiling Stan, You Used Car Dealin' Man (as seen on the cover and late night TV commercials), but in fact, a real piano player. And it is -- surprise, surprise -- Dave McKenna! Never would have thought him to have been ensnared in the Kenton sphere, but there ya go. The CD ends with a couple of leftover tracks recorded in 1959 for the Tropicana album. In between is some pretty forgettable stuff including -- hey, ya remember how the band had a bit of a hit with their version of "September Song" when the band sang a unison vocal? How would you like to hear 4 more like that including such timeless classics as "Serenade In Blue" and "Harbor Lights"? Or would you rather hit yourself in the head with a ball peen hammer? Yeah, me too.