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  1. Tristano with accordion. The mind reels...
  2. Any love for Lou Rawls?

    Well, I just checked, and we have 7 Lou Rawls LPs in the jazz/pop vocals section and 4 more LPs in the Now Sound section, for a total of at least 11. (There could be others in the massive to-be-cleaned and to-be-filed sections.). The LPs span from Lou's first Capitol LP to the Philadelphia International album with "You'll Never Find." Oh, make that 12, because we have his Christmas album, which includes the worst-ever version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." I like the Capitol album in the Now Sound section where he is wearing the black leather suit.
  3. Any love for Lou Rawls?

    You guys are probably all way too young to remember the 1990s, but back then, when everyone was unloading their vinyl, I found most of Lou Rawls' early- to mid-60s Capitol LPs, most of them in MONO. Been ages since I've spun them, but I've never unloaded them either.
  4. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    I think I'm with you here, but I would be tempted to suffer through a nice print of the film, as a cultural exercise if nothing else.
  5. Jazz with Wordless Vocals - Choruses or Single Voice

    Ah, memories of finding jazz and EZ LPs for a buck or two in the 1990s. I can't even remember the last time I spun this. I must revisit, and will play this weekend.
  6. Tony Scott

    Interesting, because one of the reasons I love THEE DEFINITIVE VERSION of "Riff's Blues" from Mike Hammer is the lowerer-register playing, along with the quieter attack. The bass clarinet in particular is an under-appreciated instrument.
  7. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    And that means?
  8. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    I heartily disagree.
  9. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    That would be my assumption. I would also guess that Ella and Louis came in second. I believe I have six versions: Miles & Gil Ella & Louie Mundell Lowe Oscar Peterson Robert Farnon Robert Russell Bennnet. The only one that I deliberately sought out was Miles and Gil. The others I stumbled across for short dough in the 1990s. The Robert Russell Bennet never gets played, because of the banjo. TTK's pad is a banjo-free zone. I've never seen nor heard the opera, but I've heard several of the songs, of course, by pop and jazz singers.
  10. Jazz with Wordless Vocals - Choruses or Single Voice

    Never heard that version. I know the version on Soul Burst.
  11. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    I have bigger hopes for humanity than how they feel about Rhapsody in Blue.
  12. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    My impetus for starting this thread was to contrast the excitement the film generated when it was in production - many of those albums date from around the time of the film's release - with the film's practical disappearance. (Yes, there is that grainy, blurry YouTube clip.) That and the fact that many of us have known these songs - through Miles and Gil, if no one else - yet haven't seen the film. I realize that the opera itself is resurrected occasionally. As for Gershwin vs. other GAS songwriters, I have always felt that his reputation was a little inflated because of his "serious" works. At the same time, I can't imagine the 20th century without Rhapsody in Blue. It is the sound of New York. It is my understanding that Ferde Grofe did a lot of the heavy lifting on the "serious" stuff, I tend to like Rodgers, Kern, Arlen, and Cole Porter more than Gershwin, but actually, I have more of an issue with Ira's lyrics. I think you will find more dated references in his lyrics than those of Porter or Hart. Still, one of my favorite rhymes of all time is "Oh give me that free 'n' easy/Waltz that is Vienese-y." As to George Gershwin's motivations for writing what he did, whatever. In the US, the GAS is at the center of a lot of people's musical universe, for better or worse. Ces't la vie.
  13. Tony Scott

    My Dad had this LP. It was arguably the first jazz album, or the first "jazz" album, I ever heard. In the 1980s, I co-hosted a radio show, and I used "Riff Blues" as the background music for a recurring segment called "Helpful Hi-Fi Hints,"
  14. Tony Scott

    This album includes THEE DEFINITIVE version of "Riff Blues" from Mike Hammer, featuring Tony Scott.
  15. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    It is. We tried to watch it last night, but it was too grainy and blurry to enjoy. We liked it enough to give it another shot if a better print comes along.