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Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by larry hollis

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:27:34 +0000

Regarding my last missive, there's a major mistake: it was Pops' band with Duke sitting in instead of the other way around. Ain't old age a bitch!



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by larry hollis

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:22:17 +0000

Got to check out Pops playing with Duke's combo (courtesy of USO) on the Ed Sullivan Show (aka Talk of the Town) in late 1961. Definitely a musical highlight of this life.larry



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by Svetlana

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:16:31 +0000

Thanks, Doug! The pictures of the flowers and Louis's song made me smile happily. We haven't had any flowers or green leaves yet..



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by Don Conner

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:24:44 +0000

Nice to hear this one again. I'm reminded of how Louis could simplify a song, yet make it his own. Nice post. Hope our flowers bloom as well.



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by Garret Gannuch

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:50:25 +0000

Louis is the best! Wish he had also recorded one with Ellington's orchestra but I'm glad we have this one.



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by Patrick Hussey

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:37:17 +0000

Happy Spring Doug! Whidbey Island Patrick.



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by mel

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:38:43 +0000

Pirated? I always thought that azaleas were in the public domain...



Comment on Armstrong And Ellington: Azalea by Orsolya S.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:32:05 +0000

Thank you for sharing pictures of flowers and happy music. Nice to have positive images and cheerfulness given to us.



Comment on Monday Book Recommendation: Lilian Terry’s Jazz Friends by Doug Ramsey

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:03:18 +0000

Ms.Yohn recently retired as music director at WEMU, the distinguished National Public Radio and jazz station at Eastern Michigan University.



Comment on Recent Listening In Brief by Rob D

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:38:12 +0000

I had heard Azar Lawrence a few times and liked his playing. But "Elementals" really has grabbed me from first listen. Having just finished watching the Coltrane documentary "Chasing Trane" it was a perfect choice. Agree completely with your thoughts on the Willie Nelson release (reviewed on April 2). I've always loved his voice and phrasing but not always the material he chooses to cover. I grew up on country music and remember a time when he was considered too jazz influenced to be a country singer. "Stardust" remains one of his best releases, in my opinion. I shall investigate the other releases in this review. As always, thanks Doug.



Comment on Monday Book Recommendation: Lilian Terry’s Jazz Friends by Linda Yohn

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:57:09 +0000

Just a little note to tell you how much I enjoy reading "Rifftides".



Comment on Cecil Taylor Is Gone by Doug Ramsey

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:31:04 +0000

At the very beginning of the Taylor video, you may hear a hint of "Salt Peanuts," and hear it in another guise at 4:44. Taylor being Taylor, in the latter case he takes the octave leap from an altered E-flat chord up to an altered (of course) E major chord. If you hear the harmonies differently, I understand. For those unfamiliar with "Salt Peanuts" (it is possible), here is its most famous recording, by Dizzy Gillespie and His All-Stars on May 11, 1945 in New York City for Guild Records. The lineup was Gillespie, trumpet; Charlie Parker, alto saxophone; Al Haig, piano; Curley Russell, bass; and Sid Catlett, drums.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg1Wl-NmzWg



Comment on Cecil Taylor Is Gone by Larry Peterson

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:50:43 +0000

Doug - Thanks for this video, which I finally took the time to watch/listen to this morning. I haven't ever felt engaged with CT's music before, but this piece really grabs me. An aesthetic revelation: fascinating, exciting, cryptic, diffident, idiosyncratic, with moments of true beauty. The search for fitting description is itself an adventure. Didn't catch any bebop allusions, but feel I have finally begun to appreciate why CT deserves acclaim.



Comment on Denny Zeitlin’s Birthday by André Growald

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:27:56 +0000

Denny Zeitlin loves Monk since his prime. In Cathexis, his first album, he recorded the definitive version of "'Round Midnight", Unmissable !



Comment on Denny Zeitlin’s Birthday by Rob D

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:01:06 +0000

He's an incredible man and talent. His recent Early Wayne release on Sunnyside was recommended by Doug on this very blog and it's probably my favourite release of the past couple of years. Great video! He seems to have lost none of his dexterity with age. Supple work on the keys.