Monthly Archives: February 2012

THE CAT SAYS …

It’s INTERNATIONAL CATS DAY today, and therefore, listen to & watch some hep cartoon cats dancing to Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with ALL THE CATS JOIN IN (1946): P.S. — The studio version of the very same tune, with … Continue reading

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JOHN BIRKS “DIZZY” GILLESPIE, ALSO A TALENTED COMPOSER & PIANIST – PARISIAN YEARS

Hi there, beboppers – This is it, but not everything I would like to share with you (see my special gift on the bottom). Enjoy the one and only Dizzy Gillespie as duo partner at the piano, together with bassist … Continue reading

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“LITTLE JAZZ” ROY ELDRIDGE IN ACTION — Backstage, Stanley Theatre, July 1941 …

…when he was with Gene Krupa’s band (click on the picture for more, or go THERE). The guitarist is Ray Biondi, Sam Musiker could be the clarinetist, the others are certainly among those band members (copied from HERE): Gene Krupa-(d), … Continue reading

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THE GREAT GENE QUILL ∽ ALTO SAXOPHONE

No words, just beautiful alto sounds & a quote – CIMARRON by Johnny Richards, featuring Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak & Jim Dahl on trombone, 1957. On LP: Johnny Richards – Wide Range The pictured album “3 Bones & A Quill” … Continue reading

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My Favorite Blues Improvisation: LESTER ‘PRES’ YOUNG with his SLOW MOTION BLUES from March 1951

This beautiful improvisation on the blues has changed my life. I played differently from the moment on I heard Lester Young’s “Slow Motion Blues” for the very first time. My special thanks goes to the late Dieter Zimmerle and his … Continue reading

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In the Light of a Recent Discovery at Doug Ramsey’s “Rifftides”: Brew’s (partly) Invented Tale on THELONIOUS MONK’s Favored Blues BLUE MONK

– Preface – A wonderful discovery at Doug’s blog inspired me to post my own theory on how Thelonious Monk’s Blue Monk was born. Feel free to read the article HERE. BLUE MONK ∽ THE INVENTED STORY ON MONK’s MASTERPIECE ∽ ⓒ … Continue reading

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Listen to the Magic, Listen to CHARLIE PARKER & STRINGS with DAVID RAKSIN’s “LAURA”, ‘Live’ at BIRDLAND, 1951

This is a very atmospheric video. Enjoy!

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