Monthly Archives: August 2012

HAPPY 92nd ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER! ∽ RE: KLACT-OVEESEDS-TENE

PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT My special thanks goes to Doug Ramsey for reminding me of Charlie Parker’s 92nd anniversary. Since I’m not too strong with such dates, I appreciate Doug’s reminder, and will gladly take the opportunity for a repost of … Continue reading

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BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) ∽ BIX, BILL, JOAN & STAN ∽ EXTRACTED ROCK ‘n’ ROLL ‘n’ JAZZ SOUNDTRACK

Part 3 of my little series with unofficial soundtracks was not only inspired by Marc Myers, my mutual collaborator, who featured a splendid collection of jazz-trailers recently… — No! – It’s exclusively dedicated to all first-graders who hopefully won’t experience … Continue reading

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REAR WINDOW (1954) ∽ LENNY, FRANZ & DER BINGLE ∽ EXTRACTED, PARTLY JAZZY SOUNDTRACK

The last article (written in a quasi-cooperation with Marc Myers’ JazzWax) inspired me to take the whole affair to the … rear, so to speak. The same here: No one else has this soundtrack ’cause it was never released. It’s … Continue reading

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THE BIG COMBO (1955) ∽ DAVID RAKSIN ∽ EXTRACTED JAZZ SOUNDTRACK

Could be I’m the only one who “owns” this dark, little big soundtrack? Anyway, here it is, as I’ve transferred it from German TV, fortunately broadcasted in its original version with German subtitles. It’s a pity that no one could … Continue reading

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RE: MOX NIX ∽ OR: HOW ORIGINAL QUOTES IN VALUABLE LINERS CAN LEAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Yes, that’s what happened: Enlightenment :) Quote from the original liners to MEET THE JAZZTET which I have ordered right after Doug had hinted to it HERE. The quote in question: Mox Nix is Art’s tune. “I picked the expression … Continue reading

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Meet MELANIE with the KENNY DORHAM QUINTET in 1962

This musical portrait of a certain Melanie, part 4 of my little series – which could go on and on -, can be found on one of the greatest albums ever recorded by a modern jazz ensemble: Matador (1962). Personnel, … Continue reading

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POLKA, DOTS AND MOONBEAMS ∽ Meet the CHET BAKER QUARTET, going East Coast in 1958

Part 3 of my little series with small bands, lead by trumpeters features Chet Baker with Al Haig (p), Paul Chambers (b) & ‘Philly’ Joe Jones (d). This timelessly beautiful ballad can be found on one of my top-five favorites … Continue reading

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