Monthly Archives: November 2012

Something warm & tender for the cold days: Repost of “DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET — AUDREY — 1954″

Please look and listen to Audrey, one of the most beautiful collective improvisations by the earlier edition of the fabulous Dave Brubeck Quartet. From the original liners to Brubeck Time: Audrey is a truly ‘impromptu’ number. In a wistful mood, … Continue reading

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EXTRA UPDATE: BIRD ‘n’ DIZ, Or: Why it didn’t work no more. — Two ‘Live’ Sets from New York’s Carnegie Hall (1952) & from Portland’s Civic Auditorium (1954)

This is an extra update to my article from November 17 on Lee Konitz’s brilliant solo features with Stan Kenton. Two tracks – the 2nd “Lover Man” & “In Lighter Vein” – have been taken from the pictured LP which … Continue reading

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DEDICATED TO LADY MARION … HUTTON, THE (ALMOST!) FORGOTTEN SONG BIRDIE OF THE SWING ERA

Marion Hutton – mostly overshadowed by her exuberant younger sister Betty – was the loveliest, the most human asset to the otherwise perfectly drilled Glenn Miller Orchestra. Her intonation wasn’t always the firmest, and she seemed to be unable to … Continue reading

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IN THE LIGHT OF RIFFTIDES’ VEIN FOR KENTON & KONITZ – LOVER MAN & IN LIGHTER VEIN – FROM HOLLYWOOD TO MUNICH, 1953

Yes, Lee Konitz again. There will be not much text today. The important things have been said already at Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides (linked with the corresponding article). I’m just adding a bit more music. First we will hear Lee playing … Continue reading

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Not Only For Europeans: “Little Jazz” ROY ELDRIDGE — JUST FOOLIN’ AROUND IN PARIS — October 28, 1950

Roy Eldridge’s visits in France and Sweden (January 1951) were certainly very happy and carefree times for the trumpet star, who not too seldom got confronted with brutally open racism in his fatherland. Especially in Paris – then Europe’s jazz … Continue reading

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It happened exactly 68 years & 9 months ago: GLENN MILLER & THE ARMY AIR FORCE BAND — Broadcast from February 12, 1944

One must celebrate when one has the chance, right? — And so, I take the opportunity of sharing a little project with you I had in mind for quite a while: Captain Glenn Miller (he was no Major yet) & … Continue reading

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To all East Coasters in the USA: MEL TORMÉ’s & GEORGE SHEARING’s MESSAGE via BERLIN, GERMANY (1989)

“PICK YOURSELF UP, DUST YOURSELF OFF… …AND START ALL OVER AGAIN!”

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