Monthly Archives: January 2013

ARTIE SHAW WAS FREE TO DO IT ALL — Some Sounds From 1934, 1937, 1938 & 1939

For Artie Shaw it surely wasn’t “his finest orchestra”, the Rhythmakers (sic!), who nevertheless did some greatly swingin’ sides in 1937 & 1938. No, this outfit was more or less the same orchestra which made him a rich man, a … Continue reading

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Repost In The Light Of Marc Myers’ Recent CD-Tip: ARTIE SHAW – AN AUTOGRAPH by THE KING of CLARINET & NINE of his DREAMS

This is a dated autograph by Artie Shaw (from 1949) I had dug up in the web years ago; it has survived some computer crashes until today (May 21, 2009). So I took the chance and can now proudly present … Continue reading

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BUDDY RICH BIG BAND — MORE FROM THE JAZZ FEST BERLIN — NOVEMBER 3, 1984

NIGHT BLOOD IF I WERE A BELL Bill Cunliffe (p) Dave Carpenter (b) & BR (d) CHANNEL ONE SUITE Note: The lengthy drum solo, posted in two parts two days ago, belongs to this suite. Here it is again, but … Continue reading

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Repost in the light of another video: BUDDY RICH — LIVE @ JAZZ FEST BERLIN — NOVEMBER 1984

–Preface– Since the below video was taken in Cologne’s Sartory Saal (where I heard the WDR Big Band for the very first time when I began my jazz studies in March 1985), it’s a great pleasure for me to update this … Continue reading

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…as for WEST SIDE STORY :)

– And now? Now, ya gonna be cool, and ya gonna dance to the westside o’town, an’ ya get a copy o’ the Dee-Vee-Dee & the original soundtrack … somewhere ;) A self-critical P.S. by lyricist Stephen Sondheim can be … Continue reading

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REPOST FROM 2010: BETRAYED — AN ANTI WAR THREAD

Although I once claimed that “this thread will be a work in progress” when I first posted it in April 2010, I got distracted by some rehearsals for “Novecento”, and simply forgot about it. Anyway, I dug it up from … Continue reading

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Nancy Ames & Harry James in 1967 with “BLOW, GABRIEL, BLOW!” (enhanced)

The sound of the original video was so badly distorted that I decided to re-edit the version of the video which is already on JazzTube. As you can hear, have I cleaned the audio track and slightly enhanced the picture as … Continue reading

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