Monthly Archives: February 2013

HAUNTED HOUSES IN HARLEM, A LONELY COTTAGE FOR SALE & A DESERTED FARM

This darkest of all my articles is about mysterious houses I have shot during a recent trip through the eastern part of Germany, the former DDR: Rostock, Magdeburg, Dresden, Leipzig & Görlitz. I was lucky because some of the impressive … Continue reading

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SOMETHING HEARTWARMING FOR THE COLD FEBRUARY: HARRY JAMES & HIS MUSIC MAKERS – “MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME” & MORE – ‘ROUND 1946

This is track #5 on side 2 of one of my favorite Harry James LP’s: HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCHESTRA – THE UNCOLLECTED – VOL. 1 – 1943-46 The album contains not only greatly swingin’ instrumentals like the posted “My … Continue reading

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SONNY ROLLINS’ “AIREGIN” is about “ORIGIN” is about “OXYGEN” is about “NIGERIA”

I guess that headline sums it up what Sonny subconsciously wanted to tell us with “Airegin” which is one of his greatest hits beside “St. Thomas”, “Oleo”, and “Doxy”. Here it is in its initial performance, as played by the … Continue reading

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ALSO WHITEMAN (sic!) & SHAW COULD PLAY THE BLUES – CARNEGIE HALL, CHRISTMAS CONCERT (1938)

Let’s briefly return to Artie Shaw for some minutes. — I always wanted to post these rare gems for your listening pleasure. The first track is entitled “The Blues”, and it features the upcoming superstar Artie Shaw with Paul Whiteman … Continue reading

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ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN SWING: DON REDMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA – I GOT RHYTHM – JUNE 30, 1932

Quote: “On 30 June 1932, Don Redman and His Orchestra made the first wholly instrumental recording of “I Got Rhythm” – an early example of many black musicians’ tendency to omit Ira Gershwin’s lyrics.” … but not only was it … Continue reading

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AND THIS? — THIS MAKES ME FEEL BETTER SINCE 1979…

…when I first heard it on German jazz radio; I think it was played during one of the late Werner Burkhardt’s broadcasts, aired on SWF, called “Swingtime”. This was one of the very first tunes by Duke Ellington I ever … Continue reading

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IN RESPONSE TO MR. DOUG RAMSEY :)

In Cologne it’s not the snow, or the grey skies which would make you feel blue; it’s the brutal carnivalesque “music”, which is actually suppressing all real joy. So, the only remedy – as suggested by Doug – is indeed … Continue reading

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