Author Archives: Brew

DIMINUENDO & CRESCENDO IN BLUE 1937, 1946, 1953, 1956 & 1958 — The Genesis of a Dukish Masterpiece

– Yesterday’s post has inspired me to do what I have planned a long time ago: All significant versions of “Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue” compiled in one post, and in chronological order (for the rest, see yesterday’s updated post). … Continue reading

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Update of an ancient post: DANCIN’ through APRIL with “MY” MAN PAUL GONSALVES and 3 X’s “DIMINUENDO & CRESCENDO IN BLUE”

Thanks, Doug, for reminding us on International Jazz Day. For me, every day is a Jazz Day. Let’s celebrate it anyway, with Paul Gonsalves, featured in his very special showcase and 35 chorusses + a splendid coda on Diminuendo & … Continue reading

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HAPPY 90th ANNIVERSARY, DORIS DAY !!!

You can be sure, dear swingin’ Lady: We all love you, and you will be remembered forever as one of the greatest chanteuses of the 20th Century. You may not be aware of it, but your vocal artistry inspired us … Continue reading

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SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY !!! THE LONG-LOST EDISON CYLINDER WITH BUDDY BOLDEN FROM 1894: THAT’S HOW BUDDY REALLY SOUNDED

It was 11 years ago when I spent some time in New Orleans. There I met this very old negro (he insisted in being called a “negro”), Mr. Georges de Saint-James, 95 years, a man who was there when Storyville … Continue reading

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Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2014

Oh yeah! — That’s all (as last year!) still very, very, I mean: Absolutely kinda like super-duuper-funny. It’s actually just laughably-ridiculously deeelightful. …LOLL. And so: Enjoy once again! Carnivalesque Blues & Jazz Men 1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras … Continue reading

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R.I.P. ALICE BABS (1924-2014)

If you love a crystal clear jazz soprano, go and buy some of her records. R.I.P. Alice Babs, lovely Swedish swing angel.

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THE DUKE, PLAYING MUSIC STAND FOR “THE RABBIT” – Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – “ISFAHAN” from “FAR EAST SUITE”, 1966

Duke Ellington was an impatient man, because he wanted to hear instantly what he wrote for his orchestra. And he was – like yours truly – one of those “last-minute-types” when it came to composing/ arranging music. Maybe he needed … Continue reading

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