Author Archives: Brew

Bruno Leicht & “LITTLE WILLI LEAPS AGAIN” – Piano Solo & “Um die Ecke” – May 21, 2014

This is an extended blues à la rhumba (similar to Tommy Dorsey’s “Perfidia”, which is *NOT* played as a rhumba anyway), dedicated to Little Willi, a new Californian citizen, who arrived yesterday in the wee small hours of the morning. … Continue reading

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DUKE’s RHYTHM MAN No. 1: SONNY GREER & “DRUMMER’s DELIGHT” — 1938

Folks who are digging swingin’ drummers, too often forget to mention the under-appreciated Sonny Greer who spend half of his career in Duke Ellington’s various aggregations, starting with a quintet in 1919, continuing with Duke’s Washingtonians in 1924, who eventually … Continue reading

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HAPPY BELATED 115th ANNIVERSARY, DUKE OF ELLINGTON !!! — THE TATTOOED & OTHER BRIDES

This is the definitive beginning of my non-political anniversary year. For me, there won’t be 1914, 1939, 1944, or 1989 in the center of interest. – No, on the contrary: This blog will feature a load of short articles ’round … Continue reading

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My Antique Easter Gift, Also In 2014: THEY ALL WANTED MOTEN SWING …..and they surely still do in 2014 ;)

Doug’s seasonal post at Rifftides (Jimmy Lunceford in 1939 with Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”) inspired me to insert three other “Easter Parade’s” right here, as kinda musical preface, before we eventually will be happily parading along with swingin’ Benny Moten. … Continue reading

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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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