Category Archives: All American Rhythm Section

ETERNAL REPOST: IT HAPPENED 70 YEARS AGO: D-DAY ∽ JUNE 6, 1944

The President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, who has visited Germany five years ago, was in Normandy the next morning, for celebrating the day which helped to end World War II in Europe, then 65 years … 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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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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THE GENIUS OF ART FARMER & THE SAD EYES OF JOHANNA SÄLLSTRÖM

One of my favorite trumpet, respectively flugelhorn albums is To Sweden With Love (1964) by the Art Farmer Quartet, starring Jim Hall on guitar, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass, and the late Pete LaRoca on drums (Pete left us on November … Continue reading

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Repost From Bruno Leicht’s Resurrected “Old & New Swingin’ Dreams” Blog: What became of CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN? — SAX NO END

Dear swinging friends, This is my reply to Marc Myers’ recent article at JazzWax: JAZZ IS UNIVERSAL; which it is indeed. Yeah! I’m dedicating this entry to Sabina, and a good friend of mine, an American saxophonist, living in the … Continue reading

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MY PRE-EASTER GIFT is COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA and their jivin’ “AIR MAIL SPECIAL” – 1941

BUT… this is – as said – only the preface to my original Easter gift which will come in a week. So, stay tuned with ‘The Count’ Bill Basie, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Don Byas, ‘Papa Jo’ Jones, ‘Mr. Five by … Continue reading

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