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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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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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75 YEARS SPREADING “NOTES AZURES” — HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, “BLUE NOTE” !!!

There’s not much I can tell you about the most influential of all jazz labels which hasn’t been said already by all those experts. Anyway, today is the very day when Mr. Alfred Lion, “Blue Note’s” imaginative founder (together with … Continue reading

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ALSO WHITE MEN CAN PLAY THE BLUES: STAN GETZ & GARY McFARLAND – 1963

Warning: This is not for sissies who would expect a sultry Bossa Nova with a certain Brazilian chick singing off-key ;) No! — That’s “Stan the man”, as he, err… *gets* along as the jumpin’ tenor guy of your trust … Continue reading

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“AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY AN TUNE,” ALAS…

…it is still in the making: DANCE OF THE IMBECILES. Although the title suggests that it has something to do with Bud Powell’s DANCE OF THE INFIDELS (which is an altered blues), it’s only the similarity of words, not of music. … Continue reading

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“LADY DAY” BILLIE HOLIDAY ON FILM – Dedicated to my photographer Fräulein Liphinchen Blass

We met yesterday in my favorite café at the beautiful Chlodwigplatz, and I brought a gift: Billie Holiday At Storyville, one of my favorite LP’s.     This is dedicated to you, Liphinchen. Enjoy the show! Sincerely, Yours truly, Brew … Continue reading

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BREW LITE & HIS HOLY JAZZ SPIRITS — PENTECOST JAM — MAY 23, 2010

Dear folks & followers – It’s a great pleasure for me to present the best from our concert at a small Greek restaurant in Cologne, on Pentecost Sunday three years ago. Here we go with almost 60 minutes of swingin’ … Continue reading

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