If it weren’t reserved for Pres, it would have been his unique feature: Coolness — HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY, MITCH!

Not many words, just a couple of links for further reading, watching and listening. Enjoy!

— One of my favorite films with Bob Mitchum is Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957).

— On Robert Mitchum in the Los Angeles Times (August 4, 2017).

— Go, buy at anazoom 😉

— He could also sing, and he was a composer too. Go HERE.

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The Raymond Scott Quintet: TWILIGHT IN TURKEY — A musical commentary to Receipt Taliban Earth O’Cock’s weird antidemocratic policy

It’s so sad what’s happening in Turkey these days.

If you can read German, I’d recommend this article: Irrlichternder Diktator oder rationaler Machtpolitiker? Was Erdogan wollen könnte.

Now, listen to this wonderful swingin’ gem from yesteryear:

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Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a. COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2017

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 FOLKS

1. While We Danced At The Mardi GrasDick Robertson & His Orchestra (1937)
2. Carnival In CarolineJerry Kruger with Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters (1938)
3. At The Clambake CarnivalCab Calloway & His Orchestra (1938)
4. Carnival Of VeniceHorace Heidt’s Musical Knights (1939)
5. Mardi Gras MadnessBarney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Blanton & The Duke Of Ellington (1940)
6. Mardi Gras BoogieJoe Turner (1949)
7. CarnivalArtie Shaw & His Orchestra (1942)
8. The Carnival Of VeniceHarry James & His Orchestra (1941)

I have substituted the crappy commercial mp3 of Mardi Gras Madness withHarryJames_Circle_LP_1941_a the much better sounding digitalized LP-track from my collection; and there is now a #8 on that playlist, namely Harry James’s The Carnival Of Venice from 1941, which is in my humble opinion definitely the best of all Venetian Carnivals he ever recorded, be it ‘live’ or in the studio. – Blog owner’s update: Since I updated all links and couldn’t find this particular version, I’ve posted the well known commercial recording.

I once had it on an old LP with a lot of reverb added. — Now, you have the chance to listen once again to this ultra-rare rendition, freshly transferred last night for your listening pleasure,

By yours truly,
Brewnival Lightissimus

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Jerry Kruger, 1938

Folks, that’s Cootie with the Duke (*not* on that picture! – That’s Rex Stewart), and the wonderful Jerry Kruger who are celebrating their happy Carnival In C. Harry Carney blows it deeply too 😉

Okay, there are also some MG’s, namely the various Mardi Gras happenings, dancing, boogieing, and clambakeing for all our listening pleasure.

Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Blanton & The Duke of Ellington (who are all jumpin’ in Mardi Gras Madness) have been extra purchased again by yours truly for this glorious occasion (it’s in the key of D-flat by the Dukish way!).

‘Hot Lips’ Page is plunging Artie’s carnival party in a kind that the syrupy strings are quickly forgotten, aren’t they?

Cheers, will say: Kölle (still in 2017) am Arsch!

The below is the Bruno-Leicht-quadruple-feature, meaning:

I’m (forever!) all 4 U, 4 da bloose, 4 da blue, 4 da bloozy-boozy-brewzy blues 😉

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Bruno Leicht spielt: Wassermusik – Darm-Alarm & Miss K.-ATTYA, My Dearest – Cologne, September 18, 2016

Bruno Leicht spielt eine “Freeprovisation” in drei Teilen:

— I. WASSERMUSIK
— II. DARM-ALARM
— III. MISS K.-ATTYA, MY DEAREST

Ort & Zeit: Darmmodell der Felix-Burda-Stiftung vor dem Kölner Schokoladenmuseum am 18. September 2016.

Idee & Konzeption: Cornel Wachter, Köln.
Rohmaterial von Videoproduktion: Lennart Kremser, Köln.
Trompete: Bruno Leicht, Bay-In-Valley.

Cornel Wachter
Lennart Kremser
Lennart Kremser @YouTube
Bruno Leicht – Webpage

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BREW BAKER’s HOLIDAY THREE – ‘Live’ @Nunk Music – June 4, 2016

Here’s to you, KD, my love B0C

Cheers!

“THE TRANSLUCENT BLOOZE OF THE RUSSIAN MUSE” by Bruno Leicht (trumpet & composition) & Band:

“MISS K.-ATTYA, MY DEAREST” by Bruno Leicht (trumpet & composition) & Band:

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Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you.

Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like shit when they subsequently reissued only a handful of your works (electronic echo included!), you just went straight to Capitol, did a whole lot of fantastic albums and made them CBS-folks cry.

They didn’t deserve anything else, the poor sods.

Harry James: You were unique, one of a kind, a hell of a trumpeter.

Long live your great sounds!

Thanks for your wonderful jazz, and your lovely schmaltz too.

LIFE GOES TO A PARTY – Harry James, Buck Clayton (tp) Eddie Durham (tb) Earl Warren (as) Jack Washington (as, bar) Herschel Evans (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) – 1937

SING, SING, SING – Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Gordon Griffin (tp) Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as) Arthur Rollini, Babe Russin (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Allen Reuss (g) Harry Goodman (b) Gene Krupa (d) – Carnegie Hall, NYC, January 16, 1938

ROLL ‘EM PETE – Harry James And The Boogie Woogie Trio: Harry James (tp) Pete Johnson (p) Johnny Williams (b) Eddie Dougherty (d) – December 30, 1938

To be continued … got some teaching to do in a minute 😉

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS with Judy, Whitney & Ol’ Blue Eyes, with Nat, Bird & Bill & with Long Tall Dexter

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