Monthly Archives: June 2013

R.I.P. JAMES GANDOLFINI, Brew’s favorite gangster (1961-2013)

Not about jazz, only an obituary, rather a dedication to a great actor. I loved watching “The Sopranos”. A friend of mine has lent me the complete series on DVD’s. For some weeks two years ago, there was no day … 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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JOHN COLTRANE & KENNY BURRELL ASK: WHY WAS I BORN?

Hi there, swingin’ folks — This beautiful ballad by Jerome Kern shall warm up your hearts. The track can be found on the album Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane, and it was recorded on March 7, 1958. All best for … Continue reading

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SIR GEORGE SHEARING & HIS QUINTET + LATIN PERCUSSION – “CALI MAMBO” – 1958

George Shearing’s “Cali Mambo” is one of the most modern sounds ever executed by the famous quintet. As you may know, I’m always searching for modal tunes *before* the actual “modal” era in jazz began. This track is certainly one … Continue reading

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D-DAY AFTERMATH – SOME HEADLINES & A SANDWICH

OK, this is kinda crazy, but it’s something you won’t find anywhere but here: The screenshot of the “Saving-Private-Ryan-D-Day-Sandwich” (rather a triple-sandwich with corned beef & swiss cheese?) and a couple of headlines from June 7, 1944, also screenshots, taken … Continue reading

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It’s June 1 today, and again: We’re still not in MEMPHIS, but now we are *finally* IN joyful JUNE

— AUDIO-VISUAL PREFACE — Quote: This beautiful track was recorded for Standard Transcriptions in Los Angeles on some day in December 1945. I can only give you the collective personnel which is a ‘who is who’ of the LA jazz … Continue reading

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