Author Archives: Brew

RE: TERROR ATTACKS IN PARIS — WE WILL DEFEND LIBERTY, EQUALITY & FRATERNITY

There is a war going on. We musicians can only blow louder, and harder. Music is our weapon. For us, there is no other way. Paris is everywhere. We are all Parisians today. Let’s fight those terrorist lowlives!

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Updated: 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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Lovely LENA HORNE, my starting page when I’m going online…

For privacy reasons I have erased the logo of my computer, and some other details. Anyway, that’s what I see when I’m opening my browser: A youthful, a sparkling-eyed Lena Horne whose “HONEYSUCKLE ROSE” (1943) got indexed because sexy Lena stressed the … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s MADHATTAN FOUR on BIRD’s “BIG FOOT” — ‘Live’ @ Litho, October 16, 2010

Feel free to click to enlarge 😉 First a quote from my old blog: Some of countless blues now, “Big Foot”, as broadcasted live from the Royal Roost on December 11, 1948. I was speechless when I heard Charlie’s solo … Continue reading

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‘T was “BLUE SKIES” before, then “IN WALKED BUD” … “AND MONK WALKED OUT”

This is a little imaginary suite, dedicated to Thelonious Monk’s paraphrase of Irving Berlin’s “BLUE SKIES” (clickety-click on the title to hear one of the earliest renditions, performed by Ben Selvin’s Knickerbockers, 1927). Anyway, the tune could have remained a … Continue reading

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HAPPY 95th ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER! ∽ RE: KLACT-OVEESEDS-TENE

PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT My special thanks goes to Doug Ramsey for having reminded me of Charlie Parker’s 92nd anniversary three years ago. Since I’m not too strong with such dates, I appreciate Doug’s (and everybody’s) reminder(s), and will gladly take the … Continue reading

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HAPPY BELATED 80th ANNIVERSARY, SWING ERA! — It happened at “The Palomar”, on August 21, 1935

This is a broadcast, aired one day after the opening, on August 22, 1935; very interesting is the fact that Benny started the proceedings with “GOODBYE” which later became his closing number. I want to hint you to some remarkable … Continue reading

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