Category Archives: Saxophone

“AN IDENTIFYING JOHNNY HODGES MEDLEY”, said the Duke of Ellington at Carnegie Hall, on December 27, 1947

The experts among you will immediately think: ‘Why, for heaven’s sake, did Brew take this medley as the first sound example from the very concert where the Duke and his men performed “LIBERIAN SUITE” for the very first time?’ Well, … Continue reading

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Complete for the first time: CHARLIE PARKER’s “BARBADOS”, ‘Live’ in Paris, May 1949

Anyone who knows the LP-version (pictured) will love this: ‘Cause it’s the very first time you can listen to this version of “BARBADOS” with all four theme statements by the Charlie Parker Quintet, and without some distortions due to the … Continue reading

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THE HAWK I LOVE — Coleman Hawkins in 1943: “CRAZY RHYTHM” & “HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN”

Hi there, swingin’ folks — In the light of a recent article at Michael Steinman’s “Jazz Lives”, I think it’s about time to write something new, closely connected to this very entry. ‘Round twenty years ago, I went to a … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s NINE O’CLOCK BEER BOYS — ‘Live’ @ NUNK MUSIC RECORD STORE, Cologne, June 7, 2014

Posted in Anniversary, Barney Bigard, Birthday Party, Blogging is swell!, Blues, Clarinet, Dedication, Delikatessen...LOLL., Duke Ellington, Exoticism, It's been a ball!, It's gonna be a ball, Jazz Rhumba, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jimmy Blanton, Johnny Hodges, June, Obituary, Portrait, Rex Stewart, Saxophone, Swing Era, Tongue In Cheek, Trumpet | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

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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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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“HOW HIGH THE MOON” from “JAZZ AT OBERLIN” – 1953

Pure genius, if you’d ask me! That’s the bonus track which was added to the subsequent 12″-LP releases and of course the CD issues from this fabulous concert. Paul “Diamond” Desmond at his best once again. Wonderful!

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