Category Archives: Spring

30 YEARS AGO (Friday the 13th, 1988): CHET BAKER DIES IN AMSTERDAM — Memories Of A Trumpet Colleague (Update)

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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Bruno Leicht & “LITTLE WILLI LEAPS AGAIN” – Piano Solo & “Um die Ecke” – May 21, 2014

This is an extended blues à la rhumba (similar to Tommy Dorsey’s “Perfidia”, which is *NOT* played as a rhumba anyway), dedicated to Little Willi, a new Californian citizen, who arrived yesterday in the wee small hours of the morning. … 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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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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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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RE: AMSTERDAM, MAY 13, 1983 — CHET & ME — PERSONAL MEMORIES OF A TRUMPET COLLEAGUE

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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RE: MOTHER’s DAY — JIMMY GIUFFRE: ONE OF THE COOLEST OF ALL “MOTHERS” ;)

What a band, what a sound! Shorty Rogers (trumpet, arranger) John Graas (French horn) Gene Englund (tuba) Art Pepper (alto saxophone) Jimmy Guiffre (tenor saxophone, arranger) Hampton Hawes (piano) Don Bagley (bass) Shelly Manne (drums) – This is track #1 from … Continue reading

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