Category Archives: Winter

“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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BREW wishes ALL of YOU a HAPPY JIVE into & through TWO-ZERO-ONE-FIVE !!!

P.S. — Here’s the original “WALLER JIVE”/ “HALLELUJAH” medley by Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, and without any brassy, err, “enhancements” by yours truly:

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HAPPY 85th ANNIVERSARY, MR. CHET BAKER !!!

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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HAUNTED HOUSES IN HARLEM, A LONELY COTTAGE FOR SALE & A DESERTED FARM

This darkest of all my articles is about mysterious houses I have shot during a recent trip through the eastern part of Germany, the former DDR: Rostock, Magdeburg, Dresden, Leipzig & Görlitz. I was lucky because some of the impressive … Continue reading

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SOMETHING HEARTWARMING FOR THE COLD FEBRUARY: HARRY JAMES & HIS MUSIC MAKERS – “MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME” & MORE – ‘ROUND 1946

This is track #5 on side 2 of one of my favorite Harry James LP’s: HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCHESTRA – THE UNCOLLECTED – VOL. 1 – 1943-46 The album contains not only greatly swingin’ instrumentals like the posted “My … Continue reading

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ALSO WHITEMAN (sic!) & SHAW COULD PLAY THE BLUES – CARNEGIE HALL, CHRISTMAS CONCERT (1938)

Let’s briefly return to Artie Shaw for some minutes. — I always wanted to post these rare gems for your listening pleasure. The first track is entitled “The Blues”, and it features the upcoming superstar Artie Shaw with Paul Whiteman … Continue reading

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YET ANOTHER SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY FROM THE BREWSK LITOVSK ARCHIVES: MILES ACTUALLY DID IT !!!

PREFACE Miles Davis, respectively our interpretation of Miles will speak the final words at this blog… ? …in 2012. BULK What was long suspected among the experts has finally come to light: Miles did a rendition of (you play it … Continue reading

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