Monthly Archives: July 2011

Baby Huey and the 27 Club

With the death of Amy Winehouse at age 27, there’s been a lot of talk about the “27 Club,” meaning music stars who died at the age of 27, including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and various others. Why … Continue reading

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Frank Foster

I just read that Frank Foster died. To be honest, I didn’t know he was still in there kicking. I saw him once leading the Count Basie orchestra, back I believe in the early 90s. He’s most famous for having … Continue reading

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“What was it took hold of a musicianer that way, took a real man and just emptied him out of himself leaving a thing you wouldn’t want to look at? . . . It’s what has to be answered: why … Continue reading

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Treat It Gentle

I’ve just read Treat It Gentle, the autobiography of Sidney Bechet, one of a handful of jazz’s supreme masters. The book is a holy book. It belongs not just with Ellington’s Music Is My Mistress or the writings of Louis … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of America Out of the Spirit of Jazz

I’ve got the idea for a biggish project called something like The Rebirth of America Out of the Spirit of Jazz. Here’s the start of it all, quite literally the start, since I’m just getting going. I don’t really know … Continue reading

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Water Fun

Billy and Dad are really into James Carr.

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A More Perfect Anthem

Happy Independence Day! It’s generally agreed that “The Star Spangled Banner” is a lame national anthem. Maybe “La Marseillaise” is the only good one. But America deserves better. So Billy and Dad’s challenge is to nominate songs that would be … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat – Live

I’ve been poking around trying to hear more by Benny Bailey and found this. Wow, a pretty inspired solo, both architecturally and in terms of soul. The whole thing is great, but he really shines. They take a little while … Continue reading

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Big Ben

The way I remember things is that my friend Emiliano introduced me to Ben Webster, and I fell in love with his music. Then I introduced Emiliano to Lester Young, and he fell in love with his. The consensus that … Continue reading

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