I've been catching up and enjoyed reading what everyone has been
listening to on their ipods. While my list would look much like those
posted before here are a few I didn't see listed...
Dave Alvin -- How this guy escaped me for so long I don't know.
My favorites: "Ashgrove"," Interstate City", "Blackjack David","King
Of California","Out In California",and his Grammy winner "Public
Steve Gibbons Band - "Down In The Bunker"
Tonio K - "Life In The Foodchain"
Jim Carroll Band - "Catholic Boy"
Warren Zevon - "Excitable Boy", "My Ride Is Here" (pretty much any
Todd Snyder- "The Devil You Know" (featuring the song "Looking For A
Richard Thompson - "Sweet Warrior"
James McMurtry - "Live In Aught Three"
On Apr 14, 8:28 pm, email@example.com wrote:
[snip fine selection list]
Todd Snider: Songs for the Daily Planet is one CD that gets a lot of
play around here.
I also like Dan Reeder from the same stable (Ohboy Records, John
Prine's label. www.ohboy.com)
I wonder if Todd has managed to get his drinking under control..LOL
"Here's to hair gel
Hanging out at the health spa
Using condom sense
Watching L.A. Law
Here's to drum machines
Credit cards, fax machines
Big bow-headed chicks and frat guys
Wearing forty dollar tie-dyed t-shirts
And big old paisley ties
Here's to living off dad as long as you can
And blending in with the crowd
Oh, my generation
My generation should be proud"
In the 80's I listened to the first 4.
I still listen to the second 2 on occasion. <G>
The first 2 actually had better songs before they got "huge".
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When I see names like Monk, Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Stan Kenton, Ella,
Sarah, Dinah, J Cash, Joe Williams, H Hancock, Sinatra. Dean, Sammy
and a few others, I'll know the subject is about musicians.
Oh my... Dave Brubeck. Wonderfully understated piano arrangements, to
me the best in a quartet (or so).
But introduce Paul Desmond, and the clock stopped on classic jazz
quartets. I have never heard and probably will never hear a finer sax
than Desmond. Liked Getz in his Brazilian phase for his smooth
delivery, but even when he recorded with Brubeck, well, he was no
Desmond. To me they were like Lennon/McCartney, the sum better than
the parts. Sadly, it is difficult for two drug abusing alcoholics to
work together very long, and Desmond was a mess.
Can you believe "Time Out" was released <<<< 50 >>>> years ago? The
music Brubeck released from about '59 until about 1970 or so stand the
test of time by any measure for the quartet sound.
I am impressed, absolutely not kidding one bit. How many people know
and appreciate this man and his work? A great collaborative
musician. A troubled, mad genius. How many light years away from his
fellow musicians was this man? When his album with Intermission Riff,
Eager Beaver, etc., came out, he made all the other big bands (except
Artie Shaw) look like junior high school bands.
I used to listen to The Stones, The Who, etc., and then to Stan
Kenton. I was hypnotized by him.
I saw Kenton twice, the last time was around 1974 and he was out of
the sanatorium.... one more time. Hearing Artistry in Rhythm with
Pete Rugolo's (sp?) arrangements was spine tingling and I still
remember the white suit he wore sitting in front of mirror polished
grand piano. Bless his heart, he himself was quiet and old, but his
band was INSPIRED. They knew what that stuff was supposed to sound
like. We were in a smaller venue for about 3500 people (large for
him) and they absolutely tore the place up.
I have a very wide range of music I listen to. I listen to everything
from classical (especially Wagner), jazz (no fusion), rock, some
country, some bluegrass, folk, Americana, etc. I don't listen to
music that *thumps*, though. It makes me nuts.
But Sammy.... Davis? Really, Sammy Davis?
Did I miss something? You weren't talking about Sammy Kershaw were
Damnit Lew, there for a minute I thought you were a happenin'
It is my understanding that "Take5" is the largest selling jazz
recording of all time.
The broadway stage had a few duos that took that same road.
Neil Hefty was another of Kenton's aranger.
And then there was June Christy, AKA: "The misty Miss Christy"
followed by Cris Conner.
Don't come to SoCal.
You come to a red light with the A/C, the windows rolled up, and you
can feel the vibs and sounds of those god damn drums like you were at
a Saterday afternoon viewing of a Tarzan movie when you were a kid.
The natives were restless back then and it appears still are.
Pound for pound, probably the most talented entertainer of my time.
He could sing, dance, act, as well as a stand up entertainer/comedian.
Carried his own aranger/pianist.
Got to see him in "Golden Boy" on Broadway in the mid 60's.
He left it all on the stage that night,
I was impresssed.
It may also be the largest selling sheet music to high school jazz
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I am certainly with you on that. And to further that point, years ago
my mother was an asst. to the head guidance counselor at a local
private college. He was a pretty cool guy, laid back, and enjoyed
talking to working adults.
I was telling him about my personal experience with the phenomena (or
so I thought) and how powerfully it struck me from time to time. He
told me that it has to do with the way your brain associates things
within itself for long term storage. Music is an actual part of the
storage and filing system, but not the music itself. It is the
To drive home that point, he asked me a few questions:
Do you remember all the American history classes you have taken over
the years? Yup, says I. Can you outline the details of the Louisiana
purchase? Hmm... well, no I can't. Says he - yet, you had to be
exposed to that in middle school, high school, and again in college,
right? Yup. But you don't remember anything but the most common
Second set: How many times do you hear a song <that you don't like>
that takes you to a completely different place and time? Me: seldom,
but it happens. Like that stupid f'in song "Afternoon Delight"
OK, says he, how many times do you hear a song that you LIKE and it
gets you to a place where you can remember exact instances of people
that you worked around, what you were doing, and even remember all the
words to the song when you might not have heard it for years?
Wow... point made.
He put me into the direction of some things to read, and it was pretty
strange to see how your brain associates a "file header" of some sort
to your long term memory before it goes into storage. To remember
what I read though, I think should have turned the radio on....
Saw the results of a poll (local LA? ) on a jazz station (KKJZ) web
site. The second favorite album ever was Take 5. Number 1 was Kinda
Blue (Davis). Two good choices.
Incidentally, the latest remix/reissue of Kinda Blue is great. Has a
second take of So What. Worth a listen.
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