Bob Florence

Last week I found the following cd for 3 € in a second hand bookstore :

Bob Florence Big Band Live at Concerts by The Sea
Trend records TRCD 523
Recorded 15-18.06.1979 at Concerts By The Sea, Redondo Beach

Setlist :
1. Be Bop Charlie
2. Lonely Carousel
3. Evie
4. Wide Open Spaces
5. I'll remember
6. Party Hearty


Amongst the musicians of the big band we can Nick Ceroli, Bob Cooper, Pet Christlieb, Bill Perkins en Buddy Childers are the most well known. They play only Bob Florence compositions. The music is very appealing and offers a great listen. Ah it does some good to listen at some big band recordings and no it must not always be Duke or Basie. Since the music on the cd is recorded during several days one might hope more of it might pop up…

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Philippe Noiret RIP

News reaches me that Philippe Noiret, the great french actor passed away today after a long illness. I always remember him in for example 'Coup de tourchon', 'La grande bouffe', 'L horloger de Saint Paul', 'Il faut tuer Birgit Haas' and why not in 'Round Midnight'...


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Anita O' Day RIP

October 18, 1919-November 23, 2006

Jazz Vocal legend Anita O'Day passed this morning October 23, 2006 at 6:17AM in West Los Angeles. The cause of death was cardiac arrest according to her manager Robbie Cavalina.

Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O'Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O'Day and in the late 1930's began singing in a jazz club called the Off- Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa's band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge. O'Day and Eldridge had great chemistry on stage and their duet "Let Me Off Uptown" became a million-dollar-seller, boosting the popularity of the Krupa band. Also that year, "Down Beat" magazine named O'Day "New Star of the Year" and, in 1942, she was selected as one of the top five big band singers.

After her stint with, Krupa, O'Day joined Stan Kenton's band. She left the band after a year and returned to Krupa. Singer Jackie Cain remembers the first time she saw O'Day with the Krupa band. "I was really impressed," she recalls, "She (O'Day) sang with a jazz feel, and that was kind of fresh and new at the time." Later, O'Day joined Stan Kenton's band with whom she cut an album that featured the hit tune "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine"

In the late'40s, O'Day struck out on her own. She teamed up with drummer John Poole, with whom she played for the next 32 years. Her album "Anita", which she recorded on producer Norman Granz's new Verve label, elevated her career to new heights. She began performing in festivals and concerts with such illustrious musicians as Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Georg Shearing and Thelonious Monk. O'Day also appeared in the documentary filmed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 called "Jazz on a Summer Day", which made her an international star.

Throughout the '60s Anita continued to tour and record while addicted to heroin and in 1969 she nearly died from an overdose. O'Day eventually beat her addiction and returned to work. In 1981 she published her autobiography "High Times, Hard Times" which, among other things, talked candidly about her drug addiction.

Her final recording was "Indestructible Anita O'Day" and featured Eddie Locke, Chip Jackson, Roswell Rudd, Lafayette Harris, Tommy Morimoto and the great Joe Wider. A documentary, "ANITA O'DAY-THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER" will be released in 2007.

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Robert Altman R.I.P.

Bad news from the movies : films director Robert Altman has left us. Read his obituary in the NYT or start digging up those old video tapes. Afterwards you put on a late Bill Evans cd where he plays Suicide is painless - theme from MASH.


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Miles On Sunday

Even on syndays the NYT is interesting ;-). First of all there is the ongoing series of Michael Connelly's 'The Overlook' (see Funny Pages in the NYT Magazine) and in it's today edition they have an articles on Miles. Read more here.

Have a nice sunday!

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Wanna read something?

The NYT as ever of course has a bunch of interesting reviews in his book section : new bio's on or books by Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Neal Cassidy and Tennessee Williams. Have fun and keep warm while reading here.

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Maria Schneider

Interesting article as well in the NYT on Maria Schneider who discusses some recordings. Here's an excerpt on the Gil and Miles collaboration :

She put on “Concierto de Aranjuez,” from “Sketches of Spain,” one of Evans’s collaborations with Miles Davis. It starts with castanets and harp; then soft orchestral lines move in for the theme, before Davis enters, a minute into the piece. “Check this out,” she said.

Davis enters with a soft flourish, and the orchestra goes into a kind of slow motion. “You know how Armani knows how to dress a woman up and make her look just incredible?” she asked. “Gil knew how to dress a soloist and make that soloist so beautiful, you know? So there’s all this fluttering — this movement, the tuba’s playing these melodies, there’s all these things going on — and when Miles enters, everything stops.” As if stirring to life again, more lines form after a minute, with curious crisscrossing momentum; it sounds improvised, but it was all was precisely composed.


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