Strangers on a Train

Since a week we have satelite television which makes life more bearable. We have about 6 movie channels who broadcast not-french spoken movies in its original version. What a time with all those noir on the Polar channel : 'Phantom Lady', 'Armored Car Robbery', the classic channel with 'Capone', 'Fort Courageous', TMC with 'Party Girl',....

This evening there's a Alfred Hitchcock one in its original version. Although i'm not very fond of Hitchcock, i'm quite curious about 'Strangers on a Train'. This 1951 movie is :

a) not being part of those always related to Hitchcock (as for example 'Rear Window', 'Vertigo', 'The Birds', ...)

b) the script was co-written by a.o. (uncredited) Ben Hecht, Patricia Highsmith and expecially interesting for me : Raymond Chandler. We know Mr. Chandler wrote other scripts as well like the one for 'The Blue Dahlia' so maybe this Hitchcock one will stand the test this evening.

Can't wait. It will always be better than his version of John Buchans 'The 39 Steps';-)


Art Blakey

Art Blakey will be honored with a historical marker that will be placed at his boyhood home in the city's Hill District. Read more here.

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Dr. Billy Taylor Begins his 87th Year

Billy Taylor presents his Suite for Jazz Piano and Orchestra on http://billytaylorjazz.com, new release, Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan Live at MCG Drops 8/28
http://billytaylorjazz.com, is now featuring Billy's first extended work, Suite for Jazz Piano and Orchestra.  Dr. Taylor was commissioned to write the Suite for the Utah Symphony by conductor Maurice Abravanel, back in the 70s, when both men were on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts.   After its premiere, with Abravanel conducting, Billy went on to perform the Suite with symphony orchestras worldwide.  And after his maiden voyage in extended composing, he went on to write a number of other lengthy works, including "Let Us Make A Joyful Noise," and "Peaceful Warrior," which will also be featured on the site later this year.
Billy Taylor has a long relationship with Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG).  He played for the grand opening of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Music Hall in 1987 and has presented a colorful palette of programs at MCG over the past 20 years. Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan, Live at MCG represents one of those very special moments from 1993.
Recorded three years before the death of Mulligan, this recording finds both masters in great form. With the help of Chip Jackson on bass and Carl Allen on drums, they romp through a swinging collection of standards, as well as Billy's spirited calypso Capricious and Mulligan's immortal Line for Lyons
Billy and Gerry were friends on and off the bandstand, which can genuinely be heard throughout this entire performance. On this recording, they finish each other's phrases and laugh at each other's musical jokes. Their duet on "All The Things You Are" is a lustrous example of their shared musical heritage and life-long bond, music guaranteed to survive the ages.

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I'm reading right now "IX-XI, how september 11th became possible",written by a belgian journalist Jef Lambrecht who traveled himself to Afghanistan during and after the Taliban regime. Very interesting to read and one understands the conflict from the Communist period onwards way better. Just surfing on the net today and i saw this article on Afghanistan in the today edition of the NYT. Can't say much has changed. Enjoy your sunday!

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Richard Cook R.I.P.

I found this sad message in the mail this morning :

"Those who enjoy the work of British jazz writer Richard Cook will be
saddened to learn that he died this morning after a battle with cancer.
Richard will be best remembered for his work on the journal Jazz Review and
for the series of books........The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings.......he co-wrote with his good friend Brian Morton.
Richard Cook was just 50. "

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Max Roach (3)

The NYT has in it's todays edition a Peeter Keepnews article on the funeral of Max Roach. Have a nice weekend with Bird and Max ! 


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Max Roach (2)

Don't think that the passing of Max Roach left me cold. I want to write about him the coming days, week or so with some memories about the concerts i attended, some music i listened at recently but that takes time...

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