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February 11, 2009


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Nick Rossi

Always interesting Marc. Would you mind posting a link to that Jazz West Coast forum you mentioned?

Michael Steinman

As a tribute, I'm playing Upbeat CD URCD 192 -- VIC LEWIS: New York Jazzmen and Jam Session -- as I write this. Those acetates, remastered with extraordinary skill by Dave Bennett, are charmingly lopsided, but they give a glimpse of the New York world of 1938, where, behind the scenes, Zutty Singleton sang the blues, Bobby Hackett played guitar with his usual harmonic finesse, and Eddie Condon -- who could only play in the key of F -- took over the piano now and again. I first heard these then-legendary impromptu discs on the late Dick Sudhalter's WBAI radio program, and am happy to have them on CD in much improved sound. The CD also contains five long tracks from a 1944 jam session featuring clarinetist Johnny Mince and trumpeter Jake Koven (lead on some important Gil Evans sessions) among British stars George Chisholm and Jack Parnell.

Another Elder of the Tribe gone!

Agustín Pérez

I guess this is the forum Marc mentioned:


Agustín Pérez

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