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August 30, 2009


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Loved reading about your driving and eating adventures. Having lived in NJ for most of my younger years, I became a fan of the diner (any diner) as a child.

Thanks for the interesting diner tips. The raspberry and blackberry pancakes sound especially delicious (it is breakfast time here on the south shore of Massachusetts).


Doug Zielke

I hate to say this....but looking at the Oddball Album Cover Of The Week made me think of "Death Of A Bebop Wife"...

Larry Kart

Is that you and the wife in the car in the first photo or just a generic travel shot?

That Jimmy Scott cover is the strangest one you've found yet IMO. Without doubt the lady either is deceased or drugged into unconsciousness. And what IS the guy thinking?

Got to get me some of that pizza!

Red Colm O'Sullivan

May I ask a question, in that photo, that's not actually Scott himself is it - a model, perhaps?
As I write this I've just finished listening to a BBC Radio 3 concert (from Germany) of Mark Murphy singing, in top vocal form, the Michel Legrand songbook. Top, top, top form, and available for one week at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3, "Jazz Line Up" - last half hour). I only wish I could be sure they were Monsieur's own arragements for shouting, commanding, big band, because they sounded phenomonaly rich and brilliant. Great, great job nevertheless...
(Also, in your fine piece about Jimmy Forrest & Basie, did your excellent friend, Mr. Phillippe, receive payment even after the arrangements were recorded - even, incredibly, though they were not credited on the releases, LP and film?).

Franklin T. Moorehead

Marc and the wife on the road, but why are they so apprehensive?


Ian Carey

Roscoe Diner represent!! I used to stop there with my family on the long drives from Binghamton to NYC which we made once a year or so. Great road food.

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