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April 19, 2010


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Michael Steinman

Lyle Ritz had a second career -- simultaneous and current -- as the world's most outstanding jazz ukulele player. If you think that is a small honor, think again: his recent CDs, by himself and with Rebecca Kilgore, are masterpieces, both hard-swinging and delicate. He gets a beautful sound out of an instrument (rather like a nylon-string guitar) that''s often treated as a toy or a novelty.

Greg Lee

Yes! The T.A.M.I. show, I have a VHS copy of it that was briefly available in the '80s (I'll show you a jpeg if you need proof). What a great assemblage, what great music, from the girl groups, the great soulful singing, the genius that is Brian Wilson, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business in his prime, what more can you ask for? Oh, I know, just the five blokes from England who honestly earned the moniker of Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band in the World. What Rubinstein is to Chopin, what Ella is to Cole Porter, the Rolling Stones are to Chuck Berry. Those opening 2 minutes devoted to "Around and Around" still give me goosebumps.
Okay, so this isn't a profound comment, it's just the posting equivalent of one of those girl screams from the audience. This is a great program, if you haven't seen it, you are missing out.

Chris Tyle

I'm watching the TAMI show right now. Is Doc Severinson one of the trumpet players? Does anybody know who the reed/brass players were?

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