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May 23, 2010


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David Langner

Hi there:

Here are a few additional suggestions for your Hank Jones list:

Hank Jones was a gifted artist; the world will miss him.

Doug Zielke

To Marc Andren:

You wrote..."I don’t respect the self-destructive person who seemed to care little about the victims he injured along the way..."

Art Pepper was a complex and seriously troubled individual. To casually dismiss his illness as "self-destructive", is very superficial and unfair.

Laurie Pepper understood his character better than anyone, and spent a good part of her life trying to help him. Only someone in her position could appreciate the magnitude of the task; not you nor I for that matter.

We learn from Laurie's memoirs that Art tried to do the right thing, but was chronically overwhelmed by his addictions and mental problems. It is wrong to suggest he simply did not care about the people around him.


Really nice tribute to Hank Jones.

This is another great one he played on:

I think (but don't know for a fact) that it's the only time all three brothers played together on an

John P. Cooper

Hank Jones was on the first true Jazz LP I ever bought : Ben Webster's "See You At the Fair" circa 1964/1965. It was a mono cut-out as Impulse had decided to sell only stereo issues. 2 or 3 dollars at Macy's record department. Even as a 13 y/o, it sounded like quality to me and I dug his playing.

Ian Carey

Marc: Something interesting about your oddball cover--here's what my copy of that record looks like:

...maybe they lost the rights to Mingus, etc. and decided to throw the latin on there? Or maybe your version is older? Mine is ALP-302 (still with a "New York 19" address).

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