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June 27, 2010


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Bill Forbes

So sorry to hear of Benny Powell's passing. I saw him here in Manchester UK with the Basie band in the late 50s and with Randy Weston in the 90s.

As for this week's oddball album cover, it was one of a series of inept musician + girl photo pairings. I still have Lester Young's "Leaps Again!" in which a ludicrous jumping model is superimposed on a photo of the master who looks suitably unimpressed. The music, however - need I add? - is a gas!

Peter Levin

It's worth mentioning that during the last 22 or so years of his life Benny Powell was a fixture in Randy Weston's African Rhythms, and appeared on a host of excellent Weston CDs.

Alan Hill

Thanks for the heads up on Frankly Jazz, Marc. There's even a clip of Dupree Bolton playing Laura. I don't know of any other film of him in action.


Re. the "oddball" cover:

"I have that certain FEELING that I should wipe this chair away with one stroke. But wait, there are people watching!"

"Why don't you say "Yes" sometime?!" YES, Benny! Guess to what I'm going to listen right now? YES, to "April In Paris" which belongs to the first LP's I ever possessed.

R.I.P. Benny Powell

Rab Hines

Benny also feature, nicely, on a Savoy release appropriately titled "The Trombone Album"; his bandmates include Jimmy Cleveland, Henry Coker, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, and Kenny Clarke among others.

Thanks for the nice feature.

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