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July 18, 2010


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John Hulaton

Marc, I always end up buying the albums you feature. That Susie Hansen CD is the BOMB. Thanks for recommending some very good sides.

Rab Hines

I am sorry to hear of Harvey Pekar's passing; it seems to have slipped under the big and mid-sized media radar. Thanks for acknowledging and celebrating him.

Alan Kurtz

JazzWax, you've been had. It's true that the D.O.A. saxophonist is not Illinois Jacquet. But you've been hoodwinked into thinking that it's Von Streeter. Amidst all those billowing clouds of cigarette smoke (or is that Frisco's fabled fog?) in the packed, dimly lit club, tenorman James Von Streeter & His Wig Poppers perform onscreen. HOWEVER, the soundtrack employs unseen musicians, including tenorman Maxwell Davis. See David Meeker's authoritative book, Jazz in the Movies (Da Capo Press, 1981); item #736 lists complete personnel for both onscreen and offscreen performers.

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