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September 12, 2010


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Marco Romano


Do you know if this concert was recorded? I would have loved to be there.

Chris Galuman

My father tape recorded the Ustinov album when it was broadcast over the radio in the late 1950's. It was a spoken album creating coverage of a mythical grand prix race "The Grand Prix of Gibralter". Ustinov did all of the voices and sounds of this "international" cast of characters. I thought it was quite brilliant and listened to the tape quite often until the tape went bad. It remains funny in my mind but,people who don't think Sid Caeser's parodies of Italian, German, Russian and Japanese would probably take offence at this as well. I would like to find a copy of it myself - it brings back a lot of memories.


The Jerry Lee clip is from The Steve Allen Show.

Larry Kart

Having now had a chance to listen to a good-sized portion of the concert, I'd say that while Rollins is in good form, and he is who he is and Von Freeman (eight years his elder) is who he is (and comparisons are thought to be odious), IMO over the last 30 years or so Von Freeman has been a much better Von Freeman than Sonny Rollins has been a Sonny Rollins. Further details (or assertions) on request.

Doug Zielke

Thanks for mentioning Von Freeman. He is simply amazing. I was listening to his "Best Of Premonition" CD just last night. The vitality of Von's playing is remarkable, and would be so at any age. I have to get to the New Apartment Lounge before too long!

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