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October 06, 2010

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Gary L. Gray

Great blog post today. I love this kind of history, especially when it involves my beloved Art Blakey & TJM.

Thank you!

Bill Kirchner

She did an excellent LP for Philips, "Rita Reys Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim," in 1981 with lovely strings-and-winds charts by Rogier van Otterloo. Apparently she's still active (b. 1924), or at least was until very recently.

Jeff Helgesen

Blakey and the Messengers recorded a blues track ("Wellington's Blues") on the Riverside release "Kyoto" where they band backs Wellington Blakey on vocals.

Bruce Armstrong

Marc...Listening to Rita on "My One and Only Love" really made my day. It brought back a ton of memories from when I bought the album while I was in the Air Force many years ago. I remember playing the cuts with the Jazz Messengers over and over--in the barracks on a little portable record player--and really admiring Horace's great chart on this ballad. I became a big fan of Rita's and own a lot of her albums. Thanks for posting.

Ed Leimbacher

Wow. Two kings and their royal messengers stake out some valuable turf... and I am totally ignorant (not for the first time) of this tidbit of Jazz history. Just glad to know the palpable surrounding darkness can still be enlightened. Thanks for today's lesson in humility.

Rob Rijneke

I have alerted Rita by email on your article. I'm curious about her reaction.
Best wishes
Rob

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