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September 04, 2011


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Rab Hines

Gotta agree with you, Marc; the future ain't what it used to be.

Chris Galuman

Great writing Marc! Remember Dave Frishburg's "Dear,Departed Past"?


I don't know if you ever listened to The Three Suns, Marc. My mother (that's it, blame the folks for nostalgia) was a big fan. It was a somewhat odd combination of guitar, accordion and organ. The group did have several big pre-Elvis hits, most notably a version of Twilight Time (which is now unfortunately playing on my mental MP3, and where did that come from). A jazz connection? Bucky Pizzarelli was with the group for a very brief time, disguising himself as Johnny Buck.

Doug Zielke

As a fan of "old" (but *real*) jazz I sometimes wish I'd been born a bit earlier...just so I could have sat with the crowd in the Five Spot or the Hillcrest etc.
But hey...we've still got the Vanguard and I'll be there in October!!

Nick Rossi

Interesting SJ, I did not know about Bucky and The Three Suns. There is another important jazz connection to the group: Charlie Parker's "Confirmation". According to Phil Schaap, the chord changes of Parker's tune are based on "Twilight Time" which was a hit for The Three Suns in 1944. Schaap addresses this on an episode of 'Bird Flight' which is still archived on his website.


TV & movies are helping more and more people feel nostalic - Hopefully the new fall shows Pan Am and the Playboy Club will have great soundtracks. I don't really expect the shows to last too long, but I bet they inspire a few new Mid Century Mods.

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