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April 21, 2012


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Rab Hines

Thanks for pulling our coats to the abovementioned blogs - if you mention them, they must be worthwhile.

And that album cover - I thought I'd seen most of the weird ones, but that thing is in a class by itself.

Kent W England

That Spotify URI needs to be translated into a URL to access it with a browser:


But you still need the Spotify app and an account to be able to hear the track.

I do like the idea of music URIs, though. It would make it much easier for JazzWax to talk about the music if you could embed track URIs and listen just by hovering over the text. (One can dream?)

Bill Kirchner

Rodgers Grant wrote some exquisitely sophisticated tunes, among them "Morning Star" and "Reconciliation," both recorded by his erstwhile Mongo Santamaria bandmate Hubert Laws for CTI.

"Morning Star" was also recorded by Johnny Coles and Stan Getz.

T.K. Tortch

Very early footage of the Beatles live looks like it comes from an entirely different age compared to the rest of the '60's.

That clip goes to show how you can put on a show with minimal kit and fuss (excepting those screaming girls). Guitars; Amps; Drums; Vocals. Probably no effects on the guitars outside whatever's built into the Vox amps - maybe a touch of vibrato or a "bright" circuit.

And the vocals: the song's nothing without the harmonized vocals. Pitch is off here and there (blame the screamers) but the Beatles knew how to sing and make their vocals as important(or more important)as the song itself. Sure the song's inane. Most Pop is!! So do it well.

A Beatles equipment \ jazz connection: John's playing an American Rickenbacker guitar, Model 235, which was an exotic beast in Europe then and not a big seller in America. He bought it in Hamburg about 1960 after seeing Toots Thielesmans playing one with the George Shearing quartet!!

Rickenbackers are excellent guitars, but a little eccentric and off the track of where most guitar makers were going. The company's still around with a solid and dedicated niche in the guitar market, and it may be they owe it John and Toots.


Well, the Beatles weren't the first who caused such screams: Ol' Blue Eyes ... Frankie ... I mean, Frank Sinatra was probably the beginning of teenager hysteria, bobby sox, 16-year old girls who were swooning to his crooning.

By the way: Good news from the Chet Baker "front": I did it, and have successfully bid on the mono-issue of "the most important jazz album of 1964/65." -- As said yesterday: I'm the first who would gladly revise his verdict about Chet's flugelhorn bugling.

Larry Kart

Marc -- You write of your post about Chet Baker's "The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964-5" that "For some reason, comments from readers were about everything except this album..." No mystery here. Those readers (I among them) were responding to this sentence from your post: "When this album was recorded in May 1964, Baker was an emotional, drug-dependent wreck, already at the start of his long decline of no return." We were provoked by this arguably mistaken judgment and chose to offer chapter and verse to the contrary. Yes, of course, his actual life was "in decline" by then, but we felt that in 1964-5 Baker's finest recorded work was yet to come.

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