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July 23, 2010


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Bill Kirchner

And perhaps the best-known of all cartoon themes: "The Flintstones Theme". It's been embraced by a number of jazz musicians (most notably Clark Terry) because it's based on "I Got Rhythm" changes.

Keith Hedger

Bill beat me to it!!! I was going to mention CTs playing of this theme throughout the last 40 years.


Woodpecker theme also covered in 1948 by Kay Kaiser, who slowed it down to a fox trot. Shaw's post-bop version probably chosen for the title. Cartoon fans should check out the hysterical jazz parody "The Three Little Bops" which is reviewed elsewhere on this site.

Andrew Gilbert

The great San Francisco jazz singer Kim Nalley recently wrote on her blog about how cartoons provided some of her earliest musical influences.



I think that the Sonny Stitt side "Donald Duck" actually refers to Don Patterson rather than the goofy critter as DP's nickname was "The Duck."

Ed Leimbacher

And every fan of almost any kind of music needs to own and occasionally listen to the tribute CD to cartoons composer Carl Stalling (The Carl Stalling Project, produced back in 1990 by Hal Willner, Warner Bros W2 26027, with a great little booklet enclosed too). Wiki-wacky-woo, it's good for what ails you, when stupidity has conquered all and negativity just won't pull you through. Put it on and put on your happier face. Many a Jazz musician has drawn some inspiration from this set, and that's no put on.

O'Sullivan, "Red"

I wonder can anyone help me: who is the jazz flute player on the old TV "Pink Panther" cartoons (mid to late '70s I think)...? He sure got a lot of space, and, as I recall what I heard, I'm pretty confident it's not Bud Shank. Maybe Buddy Collette? I sure would like to know (and, in fact, anything else about the score to that show that anyone may know).
Thank you in advance.

A Books Blog

I collect Krazy Kat prints, they might be slap-stick, but they a great irony about them. I hadn't heard of some of these others though, great stuff, thank you!~

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