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September 24, 2010


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Barry Block

Have just been reading what he has to say in "Swing To Bop" by Ira Gitler


Yeah, that sure sounds like Kenny on piano - wonder why the person who assembled the photo sequence thought it was appropriate to show a picture of Jay McShann twice, and none of Kenny? Gorgeous tenor solo!

Ed Leimbacher

I wonder what sort of career Coleman enjoyed (or didn't)... lots of folks dissed the Savoy tracks with Parker, and he only ever had a couple of albums as a leader, ignored in your list of seven. I had a copy of Love Songs (Earl singing with pianist Billy Taylor) for several years, then tried to sell it cheap on eBay a half-dozen times and never got a whiff of interest. Gone to Goodwill now, probably, but... time to mount a search and give him a spin if it's still here.


what a uncanny chance: i´m just hearing the wonderful earl coleman lp "stardust" on "stash" from 1984! earl coleman is one of my favourite singers at all!!!!!! i miss on your list his later works on xanadu, stash from the 70´s and 80´s.

what a great singer!

keep boppin´

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