Interview: Phil Ramone (Part 2) - JazzWax

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November 09, 2010


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Bill Kirchner

Fascinating stuff. I had the good fortune to play with Don Elliott (once) and record at his home studio in Weston, CT--one of his last sessions there before he died of cancer in 1984. A unique man and musician.

BTW, one of Don's most interesting albums was "Jamaica Jazz" (ABC-Paramount, 1957) with arrangements by Gil Evans. There are four tracks from it on the CD called "Gil Evans: Priceless Jazz" (GRP).

Ed Leimbacher

Hey, Mr. K, thanks for the lead; I'd somehow missed that piece of the Evans discog. So I visited the Amazin' and learned that FreshSound has lately reissued the entire Jamaica Jazz (combined with another Elliott LP featuring Quincy Jones arrangements)... And this all due to Marc interviewing the wise and powerful Phil Ramone? (Polymaths make for strangely well-read fellows.)

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