Rob explains how studios exercise control over writers through cash flow and why often the sweetest words a writer can hear from the studio are “what’s your tax ID number?”

 

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…is about as fresh as it gets. The New Jazz Underground is three young men from Florida: Abdias Armenteros (sax and clarinet), T.J. Reddick (drums) and Sebastian Rios (bass). They appear to be in their teens or early 20s and this appears to have been recorded in someone’s living room; New Jazz Underground Live! #1 […]

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…comes from the Prins Willem-Alexander Zaal in den Haag, Nederland. En wat kan een Jazz Break voor de dag beter maken, als een introductie op het nederlands? Helemaal niets. So enjoy the brief Dutch intro and then the recording of the Modern Jazz Quartet from the 1982 North Sea Jazz Festival: Concert by the Modern […]

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Today was the day to begin day drinking in the UK (at least in public.) Pubs and retail stores may resume operations but with restrictions, of course.

We would be remiss not to address the loss of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We take note of this interview he gave to Afternoon Plus in 1984.

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…comes to you straight from Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, New York. This 1941 recording is charged to the limit with musical talent, featuring Charlie Christian (guitar), John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (trumpet on tracks 3 and 6 through 10), Kenny Clarke (drums), Hot Lips Page and Joe Guy (trumpet on the other tracks but no individual […]

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Ramadan is starting. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m still sleeping off the last one. But still. At least it’s something to do. Nothing goes with Ramadan like “thinking about food”! Except maybe thinking about commerce. Alert readers will recall it was during some Ramadan – these things do blur together – that I learned, from […]

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…comes to you from Chicago, 1975, and is an episode of Soundstage entitled “Dizzy Gillespie’s Bebop Reunion”.  Dizzy’s band here is kind of amazing. Milt Jackson on vibes, Al Haig on piano, James Moody on flute and tenor saxophone, Sarah Vaughan and Joseph Carroll on vocals, Kenny Clarke on drums and Ray Brown on bass. […]

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Mozart: The Child, the Myth, and the Man

 

“Listening to Mozart, we cannot think of any possible improvement…21 piano sonatas, 27 piano concertos, 41 symphonies, 18 masses, 13 operas, 9 oratorios and cantata, 2 ballets, 40 plus concertos for various instruments, string quartets, trios and quintets, violin and piano duets, piano quartets, and the songs. This astounding output includes hardly one work less than a masterpiece.” — George Szell, Hungarian conductor

Chapter Playlist 3: Mozart and Great Music (16 videos, 6 hrs. 20 min)

How do we account for Mozart’s amazing skills as a composer and performer?

Rob explains how to master the fine art of telling an off color joke.

 

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It has lately become my practice, useless so far, to try to make certain things more comprehensible or at least more entertaining by restating the narrative only with one critical change. For example, recently I suggested that a certain South American president’s still totally unexplained allusion to “terrible forces” might make more sense if this […]

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…comes to you from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the year 1957 and features the Oscar Peterson Trio (Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and Peterson on piano), joined by Joe Jones on drums, Roy Eldridge on trumpet and Stuff Smith on violin. This impressive line-up is then followed by Ella Fitzgerald. The […]

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From the commentator “The worst song of all time is being written pretty much 15 times a week. Just turn on mainstream Top 40 radio.” I have to agree – everyone has their own worst songs of all times. What is your worst song ever – the song that causes you to instantly dive for […]

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…features an album that was recorded in three sessions from 1949 and 1950, but only released in 1957 and considered by many the transitional album between Big Band and Bebop, namely, The Birth of the Cool by the Miles Davis Nonet.  Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (1957) – [Fantastic Jazz Music] – YouTube Preview Open

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…for missing yesterday. Wednesday and Thursday I had simutaneous interpreting job for Youth With A Mission along with all the usual family commitments, billing work, etc. As a way of making up for missing yesterday, I looked around for a recording featuring multiple jazz greats playing live, and mirabile dictu- I found this gem from […]

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