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February 25, 2017

Ionarts Mark Morris brings light and warmth to GMU

Dancing Honeymoon, Mark Morris Dance Company (photo by Christopher Duggan)
The annual visits of Mark Morris Dance Group to the area are always welcome. The group’s latest appearance at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, however, was a much-needed shot in the arm after what has been a long, long winter. The selection of four choreographies, two a decade or more in age and two

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An Interview With World Musician Lloyd Miller This first guest blog on Discogs is written by user satan165. Interested in writing a guest blog? Enter your contact details here and we’ll be in touch! It was over six years ago that I first learned of Lloyd Miller’s work. I was introduced to him – like many others – by ‘Egon’ Alpatt of […] satan165 posted 1 day ago

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JazzWax Horace, Leon and Frank

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Horace Parlan (1931-2017),
a hard bop pianist who overcame a polio-stricken right hand to become one of the finest trio and solo pianists of his generation, died in Denmark on Feb. 23. He was 86 and had been ill for some time. I recently posted about Parlan here and here. Among Parlan’s finest group recordings are the albums he recorded with Stanley Turrentine and Dexter Gordon. In tribute to Parlan, here’s Gordon’s Society Red, with Dexter Gordon (ts), Freddie Hubbard (tp), Horace Parlan (p), George Tucker (b) and Al Harewood (d). Be sure to dig how Parlan voices his chords behind Gordon and Hubbard and how he builds his gospel-jazz piano solo…

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Leon Ware (1940-2017),
a sensual-soul singer-songwriter who was perhaps best known for producing Marvin Gaye’s I Want You (1976) album and co-writing the title song, died on Feb. 23. He was 77. To read my two-part interview with Leon in 2009, go here and here. Here’s Leon singing I Want You in 2001…

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In The Wall Street Journal this week,
I interviewed restaurateur and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio of Top Chef fame (go here). Tom grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., and talked about how he started cooking, the meaning of fresh food in his old neighborhood and about the blueberry pie that got away.

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Also in the WSJ,
I interviewed comedian and impressionist Rich Little on Frank Sinatra’s You and Me, from his Trilogy album in 1980 (go here). As Little notes, no matter how close you were to the Chairman, if he did you a favor, you were even and you were never as close again. Here’s the song, by Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen…

More Larry Coryell. A special thanks to Jimi Mentis for sending along this clip of the late Larry Coryell at Yoshi’s in Oakland, Calif., in 2013…

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And speaking of Larry Coryell,
Chris Cowles, who hosts jazz and R&B shows on radio station WRTC-FM in Hartford, Ct., sent along this link to his fabulous three-hour Coryell tribute show (with some Blue Mitchell mixed in). Here are the tracks in case you want to buy them:

Hour 1

The Great Escape — Larry Coryell

Are You Too Clever — Larry Coryell

Yin — The Eleventh House

The Jam With Albert — Larry Coryell

For Mod’s Only — Chico Hamilton

Gen. Mojo’s Well Laid Plan — Gary Burton

Elementary Guitar Solo No. 5 — Larry Coryell

After Later — Larry Coryell

Hour 2

Gypsy Queen — Larry Coryell

Witchitai-to — Jim Pepper

Stiff Neck — Larry Coryell

Cleo’s Mood — Larry Coryell

Things Go Wrong — John Mayall

Yeah Ya Right — Blue Mitchell

Blue On Blue — Blue Mitchell

Blue Caper — David Newman

Hour 3

The Windjammer — Grant Green

Got To Be This Way — John Mayall

Who Done It — Blue Mitchell

Flat Backing — Blue Mitchell

Driving Till The Break Of Day — John Mayall

Dodge City — Sonny Red

Worried Mind — John Mayall

Everybody Wants My Good Thing — Papa John Creech

Sitting Here Thinking — John Mayall

Low-Lee-Tah — Eleventh House

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Terry Teachout.
In reading Terry’s Facebook page, I saw that he referenced this dance sequence for I Ain’t Hep to That Step But I’ll Dig It, featuring Fred Astaire and Paulette Goddard in Second Chorus (1940), backed by Artie Shaw’s orchestra…

What the heck. Speaking of Shaw, here’s the band backing Dick Haymes singing Count Every Star in 1950…

Here’s the version you’re probably more familiar with, the 1950 B-side version by the Ravens…

And here’s the first recording of the song in 1950 by Ray Anthony, with an Adios riff motif and a Glenn Miller Orchestra reed voicing. Dick Noel is the vocalist…

Oddball album cover of the week.

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In Germany, where this 1960s album is from, Hammond consoles apparently doubled as phones.

       

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This day in music On this Day February 25, 2015

On what would have been
George Harrison’s
72nd birthday, a new tree was planted in his memory in Griffith Park Los Angeles to replace one that was earlier killed by a beetle infestation. This new yew tree had been chosen to replace the original, as it was far less susceptible to insects.

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