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June 22, 2017

Ionarts À mon chevet: Go Tell It on the Mountain

À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

The Sunday morning service began when Brother Elisha sat down at the piano and raised a song. This moment and this music had been with John, so it seemed, since he first drawn breath. It seemed that there had never been a time when he had not known this moment of waiting while the packed

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Goldmine Magazine Fabulous Flip Sides In Memoriam – John Wetton of Asia

On January 31, we lost John Wetton and remember him with the flip side of Asia’s first and biggest hit single.   By Warren Kurtz   Asia Flip side: Ride Easy A side: Heat of the Moment Top 100 debut: …

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The Real Mick Rock Happy Birthday to my Scottish mate the ever fabulous Bobby…

Goldmine Magazine Reviews: Alison O’Donnell, A Year in the Country, Neil Ardley, Sidewalk Society, Hare and the Moon & Futur Passé, C88, Anton Barbeau, Tir na Nog, 60s Mod

Alison O’Donnell Climb Sheer The Fields of Peace (Mega Dodo – LP/CD/download) It’s peculiar, these days, to hear Alison O’Donnell described as ex-Mellow Candle, the sound of Swaddling Songs, and so forth. For most people, she’s far more familiar as …

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The Real Mick Rock Debbie Harry in a custom Stephen Sprouse dress – NYC, 1978 

Goldmine Magazine Change Begins Within concert DVD available in September

On September 1, 2017, Eagle Rock will release the concert DVD featuring sets from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Eddie Vedder and many more.

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Classical-Music.com Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Left to right: Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, Peter Pears. (Credit: brittenpea

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The social landscape has changed so much that it’s hard to remember how gay relationships worked when commitment could not be affirmed publicly – let alone when they were illegal. Yet, for some 35 years, Britten and Peter Pears contrived an apparently perfect gay marriage before the concept was invented. 

Britten began by accompanying Pears’s lyric tenor in recitals in the late 1930s. He started writing song cycles for him, and then operas: indeed, his tenor parts (such as Peter Grimes, Peter Quint, Captain Vere) were defined entirely by Pears, making it hard until recently for other tenors to make the music their own.

Their musical partnership was the genesis of, and cover for, their personal relationship.

The Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo were a clear proclamation of love for his singer, veiled only by the Italian words (written by Michelangelo for his own lover), which they conveniently omitted to translate at the first performance in wartime London.

Britten was always very proper in public: he spoke in interviews about ‘Peter Pears’ (never just ‘Peter’), and they behaved decorously like ‘a pair of prep school masters’, as the singer James Bowman described them. Their private correspondence was loving, although they also rowed like any married couple. But it’s far from clear that Britten saw the relationship as permanent: he imagined that one day Pears might go off to get married, in which case he confessed he would have to ‘lump it’ – and yet Pears was far more settled and comfortable in his homosexuality than Britten seems to have been.

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JazzWax Chico Hamilton: Broadway, 1960

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As a drummer and leader, Chico Hamilton was vastly important in the evolution of small-group jazz in the 1950s and ’60s. Unfortunately, he is nearly forgotten today. A force on the West Coast, Hamilton was a member of the seminal Gerry Mulligan Quartet in the early 1950s, he formed his own unique avant-garde quintet in the mid-1950s and again in the early ’60s, and he appeared in the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success along with his music and most of his quintet. His various groups helped developed the talents and visibility of Jim Hall, Buddy Collette, Paul Horn, Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd and many others.

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One of Hamilton’s rarest albums is The Chico Hamilton Quintet Play Selections from Bye Bye Birdie and Irma La Douce. It doesn’t appear to have ever been re-issued digitally, which is a shame. It’s not at online retailers such as Amazon nor is it on listening services such as Spotify. Recorded at the end of November 1960, the album for Columbia Records featured Charles Lloyd (fl,as), Nate Gershman (cello), Harry Pope (g), Bobby Haynes (b) and Chico Hamilton (d).

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Rather than take the willowy jazz-pop route that so many jazz artists embarked on when covering Broadway musical fare in the late 1950s and early ’60s, Hamilton combined songs from both shows and treated the material to a rigorous jazz interpretation. The Bye Bye Birdie songs include A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Baby Talk to Me, Put on a Happy Face, How Lovely to Be a Woman and Kids. The Irma La Douce tracks were Irma La Douce, Our Language of Love, From a Prison Cell, She’s Got the Lot and There Is Only One Paris for That.

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The standout players here are Hamilton, whose drums are relentlessly inventive, and Lloyd, whose flute and alto sax are extraordinary. Just listen to Lloyd on Baby Talk to Me and There Is Only One Paris for That. Remarkably, this was Lloyd’s very first recording recording session, and he’d remain with Hamilton until the end of 1963.

Hopefully, Fresh Sound will give this one a listen and re-issue it for jazz fans to hear once again. The music is significant.

Chico Hamilton died in 2013. My three-part interview with Chico in 2009 can be found here, here and here.

JazzWax tracks: I’m afraid this album is available only as an LP at eBay.

JazzWax clip: Here’s the hippest version of A Lot of Livin’ to Do you’ll ever hear…

A Lot of Livin’ to Do

And here’s There Is Only One Paris for That. Dig Charles Lloyd!…

There Is Only One Paris for That

Here’s the entire album at YouTube…

Here’s the music of Chico Hamilton in Sweet Smell of Success

      

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This day in music On this Day June 22, 2013

‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. Featuring American rapper T.I. and American singer and producer Pharrell, the video was made in two versions; the first video features models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, the second features them covered. The topless version of the video was removed from YouTube for violating the site’s terms of service regarding nudity, though it was later restored, but flagged as inappropriate. ‘Blurred Lines” peaked at No.1 in 14 countries.

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