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  • Just for amusement, playing in a big band did not demand reading ability -- it asked sometimes very loudly for it, so that the young Jay McShann applied himself I suppose Bechet played more than solos with Noble Sissle (but Bechet was Bechet!) and I suppose Bobby Hackett has also to be accorded something special playing trumpet solos and rhythm guitar with James Miller or Glenn...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Aug 19, 2016
  • RIDDLED WITH did strike me as a little on the pejorative side, but anyway... It would be nice to check on some personnels if I had time now. I don't, though. I still have some interest in pianists -- so far as I am aware there were some tapes of Willie Gant, some in the possession of Dick Wellstood, and a little more in the possession of a man I shall not mention in public. He...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Dec 30, 2015
  • I think it decidedly unfair to describe Brian Rust's work as "riddled with error" Discography on that scale does have its limitations (and so do most massive ventures -- and Rust's was a mighty one involving not only Mr. & Mrs. Rust and a mere committee. The project was pre-computing, and no kind of commercial project and had the help of numerous volunteers and correspondents...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Dec 29, 2015
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  • This is I'd think obviously something between a ramble and a medley. I have somewhere, presently inaccessible, a mimeographed publication from c.1950 (when I find it I shall look to post it online) PIANO JAZZ, in which Ram Ramirez is quoted on his mentor, the same prodigy Garnet Clark. Melancholy to observe that one of Clark's few recording dates was as pianist on a session led by...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Nov 18, 2015
  • Should be familiar to older listeners Turn on the Hear (Inga Idoldman) as in even older man with a horn (aka Ear Trumpet) Beg pardon, RRC On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:06, "RedHotJazz@^$1" wrote: From Ragtime to Swing Group 5 Messages Digest #2051 1a Turn On The Hear by "bsdfl" berth73 1b Re: Turn On The Hear by "Ron L'Herault" hotjazzron 1c Re: Turn On The Hear by "bsdfl" berth73...
    ROBERT R. CALDER May 20, 2015
  • I think Dave Brown and I have covered George Lewis,
    ROBERT R. CALDER May 4, 2015
  • Hiya! >>>>>>> not everybody goes for George Lewis, who was never much more than a part-timer in his range of abilities, a folk musician, whom circumstance elevated to where he was getting enough work he could play with considerable efficiency and an unschooled individuality. Humphrey Lyttelton's earliest recordings shouldn't be overlooked, taking up as they did not a revivalist...
    ROBERT R. CALDER May 3, 2015
  • I wish people would observe NETIQUETTE !!!!! Go home dirty mailers. Leave an indication of what you're replying to, not the whole damned mail !!!!!! Bix who? And of course the Bruce Turner Dirty Bopper business probably had to do with the habit of saxophoneless bands and the Louis Armstrong Hot Five and some silly notion of purity.... The brazenness of the saxophone as against the...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Apr 24, 2015
  • the items are on a CD from Document Records, located now in Scotland www.document-records.com just look up the index of artists on that site -- you can sample a little bit of each title as on amazon and so far as I know also buy mp3s and frequently prices are lower and items from the vast catalogue can still be had -- or had in reissue etc., -- which are not listed by amazon as...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Mar 30, 2015
  • https://uk-mg-bt.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=bt-1&.rand=3439cia876sk7#mail I have highlighted and copied to the openming of this mail the address of the page I am responding to... This is because the mail I received contained evidence of links having been sent -- Jeff Barnhardt, etc., but only useless fragments of the addresses linked to. It should be possible to send links...
    ROBERT R. CALDER Feb 22, 2015