Ugly Beauty.

Album:  Underground (1968)

Label:  Columbia

Piano:  Thelonious Monk

Tenor Saxophone:  Charlie Rouse

Bass:  Larry Gales

Drums:  Ben Riley.

 

Because every day is a Thelonious Monk day!

This brings back such sweet lazy memories of raining days – more like four days straight – in November in Vancouver!

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What Beautiful Magic This! Make Some Noise!

Oscar Peterson                                           Oscar Peterson 15/8/1925, Montréal!

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C Jam Blues.

1964.  Live Denmark

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen

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Boogie Blues Etude.

1974.  Ronnie Scott’s Club

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Niels Pedersen

Guitar: Barney Kessel

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Night Train.

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen

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Cakewalk.

1987 Live Tokyo

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Dave Young

Guitar: Joe Pass

Drums: (Martin Drew)

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1964 Live Denmark

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen

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Happy 100th Birthday Billie Holiday!

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Billie Holiday.

07.04.191517.07.1959

God Bless The Child

Voice: Billie Holiday

Composition: Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr. c. 1939

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Fine and Mellow

Written: Billie Holiday c. 1939

Live TV recording 1957.

Voice: Billie Holiday

Piano: Mal Waldon

Double Bass: Milt Hinton

Guitar: Danny Barker

Tenor Saxophone: BenWebster & Lester Young & Coleman Hawkins

Baritone Saxophone: Gerry Mulligan

Trombone: Vic Dickenson

Trumpet: Doc Cheatham & Roy Eldridge

Drums: Osie Johnson

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Strange Fruit

Written: Abel Meeropol c. 1937

Composition: Billie Holiday c. 1939

Live TV Performance

Voice: Billie Holiday.

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Lover Man, Oh Where Can You Be.

Written: Jimmy Davis & Roger Ramirez & James Sherman c. 1941

Live performance 1958, Oakdale Music Theater, Wallingford, Connecticut.

Voice: Billie Holiday

Piano: Mal Waldron

Bass: Milt Hinton

Trumpet: Buck Clayton

Drums: Don Lamond

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One of my all-time favourite Billie Holiday tunes.  I first fell in love with it whilst working at the Underground Railroad Restaurant on King Street East just west of Sherbourne Street back in the late 1970s – all whilst finding time to run around the city taking ballet class and studying in high school then later at York University – when Salome Bey was doing her Cabaret show and her husband, Howard Matthews was part owner, along with Jazz drummer, Archie Alleyne.  There was an intense and wonderful Jazz education!

Too, there was that memorable Sunday Brunch in late 1982 at the actress, Patricia Neal’s grand Upper West Side apartment which Merlin took on a short-term sublet.  Frederick Jones and his Puerto Rican-born lover were there, along with a couple of dancer friends of mine and, of course, fellow dancer and friend of Merlin’s, Miguel Godreau.

Merlin the night we met, Friday, October 1, 1982, had excused himself from dinner at the Afro-Cuban restaurant, around from my West 49th Street apartment, on 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.  He had gone to make a phone call – ah yes, there was an age before the cellphone’s ubiquity – and cancelled getting together with Miguel.  They had been dating after Miguel had appeared in Ken Russell’s 1980 film, Altered States starring, William Hurt and who at that time was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Just in case, I had proven an utter bore, Merlin had made alternate plans; however, after I had passed most of dinner to the groovy music massaging his burgeoning lap across the deuce from me with my nimbly dexterous pointed feet, Miguel did not stand a chance.

Besides, one does not exactly say no to one’s task companion when first meeting on the physical plane… again, especially when it was planned.  In any event, after fruit-filled pancakes drowned in Canadian maple syrup, Merlin and I – who by then had had multiple ménage-à-trois with Miguel – blew each other soft kisses whilst he sat admiringly looking at Miguel and me slow dance to this truly haunting tune.

Merlin almost never danced; however, our pas de deux between the sheets has left Merlin an unsurpassed lover of magical skills.

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday and, wherever you are, may your current incarnation be a most blessed lucid dream.  You know, I really ought to do her overleaves…

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Night In Tunisia.

© 1953 Live The Quintet At Massey Hall, Toronto.

Night in Tunisia composed: Dizzy Gillespie & Chano Pozo.

Trumpet: Dizzy Gillespie

Alto Saxophone: Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker

Bass: Charles Mingus

Piano: Bud Powell

Drums: Max Roach.

It begins and ends with Dizzy!

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Groovin’ High.

© 1953.  Groovin’ High, Live Performance, Verve Records

Alto Saxophone: Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker

Trumpet: Herbie Williams

Bass: Jimmy Woode

Piano: Rollins Griffith

Drums: Marquis Foster

Bebop is where it is at.  Bird knows how to fly-without-moving.

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Impressions.

© 1963 Impressions, John Coltrane Quartet, Impulse Records

Tenor Saxophone: John Coltrane

Piano: McCoy Tyner

Bass: Jimmy Garrison

Drums: Elvin Jones

Nothing beats ‘Trane’s focus!

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Soulful.

© 2009, Roy Hargrove Quintet.

Trumpet: Roy Hargrove

Piano: Jonathan Baptiste

Bass: Ameen Saleem

Saxophone: Justin Robinson

Drums: Montez Coleman

Pushing Black High Art forward!

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Night Train.

1940 Happy-Go-Lucky Local, Duke Ellington

© 1963 Oscar Peterson Trio, Night Train, Verve Records

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen

Take me higher!

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The Man I Love.

© 1974 Ella Fitzgerald Live in Studio Hamburg Germany.

1927 Music: George Gershwin

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin

Vocals: Ella Fitzgerald

Piano: Tommy Flanagan

Guitar: Joe Pass

Bass: Keeter Betts

Trumpet: Roy Eldridge

Tenor Saxophone: Eddy ‘Lockjaw’ Davis

Drums: Bobby Durham

The gold Standard…  I can’t imagine a week without Ella’s shamanic beauty inspiring my soul.  Ella’s Michael Overleaves to follow and now to be found in the Michael Overleaves Appendix.

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Fitzgerald, Ella 1917<O>1996

This fragment is a fifth level mature artisan – second life at current level.  Ella was in the passion mode with a goal of growth.  An idealist, she was in the moving part of emotional centre.

Body type is Venus/Saturn.

Ella‘s primary chief feature was stubbornness and the secondary was self-deprecation.

Casting for Ella is fifth-cast in fifth cadence; she is a member of greater cadence four.  Ella’s entity is two, cadre six, greater cadre 7, pod 408.

Ella’s essence twin is an artisan and her task companion is a sage – both extant.

Ella’s three primary needs were: expression, security and power.

There are 11 past-life associations with Arvin, 4 with Merlin.

This fragment has reincarnated and lives in an area of Chicago, is a one-year-old at this time (December 2013), female.

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Basin Street Blues.

© 1964 Bell Telephone Hour, NBC TV.

1926 Basin Street Blues. Spencer Williams

1929 Basin Street Blues: Louis Armstrong.

Trumpet/Vocals: Louis Armstrong

Trombone: Russell Moore

Clarinet: Eddie Shu

Bass: Arvell Shaw

Piano: Billy Kyle

Drums: Danny Barcelona

Pops… the very heart and soul of Jazz.

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