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June, 2008

Tied and true

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Jason in Massachusetts writes: “This album caught my eye at a tag sale so I bought it. I found it sexy and classy. From the title track “Come Saturday Morning” I got the impression the work week is done and now it’s time for pleasure (wink), and I imagined her weary husband/lover sleeping in late and she wakes him up, and when his eyes come into focus she is standing there with just his neck tie around her neck and the weekend gets off on the right track. PS-I love the site!”
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En passant

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“Hi-Fi Acordeon”   Charles Magnante   Audio-Laboratory

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The opiate of the people

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“Religion and Drugs” (go together like a horse and carriage?) Wes Auger

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It’s night time in the big city, a woman smokes in the shadows…

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“Une Soiree Au Carroll’s” From the late fifties. This looks a lot like a film noir movie poster.

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Tomb raider

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Billy Taylor at the London House ABC-Paramount. (1956)   With Earl May on Bass and Percy Brice on Drums.   This was one of those albums that was in my house growing up and that turned me on to jazz as a teenager.   I met Billy Taylor once I moved to New York.   He started a New York City non-profit organization called Jazzmobile that for 40+ years has brought jazz musicians to neighborhoods around the city for free concerts on the back of a flatbed truck.   I spent many a Wednesday night in the late 80’s at Grant’s Tomb on 125th and Riverside Drive listening to Billy, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and other legends swinging hard and easy under summer skies.

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Rhythm notion

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Serge Gainsbourg “Percussions” A French Philips picture sleeve from 1964. These cuts and the album “Percussions” overall feature Afro-Caribbean rhythms, a female choir, and lots of percussion. “Couleur Cafe” is a great song with Serge in a delivery so expressive you can hear the smirk on his face. “New York – U.S.A.” basically amounts to a cataloguing of buildings that Serge saw on a trip to New York.

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Creepy Santa

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“Natal Alegre”   Lira do Mestre Lila   Musidisc Records

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Skeletons of fun

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Pepe Lopez Y Su Mariachi ’70 on Pops Records

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Carving the bird

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Costinha   “O Peru da Festa”   Cid Records.   How to carve a turkey.

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Hare apparent

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This is the weirdest K-Tel record I’ve ever seen!

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