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August, 2012

Give the drummer some

Art Blakey  Salute to Birdland  EmArcy Records EP (1954)  Buhaina the master, with  Bernard Griggs, Joe Gordon, Gigi Gryce and Walter Bishop!  Tracks are: Minority, Salute to Birdland,  Eleanor, Futurity 

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Sweet and low

Harry Carney with Strings (1954)  Clef Records  Arranged by Ralph Burns.  Cover illustration by David Stone Martin!  Carney on baritone and bass clarinet with fellow Duke Ellington sidemen including:  Ray Nance on trumpet and violin; Tony Miranda on French horn; Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet and tenor sax;  Leroy Lovett on piano; Billy Bauer on guitar;  Wendell Marshall on bass; and Louie Bellson on drums.  (You won’t find this album if you search for it by its original title.  That’s because its tracks have been folded into a Ben Webster CD called Music for Loving.  The last eight tracks on the second disc make up the Carney album.

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Mandigo Brass

“Ultimate Mash Up”   (Puerto Rico)  (1979)

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Friends and loafers

Babouch’ Party  Zina Nahid  Columbia Records (France)

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A taste of honey?

“El Compandre de … Penaranda”  Suave Records

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Sweet baby doll

“Contraste”  Lupita Cabrera  Peerless Records  (Mexico)

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Bush doctor

“Especialista en Senoras”  Censurado!  For Adults Only!  La Vita Records

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Off course

“Intro To Jazz”  San Francisco Jazz Records (1957) Local Bay Area jazz bands.  There’s nothing Jazz about this guy on the cover!

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Reach for the truth

A beautiful record for a blue-sky Manhattan Saturday.  Linda Lewis “Lark”  Reprise Records  (1972)   “Old Smokey”

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Sax and the single girl

Jack Defer  Germinal Records (France)  “Moon River”

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