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September, 2015

That old feeling

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“An Evening with Anita O’Day” Columbia Records (England)  This album started in 1954 (in the US on Norman Granz’ Norgran Records) and was completed by 1955, but not issued until 1956.   An Evening With Anita O’Day began its life as Songs By Anita O’Day, a ten-inch record released in 1954 for Norman Granz’ Norgran label and later expanded to its present form. The music is comprised of three small group sessions that took place in Los Angeles in the spring of 1954 and the summer of 1955. These are studio recordings, leaving the listener to assume that the titular “evening” refers to the time of day in which the listener will want to experience these songs, which feel like they must have been recorded by candlelight.  Stellar guitar work by Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel

I had an evening with Anita O’Day.  She’s been one of my favorite singers for as long as I can remember.  It was in the Winter of 1984.  I had just moved to New York City after college.  I saw that she was appearing at a club in Teaneck, NJ – just over the George Washington Bridge.   Easy.  Or so I thought.  Having no money and no car, I tried to walk it from my room on the Upper West Side.  It was a snowy night and I ended up willing myself there with a combination of hiking, hitching, bus and subway.  Finally inside that warm, intimate  jazz room, with Anita sitting on a stool in the spotlight and singing on a low, small stage, the world outside melted away.  It was magical.  After the first set, I had the gumption to offer her a drink and she took a seat and we talked about her music, her band, her schedule.  Meeting your idols can go either way, but she was very nice – sensing, I’m sure, my excitement and appreciation.  I stayed for the late show before trudging out through the snow in the early morning feeling that the world was a little smaller and the future filled with wonders.

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Knight moves

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STABLE MATES.  Savoy Records   (1960)   One side of the album includes Yusef Lateef’s first recordings as a leader doing three of his exotic/hardbop compositions recorded with Curtis Fuller, Louis Hayes, and Hugh Lawson.   The other side features arrangements of original tunes by AK Salim – featuring an octet that includes Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Johnny Coles, and Johnny Griffin.  Oddly, the record doesn’t refer to the most excellent Jazz standard “Stablemates” by Benny Golson (recorded just a couple years earlier), but just to the fact that Lateef and Salim were both in the Savoy “stable” of artists.

(On a personal note, I recently started playing chess again as an adult for the first time since I was a teenager captivated with the televised Bobby Fisher – Boris Spassky world championships.  Now I’m playing multiple games a day on line with a friend in London.  I never stopped listening to Jazz however.)

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“Court” and spark!

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Photo by:  Mirco Pasqualini!    Hair and Make-up by:  Courtney Cosmetics

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Courtney kicks back

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Sneak peekin’

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Courtney’s back in the record room!  Here’s a first look with more to come.

Photo by:  Mirco Pasqualini!    Hair and Make-up by:  Courtney Cosmetics

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She’ll walk all over you!

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Meet Stephanie – new to our Chicks Dig Records page!

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Shelf-portrait of Stephanie

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Stephanie.  Dreamy.

Photo by:  Mirco Pasqualini!    Hair and Make-up by:  Courtney Cosmetics

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Eddie my love

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Stephanie showing off a cool 45 sleeve created  by LP Cover Lover fan and friend Eddie G.!

Photo by:  Mirco Pasqualini!

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It’s twistin’ time

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Courtney invited Stephanie over for a record party last night!

Photo by:  Mirco Pasqualini!

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Wrap Attack

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A fake cardboard record inside this cool cover from “Air Express” Records.  A promotional item from Air Express (a precurser to FedX?).  Includes sales puns like “An unbroken record for fastest way shipping since 1927” and “In tune with the kind of delivery consignees expect” and “Harmonizing speed in the air with speed on the ground”  You get the idea.  But I really dig the cover!  As a frequent shipper of records myself, I could use some soothing music.

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