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the classic sound of 50s and early 60s Blue Note

every so often I come back to these recordings as I am doing now... archetypal and definitive, comforting yet still revealing new depths years later

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 revisiting old once-loved music and still loving it

Sylvan

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:47 pm
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On Friday we took the train from York to Greenwich, arriving in late afternoon. Today, I went to the M&S in Greenwich and had A Moment that I want to preserve...

In front of the store was a lone busker on tenor sax, playing Duke Ellington a capella. I needed to wait for Kyle to finish his shopping, so I decided to wait near this guy and listen to him. He wasn't a deep or breathtaking improviser, although he could easily have held his own in the reed section of a swing band... but his tone was as rich, powerful, and gorgeous as any pro I have ever heard.

He noticed I was actually paying attention to him, and starting chatting with me between numbers. He asked if I played an instrument, I told him I used to, we talked about carpal tunnel and the joy of creating as well as listening... he offered his hand, asked my name, gave his -- I believe he said it was Sylvan... he asked where I was from and about my family... we talked about the ups and downs of aging (he is 60 as well)... then Kyle came and it was time to go. He had a serene peace about him and I appreciated his outgoing friendliness -- the whole encounter really added to my enjoyment and appreciation of this trip. I feel lucky to have met him, even only briefly.



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rediscovering a track I fell in love with forty years ago and then sorta forgot about... [if I could find a link to share it here, I would]
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geting a terrific bargain on CD bundles of reissues of like twenty Sonny Rollins albums from the 50s and 60s -- ultimo-primo sutff!!

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Over sixty years after it was recorded... and over forty years after I first had it recommended... I am finally hearing Jazz Goes to College!

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the music and musicianship of Chico Hamilton
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being able to listen to [purdy damb near] the compleat recorded works of Thelonious Monk
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Discovering new music even if it's old.   :P
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A quiet Sunday morning, just me, a coffee, and some of the finest jazz ever created. This is peace and contentment.
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Being able to see The Mighty Pat with The Mighty Chris, twice in one year!
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Learning that some of my heroes have been recognized!
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The work of The Mighty Pat, who is celebrating The Big Six-Oh today!

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The life and work of Charlie Haden, who left us last night.... it took me a while to learn to appreciate his work in the face of flashier players, but for the last few decades I have consistently named him as the best jazz bassist of all time.
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The music of Ad Colen, which I have been listening to all day!
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Musical anticipation of a sort I haven't felt for several years:

tomorrow night Mich and I are going to Massey Hall to see The Mighty Pat's Unity Band featuring The Mighty Chris! Talk about all your eggs in one basket!
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When I was in *$ this mornin, they played The Mighty Pat!  Woot!
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[livejournal.com profile] bill_schubert and The Mighty Pat, both celebrating birthdays today!
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Being able to smooth the ruffled feathers of a headache with the music of The Mighty Pat...  not everyone on earth has access to such medicine.
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One small upside to being off work sick today is that I have the living room (and stereo) basically to myself for a while... which means I get to listen to crap that nobody else likes!

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