The End … for now.

Well, it’s time to  call it an end to the University of Calidus Aura.  The UCA actually began when I was still teaching college and needed  a means of communicating with students, an electronic means of passing out assignments, etc.  That was on Blogger, which I shut down after I retired from my “day job.”

I used the U Calidus Aura  site here to write about things I was interested in such as earthquakes, continental drift, and the mathematical programming language J.  I had been a political science lecturer, but towards the end, the last thing I wanted to talk about was politics.  I still read about politics but had grown weary of talking about politics.

Then, On line, I found a treasure of old music.  Back in the late 1960‘s, I had discovered early old jazz through my late friend Don Brown and his Jazz Man Record Shop.  I later discovered Chuck Cecil from whom I listened, learned, and enjoyed music from the later Swing Era.  On line, people posted their record collections and I later discovered so many like minded collectors of the music who posted on You Tube.  It became the focus of this site.

I recently suffered some medical problems that will require patience, therapy, and effort to overcome.  I think it would be better to let the University of Calidus Aura go. It has been fun.  Thank you for subscribing, All the best in your future.   And bye for now.     Richard Rollo

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Damjan Pejcinoski – I’ll See You In My Dreams

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Damjan Pejcinoski is apparently primarily a guitar teacher on You Tube.  He is obviously heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt.

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Hiatus

I announced the passing of Chuck Cecil and that I missed the news  back in April.  Most of what I had scheduled was scheduled in January of this year.  I discovered medical problems of my own in early April.  Everything I planned has been scheduled through the summer has been posted.  But, I might not be back.  If not,  I want to wish all the best  and thanks for subscribing and listening.

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Happy Independence Day — July 4

We are all taking the day off to celebrate!

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Chuck Cecil R.I.P.

It is with deep regret to discover that Chuck Cecil passed away on April 30 of this year.  I am late in discovery.  He kept the music, the history, his generation alive long after time had moved on.  It was through his tremendous personality that the era lived on, although he was a very modest and decent man.  As the old Scotsman would say, “we’ll neigh see his like again.”  R.I.P

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Nokie Edwards and Thom Bresh play I’ll See You In My Dreams

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Nokie Edwards was a founding member of the pioneering surf rock band The Ventures.The Ventures were big sellers in the early 1960’s during the California surfing craze.  Thom Bresh is a singer song writer who was primarily associated with Merle Travis.  Sadly, Nokie Edwards passed away in April 2018 of a lung infection subsequent to hip surgery.

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Chet Atkins and Merle Travis– I’ll See You In My Dreams — 1974

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I’ll See You In My Dreams was more than “A little ditty” in their hands.  It might have been Merle Travis who showed other country artists the guitar picking potential of this song.  Chet Atkins was not only a talented guitarist but the producer and A&R executive of the Nashville division of RCA Records.  He discovered and produced the top performers for RCA from the mid 1950‘s to the late 1980‘s.  He practically was country music in those years.  Merle Travis happened to be one of Chet Atkins inspirations on the guitar.  Merle Travis was not only accomplished on the guitar but he wrote both the music and the lyric for one of the biggest records of the 1950‘s, Sixteen Tons.  “Tennessee” Ernie Ford sang the hit record with his wonderful baritone voice, and afterwards when Merle Travis performed the song, he changed the lyric to, “and I owe my soul to Tennessee Ernie Ford.”

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The Platters — I’ll See You In My Dreams — 1963

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The Platters even did a Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues version of I’ll See You In My Dreams in 1963.   They are on tour this year.  Check their You Tube page for a date near you.  Hurry.   It appears that the live performances wrap up by the end June.

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Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum each take a solo piano turn on I’ll See You in My Dreams

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Teddy Wilson recorded his version of I’ll See You In My Dreams in 1938 and Art Tatum recorded his in 1953.  These are also two very different concepts of jazz piano playing.  Although Teddy Wilson is playing solo here, most of his fame was ensemble playing with small groups such as his years with Benny Goodman.  He did a great job in that role, blending himself with the other musicians and yet still standing out.  He was also great in recording sessions with Billie Holiday.  You can hear some of that here, simple but deadly.

Art Tatum  was a different piano player.  Although he sometimes played in trios with bass and guitar, and a few times with larger groups with horns, his real legacy was in the solo performances he made live and on record.   Accomplished Classical pianists such as Vladimir Horowitz would come to night clubs to hear him play.  Art Tatum would, in effect,  play impromptu sonatas based on Tin Pan Alley songs with staggering runs and other worldly chord harmonies.  Horowitz said he was thankful that Tatum chose Jazz rather than classical music.  There will never be another Art Tatum.

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Claude Thornhill and Orchestra “I’ll See You In My Dreams” — Late 1949

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This was recorded in New York City, estimated in December 1949.  It was reissued by Hep Records in England.  He was described as “The Godfather of the Cool,” and you can hear it in this record.  He was the forerunner of the Gil Evans and Miles Davis cool jazz of the late 1950‘s and early 1960‘s.  That was when I first heard his name, but I don’t think I actually heard his records until I had You Tube.  Long term followers of this site know that I am a big fan of Art Tatum’s dazzling piano playing, but as Tatum himself once said, “every piano player has his own story to tell.”  and Thornhill’s story was soft and colorful.

 

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