Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holiday Week -End of Year Round-Up

I didn’t post anything for Christmas this year because, frankly, I was too exhausted.  Christmas music is everywhere and while I like it, I prefer to post good music that has been forgotten at least  by most people.  Good Christmas … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Night and Day

Night and Day was written by Cole Porter in 1932.  It  has become a standard or part of the Great American Songbook as sung by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and the other popular mid 20th Century singers.  Tatum is joined here … Continue reading

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Fats On Friday–All That Meat and No Potatoes

This is All That Meat and No Potatoes, another Fats Waller-Ed Kirkeby writing collaboration.   Kirkeby was Fats Waller’s  lyricist by this time. This song has a very low key ensemble part for the band.  It’s just amazing how much … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Blues in B-Flat

Some have said that Art Tatum couldn’t play the blues.  Others have said that he didn’t play well with other musicians.  Here is my answer to both of those claims. Accompanying Art Tatum on this record are Louis Bellson, drums; … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday – We Need a Little Love

This song was written in 1942 by Fats and Ed Kirkeby.  He uses a full orchestra here which he was moving toward using more frequently—after all, it was the Big Band.  This record  came toward the end of his life. … Continue reading

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“A Day that will live on in Infamy” President Franklin D. Roosevelt

He was referring to December 7, 1941.  It was the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Although the attack took place in the morning, the news reached  most of the mainland U.S.  in the early afternoon. It was a … Continue reading

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Art Tatum solo Where or When

Where or When is a Rodgers and Hart song from the musical Babes in Arms.  This song is from Vol. 7 of Norman Granz’s Tatum Solo Masterpieces Vol. 7.  I believe I have this on CD (as opposed to vinyl)  Tatum … Continue reading

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Fats On Friday: Up Jumped You With Love

This is a different sound from Fats Waller on this record from 1942, it has bits of boogie style piano which he supposedly hated and some barrel house style piano.  Also his drummer   sounds different, heavier with the sticks … Continue reading

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Another new low, now in San Bernardino. R.I.P.

Regardless of the motivation, it is a new low when two men and a woman armed with high powered arms and bombs attack a Christmas party for autistic children, killing 17 people and wounding as many more.   We need … Continue reading

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