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Friday Night, Chill, Ponder A While

by coldwarrior ( 371 Comments › )
Filed under Music, Open thread at November 15th, 2013 - 6:36 pm

RIP Jimmy.




Two very different jams from a very talented man. Enjoy your Friday Night!

The Hugh Maskela, Bix Beiderbecke & Artie Shaw Connection

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at November 2nd, 2013 - 9:00 pm

“Grazing In The Grass” was one of my favorites, but after his U.S. hit in 1968, Hugh Maskela dropped off the charts despite having a long successful career overseas. I always thought he was just a one-hit wonder.

According to Wiki, in 1953, Maskela saw the movie “Young Man With A Horn” featuring Kirk Douglas as famed trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. Maskela switched from piano to trumpet.

Self-taught on cornet, trumpeter Beiderbecke was an early jazz improvisational prodigy of sorts. He was also difficult to work with, a raging alcoholic  (despite Prohibition) tried to quit, suffered the DTs, and (after declaring that Mexicans with long knives were hiding under his bed) died at the age of 22, likely from a combination of alcohol poisoning and a form of pneumonia. In other words, people who knew Beiderbecke said he was a self-destructive asshole, while praising his talent.

What I find interesting is that Beiderbecke didn’t find fame until after he died. His improvised riff on “Singin’ The Blues” was coopted by Hoagy Carmichael, who wrote the most re-recorded jazz song in history: “Stardust.” Here’s my favorite version by Artie Shaw, featuring Billy Butterfield on trumpet.

With that, we’re off to the sweet melodies known in these parts as
The Overnight Open Thread.

The Return of Earth, Wind & Fire OOT

by Deplorable Macker ( 41 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at September 1st, 2013 - 8:00 pm

I really relished listening to these guys when I was growing up, and I am surprised that this is their first new album in eight years! Here is a single, titled “My Promise”:

That said, why is when I visit the album’s promotional web site, I get an…Egyptian feeling?

Beats the crap out of that which is called “Top 40” musick. Welcome back Earth, Wind & Fire! To you, we dedicate The Overnight Open Thread!

Bar’s Open & The Blues Are Flowin’

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 37 Comments › )
Filed under Blogmocracy, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Humor, Music, OOT, Open thread at April 21st, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Eddy Davis’ New Orleans Jazz Band plays “Panama” at The National Underground in NYC 18 June 2008. Eddy Davis, Nechville electric tenor banjo, John Gill, guitar, Simon Wettenhall, trumpet, Debbie Kennedy, bass, Fernando Kfouri, Trombone, Pat Carmichael, drums, Adrian Cunningham, clarinet.

Now that we’re past the excellent distraction of The Blogmocracy Radio Show, we now return to your regularly scheduled Overnight Open Thread.