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    JazzWax List: 7 for Thanksgiving

    Pumpkin_pieHungry? Here's the downloadable version of a Thanksgiving TV dinner, complete with all the trimmings. Dig in, drive safe and have a great holiday! For my readers outside of the U.S., don't be shy. Pull up a chair:

    • Turkey HopJohnny Otis (1950)
    • YamsJackie McLean (1963)
    • Stuffin'Willis Jackson (1963)
    • CranberriesPaul Williams (1949)
    • Pumpkin PieOrganissimo (2005)
    • Family TalkMuhal Richard Abrams (1993)
    • Dishrag BluesLeola B. Wilson (1926)

    Written by Marc Myers, copyright © by JazzWax (Marc Myers LLC www.jazzwax.com)

    Gene Krupa: '46 and '47 Bands

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    To truly understand the big band era, you have to think of orchestra leaders as inventors. Instead of building better mousetraps, they assembled bands. And reassembled them. And reassembled them again. Three factors drove the tinkering: First were the commercial pressures to create music that large numbers of people would pay to hear. Second was the need to replace band members who departed or defected to other bands. And third was a personal and competitive search for the sound they heard in their heads. In the inventor's lab, this is called vision. Gene Krupa was one of those visionaries, the results of which can be found on the CD Hop, Skip and Jump—1946 (Vol. 3) from Hep Records

    Bird: Complete Savoy & Dial


    ImagesWhat better time than Thanksgiving week to rave about Bird and a feast. Bird, of course, is alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, and the feast is Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings, an eight-CD set that was released in 2000. I finally grabbed a copy after years spent listening to the master takes in one form or another and was blown away by the package. Like you, I used to think that alternate takes of Parker's Savoy and Dial dates were for neurotics and fussy completists. Not so. If you don't already own this box, do yourself a favor and consider treating yourself to an early holiday gift. It's a miraculous set.

    Interview: David Amram at 80

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    David Amram turned 80 yesterday. If you know David, you know that hitting that age is almost a ridiculous concept. The musician and composer has the metabolism and mind of a 25-year old, and he's constantly traveling the country like jazz's Johnny Appleseed, performing and motivating all who cross his path. One grows winded just listening to his schedule.

    Interview: Albert Maysles (Part 2)


    Watching Gimme Shelter with director Albert Maysles was one Images-1 of my crazier long-shot ideas. But Albert immediately saw the value and agreed to do it. As we settled in several weeks ago and the film began to roll, I couldn't help but feel this electric surge. As with Sonny Rollins agreeing to take a drive uptown with me to his old neighborhood in Harlem, or Jerry Lee Lewis showing me how he runs his hands up and down the piano keys, or Fats Domino tapping out rock's earliest beat on my hand, Albert chatting about his classic movie as it flickered away on the screen was another one of those pinch-me moments.

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