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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flower for the Day Pansy 2-14-17

We have had success with pansies in mild winters. This plant bloomed when the weather warmed up. It is Viola sect.melanium. This hybrid has 2 overlapping upper petals, 2 side petals, 
one bottom petal and a small central beard.



Short Pansy poem by Probir Gupta

Momentary

Pansy looks at me  Butterfly on hugging leaves  The sky in your eyes  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  April30, 2016  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Flower for the Day We start the New Year - Crocus 2-11-17

Welcome to the new year of flowers. Surprisingly these crocci bloomed on Jan's birthday.
Surely more snow is to come. 
As before if you wish to have your name removed from the Flower List please let me kn












The last snow grabs at new green shoots, indifferent crocus awaken

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Final Bob Torrison Retrospective V The Music 15 The Passions

Bob Torrison did not introduce to passion in the 1950's but he did introduce me to 'The Passions'
a Les Baxter recording featuring Bas Sheva. We thought we were really cool listening to this 'edgy' stuff.
This is the last post in this retrospective. I have enjoyed this trip down memory lane.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BTR V The Music 14 Betty Roche



Bob and I loved this bebop song. Betty Roche introduced this song initially in a movie with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1942. She was not able to record it because of the AFM Strike and finally recorded it in 1955 when she had rejoined the Duke.


https://youtu.be/SxpTh7oIWwM




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

BTR V The Music 13 Chet Baker



Bob liked Gerry Mulligan but I always liked Chet Baker better. This album came out in 1956.


This is my favorite jazz record of all time. We all knew Chet could play the trumpet. I just love his smokin' voice.
On this record are pianist  Russ Freeman, flautist Bud Shank and harpist Corky Hale.

https://youtu.be/LWbeRrQ2mJg?list=PLPaztBWnatcjf5dr7GFPMFB6iR4OxbjSu

Monday, February 6, 2017

BTR V The Music 12 Gerry Mulligan Quartet - The Paris Concert

We loved cool jazz. Our favorites were Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. You can see that the cover on my vinyl recording of Gerry Mulligan's Paris Concert is lovingly dog-eared and taped. The concert  recorded live on June 1, 1954 is a classic.




The quartet included Gerry Mulligan ,baritone sax; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone; Red Mitchell, bass; and Frank Isola, drums. Here is 'Bernies Tune':

Friday, February 3, 2017

BTR V The Music 11 Lennie Tristano

Bob Torrison was always finding innovative jazz musicians for us to listen to. One such artist was jazz pianist Lennie Tristano.




This 1956 album by Lennie Tristano was controversial for its innovative use of technology, with Tristano overdubbing piano and manipulating tape speed for effect on the first four tracks. Following the release of Lennie Tristano, the usage of multitracking and tape speed was widely questioned and criticized on the songs "Line Up", "Turkish Mambo" and "East Thirty-Second". In the case of "Turkish Mambo", Tristano played three separate and conflicting piano tracks, with left-hand rhythms of five, six and seven beats beneath right-hand improvisation. Tristano made specific reference to that song in defending his choice, stating that "[i]f I do multiple tapes, I don't feel I'm a phony thereby. Take "The Turkish Mambo". There is no other way I could do it so that I could get the rhythms to go together the way I feel them."  On the question of tape speed, he added, "If people want to think I speeded up the piano on "Line Up" and "East Thirty-Second", I don't care. What I care about is that the result sounded good to me." (Wikepedia)