Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Crocus 2-28-17

 Finally the purple crocci have bloomed. I love deep purple.

And Lavender.


Bright sunny day in March  Snow-drops and crocuses flower  On luscious grass  

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2010 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Flower for the Day Daffodil 2-20-17

The daffodils are here. They double in volume each day. They will keep blooming for more than a month.


delicate yellow   
daffodilian beauties   
blooms gently nodding  
Copyright © Anita Lovelace | Year Posted 2005 

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


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

Mar 23, 2013

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.


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.


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)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bob Torrison Retrospective V The Music 11 The Ramsey Lewis Trio

Bob Torrison's greatest gift to me in the music sphere was jazz. I knew absolutely nothing  about jazz and Bob was really into it. He taught me to love high quality jazz. We used to go to various local and downtown spots and Bob was always transfixed by the music. He was never loquacious but when jazz was playing he was never here- always there -disappearing into the sounds. One of the groups we listened to downtown in Chicago was The Ramsey Lewis Trio. Ramsey played the piano with Eldee Young on bass and Red Holt on the drums.

On this Blue Note Club recording "by the fourth set the piano was drifting noticeably out of tune (Ramsey and Oscar Peterson not only play pianos, they almost destroy them at a single sitting." Enjoy:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BTR - V The Music 10 Pop Singers

 Bob and I also had our favorite pop singers. We liked June Christie, Chris Connor, and most of all 
Julie London. This is Julie's first album from 1955.

Our favorite song was 'Cry Me a River'.