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Anyone else getting a bunch of these followers lately?  I’ve gotten something like 10 followers in the last week with similar name conventions (namenamename333lll333ll) and nearly identical blogs

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Dexter Gordon | Dexter Calling…

Okay, the next album after this one won’t be a jazz one, I promise.  Anyway, I think Dexter looks kind of like President Obama in this photo, but that’s neither here nor there.

This is the earliest Dexter album I have so far, and it features a quartet including pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones playing through a set of mostly originals with one Charlie Chaplin tune called Smile (didn’t know Chaplin wrote music, ya learn something new every day).  I think of the three Dexter albums I have, this one is my least favorite, but it’s still enjoyable.  Dexter Gordon’s style is very accessible, in my opinion.  He always plays with a very strong melody and makes his intent clear.  His sad songs sound very sad and his happy songs sound joyous, and his playing is clear enough for you to be able to sing something back that he just did, even if it was really fast.  I think Dexter’s probably one of my top three saxophonists, to be honest.

I’m finally taking some vacation days!  I don’t have to be at work again until NEXT WEDNESDAY

I’m going to play SO MUCH NINTENDO

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morebuildingsandfood:

Los Angeles, as depicted in Demolition Man by Acclaim.

morebuildingsandfood:

Los Angeles, as depicted in Demolition Man by Acclaim.

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Art Blakey | A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2

I found this at the used bookstore, which is why it’s Vol. 2 and doesn’t include Vol. 1.  This is a pretty early recording of Art Blakey, one that’s just Art Blakey and not Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (which apparently refers to a specific group of people and not just ‘whoever Art Blakey is playing with’). This is also a live album, which I don’t have very many of at all.  This one has announcements and everything, including the one at the beginning that would later be sampled by Us3. 

Anyway, you can see the personnel right there on the artwork (as you often can with Blue Note albums).  The main musicians to listen for on this album are Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, and Art Blakey himself.  Not that Horace Silver and Curly Russell don’t play well, but Clifford Brown’s solos especially stuck out to me.  There are a couple of standards on here, but I don’t know them.  Two of these are Charlie Parker tunes, and then there’s the standard standards If I Had You and The Way You Look Tonight, neither of which I’m really familiar with.  I’d say this album is pretty much straight ahead bebop: high energy, lots of chord changes, and swingin’ to the nth degree.  If that’s your jam (my roommate is SUPER into this kind of jazz, but then again he named our cat after Dizzy Gillespie, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised) then this album’s a must-have.  Even if you just like jazz in general and not bebop in particular it’s a thoroughly enjoyable album.

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i promise the non-stop jazz will stop eventually

but not with the next album

or the one after that


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