Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joe Pass - "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Bird plays Lester Leaps In

 Charlie Parker, alto sax; Mundell Lowe, guitar; Walter Bishop, Jr., piano; Teddy Kotick, bass; Max Roach, drums;

Gene Ammons - Jammin' With Gene

Gene Ammons - Jammin' With Gene Gene Ammons - Tenor Sax Donald Byrd, Art Farmer - Trumpet Jackie McLean - Alto Sax Mal Waldron - Piano Doug Watkins - Bass Art Taylor - Drums

75 years ago today

75 years ago today the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began.  The Jews fought to save their lives.

Today, we have American citizens marching with the NAZI flag, while others damn the anti-fascist movements (lumped together as "Anti-Fa").  All our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc., etc., etc. who fought Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, etc., were ANTI-FA.  All the partisans, who fought against the Fascists were ANTI-FA.

Today we have all sorts of folks who either deny The Holocaust, or are, in some way, attempting to rehabilitate Hitler.  Many claim to be "TRUE AMERICANS"   ----   they are not.  They reject the spirit of our USA, they reject our embrace of the downtrodden, they reject the concept of free Public Education.  They have forgotten all the values that made America great.  In addition they have lost the will to keep America great.  They spout slogans but will not spend a dime on infrastructure (unless it's a damned wall) while our roads and bridges crumble.

We don't need more Norwegians  --  we need AMERICANS.

Monday, January 15, 2018


I'm a little late  --  but, Happy New Year.  I've been out of action with the flu for the last while.    Have been feeling like crap.  Hopefully I'll be starting to post stuff again  ---  soon.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Roswell Rudd

I remember writing some months ago that I drank with Roswell Rudd and his "old lady" years ago in the old 55  --  a dive bar owned by Brad Cunningham.  Mr. Rudd was then playing at Nicks with Wilbur DeParis  --  playing Dixieland to keep body and soul together.  He was very frustrated, wanting to move forward.  After many years he did, playing all sorts of music  --  including a lot of very avant-garde Jazz.  He received a lot of critical acclaim.

He died recently.  Nice obit in thr N.Y. Times, as befitting a master musician.  His like will be missed.  A really good guy, a fine musician  --  and an old drinking buddy from a time long ago and far away.  All blessings on Mr. Rudd and his family from a big fan.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Modern Jazz Quartet 1956 - England's Carol #1

My all time favorite Christmas Carol

Milt Jackson (vib), John Lewis (p), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (ds) Album:"The Modern Jazz Quartet / At Music Inn" Recorded:Live at "Music Inn"Lenox, Massachusetts, August 28, 1956

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer - Baby Its Cold Outside

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The death of Christianity in the U.S.

This from Baptist News Global  --    Opinion

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency. No greater proof is needed of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.
Evangelicals have constructed an exclusive interpretation which fuses and confuses white supremacy with salvation. Only those from the dominant culture, along with their supposed inferiors who with colonized minds embrace assimilation, can be saved. But their salvation damns Jesus. To save Jesus from those claiming to be his heirs, we must wrench him from the hands of those who use him as a fa├žade from which to hide their phobias — their fear of blacks, their fear of the undocumented, their fear of Muslims, their fear of everything queer.
Evangelicalism has ceased to be a faith perspective rooted on Jesus the Christ and has become a political movement whose beliefs repudiate all Jesus advocated. A message of hate permeates their pronouncements, evident in sulphurous proclamations like the Nashville Statement, which elevates centuries of sexual dysfunctionalities since the days of Augustine by imposing them upon Holy Writ. They condemn as sin those who express love outside the evangelical anti-body straight jacket.
Evangelicalism’s unholy marriage to the Prosperity Gospel justifies multi-millionaire bilkers wearing holy vestments made of sheep’s clothing who discovered being profiteers rather than prophets delivers an earthly security never promised by the One in whose name they slaughter those who are hungry, thirsty and naked, and the alien among them. Christianity at a profit is an abomination before all that is Holy. From their gilded pedestals erected in white centers of wealth and power, they gaslight all to believe they are the ones being persecuted because of their faith.
Evangelicalism’s embrace of a new age of ignorance, blames homosexuality for Harvey’s rage rather than considering the scientific consequences climate change has on the number of increasing storms of greater and greater ferocity. To ignore the damage caused to God’s creation so the few can profit in raping Mother Earth causes celebrations in the fiery pits of Gehenna.
Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar and a racist accountable, instead serving as a shield against those who question POTUS’ immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Laying holy hands upon the incarnation of the very vices Jesus condemned to advance a political agenda — instead of rebuking and chastising in loving prayer — has prostituted the gospel in exchange for the victory of a Supreme Court pick.
Evangelicalism either remained silent or actually supported Charlottesville goose steppers because they protect their white privilege with the doublespeak of preserving heritage, leading them to equate opponents of fascist movements with the purveyors of hatred. Jesus has yet recovered from the vomiting induced by the Christian defenders of torch-wielding white nationalists calling for “blood-and-soil.”
The Evangelicals’ Jesus is satanic, and those who hustle this demon are “false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Cor. 11:13-15, NIV).
You might wonder if my condemnation is too harsh. It is not, for the Spirit of the Lord has convicted me to shout from the mountaintop how God’s precious children are being devoured by the hatred and bigotry of those who have positioned themselves as the voice of God in America.
As a young man, I walked down the sawdust aisle at a Southern Baptist church and gave my heart to Jesus. Besides offering my broken heart, I also gave my mind to understanding God, and my arm to procuring God’s call for justice. I have always considered myself to be an evangelical, but I can no longer allow my name to be tarnished by that political party masquerading as Christian. Like many women and men of good will who still struggle to believe, but not in the evangelical political agenda, I too no longer want or wish to be associated with an ideology responsible for tearing humanity apart. But if you, dear reader, still cling to a hate-mongering ideology, may I humbly suggest you get saved.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fools or Knaves?

This from Robert  Reich:  Please follow link to original

Fools or Knaves?

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it.
There are two kinds of liars – fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead.
Trump is both, because he doesn’t even care enough about the truth to find out what it is. He’ll say whatever he thinks will get people to believe what he wants them to believe.
What about people like Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s point person on the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress?
Mnuchin continues to insist that the legislation puts a higher tax burden on people earning more than $1 million a year, and reduce taxes on everyone else. “I can tell you that virtually everybody in the middle class will get a tax cut, and will get a significant tax cut,” Mnuchin says repeatedly.
But the prestigious Tax Policy Center concludes that by 2027, almost all of the benefits of both bills will have gone to the richest 1 percent, while upper-middle-class payers will pay higher taxes and those at the lower levels will receive only modest benefits. 
So is Mnuchin a fool? His career before he became Treasury Secretary doesn’t suggest so. He graduated from Yale, and worked for seventeen years for investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Perhaps Mnuchin doesn’t find the Tax Policy Center credible. Maybe he agrees with Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro, who describes it as “a left-leaning center that produces analyses that favor Democratic tax-and-spend programs and disfavor Republican programs.”
In the age of Trump, even prestigious organizations once considered non-partisan are either “with us” or “against us.”
Problem is, virtually all other studies by every other source show the House and Senate tax bills overwhelmingly benefit the rich and, within a few years, harm the middle class.
Even Congress’s own Joint Committee on Taxation – the House and Senate’s official scorekeeper on tax issues – finds that the Senate’s version of the bill would increase taxes on all income groups making under $75,000 per year.
By 2027, it would give its biggest tax breaks to those making $1 million or more. The House bill would be even more generous to millionaires and billionaires.
Mnuchin’s response? He has none. He just keeps repeating the same lie.
Mnuchin also maintains that the Senate and House tax plans won’t cause the federal deficit to rise. “This isn’t about the deficit,” he said recently. “We’ll create economic growth to pay down the deficit.”
But even the Tax Foundation – a major proponent of the corporate tax cuts – estimates the House bill will cause a $1.08 trillion revenue loss over ten years and the Senate bill, a $516 billion loss.
Assuming Mnuchin isn’t a fool, he’s a knave. He intends to deceive the public.
By doing so he has abandoned his duty to the American people inherent in the oath of office taken by every cabinet official, in favor of advancing the goals of his boss and other Republicans in Washington who are desperate to pass their tax bill.  
He has also sacrificed his credibility and integrity.
Why? Because he’s Secretary of the Treasury in an administration that has no integrity. Merely by joining Trump, he made a Faustian bargain and lost whatever integrity he might have had.
Recall that after Trump equated white supremacists with protesters in Charlottesville, and several hundred of Mnuchin’s Yale classmates urged him to resign in protest, Mnuchin found it“hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president.”
After Trump demanded that NFL owners deal harshly with black athletes protesting police brutality, Mnuchin said the athletes should “do free speech on their own time. This is about respect for the military and first responders in the country.”
Apparently Mnuchin will say anything to retain his power and influence in the Trump administration.
He knows he’ll never have anything close to this power again.
Mnuchin probably figures: So what if he lies about the true consequences of the tax bills? Trump lies about them, too. So does the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He probably assumes most of the public will never know he lied. Even those who know will soon forget. In this era of Trumpian big lies, there are no consequences for lying.
But history may not be kind to Steve Mnuchin.
Over the last century, authoritarian and fascist regimes have intentionally and systematically denigrated the truth.
The knaves who helped them are remembered in ignominy.

All-Out Assault on LGBTQ People by Trump, Pence, Sessions

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted

Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Give Me the Simple Life

Personnel: Annie Ross (Vocals), Art Farmer (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax, arrange), Bill Crow (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sorry for being away for so long.  I've been having some nagging health problems  --  namely "routine cataract surgery" that has turned out not to be so routine after all.  When the Dr. says, "we will get you to see as well as we can" when I ask him if I will be able to read again   --  it's not comforting.  Nor is the fact I'm now told to use these "more aggressive" eye drops that the receptionist said to be "very careful" with  ==  since a refill would be in "the $300.00 range".

I'm just having trouble seeing, reading, typing, etc.  I guess old age is just one surprise after another.  Now know why they're called "The Golden Years"  --  you need a lot of gold to keep on trucking.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Howard McGhee Quartet - A Cottage for Sale

Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Walter Bolden (drums)

Howard McGhee Septet - Dusty Blue

Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet), Bennie Green (trombone), Roland Alexander (tenor sax, flute), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Walter Bolden (drums)