Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ahmad Jamal Trio. Poinciana

IKE QUEBEC, Acquitted (Quebec)

 Ike Quebec (tenor saxophone); Freddie Roach (organ); Milt Hinton (bass); Al Harewood (drums).

Sonny Rollins - Blues for Philly Joe - 1957

Monday, October 10, 2016

Predators in Arms

This from the Paul Krugman column in today's New York Times.  Please follow link to original.

As many people are pointing out, Republicans now trying to distance themselves from Donald Trump need to explain why The Tape was a breaking point, when so many previous incidents weren’t. On Saturday, explaining why he was withdrawing his endorsement, Senator John McCain cited “comments on prisoners of war, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women” — and that leaves out Mexicans as rapists, calls for a Muslim ban, and much more. So, Senator McCain, what took you so long?
One excuse we’re now hearing is that the new revelations are qualitatively different — that disrespect for women is one thing, but boasting about sexual assault brings it to another level. It’s a weak defense, since Mr. Trump has in effect been promising violence against minorities all along. His insistence last week that the Central Park Five, who were exonerated by DNA evidence, were guilty and should have been executed was even worse than The Tape, but drew hardly any denunciations from his party.
And even if you consider sexual predation somehow uniquely unacceptable, you have to ask where all these pearl-clutching Republicans were back in August, when Roger Ailes — freshly fired from Fox News over horrifying evidence that he used his position to force women into sexual relationships — joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser. Were there any protests at all from senior G.O.P. figures?
Of course, we know the answer: The latest scandal upset Republicans, when previous scandals didn’t, because the candidate’s campaign was already in free fall. You can even see it in the numbers: The probability of a House Republican jumping off the Trump train is strongly related to the Obama share of a district’s vote in 2012. That is, Republicans in competitive districts are outraged by Mr. Trump’s behavior; those in safe seats seem oddly indifferent.
Meanwhile, the Trump-Ailes axis of abuse raises another question: Is sexual predation by senior political figures — which Mr. Ailes certainly was, even if he pretended to be in the journalism business — a partisan phenomenon?
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about bad behavior in general, which occurs among politicians (and people) of all political leanings. Yes, Bill Clinton had affairs; but there’s a world of difference between consensual sex, however inappropriate, and abuse of power to force those less powerful to accept your urges. That’s infinitely worse — and it happens more than we’d like to think.

Take, for example, what we now know about what was happening politically in 2006, a year that Nate Cohn, The Times’s polling expert, suggests offers some lessons for this year. As Mr. Cohn points out, as late as September of that year it looked as if Republicans might retain control of Congress despite public revulsion at the Bush administration. But then came the Foley scandal: A member of Congress, Representative Mark Foley, had been sending sexually explicit messages to pages, and his party had failed to take any action despite warnings. As Mr. Cohn points out, the scandal seems to have broken the dam, and led to a Democratic wave.
But think about how much bigger that wave might have been if voters had known what we know now: that Dennis Hastert, who had been speaker of the House since 1999, himself had a long history of molesting teenage boys.
Why do all these stories involve Republicans? One answer may be structural. The G.O.P. is, or was until this election, a monolithic, hierarchical institution, in which powerful men could cover up their sins much better than they could in the far looser Democratic coalition.
There is also, I’d suggest, an underlying cynicism that pervades the Republican elite. We’re talking about a party that has long exploited white backlash to mobilize working-class voters, while enacting policies that actually hurt those voters but benefit the wealthy. Anyone participating in that scam — which is what it is — has to have the sense that politics is a sphere in which you can get away with a lot if you have the right connections. So in a way it’s not surprising if a disproportionate number of major players feel empowered to abuse their position.
Which brings us back to the man almost all senior Republicans were supporting for president until a day or two ago.
Assuming that Mr. Trump loses, many Republicans will try to pretend that he was a complete outlier, unrepresentative of the party. But he isn’t. He won the nomination fair and square, chosen by voters who had a pretty good idea of who he was. He had solid establishment support until very late in the game. And his vices are, dare we say, very much in line with his party’s recent tradition.
Mr. Trump, in other words, isn’t so much an anomaly as he is a pure distillation of his party’s modern essence.

Red Garland Quintet - Billie's Bounce

Red Garland - Piano
John Coltrane - Tenor Sax
Donald Byrd - Trumpet
George Joyner - Bass
Arthur Taylor - Drums

Red Garland - St. Louis Blues

Red Garland p
Sam Jones b
Art Taylor d

Red Garland Trio - Willow Weep for Me

The Red Garland Trio - Red Garland pf, Paul Chambers db, Art Taylor ds

Red Garland - Don't Worry 'Bout Me

Friday, October 7, 2016

Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan Quartet - This Time the Dream's on Me

Personnel: Annie Ross (Vocals), Chet Baker (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax, arrange), Henry Grimes (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)

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)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pinetop Perkins & Ruth Brown - Chains of Love

Pinetop Perkins (piano), Ruth Brown, Deborah Coleman (guitar), Jimmy Vivino (guitar), Bob Stroger (bass), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Jerry Vivino (saxophone)

Mississippi John Hurt - You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley (Live)

Pinetop Perkins -- How Long Blues

Kern / Oscar Peterson, 1959: A Fine Romance

 Ray Brown - double bass; Oscar Peterson - piano; Ed Thigpen - drums.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bud Powell - Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas

Bud Powell (Piano)
George Duvivier (Bass)
Art Taylor (Drums)
Tommy Potter (Bass)
Roy Haynes (Drums)

More Today Than Yesterday-Charles Earland-1970

Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

Wayne Shoter on sax, Elvin Jones on drums, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on Bass, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet.

Monday, September 26, 2016


(R.Stewart (tp), A. Nicholas (cl) F. Arbelo (tb), H. Nichols (p), J. Field (sb), T. Benford (dm) ( Live 1940)

Django Reinhardt & Rex Stewart - Montmatre - 1939 April 5 - Swing Paris

Rex Stewart (c); Barney Bigard (cl & dm); Django Reinhardt (g); Billy Taylor (b) 
1939 April 5 - Swing Paris

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime

Ella Fitzgerald Live at Mr. Kelly's - 1958

Gerry Mulligan -Theme For Jobim

Mulligan on piano, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone

Jimmy Smith ~ Stormy Monday

Jimmy Smith Trio ft. Kenny Burrell.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Woody Herman - FOUR BROTHERS

Woody Herman and His Orchestra

Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Stan Fishelson, Shorty Rogers, Marky Markowitz (trumpet)
Earl Swope, Ollie Wilson, Bob Swift (trombone)
Woody Herman (clarinet,alto sax)
Sam Marowitz (alto sax)
Herbie Steward, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims (tenor sax)
Serge Chaloff (baritone sax)
Fred Otis (piano)
Gene Sargent (guitar)
Walter Yoder (bass)
Don Lamond (drums)

Recorded in December 27, 1947

Meshuga (They Went That-A-Way) - Woody Herman and the First Herd (1945)

Woody Herman (cl, as, dir): Sonny Berman, Neal Hefti, Ray Linn, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli (t) / Bill Harris, Ralph Pfeffner, Ed Kiefer (tb) / Sam Marowitz, John LaPorta (as, cl) / Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello (ts) / Skippy DeSair (bar) / Tony Aless (p) / Billy Bauer (g) / Chubby Jackson (sb) / Dave Tough (d)

Flying Home - Woody Herman's First Herd (1944)

Woody Herman (cl, as, v, dir): Neal Hefti (t, a) / Billy Robbins, Ray Wetzel, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli (t) / Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer (tb) / Sam Marowitz, Bill Shine (as,cl) / Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello (ts) / Skippy DeSair (bar) / Ralph Burns (p, a) / Billy Bauer
(g) / Chubby Jackson (sb) / Dave Tough (d) / Frances Wayne (v)
New York, August 2, 1944

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lester Young &Coleman Hawkins (and many others) 1958

This made me cry - most of these guys are dead  --  I saw just about every one of them live.  Damn, I'm old.

Charlie Shavers, trumpet; J C Higginbotham, trombone; Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, tenor sax; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Harry Sheppard, vibraphone; Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano; Dickie Thompson, guitar; Vinnie Burke, acoustic double bass; Sonny Greer, drums

Jimmy Smith Playing Midnight Special on Hammond B-3 (1995)

Route 66 - Diana Krall

Route 66 - a young Diana Krall at the 1996 Montreal Jazz Festival. Bass: Paul Keller, Guitar: Russell Malone

Friday, September 9, 2016

Imagine If a Democrat Had Said What Donald Trump Said Last Night...

This from "The Rude Pundit" - follow link to original.

Imagine If a Democrat Had Said What Donald Trump Said Last Night...
-- At last night's Commander-in-Chief forum on the decommissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered this assessment of our military leadership: "The generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country." When asked about how she would take advice from those leaders, Clinton said, "Well, they’ll probably be different generals, to be honest with you."

-- In an interview about the relationship between the United States and Russian, Bernie Sanders said, "I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin. And I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia...[Putin] does have an 82 percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters. If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him. I’ve already said, he is really very much of a leader. I mean, you can say, oh, isn’t that a terrible thing — the man has very strong control over a country."

-- Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren commented on troubles at the Veterans Administration hospitals, "The V.A. is really almost, you could say, a corrupt enterprise."

-- At a town hall meeting today, Senator Chuck Schumer reiterated his belief that the cause of sexual assault in the military is the interaction of soldiers of both sexes. "There are many people that think that that’s absolutely correct," he said, adding, "The numbers are staggering, hard to believe, even. But we’re going to have to run it very tight. I at the same time want to keep the court system within the military. The best thing we can do is set up a court system within the military. Right now, the court system practically doesn’t exist."

-- Asked about his strategy for ending the United States's engagement in Iraq, John Kerry said, "If we’re going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil. We would leave a certain group behind and you would take various sections where they have the oil. They have — people don’t know this about Iraq, but they have among the largest oil reserves in the world, in the entire world."

Of course, Democrats didn't say these completely stupid, worthless, embarrassing, and dangerous things. Donald Trump said all of them last night.

If a Democrat had said this, let alone the party's presidential nominee, Republicans would have demanded endless apologies. Congressional investigations would be launched about the Democrat's coziness with Russia. Every Democrat on every talk show would be asked if they agree. The right-wing media would have whipped people into a froth about how traitorous the Democrat is. It would be the only subject for the next eight weeks.

If Democrats had said most of this, the GOP would already have pitchforks out and torches lit, ready to storm the castle and demand their heads on a platter. 

Instead, we're supposed to act, I guess, like, "Oh, that's just Donald. He doesn't know much, bless his heart."

We are doomed.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Black Eyes in Donald Trump’s Life

This from The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof.  I no longer post much about politics  --  mostly because it usually upsets me more than any possible good (or bad) it can do.  This is just too important.  Trump is NOT a populist, just an opportunist who thinks he can steal an election, try to ruin the USA and be the REALLY "big man on campus".  God help us all.

Please follow link to original:

Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Mr. Walker, giving him a black eye.
“When that kid was 10,” Walker recalled on his death bed, “even then, he was a ——” Oops, gentle reader, time to move on hurriedly with the life story of Donald J. Trump.
Young Donald took on a newspaper route to learn the value of money, but this was not “Leave It to Beaver”: On rainy days, Donald avoided getting wet by delivering papers while being squired around in the family Cadillac.
There are now more than 20 books out about Trump, and while I can’t claim to have read them all — I am not a masochist! — I have waded through his life story so that you don’t have to. You’re welcome! As a reader service, here are highlights.
Donald attended the New York Military Academy, where he thrived despite a regrettable attempt to throw a smaller student out a second-floor window (this comes from one of the best of the biographies, the brand-new “Trump Revealed,” by a team from The Washington Post).
Enough of Trump’s youth; now let’s hurtle through his business career. After graduating from Wharton, Trump joined his dad’s real estate business and, er, worked his way up: At about the age of 25, he was named president of Trump Management.
Unfortunately, the Trumps seemed to have a policy in some properties of not renting to blacks. “I’m not allowed to rent” to black families, a Trump building superintendent reportedly explained at the time, adding that he was just doing “what my boss told me to do.”
If a black person did make it as far as filling out an application, it was coded — in some cases, “C” for “colored” — to make sure it was not accidentally approved. The Nixon administration sued the Trumps in 1973 for breaking anti-discrimination laws.
Something similar happened with Donald Trump’s pageants. He began with the American Dream Calendar Girl Model Search, but that led to a lawsuit from a woman who said that Trump had groped her and restrained her in his daughter’s bedroom. The lawsuit also alleged that Trump had directed that “any black female contestants be excluded” from his parties. Trump denied the claims.
Back in the world of real estate, Trump had moved into Manhattan. In 1980, preparing to build Trump Tower, he demolished a department store using hundreds of undocumented Polish workers who were paid less than $5 an hour, sometimes in vodka. Some weren’t paid at all and were threatened with deportation if they complained.
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In subsequent litigation, Trump blamed the subcontractor. The judge said that Trump’s aide was on site and that Trump himself should have known.
Ultimately, Trump Tower was a financial success, but the same was not true of Trump’s venture into casinos. Anyone who had invested in his only public company, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, when it listed in 1995 would have lost about 90 cents on the dollar by 2005.
Trump as a candidate has, of course, refused to release his tax returns. But many years ago he was obliged to release them for casino regulatory filings — and at that time he paid no federal income tax at all. Because of tax loopholes, he managed to report zero income (actually losses!) for both 1978 and 1979.
Do I risk losing you with finances? Time to throw in some sex, with a look now at Trump’s family life.
Melania Trump says that her husband “is intensely loyal … he will never let you down.” Then again, she’s his third wife.
His first was Ivana Trump, and he then began a dalliance with Marla Maples, culminating in a dramatic made-for-the-tabloids confrontation between the two women while they were all skiing in Aspen. The resulting divorce negotiations were bitter, with Ivana alleging in a deposition that Trump had raped her; she later backed off that.
Trump then married Maples. She in turn gave way to Melania, who may well have arrived in the States illegally (Melania Trump denies this but hasn’t furnished a convincing explanation for her immigration).
So what does all this add up to?
Whether in his youth, in his business career or in his personal life, Trump’s story is that of a shallow egoist who uses those around him.
Even as a child, he personified privilege and entitlement. In business, he proved a genius at marketing himself but grew his fortune more slowly than if he had put his wealth in a stock index fund. He made a mess of his personal life and has been repeatedly accused of racism, of cheating people, of lying, of stiffing charities.
His life is a vacuum of principle, and he never seems to have stood up for anything larger than himself.
Over seven decades, there’s one continuous theme to his life story: This is a narcissist who has no core. The lights are on, but no one’s home.