Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce

The Modern Jazz Quartet with Jimmy Giuffre - Fun

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

A Fugue For Music Inn

MJQ with Ji8mmy Giuffre

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thelonious Monk - Bemsha Swing

Thelonious Monk Quintet Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Thelonious Monk (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Max Roach (drums) Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, December 7, 1956

Thelonious Monk - Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How Do You Feel Now?

All you folks who said, "there's no difference between Clinton and Trump".  How do y'all feel now?

All you folks who stayed home on election day because Clinton was not Obama  --  how's the current administration affecting y'all now?  All you right wing minority folks who voted for Trump  --  are you starting to worry,  yet?  Has the, "Am I next?" thought entered YOUR thoughts yet?  It will. 

If you just don't care about this stuff   ----   you will!  The attempted "Nazification" of the USA will end up affecting us ALL.  Even those ultra-rich SOB's who know nothing but have (right now) more money that they can possibly spend. 

I'm now 78  --  it's not my problem anymore.  I'm just sorry all y'all will have to learn the exact same lessons I did    ---    GOOD LUCK.

Bud Powell - Celia

Bud Powell. Jazz Giant. 1949. Celia. Bud Powell (p), Ray Brown (b), Max Roach (ds).

Bud Powell - Tempus Fugit

Bud Powell (piano) 
Ray Brown (bass)
Max Roach (drums)

Bud Powell - Buster Rides Again

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the global financial sector has become criminalised, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behaviour that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis of 2008 was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident...And yet none of this conduct has been punished in any significant way."

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job

“The suspicions that the system is rigged in favor of the largest banks and their elites, so they play by their own set of rules to the disfavor of the taxpayers who funded their bailout, are true. It really happened. These suspicions are valid.”

Neil Barofsky

"The historical evidence is overwhelming. Many societies have done well for a while – until powerful people get out of hand.  This is an easy pattern to see at a distance and in other cultures.  It is typically much harder to recognize when your own society now has an elite less subject to effective constraints and more able to exert power in an abusive fashion.   And given the long history of strong institutions in the United States, it appears particularly difficult for some people to acknowledge that we have serious governance issues that need to be addressed."

Simon Johnson

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bank failures are creeping up again.  The FDIC says "there is no cause for concern"   ----   BUT?

Latest is:

United Fidelity Bank, fsb, Evansville, Indiana, Assumes All of the Deposits of Fayette County Bank, Saint Elmo, Illinois

May 26, 2017
FDIC Customer Service Call Center
Toll Free - 1-800-930-5172
Fayette County Bank, Saint Elmo, Illinois, was closed today by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Banking, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with United Fidelity Bank, fsb, Evansville, Indiana, to assume all of the deposits of Fayette County Bank.
The sole office of Fayette County Bank will reopen as a branch of United Fidelity Bank during its normal business hours. Depositors of Fayette County Bank will automatically become depositors of United Fidelity Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Fayette County Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from United Fidelity Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other United Fidelity Bank branches to process their accounts, as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Fayette County Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.
As of March 31, 2017, Fayette County Bank had approximately $34.4 million in total assets and $34.0 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, United Fidelity Bank agreed to purchase approximately $28.9 million of the failed bank's assets. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.
Customers with questions about the transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-930-5172. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9 p.m., Central Time (CT); on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., CT; on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., CT; on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CT; and thereafter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's website at https://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/fayettecounty.html.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $10.0 million. Compared to other alternatives, United Fidelity Bank's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Fayette County Bank is the sixth FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the second in Illinois. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Seaway Bank and Trust Company, Chicago, on January 27, 2017.

That is all on this front   ---   for now.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chris Connor - Blame It On My Youth

Chris Connor(vo)
Herbie Mann(fl,ts)
Ralph Sharon(p)
Joe Puma(g)
Milt Hinton(b)
Osie Johnson(ds)

A Foggy Day - Chris Connor

Chris Connor with Stan Free Quintet - The Night We Called It a Day

Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals), Bobby Jaspar (flute), Stan Free (piano, arrange), Mundell Lowe (guitar), Percy Heath (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums)

Lucky Thompson - Tricotism

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jackie McLean - Lights Out! ( Full Album )

Jackie McLean - Alto Saxophone....
Donald Byrd - Trumpet....
Elmo Hope - Piano....
Doug Watkins - Bass....
Art Taylor - Drums....
1. "Lights Out" - 13:00
2. "Up" - 4:47
3. "Lorraine" - 6:26
4. "A Foggy Day" - 6:24
5. "Kerplunk" - 8:51
6. "Inding" - 6:30

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Charlie Parker-Birds Feathers

trumpet is Miles Davis, with Duke Jordan (p), Tommy Potter (b), and Max Roach (d).

Charlie Parker-Mohawk

Somewhere, sometime 1950.
Charlie Parker-as, Dizzy Gillespie-trp, 
Thelonious Monk-p, Curly Russell-b, Buddy Rich-d

Charlie Parker - Compulsion

 Compulsion - Davis - 5'47" - New York, 30.1.1953 - Miles Davis Sextet:
Miles Davis: Trumpet
Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins: Tenor sax
Walter Bishop: Piano
Percy Heath: Bass
"Philly" Joe Jones: Drums

Charlie Parker - Meandering

Charlie Parker - Meandering. November 26, 1945. Parker (as); Dizzy Gillespie (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Embraceable you-Charlie Parker live Jazz at the Philharmonic

Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Flip Phillips, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Tommy Turk (trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Buddy Rich (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.

Paul Quinichette Quartet - The Very Thought Of You

Paul Quinichette (ts), Marlowe Morris (org), Jerome Darr (g), Jo Jones (ds)

Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You

Georgia On A Fast Train - Billy Joe Shaver

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red Garland - A Garland of Red (Full Album)

Recorded: On 17 August 1956

The Personnel: 
Red Garland - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums

01 A Foggy Day 0:00 
02 My Romance 4:51
03 What Is This Thing Called Love? 11:42
04 "Makin' Whoopee 16:36
05 September in the Rain 20:51
06 Little Girl Blue 25:40
07 Constellation 30.47
08 Blue Red 34:19

Red Garland - See, See Rider

From Red's Blues - Red Garland pf, Paul Chambers db, Art Taylor dm

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sonny Stitt & Zoot Sims_My Blue Heaven

Al Cohn and Zoot Sims - East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon

This recording was rather made in 1956, for a disc Al Cohn - Zoot Sims Quintet (Al Cohn, Zoot Sims (ts) Hank Jones (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) Webster Hall, NYC, January 24, 1956

Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters - Such A Night - Original Version (Pre Elvis)

Charlie Christian - Lester Young - Buck Clayton - ( Good Morning Blues - Live)

 Buck Clayton (tr) Lester Young (ts) Charlie Christian (gt),Freddie Green (rhythm-gt) Walter Page ( sb) Jo Jones ( dm) - New York - Carnegie Hall ( 24-12- 1939 Live Concert From Spirituals To Swing )

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wrecking the Ship of State

this from Dr. Paul Krugman in The New York Times  --  please follow link to original:    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/opinion/donald-trump-health-care-bill.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

After Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldn’t really be that bad. Every time he showed a hint of self-restraint — even if it amounted to nothing more than reading his lines without ad-libbing and laying off Twitter for a day or two — pundits rushed to declare that he had just “become president.”
But can we now admit that he really is as bad as — or worse than — his harshest critics predicted he would be? And it’s not just his contempt for the rule of law, which came through so clearly in the James Comey testimony: As the legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin says, if this isn’t obstruction of justice, what is? There’s also the way Trump’s character, his combination of petty vindictiveness with sheer laziness, leaves him clearly not up to doing the job.
And that’s a huge problem. Think, for a minute, of just how much damage this man has done on multiple fronts in just five months.
Take health care. It’s still unclear whether Republicans will ever be able to pass a replacement for Obamacare (although it is clear that if they do, it will take coverage away from tens of millions). But whatever happens on the legislative front, there are big problems developing in the insurance markets as we speak: companies pulling out, leaving some parts of the country unserved, or asking for large increases in premiums.

Why? It’s not, whatever Republicans may say, because Obamacare is an unworkable system; insurance markets were clearly stabilizing last fall. Instead, as insurers themselves have been explaining, the problem is the uncertainty created by Trump and company, especially the failure to make clear whether crucial subsidies will be maintained. In North Carolina, for example, Blue Cross Blue Shield has filed for a 23 percent rise in premiums, but declared that it would have asked for only 9 percent if it were sure that cost-sharing subsidies would continue.
So why hasn’t it received that assurance? Is it because Trump believes his own assertions that he can cause Obamacare to collapse, then get voters to blame Democrats? Or is it because he’s too busy rage-tweeting and golfing to deal with the issue? It’s hard to tell, but either way, it’s no way to make policy.
Or take the remarkable decision to take Saudi Arabia’s side in its dispute with Qatar, a small nation that houses a huge U.S. military base. There are no good guys in this quarrel, but every reason for the U.S. to stay out of the middle.
The most likely explanation of his actions, which have provoked a crisis in the region (and pushed Qatar into the arms of Iran) is that the Saudis flattered him — the Ritz-Carlton projected a five-story image of his face on the side of its Riyadh property — and their lobbyists spent large sums at the Trump Washington hotel.
Normally, we would consider it ridiculous to suggest that an American president could be so ignorant of crucial issues, and be led to take dangerous foreign policy moves with such crude inducements. But can we believe this about a man who can’t accept the truth about the size of his inauguration crowds, who boasts about his election victory in the most inappropriate circumstances? Yes.
And consider his refusal to endorse the central principle of NATO, the obligation to come to our allies’ defense — a refusal that came as a shock and surprise to his own foreign policy team. What was that about? Nobody knows, but it’s worth considering that Trump apparently ranted to European Union leaders about the difficulty of setting up golf courses in their nations. So maybe it was sheer petulance.
The point, again, is that everything suggests that Trump is neither up to the job of being president nor willing to step aside and let others do the work right. And this is already starting to have real consequences, from disrupted health coverage to ruined alliances to lost credibility on the world stage.
But, you say, stocks are up, so how bad can it be? And it’s true that while Wall Street has lost some of its initial enthusiasm for Trumponomics — the dollar is back down to pre-election levels — investors and businesses don’t seem to be pricing in the risk of really disastrous policy.
That risk is, however, all too real — and one suspects that the big money, which tends to equate wealth with virtue, will be the last to realize just how big that risk really is. The American presidency is, in many ways, sort of an elected monarchy, in which a temperamentally and intellectually unqualified leader can do immense damage.
That’s what’s happening now. And we’re barely one-tenth of the way through Trump’s first term. The worst, almost surely, is yet to come.

"Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" by Lester Young

Lester Young and Teddy Wilson - Love me or Leave me

Lester Young "I didn't know what time it was"

With Roy Eldrifge, Vic Dickenson, Teddy Wilson, Fred Green, Gene Ramey & Jo Jones: NYC. 1956

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ruby Braff & Ellis Larkins - Easy Living

Ruby Braff (tp,cor), Ellis Larkins (p)

Ruby Braff - Star Dust

Ruby Braff - Trumpet
Dave McKenna - Piano
Steve Jordan - Guitar
Buzzy Drootin - Drums

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


June 6 1944  --  D-Day.  The allies landed in Normandy, opening up a true second front.  Most of those brave men are gone now.  Today we remember ALL of them. 

We were great then, we are great now - but only if we are willing to realize it.  We don't need a "strong-man", we don't need a dictator, we just need the will to go forward into the future.  Fear-mongers beware, we are still a strong resilient nation.  Grow up.  Let us ALL get things done. 

There are no "end times", there's just tomorrow.  We, as individuals get old and die  --  others go on in our place.  That DEATH we ALL face, that's the "end-times" folks fear.  Put it aside and go on.  No more "snowflakes"  ---  left or right.  It's called life, there are NO "safe places".  Get over yourself and move forward.  That's what they did on D-Day.

Parker's Mood / Charlie Parker The Savoy Recordings

Charlie Parker (as)
John Lewis (p) 
Curly Russell (b) 
Max Roach (ds)