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Men of Jazz – Carol’s and Bonnie’s

No time to write of late (too busy at work and home), but I thought I’d throw out some music to offset the craziness. My blogging colleague Jeff Vaca and his extraordinary series, the 95 songs of summer, continues its fine stretch of melodies during this season. If you’ve not checked…

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Reprise – Friday Forgotten Song: Theme From “St. Elsewhere”

Written by the underrated composer, arranger, and pianist Dave Grusin, the theme song, a seemingly lost art these days, had a distinctly melodious and infectious 80s mood to it. It has proven to be Mr. Grusin’s, another of Jazz Fusion’s durable players from the 70s, most recognizable of arrangements. If Dave Grusin’s name doesn’t mean much at first glance, you’ve most likely heard a few of his movie scores.

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Friday Forgotten Song: Summer Days by Angela Bofill

Like some, certain memories are tied with the music of the time. During this particular period, I was in my Jazz Fusion phase and the artists in and around the genre. Yet, still very much near the R&B stylings of the day. And with summer of 2012 coming to an end tomorrow, there is one song and artist that comes back to my mind’s eye whenever the autumnal equinox cycles passed.

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Reblogged » 12 Essential Records Loved by Audio Nerds

“Listening to vinyl isn’t the easiest way to listen to music, especially by today’s streaming standards. Nor does it guarantee the highest-quality listening experience anymore, as high-res lossless digital tracks are more abundant than ever. But people don’t care about that anymore. After decades in decline, the popularity of vinyl…

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The Soundtrack of My Life – The 10s

As promised four years ago, am adding the 2010s to this series. My local colleague Arlee Bird from Tossing It Out broached a meme a few years back that certainly intrigued: The Soundtrack of My Life As Arlee put it, “A few weeks ago a piece was posted by Jessica,…

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Best Album Covers: Objects of Desire

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Friday Song: Piano in the Dark by Brenda Russell

Being ahead of the curve defined as “…ahead of current thinking and trends.” Musically, it’s where many wish to be…leading the way. Blazing a trail. The downside is you’re apt to not be recognized for it, being that far in front. Positively influencing those coming up behind you. However like…

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Best Album Covers: Moonflower

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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A Song For This Day (and year): Wishing on a Star

Another year over and upon us, and like I’ve done before, highlighting a song that just felt right for this point in time. As has been my habit, or rather since this span of ours reeks of another decade, selected a tune from the 1970s to christen the new year…

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Best Album Covers: Heart Like a Wheel

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Best Album Covers: The Low End Theory

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Best Album Covers: Hub-Tones

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Friday Forgotten Song: Ethereal Mood by Jean-Luc Ponty

As mentioned awhile back, the year 1978 remains a pivotal annum no matter how you slice it. Politically, nationally, or personally, the ’70s would only continue throwing various haymakers at the body electric from the start and through to the close of this very year. No different musically, come to…

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Best Album Covers: Extensions

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Never Say No to a Rock Star Book Review

Perhaps, it’s really no coincidence at all I’d read author Glenn Berger‘s memoir of his time serving under the legendary A&R Recording studio recording engineer, record producer, and pioneer Phil Ramone. He being the “R” in “A&R” with co-founder and then-business partner Jack Arnold. We’re of similar age and surely share…

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Opening Titles and Song: Sharky’s Machine (1981)

Sometimes, there is an unexpected inception to a movie, like in a certain action star’s self-directed and underappreciated thriller from the early ’80s. Where the accompanying song makes for a near-perfect music-movie-moment, which wholly brings a smile to your face as it plays out on screen. Specifically, the opening titles…

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Best Album Covers: Out of the Blue

This is the next entry in Best Album Covers, a series begun right here. The first successful long-playing microgroove record for the phonograph was introduced by Columbia Records back in June of 1948. Yet, album covers (the paper board packaging that held them) didn’t come into their own graphically till decades later. Eventually becoming the cultural stamp…

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Opening Titles and Song: Zodiac (2007)

Since we’ll be piercing the layers of Robert Graysmith’s book that documented the onslaught of a serial murderer in the Bay area during the ’60s and ’70s, and its 2007 film adaptation by David Fincher later in the week, thought it timely to take in the movie’s stellar opening titles sequence…

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Starflight (1978) by Wilbert Longmire

This a recent record store find from the definitive Jazz Fusion era of the ’70s. ‘Sunny Side Up‘ a classic album by guitarist Wilbert Longmire, with assistance by Bob James, Eric Gale, David Sanborn, Harvey Mason, Richard Tee and other gifted artists from the Tappan Zee label. New York City, the…

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The Soundtrack of My Life – The 00s

My local colleague Arlee Bird from Tossing It Out broached a meme a few years back that certainly intrigued: The Soundtrack of My Life As Arlee put it, “A few weeks ago a piece was posted by Jessica, the Modern Day Drifter, on her  Country Girl blog about The Soundtrack To Your Life.  She…

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