Author Archives: mrG

About mrG

I am a musician but I am a different sort of musician

The Heart of London

The London Stone, Cannon Street: For hundreds of years the small limestone block was recognised as the heart of the City of London and became a traditional site to pass laws, reclaim debts, swear oaths and make official proclamations. WalkLondon … Continue reading

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Be Bop Wino: Blow “Mr. Low-Blow” / Lyin’ Girl Blues – Red Saunders and his Orchestra (Columbia 30218)

Recorded in Chicago, June 15th, 1950. Personnel: Hot Lips Page, Sonny Cohn (trumpets); Harlan Floyd, John Avant (trombones); Porter Kilbert (alto sax); Leon Washington (tenor sax); McKinley Easton (baritone sax); Earl Washington (piano); Jimmy Richardson (bass); Jumpin’ Joe Williams (vocal); … Continue reading

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How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?

Wayne Shorter On Jazz: “The six years I was with Miles, we never talked about music. We never had a rehearsal. Jazz shouldn’t have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that’s required to sound like jazz. For … Continue reading

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language from birdsong: deep roots of human speech

How human language could have evolved from birdsong: Researchers propose new theory on deep roots of human speech: our finite vocabularies can generate a seemingly infinite string of words. Indeed, the researchers suggest that humans first had the ability to … Continue reading

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Time to dig out the old haunts

The whole Posterous thing probably was too good to be true, and true enough it was. As of April 30, all those Posterous blogs will vanish, and that means it's time to rethink a web writer's web strategy. Self hosting … Continue reading

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Louis Armstrong – Potato Head Blues

via “one of the most astonishing accomplishments in all of twentieth century music.” Continue reading

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Skid-Dat-De-Dat / Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

“Skit-Dat-De-Dat is a very good and interesting study of 6-8-10 bar phrases of contrasts with 2 bar fill-ins by pianist, in between, for player to take breath before each new and good attack. This solo starts by long whole notes, with a gradual ch… Continue reading

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