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Dave Brubeck Jazz Goes to College (1954)

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It’s out again, and affordable. But shame on Sony/Columbia for ignoring this essential recording for twenty years, resulting in prohibitive collectors’ prices. This was Brubeck-Desmond’s greatest period, before the comparatively sterile, more formulaic studio albums, includingTime Out(Columbia, 1959). And shame on those (including this writer) who ever dismissed this recording as too white, too fay, too square, too distant from the “authentic” jazz tradition. The music is squarely in the tradition—soulful, in the moment, unrepeatable.

As far as the 1950s public was concerned, two alto players mattered: Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond; and after Bird’s death in 1955, only Desmond and Julian Adderley. Although Desmond occasionally reaches higher on the earlier At Oberlin (Fantasy, 1953), Jazz Goes to College, which is the group’s first recording for Columbia records, is above all his date—a consistently stirring testimonial to an artistry that remains sui generis.

Desmond’s solo on…

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December 8, 1980…Lennon

41 years ago today

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Damn this date. Every Dec 8th I can’t help but think of where I was at when I heard.  Get Back only heightened the anger and confusion over what happened.

It’s odd to think the Beatles had only been broken up for 10 years when this happened…to a 13 year old at the time…that was a lifetime but in reality it’s nothing.

Since second grade, I’d been listening to the Beatles. While a lot of kids I knew listened and talked about modern music …I just couldn’t relate as much. By the time I was ten I had read every book about The Beatles I could get my hands on. In a small middle TN town…it wasn’t too many. I was after their generation but I knew the importance of what they did…plus just great music. The more I got into them the more I learned about the Who, Stones, and the…

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Thursday Technical: Paradiddle #8 (Pattern w/Movement Around the Kit)

Fairly old video and it looks like this person is not active, but his paradiddle workout here is almost identical to what I use. I LOVE paradiddles! Non-drummers, just trust me, paradiddles are awesome!

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Hey everyone! Back with my next video in my Paradiddle series for Thursday Technical at Drums & Fun.

This week is Paradiddle #8: RRLR LRLL

I hope you enjoy and have some fun, don’t forget to try on your kit!

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I remember your old cape at 3 Sycamore

I dream about it often

It permeates my thoughts when things are too much

It’s where I fell in love with the radio

The hours I would spend listening while sprawled about

Elvis, Buddy Holly, the Platters; I still get the chills when I hear those songs

It’s where I became Jim Rice, hitting countless tennis balls into the street; You saw every home run through the big glass window

It’s the particular fragrance upon entering that provided indisputable evidence I was there; I can still smell it in my mind today

Food was always plentiful, much more than any boy in the third percentile would ever need

The ice cream that was always in high supply in the garage freezer; You called it the “Three Kinds”

You can still have the strawberry

It was here that I spent most weekends during my formidable youth; from ages seven to about thirteen

Before sports, hanging with the guys, and, later on, girls, took me away

At the time I had not one inclination how incredibly fortunate I was or how much I would long to go back to those precious few moments

Freeze frame for innocent youth time does not

Life can be incredibly cruel that way

I don’t get down that way much anymore; when I do, I take a quick detour to 3 Sycamore and allow myself to be that kid once again