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1 Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:05 am

Celebrating a ten year anniversary of this never heard recording. Our horn player, Joe Noto, couldn't make the first set, so the trio played. Sure, there are some bad notes and choices; it is what it is . . . links to other sets on the page, I've been shoring-up old recordings spanning 2000-2011 while moving in new directions. Soundcloud is awesome, elegant and free.

This set was captured through the stereo condenser mic of a 1995 video camera. Our bass player/vocalist passed last October; he was a dear friend and I just love hearing him speak on this recording, moving easily from his ordinary sideman role to spiritual leader in the piano trio setting which was his favorite configuration. This post goes out to Johnny and my father who just celebrated his 81st birthday last week.

Some fun ambient sounds on the first track; doors were wide open to the street:

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2 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:47 pm

Very nice, Woof. To me it gives me the feeling of
listening to some carelifting music on a easy, breezy,
sunny afternoon... Sweet!

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3 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:11 pm

That makes my day, Don. And it reminds me of this film which captures your sentiment exactly: Jazz On A Summer's Day. It's also some of the best music footage ever. Here it is in entirety, I hope it makes your night if you haven't seen it yet:

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4 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:58 pm

Well, Woof, I was thinking more in the line of intimate, cafe lined
streets with people of all races just walking around, hanging out,
enjoying each other and the music along the way on a cool Sunday

BUT!!!! What an absolutely wonderful history of music here!
Mahalia Jackson simply floored me. Did you see how she would
step three feet from the mic while continuing to sing and still project
with such powerful authority? Truly the queen of gospel!

Louis was a real treat also... Thanks for putting this up, my friend.

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5 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:05 am

I was hoping you'd make it all the way to Mahalia at the end . . . and, yes, I totally caught those steps away from the mic, very powerful. I wish there was more Monk in the film, but what a timepiece. It's also funny to see the jazz musicians totally failing the Chuck Berry test.

And regarding Louis Armstrong, I agree, and there's some really interesting insight to be had about that pre-show interview on stage. It was 1958 and he states he doesn't have any children, but he apparently knew otherwise per this recent news revealing his secret daughter born in 1956!!

Now we're talkin' jazz.

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6 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Wed May 08, 2013 2:55 pm

Nice job keith !

Peace, TED

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7 Re: Waiting For Joe On My Father's Birthday on Thu May 30, 2013 5:54 am

Very nice stuff. What Don and Keith said.

Talk about a live recording. Most of the time you just hear people talking or plates and glasses. Sirens in the background on this one.

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