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Old 07-29-2013, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Song Title: Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Artist: Rahsaan Roland Kirk


Why It's So Cool:

1. It was written by Charles Mingus, the coolest bass player in the history of jazz.

2. The subject of the song is Lester "Prez" Young the coolest pre-bop saxophonist ever.

3. The song is played and sung by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a bop era saxophonist, with a cool African name, who always wore shades and played two saxophones at once using a homemade double-sax thingamajig.


Rahsann Roland Kirk: Two saxes for the price of one

4. The title of the song has "pork pie hat" in it; the universal choice of headwear by cool hipsters every since the dawn of the Renaissance.

5. Rahsaan's sleepy vocal sounds like he just popped a hit of grade 1, Black Tar heroin...and heroin usage is like a religious ritual in the bop era world of jazz.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Am I limited to one?

Wes Montgomery - D Natural Blues. It's Wes, need I say more?




Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years. I'm a sucker for good Hammond.




Dave Brubeck - Take Five. Cooooool as.

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Old 09-22-2013, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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'Cool' is the perfect adjective.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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^ Thought we were doing "songs"...

I love the classic ballads and torch songs. Here's one by the great Billy Strayhorn.

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Antonio Carlos Jobim- Um Rancho nas Nuvens - YouTube

One of the greatest musical thinkers and composers of our time.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm really more a fan of Hot Jazz.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments. Beautiful


Miles Davis - Milestones.
Miles, Trane, Cannonball, Red, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe tearin' it up.
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Just one of the best themes ever, I think.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cool, you say?

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