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  •  for me, he has a special spot. Saw him live a (4+ / 0-)

    couple of times in the mid '60's and listened to and practically lived his recordings up to and including Carnegie Hall and Elementals. Though it was a challenge to play his tunes as a teenager, it was definitely do-able, and bro Lippy an I spent many hours on Take Five, Blue Rondo, Unsquare Dance, It's a Raggy Waltz, etc.

    Perhaps most importantly to me, a suburban kid, was that through that initial connection, I became aware of he greater jazz world, things that perhaps weren't so technically cute (not a disparaging remark by any means), but which flowed with great passion. I'm talking about the transition from Brubeck to Coltrane, Miles, Monk, and the whole universe.

    Thanks for everything, Dave, Paul, Joe, and Gene, and especially for opening that amazing door into a parallel universe. (In fact I had some 'Trane on when I saw this diary, Your Lady, from Live at Birdland. Incredible ELvin Jones on that track!)

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:59:24 AM PST

    •  First saw the Brubeck Quartet (5+ / 0-)

      at the Black Hawk in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1954. (It was pure luck that I didn't get carded)

      I still play 'the Great Concerts: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Carnegie Hall' album every so often. And I still have much of the vinyl.

      A life well lived. RIP, Sir.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:11:19 PM PST

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      •  Ah Yes The Blackhawk. (2+ / 0-)
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        I fled Roseburg, Oregon in 1958 (where the Okies would crowd the local dance hall to get drunk to the tunes of The Maddox Brothers and Rose IIRC). Time Out was one of my first jazz album purchases.
        I spent many night at the Blackhawk with the Cal Tjaders & Dave Brubecks regaining my sanity--fond memories.
        PS Does anyone from SF remember Jimbo's Bop City? It didn't open until 2AM IIRC

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        by chuck utzman on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:22:20 PM PST

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        •  I don't remember Jimbo's. (0+ / 0-)

          but I do remember Coffee Dan's, another after-hours club (with a somewhat interesting history) that still existed at least into the '50's.

          "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

          by Sybil Liberty on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:33:24 PM PST

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